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Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, Illinois 60153
Phone
(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: https://www.luc.edu/stritch/about/mission/). 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
  • The school's DEI Office states that it strives to "promote more equitable access to the field of medicine and related professions by managing several 'pipeline programs' for persons from underrepresented backgrounds." This is done in order to "reduce the disparity between the diversity of our campus communities, patient population(s), and, ultimately, the U.S. physician workforce."
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advocates work with department chairs in order to "bolster core aspects of DEI work" which includes "URiM [Underrepresented in Medicine] recruitment and retention...."
  • As part of its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion objectives, the Department of Ophthalmology aims to "increase the representation of URiM people in Loyola ophthalmology such that the department reflects the diversity of the patients it serves (URM defined as African-American/Black, Native American/Alaskan Native, Hispanic American/Latinx, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander)."
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.”
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advocates work with department chairs in order to "bolster core aspects of DEI work" which includes "professional development/training programs."
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.”
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • The school's DEI Office states that it participated in "Loyola’s Racial Justice Examen through the University's Anti-Racism Initiative."
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.”
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion sponsors the Health Equity and Diversity Visiting Clerkship which has the goal to "to diversify the physician pipeline and advance diversity, inclusion, and health equity." The clerkship provides "a stipend that students may use at their discretion to cover costs of the rotation."
  • As part of its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion objectives, the Department of Ophthalmology offers several research and scholarship grant programs of up to $10,000 for students underrepresented in medicine (URiM) which it defines as "African-American/Black, Native American/Alaskan Native, Hispanic American/Latinx, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander."
Resources
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides diversity and anti-racism resources.
  • The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion "partners with student, faculty, and staff leaders across academic, basic science, and clinical departments to centrally monitor and advance the school's DEI initiatives and outcomes."
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.”
  • The SSOM Strategic Plan states that it "fosters social justice and solidarity with those affected by inequities related to the social determinants of health (e.g., educational, economic, social, political)."
Last updated May 13th, 2024
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