Emergency Medicine

David Griffen, MDWelcome to the Division of Emergency Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. This is a very exciting time at SIU. We have an enthusiastic faculty dedicated to training the next generation of Emergency Physicians. Our first class of Emergency Medicine residents started June 2010. SIU has a long tradition of innovation in education and we are excited to translate this expertise to EM residency training.

As an EM resident at SIU, you will receive customized education to prepare you for a fulfilling career in Emergency Medicine. Clinical education occurs at two large patient-focused tertiary hospitals – St. John’s Hospital and Memorial Medical Center - with a combined annual ED volume over 120,000 patient visits per year. Residents will experience the full spectrum of illnesses and injuries, and benefit from a wealth of faculty experience. Education is truly a priority, with a scholarly emphasis.

Resident graduates will be well prepared as educators and ready to effectively train future students and residents. The resident curriculum provides a strong foundation in team training, simulation, bedside ultrasonography, EMS, ED administration, quality improvement, patient safety, and public policy with faculty scholarship in these areas. Our residents will graduate as excellent clinicians and teachers, with the necessary tools for tomorrow’s practice in Emergency Medicine.

If you are considering a career in Emergency Medicine, take a good look at us. We welcome you on our journey into the future of Emergency Medicine!

David Griffen, MD
Associate Professor and Chair
Division of Emergency Medicine

Press Release

SIU Med School Physician Receives National Teaching Award

A physician at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has received the National Junior Faculty Teaching Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). Dr. Christopher McDowell, assistant professor and residency director of emergency medicine and member of SIU Healthcare, the medical school’s practice group, was presented with the award recently at the ACEP 13 Scientific Assembly in Seattle, Wash. He was one of seven chosen to
receive the national award.

ACEP supports quality emergency care and promotes the interests of emergency physicians. It represents more than 32,000 emergency physicians, residents and medical students.

McDowell joined the SIU faculty in 2008. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at Indiana University in Indianapolis (2008). He earned his medical degree at SIU (2005) and master’s degrees in health profession education from the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign (2010) and in physician assistant studies from Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School (1998), and bachelor’s in biological sciences from Quincy University in Quincy (1998).

He is board certified in emergency medicine. McDowell is a native of Quincy.

Christopher McDowell, MD, MEd, has been named medical director of the Memorial Center for Learning & Innovation. Dr. McDowell is the program director of the Emergency Medicine residency program at SIU.