2022 Virtual Second Look Month


Welcome to RMC Second Look!!

We are thrilled that you are considering joining the Rush family and look forward to sharing with you, over the course of the next month, all the reasons why we love Rush!

Below you will find information regarding the different events scheduled throughout the month of April. While none of these sessions are mandatory, we encourage you to attend any and all sessions that are of interest to you! Event registration links can be found below. Please be sure to register in advance in order to receive Zoom login information prior to the event.

If you are unable to attend a scheduled event, no need to worry – with the exception of the social hours, we will record all of the sessions and post them on this page within 24 - 48 hours of each event. We will also share contact information for all of our faculty, staff & student panelists. 

As a supplement to the virtual sessions, we also encourage you to explore the “Additional Resources” included in each section below, as there is a significant amount of information provided.

To view the comprehensive schedule of events, please click here. To navigate to a specific session on this page, click the event below (listed chronologically):

Rush Community Service Initiatives Program (RCSIP) 

Saturday, April 2 @ 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. CT

Community service is an integral part of the culture of Rush. It is who Rush is and what Rush does. Through the Rush Community Service Initiatives Program (RCSIP), Rush University students, faculty, residents, fellows and staff have the opportunity to use their distinct skills and talents to make a difference in our community and beyond.

Kick off Second Look Month by joining Sharon Gates, DSW, Senior Director of Student Diversity and Community Engagement, and current students to hear about their RCSIP experiences and how you can make a difference in the Rush community.

Watch the event recording here.
View the event presentation slides here

Pre-Clerkship Curriculum

Monday, April 4 @ 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. CT

Rush Medical College reinvented the way it prepares the doctors of tomorrow, with an emphasis on team-based exercises in a “flipped classroom” model tailored to the way today’s students learn.

Join Princess Currence, DSW, MSW, Director of Curriculum and Education, and current M1 students to learn more about the integrated curriculum at Rush.

Watch the event recording here.

Health Equity & Social Justice Leadership and Family Medicine Leadership Programs

Tuesday, April 5 @ 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. CT

The Health Equity and Social Justice Leadership Program (HESJLP) is a four-year program that empowers medical students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they can use to advocate for health equity throughout their careers. 

The Family Medicine Leadership Program (FMLP) is a unique-to-Rush, four-year longitudinal curriculum designed to equip students to become outstanding family physicians who will serve as patient care providers, mentors and leaders. 

Join Laura Deon, MD, HESJLP Director, Carl Lambert, Jr., MD, FMLP Director, and students currently enrolled in both programs to hear about their experiences in their respective programs and to answer your questions.

Watch the event recording here

Moving to & Living in Chicago

Wednesday, April 6 @ 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. CT

Whether you’re moving to a new side of town or coming to Chicago from all the way across the country, getting settled in a new city can be exciting, but also a little nerve racking. Luckily RMC is here to help!

Join current students, most of whom made cross-country treks to attend medical school at Rush, as they discuss their journeys, provide helpful tips, and answer your questions about moving to the Windy City.

Watch the event recording here
View the event presentation slides here

MED School 101

Saturday, April 9 @ 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT

What can I expect during my first week of medical school? What does a typical day look like at Rush Medical College? What is the best way to study for exams? Learn the answers to all these questions and more during the MED School 101 session! 

Watch the event recording here
View the event presentation slides here


Career Exploration & Professional Development

Monday, April 11 @ 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT

Career exploration and professional development are critical pieces of the RMC student experience. Join Christine Corral, PhD, Director of Student Professional Development and current students to learn about the myriad of programs designed to familiarize students with the career options and opportunities related to various medical specialties.

Watch the event recording here
View the event presentation slides here.  

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion “Jeopardy”! 

Tuesday, April 12 @ 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. CT

Diversity, equity and inclusion are critical to our mission at Rush. We strive to create a learning community where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds feel welcomed and supported, and have the opportunity to share their own experiences.

