New Docs on the Block

The Stritch School of Medicine Class of 2021 is throwing it back to the 1990s in celebration of this year’s Match Day. With references to classic groups and TV shows like Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and New Kids on the Block, there’s nothing that will stop these soon-to-be graduates from becoming the “new docs on the block.”

One of the most important days in their educational journey, Match Day is when soon-to-be medical school graduates throughout the country are notified of their residency placement. The moment they open their envelopes (or emails) is often an emotional experience, filled with anticipation, excitement, and relief. Even though most of our students will celebrate Match Day in their homes, surrounded by family and friends, the significance of this milestone should not be overlooked. From all of us at Stritch and the broader One Loyola community, congratulations Class of 2021!

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View Photos from Stritch Match Day 2021!

We encourage students and family to share your photos, videos, and special moments by tagging @LoyolaHSD on Twitter and @LoyolaHSC on Instagram or using: #LoyolaMatch2021, #NewDocsOnTheBlock, #StritchMatch, and/or #StritchMatch2021. You can also watch a recording of the Match Day 2021 Livestream online.

Each year, Stritch fourth-year students select two outstanding educators. This year, Rick Gill, MD, assistant professor, neurology, received the Outstanding Clinical Educator Award, and Kamran Mirza, MD, PhD, associate professor, pathology, was the recipient of the Outstanding Classroom Educator Award.

Congratulations from Alumni

Read messages of congratulations from our alumni community and Stritch School of Medicine faculty. Download the congratulatory messages of support and wisdom for Loyola's newest MDs.

As you celebrate this day and this wonderful accomplishment, make sure to thank your family, friends, and mentors who helped you get to this moment... I look forward to citing the Hippocratic oath with you in a few months, in the meantime, celebrate this momentous occasion. Congratulations Stritch Class of 2021."

Where is the Class of 2021 headed?

The Stritch Class of 2021 has 178 students; the largest group, 46 percent, placed in primary care specialties. Twenty-two percent of those students are entering internal medicine and 12 percent are pursuing family medicine. The top four other specialties were emergency medicine (10 percent), pediatrics (eight percent), psychiatry (six percent), and surgery (five percent).

Students matched in 30 states. Thirty-seven percent of the class matched in Illinois, with 12 percent staying on campus for residencies at the Loyola Medical Center. Fifty percent of students are staying in the Midwest, while 13 percent will move to the East Coast, 27 percent to the West Coast, and 10 percent down South.

Learn where Loyola Stritch M4s matched in 2021!


matched in the Midwest


placed in Primary Care specialties


staying on campus for residencies at Loyola University Medical Center

Giving Back

The class of 2021’s gift will be the purchase of standing desks for Stritch study areas and classrooms to support ergonomic study options for future Stritch students. Excess donations will be donated to the Stritch Wellness Advisory Group (SWAG). The class is asking for donations of $20.21 to recognize their graduating year. Family, friends and members of the Stritch community may recognize the class by supporting their gift. Students will be fundraising until commencement, scheduled for May 15.

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