Clinical And Research Experience
Registration Form & Deadline
Students on Probation
CARE is a system for registering student participation in summer experiences
MPEE) between the first and second years of medical school.
You must complete a minimum of
15 working days of medically-related activities
to apply for CARE and you must pay summer
If you will be participating in any volunteer summer
experiences that involve patient
contact, you must be registered for
CARE to assure that
you are covered by
SIUSOM malpractice insurance. If you are employed by
a facility and have patient contact,
your employer will be responsible
for your malpractice insurance; you will not qualify for
Examples of CARE activities:
• clinical shadowing or office work involving patient contact
• clinical chart studies or reviews
• research activities in a laboratory
• MECO (Illinois State Medical Society, Medical Education Community Orientation)
• IAFP (Illinois Academy of Family Physicians Summer Externships)
• SIHF (Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation) projects
• other clinical or research activities (either established programs or
Medically-related employment and military training do not qualify
for CARE. With the
exception of MECO and IAFP, programs that provide a
or stipend are not eligible for
CARE. Contact Dr.
Sandra Shea if you
are uncertain whether your summer plans qualify.
Leslie Fry provides
information about financial aid. Note that international projects are
Your mentor does not have to be an M.D. or a D.O. For example, it is
acceptable to work in a
rural clinic whose head is an R.N. If you have
questions, please contact Dr.
Any experience less than 15 working days is not eligible. You may, however,
multiple activities (e.g., shadowing more than one physician)
so long as they total at least 15
working days. The days do not have
to be consecutive.
Students who complete CARE activities and fulfill all obligations will
have the three weeks
documented on their transcripts.
Registration Form & Deadline
Registration forms for CARE, including special forms required for international
below), are due by April 1, 2014 (deadline is firm). Click
here to download the registration form
in MS Word. Submit the signed
form in hard copy to Sarah
Merideth (Lindegren Hall room
If you plan to attend more than one activity (i.e., different mentors
and/or different facilities),
submit a registration form for each activity.
If you do not have complete information (such as address or phone number),
submit the form by
the deadline and provide the missing information to
Sarah Merideth as soon as possible.
By registering for CARE, you are agreeing to the following terms:
• that you are applying for full-time summer enrollment
• that you wish to be eligible for malpractice/liability insurance
• that you plan to complete a minimum of 15 working days of CARE activities
• that you wish to be eligible for financial aid
you will report any changes in activities to Sarah
Merideth as soon as you know
but not limited to, cancellations, date changes, mentor/supervisor
in financial awards received
• that you will pay summer fees (see below)
if you apply for and receive financial aid but do not meet CARE requirements,
will be responsible for reimbursing the full amount
of aid received
it is my responsibility to attend a meeting in April to discuss the documenation
deadlines that may be required for this activity.
The meeting will cover how to
determine what my mentor and his/her facility
requires in the way of
documentation and to let Linda Herrold know which
of the following
documentation I need no later than May 1st:
Basic Life Support card
health insurance card
SIU liability certificate
affiliation agreement between SIU SOM and CARE facility
hand washing technique/OSHA standards
animal protocol training
Click here for more information about Summer 2014 – Information
on Fees, Projects,
Registration Requirements, Health Insurance, Malpractice
Before the academic year ends you will be given two evaluation forms
for each CARE activity.
You are required to submit a student evaluation,
of both the experience and your mentor, within
10 calendar days
of finishing your experience. You are to give the other evaluation
your mentor, who will evaluate the experience and your performance.
paid envelopes are provided, or the forms may be faxed.
All student evaluations must be signed and returned to Sarah
Merideth in a timely manner in
order to fulfill CARE obligations. Students may
ask to receive copies of the mentor evaluations,
as they become part
of your permanent file.
There are many summer programs available to students. The MPEE
site and the internet are
good tools for finding summer
experiences. Some programs contact us with their information.
are available in the student lounge. Click
here to see their program
Students doing CARE projects on the Springfield campus will be given
their School of Medicine
ID badge for use during the summer.
International projects are not permitted as part of CARE.
Students on Probation
A student who has not passed Year One and is not allowed to remediate
may not do a CARE
project. A student who is scheduled to be promoted
to Year Two but who is still on probation
may only do a CARE project
under an SIU affiliated mentor. Remediating students approved for
must meet with the CARE coordinator to determine a workable schedule
around their commitment to summer remediation.