Master of Science in Medical Physiology (MSMP) Program
Physiology is the basis of medicine. As such, the Master of Science in Physiology (MSMP) Program at Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Campus is designed for college graduates who are interested in strengthening their understanding of medical physiology with the intent of enhancing their academic credentials to succeed in future applications to medical schools. The MSMP Program is a non-thesis, full-time, nine month curriculum running from early September to late May. MSMP students will pursue intensive studies in graduate cell physiology, physiological biochemistry, organ system medical physiology, neurophysiology, basic human anatomy, introduction to pathophysiology and clinical bioethics.
The Program also includes a course on Professional Development to help each student with their applications to future biomedical programs. Each student in the MSMP Program will be assigned a faculty adviser to guide them throughout the program, as well as with their postgraduate applications. We also provide assistance for students interested in local volunteer community programs to further explore various medically related career paths and as part of their future applications to professional biomedical programs. Our courses are designed specifically for MSMP students and are classroom-taught by medical school faculty professors who have extensive experience teaching at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Successful completion of the MSMP Program will provide the student with a strong foundation for success in future professional biomedical programs.
- The MSMP Program will provide students with the opportunity to engage in graduate-level medically relevant courses and thereby enhance the student’s academic credentials for applications to future professional biomedical programs.
- Courses are classroom-taught by medical school professors with extensive experience teaching first- and second-year medical students at the Stritch School of Medicine.
- The program will matriculate only 25 students. This small class size provides each student with a more personalized educational experience.
- The program is unique in that we offer a Pathophysiology course taught by an M.D., board-certified cardiologist; a Professional Development course designed to enhance the students' ability to prepare résumés, develop interview skills and provide opportunities for students to interact with professionals in medical fields, and a Clinical Bioethics course that will enhance the student’s understanding and appreciation of contemporary medical ethical issues and the application of medical ethics in their future professional biomedical careers.
- Each MSMP student is assigned a faculty adviser who will help guide them through the program and with future applications to professional programs.
- The MSMP Program also has an Emergency Department Volunteer Experience at the Loyola University Hospital for any students interested in gaining clinical volunteer experience.
- Students interested in attending medical school will be guaranteed an admissions interview at the Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine by achieving a GPA in the MSMP Program of 3.5 or higher and whose most recent MCAT score is 30 or higher. MCATs taken after completion of the MSMP Program must be taken within one year of completion of the program.
The MSMP Program is designed for highly motivated students seeking to enhance their understanding of human physiology and improve their academic credentials for future professional biomedical programs. Candidates for the MSMP Program will be required to have the following minimum requirements:
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
- One year of biology, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of physics and one year of mathematics, preferably calculus.
- Either an official MCAT score of at least 28 or a GRE score greater than the 50th percentile (verbal plus quantitative). Only scores obtained within the last three years will be considered.
- Official transcripts from ALL undergraduate and graduate institutions attended.
- A personal statement that expresses your motivation and future plans for a professional biomedical career as well as experiences that have contributed to your chosen career path. This would include any relevant clinical, employment, teaching or research experiences.
- Two letters of recommendation appropriate for acceptance into a master's degree program. Premed committee letters are acceptable.
- Applicants must agree to an Illinois State criminal background check. Self-disclosure of these types of issues is in the best interest of applicants.
- All applicants will be required to fill out an online application to the Loyola University Chicago Graduate School.
Deadline for receipt of applications is August 1, 2013. Students must commit to their acceptance into the program by August 15, 2013. We use a rolling admissions process and therefore encourage applicants to apply early. We will be accepting late applications provided there are seats still available in the class.
Updated materials such as transcripts and letters of recommendation can be sent to:
Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
When applying for the MSMP Program online, choose the 2013 academic year and Biomedical Sciences. From there you will be able to choose Medical Physiology MS in the Application Information drop down menu.
The graduate and medical programs at Stritch School of Medicine are separate programs. Therefore any material submitted to Stritch School of Medicine must be resubmitted to the Graduate Program.
Questions regarding the MSMP Program can be addressed to the Program Coordinator, Ms. Samantha Dumm (email@example.com).
Semester One (Fall)
- Cell Physiology (PIOL 417; 3 credits)
- Biochemical Physiology (PIOL 420; 3 credits)
- Function of the Human Body I (PIOL 421; 4 credits)
- Professional Development (PIOL 500; 1 credit)
- Clinical Bioethics (BEHP 401; 1 credit)
Semester Two (Spring)
- Fundamentals of Neurophysiology (PIOL 450; 3 credits)
- Function of Human Body II (PIOL 422; 4 credits)
- Basic Human Anatomy (PIOL 430; 2 credits)
- Introduction to Human Pathophysiology (PIOL 460; 3 credits)
The MSMP Program consists of 8 courses (total 24 credit hours) designed specifically for MSMP students. Each course is classroom-taught by Stritch School of Medicine faculty. Function of the Human Body (I & II) is taught over two semesters. The Introduction to Pathophysiology also requires a library research paper related to a specific topic in pathophysiology. In addition to lectures, each physiology course consists of small group discussions of clinical case studies related to lecture topics, as well as scheduled review sessions with the lecturing faculty member.
