Jason Patton, MD
Hometown: West Frankfort, IL
Medical School: Southern Illinois University
Why SIU? SIU orthopaedics was my first choice for residency because of the unique experience and opportunities offered. SIU is an academic institution that offers residents the possibilities of getting involved in research and academic medicine.
We also have a strong relationship with two private, community orthopaedic groups. This relationship gives us the unique exposure to many of the private practice aspects of orthopaedics. Lastly, and most importantly, I wanted to come to SIU because of the residents. The residents have a strong tradition of resident-to-resident teaching providing an interactive educational environment throughout the entirety of residency.
Ken Illingworth, MD
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Medical School: University of Tennessee College of Medicine
Why SIU? The team atmosphere was what attracted me most to SIU orthopaedics. The residents go out of their way to make sure that the entire group works as a unit. This not only helps the residents, but also leads to better patient care. The residents were genuinely happy and enjoyed their experience at SIU.
In addition, the faculty consisted of top-notch academic surgeons from diverse backgrounds. The faculties strong drive for research and academics, combined with the early, and often, operating experience was what sealed the deal for me. Whether you want to do academics or private practice, SIU orthopaedics sets you up for a successful career after residency.
Daniel Hatz, MD
Hometown: Omaha NE.
Med School: UNMC
Why SIU?: I chose SIU because the ortho program here has the best surgeons with the best
residents in the country. Seriously, best learning and mentorship atmosphere of any place I was interested in. The town of Springfield is also a great part of why I chose Springfield. Its the Capital with a very clean and interesting downtown area. Its a perfect cross between a mid level city and a midwestern
town. I truly love it here.
Kaya Jackson, MD
Hometown: Athens, Georgia
Medical school: Meharry medical college
Why SIU?: I was immediately impressed by the dedication to educating the residents. The level of commitment the residents have to teach the fellow residents is definitely an asset to the program. The combination of early operative experience, dedicated academic and community attendings and the appropriate amount of protective resident education time makes SIU a great place to train. And you won't find resident camaraderie like this anywhere else!