Matt Present

Matt Present

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Undergraduate Institution: Northwestern University

Pritzker Actvities: Bucksbaum Student Scholar, Volunteer Coordinator, Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Group (HPREP)Adolescent Substance Abuse ProgramSouth Side Science Scholars teacher, Chicago Youth Partnership mentor, Editorial Committee member, Medicine on the Midway, REMEDY

Pre-Pritzker: I took close to a gap decade — 6 years plus a post-bac — before heading to Hyde Park. I spent a year teaching English in Japan, two more writing ad copy at Groupon, and another couple working as an editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. 

S&D Track: Scientific Investigation: Clinical Research

S&D Mentor and Project:  Neda Laiteerapong, MD- Access to Diabetes Care in the Era of the ACA

Why did you choose to attend Pritzker?

I elected to attend Pritzker because I love Chicago, and I love the South Side community that we serve. It was important to me to attend a medical school where the social good was on everyone's mind. 

What have been your most meaningful clinical experiences as a Pritzker student?

My time at Comer, our kids hospital, turned my inclination toward pediatrics into a slam-dunk decision. I especially enjoyed family-centered rounds, where we invited each patient's caretakers to participate in our assessment and planning during morning rounds. There's nothing like being in a place where everyone is so committed to doing their very best in service to a common goal worth achieving.

What do you think about diversity & inclusion at Pritzker?

Pritzker is by far the most diverse place I've ever been. That's not to say we don't have our challenges, but we tend to address them headlong, and we act on our buzzwords. Even in my three years here, I've seen an evolution in terms of administrative attitudes and intentionality. 

How would you describe your classmates?

My classmates here are kind, gentle, compassionate, and scary smart.

What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago or the best thing about living in Chicago?

Chicago's famous for its neighborhoods, and rightly so. Each has a different texture that demands a full day for exploration. And there's no better set of beaches in the summer.