Meet Our Students

Each year, fourth-year students are selected to serve on Pritzker's Student Admissions Committee. Applicants who visit Pritzker for an interview day will meet one (or more!) of these students during lunch and the campus tour.

Click through the 2016-2017 Student Admissions Committee member profiles below to learn why they chose Pritzker, how they get involved at the medical school (and beyond), and their favorite things about living in Chicago!


Joe Bergen

Hometown: Ithaca, NY
Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University
Pre-Pritzker: I took two years off before coming to Pritzker. I first completed a term of full-time service at a community health center through an AmeriCorps program. Following that, I returned to my undergraduate campus where I worked in student health on mental health and wellness initiatives.
Pritzker Activities: Emergency Medicine Interest Group, Community Health Clinic, Physicians for a National Health Program, Revisit Planning Committee, Social Rounds Crew
S&D Track: Healthcare Delivery Sciences (Quality & Safety)
S&D Mentor & Project: Mike Ward, MD; Effects of sepsis screening and alert system on patient outcomes

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Arjun Dayal

Hometown: Oak Hill, VA
Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia
Pritzker Activities: I am involved with the Dermatology Interest Group, and Health Tech Group at Pritzker. I am also involved with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at UChicago’s Booth School of Business.
Pre-Pritzker: During my gap year, I developed a mobile application called InstantEval, which became the basis of a start-up that I founded through an accelerator program at UChicago's Booth School of Business. I also developed image analysis research software.
S&D Track: Medical Education
S&D Mentor & Project: I am studying gender bias in resident evaluations using quantitative and qualitative methods. The data for this study was collected using my evaluation mobile app, InstantEval. My S&D mentor is Dr. Vineet Arora, but this project is now becoming a campus-wide collaboration! 

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Shakeela Faulkner

Hometown: Flemington, NJ
Undergraduate Institution: Brown University
Pritzker Activities: OB/GYN Student Interest Group, SNMA, Maria Shelter, Identity and Inclusion Steering Committee, and HPREP
Pre-Pritzker: Before coming to Pritzker I worked in a research lab studying aging and metabolism at the National Institute on Aging through the NIH Postbac IRTA program.
S&D Track: Scientific Investigation: Clinical Research
S&D Mentor & Project: Lewis Shi, MD; "Comparison of Pre, Intra, and Post Operative Costs for Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair"

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Ava Ferguson

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Pritzker Activities: My favorite extracurriculars have been serving as Ultmann Fund Chair, TA-ing anatomy & health care disparities, Physicians for a National Healthcare Program, and heaps of event planning (Pritzker formal, MS1 talent show and class parties, Revisit).
Pre-Pritzker: I had four years in between college and Pritzker. For one of them I was a graduate student in the humanities here at UChicago, then I returned to Austin for two years to complete my pre-med requirements before moving to Los Angeles to work in the development & fundraising department of Planned Parenthood LA for a year before starting medical school.
S&D Track: Scientific Investigation: Social Sciences
S&D Mentor & Project: Julie Chor, MD, MPH, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. My project, which I'm taking a research year to work on, is a qualitative investigation of how young women's experience of their first pelvic exam shapes their engagement in future preventative healthcare.

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Karla Garcia-Huerta

Hometown: Cary, NC
Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame
Pritzker Activities: Washington Park Children's Free Clinic, Community Health Clinic, Student Admissions Committee, LMSA, SNMA, REMEDY, SAMS
Pre-Pritzker: I was a middle school science and math teacher in Fort Worth, TX
S&D Track: Scientific Investigation: Social Sciences
S&D Mentor and Project: Kate Keenan, PhD; Development of an empirically-based preventive intervention for depression in pre-adolescent African American girls

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Brenna Hughes

Hometown: Boston, MA
Undergraduate Institution: Dartmouth College
Post-baccalaureate Institution: Goucher College
Pritzker Activities: Bucksbaum Institute Student Scholar, Wellness Committee, Community Health Clinic, Washington Park Children's Clinic, co-founder of the Women in Medicine Summer Intensive, and research with the South Side Diabetes Project
Pre-Pritzker: I was a consultant in NYC, ran a non-profit teaching kids to swim in the Bahamas, and went to Goucher College for a one-year post baccalaureate program
S&D Track: Healthcare Delivery Sciences (Quality & Safety)
S&D Mentors: Marshall Chin, MD, MPH and Monica Peek, MD, MPH

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Victoria Thomas

Hometown: Lewisburg, TN
Undergraduate Institution: University of Tennessee
Post-baccalaureate Institution: Southern Illinois University
Pritzker Activities: SNMA, AMA, LMSA, Say Ahh, Community Health Clinic, Dean's Council
Pre-Pritzker: I worked as a Cardiac Nurse in Nashville, TN.
S&D Track: Scientific Investigation: Clinical Research
S&D Mentor & Project: Sandeep Nathan, MD, MS; Antiplatelet Response, Interval Variability & Events in Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (ARIVE-PCI)

Learn more about Victoria