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Rush Medical College is strongly committed to the selection of individuals who will become vital members of the medical community as students, practitioners, educators and researchers. Therefore, applicants are selected on the basis of multiple factors using a holistic approach. Throughout the curriculum, emphasis is placed on the preparation of physicians who will function chiefly as medical practitioners and who will be committed to the delivery of quality health care to a variety of populations, including those that are underserved.
Because Rush seeks to educate and train physicians who will be committed to meeting society's health care needs, the Committee on Admissions seeks excellence in academic achievement and values, individual goals, personal accomplishments and related experiences. The committee looks for individuals who exhibit social and intellectual maturity, personal integrity, empathy, professionalism and motivation for medicine.
Applicants to Rush Medical College are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university that is accredited in the U.S. or Canada.
Applicants applying for admission to the first year class who are currently enrolled in a post baccalaureate, professional or graduate school program must be in the terminal semester/quarter of the certificate/degree program in order for the courses and GPA to be considered. Rush Medical College will review courses and GPA only if they have been verified by AMCAS and are included in the AMCAS application.
The following technical guidelines have been adopted by the Rush Medical College Committee on Admissions for admission and promotion of all students. A candidate for the MD degree must have abilities and skills in the areas of observation; communication; sensory and motor coordination and function; intellectual-conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities; and behavioral and social attributes as described below:
Observation: Students should be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences. Students should be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of vision, auditory, and somatic sensation. It is enhanced by the functional use of the sense of smell.
Communication: Students should be able to speak and hear English and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity, and posture, and perceive nonverbal communications. Students should be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, their family, healthcare team members, their peers, faculty and the public. Communication includes not only speech but also reading and writing. Students should be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in oral and written forms of English with all members of the health care team.
Motor: Students should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers. Students should be able to perform basic laboratory tests, carry out diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and read graphic images. . Students should be able to execute motor movements required to provide general care to patients, and to either provide, or direct the provision of emergency treatment of patients. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.
Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: Students should be able to engage in problem solving, the critical skill demanded of physicians, which requires the intellectual abilities of measurement, retrieval, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. In addition, students should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures and to adapt to different learning environments.
Behavioral and Social Attributes: Students should possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, fellow student, faculty, and staff. Students should be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. They should be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that are assessed during the admissions and education processes.
Ethics and Professionalism: Students should maintain and display ethical and moral behaviors commensurate with the role of a physician in all interactions with patients, faculty, staff, and students, and the public. Students should understand the legal and ethical aspects of medical practice and strive to abide by these principles throughout their time in training.
Requests for accommodation by individuals with a disability as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or the Americans with Disability Act will be considered on the basis of their abilities and the extent to which reasonable accommodation, if required, can be provided. The Rush University Policy for Students with Disabilities describes the process for requesting an accommodation.
The Committee on Admissions recommends that applicants consider completing coursework with lab in molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry; however, due to the variety of undergraduate programs and experiences that our applicants possess, we no longer consider a list of courses a reasonable expression of “requirements” for the medical college program.
Applicants are urged to acquire a broad experience in the humanities, as well as in the behavioral and social sciences during their college years and we encourage all applicants to follow their own interests whether in the arts or in the sciences.
The Committee on Admissions values applicants who have a wide range of interests, academic talents and diversity of experiences, therefore the major you choose to pursue is not a factor in the selection process for admission to Rush Medical College.
Because Rush seeks to educate and train physicians who will be committed to meeting society's health care needs, the Committee on Admissions seeks excellence in academic achievement and values, individual goals, personal accomplishments and related experiences. In addition to academic accomplishments, the Committee on Admissions places strong emphasis on the applicant's humanistic concerns, maturity and demonstrated motivation for a career in medicine.
The Committee looks for individuals who exhibit social and intellectual maturity, personal integrity, empathy, professionalism and motivation for medicine. The following attributes, behaviors and characteristics are valued in the selection of candidates for admission. The candidate should:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of medical practice and the daily demands placed upon physicians
  • Demonstrate his/her exploration and curiosity of different interests and exploring his or her natural inclinations and potential to one or more endeavors
  • Demonstrate his or her willingness to put others’ needs before his or her own needs
  • Display leadership abilities as demonstrated by involvement in activities and experiences during and beyond his or her undergraduate program
  • Demonstrate the value of community service as evidenced by ongoing engagement and experience in programs/activities over the past three to five years
  • Demonstrate evidence of previous health care experiences and/or employment
  • Exhibit high moral character and solid judgment as expressed in the AMCAS application and in the letters of reference
  • Embrace diversity as demonstrated by involvement, participation and interaction in experiences within various cultures, backgrounds, settings and/or communities different from their own
  • Show a commitment to the field of medicine with experiences that serve people and/or patients and knowledge of medicine demonstrated by participation in co-curricular activities related to medicine
  • Research experience
  • Self-reflection, insight and judgment
  • Fluency in other languages
  • Time spent in another career
  • Teaching/mentoring

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