Rush Medical College: Academic Program

The four-year Rush curriculum provides an appropriate background for individuals with a diversity of professional career goals. The curriculum is based on establishing a solid foundation in the basic sciences and clinical medicine through a core of required pre-clinical and clinical courses.

Curriculum: First and Second Years

M1 2010-2011 Integrated Block Curriculum

The M1 Basic Science content will be integrated into 7 blocks taught in sequence through the academic year. Those 7 blocks are:

Cell and Molecular Biology Block RMD-510
Immunology and Hematology Block RMD-511
Musculoskeletal Block RMD-512
Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Block RMD-513
Gastrointestinal and Metabolism Block RMD-514
Genitourinary Block RMD-515
Central Nervous System and Special Senses Block RMD-516
Capstone RMD-517

Blocks are aligned with Physicianship program  
Physicianship Program I RMD-501
Physicianship Program II RMD-502
Physicianship Program III RMD-503

Curriculum: Second Year
During the second year, students are concerned with the study of the causes and effects of disease and therapeutics. The Physicianship Program continues to complement the courses listed.

Clinical Pathophysiology I, II, III MED-501-503
Microbiology Concepts I, II MIC-501-502
Medical Pharmacology I, II,III PHR-501-502-503
Pathology I, II, III PTH-511-513
Introduction to Psychopathology PSY-501
Physicianship Program IV RMD-504
Physicianship Program V RMD-505
Physicianship Program VI RMD-506

Grading: Students will receive a grade of pass, fail, honors or incomplete for each of the blocks. The Physicianship Program is graded pass/fail.

Curriculum: Third and Fourth Years

The curricula of the third and fourth years provide students with training in clinical skills, diagnosis, and patient management in a variety of patient care settings.

Students must take and pass Step I of the examinations offered by the United States Medical Licensing Examination/National Board of Medical Examiners (USMLE/NBME) before beginning core clerkships. Prior to the start of the third year, students participate in the CRASH Course, an intensive orientation to clinical skills.

A minimum of 78 weeks of clinical experiences is required for graduation. The curriculum includes 50 weeks of required core clerkships in family medicine, internal medicine, neurology,
pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery and a required senior subinternship. The remaining 28 weeks required for graduation consist of elective study in areas of special interest to each student. The choice of electives is guided by the goal of an educationally-balanced undergraduate experience. Core clerkships must be completed during the M3 year.

The clinical experiences primarily take place at Rush University Medical Center and the John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County. Of the 28 weeks of required student-chosen electives, up to 12 weeks of elective study may take place at other LCME or ACGME accredited institutions. A maximum of eight weeks of elective rotations may be taken in a single subspecialty.

Students request a schedule of required core clerkships through a lottery system. Third-year students are provided with a clinical skills assessment experience with standardized patients. This experience is designed to aid in self-evaluation of one's clinical skills (communication and interpersonal skills, attitudes and procedural skills).