2014 Rank #9
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Location: Chicago, IL
Current Enrollment: 377
Curriculum: Students take basic courses as well as a required number of electives during the first two years. Throughout all four years, all students must complete a mentored Scholarship and Discovery project in one of five areas: Scientific Discovery, Quality and Safety, Medical Education, Community Health, and Global Health. Coursework for the required research project begins in the first year.
Clinical Training: The majority of clinical training takes place at the University of Chicago Medical Center, the NorthShore University HealthSystem, or MacNeal Hospital. Prior to their third year, students can participate in a week-long course, Foundations of Clinical Medicine, to prepare for the transition into their clerkship experience. Third year students complete 1-month to 3-month core clerkships, and fourth year students have additional requirements in inpatient medicine, emergency medicine, and a course on the Scientific Basis of Medical practice.
Student Support: Incoming students are divided into one of four academic societies and paired with a career advisor. These societies promote interactions between classes and peer-to-peer mentoring. Third and fourth year students regularly meet with advisors for career counseling.