Pritzker School of Medicine

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The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Established 1927
Type Private
Parent institution
University of Chicago
Dean Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD
Students 419
Location Chicago, IL, USA
Campus Urban
One of the many buildings that house offices of the Pritzker school. Although constructed after the main quadrangles, the Pritzker buildings adhere to Gothic architectural norms

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.

As one of the most selective medical schools in the United States, it is currently ranked 10th among research universities for medical education by the US News & World Report.[1]


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 Board of Trustees set aside $5.3 million for its development, however World War I would delay its construction until 1921. With construction complete in 1927, the school matriculated its first class of medical students.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]


For the Class of 2017, 5670 people applied and 604 interviewed for 88 spots in the class. Accepted applicants had a median GPA of 3.87 and median MCAT score of 37.


The Pritzker School of Medicine offers the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. Notably, 20% of Pritzker students are involved in a combined degree program with another division on campus, such as the M.D./Masters of Arts (A.M.) degree from the School of Social Service Administration or the M.D./Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Booth School of Business.[5]

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.[6]

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 Cauter.


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  6. "NorthShore University HealthSystem and University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine Create a New Academic Affiliation". 14 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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