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Medical Students Working with Local Physicians

October 24, 2017
Family physicians in nine Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine September 25 – October 20. 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, 2,555 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
Mary Brandt, daughter of James and Maureen Brandt of Bloomington, is the guest of the Quincy Family Medicine Residency Program.  
Anastasia Dufner, daughter of Michael and Terri Dufner of Girard, is the guest of Phillip Johnson, MD, at Litchfield Family Practice Center.  
Cody Grotts, spouse of Kimberly Grotts and son of Clifton Grotts of Sciota and Marsha Grotts of Victoria, is the guest of Christina Ventress, MD, at Memorial Physician Services in Chatham.  
Emma James, daughter of Alexander James and Rachel Tompkins of Edwardsville, is the guest of the Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation in Cahokia.
Mustafaa Mahmood, son of Saleem and Naureen Mahmood of Springfield, is the guest of the Decatur Family Residency Program.
Tyler Porter, son of Jim and Kim Porter of Ursa, is the guest of Amir Wahab, MD, at MPS Family Medical Center in Lincoln.
Emily Samson, spouse of Christian Guachamin and daughter of Don and Carla Samson of Millstadt, is the guest of Judith Weis, MD, with Rural Family Medicine Associates in Mascoutah.
John Sharpe, son of Charles and Ellen Sharpe of Marion, is the guest of the SIU Carbondale Family Medicine Residency Program.
Liridon Zendeli, son of Isa and Kumrie Zendeli of Charleston, is the guest of Dennon Davis, MD, at Logan Primary Care in West Frankfort.
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