The University of Chicago is located approximately 7
miles from downtown Chicago in the Hyde Park section. The Pritzker School of Medicine, established in
1927, is part of the Division of Biological Sciences of
the University of Chicago.
4-year semimodern. First year: Consists of courses in
the basic sciences.A2-quarter clinical medicine course
introduces students to patients with diseases illustrating the medical correlates of the subjects taught
concurrently. The summer is available for research or
other activities. Second year: Consists of advanced
courses. Clinical medicine, including physical diagnosis, continues through the second year. Third year:
Consists of 5 major clinical clerkships (internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, and obstetrics and
gynecology) with 1 month of the pediatrics rotation and
1 month of the surgery rotation offering opportunities
to experience subspecialties. Students also attend
departmental seminars and conferences. Fourth year:
The fourth year is entirely elective and normally consists of consult electives, research, basic science
coursework, reading courses, subinternships, ambulatory experiences, and away rotations in other countries.
Minority admissions: The medical school actively
seeks minority students through city-wide and national
recruitment efforts. Other degree programs: The Medical Scientist Training Program is offered for a
combined MD/PhD degree. The Medicine in the Social
Sciences and Humanities program is a fully-funded
program allowing for the completion of an MD-PhD
degree where the PhD is in a social science or humanities discipline. Students may also pursue a joint
program to earn their MBA, JD, MPP, or MPH.
The minimum premedical science courses are required,
but 1 semester of biochemistry (with lab) may be substituted for the second semester of organic chemistry.
Studies in the social sciences, humanities, English composition, and mathematics are recommended but not
required. Transfer and advanced standing: If space is
available, students from LCME-accredited institutions
openings on the basis of compelling personal reasons.
Courses in the first 2 years and most electives and
research are graded on the Pass/Fail basis. Clinical
clerkships use internal designators of Honors/High
Pass/Pass/Low Pass/Fail. Research is required to graduate with honors. Promotion and continuance of
students is in accordance with published guidelines and
recommendations made by the Committee on Promotions. Students are not required to pass the USMLE
Steps 1 and 2 to progress through the medical school.
Teaching: Basic sciences are taught in the Biological
Sciences Learning Center. Clinical teaching takes place
in the university hospitals, including the new Comer
Children’s Hospital. Students are also taught in 2 other
major off-site community-based hospitals. Other:
Research laboratories are located throughout the medical center and in other nearby facilities. A new Center
for Integrative Research opened in 2005 that allows for
shared research spaces between the physical and biological sciences. Library: The Crerar Library houses
more than 996,000 volumes and 7000 periodicals, constituting one of the largest science holdings in the
United States. Housing: 1100 apartments are available.