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 2017-2018 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!


Stefan Breitling

Hometown: Ames, Iowa

Undergraduate Institution: Amherst College

Pre-Pritzker: Urban Education Fellow

Pritzker Activities: Student National Medical Association, Intramural sports, Chicago Youth Programs, Admissions Committee, Wellness Committee, Pritzker Day of Service, HPREP, South Side Science Scholars, Free clinic volunteering

S&D Track: Community Health

S&D Mentor and Project: Monica Vela, M.D. - A Quantitative Survey of Interpreter Use by Residents

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Eli Darnell

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC

Undergraduate Institution: Earlham College

Pre-Pritzker: I spent three years working in a translational asthma immunology lab at UCSF, studying the microRNA involved in various immune responses relevant to asthma. 

Pritzker Activities: Maria Shelter Clinic, Social Rounds, REMEDY, Washington Park Free Clinic, UChicago Ceramics Club

S&D Track: Scientific Investigation: Clinical Research

S&D Mentor and Project: Jay Pinto, MD -  "Cytokine Correlates of Olfactory Dysfunction."

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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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Linda Liu

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Undergraduate Institution: University of Toronto

Pre-Pritzker: I took one year off before coming to Pritzker and used it to travel around Bolivia and work as a CME conference coordinator for a cardiac electrophysiology meeting.

Pritzker Activities: Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), Senior Skit Crew, South Side Science Scholars (S4)Bridgeport Free Clinic, medical parody video making, and various other event organizing (Pritzker Formal, Revisit, Orientation)

S&D Track: Scientific Investigation: Clinical Research

S&D Mentor and Project: Gaurav Upadhyay, MD - "A Meta-Analysis of the Safety of Direct Oral Anticoagulants versus Vitamin K Antagonists for Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation."


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Julia Nath

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University

Pre- Pritzker:   I worked at the UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine on health services research projects about the drivers of preventable ED use and disparities in outcomes for time sensitive conditions.

Pritzker Activities: Community Health Clinic, Health Policy Interest Group, TA-ing, Rowley Society Leadership

S&D Track: Healthcare Delivery Sciences 

S&D Mentor and Project: Dana Edelson, MD, MS; Department of Hospital Medicine - "Quantifying & Characterizing Telemetry Alerts: A Study of Alarm Fatigue"

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Steven Tate

Hometown: Hacienda Heights, California

Undergraduate Institution: UC Irvine

Pritzker Actvities: OUTpatient (LGBT Student Group), JOURNEES, Community Health Clinic

Pre-Pritzker: I worked for a year in student affairs at the University of California Irvine (where I went to undergrad), taught MCAT classes, and did a tiny bit of public health research. 

S&D Track: Healthcare Delivery Sciences (formerly Q&S)

S&D Mentor and Project:  Jennifer Pisano, M.D. - "Readmission in patients discharged on outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT)"

Learn more about Steven