Year 4

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Fourth-year medical students enjoy a diverse range of experiences through which they can explore their medical interests, strengthen areas of weakness in knowledge, clinical skills, and/or clinical reasoning, and broaden their preparation for postgraduate training and practice. 

Upon graduation students must meet all fourth-year requirements, attain a passing score on USMLE Step 1 and Step 2, and successfully complete all SIU Medicine graduation requirements.

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SIU Commencement 2021

During Y4 students are required to take 30 weeks of elective credit (20 weeks required with SIU Faculty), 1 week of Medical Humanities, and a fourth-year Doctoring Curricula.

Students may also design their own elective if they are interested in a course or topic for which a regular elective does not exist. This Individual-Designed (ID) elective can include experiences with non-SIU faculty, or at a military or other health care setting.  A student must be in good academic standing (determined by Student Progress Committee) to enroll in an elective experience with any non-SIU faculty.

Evaluations are administered at the completion of each elective on a pass/fail grading scale. 

Mailey teaching students

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Commencement 2021

Taking the field for 2021 Commencement

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in May, seventy physicians and three graduate students from SIU School of Medicine received their diplomas at the school’s 47th annual commencement.

SIU Medicine awards degrees at 2020 Commencement

May 13, 2020 – SPRINGFIELD - Seventy new physicians and a graduate student at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine achieved degrees Saturday, May 16, in the school’s virtual celebration of

SIU Medicine Grants Medical Degrees at 45th Commencement

Sixty-five physicians and three graduate students at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine received their diplomas Saturday, May 18, in the Sangamon Auditorium at University of Illinois

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