Standards for Matriculation and Promotion

Technical Standards for Matriculation and Promotion

The curricular goals of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine are intended to develop physicians from diverse segments of society whose personal attributes are manifest in their high moral, ethical, and compassionate care of patients; who are responsible to social and societal needs; and who have been thoroughly educated in the art and science of medicine so that they demonstrate sustained competence in medicine.

In order to meet these goals, the faculty of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine have developed, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the following essential function requirements for medical students. All students, for matriculation and promotion should, with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Possess the neuromuscular control and eye-hand coordination needed to efficiently, safely, and independently carry out all necessary procedures involved in the learning of the basic and clinical sciences, as well as those required in the hospital and clinical environment. These include, but are not limited to, anatomic dissection, basic science laboratory exercises, basic and advanced cardiac life support activities, physical examinations, surgical, clinical laboratory, and other technical procedures as required for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Possess the sensory ability, as well as the mental capacity, to rapidly assimilate large volumes of technically detailed and complex information presented in formal lectures, small group discussions, and individual clinical settings. Students should possess the intellectual abilities to acquire, assimilate, integrate and apply information obtained from written, oral, and visual sources.
  • Possess the use of senses to allow for effective observation and communication in the classroom, scientific laboratory, and clinical setting.
    *In the clinical setting, the use of a trained intermediary cannot be used to fulfill essential requirements.
  • Possess the emotional and physical health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients.