Program Director

What’s new from the PD

Chris McDowell, MD - Program DirectorThe SIUEM program is very excited about our new educational endeavor- the “iPad” (tablet) curriculum.  Each of our residents was given an ipad for full electronic utilization of learning materials. We hope to continue to build the iPads into our curriculum for evaluations and interactive didactic presentations in the near future.

Six months ago Dr. Jonathan delaCruz introduced podcasting to our program.  Since that time our weekly didactic lectures are all podcasted and available to our residents. We were the first to incorporate podcasting in GME at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.


As our program matures, one of the real emerging strengths is our emphasis on quality.  We recognize the importance of educating residents in the concepts of value-based purchasing, quality improvement and statistical process control.  Our division chair, Dr. David Griffen, is leading an effort to integrate our residency and the supporting hospitals’ quality endeavors.    Our second year residents are applying these concepts to improve anticoagulation reversal in intracerebral hemorrhage.  Our graduates will be well-versed in these concepts and ready to emerge as leaders upon graduation.

Our residents and faculty just returned from the current Annual SAEM Great Plains Regional meeting at Washington University.  We were well represented with multiple posters, oral presentations and an excellent team of medical students in the Sim Wars competition. In fact, we agreed to host the 2013 Great Plains Regional meeting here at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

We look forward to the upcoming interview season and the selection of our current residency class.

Christopher McDowell, MD, MEd
Program Director