Community-Based Medical Education

The Department of Family Medicine plays a leading role in Community Based Medical Education at the Pritzker School of Medicine and in the University of Chicago Medicine's Urban Health Initiative. Medical students have multiple opportunities to learn about and serve different communities on Chicago's South Side. They can participate in clinical care with family doctors at community health centers in both the Longitudinal Program and the Family Medicine Clerkship; they can choose to participate in service-learning projects in local schools, free clinics, and community organizations; and they can participate in community engaged scholarship with community and faculty mentorship through the Community Health Scholars Track.

Pritzker medical students have the opportunity to return to practice in the South Side through the loan repayment and professional development program, REACH. They mentor students while serving as primary care physicians in medical practices in the South Side Healthcare Collaborative. Community Affiliated Faculty working with SSHC clinics also serve as preceptors and mentors to Pritzker students.