Academics

Scholarship & 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 SciencesClinical Research, and Social Sciences); Community HealthGlobal HealthMedical Education; and Healthcare Delivery Sciences.

Current students can find Scholarship & Discovery resources as well as a guide to disseminating your work on the left side of this page.

The Scholarship & Discovery curriculum - undertaken in years one, two, and four - provides enhanced training in fundamental concepts and skills to ensure student success in one of these five fields of study. To help you visualize the milestones for each year, the activities are summarized below.

Goals:

  • Explore interests
  • Cultivate skills of scholarship
  • Meet potential mentors

Activities:

  • S&D Track Orientation
  • S&D Symposium
  • Summer Opportunities Session            
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics course
  • S&D Spring Elective

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Goals:

  • Conduct focused work on scholarly project
  • Expand expertise in track area 

Activities:

  • Select Track, Mentor, and Project
  • Attend Track Leader Meetings
  • S&D Spring Block      
  • e-Poster and Progress Report submission

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Goals:

  • Learn clinical medicine

Activities:

  • Conduct literature searches pertaining to clinical case questions
  • Critical appraisal of medical literature 

During year 3, students are expected to focus on their clinical clerkships, refining their scholarly skills to support clinical medicine (e.g., literature searches to answer clinical questions; critical appraisal of medical literature). While students may elect to work on their projects on an ad hoc basis, there is no requirement to do so. 

Goals:

  • Demonstrate advanced scholarly skills 
  • Complete scholarly project
  • Disseminate research

Activities:

  • Revisit scholarly project and/or begin work on a new project        
  • Elective courses
  • Senior Scientific Session (optional)                                            
  • Explore venues for dissemination

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S&D Team

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP

Assistant Dean for Scholarship & Discovery

Dr. Arora is a Professor of Medicine, Director of GME Clinical Learning Environment Innovation, and Assistant Dean for Scholarship & Discovery. She practices as a hospitalist and researcher whose main interests are in understanding and improving medical training and quality and safety of hospital care. Main areas of Dr. Arora's work include residency duty hours, handoffs, and sleep for hospitalized older patients. In her role as Assistant Dean for Scholarship & Discovery, she oversees all aspects of the S&D program. In conjunction with this program, she has mentored numerous Pritzker students on a variety of projects across diverse research topic areas.

 

Rachel Wolfson, MD

Co-Director for Scholarship & Discovery

Dr. Wolfson is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Co-Director for Scholarship & Discovery. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and regularly attends in the pediatric intensive care unit and on the pediatric sedation service. Dr. Wolfson is interested in fostering mentoring relationships between students and faculty through Scholarship and Discovery, and in understanding the impact this mentorship has on students’ career development. In 2014, Dr. Wolfson assumed leadership of the Scholarly Concentrations Collaborative, a national group of physician educators interested in medical student research and scholarship.

 

Paige Fairchild, MPH

Manager of Medical Education

Paige is the manager for the Scholarship & Discovery program. In this capacity, she serves as an advocate for all S&D participants by supporting them and ensuring that student scholarly experiences are beneficial. She completed her Master's degree at the University of Minnesota and has experience managing projects ranging from health services research to clinical trials.