Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine recently hosted a program for potential medical students to showcase the pool of health care talent in the area.
The program was an initiative of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Springfield program, which is designed to help emerging community leaders develop their skills in a variety of career sectors. The program allows participants the opportunity to take part in real-life training.
Participants in the recent program were able to sit in on actual medical student training as well as clinic skills simulation sessions led by SIU nurse educators.
Additionally, they were able to observe SIU students studying to be physicians, nurses and first responders as they trained.
Health care ranks as the No. 1 employment sector in the city of Springfield, and Sangamon County ranks third in the state of Illinois for clinical care.
Although Sangamon County and Springfield are home to many skilled health care providers, the area ranks in the bottom fifth of all Illinois counties with regard to overall health outcomes.
During the SIU program, speakers addressed the need for health providers in specific areas and also conducted a question and answer period for sharing ideas about how to make Springfield and its residents healthier.