University of Chicago Medical: Mentoring Young Doctors for the Future

December 11, 2013
Jennifer Marsh

The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine prides itself in promoting education through mentorship. The school is located in the center of Hyde Park south of the city of Chicago, Illinois.

  • The Pritzker School of medicine is a smaller medical school with 377 students and 891 faculty members.
  • Because of its Comer Children’s Hospital, University of Chicago Medical School is known for its pediatrics education.
  • The costs for full-time, one year tuition is $44, 075, but an additional $4,218 for equipment and school supplies must be budgeted in addition to tuition.
  • The average GPA for students entering the graduate program is 3.82 with MCAT score averages at 35.7.

Student and Campus Culture

The student culture is competitive with several programs offered to students moving from sophomore to junior year. The school also fosters a multi-cultural approach to medicine and recognizes minorities for academic excellence.

Student’s Perspective: Competitive Work

Students enrolled in the University of Chicago Medical School have stressed the professor’s approach towards empathy in medicine. Even with its competitiveness towards academics, the school offers events and programs that help students network with other future doctors.

The Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research (PSOMER) program is an eight week seminar and research program designed to work with students in their junior year of medical school. Each student must complete this mentorship program before graduation. The program is used to help foster communication and networking with other students to create a sense of community in the medical field.

The Young Scientists Training Program (YSTP) is a summer program where medical students help underprivileged kids with science and research. The medical students show urban kids how to use medical and research equipment in a laboratory setting.

The climate in Chicago is cold for winter months, but summers are temperate with little humidity. There are several sights and things to do around the campus. Hyde Park is located next to Lake Michigan, so summers can be spent at the lake with other students.

Restaurants near the school include Cedars Meditteranean, La Petite Folie for French food, Noodles Etc for Thai and Medici on 57th for Italian food. Several bars and clubs are located next to the medical school including Woodlawn Tap, The Pub, Bar Louie, Quadrangle Club and Cove Lounge.

Career Advising and Future Job Placement

All medical students are assigned one of the eight advisors on staff to assist with residency and job placement. The advising structure includes advisors for students who want to focus more on research or those who prefer clinical care in a primary clinician setting. The school includes several societies to help students with peer education and career planning. These societies include Coggeshall, DeLee, Huggins and Phemister societies.

Advising is offered in a specific structure. First year students choose electives and summer research options, which span out to second year studies. Third year students choose a medical path and gain access to Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access (FRIEDA). Fourth year students move on to residency programs, which is the final step before graduation.

Jennifer Marsh I've personally taken the GRE and MCAT tests. I'm currently studying for the PCAT, because I am not sure if I want to go into a biotech graduate program (GRE) or pharmacy school (PCAT). Medical school is too expensive, so I have decided not to apply to medical schools. I'm familiar with the tests, preparation, the practice exams, and the preliminary courses one should study before taking the tests.

About Kaplan Test Prep

Building futures, one success story at a time. We know test prep. We invented it. Through innovative technology and a personalized approach to learning we’ll equip you with the test insights and advice you need to achieve your personal best. Results, guaranteed*.

*Higher Score Guarantee: Conditions and restrictions apply. For complete guarantee eligibility requirements, visit

© 2014 The Med School Pulse. All Rights Reserved