In our size, geographic location, and organizational structure, in the diversity of our student body and the strong bonds of our community, the Pritzker School of Medicine offers a unique environment for medical education.
The Pritzker School of Medicine is one of few medical schools to be located physically on its University campus, offering both intellectual and social advantages to students who spend their medical school years within a vibrant, multidisciplinary intellectual community. Most importantly the opportunity for collaborative research and study is outstanding: all divisions of the University and its professional schools are located within steps of the hospital, as are the extensive biological and physical sciences research laboratories, thus providing a rich array of opportunities for our medical students. The watchdog group Leapfrog has named UChicago Medicine a "top teaching hospital," and has awarded it 12 sequential A's in patient safety.
Structure and Continuum
The Pritzker School of Medicine is one of few medical schools to be situated within a larger Division of the University—The Biological Sciences Division, under the leadership of Kenneth Polonsky, MD, Dean of the Division of Biological Sciences.
All medical education across the continuum—undergraduate medical education (medical school), graduate medical education (internship, residency, and fellowship), continuing medical education (faculty), and simulation—is overseen by the Dean for Medical Education, Holly J. Humphrey, MD'83.
The University of Chicago is committed to training future leaders who will contribute broadly to society. This commitment is reflected in the class composition which is highly diverse in racial and ethnic background, socioeconomic status, geographic origin, age, undergraduate and graduate college and field of study.
Pritzker School of Medicine students come from a wide variety of experiences, backgrounds and cultures. A typical class at the Pritzker School of Medicine will represent 35 different home states. Approximately 18-20% of the class will include those who are underrepresented in medicine. The entering class will have completed over 40 different undergraduate majors and about half of the class will have taken one or more years off between undergraduate and medical school to work, travel, volunteer, or pursue another graduate degree.