Background and Overview

Background and Overview

The Specialty of Family Medicine

  • Family Medicine is the medical specialty that provides continuing and comprehensive health care for the individual and the family.
  • It integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences. Its scope encompasses all ages, both genders, each organ system and every disease entity.
  • The Family Medicine physician serves as the patient's and the family's advocate in all health-related matters, including the appropriate use of consulting and community resources.
  • Family Medicine is the most demanding, rewarding, energizing, gratifying specialty in medicine.
  • It is the career of the future in medicine.
  • Family Medicine has and will continue to lead the reform to develop appropriate health care for our country.
  • The opportunities for you as a Family Physician are as great as your determination and imagination.
     

The SIU Springfield Family Medicine Residency Program

  • We are established !
    • We have educated more than 350 family physicians since 1975 !
  • We are part of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and have many benefits due to our relationship with the medical school.
  • We are recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in innovative medical education.
  • We have been recognized consistently for our success in attracting medical students to the specialty of Family Medicine.
  • Our clinic is Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing clinical educational opportunities to our residents for a diverse population of patients in need.