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Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, Illinois 60153
(708) 216-3229
School Information
“Stritch is one of four medical schools in the United States rooted in Jesuit, Catholic values. While we welcome students of all faiths, Jesuit values are central to our curriculum, how faculty teach, how students learn, and how together we build community. Stritch faculty – clinicians, scientists, researchers, and ethicists – along with students and staff, live the School's mission.” The school’s mission statement is as follows: “Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (Stritch) is committed to scholarship and the education of medical professionals and biomedical scientists. Our faculty, trainees, students, and staff, are called to go beyond facts, experimentation, and treatment of disease to prepare people to lead extraordinary lives and treat the human spirit in an environment that encourages innovation, embraces diversity, respects life, and values human dignity” (Source: The school enrolls approximately 170 students per year, as shown by the Class of 2022 Profile.
General Information
Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine has enacted several DEI and anti-racist initiatives. These include hosting a White Coats for Black Lives Chapter within the school, which engages in curriculum restructuring efforts to make the curriculum reflect anti-racist teaching. The chapter will also work towards promoting recruitment and retention efforts for DEI. The school has also committed to putting funding towards other DEI efforts. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • A goal of the White Coats for Black Lives Chapter is to increase and promote recruitment and retention “for prospective Black students by attending events such as the Student National Medical Association Annual Medical Education Conference” and for the “hiring of Black professors, physicians, and faculty for course/clerkship directors, research and leadership positions.”
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine has a White Coats for Black Lives Chapter. Among many of the goals of the Chapter, one goal is to “provide training and behavioral strategies for medical students, faculty and staff to address implicit bias and privilege in order to eradicate or decrease their implicit biases.”
  • The school stated that, “On January 29, 2021, Loyola Medicine participated in the Trinity Health-launched course, Racism – A Public Health Crisis, as an initial step toward ending systemic racism and achieving health equity.” Furthermore, “100% of Loyola Medicine's and Trinity Health's senior leaders completed this training course.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Another goal of the White Coats for Black Lives Chapter Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine is to “collaborate with ODEI for the development and revision of the medical curriculum.” The Chapter will also “collaborate with deans and school leadership to develop a medical school curriculum that includes the history and current manifestations of racism in medicine, principles of anti-racism, strategies for dismantling structural racism and methods to identify and remove implicit biases from the practice of medicine.”
Program and Research Funding
  • The White Coats for Black Lives Chapter plans to “advocate for the allocation of research funding at SSOM to study the effects of racism on health.”
  • Stritch will “increase funding for student mental health initiatives, with additional focus on Black students.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The Stritch School of Medicine released a statement which announced, “We commit to ensuring equity across broad areas including, but not limited to: curriculum development, hiring, scholarship and related funds, and student wellness.”
  • The Stritch School of Medicine committed in a statement that the school will “raise the profile and improve the resources for our ODEI.”
Last updated June 3rd, 2023
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