Graduate Medical Education


SIU School of Medicine's mission is to optimize the health of the people of central and southern Illinois through education, patient care, research and service to the community. SIU Graduate Medical Education (GME) supports this mission via program excellence, individual attention and support for learners, supervisors and staff, and strong relationships with our affiliate hospitals. 

Our GME programs offer learners direct access to sophisticated technologies, advanced training and evidence-based innovations.  Our institutional aim is to train physicians in a variety of specialties who are well-equipped to practice in small urban and rural communities. 

Graduates of SIU residency and fellowship programs will be confident, caring and passionate physicians who will succeed and carry our values, and our commitment to social accountability, wherever they choose to practice.

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Medical students study in the courtyard of SIU School of Medicine


Our values, as articulated in the 2020-2025 SIU SOM Strategic plan, are that we:

  • are committed to an environment of discovery in which innovation, scientific inquiry, application of knowledge and creative professional achievement flourish.
  • are committed to excellence and continuous improvement in all we do.
  • collaborate and partner with the community.
  • strive to be a just, fair, unbiased, and anti-racist organization.
  • strive for equity in our relationships, hiring practices, teaching, research, access to care, delivery of care and partnerships.  
  • create compassionate and healing environments for all.

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SIU School of Medicine is a world-renowned leader in medical education.  Our Pediatric residency program provides unique individualized training to our residents as they pursue careers in primary care and subspecialty training. As a Pediatric referral center for Central and Southern Illinois, residents receive ample clinical exposure in our busy clinics and children’s hospital, including in our newly remodeled Level III Neonatal ICU. Our close faculty mentorship and advising programs foster a supportive environment for our residents to grow as future leaders and advocates for children.  

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