Welcome to the home page for the SIU School of Medicine. Since we were established in 1970, we've graduated more than 2600 physicians and nearly half of our students enter primary care residencies and practice. More than 850 of our graduates are in practice in Illinois.
Part of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, our mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health care needs through education, patient care, research, and service to the community. The School of Medicine has been a key player in the development of a regional academic medical center in Springfield and at the same time we have become an international leader in medical education. We're based in Springfield and Carbondale and we work closely with affiliated community hospitals in Carbondale, Decatur, Quincy and Springfield.
Our physician faculty provides tertiary medical care, including a full-range of services in several dozen specialty clinics. Patients come from throughout Illinois and the Midwest to our clinical facilities in Springfield and our Family Medicine Centers in Carbondale, Decatur and Quincy. More than 477,000 patient visits occurred last year. Our physician faculty, known as SIU HealthCare, also provides specialty care and consultative services through 87 outreach programs in 45 downstate communities.
A university - and therefore its medical school - has as its fundamental purpose the advancement of knowledge through research for the benefit of society. Our research covers a wide range of basic and clinical sciences. The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU and the Springfield Combined Laboratory Facility both will enable us to conduct more research that will benefit the region. Our researchers are engaged in nearly 200 active research projects.
We're proud of the caring and competent physicians we've trained and we're working to address the emerging needs of health-care delivery in the 21st century. We aim to be the best in medical education, deliver the highest quality health care in the region, and strengthen our biomedical research efforts in neuroscience, aging and cancer.
Visit our site, learn more about us and share your comments. Thank you.
J. Kevin Dorsey, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean and Provost