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November 2016 Medical Students Working with Local Physicians

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Family physicians in nine Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine November 21 – December 16. 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 an office 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 2018, then pursue advanced training in a specific area of medicine before beginning practice. Since 1981, 2,493 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 opening, 2,754 physicians have graduated from its program. For information, call SIU’s main number, 217-545-8000, or visit

Preceptor students

Dakota Gilbert, son of Steve and Becky Gilbert of Pocahontas, is the guest of Ben Cady, MD, and Robert Mulch, MD, at Springfield Clinic Hillsboro East in Hillsboro.

Jill Haxel, daughter of Martin and Laurie Haxel of Springfield, is the guest of Timothy Lyons, MD, at Illini Medical Associates in Jerseyville.

Laney Martin, daughter of Jeff Martin and Theresa Campbell, both of Paris, is the guest of Denise Pine-Mattas, MD, at Cork Medical Center in Marshall.

Kyley Maxheimer, spouse of Erich Maxheimer and daughter of John and Erin Wyss of Mt. Pulaski and TJ and Holly Surprenant of Washington, is the guest of the Decatur Family Residency Program.

Karissa Nulty, daughter of Greg and Christina Nulty of Washington, is the guest of Steven Jones, MD, at Advocate Medical Group in Eureka.

Blake O’Connor, son of Don and Melinda O’Connor of Springfield, is the guest of the SIU Carbondale Family Medicine Residency Program.

Ian Ridge, son of Bryan and Diane Ridge of Flora, is the guest of Brandon Cycholl, MD, at Clay County Hospital Medical Clinic in Flora.

Taylor Tabatabai, son of Fareed and Cara Tabatabai of Rochester, is the guest of Matt Winkleman, MD, at Primary Care Group in Harrisburg.

Hayden Warner, son of Ron and Kim Warner of Neoga, is the guest of Aja Lystila, MD, at Carle Foundation Physicians in Mattoon.

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