University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine


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.

Unique Programs

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 maybeconsideredfortransferintosecond-orthird-year 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.

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