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Illinois health officials suspect a handful of children in the Chicago region have a syndrome connected to COVID-19, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health and a physician on a task force looking into the syndrome.

For fourth-year medical students, spring is normally the time for an important rite of passage. They finish  classes and find out where they’ll spend the next several years doing their residencies.

The coronavirus pandemic has turned all that upside down.

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At a special meeting of the SIU Board of Trustees Monday, SIU School of Medicine Dean Jerry Kruse provided an update on the COVID-19 response.

Faculty, staff, and students at SIU's School of Medicine are on the front lines fighting COVID-19. Dean Jerry Kruse says researchers are volunteering to help in testing labs, students are helping to care for the children of front-line healthcare workers, and dozens of others are stepping up to do what they can.

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Alzheimer's affects more than five million Americans, but the disease is still a mystery to scientists and doctors. Some patients and caregivers are hoping to help change that by joining clinical trials.

Bob Scott is a patient at the Alzheimer’s Center at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. His wife, Janet, is his caregiver, and is helping Bob as he takes part in a clinical trial for a new drug.

The first ever Find Hope Here Southern Illinois Suicide Prevention Conference recently concluded at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is sometimes called "the silent killer," but a new clinical trial will investigate if sound waves can affect it.

SIU Medicine researchers are enrolling patients in a study to see if ultrasound energy can be used to improve blood pressure and reduce the reliance on medication.

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is set to confer medical degrees to 65 students and PhDs to three graduate students this weekend.

Dr. Senait Fisseha is the commencement speaker and recipient of this year's Distinguished Alumna Award.

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Southern Illinois University's medical school has opened a specialty clinic to serve children in the foster care system with the goal of reducing disruptions in their health care.

The State Journal-Register reports that the university's Center for Family Medicine opened the Kids Health Harbor clinic earlier this month.

SIU Medical School Opens Clinic in Taylorville Hospital

Jan 15, 2019
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Southern Illinois University School of Medicine now has a Center for Family Medicine clinic inside Taylorville Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed critical access facility.

The new SIU primary care clinic opened Tuesday and will initially be located in the Specialty Clinic space.

A federal judge has refused to grant class-action status to a lawsuit alleging wage discrimination against female doctors at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Centerstone is teaming up with nine community partners to try to improve the mental health of children and communities in southern Illinois.

A 200-thousand dollar planning grant from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation will help develop a plan for at-risk kids in Jackson, Williamson, Franklin and Perry Counties.

The Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU School of Medicine is hosting a roundtable discussion on human papillomavirus vaccinations - or HPV.

HPV is a viral infection that can cause various types of cancer, but medical experts say many people are unaware of its impact.

SIU and SIH Break Ground on New Facility

Jun 19, 2018
People wearing hard hats shovel dirt in groundbreaking ceremony.
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The SIU School of Medicine and Southern Illinois Healthcare came together on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 to break ground on a new clinic and teaching facility in Carbondale. 

The 40,000 square foot building will house medical residents and students in the physician assistant program. It will provide expanded space for teaching and patient care and help provide healthcare to Southern Illinois.  

The number of students who stay to practice in the rural community is much higher than the national average. 

Attorneys for Southern Illinois University School of Medicine indicate they will ask a judge to dismiss part of a lawsuit alleging wage discrimination because few female doctors have joined the litigation.

Dozens of first-year medical students will receive their white coats in an official ceremony later this week at the SIU School of Medicine.

The school’s curriculum has long been a leader in training doctors, and leaders recently took on the challenge of reinventing some aspects of that training – to make the students stronger.

Researchers are trying to gain greater insights into why people experience different health outcomes.  A healthcare expert from Illinois believes those differences could be reduced through community coalitions.

SIU’s School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine are working to incorporate more information about opioid use and abuse into their curriculum.

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This year, to honor excellence in the field of mental health care, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, handed out 26 awards nationwide to highlight exceptional service in the field of mental health care.  Two of those awards went to providers in southern Illinois: The SIU School of Medicine, The Trauma Informed Systems of Care Learning Collaborative, The Children's Medical and Mental Health Resource Network in Anna and the Poshard Foundation for Abused Children.  In this report, we will hear what this means to rural southern Illinois.

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The state of Illinois is officially filing for a waiver from the federal government to help provide better mental health services to Medicaid recipients.

The waiver would give the state access to two point seven billion dollars in federal Medicaid funds to restructure how the program handles mentally ill patients. Governor Bruce Rauner says the idea is to create a system that focuses on early intervention and prevention.

A five-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aims to get health professionals focusing on population health, and Southern Illinois University's School of Medicine will help lead the training.

Researchers and medical providers will gather this week to talk about cancer, in an attempt to change not just the number of people affected, but also to understand why incidences are different from place to place.

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Southern Illinois University is out with its list of potential cuts, if Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget is passed - and if the budget impasse continues, it could be even worse.

SIU School of Medicine Holds Annual Doll Clinic

Mar 3, 2016
Doll Clinic
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Some SIU School of Medicine students had a chance to give check ups to some unusual patients on Thursday.

They were dolls and stuffed animals.

It’s part of the annual doll clinic held in conjunction with SIU head start.