About SIU School of Medicine SIU School of Medicine was established in 1970 with a mission to educate physicians to remain in central and southern Illinois. We are a medical school with four areas of excellence: medical education, patient care, research and community service. Our 270 physicians treat patients throughout the region through our multidisciplinary clinics called SIU Medicine. We also engage in world-renowned research, notably in cancer, Alzheimer’s and audiology. Community service is a part of everything we do. As a community-based medical school, we don’t own our hospitals, but partner with numerous hospitals in Illinois to ensure the needs of the communities are met with a patient-centered focus. Our mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting their health-care needs through education, patient care, research and service to the community. We do this through the Triple Aim + 1: health care that is more effective, efficient, equitable and enjoyable. The SIU School of Medicine exists for two reasons: 1) to improve the delivery of health care and improve the health of the people of western, central and southern Illinois. 2) to advance the discipline of medicine. By educating physicians, physician assistants and scientists, by researching the causes and cures of disease and by caring for people and communities through systems of care, the team at SIU School of Medicine strives to meet the Triple aim + 1: Health care and education that’s effective, efficient, equitable and enjoyable.