Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program (P4)

Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program (P4)

Because of the Corona Virus Pandemic effects on all aspects of our lives, Pipeline activities this academic year will be online.

High school freshmen interested in becoming doctors are invited to the Physician Pipeline
Preparatory Program (P4), sponsored by SIU School of Medicine, Springfield Public School District 186 and the Sangamon County Medical Society. P4 places freshmen high school students alongside medical students and other professionals for a rigorous curriculum introducing them to the field of medicine and exposing them to dozens of physician career possibilities.

P4 is a four-year, after-school program featuring two, 2-week modules of study during the academic year. It recruits a diverse group of students who want to become physicians and provides support, leadership opportunities and a variety of hands-on experiences to assist them in pursuing this career goal. P4 students are expected to remain in the program throughout their high school education.

The selection process for P4 begins with submission of an application packet. Only incoming high school freshmen are eligible. The application must include evidence of high academic performance (GPA at least 2.5) and attendance rate of at least 80%. THE SELECTION COMMITTEE FAVORS APPLICANTS FROM UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS (African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and Pacific Islanders), as well as potential first-generation college students and those who might not otherwise be able to pursue premedical experiences.

Additional Facts About the Program
• A program director monitors participants’ grades, attendance, and behavior in high school, as well as during P4 activities.
• Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in high school, or greater to remain in P4.
• All students must be enrolled in a rigorous high school curriculum. Disciplinary problems, attendance issues, or other matters that impact a student’s success in the program will be reviewed by P4 administrators.

Questions regarding P4 should be directed to:
• Nalo Mitchell, Coordinator of School, Family and Community Relations, Springfield Public Schools, 217-525-3047 or
• Cheree Morrison, PhD. Director of Secondary Schools and Programs, 217-525-3017 or
• Dr. Wesley G. McNeese, or Lesley Barfield, at SIU School of Medicine, 217-545-7334
Physician Pipeline Preparatory Program (P4) 2020-2021 Application


1. One letter of recommendation: teacher or school administrator.

2. Personal essay explaining interest in P4, career plans and other goals. Essay should be typed, double-spaced and not more than 250 words.

3. A summary of student experiences (form attached)


Complete the application; sign and return, along with the essay and recommendation sheet to one of the following:

• PLEASE NOTE: ALL District 186 students must submit their application online at
• Email to Wes McNeese, MD, or Lesley Barfield-Robinson at SIU School of Medicine

If you do not complete a particular section of the application, please explain why.

Note: Prospective P4 Student Virtual Interviews will be held October 5-9, 2020. Applicants will be notified of the times and other details.

A virtual student/parent informational meeting will be held at 5 pm on October 27, 2020. All new students are strongly encouraged to attend. Current pipeline students may attend as well.

First Study Module is November 16-19 & November 23 - 24, 2020
Second Study Module is TBD

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