Students must achieve an overall grade of B to successfully complete the program. Students falling below a B average in the first semester of the program will be placed on academic probation and will receive counseling from their adviser and the program director. Students receiving a grade of C or less in any two courses will be in jeopardy of being dismissed from the program. There is no remediation of individual courses.
Each course in the MSMP program is run a course director:
Stephen Lipsius, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology
MSP Program Director
Function of the Human Body I & II
Samuel Cukierman, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physiology
Mark Kuczewski, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Ethics
John McNulty, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology
Basic Human Anatomy
Gregory Mignery, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology
Toni Pak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physiology
Erika Piedras-Renteria, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physiology
Fundamentals of Neurophysiology
Allen M. Samarel, M.D., William B. Knapp Professor of Medicine and Physiology
Introduction to Human Pathophysiology
$1,560 per credit hour (24 credit hours) = $37,440
Matriculation Fee: $100
Activity Fee: $50/semester
Health Services Fee: $150/semester
Fitness Center: $148/semester
Proof of Health Insurance or $1,880/year
Student Parking: $260/year
Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Which medical schools have your MSMP graduates been accepted to?
Albany Medical College
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Creighton University School of Medicine
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University
Indiana University School of Medicine
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School
Ross University School of Medicine
St. George's University in Grenada
United States Uniformed Health Services
University of Buffalo, School of Medicine
University of Illinois College of Medicine, Medical Scholars MD/PhD Program
University of Kentucky School of Medicine
University of Nebraska MD/PhD
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
University of Vermont School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth, School of Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine
From our first year class (2011-2012), 11 of 12 students (92%) have been accepted to medical schools;
8 allopathic, 2 osteopathic and 1 Carribean medical school.
Five students have been accepted to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
- Class statistics
This year's class had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.6 and MCAT of 31.
- What is the difference between MSMP and MAMS?
The MSMP program is offered by the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology at the Loyola University Medical Sciences campus and the MAMS program is offered by the Department of Biology at the Loyola University Chicago undergraduate campus.The MSMP program is taught by medical school professors and the MAMS program is taught by undergraduate professors.The MSMP program curriculum is similar to the course work presented to first year medical students at Stritch School of Medicine. The MSMP program focuses on medical cell and systems physiology as well as introductory courses in human anatomy, neurophysiology, cardiovascular pathophysiology and clinical bioethics. We also offer a Professional Development course to help students with their interview skills and AMCAS statements.
- Where are you located?
The MS in Medical Physiology Program is located in the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, IL, 12 miles west of downtown Chicago and about one-half mile south of the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) on First Avenue.
- Where should I send my application information?
Materials such as transcripts and letters of recommendation can be sent to:
Graduate and Professional Enrollment Management
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
- Can I have my transcripts or letters of recommendation emailed to Loyola?
Yes, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Is it possible to have the admissions information I sent to Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) admissions forwarded to the MSMP program?
No, we are unable to access any of your admissions information from Stritch School of Medicine. It needs to be re-submitted to Loyola’s Graduate Program.
- Is there a fee to apply?
No, there is no fee to apply to the MSMP Program.
- How do I send in my MCAT scores?
Log into the MCAT Testing History System and send your scores to Loyola University Chicago’s Graduate Program.
- If I have taken the MCAT more than once, may I put the highest score from each section on the application?
Please use your highest overall MCAT score to fill out each section on the application. When you send in your official MCAT scores, we will see all your exam scores.
- Even though the minimum requirement for the MCAT is 28, will I still be eligible for the program if I scored lower?
The MSMP Admissions Committee reviews every application we receive. Given the right set of circumstances, a MCAT score lower than 28 may be acceptable.
- Do I need 2 or 3 letters of recommendation for the MSMP program?
Although the graduate website indicates 3 letters of recommendation, the MSMP program only requires 2 letters of recommendation.
- Are pre-medical committee letters accepted?
Yes, pre-medical committee letters can be used as the letters of recommendation.
- Is there an interview for admission into the MSMP program?
No, there is no interview process for admission into the MSMP program. Once accepted into the program, you are welcome to visit the campus.
- Does the MSMP program offer any financial aid?
No, the MSMP program itself does not offer any financial aid. If you are thinking of applying to a graduate program it is recommended that you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov no later than March 1 prior to matriculation. This will determine if you are eligible to receive financial aid from one or more government programs. Also, you may seek outside loans, scholarships and grants by visiting a local library or browsing the Web. Some good Web sites include:
- If I were to apply for admission to medical school during this application cycle will my grades from the MSMP program be considered?
After you complete one semester in the MSMP program, you can access your grades to update your medical school applications. If requested, we will write a letter of recommendation based on your first semester performance.However, some schools do not allow applications to be updated.
The following comments are from MSMP students about their experiences in the Program.
