Diversity in Surgery Visiting Sub-Internship Program


Program Overview

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine invites outstanding medical students who self-identify as underrepresented in Surgery from a social, economic, or educational perspective, to apply for our Diversity in Surgery Visiting Sub-Internship Program.  This program will familiarize the student with the post-graduate surgical training, research, and leadership opportunitites available at Loyola University Medical Center, which serves a diverse patient population and is a major referral center in the Chicago metropolitan area for the surgical management of complex conditions.  

Loyola University Medical Center’s Department of Surgery is home to multiple training programs:   

Loyola University Medical Center Surgical Services that will provide oportunities to successful sub-internship applicants include: 

  • Burn Unit
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Endocrine Surgery
  • Renal, Pancreas, Liver Transplant Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Trauma/Critical Care
  • Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Surgery

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

Visiting Sub-Internship Schedule

  • Welcome dinner: Network with Department members
  • Research mentorship meeting: Learn about Department of Surgery research opportunities
  • Administrative chief resident meeting: Learn about the administrative chief resident roles at Loyola University Medical Center
  • Chair of Surgery meeting: Learn about the Department, receive surgical mentorship
  • Social Event: Network with residents
  • Faculty Mentorship: Discuss career strategies, navigate the residency application process
  • Meet with Program Director of the Loyola University Medical Center residency program of interest: Mid-rotation meeting for advising
  • Case presentation opportunity: Present clinical case and background on chosen sub-internship and receive feedback


Financial support: Up to $2,500 to help defer the costs of travel, lodging, and incidental expenses associated with the sub-internship

Mentorship: Access to faculty members for career guidance and residency application support

Networking: Inclusion in Department activities and training program education and social events


  • Students enrolled at a U.S. LCME-accredited medical school 
  • Successful completion of 3rd year surgical clerkship
  • U.S./Canadian citizen, U.S. permanent resident, DACA recipient

Application Requirements

  • Completion of Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) application
  • Personal statement addressing the applicant's interest in this Sub-Internship opportunity

For more information, contact Renata Barylowicz at rbarylo@luc.edu

Applications due: March 31 (visiting sub-internship must occur during the subsequent academic year)