OFFICIAL PRIZKER SCHOOL OF MEDICINE COUNTDOWN THREAD

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  1. PelicanMan

    PelicanMan Senior Member

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    Ha Ha. I think with my overwhelming desire for Pritzker it is only fitting for me to start this thread.

    I just want to know of anything new going on that you guys have heard of. Any new information about Pritzker.

    Thanks guys
     
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    Have you tried emailing Dean Lombard? He is really cool, as I'm sure you know already.

    A secret he shared with me: He personally designed the anatomy labs. So you may want to drop that little fact? Their anatomy labs are the BEST I have seen on the interview circuit, and I looked at 12 schools, on the West Coast, East Coast, and Midwest. The attention to detail is incredible (three lockers for each student--one for clean clothes, one for dirty clothes, one for books, or something like that). Bright and airy. Lots of windows and space between stations. Computers with all sorts of anatomy software right next to the labs and lockers. Only 4 people per cadaver, and everyone gets to do all the dissections. IT IS DREAMY.

    I would send handwritten (legible, on good paper--like Crane's) notes about how committed you are to the school.
     
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    you kids have the same # of posts. pretty freaky. Will probably change by the time you read this... or was it ever the same in first place
    *big '?' dances across the screen* <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    yea, Dean Lombard is the man. That e-mail he sent to me single-handedly gave me hope that I'm getting in to med school this cycle.

    He told me they'd look at the stuff at the end of April, so we're gonna have to keep this thread alive with some garbage for sometime. I have faith in us! :D
     
  5. PelicanMan

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    I sent him a letter. I didn't email him because I think an actual piece of paper is better than an Email. The letter exists in real life unlike an email but I haven't recieved any emails or anything. By the way I thought the anatomy labs were awesome too. I will call him soon and ask him if he got the letter.
     
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    HEY! I've been waiting for this thread :) go pritzker! The anatomy labs were fantastic. UCSF has em beat for view... but the facilities at Pritzker were by far the most impressive I saw.

    As most of you know I'm the only SDNer who's headed to pritzker for sure. I hope many of you join me on that list soon. I'm happy to answer and ?s or just talk about this school, I'm so excited! good luck to everyone hoping from the waitlist.
     
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    Am I the only one who's noticed that Pritzker is spelled incorrectly in the thread title? Perhaps you misspelled it in your secondary essay as well? That could be a problem. Those Pritzker folks are awfully picky about that kinda stuff! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    i guess I'm attracted to picky places I get to go from the "picky about all our s's" johnS hopkinS to "don't forget that t" priTzker. Come on PelicanMan, I'm sure that's why you were waitlisted :)
     
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    guys I noticed the mistake right after I made it and I posted for the admisitrators to fix it and somehow my post was deleted.

    I saw my mistake.

    I love that it has a cool name like pritzker

    Coop if I get accepted I am going for sure. Hopefully I will see you in september.
     
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    Hi, guys. I'm 99% sure that I will be attending Pritzker come September. For now though, this decision is killing me because it means turning down a full ride at another great school... :(

    PelicanMan, can you not use the edit feature to fix your thread title? I am not sure if that is off-limits or not.

    Also, I want to thank coop publicly for all of his Pritzker support on SDN. He's been great! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
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    well thank you gel1, and a big <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" /> right back at ya :)

    I really like all the people on SDN who've expressed such strong interest in pritzker like gel1, quake, mwilson, PelicanMan(though you are a little crazy bro), USeF, medschoolbound, vrnk, and others. I think it definately takes something to get over the numbers game, and say, "I really liked this #16 school better than #5 or #3 or, heaven-forbid, even the sacred #s 1 and 2. If this lower ranked school matches so well that I can see no real disservice to my future options compared to those other places, then why not go with the place i liked better?" I'm not trying to insult people, but i think we all know, that as much as we try to forget about those usnews people they do cloud our judgement. I just hope the people who end up at pritzker are, like u guys (well I hope some of them are you guys), and they didn't JUST go there cause it was the 'best' or 'highest ranked' place they got into, but because of the schools merits that we have all seen and laid out for others numerous times.

