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Medical Students Training with Local Physicians (October, 29)

October 29, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Family physicians in eight Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine through November 22. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.

The experience provides an opportunity for students to use their medical knowledge in a clinic setting under the supervision of an experienced physician. The students choose from more than 160 family practice physicians in Illinois for their preceptorship experience. They will graduate from medical school in May 2021, then pursue advanced training in a specific area of medicine before beginning practice. Since 1981, 2,669 students have participated in the program, which is offered by the school’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Established in 1970, the mission of SIU School of Medicine 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. An international leader in medical education, the school is based in Carbondale and Springfield and is specifically oriented to educating new physicians prepared to practice in Illinois. Since 1975, 2,953 physicians have earned SIU medical degrees. For information, call SIU Medicine’s main number, 217-545-8000, or visit

Preceptor Students

Jace Battrell, son of Mark Battrell of Wilmette and Carol Ysla of Chicago, is the guest of Michael Sheedy, MD, with Memorial Physician Services in Chatham.

John Belz, son of John and Lisa Belz of Springfield, is the guest of the SIU Center for Family Medicine in Decatur.

Zach McCallips, son of Mike and Amy McCallips of Durand, is the guest of Jon Strutzenberg, DO, with Rockford Health Physicians in Winnebago.

Andrew McClintock, son of Roger and Mary Beth McClintock of Rochester, is the guest of Jennifer Schroeder, MD, in Mt. Sterling.

Tyler McGowan, spouse of Michaela McGowan and son of Kyle and Debbie McGowan of Harrisburg, is the guest of Larry Sapetti, MD, at Springfield Clinic Wabash.

Audra Storm, daughter of Steve and Verna Storm of Edelstein, is the guest of Matthew McMillin, MD, at Atrium Family Medicine in Peoria.

Chad Thompson, son of Jim and Michelle Thompson of Quincy, is the guest of Michael Eling, MD, with the Quincy Medical Group.

Ashay Vaidya, son of Udesh and Medha Vaidya of Phoenix, Ariz., is the guest of Christopher Martinek, MD, at Springfield Clinic Wabash.

Note: Pictures of the students are available upon request from