Loyola is a private school with a Jesuit Catholic heritage. The Stritch School of Medicine was founded in
1870. It was located in Chicago until 1969 when Loyola opened its medical center campus in Maywood, a
suburban community located about 12 miles from
downtown Chicago. The medical school is affiliated
with a number of hospitals in and around Chicago that
offer clinical training sites for medical students.
4-year semitraditional. First and second years: The
first year familiarizes the students with the science
basic to normal structure and function of the body from
cell to organ. The Patient-Centered Medicine I course
provides students with skills and experiences crucial in
the patient-doctor relationship. The second year familiarizes students with the mechanisms of human disease
and the therapeutic approach. The Patient-Centered
Medicine course expands the clinical skills and reasoning to allow transition to the third year. It is devoted
to developing an understanding of the sciences basic to
the practice of medicine. During the early clinical experience course, students are provided training in clinical
skills and experiences in ambulatory medicine settings.
Third and fourth years: Organized into clinical clerkships. The core curriculum includes medicine (12
weeks), surgery (12 weeks), pediatrics (6 weeks), psychiatry (6 weeks), family medicine (6 weeks),
neurology (4 weeks), obstetrics and gynecology (6
weeks), and subinternship experiences in medicine or
pediatrics including critical care experience (8 weeks).
Students also take between 32 and 40 weeks of electives during these 2 years.Through these electives, they
anticipate their residency training and prepare for
careers in medicine suited to their particular interests
Minority admissions: The school sponsors a summer
enrichment program for premedical students. The program combines academic and clinical experiences that
are designed to prepare students for physician careers
in medicine. Other degree program: MD-PhD dual
This school requires satisfactory completion of the
basic premedical science courses, all with laboratory.
A semester or quarter of biochemistry can be substituted for part of the organic chemistry requirements.
About half of the first-year openings are generally
filled by Illinois residents. A preliminary screening of
the AMCAS Application is done to determine applications considered competitive. Transfer and advanced
standing: Space for transfers from domestic schools are
based upon attrition.
The system used is Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail. Student performance is regularly reviewed by the Office
of Student Affairs in accordance with the provision of
the Academic Policy Manual. Students must pass Step
1 and Step 2 of the USMLE.
Teaching: Teaching spaces, including a Clinical Skills
Center, are designed to support curriculum that emphasizesproblem-basedlearningandsmall-groupdiscussion
methods. Clinical teaching takes place at the university
hospital and ambulatory center, the Hines VAHospital,
and affiliated hospitals. Other: Research facilities are
available at the medical center. Library: The Health
Sciences Library has 1420 electronic journals, 188,431
serial volumes and 57,727 books. Housing: There is no