    Now all we gotta do is get that 1% of doubt erased from gel1's mind, and get these guys off the waitlist, then it's a big party in hyde park next year! I got a lot of info from SDN the last couple years, I'm glad I could give a little help back to some of you. I'm quitting SDN after graduation this year, but I'll PM you all with my email address before I do that. Keep the Pritzker thread alive :) Go Maroons! (worst mascot ever) :)
     
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    No, coop, no! You CAN'T quit SDN after graduation! What about all the pre-meds that need our help when we're in med school?!?

    (Well, maybe you can just jump in when necessary.)

    I must say coop is one of the most balanced and thoughtful contributers to this site I have encountered.

    (In fact, I've been referring to his posts in my PM's to others as a great source of information.)

    Hey, is there a second-look weekend Pritzker? I haven't heard anything about that.

    And Pelican Man, we're rooting for you!
     
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    thanks vkrn,
    nope, no official pritzker second look. However if you want to set up a personal second look Sylvia will set you up. I did back in december (cancelled a NUMS interview and did that instead, hehe), and I know gel1 was able to set up a similar type day. I got to meet with some students, deans, a couple faculty, talk to a lot of people about the school, and just see it while i'm not in the interview mindset, it was really nice. If you are seriously considering pritzker (or any school) go take another look, I think you'll like what you see, I did!
     
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    Hey guys I'm considering doing a second look weekend thing even though I am not accepted yet.

    What do you guys think?
     
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    I would say not the greatest of ideas. You already know it's your top choice, so this seems like it would just be you trying to squeeze a 'second interview' type scenario. What are your reasons for wanting to go to a second look?
     
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    I would say go to the second look weekend. I mean, why not? At least it shows that you are interested. And what is wrong with trying a second time to impress the admissions staff?
     
  18. gel1

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by PelicanMan:
    <strong>Hey guys I'm considering doing a second look weekend thing even though I am not accepted yet.

    What do you guys think?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif"><img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />
    I agree with coop on this one. I'm thinking that this would not be a good idea. While the students would be fine with it, I think the deans might not be. Part of my '2nd look day' was spent telling the deans why I thought Pritzker was such a great fit for me. They really want to know that they chose someone who is going to be happy and do well. If you went there before having an acceptance in your hand, I think you might scare them off. I doubt you want to look as desperate to them as you look on SDN :D . You want to be professional. None of us here can wait to see you get in! [CUE Snow White-esque music]Someday your princess will come...[/CUE]

    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originaly posted by coop:<strong>Now all we gotta do is get that 1% of doubt erased from gel1's mind.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Yeah, tell me about it! Actually, I have 2 second-look weekends in the next 2 weeks. So I should know in 2 weeks! I just want to make the decision and be done with it. No waiting until May 15th for me. Some M1's at Pritzker invited me to dinner at their apartment so I could see the the neighborhood more. I can't wait to start apartment hunting and stuff. Since I live in Chicago, I am thinking about signing a lease in Hyde Park in June when all of the students get out of school. This way maybe I can avoid the apartment rush in September when school starts back up there.
     
  19. When you (anyone out there) got accepted to Pritzker, how did they notify you?

    I got a call from a 4th year on the admissions committee while I was in Jamaica a week ago. However, they're killing me because I have been trying to call them for the last 2 days when I came back from spring break, and they're not calling me back! WHY!? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
  20. gel1

    gel1 Senior Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Nikki:
    <strong>When you (anyone out there) got accepted to Pritzker, how did they notify you?

    I got a call from a 4th year on the admissions committee while I was in Jamaica a week ago. However, they're killing me because I have been trying to call them for the last 2 days when I came back from spring break, and they're not calling me back! WHY!? :(</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Yes, a phone call from a 4th year means you have been accepted. I doubt they will call back though. They usually have specific days (after the committee meetings) when they call. Congratulations!
    I thought I read on another thread that you had a half-scholarship from Michigan (disregarding the Mayo one for now). How interested are you in going to UChicago? Then again, if you need it Pritzker will also give $15,000 in grants...
    Anyway, just wondering.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by coop:
    <strong>Go Maroons! (worst mascot ever) :) </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Come on now, I can think of a lot worse..show some love! Go UC!
     
  22. </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by gel1:
    <strong> Yes, a phone call from a 4th year means you have been accepted. I doubt they will call back though. They usually have specific days (after the committee meetings) when they call. Congratulations!
    I thought I read on another thread that you had a half-scholarship from Michigan (disregarding the Mayo one for now). How interested are you in going to UChicago? Then again, if you need it Pritzker will also give $15,000 in grants...
    Anyway, just wondering.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I am very interested in staying in Chicago. I've been in the area for undergrad and I absolutely love it! Money will definately be a factor, so I am going to wait until I get financial aid packages from schools that I'm seriously considering.
     
  23. coop

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by kjigga:
    <strong> </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by coop:
    <strong>Go Maroons! (worst mascot ever) :) </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Come on now, I can think of a lot worse..show some love! Go UC!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">well actually I fancy myself as something of a mascot expert... actually it was a hobby in high school, i 'colleceted' them into a word document. I think a color is a pretty bad mascot, Harvard Crimson is almost as Maroons but at least they don't pluralize a color. Stanford Cardinal gets off the hook because of how cool the Tree is. The Tufts Jumbos is pretty dumb, so is the New Hampshire College Penmen, and the Virg Tech Hokies is kinda hokey. The Franklin and Marshall Diplomats is not too intimidating, neither is the Tennessee Volunteers, but both are still better than the Maroons. Hey I've got much love now for U Chicago and I'll cheer on all the maroon sports teams, but objectively speaking, I think you'd be pretty hard pressed to find a worse mascot. :)
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by coop:
    <strong>Hey I've got much love now for U Chicago and I'll cheer on all the maroon sports teams, but objectively speaking, I think you'd be pretty hard pressed to find a worse mascot. :) </strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Ha! I think you would be hard pressed to find a school that size with less school spirit! At least from a sports team perspective. I think it's because most of the students are more into the academics than the partying or sports or anything else. But what would I know, my mascot was a Sagehen.
     
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    gel1, I'm guessing you went to Pomona, but since the Sagehens are technically Pomona-Pitzer combined it'd be pretty funny if you went from Pitzer to Pritzker :)

    If you are a different Sagehen that I'm unaware of the nevermind :)

    We may be more famous for our hosiptal than sports here at Hopkins, but that's just because most people don't follow lacrosse! It has been awesome to have that school spirit outlet on a campus that has such notoriety for lacking spirit/happiness. I'll have to turn my sports needs to the pros in Chicago (Though I'll follow my UCLA Bruins whereever I go, always). GO BEARS! GO BLACKHAWKS! (Sorry Bulls, but growing up in LA I'm a Laker fan for life) Cubbies and Sox? well ok, but I'm not as much of a baseball guy.

    Sorry for the tangential discussion, just trying to keep this thread up at the top :) GO MAROONS!
     
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    Time for a serious question--I have been anxiously awaiting my financial aid package from Chicago. Now, I have been in contact with Stacey Robbins (director) and he says that packages were supposed to start going out April 1. Since it is now past that date, I want to know when one of us gets their package. I will let you know when mine comes too. Mr. Robbins is very helpful, and great at his job. I'm pretty sure that I will be happy with the package.

    Oh, and:
    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by coop:
    <strong>gel1, I'm guessing you went to Pomona, but since the Sagehens are technically Pomona-Pitzer combined it'd be pretty funny if you went from Pitzer to Pritzker :)

    GO MAROONS!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Wow, coop, you are pretty good with those mascots!! Then again you did grow up in LA, where more people have heard of the Claremont Colleges. I really don't want to get a headache thinking about the Pitzer to Pritzker thing! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" />
     
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    when i called the financial aid office last week they told me they hadn't looked at ANY of the applications... but i think i talked to the secretary so maybe this is wrong information? it doesn't seem like that could be right if the packages were supposed to start going on this past monday.

    oh btw, i am 99% sure i will be at Pritzker this fall!
     
