Academic Summer Program Integrating Resources for Excellence (ASPIRE)

Application deadline extended to February 13, 2015

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.


  • Understand the importance of healthcare equity
  • Gain knowledge and clinical skills to work effectively in underserved communities
  • Integrate evidence-based medicine into learning
  • Build leadership skills for medical education and community service
  • Provide an introduction to science coursework for first year medical students
  • Prepare students to be competitive applicants for medical school

Sunday, June 7 - Friday, July 10, 2015


  • 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


  • Must be an AMCAS applicant for the 2016 Entering Class
  • Must take or retake the MCAT no later than May 2015 (before program begins)
  • United States citizenship, permanent resident, or DACA eligible
  • Strong academic record
  • Commitment to a career in medicine and service to underserved communities
  • Potential to enrich the diversity of the medical student community
  • Applicants from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply

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

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.  


  • $1200 Stipend
  • 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


  • Online application form:
  • Resume - uploaded with online application or emailed/mailed
  • Personal statement - uploaded with online application or emailed/mailed (see description below)
  • Official transcripts - submitted directly from the institution (Include most recent undergraduate, and any graduate school or post bacc program transcripts, with grades through December 2014)
  • Two recommendation letters - from those familiar with your academic performance and/or your interest in medicine, health disparities, or service. Letters should be on company letterhead and can be submitted directly from the recommender by email or mail or from the applicant in a sealed envelope.
  • MCAT scores - by mail or email (only if you have previously taken the MCAT within the last four years). If you are taking or retaking the MCAT in 2015, scores will be requested only if you are accepted to the program.
  • Applications must be received electronically or postmarked by January 30, 2015.

After the first review of applications, selected applicants will be offered a phone interview. Following the phone interviews, offers will be made until all positions are filled.

ASPIRE Contact Information:

ASPIRE Program
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 call the Office of Student Affairs at 708-216-3220.