The medical, graduate, and postdoctoral students at the Pritzker School of Medicine and the BSD are highly diverse in their racial and ethnic backgrounds, geographic origins, sexual orientations, ages, perspectives, and areas of expertise. Nearly one-fifth of a typical entering class at Pritzker are members of minority groups that are underrepresented in the health-related sciences and medicine. First-year medical students will have completed more than 40 different undergraduate majors, and about half of the class will have devoted at least one year after graduation to work, travel, volunteer, or pursue another degree.
Students deepen their understanding of different cultures and backgrounds through coursework, student groups, and community engagement. The Pritzker School of Medicine places a particular emphasis on "active" and interdisciplinary learning through the Pritzker Initiative principles, introduced into the curriculum in 2009. Aspects of the curriculum that reflect the Pritzker's commitment to diversity and cultural awareness include:
Pritzker students are encouraged to participate in service-learning activities throughout medical school. Opportunities include working alongside fellow students, faculty, and community members during the Days of Service; providing clinical care at our student-run free clinics; or leading health education activities at our partner schools.
Outside the classroom, Pritzker students participate in a broad range of extracurricular activities. These student-run organizations and clinics are a strong sign of our students' respect and support for people from all walks of life.
Third- and fourth-year minority medical students (Pritzker or visiting students) who are pursuing short-term health-related research projects may be eligible for funding through the Research Funding for Underrepresented Minorities, a program announced by the National Institutes for Health in 1989.
The Visiting Clerkship Program provides support for fourth-year minority medical students who want to participate in a subspecialty rotation or an Emergency Medicine Clerkship rotation through Pritzker's Visiting Student Program.
The Pritzker School of Medicine and the Biological Sciences Division provide significant financial incentives to postdoctoral students who intend to practice in underserved communities on the South Side of Chicago.
The Repayment for Education to Alumni in Community Health (REACH) program offers a stipend to Pritzker graduates who complete a residency and then return to practice medicine at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) or a community hospital. Up to five graduates at any one time receive $40,000 per year for up to four years, in addition to the salary provided by the FQHC. To learn more about REACH selection and eligibility, click here.