International Medicine Program


Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine’s new program in International Medicine recognizes the inter-connectivity of global health, while reflecting the Jesuit mission of service and care for the person. As part of the program, we have introduced a track in International Medicine as part of Internal Medicine Residency Program that creates opportunities for education, research, and clinical care at Loyola University Chicago and around the world.

Recently, the World Health Organization issued a Public Health Emergency of International Concern due to an ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that also threatened neighboring Rwanda. In Europe and the United States, concerns are growing due to measles outbreaks and the rise of drug-resistant tuberculosis. Localized occurrences like these are not local at all, but are threats to global health that cannot be ignored.

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine created the International Medicine Program in 2019 to address challenges to global public health primarily in the areas of vector-borne illnesses and chronic disease management and create new opportunities for faculty researchers and clinicians, residents and students. At the core of this groundbreaking program are collaborations between the Stritch School of Medicine and international partners in Africa, Europe, India and South America.

Our mission is intentional and simple: improve the health of diverse, but interconnected populations around the world. This involves leveraging the intellectual resources and creativity of all participants by encouraging, funding, and conducting regional and global research activities. It also seeks to establish international centers of excellence in partnership with the Stritch School of Medicine that welcome visiting faculty and students. We encourage our residents to get involved through a new track within the Internal Residency Program that includes:

  • Training abroad
  • Participating in global health research
  • Expanding society’s understanding of health disparities
  • Engaging in creative problem solving

We have already welcomed students and faculty from our international partners to Loyola University Chicago and sent students to train with partners in India, Africa and Brazil. Check back for more information on how to participate in the International Medicine Track within the Internal Medicine Residency coming soon!