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Medical Students Working with Local Physicians

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Family physicians in eight Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine September 27 – October 20. 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, 2,476 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

Dominic Antonacci, son of Jeff and Angela Antonacci of Springfield, is the guest of Walter Cunnington, MD, at Community Medical Clinic of Pana.

Atif Cheema, son of Khalid and Durri Javed of Herrin, is the guest of Quincy Scott, DO, at the SIU Carbondale Family Medicine Residency Program.

Mitchell Heuermann, son of Louis and Darla Heuermann of Peoria, is the guest of Stephen Hill, MD, and Adam Houghton, MD, at Bloomington Primary Care.

Dominic Phemister, spouse of Samantha (Leahy) of Mt. Vernon, is the guest of Dennon Davis, MD, at Logan Primary Care in West Frankfort.

Zachary Reed, son of Scott and Rebecca Reed of Peoria, is the guest of Robert Bevill, MD, at Eagle Family Medicine in Peoria.

Adrianna Stephens, daughter of Clifford Waton of Maple Heights, Ohio, and Tara Lee of Cleveland, Ohio, is the guest of Decatur’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

Elias Trace, spouse of Sherie (Kording) of Jacksonville, and son of Dr. Peter and Konnie Trace of Roodhouse, is the guest of James Crabtree, MD, and John Rollet, MD, at Chatham Family Practice.

Veronica Whittington, spouse of Williebe Thorton of Belleville and daughter of Mary Whittington of Hattiesburg, Miss., and the late Lionel Whittington, is the guest of Springfield’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

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