Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine


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 and talents.

Unique Programs

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 degree program.


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 on-campus housing.

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