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Information for Emergency Medicine Residency Applicants

Info and Updates

5/26: See our new "Diversity & Inclusion" and "Underrepresented in Medicine" (URiM) tabs for information on new scholarships opportunities for URiM students!

4/15:  We are accepting VSAS applications! See the "Student Clerkship" tab for more information!

3/19: MATCH DAY! We hope the day brought good news to everyone!

1/22: And that's a wrap on interview season! It was fun meeting anyone and while we residents wish we got actual face time with you all this year,  we're only an email away. Feel free to send us any questions you may have. All our emails are under our bios on the "Who we Are" page. 

11/10: Interview season is underway! While you won't be able to see us (or anyone else, for that matter) in live-action this year, hopefully we'll be coming soon to a computer screen near you. Best of luck to everyone this season!

10/28: The residents answered some FAQs!  Feel free to continue to contact us with any other questions. 

10/9: Go to our Home Page to check out the new Virtual Tour video at the bottom of the sidebar for a look at our hospital, courtesy of the Loyola GME Department. 

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates, information on the program, team spotlights, and much more!



Medical Student Clerkship

***Update for the Spring/Summer 2021: We will be following the AAMC national guidelines. We anticipate being allowed to host visiting students starting with the 9A block on July 6). Potential visiting students can start applying through VSAS on 4/15/21. We will begin accepting students for rotations after 5/15/21.***

Our medical student clerkship is something we are very proud to offer to visiting medical students. 

Our core mission is to teach students to develop risk-stratified differentials and assessment strategies that can be applied to the acute undifferentiated patient. Students will also acquire skills of critical judgment and learn to apply appropriate basic life support skills within the context of all organ systems and multidisciplinary content areas.

We hope to expose students to the operation of the modern Emergency Department and how the provision of emergency care relates to their future roles within an increasingly complex medical system and to their responsibilities regardless of individual career paths.

The clerkship is 4 weeks in length. The main educational component of this clerkship is 11 eight-hour clinical Emergency Department shifts during which clerks are expected to see and directly staff patients who present for acute medical care. This clinical education is supplemented with four required educational days that cover a multitude of topics including quality improvement, point-of-care ultrasound training, triage and disaster medicine, toxicology, basic life support skills, and advanced life support skills. Methods of teaching include direct patient care, simulated patient care, case discussions, grand-rounds lectures, online didactic modules, online quizzes, and asynchronous video podcasts. 

Students will receive mid-course and end-of-course feedback on their performance. Final grades will be evaluated based on faculty assessment of clinical performance, the successful completion of required assignments including a reflection paper and a short evidenced-based-medicine presentation, and a 100-question final exam. Grades assigned will either be Fail, Pass, High Pass, or Honors.

The below image shows the dates for our upcoming rotations. We use VSAS for all of our applications, and we very much look forward to receiving your application. For more information, see our VSAS page.

As for timing of applications, please visit our 'SSOM Visiting Students' page for the appropriate dates:

Please note that because EM is a required clerkship for Stritch School of Medicine M4s, we won't accept applications until 1-2 weeks after the noted dates. Please email Renata Barylowicz for any questions about the clerkship (

For information on the Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship, see the neighboring tab by the same name. 



In July 2019, Loyola welcomed its first Emergency Medicine residency class. We are looking forward to graduating our first class of residents in June of 2022. We have built a training program that draws from decades of cumulative experience within our Residency Leadership. Our mission is to Train EM Physicians for Excellence in Leadership, Care and Service. This also aligns with Loyola’s motto of “treating the human spirit.” 

Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) and Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) are located just outside of the city of Chicago in Maywood, IL. Located in western Cook County, Maywood serves a diverse population that is predominantly African-American and approximately 10% of which are considered limited english proficiency. 

The Stritch School of Medicine is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive community that upholds access, equity, and excellence as core values. We believe that diversity is integral to our mission of transformative education, innovative discovery, and service to others. We are committed to achieving excellence by utilizing the rich talents of people who infuse different backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences into the work and learning environment and who reflect the diversity of the populations whose health we hope to impact. As such, we embrace a broad spectrum of human expression and characteristics that includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, military or veteran status, and age. 

At least 82% of the national pool of DACA recipients applied to Stritch in 2018, and [in 2019] one-third of the total DACA student population enrolled in medical schools [were] at Stritch.

We are proud to now offer a Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) scholarship! See the neighboring tab by the same name for more information. 


The Department of Emergency Medicine at Loyola University Hospital at Stritch School of Medicine is pleased to announce that we will be offering two stipends for visiting Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) students. The selected students will receive a $1000 stipend to cover travel, transportation, lodging, and additional necessary expenses. Additional mentoring and community outreach opportunities will also be provided to visiting students.

Interested applicants may apply for this scholarship using the online application below. 

Applications are due June 4th at 8am CST. Notifications will be sent no later than July 6, 2021.



We seek all individuals who can bring their diverse experience not only to our program but to our patients and community as well. This scholarship opportunity is available for individuals belonging to a group historically underrepresented in medicine including, but not limited to, persons of color, LGBTQI-identified or gender non-conforming individuals, and individuals from economically disadvantaged background. 

Applicants must be currently enrolled, full-time medical students who have completed their third year required courses and in good academic standing at a LCME accredited institution. They must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must meet the same institutional requirements as for all rotating medical students. 



You will need to complete two separate applications to be considered for this scholarship. 

The first is the general application for all visiting students available through VSAS

You will also need to complete a separate application for the Loyola EM URiM scholarship. Loyola EM Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship Application

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a stipend for all of our deserving applicants. Please note that you will still be considered for our visiting student elective experience even if you are not chosen to receive the scholarship, and we hope that you will still consider us during your residency application process​.



In addition to the financial stipend, URiM Visiting Clerkship participants will be assigned a faculty advisor and offered opportunities to network with other Loyola University of Chicago faculty, interns, residents and students. 

Additionally, we welcome students to participate in community engagement with Maywood. There will be opportunities to provide medical and social outreach to the homeless population through our Loyola Street Medicine program, engage with underserved patients at our Access to Care Clinic, and address food insecurity through the Veggie Rx program.



Accepted students will be reimbursed up to $1000 for expenses such as travel, housing and other living expenses as well as the Visiting Student Elective application fee. The students shall receive reimbursement following successful completion of the rotation. Students will be responsible for their own housing and travel arrangements.

FAQs from Applicants and Info Sessions

All questions here are answered by the residents. If you have other questions, feel free to email us individually. You'll find our emails listed under our Bios through the "Who We Are" sidebar tab



Q: Describe the culture of the program

A: Since you don't get to visit us this year, this is a really good question. Our program is new and constantly evolving. So I guess, flexible? Chill? Supportive? As someone who is actively involved in forming the culture, it's hard to answer this question objectively. But head over to the Residency Life tab and take a look at our Welcome Statment, and that may help you. If everything goes as planned, we'll have other material available throughout the season that will also give a glimpse into who we are.


Q: Do you feel like program leadership is receptive to feedback?

A: Yes. Our leadership are our biggest supporters. As residents in a new program, we're basically expected to give feedback as to how we can improve rotations and the overall program experience, and our leadership does their absolute best to fight for what we want to do. We don't always get everything we ask for, but it's not for lack of trying on the part of our leadership. 


Q: Why did you choose Loyola?

A: You'll get different answers depending on who you ask. But for a lot of us, the big draws were the program leadership and how genuine they are (if you've met them already/when you meet them, you'll understand), and the fact that we were drawn to a new program.


Q: So you weren't worried about Loyola being a new program?

A: This is also an important question, but nope. For many of us, the opportunity to pioneer a new program was actually a draw.  We get to build the program and make it what we want. The program has been in the works for years and many things were planned out, so we never felt like we were just being thrown to the wolves. At the same time, everyone (leadership included) went into this with the mentality that except for the GME requirements, nothing was set in stone. The program was basically a blank page of graph paper: the squares are there if you need direction, but you can draw anywhere you want on the page.  If you want to do something, you'll probably be able to do it as long as you do a little leg work. It's not for everyone though, and we understand that.   


Conference and Education

Q: What are your Conferences like?

A: Conferences take place every Tuesday, usually 8am-1pm. Every other week usually starts in the Sim lab where we do mock cases. We also do Oral Board Review cases several times a month as well as small-group sessions and lectures. 


Q: Is Conference time protected?

A:  Yes. Conference time is protected, so if you are on an off-service rotation, you will always be excused on Tuesday morning for Conference. If you are on an off-service rotation where you work nights, you are excused from Conference.


Q: Do you do any teaching?

A: Yes. Residents are required to give several lectures a year at Conference. Seniors are also required to teach rotating medical students during orientations. For those who want to do more, there are other opportunities available to teach ultrasound, and still more opportunities available through (but not limited to) the Education STEME track. While we are not teaching learners in the ED yet, in the coming months we will be phasing in senior teaching, where there will be shifts specifically designated for the senior to teach junior learners, as well as shifts where junior learners will be presenting to the seniors. This is all still in process, so the specifics may change as we go along.


On Shift  

Q: Since there will be more residents in the department, and since the goal is to have seniors teach, will interns still get to work one-on-one with attendings?

A: Yes. EM interns will still be able to present directly to the attending. EM seniors will most likely be responsible for the off-service rotating juniors and the medical students. Again, this is all in process so details are subject to change. 


Q: How long are shifts?

A: Depends on the shift. Shifts in the adult ED are scheduled for 9-10 hours. The goal is to get out on time, so you are not expected to stay after your shift is over, but sometimes you'll need to do so to finish your work.   


Q: What EMR do you use? 

A: Epic



Q: Am I required to do a STEME?  

A: No, you are not required to do a STEME track. But if you're interested in one (or in doing a Fellowship in one of the tracks) it is advantageous to formally complete the track as it shows experience and interest in the topic and gives you something to talk about at interviews/on your resume.  You can also do a track just for educational purposes.


Q: Can I be part of more than one STEME? Once I declare, am I locked in?

A: It would be difficult to formally complete more than one STEME because of the requirements for each. Once you declare, you are not locked in, but it may be difficult to switch into another track as some are more structured than others, and you might have to make up a lot of the requirements.