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Selective Tracks and Programs

Elizabeth W.

Elizabeth W.

"At UChicago, I gained the confidence necessary to be able to be curious and pursue the many intersections of my passions within the context of Medicine."

Katen Scholars Program

Sponsored by the Karen Katen Fund for Science, the Katen Scholars Program supports rising second, third, and fourth year students interested in pursuing careers in health, medicine, and science. Scholars are awarded a $4,000 stipend to complete a summer research project with a faculty mentor. In addition to research responsibilities, the Katen Scholars participate in a weekly seminar to discuss readings on the social context of health, medicine, and science. Scholars work collaboratively throughout the summer to prepare presentations for the Katen Symposium at summer’s end. Careers in Healthcare is happy to assist applicants in identifying a faculty mentor and/or research project. Previous research experience is not required.

The program is ten weeks in length, beginning in June and culminating with a symposium at the end of August.

The application for the Katen Scholars program becomes available in January and consists of a resume, cover letter, and letters of recommendation submitted through UChicago Handshake.

Katen Scholars Expectations and Requirements

  • Research: Scholars are required to spend at least 30 hours/week on their research projects.
  • Proposal Critique: Each scholar will write a critique of the proposal draft (1-2 pages) of one of their fellow scholars, offering suggestions for improvement.
  • Mock Presentations: Scholars will present their work in preparation for their poster presentations at the end of the program. The group will offer critiques and constructive criticism. Scholars will also participate in public speaking and presentation technique sessions by university staff. 
  • Symposium: Scholars will create posters to display the results of their research projects, and present their work at a reception and poster presentation along with CIH (formerly Potter) Fellows Program participants. The symposium is conducted on the final day of Summer quarter
  • Weekly Seminars and Discussion Sessions: Scholars are required to attend all weekly two-hour Monday seminars and come prepared to discuss both the seminar and the assigned readings in either a Tuesday or a Wednesday discussion session. Scholars will pair up and present on select readings/topics each week in their small group discussions and will be in charge of leading one discussion over the course of the program. Seminar topics include issues such as Health Care Disparities, Health Literacy, Economics of Health Care, Global Health, and Health Policy. All seminars and discussions will be held in conjunction with the participants in the UCIHP (formerly Potter) Fellows in Community and Social Medicine program.
  • Field Trip: Scholars will participate in a field trip related to health and medicine.

Application Timeline

  • Applications will open at the end of December each year. Email communication from the CIH office will inform students of the application opening.
  • A second application cycle usually opens near or during Spring break each year.
  • Program runs for the entire Summer quarter each year.
  • Two letters of recommendation, a signed waiver for each letter, a one-page cover letter and resume, and the signed Katen Agreement Form will be needed for complete applications.

CIH Fellows in Community and Social Medicine

CIH Fellows in Community and Social Medicine is a ten-week summer research program that provides students with a structured opportunity through which they can investigate issues in community health, social sciences, and the social context of health and medicine. Fellows are awarded a $4,000 stipend for the summer to conduct research. The goals of the research projects vary in nature, and some are on campus within the hospitals, while others are based within the Chicago community. The Community and Social Medicine Fellows summer research program will accept up to 15 students who will participate in a weekly lecture and discussion series focused on topics of healthcare disparities, the economics of healthcare, and national and local healthcare policy. Students will have the opportunity throughout the summer to engage with the Katen Scholars. The collaboration between both groups will help to encourage students to challenge their own assumptions and biases, to gain a deeper understanding of the social context of medicine, and to understand the role of both basic science and community-based/social science research in improving the overall quality of the delivery of healthcare.

All Community and Social Medicine Fellows opportunities become available in January and will be listed in UChicago Handshake. The selection process and application materials for each internship is at the sole discretion of the Principal Investigator. There are different deadlines among the internships, as well as different timelines for which students will be notified of participation. Students may apply to as many of the Community and Social Medicine Fellows internships as they are interested in. The program is open to rising second, third, and fourth year students in the College.

