The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine at
Springfield is one of 5 campuses in the Southern Illinois
University system. Southern Illinois University began
as a teachers’ college in the late 1800s, and the School
of Medicine was opened in 1969. The first year of medical school is spent on the Carbondale campus; the
remaining 3 years are spent on the Springfield campus.
The Carbondale campus is located in a rustic setting;
the Springfield campus is located in the state capital.
4-year modern. Academic year begins in August. First
year: Designed to develop competence in several disciplines basic to medicine, such as physiology,
biochemistry, anatomy, behavioral sciences, humanities, and clinical medicine, the curriculum is organized
around organ systems, focuses on the normal organism,
and is taught in Carbondale. Second year: Presented in
Springfield, instruction is integrated and organized
around organ systems, but the focus is on abnormalities associated with disease. The major academic
disciplines include gastrointestinal diseases and clinical medicine. Third year: Clinical clerkships are
provided in the following major specialties: internal
medicine, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics,
family practice, psychiatry, and physician-patient relationships. Fourth year: Multiple weeks of elective
study that may include advanced clinical clerkships,
basic science research, and medical application of
ancillary disciplines. Fourth year clerkships in medical
humanities and neurology are mandatory.
Minority admissions: The school sponsors a nondegree-granting Medical-Dental Education Preparatory
Program (MED-PREP) for disadvantaged students.
Other degree programs: The 6-year MD-JD program is
open to all in-state and out-of-state applicants.This type
of combined program is offered by only a limited number of medical schools.
The minimum premedical science courses plus English
and mathematics are recommended. An interview is a
prerequisite to acceptance. Invitations for an interview
are extended to those whose record indicates achievement in academics, extracurricular activities, and
employment and volunteer experiences. Preference is
shown to Southern and Central Illinois residents. Interviews take place either in Springfield or Carbondale.
Transfer and advanced standing: School will consider
applications from students in good standing at other
U.S. LCME-accredited allopathic medical colleges.
For requirements contact the Office of StudentAffairs.
An Honors/Pass/Fail system is used. Students must
pass Step 1 of the USMLE before graduation.
Teaching: The educational program is conducted at
both the medical education facilities in Carbondale and
the medical center in Springfield. The split campus
allows the School of Medicine to maximize the existing resources of a major university and the
long-established clinical facilities in Springfield:
Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital.
Libraries: One library is located within Carbondale’s
Morris Library Science Division, consists of more than
100,000 bound volumes, and subscribes to 1000 periodicals. In Springfield, the library is located in the
Medical Instruction Facility, contains 113,000 bound
volumes and subscribes to 1600 periodicals. Housing:
Married housing units are available in Carbondale. In
Springfield, only off-campus housing is available.