About Us

Chicago Clerkships was founded with a mission to serve international medical graduates and students with placement and supportive services for medical externships and clerkships, that is, hands-on clinical rotations. Through our highly specialized team, we aim to provide open and timely communication, with an honest, jargon-free and pressure-free approach to customer service. Our commitment to social justice and our low overhead costs keep our fees fair, competitive, and not exploitative of the great demand for US clinical experience. We are also involved in helping our community.

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Our Guarantee

We are committed to providing our clients with as much transparency as possible during the placement process. Our friendly and accessible staff will guide you as you decide which rotations you need, and we will dispense lots of free advice with great enthusiasm. Upon completion of your application, you will receive a formal placement offer with information about rotation and the preceptor’s hospital affiliations. When you are ready to make a commitment, you will receive a receipt/invitation letter with the name of your preceptor to help you secure your visa.

Lori Winther, MA, MPH, President and CEO     Lori is a specialist in public health field and has worked in the field for over 25 years. She holds a masters degree in public health and an MA in Latin American Studies, both from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her experience includes program support for the School of Public Health’s Preventive Medicine Residency Program at UCLA, and she has extensive expertise in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of community-based health services and health promotion programs. She has also managed her own homestay service for foreign medical graduates and ESL students, and has provided technical assistance to new homestay programs in the Chicago area.

Janna Lyhus, Program Director Janna is a graduate of Depaul University in Chicago. She oversees client applications, placements, and provides ongoing support to ensure client success. 

Michael O’Reilly, Housing Coordinator, RIP
On Monday, June 10th, Michael O’Reilly, our housing director, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family.  Michael, also known as “Penny” to his close friends, was an integral part of our staff since we launched Chicago Clerkships in 2011. But more than that, he was a dear friend. His humor, compassion, warmth, and penchant for resolving conflicts and confronting challenges both technical and interpersonal will be missed by the many individuals, circles, and communities he touched.  Many wouldn’t know that he was an avid dancer, a great singer, a former engineer and AT&T lineman, a jack-of-all-trades, and could knock off two Tribune crossword puzzles in one sitting (in pen). You can read more about his life here: www.pennysoluckyshare.com

Dr. Cedric Colman, MD, Medical Director    Dr. Coleman has partnered with Chicago Clerkships since 2012 to provide clinical experience to IMGs and medical students. In addition to serving as a preceptor, he organizes continuing education lectures for our clients and local health care providers in order to increase physician awareness of the most up-to-date, evidence-based protocols for chronic disease management. Dr. Coleman is board certified in internal medicine and serves as clinical faculty for Rush University Medical Center and is also affiliated with Advocate Trinity hospital and Rush Oak Park Hospital. He completed his residency at Rush University Medical Center and medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Mohammad Toor, Medical Director     Dr. Toor has been practicing Cardiology and Internal Medicine since 1976 at Silver Cross Hospital and Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, in the Chicago suburb of Joliet, Illinois. He was the first preceptor to sign on with Chicago Clerkships and is a dedicated, caring mentor and friend to all of the IMGs who have worked with him. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and has fellowship in Cardiology. He has served as Chairman, Department of Medicine at Silver Cross Hospital. Dr. Toor has served as President and Chairman, Board of Regents for the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) based in Lombard, IL. He has served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Chicago Medical School, and is currently serving as senior trustee for the East West University in Chicago, Illinois. He is one of the founders of Indus Society of North America based in Illinois and a nationwide umbrella organization, Pakistani American Congress. He also volunteers in clinics in Chicago for indigent persons.
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