The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Parent institution
University of Chicago
DeanKenneth Polonsky
Students358 (2019–2020)
Location, ,
United States
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
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. The medical school offers a full-time Doctor of Medicine degree program, joint degree programs, graduate medical education, and continuing medical education.


U.S. News & World Report, in its 2021 edition of rankings, ranked Pritzker School of Medicine #24 in "Best Medical Schools: Primary Care" and #17 in "Best Medical Schools: Research".[1]


Interest in opening a medical school at the University of Chicago began in 1898 when the university became affiliated with Rush Medical College while Chicago endeavored to establish funds for the construction of a medical school. The affiliation with Rush Medical College continued until 1942. In 1916, the university's Board of Trustees set aside $5.3 million for its development, but World War I delayed 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 entering Class of 2016–2017, 5,640 people applied[5] and 719 interviewed for 88 spots in the class.[needs update] Accepted applicants had a median GPA of 3.88 and median MCAT score of 520.[6]


The Pritzker School of Medicine offers the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree. The school offers joint doctorate degrees through its Medical Scientist Training Program, Growth, Development, and Disabilities Training Program and MD-PhD Programs in Medicine, the Social Sciences, and Humanities. Joint master degrees are offered in business, law, and policy.[7]

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.[8]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "University of Chicago (Pritzker)". U.S. News & World Report L.P. Retrieved 2 May 2020.
  2. ^ "A Brief History of the University of Chicago Medicine". The University Of Chicago Medicine. University of Chicago School of Medicine. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Philanthropist A.n. Pritzker". Chicago Tribune. 1986-02-10.
  4. ^ Warren, Peter M. (1999-10-18). "For New Medical Students, White Coats Are a Warmup". Los Angeles Times.
  5. ^ "Table A-1: U.S. Medical School Applications and Matriculants by School, State of Legal Residence, and Sex, 2016–2017" (PDF). Association of American Medical Colleges. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Best Medical Schools". US News & World Report Best Medical Schools. US News & World Report. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Joint Degrees". Pritzker School of Medicine. University of Chicago. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  8. ^ "NorthShore University HealthSystem and University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine Create a New Academic Affiliation". 14 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  9. ^ "Joseph Ransohoff, a Pioneer in Neurosurgery, Dies at 85". New York Times. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  10. ^ Druker, Brian J. "Janet Rowley (1925–2013) Geneticist who discovered that broken chromosomes cause cancer". Nature. Nature. Retrieved 29 March 2017.

Coordinates: 41°47′31.0″N 87°36′10.1″W / 41.791944°N 87.602806°W / 41.791944; -87.602806