"Through our pipeline programs, we hope to both prepare and inspire high school and college students who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of science to pursue careers in biomedicine."

William A. McDade, MD’90, PhD‘88
Deputy Provost for Research and Minority Issues

The University of Chicago introduces college and high school students to the world of medicine through five pipeline programs. High school and college students shadow faculty members and residents and participate in mini-medical school programs that give the students a taste of what medical school is like. Organized through partnerships with the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Medicine, the pipeline programs give students the opportunity, guidance,and mentorship they need to pursue future careers in medicine.

Research has shown that health outcomes improve when patients are treated by physicians of a similar race or cultural background. By encouraging students who are traditionally underrepresented in fields of science, the University of Chicago and the Pritzker School of Medicine strive to help alleviated and reduce health care disparities.