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Medical Students Learning from Local Physicians

January 30, 2018
Family physicians in eight Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine January 29 – February 24. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.
[Editor: See the list below for the student or physician from your community.]
The experience provides an opportunity for students to use their medical knowledge in an office setting under the supervision of an experienced physician. The students choose from more than 160 family practice physicians in Illinois for their preceptorship experience. They will graduate from medical school in May 2019, then pursue advanced training in a specific area of medicine before beginning practice. Since 1981, 2,572 students have participated in the program, which is offered by the school’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Established in 1970, the mission of SIU School of Medicine is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community. An international leader in medical education, the school is based in Carbondale and Springfield and is specifically oriented to educating new physicians prepared to practice in Illinois. Since 1975, 2,818 physicians have earned SIU medical degrees. For information, call SIU’s main number, 217-545-8000, or visit
Preceptor Students
Maggie Armstrong, daughter of Cris and Barbara Armstrong of O'Fallon, is the guest of Kristina Anderson, MD, at Belleville Family Health Center.  
Matthew Cleveland, son of Neil and Renae Cleveland of Danville, is the guest of Karen Broaders, MD, at Carle Family Practice in Danville.  
Jackson Graves, son of Ken and Barb Graves of Springfield, is the guest of the Quincy Family Residency Program.  
Aliza Hasan, daughter of Syed and Syeda Hasan of Springfield, is the guest of Patrick Zimmermann, MD, with Family Medicine Associates in Collinsville.
Kathleen Kay, daughter of John and Ingrid Kay of Effingham, is the guest of Brian Atwood, MD, at Atwood Medical in Olney.
Sean O'Malley, son of Patrick and Leatha O'Malley of Georgetown, Texas, is the guest of the Walter Cunnington, MD, at Community Medical Clinic in Pana.
Marie Varnet, daughter of Robert and Mandy Varnet of Mackinaw, is the guest of Larry Sapetti, MD, at Springfield Clinic.
Matthew Weber, son of Dennis Weber of Edwards and Roxanne Weber of Pekin, is the guest of the Decatur Family Residency Program.
Note: Pictures of the students are available upon request from
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