The S&D Team

The Scholarship & Discovery Team

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP

Assistant Dean for Scholarship & Discovery

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Dr. Arora is Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of GME Clinical Learning Environment Innovation, and Assistant Dean for Scholarship & Discovery. She practices as a hospitalist and researcher whose main interests are in understanding and improving medical training and quality and safety of hospital care. Main areas of Dr. Arora's work include residency duty hours, handoffs, and sleep for hospitalized older patients. In her role as Assistant Dean for Scholarship & Discovery, she oversees all aspects of the S&D program. In conjunction with this program, she has mentored numerous Pritzker students on a variety of projects across diverse research topic areas.

Rachel Wolfson, MD

Co-Director for Scholarship & Discovery

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Dr. Wolfson is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Co-Director for Scholarship & Discovery. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and regularly attends in the pediatric intensive care unit and on the pediatric sedation service. Dr. Wolfson is interested in fostering mentoring relationships between students and faculty through Scholarship and Discovery, and in understanding the impact this mentorship has on students’ career development. In 2014, Dr. Wolfson assumed leadership of the Scholarly Concentrations Collaborative, a national group of physician educators interested in medical student research and scholarship.

Lestra Cole, MS

Manager of Scholarly Activities


Lestra is Manager for the Scholarship & Discovery program. In this capacity, she serves as an advocate for all S&D participants by supporting them and ensuring that student scholarly experiences are beneficial. She completed her Master's degree at Purdue University and most recently earned her certificate in Project Management Strategy from the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies