Stritch School of Medicine

Stritch School of Medicine

History of the School

Loyola Medical School is a School of Loyola University and was established in 1909 and had its variations of affiliations through its timeline which are highlighted below:

  • When the School of established it was affiliated with Illinois Medical College.
  • In 1910 the Bennett Medical College approached the School for affiliation which then resulted in the formation of Bennett Medical College of Loyola University.

The merging of Bennett Medical College gave the trustees of Loyola permission to supervise the curriculum and prohibit doctrine as opposed to Christian morality.

On 9th February 1920 the school gained accreditation from the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association. Since then the school has been getting constant accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

In honor of Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago, who played a vital role in securing the School’s future through fundraising archdiocesan monetary support it was decided to change the Schools name to Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) on 15th April 1948.

Stritch School of Medicine Departments

Basic Sciences Departments

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Cell & Molecular Physiology
  • Integrative Cell Biology
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular Pharmacology and Neuroscience
  • Public Health Sciences
  • Cancer Biology
    • Clinical Departments

    • Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
    • Family Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Medicine
    • Allergy
    • Cardiology
    • Dermatology
    • Endocrinology
    • Gastroenterology
    • General Internal Medicine
    • Health Services Research Program
    • Hematology/Oncology
    • Hepatology
    • Hospital Medicine
    • Infectious Disease
    • Nephrology
    • Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
    • Rheumatology
    • Neurological Surgery
    • Neurology
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology
    • Ophthalmology
    • Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation
    • Otolaryngology
    • Pathology
    • Pediatrics
    • Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
    • Radiation Oncology
    • Radiology
    • Surgery
    • Colon and Rectal Surgery
    • General Surgery
    • GI/Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Intra-Abdominal Transplant Surgery
    • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    • Surgical Oncology
    • Surgical Research
    • Trauma, Surgical Critical Care & Burns
    • Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
    • Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
    • Urology

    Stritch School of Medicine Research Institutes & Programs

  • Alcohol Research Program
  • Bioethics Institute
  • Burn and Shock Trauma Research Institute
  • Cardiovascular Research Institute
  • Center For Biomedical Informatics
  • Infectious Disease & Immunology Research Institute
  • Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center
  • STAR Program/MD with Honors in Research Program

  • Stritch School of Medicine Admission Requirements

    • If a candidate has obtained their degree in an institute which was outside of U.S. or Canada they need to take a year of course work in the U.S. or Canada before applying.
    • The candidate applying should have the following course work:
    • At least 8 of these credits must be in a chemistry-based discipline (examples are organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry). No AP credits will be accepted for these.
    • At least 3 of these credits must be in organic chemistry. No AP credits will be accepted for these.
    • At least 8 of these credits must be in a biology-based discipline (examples are physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry) No AP credits will be accepted for these.
    • At least 1 lab course in a biology-related discipline and 1 lab course in a chemistry-related discipline (note “course” rather than “credits” to reflect the varying ways lab courses are weighted).
    • The remaining credits may be any combination of courses in biology, chemistry, physics, or math. No more than 6 AP credits will be accepted toward the remaining total credit requirement.
    • Prerequisite courses must be taken in-person. Online courses are not acceptable to fulfill prerequisite requirements.
    • Candidate should be a permanent resident, a U.S. citizen or be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services during the time of application procedure.
    • Online classes do not fulfill the course work requirements.
    • Should fulfill all technical requirements
    • Technical Requirements


      Candidates must be able to acquire information from demonstrations and participate in experiments of science, including but not limited to such things as a dissection of cadavers; examination of specimens in anatomy, pathology, and neuroanatomy laboratories; and microscopic study of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states. Candidates must be able to accurately acquire information from patients and assess findings. They must be able to perform a complete physical examination in order to integrate findings based on this information and to develop an appropriate diagnostic and treatment plan. These skills require the use of vision, hearing, and touch or the functional equivalent.

