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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 October 25 – November 17. 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, 2,484 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

Kody Bolk, son of Tim and Carrie Bolk of Carlyle, is the guest of Jonathan Osborn, MD, at Clinton County Rural Health of Breese.

Matt Brewer, son of Mike and Cheryl Brewer of DeLand, is the guest of Michael Brewer, MD, at Wabash Medical Center in Springfield.

Jason Cullen, son of Jack and Pam Cullen of Normal, is the guest of Justin Holschbach, MD, at OSF Medical Group Family Practice in Bloomington.

Molly Etling, daughter of Jim and Pat Etling of Freeburg, is the guest of Todd Vonderheide, MD, at Rural Health Associates in Freeburg.

Matt Faller, spouse of Ashley (Fairbanks) Faller of Galena, and son of Greg and Carla Faller of Belleville, is the guest of Keith Cochran, MD, at Litchfield Family Practice Center.

Angela Jin, daughter of Jianming Jin and Yanqing Bao of Champaign, is the guest of Brent Jones, MD, at Primary Care Group in Harrisburg.

John Philibert, son of John and Lisa Philibert of Rock Island, is the guest of Brian Anderson, DO, at Genesis Moline Health Plex in Moline.

Alexis Scott, daughter of James and Jane Scott of Mapleton, is the guest of James Morse, MD, at Methodist Medical Group in Canton.

Tasha Sparks, daughter of Jerry and Rebecca Sparks of Newton, is the guest of John Sharma, MD, at CMH Rural Health Clinic in Robinson.

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