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Pre-Clerkship Curriculum (M1 – M2 years)
The M1 and M2 years at Rush Medical College are organized into organ-based blocks. Grading for the pre-clerkship curriculum—with the exception of Physicanship—is Honors, Pass, or Fail. Physicianship grading is Pass or Fail. During the first year, students focus on the normal, healthy body and use the following schedule:
First-year Courses Semester Disciplines Covered
Cell and Molecular Biology Fall Anatomy, Biochemistry, Histology, Physiology
Musculoskeletal System Fall Anatomy, Biochemistry, Histology, Physiology
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems Fall Anatomy, Biochemistry, Histology, Physiology
Digestive System and Metabolism Spring Biochemistry, Histology, Immunology
Genitourinary Systems Spring Anatomy, Biochemistry, Histology, Physiology
Nervous System Spring Anatomy, Biochemistry, Histology, Physiology
Immunology and Hematology Spring Anatomy, Biochemistry, Histology, Physiology
Three elective courses are also offered during the M1 year, which students take concurrently with the block schedule: Humanities in Medicine, Basic Biomedical Research and Sonographic Anatomy.
During the second year, students focus on the disease process and use the following schedule:
Second-year Courses Semester Disciplines Covered
Mechanisms of Disease Fall Microbiology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology
Diseases of the Cardiovascular System Respiratory Systems Fall Microbiology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology
Diseases of the Central Nervous System Fall Microbiology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Psychopathology
Diseases of the Genitourinary Systems Fall Microbiology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology
Gastrointestinal, Liver and Metabolic Disease Spring Microbiology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology
Dermatology, Hematology, and Musculoskeletal Diseases Spring Microbiology, Pathology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology
Experienced-Based Medicine Fall and Spring n/a
The M2 evidence-based medicine course provides students with the tools to critically evaluate medical literature and learn how to utilize the medical literature to inform decisions about patient care. In the first semester, students learn basic concepts of biostatistics and epidemiology by watching a series of short videos developed by the course directors. During the second semester of the course, students participate in a series of small groups in which they read and evaluate research papers that were recommended by the clerkship directors as being critical to the core medical disciplines. These small groups are led by a clinician/researcher faculty team who help students assess the papers and apply the findings to clinical case scenarios.
Throughout their first two years at Rush, all students will also participate in the Physicianship program, a patient-centered, integrated, multi-disciplinary course which provides a foundation of clinical knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors to prepare them for full-time clinical duties beginning in the third year. The Physicianship program begins with a two-week Clinical Skills Intensive (CSI), a comprehensive immersion in communication, diagnostic and practical skills, and includes the Student Continuity Experience (SCE). The SCE consists of regular half-day attendance throughout the two years in the office of a primary care or specialist physician, allowing students to become part of a medical practice.
Students finish the M2 year in March to have time to prepare for the USMLE Step 1 exam, which must be passed prior to beginning the M3 curriculum in May.
Clerkship Curriculum (M3 - M4 years)
The M3 year begins with a required CRASH course (Clinical Resources and Skills for the Hospital), which is designed to reinforce the clinical skills introduced during the M1 and M2 years and to introduce new skills that will be utilized throughout the clerkships. During the course, students gain hands on experience in Basic Life Support, blood draws, and reading ECG’s, for example. Survey results show the CRASH course to be very valuable prior to entering the formal M3 year, which is comprised of the required core clerkships arranged in eight-week blocks. During this time, students also have the opportunity to take up to six weeks of electives following the OBGY clerkship (2 weeks) and opposite the Primary Care clerkship (4 weeks). One-sixth of the students will begin with each of the six blocks and then follow sequentially as indicated in this chart.
The core clerkships are offered at Rush University Medical Center and the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Stroger), the flagship hospital of the Cook County Health and Hospital System built in 2002. The surgery core clerkship is also offered at Northshore Hospital in Skokie. Stroger is a public hospital with a mission to provide outstanding medical care to those who cannot afford to pay. With the busiest emergency department in Chicago and one of the largest Level I trauma centers in the United States, Stroger cares for patients with a diverse multitude of conditions. Rush students have the opportunity to rotate at Stroger in their Internal Medicine, Surgery, Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry Clerkships, which are graded using Honors, High Pass, Pass, and Fail.
At the conclusion of the third year, students participate in the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA), which assesses students’ clinical skills through focused patient encounters. The CSA provides a summative assessment of student skills to assure that all students have met our educational objectives. The CSA and the feedback students receive assist in their preparation for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills exam. Successful progression in the curriculum requires M4 students to pass both parts of the USMLE Step 2 exam (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills).
During the M4 year, students complete a four-week emergency medicine clerkship, a subinternship (a choice of internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, or pediatrics), and 28 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.
For a visual representation of the complete Rush Curriculum, please see our 2014-15 M1-M4 Curriculum Schematic.

 Tuition Rate Schedule 2014- 2015 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.


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 both grant and loan 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.

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. 

AMCAS Applications Received 9428
Completed Applications 6876
Number of Interviews
    Illinois Resident 178
    Out-of-State Resident 257
Number of 2014-2015 Matriculants
    Female 64
    Male 64
Number of States of Residence of Matriculants 25
Number of Undergraduate Institutions of Matriculants 79
Average Science GPA   (4-pt scale) 3.57
Average MCAT Score - Composite 30.87

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 (preclinical and clinical) and peer advisor 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 medical education.
University Counseling Center
The Rush University Counseling Center encourages students to make use of the Center's resources to achieve and maintain greater balance in their personal and professional lives during their careers at Rush. The Counseling Center provides:
  • Psychological counseling free of charge to currently enrolled students. Students have access to services throughout their enrollment at Rush. There is is no limit to the number of sessions in which they can participate.
  • Counseling assistance for a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, family mental illness, bereavement, eating disorders, sexual orientation and coming out issues, and career indecision.
  • Psychiatric consultation for active clients of the Counseling Center.
No record of contact with the Counseling Center is accessible to any college or university administrator. All discussions with Counseling Center psychologists and the consulting psychiatrist are held in strict confidence.

Tutoring Programs
Rush Medical College offers tutoring assistance to those students who may have some difficulty in adjusting to the academic demands of the college. Tutors are typically upperclass medical students. While many students do not require additional assistance, tutoring helps some students negotiate difficult subject matter. The tutoring service is currently available free of charge and may vary upon tutor availability.

Chicago and its adjoining suburbs, as well as the University itself, provide a wide variety of on-campus and off-campus housing options for Rush University students. Information regarding on-campus housing can be found on the Office of Student Life's housing page. The Office of Student Life also publishes an off-campus housing guide, which outlines these off-campus residential opportunities and can also be found on the housing website.

The Office of Student Life recognizes many student organizations centered on areas of professional interest, social issues, and ethnic or religious affiliation. To read the descriptions of these co-curricular opportunities, please visit the Student Organizations webpage.

Rush has a long tradition of community service and can offer you a chance to make a difference in the lives of others. Through the Rush Community Service Initiatives Program (RCSIP), students bring critically needed skills to underserved individuals and families in Chicago. Learn more about how you can play a part in Rush’s voluntary community engagement efforts.

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