      Candidates must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with patients, their families, health care personnel, colleagues, faculty, staff, and all other individuals with whom they come in contact. Candidates must be able to obtain a medical history in a timely fashion, interpret non-verbal aspects of communication, and establish therapeutic relationships with patients. Candidates must be able to record information accurately and clearly, and; communicate effectively and efficiently in English with other health care professionals in a variety of patient settings.

      Candidates must, after a reasonable period of training1, independently possess the capacity to perform physical examinations and diagnostic maneuvers. They must be able to respond to clinical situations in a timely manner and provide general and emergency care. These activities require some physical mobility, coordination of both gross and fine motor neuromuscular function and balance and equilibrium.

      Candidates must be able to assimilate the detailed and complex information presented in the medical student curriculum. They must be able to learn through a variety of modalities including, but not limited to, classroom instruction; small group, team and collaborative activities; individual study; preparation and presentation of reports; simulations and use of computer technology. Candidates must be able to memorize, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, synthesize, and transmit information. They must recognize and draw conclusions about three-dimensional spatial relationships and logical sequential relationships among events. They must be able to formulate and test hypotheses that enable effective and timely problem-solving in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in a variety of clinical settings and health care systems.

      Candidates must demonstrate the maturity and emotional stability required for full use of their intellectual abilities. They must accept responsibility for learning, exercising good judgment, and promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to their curriculum and to the diagnosis and care of patients. Candidates must display characteristics of integrity, honesty, attendance and conscientiousness, empathy, a sense of altruism, and a spirit of cooperation and teamwork. They must understand the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of medicine and function within both the law and ethical standards of the medical profession. Candidates must be able to interact with patients and their families, health care personnel, colleagues, faculty, staff, and all other individuals with whom they come in contact in a courteous, professional, and respectful manner. The candidate for the MD degree must accept responsibility for learning, and exercise good judgment. Candidates must be able to contribute to collaborative, constructive learning environments; accept constructive feedback from others, and; take personal responsibility for making appropriate positive changes. Candidates must have the physical and emotional stamina and resilience to tolerate physically taxing workloads and function in a competent and professional manner under highly stressful situations, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility, and manage the uncertainty inherent in the care of patients and the health care system. In accord with the Jesuit educational tradition of SSOM, students must be genuinely able to take into account the spiritual needs and faith tradition of patients and to call upon the resources of chaplains as members of the healthcare team.

    Admission Procedure

      STEP 1: AMCAS Application (June 1-November 1)

      The candidate should fill out the primary application via American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) which beings in early April.

      STEP 2: Loyola Medical School Supplemental Application (July-December)

      Candidates who complete their AMCAS primary application will be sent the Loyola Medical School Supplemental Application which includes short answers and essay questions. Through this application, the candidate presents their insights and experiences. Letters of recommendation have to be summited in this application.

      Letters of Recommendation

      The candidate has to submit a minimum of 3 letters and a maximum of 6.

    • A committee letter is preferred, but not required. If your school does not offer a committee letter, it is not a problem.  If your school offers a committee letter and you DO NOT have one, you may wish to provide a brief explanation in your supplemental application under question 4.
    • All original faculty letters must contain signatures.
    • Two science faculty letters and one non-science faculty letter are highly recommended.
    • For a graduate student, it is best to request a letter from their graduate advisor and/or any appropriate professors.
    • STEP 4: Interview (August-February)

      After the completion of the application process, the applications are reviewed by the admission committee and those selected are called in for an interview.

      STEP 5: Acceptance Notice (October 15-Until Class is filled)


      Fee Structure





      Housing & Utilities


      Books & Supplies


      Hospital Ins


      Disability Ins






      Financial Aid

      More than 80% of the students at Stritch School of Medicine receive financial aid. For financial aid the applications start in October. These applications are available on FAFSA website and are free of cost. The code for the school is 001710.


      Loyola School of Medicine gives scholarships to students who are academically excelling and are in need of the scholarship. The application for the scholarship can be found on FAFSA website and should be mailed to the federal processor latest by 1st March. The scholarship is not subject to repayment; or low-interest loans with repayment deferred until after graduation.

