Academic Summer Program Integrating Resources for Excellence (ASPIRE)


We have designed the program with you in mind:

  • increased access across more points along the preparation continuum
  • scheduling flexibility
  • resources delivered in a more targeted and efficient manner

The core of the ASPIRE program focuses on:

  • small group learning in a diverse and inclusive cohort
  • faculty and medical student mentorship
  • expert instruction and advising
  • mission-centric focus on social justice in medicine and health

Registration Fee: Registration fee is $1,000 per session and $1,500 per session with housing.  Fee waivers are available for students who demonstrate financial need.

Enrollment for the program is capped at 30 students per module, per session.   Each session lasts five days, and students have the option of applying to one or both modules.

ASPIRE Modules

Health Equity & Advocacy Leaders (HEAL)

The HEAL module introduces students to health disparities and strategies to achieve greater health equity. These modules are Stritch mission focused and aim to help participants understand the need to increase justice in health and the responsibilities of physicians as advocates and change agents.HEAL modules will cover a broad range of issues including but not limited to:

  • urban food deserts and the health consequences of lack of food access
  • racial disparities in outcomes in medical care 
  • socioeconomic disparities in access to health care
  • public aid and safety nets: structural barriers to equity

HEAL module activities may include the following:

  • Visits to community partners
  • Lectures from faculty or community partners
  • Panels from professionals working in various fields to address inequality
  • Didactic exercises exploring identity, access, privilege, and self-awareness

The HEAL module is recommended for rising sophomores and above. 

Applicant Boot Camp (ABC)

The ABC module is an intensive experience designed to have students ready to apply upon completion.  Participants will receive support and guidance for completing their AMCAS applications and preparing for interview.  Each aspect of applying is addressed from clarifying motivation for medicine to strategies for choosing which schools to apply.  Guidance in professionalism and personal development is also offered.  ABC participants will receive:

  • AMCAS application guidance (both technical and personal)
  • Personal statement workshop
  • Interviewing skills and a mock interview with an admissions committee member
  • Application writing strategies to prepare for supplemental applications
  • Professionalism aspects of the admissions process and beyond (appropriate follow up, how to email faculty members, how to dress for interview, etc.)
  • Guidance on tailoring application toward personal mission
  • A mock selection committee meeting to better understand admissions

Participants must be at least rising juniors and must be applying the current cycle to participate.  Participants who successfully complete ASPIRE will receive a fee waiver for their supplemental application to Stritch.

2018 ASPIRE Schedule


June 4 - 8

Medical school applicants applying during the 2018-19 application cycle (at least rising college seniors)


June 11 - 15

Medical school applicants applying during the 2018-19 application cycle (at least rising college seniors)


June 18 - June 22

At least rising college sophomores


June 25 - June 29

At least rising college sophomores