Education & Curriculum


Office of Education and Curriculum staff are here to aid our instructors’ efforts to produce the highly skilled, well-trained health care providers of the future. In collaboration with the Department of Medical Education, the OEC promotes educational development and leading-edge research activities at both national and international levels.

Using the latest tools and theories of the learning environment, we assist faculty in disseminating their academic and research ideas to ensure that our future workforce—and future patients—have access to the most up-to-date and evidence-informed diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive services across a wide range of medical specialties.

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SIU Students launch Research Scholars Program

Research Scholars Program launched

Since the school's founding in 1970, opportunities have existed for medical students to participate in research projects and cultivate a love for science and lab-based learning. However, recognition for these extra-curricular studies had been informal and varied.

A new Research Scholars Program is changing that. The innovative 4-year elective track will acknowledge and honor SIU medical students for their research efforts completed while in school. Qualified learners receive a certificate at graduation and will be recognized as SIU School of Medicine Research Scholars as they pursue their residency matches.​

The program was designed by SIU medical students in collaboration with faculty both at SIU and at outside institutions to find a model that worked well with the curriculum.

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