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Medical Students Working with Local Physicians

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Family physicians in 10 Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine August 29 – September 23. 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 2017 and May 2018, then pursue advanced training in a specific area of medicine before beginning practice. Since 1981, 2,467 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

Pascal Accoh, son of Ellaye Accoh and Angeline Accoh, both of Chicago, is the guest of Leonard Ginzberg, MD, at the Midwestern Institute of Health in Round Lake Beach.

Erick Butt, son of David and Deborah Butt of Springfield, is the guest of Walter Cunnington, MD, at Community Medical Clinic of Pana.

Christa Harlin, daughter of Ken and Cardillia Harlin of Bolingbrook, is the guest of Springfield’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

Scott Kilian, son of Jeff and Susan Kilian of Belleville, is the guest of Todd Vonderheide, MD, at Rural Health Associates in Freeburg.

Matthew Kresca, son of Jim and Karen Kresca of Champaign, is a guest of David Hagan, MD, at Gibson City Clinic, and Susan Mantell, MD, at the Center for Your Health in Philo.

Caleb Lusk, son of Louie and Doris Lusk of Flora, is the guest of Brandon Cycholl, MD, at Clay County Hospital Medical Clinic in Flora.

Madison Marvel, daughter of Mike and Dena Marvel of San Diego, Calif., is the guest of Justin Holschbach, MD, at OSF Medical Group Family Practice in Bloomington.

Syed Salik, son of Syed and Nasreen Salik of Forsyth, is the guest of Quincy Scott, DO, at the SIU Carbondale Family Medicine Residency Program.

Jade Smith, daughter of Allen and Marsha Smith of Las Vegas, Nev., is the guest of Decatur’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

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