Medicine can be an exciting and rewarding field of study—and a great career. At the University of Chicago, our traditional liberal arts education in the context of an urban research university, plus powerful advising and campus resources, prepare students for admission to the nation’s top medical schools and health professions programs. With one of the nation’s preeminent academic medical centers on campus, University of Chicago students enjoy unrivaled access to world-class clinicians, researchers, and facilities.
UChicago Careers in Health Professions (UCHIP) guides and supports students interested in pursuing an MD or DO degree, a public health career, dental practice, podiatric practice, a pharmacy career, or veterinary practice. It also supports students interested in health care research, consulting, policy, or administration.
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is fully incorporated into the broader biological sciences enterprise. Among the more than 140 undergraduate classes in the Biological Sciences Division alone, many are tailored specifically to the interests of pre-medical students. About half of our pre-medical students major in the biological sciences; others pursue programs of study in fields as diverse as chemistry, psychology, political science, Classics, and English.
UChicago’s student-to-faculty ratio of five to one allows undergraduates a level of faculty interaction rarely experienced at other large research institutions. As a result, faculty members are able to write tailored letters of recommendation that speak to students’ individual strengths. Schools of the health professions are looking for more than high GPAs and MCAT scores; they value well-rounded students who have cultivated the work strategies required of successful professionals and who have also demonstrated a sustained commitment to serving others. Opportunities to engage in service abound both within and outside the University.
Like all UChicago Careers In programs, UCIHP is open to students of any major.