The Pritzker School of Medicine is the M.D.-granting unit of the Biological Sciences Division of the University of Chicago. It is located on the university’s main campus in the historic Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago and matriculated its first class in 1927. The medical school offers a full-time Doctor of Medicine degree program, joint degree programs, graduate medical education, and continuing medical education.
As one of the most selective medical schools in the United States, it is currently ranked 15th among research universities for medical education by the US News & World Report.
Interest in opening a medical school at the University of Chicago began in 1898 when the university became temporarily affiliated with Rush Medical College while Chicago endeavored to establish funds for the construction of a medical school. In 1916, the university’s Board of Trustees set aside $5.3 million for its development, but World War I delayed its construction until 1921. With construction complete in 1927, the school matriculated its first class of medical students. Following a $16 million gift from the Pritzker family of Chicago (founders of the Hyatt hotel group) to the University of Chicago, the School of Medicine was renamed in their honor in 1968.
Pritzker was the first medical school to hold the now international tradition of the white coat ceremony in 1989, which celebrates the students’ transition and commitment to a lifelong career as a physician.
For the entering Class of 2016-2017, 5,640 people applied and 719 interviewed for 88 spots in the class. Accepted applicants had a median GPA of 3.88 and median MCAT score of 520.
The Pritzker School of Medicine offers the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. The school offers joint doctorate degrees through its Medical Scientist Training Program, Growth, Development, and Disabilities Training Program and MD-PhD Programs in Medicine, the Social Sciences, and Humanities. Joint master degrees are offered in business, law and policy.
The school’s primary teaching hospital is the University of Chicago Medical Center. In July 2008, Pritzker entered into a teaching affiliation with NorthShore University HealthSystem.
According to the April 2015 print issue of Discover magazine (volume 36, number 3), it is the home to the Sleep, Metabolism, and Health Center in the Department of Medicine, directed by Eve Van Caute.
Our students set ambitious goals and work hard to achieve them. These efforts manifest themselves not only in the classroom and the lab, but also in extracurricular activities and community service. Our students take an active role in student governance, too, serving as members of commitees and councils that contribute to initiatives dealing with curriculum, admissions, and student life.
Pritzker School of Medicine students run over thirty-five Student Organizations, many of which are service-related. These organizations provide services which range from providing free health services to the homeless, educating school children about the dangers of drug abuse and delivering medical supplies to developing countries.