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Life as a Fellow

RUSH University Medical Center and Cook County Health are located at the heart of the Illinois Medical District, near the Loop area in Chicago. Fellows and other trainees live in a variety of Chicago neighborhoods, including West Loop, South Loop, River North, and other nearby towns such as Oak Park. There are a variety of commuting options, with free parking available and close proximity to the Polk Pink line and Illinois Medical District Blue line stops on the CTA “L” rapid transit system. Fellows are allowed 4 weeks paid vacation time per year and several additional stipends, such as yearly educational funds for the book store and reimbursement for conference travel and other educational materials through the RUMC Continuing Medical Education and Linking Education and Performance (LEAP) programs.

This is a family. A loving and quirky family. Each member is so different, but everyone comes together to form one unit.

-Alexandra H Small, MD (Class of 2020)

Fellows have the opportunity to attend and present at the Annual American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Conference as well as the annual State of the Art Meeting . Registration fees are covered through Fellows in Training Scholarship provided through the ACR. ​ In addition, the local Chicago Rheumatism Society hosts quarterly meetings and this is a great regional resource available the trainees to interact and learn from experts in the field from within Chicago as well as nationally. Our fellows also enjoy the incredible opportunity to interact and coauthor a paper with the invited guest faculty lecturers for the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology "Grand Rounds at RUSH" presentation.

All fellows during their second year of training participate in specialty clinics as part of their ambulatory training including: Lupus, Osteoporosis, Ultrasound, Scleroderma/Myositis and Pediatrics. The fellows also present at interdisciplinary conferences with Dermatology. Finally, the fellows have the opportunity to partake in patient educational activities including but not limited to Lupus Support Group (LEARN at RUSH), RUSH Annual Lupus Education Event, and Illinois wide Lupus events.

Other benefits for fellows include an on-campus health and fitness center with affordable yearly membership, opportunities as Doc of the House for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, discounted tickets to games at the United Center for the Chicago Bulls, 3 notaries on-site, and personalized white coats with fellow’s name and doctoral degree. RUSH University is also a qualifying institution under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Please see the Graduate Medical Education office for more details regarding additional services and benefits.

Several fellows sit together at a round table in a crowded restaurant. The walls are multicolored and feature artwork.

Chicago is the largest city in the Midwest with a vibrant multicultural history. Bordered by Lake Michigan, summertime brings lively activity on the many lakefront beaches along Lake Shore Drive, an extended stretch of expressway along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Chicago has more than 70 neighborhoods, each with its own unique characteristics and a variety of summer festivals. Museum Campus boasts three notable museums – Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum of Natural History – and also includes Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears NFL team, and McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America. The Art Institute of Chicago was voted the number one museum in the world in 2014 by Trip Advisor. Physicians from Midwest Orthopedics at RUSH serve as the team physicians for the Chicago White Sox baseball team, and other Chicago sports fan favorites include the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs baseball team and the 2015 Stanley Cup Winner Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey team. Chicago also provides endless opportunities in shopping, music, food, and entertainment, including Restaurant Row on Randolph Street, Second City Improv, Willis Tower, John Hancock building, Magnificent Mile, House of Blues, and architectural boat tours along the Chicago River.