Diversity Clerkship in Trauma and Burn Care and Research


The Diversity Clerkship in Trauma, Burn Care and Research is a four-week experience designed to introduce students to clinical care in trauma and burn, as well as research in these areas. The clerk will participate in a four-week clinical elective in Trauma/Critical Care (SURG 422) or in Burns (SURG 423). (Please see descriptions here).

The clerk will also have the opportunity to learn more about the research programs of the Burn and Shock Trauma Research Institute at Loyola. Clerks will attend a weekly research seminar in the Institute, and will also have time to meet with research faculty to discuss their research interests.


Applicants must fulfill the SSOM criteria for visiting students, which are available here. The program targets students who have the potential to enrich the diversity of our surgical residency program. Students from underrepresented populations in medicine are strongly encouraged to apply.


The program offers a clerkship award of $1,000 to provide financial support for travel and housing expenses.


Following selection as a clerk, students will be contacted and assisted in registering for a four week elective at the time period of their choice. SSOM electives follow a standard schedule, which is shown here. Although we cannot guarantee a specific time slot, the scheduling needs of each clerk will be given priority, and we will try to be as flexible as possible in accommodating the clerk.


The following items should be submitted before August 1:

  • Completed application
  • Answers to the following questions (in 150 words or less for each question):
    • How will this clerkship contribute to your educational goals and long-term career goals?
    • What is the value of diversity in medical education?
  • Official Medical School Transcript (with legend)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume