Thursday, March 8, 2012

On Match Day Loyola Medical Students Learn What's in Store for the Future

Emotions Abound as Stritch Students Learn Where They Will Serve in Residency

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Match Day is the most anticipated day of the year for graduating students at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine as they learn where they will do their residencies and take their next step in their medical careers.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 16, in the second-floor atrium of the Stritch School of Medicine on the Maywood campus, 2160 S. First Ave. Students will gather for a breakfast at 10 a.m. Speeches will start at 10:35 a.m. and faculty awards will be announced. The faculty award recipients will hood the students’ gowns on their graduation day.

The excitement climaxes at 11 a.m. when sealed envelopes containing the students’ educational destinations are handed out. With the nervous suspense of the Oscars, students will be directed to five tables on which will be placed the sealed envelopes, sorted alphabetically by name. Inside will be the names of the medical institutions that will become their “home away from home” for the next several years. Some students will be elated to get their top choices. Others will be disappointed. There will be plenty of screams, kisses, hugs, joyful shouts and tears from the students, their families and loved ones.

SSOM is a closed campus. Media interested in attending the event are asked to call (708) 417-5100 or email in Loyola University Health System’s Media Relations Division.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.