University of Chicago School of
Medicine Admission Consulting Services
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.
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 the 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 about 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:
Reflect on the Mission Statement. More specifically, discuss why you would be a good “fit” for Pritzker, based on the mission statement. This can focus on any aspect that is more pertinent to your application: research, service, education, etc. The key thing here is showing that you would be an ideal fit for the interdisciplinary atmosphere that permeates Pritzker and the University of Chicago as a whole, and would contribute to that culture of discovery. Pritzker prides itself on cultivating leaders in medicine and healthcare and if you are able to demonstrate your potential in this regard (i.e. via prior leadership in service activities, education, multidisciplinary research, etc) it will elevate your application as a top one in terms of fit.
Diversity can take on many forms, be open-minded when thinking about your past experiences. Many applicants believe that diversity is limited to gender, racial, age categories. While it is true that this is indeed important in creating a well-rounded class, “diversity” can have many different interpretations and you should focus on the strengths of your own application to see how you would enhance the Pritzker community. Do you come from a business background? Do you have prior experience in policy work? Have you done any unique collaborative research? Emphasize any positive experience you have had where you have worked with individuals who are different than you. Being a medical student at Pritzker, and an effective doctor, means being a good team player. This is what “diversity” is all about. Discuss your experience with this, in the context of the mission statement, and you will be successful!
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, who 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 15, 2019
Secondary Application Deadline: Dec 3, 2019
Letters of Recommendation: Dec 3, 2019
Interview Dates: August 2019 – February 2020
Decision Notification: October 2019 - until class is full
Acceptance Response Deadline: April 30, 2020
For more information about the medical school application process,