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The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinician Excellence works across the University of Chicago campus and around the world to support and forge unique and special initiatives and collaboration.

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Bucksbaum Interest Group (BIG)

The Bucksbaum Interest Group is a Pritzker School of Medicine student group that was approved in May 2013 and has since created opportunities for medical students to participate in Bucksbaum Institute lecture series and seminars as well as other sponsored academic activities. These programs foster greater understanding of the doctor-patient relationship, good communication and shared decision-making. These events bring medical students in close contact with the Junior and Senior Bucksbaum Institute Faculty Scholars for mentoring, research and educational opportunities.


Clinical Excellence Scholars Track (CEST)

The Clinical Excellence Scholar Track is a competitive application program started by the Bucksbaum Institute in partnership with the UChicago Careers in Health Professions program that provides a unique 3-year longitudinal experience for pre-medical undergraduate students. The Track has thus far awarded transcript designation to 20 students and as of Fall 2016 supports 67 undergraduate students in their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years in the College. The CEST program committee has defined five overarching program goals and has linked these goals to the mission of the Bucksbaum Institute. The five program goals are Academic Programming, Clinical Experience, Communication Skills, Leadership, and Mentoring. The CEST program is unique to the University of Chicago; to date we have not found a similar program at any of our peer institutions.

Program Overview

In Fall 2013, the Bucksbaum Institute created a hugely successful competitive application program in partnership with the UChicago Careers in Health Professions program that consists of a three-year longitudinal experience for pre-medical undergraduates in the College. The program will enter its fourth year in the fall of 2016, having awarded 20 transcript designations to graduated students and currently supporting 67 undergraduates.

The Institute’s first Master Clinician, Ross Milner, as well as two senior faculty scholars, Dr. Christopher Strauss and Dr. Neethi Pinto, currently provide leadership to the students in the track. Each year, around 70 undergraduate pre-medical students in their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years participate in the program, organized by year into cohorts led by an individual faculty mentor. As the initial cohort graduated in the spring of 2016, Dr. Milner, their mentor, has graciously offered to mentor the most recent fourth cohort consisting of students from the class of 2019.

Pre-medical students in the CEST program are introduced to clinical medicine, humanism, and compassion in healthcare. The CEST program committee has defined five overarching program goals and has linked these goals to the mission of the Bucksbaum Institute. The five program goals are Academic Programming, Clinical Experience, Communication Skills, Leadership, and Mentoring. Each of the requirements of the program fulfills a core program goal of the Track. As of June 2016, 62 student scholars have volunteered over 4532 hours through the CEST program.

The CEST program is unique to the University of Chicago; to date we have not found a similar program at any of our peer institutions.

Faculty Leadership

Administrative Leadership

Angela M. Pace-Moody

Center Director, Bucksbaum Institute

Joni Krapec

Senior Program Director, UChicago Careers in Health Professions

Martha Burla

Assistant Director, UChicago Careers in Health Professions

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