Medical Education in Chicago

Welcome to the Medical Education Department at The Loretto Hospital. Medical education is an integral part of our mission as an institution of learning for medical students who are seeking clinical rotations and externship program. We offer an in-depth clinical experience in primary care and introduction to various medical specialties.

Clinical Rotations & Externships

Students and graduates will be exposed to both inpatient and outpatient clinical rotations led by Loretto’s network of teaching attending physicians. We also offer other core and elective rotations through affiliated networks. Our rotations include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Family Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Urology
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Research
  • Infectious Disease
  • Cardiology

Establishing Clinical Rotations at The Loretto Hospital:

  • CLICK HERE to complete a rotation request form.
  • You will receive an e-mail regarding the availability of the rotation. Once the rotation is confirmed, please email the following required information to Saarah Alkhairy via email at saarah.alkhairy@lorettohospital.org. All information must be emailed as a PDF.
  • Identification
    • Driver’s license or passport (if a US citizen)
    • Passport plus visa (if a non-US citizen)
  • Background check
  • HIPAA certification
  • MMR immunity
  • Varicella immunity
  • Hepatitis B immunity
  • Negative TB/chest x-ray
  • Malpractice insurance
  • 10 panel drug screen
  • Flu shot (if the rotation starts from September to March)
  • Current onsite CPR certificate (online certifications will not be accepted)
  • Resume
  • Diploma (if a graduate)
  • Letter of good standing (if a student)

Once we receive all the required documentation, along with your payment, you will receive information containing details about orientation.

We also offer United States Medical Licensing Examination courses (USMLE) Steps 1 and 2. Both sections are taught by experienced instructors who are certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for Step 1 and Clinical Skills (CS) for Step 2 instructors. Students will receive intensive training and immediate personalized feedback throughout the duration of both courses.

Recommended Course Materials

First Aid, Pathoma, Doctors in Training (DIT), USMLE World Question Bank

USMLE Step 1 Prep

Details of the course include:

  • 12-week live lectures
  • Topics include:
  • General Principles:
    • Biochemistry
    • Behavioral Sciences
    • Medical Ethics
    • Biostatistics
    • Microbiology & Immunology
    • General Pathology
    • General Pharmacology
  • Organ Systems:
    • CVS, Respiratory
    • Gastrointestinal Tract
    • Renal
    • Genitourinary
    • Endocrine
    • Reproductive
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Dermatology
    • Hematology & Oncology
    • Psychiatry
    • Neurology
    • Miscellaneous

USMLE Step 2 CS Prep

USMLE Step 2 CS Prep course includes:

  • Learning how to document the patient’s medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Patient note practice
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • A 9-case mock exam with feedback

Course Options:

  1. Course plus Mock exam (3, 5, or 7 days)
  2. Mock exam only (1 day)
  3. Per Patient Encounter

The Loretto Hospital currently has a Podiatry Residency Program and has initiated the process for starting an ACGME Family Medicine and Psychiatry residency program.

To learn more about The Loretto Hospital’s Clinical Rotations and Externships Program, please contact:

Dena Besumi, MD
Director of Medical Education
E-mail: dena.besumi@lorettohospital.org


Saarah T. Alkhairy, MD MBA
Educational Coordinator
E-mail: saarah.alkhairy@lorettohospital.org


La Wanda Peterson
Clinical Coordinator
E-mail: LaWanda.Peterson@lorettohospital.org


Phone: (773) 854-4179
Fax: (773) 887-8143