Health Resources

Student Medical Insurance Plan 

Student Medical Insurance Coverage: Student Health Services website.

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Student Health Services
374 East Grand Avenue - MC 6740
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Springfield Medical Students:

Medical students located in Springfield should contact the SIU Center for Family and Community Medicine. 

   SIU Center for Family and Community Medicine:
   20 North 4th Street
   Springfield, IL 62704
   Schedule Appointments: 217-545-8000

Dr. Rachel Rahman and Dr. Ankit Sharma are the designated medical student doctors. 

  • To Make Appointments: Contact the Call Center at 217-545-8000

  • Triage Nurse: For questions not related to regular scheduling or billing - Michaela Blackburn 217-747-1371

  • Hours: Mondy & Wednesday: 8:00 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • After Hours: Call the answering service at 217-545-8000 and ask for the Center for the Family Medicine doctor on call.

Student Medical Benefit Extended Care Fee Refund

  • If you are covered by another insurance carrier and desire a refund of the Student Medical Benefit Extended Care fee, an application for a refund must be submitted during the first two weeks of the Fall semester and Spring semester
  • The application must be made EACH semester that a refund is desired. However, if you are covered by another insurance carrier, maintaining the SIUC Student Medical Extended Care Plan may further reduce the costs of claims to you.
  • Petition to Waive
  • Waiving the student health insurance plan does not exclude access to the Carbondale on-campus Student Health Center.

Springfield Student Health Insurance

  • The SIU Family & Community Medicine Clinic is your primary care provider.
  • Medical students pay two fees for healthcare.
    • The first fee covers your primary care, including labs and simple x-rays.
    • The second fee covers referrals, ER visits, and more expensive tests. The second fee (extended care fee) may be refundable if you show proof of other insurance coverage.

Primary Care: Dr. Ankit Sharma and Dr. Rachel Rahman are your primary contacts at SIU Medicine Center for Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Careyana Brenham is the Director. 

  • To schedule an appointment, call 217-545-8000, and be sure to identify yourself as a medical student.
  • Another student or resident should not evaluate you unless you waive that right.
  • You will have to pay the co-pay of $10.00 to go to SIU Medicine Center for Family and Community Medicine.
  • If a provider orders labs or simple x-rays, you should get these at Memorial Medical Center and show them your SIU School of Medicine Student Photo Identification Card.
  • Specialty Care, Emergency Room Visits, and Expensive Tests: To have any of these paid for, you must have prior approval. If approved, there is a $100.00 per year deductible you must pay. After that, your insurance will cover 80% of the agreed cost. You will be responsible for the remaining 20%. All bills should be directed to SIU Family and Community Medicine.

Needle Sticks & Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure

  • During work hours: From 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., immediately call the ID Nurse at 217-545-8970, pager # 217-492-2446, located at MMC in Room A474.
  • After hours, Weekends, or Holidays: Call the SIU Answering Service at 217-545-5880 and have them page the ID physician on call.

The following exposure forms also need to be completed:

Mental Health Counseling

  • SIU Behavioral/Mental Health Service at SIU Family and Community Medicine - both mental and health counseling available.  

  • Other providers will also be available soon. Dr. Constance, Dr. Rahmen, and Dr. Sharma are all available depending on your comfort level to assist you in accessing mental health providers.

  • You may schedule an appointment by calling 217-545-8000.