      Outside Scholarship Resources

      Private scholarships and grants from private corporations, businesses, Clubs, and Professional Organizations are also given to students. Some of them are:

    • African American Student Scholarships
    • Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarships
    • Illinois and Chicago Scholarships
    • Latino/a and Hispanic Student Scholarships
    • LGBT Scholarships
    • National Scholarships
    • Native American Student Scholarships
    • Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
    • There are many online services that provide scholarships, such as:

    • College Board
    • CollegeData
    • College Resource Network
    • College
    • College Toolkit
    • CollegeNET
    • FastWeb
    • FinAid
    • The Foundation Center
    • The Gates Millenium Scholars
    • com
    • National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs
    • OMP Scholarship Directory
    • Peterson’s
    • Sallie Mae
    • Scholarship Experts
    • com
    • Student Savings: The Ultimate Scholarship Resource Guide
    • United Negro College Fund
    • Wintergreen/Orchard House Scholarship Database

    Health Sciences Library


    • The library facilitates biomedical discovery by connecting the Health Sciences Division and Loyola University Medical Center with the best knowledge available. We acquire, organize, and disseminate needed information, provide educational outreach, and design and deliver innovative programming for user-focused support of education, research, and patient care.
    • Vision

    • We believe the library exists at the heart of the academic corridor to connect, inspire, inform, and support the intellectual and health care communities we serve. We are committed to:
    • Service that anticipates and responds to the community by viewing needs from the user perspective.
    • Timely and seamless access to information resources that are available when and where needed.
    • We combine innovative programming and traditional services that reflect and respond to community needs and transform students, faculty, and staff.
    • We design and deliver information skills training to support the autonomous use of the best available evidence for research, teaching, patient care, and lifelong-learning in the preferred format.
    • Evaluation and assessment to ensure positive outcomes and responsible stewardship.
    • Library space that inspires, connects, and facilitates learning and collaboration to meet community needs now and in the future.
    • Values

    • We value service excellence, diversity, and a warm, welcoming presence.
    • We value intellectual and academic freedom.
    • We are proud of our role in academic and research excellence.
    • We value information literacy and see it as a core value in a democratic society.
    • We respect the Jesuit values of service, commitment to excellence, faith and the religious experience, service that promotes justice, values-based leadership, and global awareness.
    • Hours of the library are

      Monday-Thursday 8:30am – 7:00pm

      Friday 8:30 – 5:00pm

      Public Holidays observed are

    • New Year’s Day: January 1
    • Martin Luther King Jr, Day: January 20
    • Good Friday: April 10
    • Memorial Day: May 25
    • Independence Day: July 3
    • Labor Day: September 7
    • Thanksgiving: November 26 and 27

    Stritch School of Medicine Facilities

      Places to eat

    • SSOM Cafeteria
    • Hospital Cafeteria
    • Fitness Center
    • Subway in the Hospital Cafeteria
    • Jazzman Café in Hospital Tower
    • Cancer Center Café Main Entrance
    • Einstein Bagel in the Outpatient Center
    • Stritch School of Medicine Student Organizations


    • American Medical Association (AMA)
    • American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
    • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
    • ATC Clinic Health Coaching Program
    • Back on My Feet
    • Bone Marrow Transplant Awareness Group
    • Business in Medicine (BiM)
    • Catholic Medical Association
    • Christian Medical and Dental Association
    • CommunityHealth – Primary Care Clinic
    • CommunityHealth Clinic – Phlebotomy Lab
    • Culture in Medicine
    • Evolutionary Medicine
    • Fresh Start
    • Housing Forward
    • Iranian American Medical Association (IAMA)
    • Jewish Student Association
    • Latino Medical Student Association
    • Loyola Initiative for Global Health Transformation (LIGHT)
    • Muslim Medical Student Association
    • National Arab American Medical Association NextGen
    • Neighborhood Health Initiative
    • New Life Volunteering Society (NLVS)
    • Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)
    • Polish American Medical Student Society (PAMSS)
    • Programming in Medicine (PiM)
    • She’s The First (STF)
    • South Asian Medical Student Association (SAMSA)
    • Stritch Citizen Physicians
    • Stritch Pride
    • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
    • Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP)
    • Syrian American Medical Society
    • Veteran Health Partners