  28. ok, for the last three days I have been unable to get a hold of Sylvia Robertson. Is there anyone else I can talk to? Should I just wait for something in the mail?

    gel1, i take it you had a hard time getting a hold of them too since you said that they probably won't call you back. What did you do?
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Nikki:
    <strong>ok, for the last three days I have been unable to get a hold of Sylvia Robertson. Is there anyone else I can talk to? Should I just wait for something in the mail?

    gel1, i take it you had a hard time getting a hold of them too since you said that they probably won't call you back. What did you do?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Actually, my situation was really screwed up. I didn't know that I was accepted until I recieved my acceptance packet, and I didn't know it was coming either. But it only took one day in the mail according to the postmark. So as long as they have put together your packet, it should be arriving shortly. I know about the phone calls mostly from everyone else on this board. Maybe they can help you get a sense of how long it took between the phone call and the letter?

    That stinks that you haven't been able to reach anyone there. I assume that you called Audrey Gabriel in the admissions office? She also checks her email often. A lot of places won't tell you your status over the phone, but considering that they already tried to call you...

    All I know is that a 4th year would not have called you without an acceptance. It really is a great place, but last night I had this awful dream that the only apartment left in Hyde Park was this cockroach-ridden nasty little place. Eww! Anyway, good luck Nikki.
     
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    I would give anything to live in that cockaroch infested apartment in Hyde Park. I would eat cocakrochs to get into Pritzker. I really would.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by vyc:
    <strong>when i called the financial aid office last week they told me they hadn't looked at ANY of the applications... but i think i talked to the secretary so maybe this is wrong information? it doesn't seem like that could be right if the packages were supposed to start going on this past monday.

    oh btw, i am 99% sure i will be at Pritzker this fall!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Hey, thanks for the financial aid info. I hope they aren't seriously behind.

    So, 99% sure, eh? Care to discuss the other 1% with me? I mean, there is the financial aid thing (waiting for it to come). There is also the anatomy-5-days-a-week thing. I am pretty sure that the traditional curriculum will make me happy. I also think that having 3 hour gaps in the middle of the day will be useful. But who in the heck wants to have to go to stinky anatomy/morphology lab every day for months? This is a minor detail in the scheme of choosing a med school, but since it is a Pritzker thread, why not pick apart details. I also talked to someone who felt that the faculty might be stodgy (as in, too traditional/conservative). I didn't feel that the students were like that, but I don't know if the school is conservative over all (and I am not talking about the curriculum, but rather the attitudes of the doctors).
    Any other concerns out there?
     
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    update on the financial aid info.
    i emailed a 4th year student and he told me that we should get our packages by the end of next week.

    i didn't know UChicago had anatomy five times/wk. that's hardcore.
     
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    PelicanMan, you're a maniac!

    About anatomy schedule, here's the facts:

    <a href="http://pritzker.bsd.uchicago.edu/currentStudents/index3.html?content=schedule.html" target="_blank">http://pritzker.bsd.uchicago.edu/currentStudents/index3.html?content=schedule.html</a>

    on that link you can click "weekly schedule" links for each quarter. This year's spring qtr isn't on there yet, but last year's is. Anyways, you take anatomy aka 'human morphology' your first 2 qtrs. Fall qtr it's almost every day, both lecture and lab, but if you look thru the schedule, it's not every single day. Probably an average of 4 days a week though. However, winter qtr it's down to 3 days a week (both lecture and lab). You can look for yourself, they tell you exactly what you'll be getting. Actually I heard them mention that those long midday breaks may be shortened so that class can just end earlier in the afternoon. Personally I'd be fine with either, as long as I can find comfy chairs/sofa in the library to nap on.
     
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    I have seen the scedule for Pritzker and have memorized it.

    I don't mind that anatomy is 5 days a week I actually like that.

    Dude we get to look at the human body that is f99king awsome. No better way to learn it than to actually pull muscles and bones apart.

