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.
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.
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.
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.
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.