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Support Our Learners

Our country is experiencing a health care provider shortage; this is especially evident in rural Illinois. The majority of our state’s doctors will retire in the next two decades and it takes approximately 12-16 years to produce one doctor. The answer is clear: We need your support to make sure we are sufficiently preparing physicians and health care professionals to meet the demands of our citizens today and tomorrow.

Student Scholarships

The cost of tuition at SIU School of Medicine remains one of the most affordable among public universities. The American Medical Association published these facts in 2012 about medical student debt:

  • The median cost of medical school has grown at almost twice the rate of inflation.
  • The average debt for medical school graduates is $162,000 to $205,000.
  • Nearly 90% of 2011 medical school graduates had educational debt.
  • A medical school graduate with $162,000 of debt would have monthly payments ranging from $1,500 to $2,100 after residency training, depending on the repayment plan, according to an AAMC report issued in July 2012.

Scholarships not only reward merit and hard work, they also make it possible for some of our students to attend SIU SOM. By helping bright and deserving students, donors to scholarship funds are helping future health care providers who will mend and heal the citizens of our nation and the world.

Donors may contribute to scholarship funds already established or may create a scholarship fund in honor of family, inspiring mentors or as a personal commitment to the education of future providers. All our learners - medical studetns, physician assistant students and MEDPREP students - can benefit from the generousity of our donors. Contact the SIU Foundation to learn how to establish a scholarship fund at SIU School of Medicine.

Medical Student Resource Fund

The Student Resource Fund (SRF) was established by alumni in 1997 by the Alumni Society Board of Governors for the specific purpose of enhancing the student experience at SIU SOM by funding educational and social needs that cannot be met through other fund sources. Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit requests for funding in January. The Alumni Society Board of Governors subcommittee reviews all proposals. The Alumni Society Board of Governors makes final decisions at their spring meeting. Projects must benefit a large number of students and must meet an immediate and demonstrable student need. Over the past 10 years, generous alumni have funded teaching materials including anatomical models, suture supplies and skills clinic equipment, a EBSCO Medline subscription, and MKSAP books for Internal Medicine clerkships. Gifts to the SRF were used to remodel the student lounges in Carbondale and Springfield, and it supports the students’ Winter Ball and a group health club membership for Springfield-based students.