Bioethics & Professionalism Honors Program

PURPOSE:  The Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM), drawing on its Jesuit and Catholic heritage, encourages the development of the character & intellect of its students and has a culture of excellence in professionalism.  SSOM has a large number of students who are active in a self-directed curriculum related to bioethics, health policy, service to the underserved, leadership, and professionalism.  The Bioethics and Professionalism Honors Program asks the student to go one step further to document systematically and reflect upon this self-directed curriculum.  Those who complete this program are recognized with departmental honors administered by the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics.  The outstanding record of achievement of these students is recognized in the following manners:

  • Successful completion of the Honors Program and all its requirements allows the student's accomplishments to be included in his/her Dean's letter recommending the student for residency. (Students who wish this information to be included in their letter must complete the capstone project by July before his/her 4th year.)
  • A listing of the successful completion of the Honors Program on the student's final transcript.
  • Students completing the program are recognized at graduation.

PROCEDURE:  In January of the first year of medical school (M-1), students who are interested in entering the Bioethics and Professionalism Honors Program declare their intention to pursue the program by completing the application.  Students are assigned an advisor from the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics who will help guide them and comment on their portfolio submissions.  To be and remain eligible for the Honors Program, a student must be in good academic standing and uphold professional standards in keeping with those of the Stritch School of Medicine and Loyola University Chicago.  Good academic standing is generally construed to mean that a student has not failed a course during the first or second year of medical school or needed remediation in more than one clerkship.  To earn honors at graduation, the student's portfolio must include a number of required accomplishments and an adequate number of optional achievements.

Information for Goals, Reflections, Activities, Honors Research Seminars, Topical Seminars, Bioethics Boot Camp and Capstone Project

TO ENROLL AND PARTICIPATE IN THE HONORS PROGRAM:  We will start taking applications January 2018. Complete the Honors Application Form 2018.  E-mail the completed form to Cynthia Chaidez



Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 10:00am-3:00pm, SSOM Atrium
Showcasing the Bioethics & Professionalism Honors Program Capstone Presentation Posters.
The goal of the Capstone Project is to develop a bioethics or professionalism issue, topic, case or formative experience into a scholarly project and resource for others. Come view the students work.


Thursday, June 7, 2018, 12:30pm-3:00pm, SSOM 170
Bioethics & Professionalism Honors Program Capstone Presentations
Students presenting: Cheyanne Silver, Nadeem El-Kouri, Veronica Drozdowski, Brianna Chessin, and Kate Nowakowski.
For the schedule please click here.


Friday, June 8, 2018, 9:00am-Noon, SSOM 150
Bioethics & Professionalism Honors Program Capstone Presentations
Students presenting: Jacob Begres, Ingrid Kiehl, Duncan Campbell, Austin McHenry, Gabriela Aitken, Jasleen Singh, and Harika Reddy.
For the schedule please click here.