Secondary Essay Prompts for the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, IL.

2018 – 2019

Our mission statement reflects the guiding principles of our institution. The Stritch School of Medicine is a home for all faiths, according to our Jesuit values. We believe that spirituality is an integral component of education, professional formation, and well-being. We value the opportunity to consider reflections of your own mission as it pertains to your candidacy and future professional goals. With your own personal mission in mind, please address each of the following questions (please limit your responses to 500 words or less):

 

1) Becoming a person for others is a core Jesuit value. What does this Jesuit ideal mean to you?

2) Please describe a personal or professional challenge or conflict that you have experienced. How did you resolve it? What skills, resources and/or strategies did you employ? DO NOT write about the MCAT, a course, or an academic issue.

3) How will you contribute to the diversity of the Stritch student body and community? Specifically, what unique traits, identities, experiences, skills and perspectives will you contribute?

4) Please use this space to bring the information in your AMCAS application up-to-date. Please indicate additional grades earned, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation date, address changes, additions to your list of activities, and anything else you feel we should know. If you have not been enrolled in coursework, please let us know what you have been doing since coursework ended.

5) Have you or any of your relatives attended or been employed by Loyola University Chicago or the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine?

List relative(s), institution(s), and year(s) of graduation:

 

-OPTIONAL QUESTIONS-

6) Please use the space below to further explain anything in your application that may help us in our review of your candidacy-gaps or delays in education, academic missteps, or personal challenges not listed elsewhere, etc. (this response limited to 1500 characters)

7) Have you applied to Loyola Stritch School of Medicine prior to this application? If so, please list the years of your previous application submissions to Loyola SSOM.

8) Have you applied to any medical school prior to this year’s application? If so, please list the years of your previous application submissions to AMCAS. Please also tell us how your application has improved since your previous application.

Below are the secondary essay prompts for the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

2017 – 2018

  • The Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine strives to ensure that its students become respectful physicians who embrace all dimensions of caring for the whole person. Please describe how your personal characteristics or life experiences will contribute to the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine community and bring educational benefits to our student body. (1000 characters)
  • Is there any further information that you would like the Committee on Admissions to be aware of when reviewing your file that you were not able to notate in another section of this or the AMCAS Application? (1000 characters)
  • Why have you chosen to apply to the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and how do you think your education at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine will prepare you to become a physician for the future? (1 page, formatted at your discretion, upload as PDF)

2017– 2018

  1. Becoming a person for others is a core Jesuit value. What does this Jesuit ideal mean to you? (500 words max)
    • SSOM seeks students who are resourceful and lifelong learners who are both self-aware and adaptable.
  2. Please describe a personal or professional challenge or conflict that you have experienced. How did you resolve it? What skills, resources and/or strategies did you employ? DO NOT write about the MCAT, a course, or an academic issue. (500 words max)
  3. How will you contribute to the diversity of the Stritch student body and community? Specifically, what unique traits, identities, experiences, skills and perspectives will you contribute?
  4. Please use this space to bring the information in your AMCAS application up-to-date. Please indicate additional grades earned, alterations in your proposed coursework or graduation date, address changes, additions to your list of activities, and anything else you feel we should know. If you have not been enrolled in coursework, please let us know what you have been doing since coursework ended.
  5. Have you or any of your relatives attended or been employed by Loyola University Chicago or the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine?
  6. Please use the space below to further explain anything in your application that may help us in our review of your candidacy-gaps or delays in education, academic missteps, or personal challenges not listed elsewhere, etc. (this response limited to 1500 characters)
  7. Have you applied to Loyola Stritch School of Medicine prior to this application? If so, please list the years of your previous application submissions to Loyola SSOM.
  8. Have you applied to any medical school prior to this year’s application? If so, please list the years of your previous application submissions to AMCAS. Please also tell us how your application has improved since your previous application.

2016 – 2017

MedEdits advises against using outdated prompts for the current season.

  • Becoming a person for others is a core Jesuit value. Please describe your own development in becoming a person for others. How have you demonstrated this value?
  • Limit response to 500 words.
  • Please describe a personal challenge that required resiliency or adaptability (and the skills, resources and strategies you employed to take on the challenge). DO NOT write about the MCAT, a course, or an academic issue.
  • Limit response to 500 words.
  • How will you contribute to the diversity of the Stritch student body and community? Specifically, what unique traits, identities, experiences, skills and perspectives will you contribute?
  • Limit response to 500 words.
  • Please use the space below to further explain anything in your application that may help us in our review of your candidacy-gaps or delays in education, academic missteps, or personal challenges not listed elsewhere, etc.
  • This optional response is limited to 1500 characters.

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Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Admissions Requirements

2017-2018 Accepted Student Data
Median GPA = 3.72
Median MCAT = 510
Applications = 11355
Interviewed = 606
Matriculated = 165

Learn more about this school:

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Bldg. 120, Rm. 200
Maywood, IL 60153 USA
(708) 216-3229

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