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Medical Students Working with Local Physicians

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Family physicians in ten Illinois communities are hosting students from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine September 4–28. The students are participating in the school’s Family Medicine Preceptorship Program.

[Editor: See the list below for the student or physician from your community.]

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 2020, then pursue advanced training in a specific area of medicine before beginning practice. Since 1981, 2,596 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 1975, 2,890 physicians have earned SIU medical degrees. For information, call SIU’s main number, 217-545-8000, or visit

Preceptor Students

Farris Abou-Hanna, son of Jeries and Khaula Abou-Hanna of Peoria, is the guest of the Quincy Residency Program at SIU Center for Family Medicine.

Corey Culbreath, son of Brian and Dana Culbreath of Carterville, is the guest of the SIU Carbondale Residency Program.

Brendan Finnell, son of Roger and Julie Finnell of Springfield, is the guest of Walter Cunnington, MD, at Community Medical Clinic of Pana. 

David Forgas, spouse of Stephanie Forgas and son of Tim Forgas and Mary Cutler, all of Springfield, is the guest of Michael Sheedy MD, with Memorial Physician Services in Chatham.

Logan Garthe, son of David Garthe of Ballwin, Mo., and Arthur and Rebecca Nowell of Lehi, Utah, is the

guest of Patrick Zimmerman, MD, at Family Medicine Associates in Collinsville. [no PR to local news]

Tom Herrmann, son of Michael and Linda Herrmann of Belleville, is the guest of Todd Vonderheide, MD, with Rural Health Associates of Freeburg.

Shelby Markel, daughter of Paul and Shelle Markel of Bunker Hill is the guest of Bruce Weber, MD, of Macoupin Family Practice Centers of Gillespie.

Susan Oo, daughter of Sonny and Saw Oo of Bourbonnais is the guest of Clyde Dayhoff, DO, of the Medical Group of Kankakee County in Bradley.

Joseph Pflederer, son of Ben and Jackie Pflederer of Morton is the guest of Jack Spaniol, MD, of OSFMG St. Joseph Drive Family Practice in Bloomington.

Daniel Wooldridge, son of Mark and Hope Wooldridge of Plainfield is the guest of Brian Atwood, MD, of Atwood Medical in Olney.

Note: Pictures of the students are available upon request from

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