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Cover Letter Medicine Residency Loyola

We choose students who will become physicians that care about standards of service, excellence, and dedicated patient care. Stritch students become good physicians not only because of what they have learned, but also because of who they are. Our application process allows students to express their personality, interests and abilities, as well as demonstrate their academic accomplishments. Members of the Committee on Admissions, who include faculty, residents and students, are devoted to selecting a diverse class of capable, multi-talented people who will be able to work well together as they begin the life-long study of medicine.

M.D./Ph.D. Program

Those interested in a career that combines the practice of clinical medicine with biomedical research should access our website to learn about our M.D./Ph.D. program. The 7-8 year dual degree curriculum is flexible, individually tailored, and provides an opportunity to work concurrently toward an M.D. and a Ph.D. degree in a basic science area of interest. Information on the M.D./Ph.D. program description and application requirements can be found on our website.


Sunday, June 8, 2014 - Friday, July 11, 2014
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) has a five-week program for students who want to pursue a career in medicine and have a desire to advocate for underserved communities. During the program, students are exposed to a comprehensive curriculum that integrates academic/science lectures, shadowing opportunities, professional development skills/tools, and a community service project that advances health equity. Information on the ASPIRE program, description and application requirements can be found on our website.

Application Process

 AMCAS Application June 1-November 15

The first step in applying to Stritch is to complete a standardized application, which is provided by the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) beginning in early April. Students submit this application electronically to AMCAS and designate which medical schools are to receive a copy.

Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037-1126
(202) 828-0600 or (202) 828-0400

 Stritch Supplemental Application September-April

Admissions officers at Stritch review AMCAS applications to determine which applicants will be sent the Stritch Supplemental Application, which includes short-answer and essay questions that allow students to present their personal experiences and insights. As part of the Supplemental Application, prospective students must also have letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf.

Stritch accepts applications from June 1 through November 15 each year. Since the school uses a rolling admissions process, however, those who submit their AMCAS application and all supporting materials in the summer and early fall will enhance their potential for being offered direct acceptance into the class.

First-time applicants who are unsuccessful in gaining admission to the Stritch School of Medicine may reapply. Third applications, however, are not encouraged, and Stritch’s Committee on Admissions will consider such only if significant improvement is evident in a letter requesting permission to submit a third application.     

 Letters of Recommendation September-April

Letters of Recommendation are accepted through the AMCAS letter service. In order for your file to be reviewed by the Committee on Admissions at the Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM), letters of recommendation are required from the following sources:

1. Either a packet from your Premedical Committee OR

2. Two science faculty letters and one non-science faculty letter. A letter from your premedical or academic advisor is optional.

3. If you have transferred during your undergraduate career, please request at least one letter from a faculty member at each school you attended. These letters may fulfill part of the requirements stated in number 2 above, or they may be submitted in addition to those requirements. If you feel the faculty members at some schools can no longer supply meaningful evaluations, please send a letter stating so.

4. If you are or were a graduate student, please request a letter from your graduate advisor and any appropriate professors. These letters should be submitted in addition to the requirements stated in 1, 2 and 3 above.

If your school has a system for premedical advising and evaluation and you do not submit material through the system, you must explain your reasons for not doing so. Also, if you are unable to submit any one of the required letters, explain your reasons in writing when you return the Evaluation Inventory Form.

Although confidential letters of evaluation are of most use to the Committee on Admissions, it is not required that you waive your right of access to these letters. It is necessary, however, that you inform all appropriate parties of your decision to waive or not waive your right of access to letters of evaluation written on your behalf.

You may submit a maximum of three letters in addition to those required. If you request additional letters, you should make sure that the authors will be able to submit them within the same time frame as the required letters of evaluation, since all letters must be on file before your application to Loyola-Stritch is considered complete.

It is helpful for Letters of Evaluation to include your full name and AMCAS I.D.#

 The Interview September-March

Completed files are reviewed to determine if the applicant is eligible for interview. Interviews take place at the medical school from early September through the end of March and allow prospective students to speak with faculty members and students. Applicants also tour Loyola’s facilities with a current medical student who can describe the educational experience and what it’s like to attend the Stritch School of Medicine. Generally, applicants are notified of their status within one month of the interview date. Once the class is filled, most interviewed candidates are placed on an alternate list and offered positions as they become available before the beginning of the academic year.

Orientation usually takes place in late July and classes begin the first Monday in August.

First-time applicants who are unsuccessful in gaining admission to Stritch may reapply. Third applications, however, are not encouraged. The Committee on Admissions will consider a third application only if significant improvement is evident in a letter from the potential applicant requesting permission for submitting such an application.  


Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 1 academic year of general chemistry, general biology, general physics, and organic chemistry--all with laboratory (biochemistry can be substituted for part of the organic requirement) Please note: Advanced Placement credits are acceptable to fulfill requirements, however, we recommend applicants to complete additional science courses to maintain their science knowledge.
  • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Oldest MCAT considered is 4 years prior to anticipated entrance into Stritch School of Medicine.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold a permanent resident visa, or be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application.
  • Applicants enrolled in advanced degree programs must expect to complete their degrees prior to matriculation.
  • Although first-time applicants who are unsuccessful in gaining admission may reapply, third applications are not encouraged and will be considered only if significant improvement is evident.
  • The applicant’s academic record should exhibit a continued interest in learning and an ability to successfully tackle intellectual challenges. Any undergraduate major can prepare students for the rigors of medical school. We strongly recommend, however, that a student’s undergraduate years include liberal arts and science courses, as a broad education will serve them well throughout their life. We also require that students possess basic computer skills, as so much of their course work at the Stritch School of Medicine requires them.

Personal characteristic

Just as important as academic achievement is the applicant’s character, desire to serve others, and understanding of the medical profession. Our application essay and admissions interview allow prospective students to demonstrate these qualities. Ideal candidates possess maturity, integrity and the ability to work with a diverse patient population. In keeping with our Jesuit heritage, we look favorably on candidates who have shown the capacity to work and care for people from different social and economic groups, as well as learn from them. Involvement in community service is an advantage in that it demonstrates a concern for others and an ability to manage time efficiently. Of course, the Committee on Admissions recognizes that some people have limited opportunities for community service due to responsibilities at work and home.

Prior to submitting their application, prospective students should explore the medical profession to learn about some of the ethical, social, and economic issues confronting physicians today. Such an exploration will provide students with an awareness of the rewards and limitations of medicine. It can take many forms, including shadowing experiences and conversations with practicing physicians and other health care professionals or a hands-on experience, such as volunteering at a home for the developmentally disabled or caring for an aging relative.


Applicants must submit scores from the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), which is given nationally several times a year. We recommend that candidates take the MCAT in the Spring, but no later than September, of the year of application and repeat the test if their scores are not near the national averages for all four subtests (biology, chemistry, physics, verbal reasoning and writing skills). MCAT scores more than four years old from the year of anticipated entrance into medical school are not accepted. Registration materials can be obtained online at https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/

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2014 Application Figures

AMCAS Applications Received9,984
Completed Applications6,602
Applicants Interviewed617
Acceptances Offered398

2014 Entering Class Profile

Class Size161
Age Range20-36
Mean GPA3.62
Mean MCAT Scores 
    Verbal Reasoning10.2
    Physical Sciences10.5
    Biological Sciences11.0

*see colleges represented

2014 Academic Calendar

Classes Begin8/4/14
Classes End5/22/15
Summer Free after first year 
Christmas Break12/20/14-1/4/15
Fall Break10/4-10/12/14
Spring Break3/7-3/15/15


Loyola University Chicago
Stritch School of Medicine
Office of Medical School Admissions
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153
(708) 216-3229

See Also


Overview of the Nuclear Medicine Residency Program

The nuclear medicine residency at Loyola is a fully accredited program of the American Medical Association and leads to eligibility for the American Board of Nuclear Medicine examination. The Loyola University Medical Center and Edward Hines Veterans Administration Hospital jointly sponsor the program. The maximum number of residency positions is five.

Graduates of the three-year nuclear medicine residency program are eligible for certification by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM).

Prior Qualifications: In conformance with rules of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (www.ACGME.org) and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (www.abnm.org) the applicant must have completed one preliminary year of residency (PGY-1) in an accredited program in the United States or Canada.

Step III: Unless completed already, Step III should be taken by May of their first year. You may not promote to PGY3 if you do not pass Step III by June.

Faculty: Four Board Certified nuclear medicine physicians and two basic scientists are assigned to the teaching program.

Case Load: The combined Hines/Loyola procedure volumes are approximately 28,000 per year. Residents participate in all clinical cases through an "Officer-of-the Day" program.

Didactic Sessions: There are 3-5 scheduled didactic sessions per week and one journal club per month. One-on-one discussions with faculty are encouraged.

Research: There are ongoing research opportunities in nuclear medicine. Residents may join as co-investigators or submit projects of their own design for review.

Call: Residents take first call beginning approximately two months after entering the program. Attending physician backup for residents is always available through a second-call schedule.

Rotations: Residents rotate through Nuclear Medicine at the Edward Hines VA Hospital and rotate through CT, MRI, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Neuroradiology & Nuclear Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center.

Second-year residents (PGY3) attend a radiation emergency medicine course (REAC/ts) in Oak Ridge, TN.

Applications: The nuclear medicine program does participate in the national residency-matching program (NMRP). Applications are excepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) in August, and the program receives access in September. Interested applicants should apply to Nuclear Medicine at the beginning of their preliminary year. The application should include the electronic application form, personal statement, three current letters of recommendation, current program director's letter of recommendation,  medical school transcripts, Dean's letter, USMLE scores and a photograph. Application material should be complete by December. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Interviews begin in November.

The current LUMC policy allows for non-traditional trainees (someone who is transferring from a residency program or a lapse from clinical training for 1 year) to apply. However, these applicants would need to be reviewed and approved by our GME Department.

Loyola adheres to all non-discrimination rules with regard to residency acceptance.


Contacts for the Nuclear Medicine Residency Program

Program Coordinator
Nuclear Medicine
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 South First Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153

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