Scholarship and Discovery

The Scholarship & Discovery component of the Pritzker curriculum reaffirms the core mission of the University to generate new knowledge to improve human life. The University of Chicago has a rich legacy of discovery and is home to several Nobel Laureates. Key scientific discoveries at the University of Chicago have revolutionized the treatment of human disease. In keeping with this great tradition, students at the Pritzker School of Medicine receive the necessary skills and training to complete a mentored scholarly project by the time of graduation, focusing on one of five scholarly tracks: Scientific Investigation (Basic Sciences, Clinical Research, Social Sciences); Community HealthGlobal HealthMedical Education; and Healthcare Delivery Sciences (Formerly Quality & Safety).

The Scholarship & Discovery curriculum provides enhanced training in fundamental concepts and skills to ensure student success in one of these five tracks. Guidance is provided by faculty mentors during the first-year Scholarship & Discovery Course 1A, B, C. Below is a full outline of the Scholarship & Discovery curriculum.

Scholarship & Discovery resources are available through the Scholarship & Discovery site. Current students may schedule Office Hours with the S&D Team by submitting the S&D Inquiry Form.


Scholarship & Discovery Milestones

  • Scholarship & Discovery Course 1A, B, C
    • Meet track leaders, highlight mentors & student scholarship
    • Learn basic concepts of each track (e.g., what is global health or QI?)
    • Learn core scholarship skills (e.g., literature searching, library resourcesresearch ethics)
    • Learn basic biostatistics and epidemiology (1B)
    • Obtain advanced training in one area (1C)
  • Meet with potential mentors
  • Consider summer opportunities for scholarship via Pritzker Summer Research Program or other options (optional)
  • In the Spring, students are presented with a variety of options to fulfill their required 50 S&D elective units
  • Select track and mentor (early Fall Quarter)
  • Interval group meetings with track leaders to present "work in progress"
  • Time to work with mentor on project
  • Progress report at end of second year
  • Critical appraisal of literature and journal clubs (via core clerkships)