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Rush Medical College of Rush University

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Introduction

Rush University began as 1 college and now consists of 4 colleges. They include Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences, and the Graduate College. The medical school was originally founded in 1837, remained in existence till 1943, and reopened in 1971. It is located on the west side of Chicago near the Loop.

Academics

4-year semitraditional. The school seeks to provide students with a strong background in the biomedical sciences and a balanced introduction to the practice of clinical medicine. A major goal is to foster a commitment to competent and compassionate patient care and to a desire for lifelong learning. The school curriculum is unified for all students. The basic science curriculum places increased emphasis on small-group and selfdirected learning. First year: Provides students with exposure to the vocabulary and fundamental concepts upon which the clinical sciences are based.The first year is made up of 3 quarters of basic science material organized by disciplines and emphasizing the structure, function, and behavior of the normal person. Students participate in a 2-year longitudinal generalist curriculum.Coursesincludeinterviewingandcommunications, physical diagnosis, and a primary care preceptorship. Second year: Students study the causes and effects of disease and therapeutics and initiate their work with patients in programs that emphasize interviewing, history-taking, and the physical examination. Third and fourth years: Provide students with training in clinical skills, diagnosis, and patient management in a variety of patient care settings. The clinical curriculum includes required core clerkships in family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics/gynecology, and surgery for a total of 60 weeks. A total of 18 weeks of elective study in areas of special interest to each student is also required.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The college encourages applications from disadvantaged minority group members who are underrepresented in the medical profession. Other degree programs: MD-PhD programs are offered in a variety of disciplines including immunology, biochemistry, anatomy, medical physics, pharmacology, neuroscience, and physiology.

Admissions

Thebasicpremedicalcoursesarerequired.Consideration is given primarily to state residents, although competitive out-of-state residents are encouraged to apply. Rush Medical College students come from a wide variety of educational and social backgrounds. The Committee onAdmissions considers both the academic and nonacademic qualifications of applicants in making its decisions.

Students

The final evaluation in coursework is recorded as Honors, Pass, or Fail. An additional grade of High Pass is utilized in the clinical years. The Committee on Student Evaluation and Promotion receives evaluations of each clinical period and determines when students are eligible for promotion.Atotal passing score must be obtained on Step 1 of the USMLE and a score recorded on Step 2. Teaching: Rush Medical College is located on the campus of Rush University at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center on Chicago’s near west side. The Academic Facility houses the physical facilities for classroom instruction, laboratory research and private study. Clinical teaching takes place at RushPresbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital (903 beds) and other affiliated institutions including the John H. Strager, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Library: The library of Rush University is located in the Academic Facility, has more than 93,000 volumes, and subscribes to more than 2050 journals.


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