Join Rush leaders for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion “Jeopardy”!, an interactive session where you can learn about the ways in which Rush celebrates and embraces diversity of all kinds. Participants include:

  • Cynthia Boyd, MD, MBA, FACP, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion; Associate Dean for Admissions & Recruitment; Interim Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Princess Currence, DSW, MSW, Director of Curriculum and Education; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
  • Sheila Dugan, MD, Interim Chair, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; Professor, Department of Neurosurgery; Director, Rush Program for Abdominal & Pelvic Health
  • Susan Lopez, MD, Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Rush University Medical Center & Attending Physician, Internal Medicine
Watch the event recording here


Wednesday, April 13 @ 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. CT

EXPLORE Rush stands for EXPeriential Learning Opportunities for pRE-clerkship students at Rush, and is a program that pairs first and second year medical students with faculty preceptors and authentic clinical work, research or advocacy experiences to reinforce and invigorate classroom learning, as well as to infuse joy and meaning throughout the preclerkship years. Join Susan Glick, MD, Director of Early Clinical Experiences, as well as current students, to learn more about the EXPLORE Program at Rush and the opportunities available to you as a student. 

Watch the event recording here.
View the event presentation slides here

Academic Support & Wellness 

Thursday, April 14 @ 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. CT

While medical school can be stressful, Rush Medical College seeks to reduce that stress by providing students the academic and wellness support they need to be successful.

Join faculty, staff, and students representing Medical Student Affairs, RU Well and the Rush Center for Clinical Wellness (CCW) to hear about the many academic and wellness support systems available for current students.

Watch the event recording here.

Research Opportunities

Tuesday, April 19 @ 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. CT

Rush students are invited to be a part of exciting medical research at Rush. With more than 150 research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), research at Rush is at the cutting edge. Investigators at Rush are involved in more than 1,600 projects, including hundreds of clinical studies to test the effectiveness and safety of new therapies and medical devices, as well as to expand scientific and medical knowledge.

Join current students and faculty as they discuss their experiences conducting research at Rush and how you can get involved in research while in medical school - even during your M1 year!

Watch the event recording here

Clerkship Curriculum

Wednesday, April 20 @ 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. CT

Located within the Illinois Medical District (IMD), Rush Medical College students have the unique opportunity to complete their clerkship and elective rotations at both Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) and the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County (“Stroger” or “County”). Elective rotations can also occur at many other Rush sites and away locations. 

Join Aimee Szweka, MD, Assistant Dean for Clerkship Education and current M3 and M4 students to learn more about the clinical curriculum at Rush.

Watch the event recording here

Students of Color Townhall

Saturday, April 23 @ 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT

The RMC Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) members are excited to host our upcoming Students of Color Town Hall! During the Town Hall, you will have an opportunity to meet current RMC students of color, hear about their journey to medical school, their decision to attend Rush, and their involvement on campus and within our community.

Similar to our previous Town Halls, this session is informal and completely optional. Feel free to come ready with questions for our current students and get excited to meet more of your future RMC classmates!


Q&A with Admissions

Monday, April 25 @ 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. CT

As Second Look Month nears an end, join the Admissions & Recruitment team to chit-chat and get your last-minute questions answered.

Rush Student Affinity Groups

Tuesday, April 26 @ 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. CT

The Student Diversity & Community Engagement Office is home to several Student Affinity Groups, reflective of the multi-dimensional experiences and perspectives of our student community. Through our Student Affinity Groups, students host lunch-n-learns, film screenings, festivals, educational events, and co-curricular activities designed to raise the level of awareness and appreciation for the many types of diversity at Rush. Join student leaders from several of the different Rush Student Affinity Groups to learn more about how students help to create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive university environment for individuals from all backgrounds.

Watch the event recording here

Financial Aid

Thursday, April 28 @ 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. CT

Choosing a medical school is a long and thoughtful process that incorporates many facets, one of which is how to fund your education. As such, the Office of Student Financial Aid is available to assist you in navigating the process for applying for and accepting financial aid awards at Rush Medical College.

All members of the Student Financial Aid team will facilitate small group counseling sessions in breakout rooms. If you would like to discuss an individualized topic, instructions for scheduling one-on-one conversations with financial aid counselors will also be shared.

Watch the event recording here.

Social Hours

Join current students and your soon-to-be classmates… just to get to know each other! These are come-and-go opportunities to talk about Chicago’s various neighborhoods, the best student hangout spots, where to study on campus, and more. You may even (virtually) meet your future roommate! As with all of the Second Look Month sessions, there is no pressure to attend the events. Conversely, feel free to join them all! These events will not be recorded.