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 November 26–December 21. 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
Mackenzie Heywood, daughter of Brian and Shannon Heywood of Peoria, is the guest of Keith Cochran, MD, at Litchfield Family Practice Center.  
Collin Innis, son of Pam Innis of Springfield and the late Gary Innis, is the guest of the SIU Decatur Residency Program.
Marissa Kircher, daughter of Myron and Kathryn Kircher of Oconee, is the guest of Walter Cunnington, MD, at Community Medical Clinic of Pana.  
McKenna Murphy, daughter of Jim and Lori Murphy of Quincy, is the guest of the SIU Quincy Residency Program. 
Andrew Partain, son of Thomas and Donna Partain of Iuka, is the guest of Brandon Cycholl, MD, at the Clay County Hospital Medical Clinic in Flora.
Warren Skoza, son of Tom and Jean Skoza of Champaign, is the guest of the Zachary James Shipp, MD, at Monticello Medical Center.
Christiana Stark, daughter of Timothy and Joan Stark of Urbana, is the guest of Christopher Nelson, MD, with Carle Clinic in Mahomet.
Mason Tippy, son of Dave and Kay Tippy of Pomona, is a guest of Clare Williams, MD, at Murphysboro Health Center.
Blake Vest, son of Drs. Bruce and Kathy Vest of Godfrey, is the guest of Cristy Elving, MD, with JCH Medical Group in Jerseyville.
Note: Pictures of the students are available upon request from

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