Class of 2013
“The Loyola MSMP Program has been a great experience for me and now I feel more prepared than ever to begin medical school. The small class size allowed the faculty to go out of their way to guide students individually and I learned a lot from 1:1 interactions with my professors. Each class had small group discussions that presented clinically relevant material that we will see in our professional careers. Furthermore, the unique professional development course and staff really helped me prepare in detail for my interviews. Since we were a small group, all the students got to know each other well and we often meet to go to dinner, study sessions, or different new places in Chicago. Overall, I would highly recommend this program for anyone seeking a degree in healthcare.”
Class of 2012
“I really like the MSMP program because the professors and administrators are very supportive. I've learned a lot and am getting a solid foundation for medical school. The small class size is a big plus. Everyone in the program gets along and we work together to succeed in our courses. We've also established a tradition of holding monthly "family dinners" where everyone prepares a dish from a chosen culture and shares it with the others. This is a great time to relax and bond with fellow classmates. I hope future MSMP students will continue on with this tradition.”
Class of 2012
“The MSMP program at Loyola has given me many tools and resources to help prepare me for medical school, but more importantly I am taking away renewed enthusiasm about my goals and the new challenges ahead. The program creates an environment similar to their medical school by sharing faculty and curricula content with the medical school, and with the small class size we are better able to take advantage of these resources. This experience has been tremendously valuable and I would recommend it to anyone seeking a professional career in medicine.”
Class of 2012
“The MSMP program at Loyola University Chicago has been an excellent experience for me. Being a non-traditional student, I was cautious that I would have difficulty succeeding in advanced-level courses; however, the small class size paired with dedicated and supportive professors ensure that I get a thorough and intense education. The professors present clinically relevant information throughout each lecture, and are driven to ensure students understand the content with full confidence. Additionally, the Loyola faculty members have made themselves available to discuss my personal goals, and have given me resources and guidance to help me reach them. I am very appreciative to be challenged and supported equivocally by the MSMP faculty and Loyola University Chicago. I feel very secure that the program is preparing me for a successful career upon graduation.”
Class of 2012
“From day one, I have been impressed not only with how friendly and helpful the professors and staff are, but also with how committed and dedicated my classmates are. I love how targeted the curriculum is to what we will be learning in medical school. Since we have most of the same professors as the medical students, the lectures are tailored to understanding the clinical relevance of the topics covered. In addition, having a small class of people with similar goals creates a focused and supportive atmosphere where I find my desire to pursue medicine constantly renewed.”
Class of 2012
“When I decided to pursue a career in medicine, I needed a transition from my background in business and economics. The MSMP program has been more than I could have asked for. The curriculum has supplemented my undergraduate studies with both challenging and valuable classes. In addition, this program has done an excellent job replicating the culture and environment of medical school. Most importantly, the caring faculty has been very intentional about helping me get to the next step in my career.”
Class of 2013
“I came to the MSMP Program to strengthen my applications to medical school. The professors are dedicated to helping us succeed, and I am thankful for their invaluable advice through mock interviews, essay critiques, and general discussions about my reapplication process. Our classes are very similar to medical school courses which allowed me to test and demonstrate my academic ability for the rigors of medical school. The Program also provided me with the opportunity to volunteer at Loyola’s Emergency Department where I was able to apply some of our coursework (e.g. reading EKGs) while interacting with medical students and residents. Overall, I think the biggest advantage of the MSMP Program is that it’s located at an academic medical center, where there are opportunities to seek out interactions with researchers, physicians, administrators, and medical students in preparation for a medical career.”
The MSMP program at Loyola has given me many tools and resources to help prepare me for medical school, but, more importantly, I am taking away renewed enthusiasm about my goals and the new challenges ahead. The program creates an environment similar to their medical school by sharing faculty and curricula content with the medical school, and with the small class size we are better able to take advantage of these resources. This experience has been tremendously valuable and I would recommend it to anyone seeking a professional career in medicine.
When I decided to pursue a career in medicine, I needed a transition from my background in business and economics. The MSMP program has been more than I could have asked for. The curriculum has supplemented my undergraduate studies with both challenging and valuable classes. In addition, this program has done an excellent job replicating the culture and environment of medical school. Most importantly, the caring faculty has been very interested in helping me get to the next step in my career.
The MSMP program at Loyola University Chicago has been an excellent experience for me. Being a nontraditional student, I was worried whether I would have difficulty succeeding in advanced-level courses. However, the small class size paired with dedicated and supportive professors ensure that I get a thorough and intense education. The professors present clinically relevant information in each lecture and are driven to ensure students understand the content with full confidence.
Additionally, the Loyola faculty members have made themselves available to discuss my personal goals, and have given me resources and guidance to help me reach them. I am very appreciative of the challenges and the unequivocal support of MSP faculty and Loyola University Chicago. I feel very secure that the program is preparing me for a successful career upon graduation.
I really like the MSMP program because the professors and administrators are very supportive. I've learned a lot and am getting a solid foundation for medical school. The small class size is a big plus. Everyone in the program gets along and we work together to succeed in our courses. We've also established a tradition of holding monthly "family dinners" where everyone prepares a dish from a chosen culture and shares it with the others. This is a great time to relax and bond with fellow classmates. I hope future MSMP students will continue on with this tradition.