Student Life


Since you all last heard from us in the first mailing, we have officially wrapped up our first year of classes, got rolling with research and other summer activities, and have started to enjoy the perfection that is Chicago summer. We hope that life has been similarly kind to each of you and that you all are starting to get excited about joining us here shortly. Before you join us for Orientation in August, we wanted to provide you more information to clue you into what's coming ahead.

There is a lot of information included in this mailing, so we’ll get right to it. Enclosed you will find:

  • A general schedule for orientation
  • Our orientation co-chair bios
  • A letter from Dr. Jim Woodruff, Dean of Students, an important resource for you during your transition to life in Chicago and throughout your medical school career
  • A letter from Dr. Wei Wei Lee, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Wellness, introducing you to Pritzker’s various Wellness Initiatives
  • A letter from Dr. Monica Vela, the course director for Health Care Disparities, welcoming you to the course
  • A letter from Dr. Vineet Arora, Assistant Dean for Scholarship and Discovery, and Dr. Rachel Wolfson, Co-Director of Scholarship and Discovery, discussing the longitudinal Scholarship and Discovery Program that begins during your first year at Pritzker
  • Order form for Pritzker apparel from REMEDY, an international health student group, and our Pritzker Free Clinics
  • Order form for official Pritzker Patagonias from our free clinics

Important Deadlines:

Immunizations due by 7/1
Transcripts due by 7/15

Our Pre-Orientation Committee is also hard at work planning some fun activities for y’all. If you’re in town, we’d love to see you at the following events:

  • July 13: Swimming at the Lake/Promontory Point
  • July 20: Tacos and Tamales Festival in Pilsen
  • July 20: The Silver Room Block Party in Hyde Park
  • July 28: Bikes and Brunch

We’ll be sending out more information about these (and more!) Pre-Orientation events in the next couple of weeks. Lastly, in your emails you will soon receive two surveys to fill out. Please look out for that email and make sure you're aware of the deadlines,

That’s all we’ve got for you at this point. As you await your final orientation mailing in mid-July, please continue to check the Orientation Website ( and, most important, relax and enjoy whatever you are up to this summer. In less than two months (and even sooner for our beloved MSTPers), you will be an official Pritzkerite and we are all looking forward to having you here. As always, please contact us at with any questions, comments or concerns.

Your 2019 Orientation Co-Chairs,
Dru Brenner               Dar Nwaudo             Helen Wei
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