Your Journey Begins Here — The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Your Journey Begins Here — The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

diverse interests, this is the perfect place for you. You can spend Monday afternoon in a research
lab, and then Monday evening in a free clinic, and then Tuesday morning working with business
students on a startup idea, and then Tuesday afternoon, you’re mentoring students from
the South Side of Chicago. The curriculum and this institution, in particular,
really gives you the opportunity to spread your wings and figure out what you want out
of a career so you’re prepared for everything that medicine has to offer. HOLLY J. HUMPHREY: Once a student enrolls
in our medical school, we are going to have their back when it comes to every aspect of
their experience, beginning with their performance in our curriculum, extending to and including
extracurricular activities, and also including the various kinds of volunteer efforts that
the students participate in, especially during their first and second years in medical school. ZAINA ZAYYAD: I knew from the first day that
I came here that Pritzker really centers its curriculum on the student. We have professors always checking in to make
sure that their approach is beneficial to the students. We have a Curriculum Review Committee that
really incorporates student feedback. We have about 88 students incoming every year,
and I think that having such a small class really fosters a sense of community. HOLLY J. HUMPHREY: We have been very intentional
about creating a class size that is well-matched to the overall resources of the medical school,
and that means access to a broad variety of patients where the students can be taking
the lead in interacting with our patients. JAKE YOUNG: Pritzker gives you a really early
exposure to the disparities that are prevalent throughout the entire country in healthcare. In the very first quarter, we have a healthcare
disparities course that really highlights the difficulties that many groups feel with
accessing healthcare, understanding the healthcare that they’re given. The science that you learn in your first two
years will help you understand the diseases that patients have, but the other things in
the curriculum, like the healthcare disparities, will help you understand the patient that’s
in front of you. JEANNE FARNAN: Our students have a tremendous
number of opportunities to have early clinical exposure, from the clinical skills curriculum,
where they’re working hands-on with residents, and interprofessional clinical experiences,
where they’re working with nursing, all the way through working with some of our subspecialists
in the operating rooms. There’s ample opportunity for students to
be able to pursue clinical opportunities. ZAINA ZAYYAD: From the very first quarter
here, we have clinical skills experiences that are exposing us to standardized patients. From the very first year, we have the Longitudinal
Program, where we shadow a physician every week. It goes from shadowing to actually interviewing
patients to becoming involved in patient care. JAKE YOUNG: Having the time in your first
two years to take advantage of student-run free clinics is one of the highlights of the
Pritzker curriculum. JEANNE FARNAN: We have a really robust student-run
free clinic environment. And the students not only take leadership,
but they really do have complete ownership of those clinics. It allows them to work closely with faculty
members. It allows them to really have hands-on patient-based
experiences, and it also allows them a venue for service, as many of the clinics that the
students work in provide care to patients who are either uninsured or underinsured. ZAINA ZAYYAD: To be able to have those experiences
within my first month of being here, to be out in the community, I think has been of
huge benefit. HOLLY J. HUMPHREY: Courses are taught by some
of our all-star faculty. In fact, the faculty teaching many of those
courses have actually written the textbooks or edited the textbooks that are used in medical
schools all across America. JEANNE FARNAN: Our faculty are really interested
in and invested in the education of our students. They are very willing and able to take students
with them onto the wards, into their clinics, into the operating rooms to give students
exposure to specialties early and allow them to really have that career exploration opportunity. ZAINA ZAYYAD: We, as Pritzker medical students,
have protected blocks of time to work on our research. JEANNE FARNAN: The Scholarship & Discovery
program begins in the first year and continues all the way through graduation. They identify a project of interest and a
mentor and then have opportunities throughout their first and second year to work one-on-one
with that individual on a project that’s either already ongoing or of their own design. The students are incredibly successful in
producing their own peer-reviewed research, publications. They present nationally and internationally. HOLLY J. HUMPHREY: By the time the student
is interviewing for residency, they have something substantive to talk about because they’ve
been working on their project, by that point, for at least three years. Beyond our school being physically located
right in the heart of this campus, our hospitals are here, too. Our students literally walk out the front
door and have an opportunity to participate in other aspects of this campus or walk into
the hospital and take care of our patients. JAKE YOUNG: We can collaborate with the business
school and take law school classes and end up developing relationships with people across
the institution. HOLLY J. HUMPHREY: It’s also the case that
we happen to have the great advantage of being located on the South Side of Chicago. ZAINA ZAYYAD: We are in an urban setting. We are surrounded by Chicago. And at the same time, we’re surrounded by
this community that really helps us grow in the ways that we are able to take care of
patients. JAKE YOUNG: We see patients from every level
of socioeconomic status, with every background, and we work very hard, I think, to provide
the best possible care for all of them. ZAINA ZAYYAD: Being at Pritzker has helped
me grow in so many different ways. And I think one of those ways is as a leader,
as someone who’s confident in my decisions, as someone who is ready to take care of patients. JAKE YOUNG: The culture at Pritzker– it’s
a culture of intellectual curiosity, of service, of an excitement for what you do. And throughout your time at Pritzker, you
develop and become the physician-in-training that you want to be. Whether you want to do research, whether you
want to be a teacher, whether you want to spend all your time in the clinical world,
you get early exposure to all those things, and you get to make that future for yourself.

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