School of Medicine
Gregory J. Eisinger
Greg Eisinger is no stranger to the classroom. In addition to his medical degree—which he will receive in May—Eisinger also holds a master of science in social work, plus a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
While at Loyola, Eisinger has served on student-led curriculum review committees, been involved in promoting technology for the classroom, and volunteered as a peer tutor. And he’s done it all while earning a spot in the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society.
Here, he talks about what he’s looking forward to most next year, why people should pursue their passions, and where he likes to go see concerts in Chicago.
What’s your favorite Loyola memory?
I have had so many incredible memories during my time at Loyola, but I am sure that the best ones are still to come. On March 24, alongside all of my classmates and every other senior medical student across the country, I will open an envelope on Match Day that will tell me where I will be spending the next five years of my life completing residency training. And then in May I’ll graduate from medical school. These days cannot come soon enough!
Talk a little about a professor or mentor who inspired you.
We are extremely fortunate to have an incredible faculty at the Stritch School of Medicine, many of whom have inspired me many times throughout my training. One mentor who has been especially influential is Aaron Michelfelder, who has been a constant source of advice and support and who has played a large role in shaping me into the physician I am about to become.
Tell us about your volunteer/service work and what it means to you.
Service is a term far too large to fit inside the concept of volunteerism. To me, service takes place any time a person gives some part of themselves for another. This has manifested itself in numerous ways during my time in medical school—from helping to take care of patients, teaching younger medical students, and performing music, to simply offering a smile to a person I am passing in the hall.
Any advice you would give students about how to get the most out of their education?
I firmly believe that the ultimate key to success in any form of education lies in doing what you love and loving what you do. Choose a field about which you are passionate and then pour every drop of that passion into it. If you do so and approach each aspect of your training as an opportunity for learning and growth, you will find yourself happy, fulfilled, and rewarded for what you have done.
What do you hope to be doing 10 years from now?
My career is bound for academic medicine. In 10 years, I will be an established physician at an academic center, a teacher to both medical students and residents, and a researcher helping to contribute to the body of knowledge of our field. Outside of my professional life, I plan to be building a family, spending time with the family I already have, and continuing to be involved in my many hobbies, most importantly writing and recording music.
What’s your favorite spot in Chicago?
The House of Blues holds a special place in my heart, both from my time working there as a guitar tech for my friends in Lucky Boys Confusion and from the many incredible shows I have seen there over the years.
Any tips on how to de-stress during finals?
Don’t forget that a test is nothing more than an opportunity to show off what you have learned. Enjoy learning, find fun ways to do it throughout the semester with people you like, and then show up on test day with a good attitude. There is no single test that will make or break your career (well except maybe boards....) and if you invest yourself in your preparation, you will invariably earn the grade you deserve.
About the Medallion
Leadership. Scholarship. Service.
Those three words are etched onto the President’s Medallion that Loyola awards annually to its most outstanding students. They are words that neatly summarize all that the University represents. And they also sum up the 2013–14 President’s Medallion recipients—students who excel not only in the classroom, but also in the world, and are dedicated to helping those around them.
“Each of the recipients was recommended for this award by their academic dean because they exemplify a wonderful combination of achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service,” said Dean of Students Jane Neufeld at the annual President’s Ball at the end of the fall semester.
“In addition, they are seen as persons of integrity, good reputation, and manifest leadership in serving others,” Neufeld said. “In short, they are students for which Loyola and its founders can take great pride.”