CIH Fellows Expectations and Requirements

  • Research: Fellows are required to spend at least 30 hours/week on their research projects.
  • Project Proposals: Fellows will submit a proposal of their research, including, for example: Project Aims; Background & Significance; Methods; Analysis Plan; References (3-4 pages).
  • Proposal Critique: Each Fellow will write a critique of the proposal draft (1-2 pages) of one of their peers, offering suggestions for improvement.
  • Mock Presentations: Fellows will present their work in preparation for their poster presentations at the end of the program. The group will offer critiques and constructive criticism. Fellows will also participate in public speaking and presentation technique sessions by university staff.
  • Symposium: Fellows will create posters to display the results of their research projects, and present their work at a reception and poster presentation along with the Katen Scholars Program participants. The Symposium is held on the last day of the Summer quarter
  • Weekly Seminars and Discussion Sessions: Scholars are required to attend all weekly 1.5 hour Monday seminars and come prepared to discuss both the seminar and the assigned readings in either a Tuesday or Wednesday discussion session. Scholars will also pair up and present on select readings/topics each week in their small group discussions and will be in charge of leading one discussion over the course of the program. Seminar topics include issues such as Health Care Disparities, Health Literacy, Economics of Health Care, and Health Policy All seminars and discussions will be held in conjunction with the participants in the Katen Scholars program.
  • Field Trip: Scholars will participate in a field trip related to health and medicine

CIH Fellows Application Timeline

  • Beginning of January each year. Email communication from the CIH office will students of the applications opening.
  • Program runs for the entire Summer quarter each year.
  • A one-page cover letter and resume, and the signed CIH Fellow  Agreement Form will be needed for complete applications.

RBH Oral Health Fellows Program

Sponsored by the George E. Richmond Foundation, the RBH Oral Health Fellows Program provides financial support to students who have an interest in pursuing a substantive summer internship related to oral health. Funding is also provided to Fellows who wish to attend oral health-related conferences following their summer experience. Application to the participating RBH Oral Health Fellows Program sites will occur through Handshake, and typically become available in early Winter Quarter.

Clinical Excellence Scholars Track

The Clinical Excellence Scholars track is a multi-year specialized program designed to prepare students for the realities of a career in medicine while providing guided participation in relevant opportunities on campus. Careers in Healthcare has partnered with UChicago Medicine and the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence to develop and implement opportunities for significant interactions between students and physicians at UChicago.

Clinical Excellence Scholars Track Program Components and Requirements

  • Successful completion of 100 hours of volunteer service, through UChicago Medicine, prior to applying to the program during the student’s second year
  • Participation in the Joel Schwab, MD “On Being a Doctor” seminars. This quarterly lecture series will feature a clinician presenting on a selected aspect of effective clinical care.
  • Attendance at Clinical Excellence Scholar dinners and physician-led small-group meetings, which take place twice each quarter.
  • Successful completion of the Shadowing Program at UChicago Medicine, which requires a minimum of 36 hours of shadowing (12 per quarter)
  • Participation in the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence and MacLean Center for clinical Medical Ethics public events, such as the annual symposiums and lecture series. 
  • Completion of one course within the College that relates to the social context of health and medicine.
  • Completion of a creative capstone project, reflecting on the time spent in the program

If You're an Interested First-Year Student

Watch the CIH weekly newsletter for information about the Joel Schwab, MD “On Being a Doctor” series, and plan to attend as many as you can to learn more about the types of conversations we have in this program. At the end of winter quarter/early spring quarter CIH will also send via email the instructions to indicate your interest in the program.

If You're an Interested Second-Year Student

During this year you should plan to complete 100 hours of volunteer service through UChicago Medicine. Your hours will be reported to CIH each quarter directly from UChicago Medicine Volunteer Services Office. You must also attend two “On Being a Doctor” lectures over the course of the year. The application for formal entry into the program will go live in January on Handshake.