Joe Bergen

Joe Bergen

Hometown: Ithaca, NY
Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University
Pritzker Activities: Emergency Medicine Interest Group, Community Health Clinic, Physicians for a National Health Program, Revisit Planning Committee, Social Rounds Crew
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.
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


What has been your most meaningful clinical experience at Pritzker?

The emergency department at the University of Chicago is a great place to learn. We see some of the most complex patients in the city and are treated like full members of the team as fourth-year students. My favorite experience was getting to see a boy I had sutured in Comer Children’s Hospital come back a week later to have his stitches removed – I’ll never forget how he lit up when he saw me and how great it felt to see something I’d learned applied in such a concrete way.

How would you describe your classmates?

Getting to know my classmates over the first few months of first year was one of my favorite parts of medical school. Everyone is tremendously accomplished and talented but so humble that it was surprising to keep finding new things they’d done even after knowing them for a while. They’re a very down-to-earth group of people who have been supportive of each other as we’ve moved through school together.

What is the best thing about living in Chicago?

Chicago has everything you could want in a city while still feeling small enough that you can get to know it well in a short amount of time. It has some of the best restaurants in the world, is easy to get around, and absolutely feels like home even after just a few years.