Why Pritzker?

Why Pritzker?

Our students say our academic and research reputation, the quality of our faculty, and the success of our graduates all influenced their decision to choose Pritzker for their medical education. In addition, they cite five distinctive attributes that set us apart from other medical schools:

1. Size

The small size of our student body - 88 per class - means that you will be known not only by your classmates, but also by our faculty. The close relationships you build will provide a network of mentoring and support that will last your entire career.

Compared with other medical schools, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is smaller than many of the very large institutions and this is a huge advantage for students. You cannot come to this medical school and be anonymous. You will be known – not just by your classmates – but by the faculty and housestaff as well.

-Holly Humphrey, MD'83
Dean for Medical Education

2. Location

The Pritzker School of Medicine is one of few medical schools to be located physically on its University campus, offering both intellectual and social advantages to students who spend their medical school years at the center of the University. Most importantly the opportunity for interdisciplinary work is outstanding – the law school, the business school, the school of public policy, the humanities division are located within steps of the hospital, providing a rich array of opportunities for our medical students. Many of our students also pursue joint degrees with UChicago's other outstanding graduate programs.

3. Structure

Our school falls under the umbrella of the Biological Sciences Division. This relationship fully grounds our teaching in the sciences, meaning that as physicians, you will be able to base treatments on a more basic understanding of any given disease, translating it from bench to bedside.

The fact that the medical school is within the Biological Sciences Division is a major strength for our institution primarily because the physicians look at medical questions in terms of the science that is involved and treatments are based on more basic understanding of disease.

-Janet Rowley, MD'48
National Medal of Science Winner '99
Albert Lasker Clinical Medicine Research Prize for 1998

4. Community

There is no “typical” Pritzker student. Our students come in every variety, bringing diverse intellectual and social contributions. Together, they form the Pritzker community, which is filled with leaders who willingly share their gifts with one another and through that sharing become that community. We also strive to create an open, inquisitive, and welcoming learning environment. We look for students, faculty, and staff who exemplify these qualities and who will add value to and benefit from our community. 

5. Diversity

Our strong commitment to diversity is evident in the wide variety of backgrounds, life experiences, and cultures of our students. We believe that the more perspectives we can share, the richer the learning environment. Our Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to supporting our students in their scholarly pursuits and professional growth, and we also have a number of student organizations that promote an open, inclusive learning environment, such as the Student National Medical Association, OUTPatient, the Latino Medical Student Association, and others.

It is great to be in an environment where people are coming from different places. Academically, some people studied English or music; some people were consultants for a year; some people always knew they wanted to be doctors. Being around a diverse set of people allows our minds to expand. 

-Ramya Parameswaran
MSTP Student, Class of 2020