Info and Updates
Info and Updates
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.
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 our 9B block 8/3/21). Potential visiting students can start applying through VSAS on 4/15/21. We will begi accepting students for rotations after 5/15/21.***
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: https://ssom.luc.edu/regrec/students/visitingstudents/
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
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?
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.