Student Life

Student Support and Wellness

All Pritzker students are supported by a broad network of faculty and staff. The Office of Student Affairs and Programs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs are two of the many entry points for students to access important services and information. The faculty and staff who guide these offices, James Woodruff, MD and Wei Wei Lee, MD, MPH for the Office of Student Affairs and Programs, and Monica Vela, MD'93 for the Office of Multicultural Affairs, are available to our students. Halina Brukner, MD, also assists with academic support and advising. Each faculty member has a unique role in assisting students throughout their time at Pritzker.

These four faculty are all outstanding resources for our medical students. They are part of the network of support provided by the many faculty deans and career advisors at the Pritzker School of Medicine who all serve as informed and effective advocates for students, as do the many University of Chicago faculty members who interact with medical students as teachers, preceptors, research mentors, and specialty advisors. The Office of Student Affairs and Programs supplements the important relationships students develop with the faculty by providing a specific resource dedicated to all aspects of medical student life at the University of Chicago.

About the Office of Student Affairs and Programs

The Office of Student Affairs and Programs is dedicated to supporting the personal and professional development of all students at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine by providing programs and services geared toward the development of happy and well-balanced physicians-in-training who will become competent, caring, and compassionate physicians.

The Office of Student Affairs and Programs works in concert with many other Pritzker programs, e.g. the Office of Multicultural Affairs , as well as faculty who oversee specific programs in global health and community service learning.

About the Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, led by Monica Vela, MD'93, Associate Dean for Multicultural Affairs, works to ensure a supportive academic environment for underrepresented minorities at our school. Among the nation's highest ranked medical schools, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine has achieved one of the most diverse student bodies.

Wellness is a journey and not a destination. Medical school can be a challenging part of this journey and it is important for students to develop good habits to prepare for a career in medicine and a full life outside of work. The goal of Pritzker Wellness is to promote and celebrate a culture of wellness. We aim to help students thrive in medical school and beyond with resources and programming to promote physical, social, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. Read more here.

Health Care Services

The Student Health Service (SHS) at the University of Chicago Medical Center provides comprehensive medical care for students. Care provided by the SHS is confidential. You will not be treated by fellow medical students, residents, or faculty who would also supervise your clinical performance. Students with concerns about seeking care (medical or mental health) at the University of Chicago will be assisted with outside referrals.

If you are doing summer research, you may use the SHS only if you pay. To learn more about payment options, please visit the United Healthcare Student Resources website.

Charges will appear quarterly on your University account, except during the summer.

Counseling

The Student Counseling Service (SCS) provides consultation and short-term counseling services for students. Please contact the SHS Medical Director for further information about medical or off-campus referrals.

The University of Chicago has robust resources for mental health counseling, discrimination and sexual misconduct, bias response, and safety and security as illustrated in the Get Help website. Our Office of Student Affairs often works with students individually to decide what resources are best for them. In addition, our faculty and peer Ombudspersons serve as confidential student advocates and facilitators.

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The Pritzker Sibs Program comes out of discussions over the years with (a) students who have asked for more opportunity to be mentored by upperclassmen, and (b) students who have expressed a willingness to mentor others. Students at all levels of their medical school training have a wealth of knowledge and advice to share with peers, and we decided to use the current society infrastructure to help facilitate this mentorship.

Pritzker Sibs Vouchers

Beginning in winter 2015, the Pritzker Dean’s Council started using their surplus funding to offer two vouchers for each sib family to use. The goal of this funding is to help facilitate help subsidizing any event your sib family wants to plan.

  • The sibs vouchers are available at $20/person with no max on any sib outing
  • Encourage 4-8 sibs to particiapate in an event
  • Sib Familes can reqeust funding twice per year

To apply for a voucher, students must complete the form below. Requests are due at least two weeks prior to the proposed event. As a note, Dean’s Council funding does not reimburse alcohol.

If you have questions, please email the Dean’s Council Treasurer.

Fill the Pritzker Sibs Voucher here.

More Resources

The seventh annual Pritzker Poetry Contest is now open for submissions! All those involved in patient care at the University of Chicago—from the front lines to those working behind the scenes are eligible to participate. We are thrilled by the overwhelming response to the contest over the last several years, and we look forward to continuing this meaningful tradition of reflection and creative expression.

The Pritzker Poetry Contest aims to recognize and celebrate the humanistic side of medicine and to foster compassionate patient care throughout our community. Under the generous sponsorship of Dr. Rama Jager, the Pritzker Poetry Contest offers four monetary prizes of up to $1,000 awarded to the first and second place winners in each of the two categories: the Open Form Category and the Six Word Category.

Submit here!

Ombudspersons

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