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Points of Pride

For nearly 50 years, SIU Medicine has been innovative in all areas of our mission: education, patient care, research and service to the community. Below is a sampling of some of our proudest achievements.


SIU School of Medicine receives three international awards for excellence in medical education. 


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Unmatched Accreditation

SIU School of Medicine is the only medical school in the U.S. to have received two consecutive accreditations (2008, 2015) with no citations from the accrediting body, Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)

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Standardized Patients

SIU School of Medicine was founded on innovation in education. Standardized patients are one example of an innovative medical education concept that is now the standard throughout the world.

Model Patients, Model Medical School

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Lung Volume Reduction Surgery

Our program, headed by alumnus Dr. Stephen Hazelrigg, is one of only five centers in the United States.


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Fertility & IVF Center

The SIU Fertility and IVF Center opened in 2009 to provide a comprehensive approach to finding solutions for infertile couples. SIU’s Center has ranked among the top five fertility centers in the nation by FindTheBest, an unbiased, data-driven comparison search engine. 

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Research Focus: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

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Research Focus: Flaxseed and Ovarian Cancer

Flaxseed & Ovarian Cancer

Adopt-a-School: Enos Elementary

For more than 30 years, SIU School of Medicine has partnered with Springfield School District 186's "Adopt a School" program. SIU School of Medicine "adopted" Enos Elementary, which sits just two blocks from the medical school campus. Programs include mentoring, holiday activities and regular doantions for shoes, winter clothes and books. 

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The Medical/Dental Education Preparatory Program (MEDPREP) was established in 1972 by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and has helped over 1,000 students successfully matriculate into medical or dental school.

MEDPREP provides assistance to educationally and/or economically disadvantaged students, preparing them to achieve success in the health professions.

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Community Health Workers

Access to Care Collaborative keeps Enos Park residents from falling through the health care cracks

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Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program (P4)

The Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program, or P4, gives young people a head start into medical careers and provides them with early mentors within the Springfield medical community. The after-school program is sponsored by SIU School of Medicine in partnership with Springfield Public Schools (SPS) and the Sangamon County Medical Society.

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A collaboration targets the patients who need the most help to break the cycle of using the ER for regular health care.

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Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)

These programs allow our family medicine clinics to provide special programs for low income and uninsured patients. Patient Center Medical Home clinics provide primary care services for the entire family, including women’s health, children’s health (school and sports physicals, immunizations), adults and geriatric care. Community Health Centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), are nonprofit, community-directed health care providers located in medically underserved rural and urban communities where health care resources are scarce.. SIU Family and Community Medicine has five FQHCs, also known as Community Health Centers: Springfield with additional access points in Jacksonville and Lincoln, Decatur and Quincy) and five PCMH designations (Carbondale, Decatur, Springfield, Quincy, West Frankfort)  The Department of Pediatrics was named a PCMH in 2017.

Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine & Applied Sciences

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Research Focus: Aging

Dr. Andrzej Bartke, Director of SIU's Aging & Longevity Research Laboratory, has won several major research awards, including the Methuselah award for generating the world's oldest mouse.

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42% of our practicing SOM alumni are fulfilling our mission in 72 counties in Illinois.

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