Program 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.


Our Goal and Objective

  • Emphasize continuity of care and accessibility for patients through a faculty based practice model.

  • Scholarly activity. All residents are supported to accomplish publications and/or presentations at state or national conferences. The program uses FPIN to assist residents in publications.

  • Remain competitive in the marketplace by providing quality care.

  • Offer comprehensive care, including Obstetrics and Geriatrics.

  • Enhance procedural skills with regular rotation through the Family Medicine Procedure Clinic as well as participation in hands-on procedural workshops.

  • Provide a strong faculty mentor program for ongoing formative feedback and evaluation.

  • Enhance self-directed learning skills.

  • Provide comprehensive longitudinal and rotational components of the curriculum including the choice of a Specialty OB Track System.

  • Cultivate residents’ ability to critically appraise information, i.e., critical thinking, as well as providing support and encouragement for Research and Scholarly Activity.

  • We provide an early needs assessment of each resident in order to develop a more meaningful individualized curriculum plan.

  • Prepare residents for practice in an evolutionary electronic health care environment including integration of medical informatics, chronic disease management and interdisciplinary care. As part of the "Hub of Learning" the program exposes medical students, physician assistants and other learners to Family and Community Medicine.

  • Residents will be expected to develop an understanding of the ethical and intellectual underpinnings of Family Medicine which would involve a study of the ethical basis of medical practice, of Clinical Epidemiology and of Evidence-based Medicine.

  • We provide rural/community medicine exposure for all residents through rotational experience with the local community health center, Public Health Department, rural inpatient, and a variety of residency electives.

    • We involve residents in exposure to medical students, physician assistants and other learners to family and community medicine and be involved with post-residency continuing medical education.