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It is a true privilege to serve as dean of the medical college where I graduated. I graduated from Rush Medical College in 1979. Following a residency in ophthalmology, I returned to Rush in 1984 and became the third generation in my family to serve on the medical staff here. I was appointed chairperson of the Department of Ophthalmology in 1996 and became the dean of Rush Medical College in 2002 and the provost of Rush University in 2004. I hope you will become as much a part of the Rush family as I have.

Chartered in 1837, Rush Medical College has been a part of the Chicago landscape longer than any other health care institution. Since then, some of our educational tools have changed, but Rush's best traditions continue: hands-on learning, an unparalleled commitment to community service and classrooms full of clinical role models.

Welcome to Rush Medical College, a world of over 2,600 faculty and staff, 525 medical students and 620 residents and fellows. Rush Medical College encompasses the Office of Medical Student Programs, Office of Graduate Medical Education and the Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Among the most popular aspects of Rush Medical College are our co-curricular opportunities. The Rush Community Service Initiatives Program (RCSIP) is an opportunity to participate in community service projects, including care at free clinics, tutoring and health care teaching. Over 85% of our students are involved. In collaboration with the Salvation Army, our students recently held a Saturday health fair at the United Center and served nearly 400 people with free health screenings across a variety of specialties. In addition, approximately one-quarter of our first year students are involved in Dean's Office Summer Research Fellowships. We look forward to seeing the posters each summer's students present at the following year's Rush Research Forum.

Rush has produced skilled leaders in medicine and science and thousands of excellent physicians. Explore our website and that of Rush University Medical Center to discover the myriad opportunities that Rush Medical College offers in medical education, in clinical care and in biomedical research. Please let us know if we can help you in any way.

Thomas A. Deutsch, MD
The Henry P. Russe, MD, Dean of Rush Medical College
Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs
Provost, Rush University


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