Mike Petravick

Mike Petravick

Hometown: Washington, IL
Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame
Pritzker Activities: JOURNEES, Comer Food Pantry, TA, Intramural Sports
S&D Track: Medical Education
S&D Mentor: My mentor is Dr. Doug Dirschl in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine. We've worked on several projects involving orthopaedic surgery resident selection and medical student education in orthopaedic surgery, specifically during sub-internships.

Why did you choose to attend Pritzker?

I had a great interview day, but ultimately my host (a fellow Domer) talked to me about how Pritzker has the same sense of "family" we would talk about at Notre Dame. I felt very comfortable choosing a school that offered the same community feeling I had as an undergraduate.

What has been your most meaningful clinical experience at Pritzker?

I found my month on "The Gens" (the general internal medicine wards) to be very impactful. It highlighted how many barriers patients face to access high quality care and to live safe, healthy lives. Working on that service has made me think much more about the structural and policy issues causing these barriers.

Who has been an important mentor of yours during your time at Pritzker?

One of my important mentors has been Dr. Barrett Fromme. I met her at the beginning of first year during our Physician Development and Formation Course and have since picked her brain on medical education projects, professional and career goals, and even managing my life outside of Pritzker. I was fortunate enough to have her as my attending for inpatient pediatrics and consider her to be a model teacher who truly cares about medical student education.

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

I really enjoy running and cannot imagine living in Chicago without being close to the lakefront path. I'm happy to say I have run it from end-to-end (just not all at once).