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About SIU School of Medicine

SIU School of Medicine was established in 1970 with a mission to educate physicians for central and southern Illinois. We are a medical school with four areas of excellence: medical education, patient care, research and community service. 

Our 270 physicians treat patients throughout the region through our multidisciplinary clinics called SIU Medicine. We also engage in world-renowned research, notably in cancer, Alzheimer’s and audiology. Community service is a part of everything we do.

As a community-based medical school, we don’t own our hospitals, but partner with numerous hospitals in Illinois to ensure the needs of the communities are met with a patient-centered focus.

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. We do this through the Triple Aim + 1: health care that is more effective, efficient, equitable and enjoyable.

The SIU SOM exists for two reasons: 1) to improve the health care education delivery of health care and the health for the people of western, central, and southern Illinois. 2) to advance the discipline of medicine. We do that by educating physicians, physician assistants and scientists, by researching the causes and cures of disease and by caring for people and communities through systems of care that meet the Triple aim + 1: Health care and health care education that’s more effective, efficient, equitable and enjoyable.

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We are a small, community-based medical education institution providing education to undergraduate medical students, medical and surgical residents, fellowships. We also teach graduate degrees (master's and doctorates) in the basic sciences. We also offer a curriculum for physician assistant students, and programs for students to receive MD/JD and a MD/MPH degrees. We also offer a prepartory program called MEDPREP. Collectively, we've graduated more than 5,000 medical professionals.

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SIU SOM has continually received international recognition for our innovative medical education and assessment. Since 1973, the medical school has been consistently accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. During our last two accredtations (2007, 2015) SIU SOM received no citations, the only US medical school to do so. The School of Medicine is also the only medical school in the world to receive three Aspire Awards, granted by the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) for student assessment, student engagement and social accountability.


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SIU Medicine is the medical practice of SIU School of Medicine. More than 270 full-time faculty physicians work in seven clinical disciplines: family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics/ gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery. SIU Medicine integrates with the school’s educational programs to provide patients access to the most advanced care available. SIU Medicine clinics are located primarily in Springfield at the SIU Clinics/Richard H. Moy Building, Baylis Medical Building and the Carol Jo Vecchie Women & Children’s Center in St. John’s Hospital. Family medicine centers are also located in Carbondale, Decatur and Quincy. Community Health Centers are also located in Jacksonville and Lincoln. SIU School of Medicine provides additional patient services at 12 institutes and centers. With these resources, patients from throughout Illinois and the Midwest have easy access to the full-range of services, from primary care to tertiary-level specialty care.  Visit

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SIU researchers are studying a wide range of basic and clinical sciences, including hearing loss, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and much more. Research opportunities are included in both the medical student and resident educational experience. Labs are located in multiple facilities: the 801 Medical Instructional Facility, 911 N. Rutledge St. building, the Springfield Combined Laboratory Facility and the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU. Additional labs are located on the Carbondale campus.


Caring for the community of central and southern Illinois is our mandate. Beyond providing extensive clinical and education services, our faculty and staff travel to more than 171 outreach sites in nearly 90 Illinois communities. Programs include a growing telehealth network, numerous continuing professional development programs, SIU medical library, and more. A new focus in Population Science and Policy is taking health care beyond the patient exam room to address the social determinants of health and partner with communities to find ways to improve health of populations.


Points of Pride

  • Medical Education – we were among the first to incorporate problem-based Learning and standardized patients into the medical school curriculum. Innovation continues today.
  • SIU is the only medical school in the world to receive two consecutive accreditations from the LCME - without any citations.
  • In 2013, SIU SOM received three international awards for excellence in medical education - the only medical school worldwide to do so. (ASPIRE awards from Association for Medical Education in Europe)
  • Patient Care – we offer specialty and subspecialty services in a dozens of areas at SIU Medicine
  • Research – we are world-renowned for cancer research, Alzheimer’s research and hearing loss.
  • Community Service – we work to serve the underserved, and address the needs of un or underinsured populations; we address population health issues and work on health care policy.
  • One-third of the 809 physicians in Sangamon County have been trained by us in some capacity (undergraduate, graduate or fellowship education)
  • 8,700 referring physicians are located throughout the region.
  • Our two-campus education ensures student exposure to the needs of the region.
  • We provide a patient-centered focus of education and patient care.
  • More than 1,200 people apply for 72 medical school spots each year.

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The Office of General Counsel is responsible for addressing FOIA requests in a timely manner. FOIA requests should be submitted in writing.  Mail, email, or FAX requests to the FOIA Officer:

Ms. Pryor
FOIA Officer
SIU School of Medicine
801 North Rutledge Street
P.O. Box 19619
Springfield, IL 62794-9619
217-545-6603 (Fax)


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