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There are six universities within 50 miles of Chicago that have medical schools. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.
Aspiring doctors in the Chicago area have many program options available within the city itself. This article profiles three schools, all within 20 minutes of downtown. There is also a table at the end that compares important statistics for the schools.
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) is a 4-year public institution, and it houses one of the four medical schools offered by the University of Illinois. UIC enrolled over 27,500 students in 2012 with 800 of those students enrolled in the College of Medicine. Medical students are provided with an MD degree program, as well as combined degree programs in which students can complete clinical experiences through several teaching hospitals. The Chicago campus includes residency programs in the fields of emergency medicine and neurosurgery.
The MD program provides a strong foundation in the biological and social sciences, as well as clinical research and experiences. During their first two years, medical students complete lectures and labs that build on pre-medical knowledge, as well as introduce advanced theories in behavioral and molecular science. Main topics in the course load include ethics, safety of patients and the medical field's biopsychosocial elements. Students witness and discuss applied medical teachings and refine their skills via workshops. In subsequent years, students move on to hands-on clinical experience, clinical clerkships and internships.
This 5-year program allows medical students to add a dimension of business to their education. To be accepted into this program, students must fulfill the requirements of both the College of Medicine and the College of Business Administration, as well as pass the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
This joint degree program provides students the administrative and clinical skills necessary to work as administrators in a variety of health care and public health settings. Public health coursework may be concentrated in community health services, health policy and occupational health sciences. To apply, students must apply to both the College of Medicine and the School of Public Health.
The Chicago campus has a medical scientist training program for aspiring doctors who wish to focus more on the scientific aspect of this profession. The 8-year program maximizes advanced learning through rotating research and clinical experiences with MD and PhD courses. Graduates have the advanced understanding of biology and medical sciences for careers in academic medicine and research.
Located in Hyde Park, the University of Chicago is a 4-year public institution with an annual enrollment of over 15,000 students and a faculty consisting of more than 2,000 full-time members. The school offers an MD program via the Pritzker School of Medicine. The University of Chicago also offers joint medical degrees.
The University of Chicago offers an extensive 4-year MD program that emphasizes active learning and adaptation to new scientific advances in medicine. Courses taken in the first and second years may include physician-patient-society-systems, cellular pathology, immunology, microbiology and medicine in a social context. Students are also highly involved in the study of cells, tissues, molecules and genes.
The third year is generally devoted to clerkships in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychology, neurology and family medicine. In the fourth and final year, students participate in sub-internships and senior clerkships in the realm of emergency medicine.
Graduates of this 5-year joint degree program are prepared for careers in the fields of health policy and administration. This program requires that students complete the first two years of medical school before continuing their studies for one year with the Harris School of Public Policy to work towards the required Master of Arts degree. After this requirement is met, students are able to continue their medical studies for the two remaining clinical years of the traditional MD program. Admissions for each program is handled separately.
This joint degree program typically requires five to six years of intensive study full-time through both the Pritzker School of Medicine and the Chicago Booth School of Business. Students are required to complete the first half of their medical school training before taking a break for a year to complete the core MBA curriculum. After completing these core courses, students must then complete their clinical medical training while also participating in elective courses at Booth in order to earn both degrees simultaneously. Furthermore, while enrolled in this MD/MBA program, students can also choose to participate in the Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP), which results in a Certificate in Health Administration and Policy.
There are two joint MD/PhD programs available through the Pritzker School. The MeSH program is the combination of a traditional MD curriculum with a doctoral program focused on the social sciences and humanities. This program concentrates on the scholarly research of issues related to aging. The other program available includes a doctoral degree offered through the Division of Biological Sciences. Students are able to choose one of eighteen concentrations, including immunology, evolutionary biology, biochemistry and neurobiology.
One of the largest Catholic universities in the United States, Loyola University Chicago boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to one, with nearly 1,500 members on the full-time staff. Established in 1870, it is the only Jesuit university in Chicago. In addition to the MD degree program provided through the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola's Health Science Division offers six Master of Science (MS) degree programs related to the biomedical sciences.
This 4-year MD program provides courses in behavioral medicine, anatomy, pharmacology, neuroscience and human disease during the first two years. The third year of the program includes the clinical study of surgery, neurology, family medicine and pediatrics. The fourth and final year of the program requires students to complete a residency and several electives. Lessons in medical ethics are provided through both the Leischner Institute for Medical Education and Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy. Residency programs in a variety of fields are also available, including neurology, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, urology and anesthesiology, to name a few.
Size, tuition and accessibility of financial aid can be as important to a student's school selection as what program is chosen. The following table presents some relevant information on these and other statistics.
|University of Illinois at Chicago||University of Chicago||Loyola University Chicago|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year; private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2011)||28,091*||14,979*||16,040*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (for 2012-2013)|| $37,764 per year in-state|
$74,764 per year out-of-state**
|Varies by year, averages at $50,877 (tuition) and $1050 (fees)***||$48,575****|
|% of Medical Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2012-2013||81%*****||90%***||85%****|
|Acceptance Rate (2012)||13%*****||5%*****||4%****|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **University of Illinois - Chicago, ***University of Chicago, ****Loyola University, *****U.S. News and World Report.
Medical schools in Chicago are also available at Rush University, located 2.7 miles outside of downtown Chicago, and 14 miles away at Northwestern University, a prominent school located in Evanston, IL. Another option is the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science which is found roughly 37 miles from the city center.