Our Program

SIU Center for Family Medicine Faculty Development Fellowship

Established by the Faculty of the Springfield Family Medicine Residency Program
October 2001

The purpose of this FELLOWSHIP program is to provide an extra year of training for outstanding graduating family medicine residents of the Springfield Program who have expressed an interest in becoming an academic family physician.

The ultimate goal or end-result of this program is to provide fellowship-trained faculty for the four SIU Family Medicine Residency Programs and other programs nation-wide.

For the Program:
  1. Program receives national recognition for training outstandingresidents who are committed to an academic career.
  2. Program trains much needed, highly sought-after, family physicians at a time where there is a national shortage.
  3. Fellowship trained faculty publish and accomplish more national notoriety for the program.
  4. Emphasis on obstetrics to encourage continued participation in obstetrics by academic faculty as future teachers.

For the Fellow:

  1. Fellow receives additional training that will make them more marketable and better prepared to become an academic family physician.
  2. Fellow has a year of additional clinical experience on which to base their decisions as a teaching physician with future residents.
  3. Fellow has protected time to hone research and clinical skills before becoming a faculty member.
  4. Fellowship trained faculty publish and accomplish more national notoriety.


  • The fellowship is limited to graduating family medicine residents from the Springfield Family Medicine Program who have displayed exemplary performance (as defined by the faculty) during their training and who have expressed an interest in an academic career.
  • The recipient must have completed their three-year family medicine residency and be board certified/board eligible in family practice.
  • The recipient must have an expressed interest in practicing inpatient medicine as well as outpatient – practicing obstetrics is preferable but not required.
  • The fellowship is one year in length and is designed to be a transitional year to give the incumbent time to receive additional training before becoming a full-time faculty member in a family practice residency program.

Clinical: 40-50%

  • The fellow will spend a significant amount of their time honing up their clinical skills. This additional clinical experience will give them greater credibility and confidence when serving as the teaching physician to residents and medical students.
  • The fellow will spend a significant amount of their clinical training in the practice of obstetrics and call.
  • As the year progresses, the fellow will be given increasing independence with their own patient panels.

Teaching: 35-40%

  • The fellow will be assigned a faculty mentor who will model teaching skills for the in and out patient setting.
  • The fellow will be given increasing independence as their skills develop and will have the opportunity to provide leadership on the Family Practice Teaching Service.
  • The fellow will develop at least one new procedural skill during training, e.g., OB ultrasound, colposcopy, LEEP, Joint Injections, etc.

Research: 10-20%

  • The fellow will have protected time devoted to academic pursuits to include publication of journal articles, presentations at professional meetings, collaboration with faculty on academic projects and opportunities to participate in program development activities.
  • The fellow will develop essential research skills including conceptual development and critical review of existing knowledge, project design and data analysis.

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