    I am so damn excited about med school
     
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    Pelican Man, I really like your poem.
     
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    hey nikki-
    i think audrey gabriel has been on vacation this week and might be getting back next week. i also haven't been able to get a response about some questions i had. you probably will be receiving your acceptance packet if you received a fourth year. best of luck...
     
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    Just got put on the alternate pool, which is something between a waitlist and an acceptance. Oh well. Anybody else in the same situation?
     
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    thank you otter but i must say that i got the second part from someone else on SDN.

    I am on the alternate pool too. I'm not officially on the waitlist yet.
     
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    what's the difference between the alternate pool and the waitlist? i don't have my letter (i have NO idea where i put it), but when i called they told me waitlist, i think.

    so what's the difference? help!
     
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    you are on the alternate pool. Pritzker hasn't created their waitlist yet. They make it in late April.
     
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    Hi, Pritzker enthusiasts!
    Just wanted to let everyone know that I received my financial aid packet today. Looks pretty decent. All types of aid were included in the package; it is pretty much what they told me I would be getting.

    Also, I recently talked to a 4th year med student at Pritzker over email. I'm posting what she wrote. It's pretty long, but definitely worth reading! Some of the true U of C connoisseurs already know everything that is said, but it is still nice to see that the students remain happy and excited about their education and aren't jaded by the time fourth year is ending.
    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I'm a fourth year student at University of Chicago writing you to give you my insight on
    Pritzker. I know students here at Pritzker that had a full scholarship to [one school] and a nice offer from [another school] as well. They turned those down to come to Pritzker, and I'm sure they would tell you it was a good decision.

    To make this readable, I'll just list some of Pritzker's biggest attributes from my perspective:

    Pre-clinical and Clinical:
    Student leadership-- The administration involves students with very significant decisions and processes such as the admissions process.
    For example, 6-8 senior students sit on the admissions committee and carry as much weight as faculty. Any student can interview an applicant and again carries as much weight as faculty. There is an extensive orientation week for first year students (which deserves a paragraph all of its own!) which is entirely organized and implemented by second year students. We have
    the opportunity to serve as TAs for anatomy, Pathophysiology, Physical Diagnosis, plus many others throughout the second through fourth
    years. Some of the most valuable learning occurs through this TA network.
    These are just a few examples of students being very involved with the education process. Students are also very pro-active in extracurricular activities. We have 2 student-organized free clinics, the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program which is used by med schools across
    the country was developed by students here and many, many students are active in this program every year, etc... I'm sure you've gotten info from the admissions office about the various organizations, so I'll move on.

    Chicago--It has to be the greatest city in the country if you subtract the cold weather!

    Pre-clinical years: Pass/Fail--This is a virtue not because it encourages slacking off, but because it really, really reduces competition within the class. In fact there is almost no competition to speak of which greatly enhances the class interactions. Each class tends to be a rather social group which I think stems from the week long orientation for first years which is organized by second year students. It really promotes bonding within the class, and is a great way to start medical school.

    A few draw-backs: Significant amount of time is spent in class--more than most schools. Much of the material taught is very basic science based,
    not problem based learning or clinically based. In my opinion problem based learning would have been more fun, but I don't think the Pritzker
    approach compromised my education. Students are given about 4 weeks off to study for step 1 of the boards at the end of the second year. It is
    true that Pritzker classes do not focus on board preparation, but the 4 weeks of independent learning worked wonderfully for me.

    Clinical years--Students are treated like integral members of the patient-care team. We are treated like collegues (for example, we all
    wear the same length coat as all the other hospital physicians). Unbelievable flexibility during the fourth year. Basically, about 6 weeks of the year are required coursework (ie a
    "sub-internship" where you act like an intern) and the remainder of the year is elective time where you can take classes, do hospital rotations,
    or design your own elective. For example, one could study Spanish in a foreign country for credit or design a reading course in biotechnology for credit, etc... I know fourth year seems like a long time away, but free time during the fourth year is INVALUABLE!! Most students take 1-2 months off for interviewing. I met many students from other schools when I was interviewing who were trying to travel for interviews in the midst of doing hospital rotations--this would have to be so difficult! Most students also take time off at the end of the year to move to their new city before starting residency. Speaking of residencies--they no longer give statistics about what percentage of students get their first choice of residency. The average across the nation is around 60% I believe in past years. The estimate for our class this year is that 90% of us matched to our first choice of residency program (that doesn't only mean we matched to our choice of specialty (ie dermatology versus plastic surgery), it also means we matched at the
    hospital of our choice (derm at UCLA, plastics at Harvard, etc...). This really reflects well upon Pritzker as a school!

