UChicago Careers in Health Professions Programs

Katen Scholars

UCIHP Potter Fellows in Community and Social Medicine

Clinical Excellence Scholars

Health Policy Scholars

Kaplan MCAT Course

 

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. UChicago Careers in Health Professions 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.

UCIHP Potter Fellows in Community & Social Medicine 

UCIHP Potter 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 UCIHP Potter Fellows in Community and Social Medicine 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 UCIHP Potter Fellows in Community and Social Medicine opportunities become available in January and will be listed in UChicago Handshake. Search the keywords “2017 Jeff Metcalf/UCIHP Potter Fellow.” 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 UCIHP Potter Fellows in Community and Social Medicine internships as they are interested in. The UCIHP Potter Fellows in Community and Social Medicine program is open to rising second, third, and fourth year  students in the College.

Clinical Excellence Scholars 

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. UCIHP 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.

There are several key components of the Clinical Excellence Scholars track:

  • Participation in the Joel Schwab, MD “On Being a Doctor” seminars. This monthly lecture series will feature a clinician presenting on a selected aspect of effective clinical care.
  • Attendance at Clinical Excellence Scholar dinners, which take place twice each quarter.
  • Successful completion of the Volunteer/Shadowing Program at UChicago Medicine, which requires a minimum of 110 hours of service (12 hours of shadowing and 25 hours of volunteering per quarter) over a single calendar year.
  • 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.

Several of these component pieces are open to all students of the College who are not preselected as Clinical Excellence Scholars.

Interested students should apply in the spring of their first year in the college. Applications for the program include a resume, cover letter answering various questions, and one letter of recommendation. More details will be available on Handshake in early March and decisions will be made by early May.  24 students will be accepted each year, and selected scholars will begin their engagement with the program beginning in the autumn quarter of their second year. Those who successfully complete all aspects of the track will receive a designation on their transcript.

Health Policy Scholars Program

Spanning a variety of disciplines and areas of study from public health and health services research to lawmaking and government, health policy is a dynamic field offering a range of exciting career paths with the opportunity to address a number of important and complex issues locally, nationally, and globally.

The UChicago Careers in Health Professions Health Policy Scholars Program is a selective track for students interested in pursuing a broad range of careers in health policy.  Health Policy Scholars will participate in a series of focused seminars on topics central to policy design and implementation, as well as workshops devoted to cultivating the competencies necessary for success in health policy-related careers.

Eligibility

First year students in the College are eligible to apply for the Health Policy Scholars Program at the end of their first year. There is no prerequisite coursework for the program, and we invite applications from students of any major. We welcome applications from all students interested in health policy, whether or not you consider yourself to be pre-med.

Program Features and Requirements

  • Health Policy Scholars will attend a series of seminars and workshops.  Attendance at one event each month during Autumn, Winter and Spring Quarters is mandatory.  Events will usually be scheduled on Wednesday evenings, but times may vary.
  • Health Policy Scholars will be offered opportunities for individual career and internship advising, specifically tailored to their interests.
  • Scholars will receive priority access to Health Policy Career Exploration Treks within the Chicagoland area as well as outside of the state.

Kaplan MCAT Course 

Students in their third and fourth year who will take the MCAT as part of their professional school application can benefit from this preparatory course offered by Kaplan. Kaplan has partnered with the University of Chicago in order to provide students with a 10% discount, and those in financial need may apply for additional tuition assistance. The course is offered during Autumn, Winter, or Spring quarters, and applications become available for the Kaplan MCAT course at the conclusion of each academic quarter in preparation for the next (i.e. applications for the Winter course will be available at the end of Autumn Quarter.)