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March 25, 2011

SIU Med Student Awarded ACP Internship

A medical student at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield has been awarded a national internship from the American College of Physicians (ACP) for 2011.  The four-week ACP Health Policy Internship begins in April.

David H. Slade, a third-year medical student, will earn a combined MD/JD degree after completing six years of study in both medicine and law.  He was selected because of his interest in health policy, law and ethics as well as his experience as a summer fellow at the National Institutes of Health and serving on the ethics committees of two of SIU’s affiliated hospitals.

The 2011 ACP internships were awarded to only one medical student and one resident physician in the U.S.  They provide an opportunity to learn about legislative process, health policy and advocacy.  Interns assist with research and analysis of current issues in health and medical education policy, on-going advocacy initiatives and development of advocacy materials.  They attend congressional hearings, coalition meetings and accompany government affairs staff on visits to members of Congress.
Slade is the son of Herbert and Pamela Slade of Woodbury, Minn.  He is a graduate of Mounds Park Academy (2001) and St. Thomas University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology (2005).

ACP is a national organization of internists – physicians who care for adults.  It is the largest medical specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the U.S.

SIU School of Medicine’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health needs through education, service, research and community service throughout Illinois.  For information, call SIU’s Call Center, 217-545-8000 or 1-800-342-5748.  Its website is


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