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Springfield, IL 62794

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

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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.

Unique Programs

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.

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