    • Addiction Medicine Interest Group
    • Anesthesiology Interest Group
    • BNGAP Academic Medicine Interest Group
    • Cardiovascular Interest Group (CVIG)
    • Dermatology Interest Group
    • Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)
    • Family Medicine Interest Group
    • Geriatrics Interest Group
    • Hospital Medicine Interest Group
    • Integrative Medicine Interest Group
    • Internal Medicine Interest Group
    • Interventional Radiology Interest Group (IRIG)
    • Mental Illness & Neurological Disease (MIND)
    • Neonatology Interest Group
    • Neurosurgery Interest Group (NSIG)
    • Oncology Interest Group
    • Ophthalmology Interest Group
    • Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group
    • Otolaryngology Interest Group
    • Pediatric Interest Group (PIG)
    • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) Interest Group
    • Radiation Oncology Interest Group
    • Society of Women’s Health
    • Sports Medicine Interest Group (SMIG)
    • Student Interest Group for Neurology (SIGN)
    • Surgery Interest Group
    • Thoracic Surgery Interest Group
    • Urology Interest Group
    • Vascular Surgery Interest Group

    • Enrich Urban Farming and Gardening
    • Healing Notes
    • Medical French
    • Stritch Pong
    • Visual Arts Wellness Group
    • Stritch School of Medicine Other Facilities

      Apart from all these facilities the campus also has a Burn Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Level I Trauma Center, parking deck, energy building, oral health center, new emergency room, parking facility, shuttle service, library, and a fitness center.

      The campus has all sorts of recreational as well as medical facilities for its students and staff.

    Tips and Tricks for a Flourishing Life at Medical College

      Find a study friend

      It may be helpful to study in the same course with a classmate or a group of people for exams that are more content-based. This way, together you can go over the topics and quiz and teach the content to each other. Also, telling others what you know will help you better understand it. Students in study groups usually learn more easily than those learning alone. If you don’t understand a definition, ask questions from your fellow members of the group that will help you understand. Having someone clear your confusion saves time trying to figure out difficult concepts that you’d have spent. A group study helps you to equate your notes to other students. If you’re not a great note-taker, you can see how other students take notes and correct any errors that may have. If you’re a great note-taker, your fellow students can use their notes to help fill in the gaps. So, grab a study buddy to improve your performance.

      Study in a quiet environment, with limited distractions

      Every time you study in a noisy environment, you often find yourself listening to conversations with other people, or letting your mind wander away. That does little to help you concentrate on your studies. Once you have begun studying in a distraction-free zone, you will be able to concentrate so much more that, in turn, makes studying much less stressful and difficult. When you can concentrate on something you can generally understand the details faster and more effectively. This saves time and a task is achieved in a short span of time. This may sound surprising but being able to complete your research with higher concentration levels and save you money in less time. If you can concentrate more deeply on your studies, you’ll have less likely to need to find a mentor or repeat a course. This may sound surprising but being able to complete your research with higher concentration levels and actually save you money in less time. If you can concentrate more deeply on your studies, you’ll have less likely to need to find a mentor or repeat a course.

      Dr. Najeeb’s Lectures

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      Effective Utilization of time

      At medical college, you can no longer rely on your parents to keep a calendar of everything that’s going on and instead you must sort things for yourself. Add to this the way that a big extent of time at medical college will be spent feeling exhausted, because of too much studying or celebrating, and there is a formula for potential catastrophe. Practicals may collide with sports matches or a get-together may be going on when you intend to see your family. The most significant thing is to deal with your time productively. Revise your notes on a regular basis and always start early. Whenever any task or test is assigned to you don’t drag it till the last date, rather start early so you have the opportunity to ask others and perform well.

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