Welcome to the Ralph P. Leischner, Jr., MD, Department of Medical Education

Our department represents a new era in academic medicine that gives the same priority to our educational mission as our patient care, research and service missions. We embody the ideals of Jesuit education through service as “men and women for others” with curricular innovations, research and faculty development. 

The Ralph P. Leischner, Jr., MD, Department of Medical Education fulfills its mission of Teaching Teachers to Teach by promoting and supporting the implementation of educational innovation in the medical school curriculum and scholarship related to medical education. Dr. Leischner’s legacy lives on at the Stritch School of Medicine, particularly in the Department of Medical Education (DME) where we emulate his passion for teaching and his innovative and engaged methods for training doctors and educators.

Across the campus, the Department fosters a community of faculty who devote a significant portion of their time to educating others across a continuum of medical education from undergraduate medical education to graduate medical education and on to continuing medical education. Our efforts have helped to equip faculty with the specialized knowledge and skills that advance medical education through the scholarship of innovation, research, and service.

The Department supports faculty development through a number of ongoing activities such as the biannual Leischner Faculty Development Workshops, quarterly Educational Grand Rounds and Medical Education Research Presentations, York Educational Grants, and Reflective MedEd blogs.  Department faculty provide CME awarded medical education certificate courses throughout the year: “Developing Clinical Educators in Academic Medicine”, “Foundations of Medical Education Research”, “Curriculum Development for Medical Education”, and “Statistical Analysis for Research in Medical Education I and II”.  These certificate courses are highly interactive and not only empower the faculty with added knowledge and skills but aim to improve the environment for all the learners on the health sciences and clinical campus.   

With our values grounded in Jesuit education and our inspiration from Dr. Leischner, our Department supports talented and passionate educators across disciplines to elevate the medical education environment at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine.


Trent Reed, DO

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine & Medical Education
Chair, Department of Medical Education
Assistant Dean and Director, Simulation Education
Director, Continuing Medical Education