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Sonia Oyola | Co-Director of Family Medicine Clerkship at the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

Current Position and Past Experience
Sonia Oyola, MD is the Co-Director of Family Medicine Clerkship at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

She has been a Family Medicine Physician for 15 years. Since completing her training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and her residency at Cook County's Family Medicine Residency in 2000, she has served the west and southside of Chicago’s most underserved communities. In 2013, her completion of an Integrative Medicine fellowship through the University of Arizona's highly regarded program founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, solidified her love of Mind-Body Medicine practices such as mindfulness meditation and breathwork to relieve pain, stress and suffering. She is currently the Family Medicine co-clerkship director at the University of Chicago where she teaches medical students various topics that include Integrative Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine, Nutrition: Culinary Medicine, Domestic Violence and Stress Management. Over the years she has taught students, colleagues and survivors of violence the tool of mindfulness meditation and yoga. Assisting the people she meets achieve optimum joy and the prevention of suffering are her passions.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Oyola earned her MD at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1997. She completed her residency at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital in 2000. She completed her Integrative Medicine Fellowship at the University of Arizona in 2013.

She is the winner of the 2011 Outstanding Latino Alumni Award, granted by the University of Illinois’ Hispanic Center of Excellence.

She was the University of Chicago’s 2014 AAMC Gold Humanism in Medicine Award Nominee. (The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award, administered through the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR), annually honors a medical school faculty physician (M.D. or D.O. degree) who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students.)

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Oyola is the founder of Be Alright, a Chicago-based 501c3 nonprofit started in 2009 that supports survivors of domestic violence and the shelters in which they seek emergency services and housing.

She teaches yoga and loves to sing. She is blessed to be the mother of 3 beautiful children and wife to a wonderful partner of 18 years.

Sonia Oyola can be found on LinkedIn.