Academic Summer Program Integrating Resources for Excellence
(formerly Summer Enrichment Program)

Program Mission
At Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) we seek to foster a diverse and inclusive community of physicians who are equipped to address complex problems in health and healthcare. As such, ASPIRE is designed to prepare and support pre-medical students who want to pursue a career in medicine and have a desire to advocate for underserved communities.  During the five week 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. Our distinct summer experience not only provides students with a competitive edge for medical school but also exposes participants to innovative solutions for addressing health disparities.

Program Objectives

  • Understand the importance of healthcare equity
  • Gain knowledge and skills to work effectively in underserved communities
  • Integrate evidence-based medicine into learning
  • Build leadership skills for medical education and community service

The program is designed for individuals who will enrich the diversity of our medical student community and who demonstrate a commitment to lifelong service in underserved communities.  It is our hope that program participants will exemplify the principles learned in the program through their future choices in medical education and practice.

Program Dates
Sunday, June 8 - Friday, July 11, 2014

Program Highlights

  • Academic lectures by SSOM faculty
  • Weekly community service activities
  • Specialty lunches with Loyola physicians
  • Mock admissions interviews
  • Mentoring by current SSOM medical students
  • Field trips in the Chicagoland area

Participant Requirements

  • Must be an AMCAS applicant for the 2015 Entering Class (CANNOT be in the application cycle for the 2014 Entering Class)
  • Must take the MCAT by June 7, 2014
  • If you have not taken the MCAT or are repeating it, you must schedule and take the exam before the program begins.
  • United States citizenship, permanent resident visa, or DACA eligible
  • Strong academic record
  • Commitment to a career in medicine
  • Commitment to service in underserved communities
  • Potential to enrich the diversity of the medical student community
  • Participants may not be enrolled in or committed to any other programs, employment, activities, events, or research, and should anticipate some evening and weekend activities
  • Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply

Because Loyola is a commuter campus, students will be housed at a nearby university. Housing will be available to all students selected for the program. Housing costs are covered by Loyola.

Transportation and Parking
Students who have cars are encouraged to bring them to the program for daily travel to Loyola’s campus, local travel around the community, and potential travel to local clinics.  ASPIRE students carpool to all locations and share gas expenses. Parking at Loyola will be provided at no charge.  

Participants will receive

  • $1200 Stipend
  • Loyola meal card to help defray the cost of lunch expenses.  Additional meals may be provided during the course of the program. All other meals are at the participant’s expense.
  • Lab coats, books, and educational supplies at no cost
  • Reduced rate at our state-of-the-art fitness center for the duration of the program

To apply

  • Print and complete application.
  • Official transcripts can be submitted directly to the program (by mail or email) or mailed with your application in a sealed envelope.
  • Include a copy of your resume with all employment, activities, and positions held.
  • Recommendation letters should be on company letterhead and can be emailed or mailed by recommenders directly to the program or mailed with your application in a sealed envelope.
  • Include a personal statement (see attached description).
  • If you have previously taken the MCAT within the last four years, submit a copy of all scores received.
  • If you have not taken the MCAT or are repeating it, you must take it before the program begins.
  • Applications must be received by email or postmarked by March 3, 2014.
  • Application materials may be sent in separately. We will add them to your file until the file is complete.
  • After the first review of applications, selected applicants will be offered a phone interview. Following the phone interviews, offers will be made to applicants until positions are filled.

Program Application
Personal Statement Description
Program Description
Sample Week Schedule

Email application materials to or mail to:    

Office of Student Affairs
Loyola University Chicago
Stritch School of Medicine
Bldg. 120, Room 220
2160 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153-3304

For more information, please send inquiries to or call the Office of Student Affairs at 708-216-3220.

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