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The Careers in Medicine (CiM) committee is designed to assist the Careers in Medicine program from a student perspective. Made up of student representatives from all four classes, this committee works to help coordinate CiM initiatives for Rush Medical Students and serve as the liaison between Rush Medical College and the student interest groups. The Careers in Medicine committee consists of four representatives from each class, who are elected in the fall and spring of the M1 and M2 years. Representatives elected in the spring of their M2 year continue to serve on the CiM committee for the remainder of their M3 and M4 years. Questions about the Careers in Medicine committee can be directed to Sharon Sholiton, MD, at Rush Medical College at 942-8712 or by emailing the committee at

2015-2016 Careers in Medicine Board and Interest Group Leaders:
Student Interest Groups
Student interest groups are student-run organizations that help students explore careers in various specialties. All interest groups work through the Careers in Medicine committee to plan programming and educational opportunities. Each interest group registered at the beginning of the school year is also eligible to receive funding for approved events. Questions about the formation of new interest groups or about current interest groups can be directed to Mary Anderson, MD, Rush Medical College at 942-8712 or to the CiM committee at

Rush Medical College of Rush University officially recognizes the following interest groups:
Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Interest Group (CTSIG)
The Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group (CTSIG) offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. Each year, CTSIG organizes faculty-lead, hands-on workshops and lectures that provide students unique insight into CT surgery. Our most popular event is the cardio thoracic surgery wet lab where first and second year students are taught how to perform valve replacements and bypass procedures on adult pig hearts. We also offer shadowing activities for those students wishing to gain experience in the operating room.
For more information please contact Kevin Lopez or Kelsey Gallo
The Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) aims to help medical students to further explore the dynamic field of dermatology. Students are provided opportunities to learn from and collaborate with dermatology residents and attendings at Rush. DIG organizes lunch lectures, workshops, and facilitates shadowing opportunities to help students learn more about the various aspects of the field.
For more information please contact Daniel Burczak, Ikechukwu Achebe, or Silvya Soto.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG)
The Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) serves to introduce students to the field of Emergency Medicine, one of the fastest growing specialties in the United States. Our main focus is to present various aspects of Emergency Medicine so that students may learn both the requirements of an EM residency and career and the lifestyle of an EM physician. Through a number of programs, including clinical workshops, lunch lectures, and shadowing, we help students develop useful skills, expand current knowledge bases and interact with professionals currently practicing in the specialty. EMIG encourages participation on a national level, particularly in the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the Emergency Medicine Residency Association (EMRA).

For more information please contact Sean Watts, Josh Verson, or Nick O'Block.

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)
The Rush Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) promotes medical student interest in the specialty of family practice and its associated scholarships, local and state meetings and national conferences. Several educational events are sponsored each year, including speaker presentations, panel discussions and hands-on procedure workshops. Information is also provided on summer externships, local residencies and the residency application process. The FMIG acts as a liaison between its members and the Rush Department of Family Medicine, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Membership in the AAFP is sponsored by the IAFP and includes a subscription to the American Family Physician.

For more information, please contact Zoe Gordon, Stephanie Schmitt or Ramya Kuchibhatla.

Geriatric Interest Group (GIG)
The Geriatric Interest Group (GIG) provides a forum for students to discuss the practice of geriatric medicine and issues related to aging. The group is open to students from all allied health fields who are interested in learning about geriatrics, care of the older patient and issues pertaining to this population. The mission of GIG at Rush University is to raise awareness of geriatric and palliative medicine as career specialties, coordinate community service projects with retirement facilities in Chicago, and advocate for the elderly as a population with unique and often unmet medical needs. We work towards these goals through educational events on campus and outreach in the community with the help of practicing geriatricians.

For more information please contact Calloway May.

Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG)
Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) is an organization that provides guidance for current medical students at Rush University who are contemplating or curious about the field of internal medicine. IMIG has the largest student body membership for an interest group at Rush. The club provides all its members with many benefits such as a diversified mentor networking environment that provides access to contact members in the internal medicine field and the myriad of sub-specialties. In addition, the club provides monthly lectures, medicine workshops and residency panels to help provide students the opportunity to explore the field in many unique perspectives. Membership to our club also gives you membership into the American College of Physicians (ACP). This organization also provides many benefits to its members such as discounts to medical school books, medical student abstract competitions, free admission to all national and local conferences, access to mentoring databases and free access to Annals of Internal Medicine Journal. Membership is open to any current Rush University medical student.

For more information please contact Shauntel Seaton, Lisa Patel or Kate Derby.

