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SIU Med School Pipeline Program Accepting Applications

August 28, 2015

Springfield area high school freshmen interested becoming doctors are invited to take their career explorations one step further. Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and Springfield Public Schools (SPS) will host a Physician Preparatory Pipeline Program (P4) informational meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16 for students and parents. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. in the South Auditorium of the medical school's main instructional facility, 801 N. Rutledge St., in Springfield.

P4 is a partnership between the medical school and SPS that is designed for freshman high school students interested in becoming doctors. P4 students continue in the program throughout high school, having their career interests nurtured through classroom and enrichment activities on medical topics. Applications are currently being accepted for the new class. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m.

"I hope we can recruit a new group of students to join us who are as keen about becoming physicians as the students who just graduated from our program," said Wesley Robinson-McNeese, MD, executive assistant to the dean for diversity, multicultural and minority affairs. "Those young men and women are now enrolled in college and plan to pursue medical careers." McNeese directs the program and will host the September meeting.

Applications can be submitted at several locations: the Security Office at SIU School of Medicine, 801 N. Rutledge St.; the District 186 Board Office, 1900 W. Monroe c/o Nalo Mitchell; or via email to Wesley McNeese, Nalo Mitchell at or Cheree Morrison at

P4 sessions are scheduled for November 9 - 12, November 16 -19, April 4 - 7 and April 11 - 14. Faculty and staff from both Springfield schools and the SIU medical school developed the program's curriculum. The P4 components for the after-school program include participation in medical school-style curriculum; introduction to problem-based learning; tours and shadowing, and interactions with SIU students and faculty.

Parking is on the north side of the building across from the flag pole. Enter at the Security Office just south of the flagpole. The auditorium is on the second floor of the south building.


P4 program

Dr. McNeese 217-545-7334 or
Nalo Mitchell at SPS, 217-525-3047 or