Diversity Statement

Statement of Diversity

The Pritzker School of Medicine Statement of Diversity is guided in large part by the University of Chicago's Diversity Statement. In that statement, the University asserts its belief that "…diversity helps students confront perspectives other than their own and thus to think more vigorously and imaginatively; it helps students learn to relate better to persons of different backgrounds; it helps students to become better citizens… Homogeneity perpetuates unchallenged assumptions-the very antithesis of what the University stands for."

As a member of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), we are further guided by the AAMC's statement that "The Association of American Medical Colleges is deeply committed to increasing diversity in medical schools. This commitment extends to increasing the number of minority physicians available to serve the nation's growing minority population, expanding areas of research undertaken by medical academics, and raising the general cultural competence of all physicians."

In a broad sense, the decisions made by the Admissions Committee of the Pritzker School of Medicine are guided by the mission statement directive that the medical school be "dedicated to inspiring diverse students of exceptional promise to become leaders and innovators in science and medicine for the betterment of humanity." In the individual reading of each completed application for admission, the Committee seeks to identify candidates whose backgrounds suggest the potential to contribute to achieving the goals of this mission statement. As the educators for future physicians, we believe firmly in the educational benefits of diversity as emphasized by both the University of Chicago and the AAMC. Therefore, along with remaining committed to students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine, students from diverse geographic backgrounds, students from diverse economic backgrounds, students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, students from diverse religious backgrounds, and students representing a diversity of gender, age and sexual orientation will be seen as important factors in creating a diverse Pritzker community.

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