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Public Higher Education Bulletin

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Sole Source #5322

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info
Published Wednesday May 23, 2001
Awarded to:
Vendor:  Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL,
Amount:  $295,745.95
Terms:   One-time transaction
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Tuesday May 8, 2001
The University awarded a contract for academic and administrative services to Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL, for $295,745.95.
Pathology is a clinical subspeciality in the field of medicine and a core course to meet the USMLE board requirements for graduations from an accredited medical school. In the curriculum for SIU School of Medicine students, pathology is a required segment of the curriculum. This instruction necessitates extensive curriculum planning and development of course materials for use at the School of Medicine and participating institutions; academic interface with other clinical departments; and coordination of pathology faculty for participation and presentation in order to successfully administer this clinical science. In addition, six pathology electives of 2-4 weeks in duration are offered in the fourth year of medical school training. These electives require faculty support in the development of course content, coordination of programs and clinical supervision.

With no pathology faculty members holding full-time appointments at SIU School of Medicine, it is necessary to utilize external resources to fulfill these academic and administrative responsibilities. As Memorial Medical Center has a long-standing affiliation agreement with the University and employs a fine professional staff of pathologists, the University negotiated and contracted with this institution for the services of 2 FTE pathologists. This arrangement has provided the continuity of curriculum development and delivery consistently necessary for program success.

To insure this stability, it is imparative that SIU School of Medicine renew this professional agreement with Memorial Medical Center. To seek competitive bids would prove ineffective and unproductive both academically in the continuity of curriculum activities and administratvely in the intra and interdepartmental working relationships within the medical school of the University.
For additional information, contact:
Dennis Fruge

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