The induction of Southern Illinois University’s emergency medicine residency program was a collaborative effort made between the SIU School of Medicine, Memorial Medical Center, and St. John’s Hospital to attend to the growing need for emergency medicine physicians throughout the country. Its faculty members are housed in the Division of Emergency Medicine that was formed out of the Department of Surgery to fulfill the need for an academic presence in emergency medicine.
Faculty members are actively involved in committees, projects, and research pertaining to medical education, quality improvement, patient safety, and public policy. The program’s main focus is to develop excellent clinicians, dedicated teachers, and effective leaders in emergency medicine through its residency training.
In the summer of 2011, the residency was featured in SIU-SOM's quarterly publication Aspects. Being the first new residency to be established at SIU in more than a decade, it grabbed the cover of the magazine. Entitled, "Right Place, Right Time", the article discusses the beginnings of the program as well as the personalities of its inaugural class. Click the cover on the right to read the article and learn a bit about our history.
The SIU School of Medicine is a 43 year institution whose main clinical base inhabits the capital city and its surrounding areas. The school houses close to 300 medical students and in addition to its EM residency has well established residencies in pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, dermatology, obstetrics/gynecology, general surgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, ENT, and urology. The school has a long standing reputation as an innovator in medical education and its Academy for Scholarship in Education is known nationally for its contributions in educational research.
In partnership with the school are Springfield’s two main hospitals that for over a century have been dedicated to serving and providing quality patient care to Springfield and its surrounding areas. Both are large tertiary care hospitals with a combined Emergency Department annual census exceeding 120,000. Memorial Medical Center (MMC) houses the Regional Burn Center. St. John’s Hospital (SJH) house the area's Children’s Hospital that has special capabilities in both Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Both hospitals serve as the flagship hospitals of their respective health systems, Memorial Health System and Hospital Sisters Health System.
The Southern Illinois Trauma Center rotates between the two hospitals on an annual basis with the acting hospital designated the Level 1 Trauma Center for the year. This is just one of many unique examples of the collaborative efforts that SIU, MMC, and SJH have made to serve its surrounding population. Both hospitals are equal partners in support of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program.
In addition to our two primary education sites is Taylorville Memorial Hospital (TMH), a sister hospital in the Memorial Health System. Located 30 miles away from Springfield with an annual volume of 16,000, TMH serves as our primary educational site for rural emergency medicine. Senior residents rotate through this recently renovated single coverage ED to experience the unique challenges of non-tertiary care center emergency medicine, a skill set very much needed in the majority of ED's across the nation today.