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Pritzker and University Policies

Below are the policies and information you need to know on a day-to-day basis at the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Learn more about our Student Treatment policies.

If you are exposed to blood or other infectious material,

  1. Clean and decontaminate
  2. Page the Needlestick hotline (188-9990) immediately
  3. Inform your supervisor
  4. Follow the instructions of the UC Occupational Medicine Clinician (CLI L156)

If there are expenses related to treatment of a needlestick injury, the visiting student's health insurance will be billed and the visiting student should work directly with their home school's Dean of Students' Office.

Medical student learning during the third year comes from many sources, which include, but are not limited to, clinical interactions with patients and the health care team, didactic sessions from lecturers and preceptors, and individual reading.  Moreover, in addition to clinical activities and duties that medical students may perform, students have the responsibility of taking exams, creating presentations, and engaging in self-directed learning. Thus, students must have adequate time to integrate clinical knowledge through self-directed learning.

Time spent by medical students engaged in clinical activities on a weekly basis must not exceed ACGME specified weekly duty hour caps.

Third Year Students

1) When third year students are engaged in clinical work that involves call, students should be dismissed by midnight. In order for students to meet this 12 a.m. deadline, residents should not assign new patients to students after 10 p.m. These deadlines are intended to give students enough time to finish write ups, discuss patients with their resident, read about their patients, and leave remaining time for an adequate amount of sleep for the next day’s learning activities. These recommendations do not apply to:

  • Students on shift assignments.
  • Surgical rotations (including gynecologic surgery) in which overnight call and participation in urgent or emergent situations are of educational value. In these settings, students should be dismissed after morning duties are completed.

2) It is recommended that students have one day free of clinical responsibility per week, averaged over one month, in order to study. Clerkship directors should stipulate the rules for their individual clerkship in their orientation material.

  • These days off may include any weekend days that are free of clinical activity, e.g. students on ambulatory rotations with weekends off will not receive additional week days free of clinical duties.
  • Students are expected to attend all required rotation specific non clinical activities (including but not limited to didactics, small group sessions and preceptor groups) even if that formal educational experience falls on a student’s day free of clinical duties.

3) Specific daily work schedules will vary by clerkship, and are most appropriately determined by the clerkship director.

Fourth Year Students

The guidelines above do not apply to fourth year medical students. For fourth year students on sub-internships, ACGME duty hour guidelines are appropriate.

Many locations where students can receive rich educational experiences are in parts of the world that may pose particular risk to students’ health and security. The following guidelines were established to support students desire to participate in these experiences, while protecting their safety and the integrity of the institution: 

  • All medical students who travel abroad in association with the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine must complete the PSOM Global Health Checklist six weeks prior to departure. Students and their affiliated organizations that fail to complete this checklist will not be eligible to receive university funding or course credit. This policy applies to:
    1. Trips sponsored by University of Chicago student organizations
    2. Programs administered or sponsored by the Pritzker School of Medicine or UCM faculty (including but not limited to the Global Health Scholarships)
    3. Any international experience for which a student hopes to receive course credit
  • The Pritzker School of Medicine will not sanction student travel to countries on the U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings and Public Announcements list unless the student is traveling to a Center for Global Health affiliated site and/or receives approval from the Center for Global Health. Students interested in traveling to a country on the U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings and Public Announcements should contact Sola Olopade, Associate Director of the Center for Global Health.
  • Medical students traveling abroad must adhere to the University of Chicago Medicine Scope of Practice guidelines in order to maintain malpractice coverage through the UCM. Medical students must not practice medicine, as defined by the Illinois Medical Practice Act and must be appropriately supervised by licensed attending physicians when participating in patient care. Students who do not abide by the UCM scope of practice guidelines may not be covered by UCM malpractice insurance in the case of an adverse outcome.

The Pritzker School of Medicine is committed to avoiding any actual or potential conflicts which may arise when a faculty member who has provided sensitive health services to a medical student and is involved in that student’s assessment or promotion. To this end, all medical school faculty are asked to disclose this information and potentially recuse themselves from providing a written assessment of student’s academic performance if they have treated a student as a patient. If faculty are assigned to serve as a preceptor for a student who they have previously treated, they should notify the course or clerkship director to discuss whether or not a reassignment is recommended.

In those cases where the faculty member is the only course director or preceptor for a specialized course of study, the faculty member should tell the student that it is the school’s policy not to assess students who have been patients, and if the student would still like to pursue the course/rotation, the student should notify the Director of Medical School Education and Associate Dean for Medical School Education. All course and clerkship directors participating in the Committee on Academic Promotions, Academic Progress Committees and career advisors involved in the residency advising system must sign a confidentiality agreement to certify that they will recuse themselves from discussions of and assessments of students’ academic performance if they served as that students’ physician.

In order to graduate from the Pritzker School of Medicine, students must complete the following general requirements. Please follow the links to the right for a recommended timeline on completing exams and a detailed break-down of the courses and credits students must complete during their fourth year.

Students are strongly encouraged to fill out the AAMC Graduation Questionnaire. This confidential survey helps the Pritzker School of Medicine evaluate its current program and curriculum while providing national data for the profession as a whole.

General Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of full four-year program of study
    • Must achieve acceptable standard of performance in all course work
    • Must complete 14 quarters of full time enrollment and full tuition payment
    • Must discharge all financial obligations to the University of Chicago, including return of pager, by June 1.
  2. Complete USMLE Step 1, Step 2 (CK), Step 2 (CS) exams no later than December 1 of fourth year.
  3. Review transcript for accuracy and verify that all academic requirements will be met.

Specific Graduation Requirements

Complete coursework in fourth year totaling 1,200 units

  • Core Requirements
    • Total of Core Requirements:  525 units
      • Sub-Internship:  150 units
      • Emergency Medicine Clerkship:  150 units
      • Basic  Science Courses:  150 units
      • Scholarship & Discovery:  100 units
    • Total of Remaining Electives:  675 units