Pritzker Mission Statement
At the University of Chicago, in an atmosphere of interdisciplinary scholarship and discovery, the Pritzker School of Medicine is dedicated to inspiring diverse students of exceptional promise to become leaders and innovators in science and medicine for the betterment of humanity.
Pritzker Secondary Application Questions
Our Mission Statement above is an expression of our core purpose and educational philosophy. In particular, it highlights the value we place on diversity since we regard the diversity of entering class as essential for educational excellence. Please write an essay on how you would enhance diversity at Pritzker and advance the Pritzker mission.
We suggest that you limit your essay to about 550 words.
This is an important question that highlights the central core of what Pritzker is about (and may even be more important in some ways than the primary personal statement).
Before you answer it, take a look around the Pritzker website (pritzker.uchicago.edu) to get a better sense about the school and its values (you should probably do this for every school you are writing a secondary for). I would approach this question in 2 parts:
Tell us about a difficult or challenging situation you have encountered and how you dealt with it. In your response, identify both the coping skills you called upon to resolve the dilemma and the support person(s) from whom you sought advice. We suggest that you limit your essay to about 400 words.
These questions are always somewhat tricky. However, my best advice is to first think about any situation (especially those that were non-medically related) where you had to take a pause and think, or ask others for advice. Those are the situations that test you. Write down why you had to take a pause to think, whom you talked to, and what made that situation difficult. The first part of the question (in no more than 150-200 words) should describe the experience itself.
The second part of the answer should focus on why it was important and the lessons you learned from it. This section reveals your thought process to the reader and gives her a glimpse into your perspective. The final section of the answer should be how you would apply these lessons to medicine. This part can be short (no more than a paragraph), however is important in showing how you would address the many challenging situations ahead of you as a medical student.
Please feel free to use this space to convey any additional information that you might wish the Committee to know. We suggest that you limit your text to about 200 words.
Don’t feel obligated to answer this! However, you SHOULD discuss any lapses in your training (admissions committees will want to know what you have been doing with your time), any failed or repeated courses, any downward trends in your academic record, if you have taken the MCAT more than once, or anything else you think would draw a red flag about your application.
Don’t feel that you must use this space to reiterate your love for Pritzker. However, if you have a convincing personal reason for wanting to attend Pritzker, you can document it here. Make sure not to go over 200 words!
Pritzker School of Medicine Application Timeline
AMCAS Application Deadline: November 16, 2020
Secondary Application Deadline: December 1, 2020
Letters of Recommendation: December 1, 2020
Interview Dates: September 2020 – February 2021
Decision Notification: July 16, 2021 - until class is full
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