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 October 29–November 23. 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, 2,616 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
Omar Dawood, son of Dr. Mohammed and Tanwear Dawood of Forsyth, is the guest of Michael Wall, MD, at Forsyth Professional Centre. 
Kaitlin Gibson, daughter of David and Loretta Gibson of Bloomington, is the guest of Jack Spaniol, MD, of OSFMG St. Joseph Drive Family Practice in Bloomington.
Sheela Gogula, daughter of Ravi and Sarala Gogula of Champaign, is the guest of James Shipp, MD, at Monticello Medical Center.  
Aaron Hancock, son of Barry and Jennifer Hancock of Marion, is the guest of Matt Winkleman, MD, with the Harrisburg Family Practice Primary Care Group. 
Neil Parker, son of David and Kim Parker of Springfield, is the guest of the SIU Quincy Residency Program.
Trevor Parr, son of Chuck and Susan Parr of Alton, is the guest of Patrick Zimmermann, MD, with Family Medicine Associates in Collinsville.
Paul Register, son of Mike and Lucinda Register of Salem, is a guest of Jon Strutzenberg, DO, of Mercy Health in Winnebago.
Nick Schlarman, son of Tom and Michelle Schlarman of Smithton, is the guest of Todd Vonderheide, MD, with Rural Health Associates in Freeburg.
Ryan Scribner, son of Tom and Carla Scribner of Decatur, is the guest of the SIU Decatur Residency Program.
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