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House and Learning Community Program

The House and Learning Community Program seeks to strengthen the medical school experience through dynamic, engaged and relationship-centered communities for curricular and co-curricular learning and development. The program includes four houses that link sixteen learning communities across the four years of medical school, connecting students in a network of faculty, residents, staff, and fellow students with varying interests and levels of experience.

Each learning community is led by a dedicated faculty mentor, who is also a practicing physician. Each entering class of medical students is assigned to one of the four learning community mentors who stay with that group of students through their entire four years of medical school. Our community mentors are highly valued by their students, and they are essential to our efforts to offer a nurturing and professional learning environment at Chicago Medical School. Learning community mentors support student development through mentoring, advising, social support and teaching in the four-year course series Clinical Reflections I, II, III and IV.  These curricular and co-curricular efforts are aimed at supporting the personal, academic and professional development of our students.

2019-2020 Learning Community Mentors:

Emanuel House

Eugene Saltzberg

Eugene Saltzberg, MD '72

Emergency Medicine

M1 Mentor
Kenneth Tomchik

Kenneth Tomchik, MD

Internal Medicine

M2 Mentor
Kenneth Wind, MD '92

Kenneth Wind, MD '92

Pathology

M3 Mentor
Gwendolyn Messer

Gwendolyn Messer, MD

Pediatrics

M4 Mentor

Portes House

Susan Scanlon

Susan Scanlon, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

M1 Mentor
Charles Nozicka

Charles Nozicka, DO

Emergency Medicine

M2 Mentor
Monique Jones

Monique Jones, MD '93

Obstetrics and Gynecology

M3 Mentor
Charisse Quigley

Charisse Quigley, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

M4 Mentor

Lipshultz House

Michael Bellino

Michael Bellino, MD

Emergency Medicine

M1 Mentor
Myrtis Sullivan

Myrtis Sullivan, MD

Pediatrics

M2 Mentor
Saeed Chowdhry

Saeed Chowdhry, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

M3 Mentor
Liza Pilch

Liza Pilch, MD

Emergency Medicine

M4 Mentor

Finkel House

Erica Taylor

Erica Taylor, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology

M1 Mentor
Jabeen Abutalib

Jabeen Abutalib, MD

Internal Medicine

M2 Mentor
Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer, MD '04

Diagnostic Radiology

M3 Mentor
Chandragupta Vedak

Chandragupta Vedak, MD

Psychiatry

M4 Mentor