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About Rush University


The combined internal medicine/psychiatry program was developed in 1996 by the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, who have a history of a close collaborative relationship. This five-year residency program leads to certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

The program is under the directorship of Daniel Rosenthal, MD, a graduate of the Rush internal medicine/psychiatry residency program; Stephanie Cavanaugh, MD, professor of psychiatry and director of the Section of Internal Medicine/Psychiatry, with a conjoint appointment in internal medicine; and Richard Abrams, MD, associate director of the internal medicine residency program.

The program has eight residents.

Mission And Goals

Our mission is the pursuit of excellence in the field of internal medicine and psychiatry. We believe this is best accomplished in a supportive environment with close collegial relationships among faculty, residents and students. Our program welcomes diversity and the development of each person's special talents.

Our goal is to train outstanding clinicians with excellent academic backgrounds and broad-based training in medicine and psychiatry, who upon completion of this training are able to provide leadership in patient care, teaching, and/or research.

Graduates are able to provide integrated care in:

  • A primary care setting
  • A psychiatric setting
  • An integrated setting (i.e., medicine/psychiatry unit or clinic)
  • Areas in which there is a high comorbidity of both medical and psychiatric illness (i.e., AIDS, geriatrics, psychiatric consultation/liaison service)

Those who complete this dual training will have unique clinical and educational roles in primary care and/or university settings and are highly sought for post-residency positions.

The combined primary care internal medicine and psychiatry program has strong institutional support and draws on the strengths of the parent departments. Both departments have very active clinical, educational, and research programs.

The Department of Internal Medicine has a long tradition of training high quality residents in a positive supportive milieu for careers in primary care or further subspecialty education. The department is responsible for approximately 210 of the l,000 beds in the medical center, including a medical intensive care unit and two coronary care units. Subspecialty fellowships are offered in all sections of the department.

The Department of Psychiatry has prided itself in creating a diverse academic department with a cohesive housestaff, accessible attendings and an emphasis on clinical research. The department has 62 general, geriatric, and child and adolescent beds. Additionally, the Department of Psychiatry has an active outpatient clinic, day hospital program, forensic section, community psychiatry section, Treatment Research Unit and consultation-liaison service, as well as a transcranial magnetic stimulation service.

All subspecialties have fellowship programs.

A culturally diverse primary and tertiary care population is provided at Rush University Medical Center, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

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