Each year, the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence supports three to five medical students. These students will participate in research projects that explore the doctor-patient relationship, expose them to interdisciplinary programs, and allow them access to mentorship and publication opportunities. The Bucksbaum Institute assists with tuition and fees as needed from the second to the fourth year of medical school.

Students who are selected will engage in a series of activities designed to look at issues in doctor-patient communication and clinical decision-making over a three year term (MS2-MS4).If the selected individual is an MD/PhD student, the student may be allowed to participate in additional years.

The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence Medical Student Scholars must demonstrate:

  • Strong academic record, including first-year medical school record;
  • Commitment to patients, collaborative medicine, and the doctor-patient relationship;
  • Commitment to clinical medicine and clinical scholarship;
  • Commitment to social justice, to improve access and quality of care, and to reduce health care disparities; and
  • Interest in interdisciplinary studies linking medicine to the social science and humanities.

Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence Medical Student Scholars are expected to:

  • Continue to pursue their interests in the doctor-patient relationship through specialized coursework, interdisciplinary programs and seminars available to them through the Pritzker School of Medicine;
  • Participate in monthly lunch and dinner meetings with faculty members and to present at the Annual Symposium in April; and
  • Participate in the mentoring initiatives put forth by the Institute.

Request for applications will be announced in the summer after the completion of medical students’ first year.

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