    A few drawbacks of the clinical years: Third year is completely structured with required rotations which does not leave time for electives in
    fields like ER, Derm, Optho, etc... These must be done early in fourth year if a student is thinking of going into one of those fields. In my opinion, the patient population at UofC is stimulating and challenging in a positive
    way.

    I could keep writing much more about the positive aspects of Pritzker,
    but I'll stop here. Students don't come to Pritzker in response to lucritive financial aid packages (unfortunately, they just aren't available here). They come because it feels like the right place for them and many have turned down nice financial packages elsewhere. I think ultimately that is the best way to make the decision (even though it seems painful to turn down good money!). </font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">
     
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    I too have a bunch of emails from 4th years. They're all horrendously long so I'll spare you, but basically they echo the comments of this student. I think they do a fair job of laying out the plusses and minuses of of the school, but the common thread is they are all thrilled with the place. I hope I'm that happy in 4 years. :)
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by PelicanMan:
    <strong>I'm keeping hope alive that I will be going to Pritzker.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">the AAMC should do a study to see if there is a correlation with intensity of prayer and hope and med school admissions of 'numbers-equal' applicants <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Pelican would definitely be in the survey :D
     
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    i just wanted to say, at the request of another SDNer, I scanned in last years' pritzker matchlist, so if anyone wants the files (about 3.8MB total, 8, one page pdfs) PM me with your email address and I can send em to you.
     
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    USeF sunny L.A.

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    The Committee will review all applications on the waitlist during the latter part of April and formulate a formal list at that time. - Dean Lombard @ U of Chicago

    So it looks like we really DO have a countdown now for us waitlisted there. Is it just me and Pelican on here that want to get in REAL bad?

    brickmanli, lorarp and the rest: is Pritzker your top choice?
     
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    coop and gel1, are you going to Pritzker for sure?

    i'm going!
    (though the financial aid sucked...! call me crazy!)
     
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    i'm for sure, I look foward to meeting you in sept... and I'm riding on gel1 pretty hard, I'm sure he/she will make the right decision :)
     
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    hey leave some space for me. :) <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by vyc:
    <strong>coop and gel1, are you going to Pritzker for sure?

    i'm going!
    (though the financial aid sucked...! call me crazy!)</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">vyc, you can't fool me! I saw that your true first choice is stanford and that you are holding out for them!! <img border="0" alt="[Lovey]" title="" src="graemlins/lovey.gif" />

    Seriously, I'm sorry that you weren't happy with your financial aid package. I noticed that Pritzker's aid is heavily determined by parental income. If your parents aren't planning to contribute, you can easily get screwed.


    To answer the question: Yes, I am going for sure now. I just can't explain this almost-magnetic draw the school has for me. I am so excited! Sadly, my parents just do not understand. They are really pushing me to accept the $165,000 scholarship out-of-state. Money schmoney. If coop thinks I should go to Pritzker then dammit I better go! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

    Oh, and I wanted to ask Nikki if she is coming. Hopefully USeF is too.
     
  51. CONGRATS GEL1 ON MAKING A DECISION! I'm glad you and your hubby get to stay together! That's way more important than money.

    I really envy you right now. People ask me every day, and of course I haven't made a decision, but I have only gotten U of M's financial aid package. We'll see . . .
     
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    You all have recieved your financial aid packets already...? I filled out all that info back in early March and I havent heard a thing from them. Its really bothering me b/c I need to see what they are offering me. Any idea on the process?
     

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