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Dr. Richard Jeisy Named New Medical Director for TMH Emergency Department

November 2015 - To The Rich-ness Goes The Spoils!

All of us at SIU would like to send our congratulations to one of our alumni Dr. Richard Jeisy (Class of 2013) who was named medical director at Tayloville Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department. We look forward to working with him at the main clinical site of our rural ED experience. Dr. Jeisy is not the only alumni to hold a leadership position. Three of his other classmates also hold leadership roles in their practice. Dr. Charles Reeve serves as medical director at Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville, IL, Dr. Quoc Pham serves as assistant medical director at Methodist West Hospital in Houston, TX, and Dr. James Waymack serves as our own assistant program director at SIU. Congratulations to all!These alumni efforts exemplify the character and culture we foster here at SIU-SOM's emergency medicine program. Our residents however, make it easy for the faculty, as they all seem to come with these qualities and values. Huzzah!




‚ÄčNovember 2015 - Another one in the books!

Congratulations to alumnus Dr. Bradley Cowley and to two of our senior residents Dr. Chinmay Patel and Dr. Sevan Yeghiazarian for their work on the "Thorax" chapter of Practical Point-of-Care Medical Ultrasound. The text was created in partnership with fellow SIU faculty Dr. James Daniels to serve as one of the first specialty non-specific point-of-care ultrasound text books directed towards all medical care providers. The text was written with no specialty specific bias to help "universalinize" a starting off point for those physicians, midlevels, and students interested in integrating point-of-care ultrasound into their practice. Keep a look out for it at your local medical book store!!!



October 2015 - SIU EM Hits Boston For ACEP!

Every year SIU sends its most senior residents to ACEP to experience our specialties largest conference. Great time for learning, education, and for some relaxation and bonding exercises. This year we met up with many of our alumni to share stories and have fun in a great historic background. Thanks for the memories to all!


September 2015 - SIU EM Residents And Students Participate In The Programs Annual EMS Day!

As part of the programs EMS curriculum our residents and students took a field trip to Riverton, Illinois to take part in our annual EMS day. Learning activities included didactics on prehospital care, ride-a-longs, skill stations in immobilization, vascular access, and airway, as well as experiences in extrication. Many thanks to Dr. Kegg for organizing such an event as well as our trauma and prehospital staff who took the time to create another wonderful educational experience for our learners! Click on the picture to learn more about our EMS curriculum.

July 2015 - SIU EM Residents Coordinate Our First (Soon To Be Annual) Residency MedWars!

The faculty and staff would like to send thanks and well deserved "Huzzahs!" to Dr. Patel and Dr. Belden for coordinating our first residency MedWars. Their efforts are a testament to the commitment our program has as a whole to emergency training and services here at SIU. For over a year Dr. Patel and Dr. Belden had been planning this 5 hour competitive event as a fun and interactive learning experience exposing their classmates and rotating medical students to mass casualty triage, lightening injuries, prehospital trauma care, pediatric drowning, wilderness procedures, and "in the field" toxicology. It truly was one of, if not the best day of didactics we have had yet! Congratulations to team "#Winning" on their victory. Dr. Patel and Dr. Belden will now be passing the torch to the PGY-2 class to start planning for what hopefully will become an annual event. The faculty really can't express the gratitude and pride we have for what these two exceptional residents put on... all we had to do was show up, have fun, teach, and bring the pancakes and hot dogs!Thank you also to the prehospital care providers, MCLI staff, residents, and students for participating in this phenomenal event!


June 2015 - SIU Celebrates With Alumni And Graduate Its Third Class!

As part of a new yearly tradition, SIU hosts its 2nd Annual Alumni Day the same day it graduates its 3rd class of EM physicians. It was great having 9 of our 11 alumni back for morning journal club and didactic, and even better having them all join us for the night's graduation festivities. We really are a family here at SIU and it is amazing watching it grow. Thank you to all the Alumni for making the trip back and thank you to our graduating residents for all the hard work they put in over the past three years with us. An even bigger thank you to all the family members and friends who help support all of us here at SIU. Without you all none of this would be possible!

June 2015 - SIU's EM Residency Coordinates The MCLI's First Large Simulation Experience In SMART Fashion!

As part of the residencies new Simulated Milestone Assessment in Residency Training (SMART) curriculum, SIU coordinated a multi-patient scenario to assess its second and first year residents as part of their end of year evaluation. The encounters utilized 5 simulated patient care areas, 4 high fidelity simulation manikins, and 2 standardized patient actresses. It was run by 6 core faculty members and 5 third year residents coordinating 8 "confederate" actors during an 8 hour experience for 12 residents (not to mention it took over 6 months to plan)! We want to thank all of the staff at the MCLI (especially Audra and Tim), all of our SP's, and all of our "confederates" who helped make this experience possible for our residents. The event truly highlighted what we at SIU are all about, collaboration, innovation, and a strong commitment towards our resident family. Thanks again to all involved... now lets get things ready for the incoming classes' SMART assessments!

May 2015 - SIU Didactics Move Into Their New Crib!

With the long awaited opening of the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation, SIU enters its first Renaissance with new facilities and educational resources. Using the well thought out floor plan of the center, Thursdays at SIU will now integrate traditional didactics with simulation, skills labs, and small group experiences to provide a more interactive learning experience for our residents. Click here to view the centers Facebook page to take a peek at just some of the learning resources the center available for our staff. Thanks to Memorial Medical Center we have been given the keys to be part of the next evolution of emergency medicine training and we mean this literally, our own program director Dr. McDowell has been named the director of the whole facility!



March 2015 - SIU Hosts ICEP's Advocacy Day!

