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About Rush University

Thank you for your interest in the Rush Pediatric Residency Program! Our program emphasizes excellence in general pediatric education to prepare residents for careers in primary care, hospital-based medicine or for a fellowship in a pediatric subspecialty. Our mid-sized program allows for individual attention and a comfortable environment where students, residents and faculty are well-acquainted. Our graduates consistently cite the commitment of our faculty to their teaching role, the responsibility and decision-making skills our residents develop, and the involvement of residents in shaping the program as our strengths.

Our curriculum incorporates the ACGME core competencies and the pediatric milestones. We teach a problem-oriented, evidence-based approach to patient care. Our facilities include Rush Children's Hospital (a hospital within the largest private medical center in Chicago), the Pediatric Primary Care Center, a separate subspecialty clinic area and several off campus clinic sites. Our affiliation with the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County enhances the educational experience of our residents. Since 2012, we have a new Emergency Department, NICU, and Mother-Baby Unit, all located in our state-of-the-art Tower Building. A new PICU and general ward opened in 2015.

Pediatric residents at Rush are involved in all aspects of their program. We count on their contributions to both curricular and extracurricular matters. We encourage you to peruse our website. We offer superb training within a supportive environment in a world class city! We look forward to meeting you this interview season.

Jane E. Kramer, MD
Residency Program Director

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Residency Program at Rush University Medical Center and Rush Childrens Hospital. We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from graduates of American and Canadian LCME-accredited medical schools and American osteopathic medical schools.

The Pediatric Residency Program at Rush is happy to review all applications submitted by November 1. We are unable to interview all qualified applicants. Thus, early submission of your application is encouraged. Early submission of USMLE Step I and Step II scores is also encouraged. COMLEX Part I and II scores are accepted for students at osteopathic medical schools.

We require a minimum of three letters of recommendation. These should be solicited from physicians who know you and your work well. A Chair's letter is not required.

When your application is reviewed, you will be notified by e-mail regarding an interview. Your application may be placed on hold if incomplete. An invitation to interview does not guarantee a spot, so please respond promptly. Our interview season runs from late October until mid January. We typically interview two days per week.

During the interview day, which lasts until early afternoon, the applicant will attend a teaching conference, tour our facilities, and meet with faculty and housestaff. Once weekly our residents host a "happy hour" for applicants who are in Chicago.

Should you have questions, please contact our residency manager, Wendy Shulman, MEd, at (312) 942-2127 or

Rush also offers a combined residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics. Please address inquiries regarding this to the program coordinator at

Photo caption: Wendy Shulman, MEd, Program Manager, Pediatric Residency Program


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