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What can I expect from the MD program and curriculum?
The M1 and M2 years at Rush Medical College are organized around organ system blocks with the first year focused more on the normal healthy person and the second year emphasizing the disease process. Blocks are taken in sequence, with the first year blocks including cell and molecular biology, musculoskeletal system, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, immune system, digestive system, genitourinary systems and the nervous system. The M2 year has similar courses covering mechanisms of disease, diseases of the cardiovascular, respiratory system, genitourinary and central nervous system, gastrointestinal, liver and metabolic diseases, hematology, dermatology and musculoskeletal disease. During these two years all students also participate in the physicianship program, which is a patient-centered, integrated multi-disciplinary program designed to provide students with a foundation of clinical knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors, and prepares students for full-time clinical duties beginning in the third year. The physicianship program includes regular half-day attendance throughout the two years in the office of a primary care or specialist physician. Students finish the M2 year in March of the second year to have time to prepare for the USMLE Step 1 exam, which must be passed prior to beginning the M3 curriculum in May.
During the M3 year, students rotate through a series of core clerkship rotations and one elective rotation:
Medicine 8 Weeks
Pediatrics 8 Weeks
Surgery 8 Weeks
Obstetrics and Gynecology 6 Weeks
Ambulatory Medicine 4 Weeks
Elective 4 Weeks
Neurology 4 Weeks
Psychiatry 4 Weeks
During the M4 year, students complete a four-week emergency medicine clerkship, a subinternship (a choice of medicine, family medicine, surgery or pediatrics), and 38 weeks of two-week and four-week electives (12 weeks of which can be taken at institutions other than Rush). Students are also mentored through the Careers in Medicine program which prepares them to apply for and interview for residency training upon graduation.

How much does it cost to attend RMC?
 Tuition Rate Schedule 2013 - 2014 M1 M2 M3 M4
Tuition Rate - Full-Time
Includes immunization fee, health service fee and medical insurance
 $49700 $49184 $49184 $49184

For additional details and tuition rates for all four years, see the Office of Financial Affairs website.

What kind of financial aid is available at RMC?
Financial aid is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need, which is the cost of education less student and family resources. The difference, or financial need, is met with loan and grant assistance. Since there is a greater amount of loan assistance than grant aid, more loan assistance is built into the financial aid package. Any grant aid that is awarded is based on parent information, regardless of whether the student is independent, married or single.

How do I apply for financial aid?
Students accepted into Rush Medical College will automatically receive full information on how to apply for financial assistance, including a detailed listing of the required forms and information necessary for the financial aid office to determine your financial assistance package. Rush students have been able to fund their education through a variety of financial aid programs. However, you should be aware that the majority of assistance is in the form of loans, and that gift aid is awarded on the basis of parental information submitted in the need analysis form.

What does the current entering class look like?
AMCAS Applications Received 7670
Completed Applications 4633
Number of Interviews
    Illinois Resident 99
    Out-of-State Resident 302
Number of 2012-2013 Matriculants
    Female 58
    Male 70
Number of States of Residence of Matriculants 23
Number of Undergraduate Institutions of Matriculants 57
Advanced Degrees
    Bachelor's 128
    Master's 13
    Doctorate 1
Average Science GPA   (4-pt scale) 3.58
 Average MCAT Score - Composite 30.84
    Average MCAT Score - BIO 10.79
    Average MCAT Score - PHY 10.42
    Average MCAT Score - VER 9.63

What kind of student support services does RMC offer?
Academic Advisor Program
The academic advisor program of Rush Medical College provides counseling and guidance for medical students in a manner that insures individual attention and continuous contact between student and advisor. Each student is assigned an academic advisor and continues with the same academic advisor throughout his/her tenure at Rush Medical College.

Advisors are kept informed of current policies, procedures and trends affecting student participation in various programs of the medical school. They provide counseling in a number of areas, including academic progress, and personal, educational and career development. Academic advisors assist each of their advisees in planning and implementing individual programs through each phase of undergraduate medical education. 

University Counseling Center
At the University Counseling Center students may discuss study and learning difficulties, marital and relationship stresses and any other matters that may hinder growth and development, with a staff of trained professionals. In addition to counseling individuals and couples, the center offers group and workshop experiences. The University Counseling Center maintains strict standards of privacy and confidentiality. No information on an individual student is released to anyone, inside or outside the University, without the informed consent of the student, nor do contacts with the center become part of university records.

Tutoring Programs
Rush Medical College offers tutoring assistance to those students who may have some difficulty in adjusting to the demands of the college. Tutors may be fellow classmates, upperclassmen, graduate students or faculty members. While many students do not require additional assistance, tutoring helps to allay the anxiety that some students feel while learning to cope with the academic demands of medical school. The tutoring service is currently available free of charge.

Chicago and its adjoining suburbs, as well as the University itself, provide a wide variety of off-campus and on-campus housing options for Rush University students. The Office of Student Affairs publishes information brochures, which outline these residential opportunities. Information regarding on-campus housing is sent to each accepted applicant. The Office of Student Life coordinates information regarding the availability of off-campus units and potential roommates. Current copies of local newspapers are maintained to help students relocate. 

What kind of extracurriculars are available at RMC?
Rush Community Service Initiatives Program
The Rush Community Service Initiatives Program (RCSIP) was formally established in 1991. The aim of RCSIP is to create a thriving network of community service programs that match student initiative, enthusiasm and creativity with the large population of underserved in Chicago. The programs are developed and organized by Rush students with input from faculty and community leaders. These activities help promote better understanding of the populations that Rush students may serve as physicians in the future. Participation in RCSIP is strictly voluntary for both students and faculty.

Listed below are some of the community service programs in which Rush students participate:

Franciscan Homeless Services
Henry Horner Tutoring Program
Pediatric AIDS - Big Sib Program
Unite for Sight - Clinical vision services

More than 60% of the student body at Rush Medical College will become involved in at least one of these activities during their medical education.

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