Being in the state capital has its perks. One of them is the being blocks away from the general assembly. This month SIU collaborated with the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians in an emergency medicine advocacy day. Our core didactic time served to introduce our residents to health advocacy and to update them on current state house and senate bills including three carbon monoxide detector bills arising from our own September disaster. The follow afternoon our residents and faculty marched onto the Capital Building and tried on their lobbying shoes. Strong work team!


October 2014 - SIU Joins The ACEP Fun!

Every year SIU sends its senior residents to the ACEP 2014 Scientific Assembly. This year it was was held in Chicago. In addition to all the educational experiences our residency got some quality family time with our Alumni. Thanks to both our clinical groups, Infinity/MEDS and MAEPS, for taking us out to see the site at "The Cliff Dwellers" Club and Zeb451

September 2014 - SIU Aids In One Of The Largest Carbon Monoxide Disasters!

One-hundred and forty-five people were exposed to a carbon monoxide leak at a neighboring middle school in Macoupin County. Of those people, 117 of them were transferred to our two main clinical sites (Memorial Medical Center & Saint Johns Hospital) in one of the most amazing mass casualty/disaster coordinations in central Illinois. A large thank you to our hospitals' administration, nurses, respiratory therapist, ancillary staff, and housekeeping in their coordinated efforts to provide care to these patients on what was already a busy Monday. A huge "Huzzah!" to our attending and residents who came in early, stayed late, or on their day off to help with the huge influx of patients seen in such a short period of time. Simply OUTSTANDING!

September 2014 - SIU Goes Road Tripping!

SIU made its way to both Chicago and Kansas City (MO) this month for the 2014 ICEP Career Day and 2014 SAEM Great Plains Regional Meeting. Thank you to both ICEP and UMKC for putting on such a great events. Strong work to our medical student simulation team who made the trip to defend their title and congrats to our residents and faculty who presented 4 abstracts at the meeting.

June 2014 - SIU Graduates Its 2nd Class Into The Workforce!

Congratulations to our 2nd class of EM alumi!Three of our graduating residents have accepted jobs locally and will work close clinically with our EM residents. One has accepted a job as a core faculty member here at SIU and will be helping innovate our educational curriculum. Another of our residents has chosen to return to her home state of Indiana in a practice in Michigan City. We will miss you June!To the rest of you, we can't wait to work beside you!

June 2014 - The Boys Are Back In Town!

SIU hosted its first inaugural "Alumni Day" Thursday, June 19th. Four of our six alumni came back to spend a day with us and also to welcome the new class. Activities included a breakfast journal club, alumni case conference, alumni vs residents jeopardy and family feud, a panel discussion, lunch, and dinner to follow. Thanks guys for making the trip out and giving our residents your insights into life your first year out. We were sorry to miss Dr. Reeve and Dr. Pham who were not able to make it. Congrats to them though as they were too busy honeymooning or taking care of their beautiful new daughter! Check out the pictures below, that's 5 classes of SIU residents in those pictures!


May 2014 - The MCLI Gets A New Ride!

In preparation for a late 2014 opening, the Memorial Center for Learning & Innovations hoists up a 3 ton ambulance section into the 3rd floor. It will serve to help educate EMS providers and our own EM residents in pre-hospital scenarios. It is an exciting time at SIU with the building of this new center. It will help to serve as the main platform for our two new simulation curricula. Check out our simulation page to find out more about the upcoming SMART and SLAMM curricula for the class of 2017.


April 2014 - The Book Is On Sale!

Our EM resident readiness book has hit the bookshelves!Visit your local book store to take a peak at our work. Thanks to the faculty and residents on one of our residency's first large joint scholarly accomplishments!



March 2014 - Dr. McDowell Talks SIU-SOM EM On YouTube!







October 2013 - Dr. McDowell Receives 2013 ACEP National Junior Faculty Teaching Award!

Our very own beloved Program Director, Dr. Christopher McDowell, was one of seven recipients at this years ACEP Scientific Assembly awarded the ACEP National Junior Faculty Teaching Award. It is a well deserved and prestigious honor, and we all want to thank and send our joyful "Huzzahs!" to our phenomenal faculty member for this great achievement!







September 2013 - SIU Hosts 2013 SAEM Great Plains Regional!

SIU hosted the 2013 SAEM Great Plains Regional Meeting at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. With over 130 participants it was a great success! SIU presented 6 accepted abstracts and our Sim Team took home the Great Plains Sim Wars Championship! Thank you to all those that attended. It was a fantastic meeting.


August 2013 - SIU EM residents kick off The State Fair Teaching CPR!

As part of our commitment towards serving the community, SIU EM residents host a booth at the Illinois State Fair teaching hands only CPR and AED techniques. Fantastic job guys! Even Governor Quinn and President Lincoln joined in on the learning fun!


July 2013 - landscape changes at SIU!

Memorial Medical Center has broke ground and started construction on its learning and innovation center. We are excited at SIU to see the fast progress and expected completion date in 2014.

June 2013 - SIU Graduates Its First Class Of Emergency Medicine Physicians!

Congratulations to our first class of EM Alumni here at SIU!!! We are so proud of you and so excited about the fantastic jobs you all have accepted throughout the country. The class of 2013 will always have a special place in our hearts being the trendsetters and trailblazers they were over these last 3 years. Thank you for all your hard work and again congratulations!

June 2013 - SIU To Host 2013 SAEM Great Plains Regional Meeting!

The Division of Emergency Medicine of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is pleased to host the Fourth Annual Great Plains SAEM Research Meeting on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois. Click here to enter the event's website.