The Pritzker School of Medicine incorporates career advising and professional development into all aspects of students' medical education. Career Advising Seminars are held throughout the year. These consist of panel discussions with physicians from various specialties who discuss career options, ways in which students may explore the field further, and ways to enhance their application portfolio.
All students are assigned to one of eight Career Advisors through their membership in one of the four Pritzker Societies: Coggeshall Society, Huggins Society, Lewis Society and Rowley Society. The societies are named for key figures who made seminal contributions to research, clinical care, and education at the University of Chicago. They provide a context and opportunity for gaining advice over time from a broad array of individuals, ranging from peers to faculty. Each Society contains a balanced number of students drawn from each class, breaking down barriers between classes and promoting peer-to-peer layered mentoring.
The ultimate goals of the Pritzker Societies are to provide career advice and guidance, to help make resources easily and readily accessible, and to foster a sense of community within the larger Pritzker School of Medicine community.
During the third and fourth year of medical school, Pritzker Students attend one-on-one meetings with their advisors to help guide them through the matching process.
The Coggeshall Society is named for Lowell T. Coggeshall (1901-1987) who served as Dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Medical School of the University of Chicago for 16 years. Dr. Coggeshall's greatest contribution to American medical education was his role in reshaping the AAMC into an effective voice for academic medicine.
Coggeshall Society MS4 Co-Chairs:
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The Lewis Society is named for Julian H. Lewis (1891-1989) who is sometimes referred to as the “Father of Anthropathology.” He is best known for his groundbreaking research on race and blood typing that challenged the idea of race and its perceived permanence as a biological status. He was the first
African American to teach at the University of Chicago soon after receiving his MD PhD.
Lewis Society MS4 Co-Chair:
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The Huggins Society is named for Charles B. Huggins (1901-1997) who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1966 for his pioneering discoveries regarding the relationship between hormones and prostate cancer.
Huggins Society MS4 Co-Chair:
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The Rowley Society is named for Janet Rowley, MD'48 (1925-2013) who was a pioneer in connecting the development of cancer with genetic abnormalities. Rowley’s findings opened the door to development of drugs directed at the cancer-specific genetic abnormalities.
Rowley Society MS4 Co-Chair:
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The AAMC Careers in Medicine Program offers a comprehensive web-based program that students may choose to use in addition to Pritzker programming. This program focuses on:
Students are encouraged to begin their career assessment through the AAMC Careers in Medicine online program. Students need a log-in number to participate, which they will receive at the beginning of the academic year.