Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement

The Loyola Department of Surgery is committed to fostering an environment that embraces the uniqueness of all individuals. We welcome and value individuals of regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion/faith, and other backgrounds/identities. Through fair and deliberate recruitment, promotion, and education, we strive to provide the highest quality surgical care for every member of our community. 

DEI Commitment

When it comes to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, we are committed to the mission, vision and values shared by Trinity HealthLoyola University Chicago, and The Stritch School of Medicine.

We believe that a diverse community of students, trainees, faculty, and other healthcare providers enhances the educational experience, promotes innovative research, and improves the quality of patient care we deliver. At the core of our values and goals is the ongoing endeavor toward excellence in all that we do. We foster a culture of inclusion and respect amongst our patients, employees, trainees, students, and the communities we serve. Through teaching, discovery, and advocacy, we aim to promote equity in access to quality health care.

Committee on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

In 2021, the Department of Surgery appointed its inaugural Vice-Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and subsequently assembled a diverse committee of faculty, trainees ad support staff to guide the focused efforts of the Department of Surgery to enhance and develop the DEI mission.

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Diversity in Surgery Visiting Sub-Internship Program

Program Overview

Loyola University Medical Center’s Department of Surgery offers an annual Diversity in Surgery Visiting Sub-Internship Program. This program is intended to encourage medical students from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in medicine to consider pursuing a career in academic surgery. The program will also familiarize the student with the training, research, and leadership opportunities available at Loyola University. Loyola University Medical Center serves a diverse patient population and is a major referral center in the Chicago metropolitan area for the surgical management of complex conditions. Loyola’s Department of Surgery is home to residency training programs in general surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and vascular surgery, as well as fellowship training programs in surgical critical care, abdominal transplant surgery, and vascular surgery.

Surgical Services offering sub-internships:

  • Burn Unit
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Intra-abdominal Transplant Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery/Critical Care
  • Vascular Surgery

Participants in the program will serve as sub-interns on a surgical service for 4 weeks. They will play an integral role on the surgical team, assisting in the medical management of inpatients, attending surgical clinics, and gaining valuable experience in the operating room. Numerous surgical mentorship, networking, and educational opportunities will accompany the surgical experience.

Visiting Surgery Sub-Internship Schedule

  • Welcome dinner- Network with Department members
  • Research half-day- Learn about Department of Surgery research opportunities
  • Administrative chief resident meeting- Learn about the administrative chief resident roles
  • Chair of Surgery meeting- Learn about the Department, receive surgical mentorship
  • Social Event- Network with residents
  • Faculty Mentorship- Discuss career strategies
  • Meet with Program Director- Mid-rotation meeting for advising
  • Interview- Offer opportunity to interview and avoid return travel costs
  • Case presentation opportunity- Present clinical case and background on chosen sub-internship and receive feedback

Scholarship Award

This program will provide up to two awards annually with a stipend of up to $2500 to help defer the costs of travel, lodging and incidental expenses.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full-time 4th year medical student in good academic standing at an LCME accredited U.S. medical school
  • Successful completion of 3rd year surgical clerkship
  • US/Canadian citizen, US permanent resident, DACA
  • African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Application Materials

E-mail the following to mary.plummer@luhs.org:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE/COMPLEX step 1 transcript
  • Recent medical school transcript
  • Photo
  • Personal statement describing interests in pursuing a career in surgery (250 words or less)
    *Participants required to complete VSLO application

Applications due: May 30 (visiting sub-internship travel must occur during subsequent academic year)

Previous Award Recipients