Medicine Pediatrics Interest Group (Med-Peds)
The Medicine Pediatrics Interest Group is committed to educating Rush medical students about the combined med-peds residency training program. Through informal meetings with med-peds residents, interns and attendings, we aim to make students more aware and interested in this field. Many incoming medical students are not aware of the combined residency program, the opportunity to become doubly board-certified in medicine and pediatrics, and the benefits of such programs in future medical practice. We hope that medical students will enjoy learning about this program and its benefits in the practice of primary medicine and specialized care.
For more information please contact Yasmine Goelzer or Maija Swanson.
OB/GYN Interest Group
Students from all classes interested in learning more about obstetrics and gynecology comprise this group. Events are held in the spirit of the guidelines for the student groups set out by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). Regular events are scheduled to inform students of opportunities in the field. Speakers selected by the Ob/Gyn student interest group will lecture the students on relevant subjects during the year. A list of attendings and residents willing to be shadowed is available for interested students. Finally, students may have an opportunity to participate in suture clinics, learn about performing ultrasounds and other workshops with ob/gyn physicians.

For more information please contact Erin Fleurant, Johanna Poterala or Riva Shah..
The Ophthalmology Interest Group at Rush seeks to provide students with opportunities to explore and understand more about the field of ophthalmology. We work to provide this exposure through events with attending physicians and residents, who can share their wealth of experiences ranging from residency preparation through caring and treating patients. We also hope to provide interactive experiences with students to further their knowledge and interest in this exciting field. 
For more information please contact Trevor Washburn or George Moran..
Orthopedic Interest Group (OIG)
The Orthopedic Interest Group (OIG) seeks to provide the student body of Rush University with exposure to the field of orthopedic surgery. OIG sponsors and organizes a number of guest lectures, from resident and attending panels introducing the field of orthopedics to specialized discussions on subspecialties, such as sports medicine, spine, and joint replacement. Students interested in orthopedics have the opportunity to shadow practicing physicians in both the clinic and the operating room. OIG also publishes a bi-monthly newsletter featuring physician profiles, current research, classroom connections, volunteer experiences and tips for getting ahead in the field of orthopedic surgery.
For more information please contact Michelle Doscas, Dwayne D'Souza, Stephanie Iantomo.

Pediatric Interest Group (PIG)
The Pediatric Interest Group (PIG) strives to help medical students gain exposure to and explore career opportunities in the exciting field of pediatrics. This is especially important as the majority of the preclinical curriculum focuses on adult medical conditions. Students have the opportunity to attend panel discussions focusing on different career paths in pediatrics, attend clinical lectures delivered by expert faculty and explore research opportunities within the department of pediatrics. In addition the Pediatric Interest Group hosts Well Child Night every spring. Pediatric residents and attendings teach different elements of a well child exam using their own children to demonstrate different skills. Students have an opportunity to practice their skills at this hands-on workshop.

For more information please contact Annesha Basu, Rachel Weinstein or Alison Cesarz.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group (PM&R)
The Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group (PMRIG) is dedicated to advancing awareness of the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation among medical students and providing guidance for those students interested in learning more about the specialty. Rehabilitation medicine focuses on the restoration of function to individuals who suffer a variety of debilitating impairments and physical disabilities, ranging from muscle strains to spinal cord injuries. At Rush, PMRIG aims to serve as a bridge between the PM&R department at RUMC and the students of our medical college, to inform students about the field, guide students toward clinical opportunities in our department and nationwide and to supply a roadmap to those interested in pursuing the specialty.

Preventive Medicine Interest Group (PMIG)
The Preventive Medicine Interest Group (PMIG) works to increase awareness of preventive medicine and public health and to inform students how to integrate a master's in public health and preventive medicine measures into the career of medicine. Through our collaboration with the preventive medicine department, we encourage interested students to explore opportunities within the field. Our events include panel discussions from physicians who apply master's in public health degrees into their practice and highlighting current issues in preventive medicine.

For more information please contact Caroline Brander or Xiang Liu.
The Psychiatry Student Interest Group’s goal is to introduce our student body to possible careers in psychiatry and to demonstrate the ways in which the practice of psychiatry is relevant to every specialty. The practice of psychiatry is often misunderstood by those both in and out of medicine, giving us a unique opportunity to address a wide range of interesting topics and misconceptions concerning this core clerkship.
For more information please contact Jamie Haas, Morgan Matzke or Margaret Bujarska.

Radiology Interest Group (RIG)
The Radiology Interest Group (RIG) brings awareness of the field of radiology to Rush students. Each year we host lectures, workshops, tours, Q & A sessions with Rush faculty and other events for those interested in radiology. We also help students find research and mentorship opportunities in radiology. Find more information at our website:

For more information please contact Saad Kahn or Andrew Freeman.

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)
The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) allows students to engage in and explore the field of neurology through a variety of activities. Students are able to network with physicians, be paired with a physician mentor in the field of neurology, participate in community service and simulation labs, interact with patients and shadow neurologists.

For more information please contact Danielle Thordarson or Phillip Locker.
Surgery Interest Group (SIG)
The Surgery Interest Group seeks to provide opportunities for medical students to gain exposure to the field of surgery. The group works with students, residents and attending physicians to present general and sub-specialty experiences to foster surgical interests. Programming ranges from clinical case presentations to hands-on labs to individual opportunities.
For more information please contact Raymond Yong, Nestor Agbayani or Ashley Heilingoetter.

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