Track Opportunities


Global Health PicturesPhotos from our Med-Peds residents’ Global Health trips.

Medical Education Track

The medical education track is a one year track with Internal Medicine, available to residents in their last year of training with an interest in pursuing a career in academic medicine. The aim of the track is to provide teaching on how to be an effective educator, various teaching opportunities at the medical school and residency level, shadowing experiences with academic leaders, and faculty support for a scholarly project related to medical education. 

Track components

  • One month elective

    • Self-directed learning with one on one faculty review on key medical education topics including clinical reasoning, bedside teaching, teaching techniques, conflict resolution, leadership, setting expectations, lecture skills, feedback, and small group facilitation
    • Supervised teaching experiences
      • Teaching resident on general medicine ward post-call rounds
      • Senior report
      • Intern report
      • Sub-intern report
      • Third year medical student clinical reasoning rounds
      • First and second year medical student pathophysiology classroom teaching
      • Medical student physcial exam teaching
      • Journal club
      • Noon conference on medical education topic
  • Shadowing experience with GME/UME leaders
  • Longitudinal QI or curricular development project

Sample Projects

  • Virtual general medicine curriculum for third year medical students
  • Simulation lab curriculum for rapid response/code scenarios
  • Evidence based physical exam curriculum for general medicine ward residents
  • Resident and attending curriculum on delivering effective feedback


For those interested in medical education, but do not wish to pursue the full track, a two week elective is available with similar experiences listed as those above.

Global and Community Health Equity Tracks 

The Department of Internal Medicine is excited to announce the expansion of the Global Health Track to include both global and local health equity issues, encompassing the idea that “Global is Local”. The goal of this track is to empower residents with knowledge, skills, and experiences that they can use to advocate for health equity throughout their careers. This track will provide a supportive environment through which residents can collaborate with Rush service initiatives and research, both locally and globally. There will be two branches to this track. The core curriculum is the same for both. The difference will come with the clinical and scholarly components. One branch will have an international focus while the other will have a local community focus. 

The Global Health Branch will be selectively offered to internal medicine, pediatrics and med-peds residents who desire a broader and deeper exposure to service and learning in global health. 

It is not a requirement to be accepted to the Global Health Branch of the Healthy Equity Track to participate in service trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. However, priority is given to these residents.

Global Health

Health care providers from Rush have been supporting and assisting local communities in the Dominican Republic and Haiti to establish and sustain public health and medical services for the past fourteen and nine years respectively. Multi-specialty teams in medicine, surgery, nursing, physical therapy, and pharmacy volunteer on a quarterly basis. Teams include students and residents in various disciplines. Working alongside the Office of Faculty Affairs, the Division of Community and Global Health in the Department of Internal Medicine aims to provide expanded training and service opportunities within the department.








Click here for more information on the Global Health Track 

Community Health
The Community Health Branch will have clinical and research components with a focus on health equity in the West Side of Chicago. Rush has long had a deep institutional commitment to this work and residents will have the opportunity to work intensively with Rush’s community partners. For more information about Rush’s work in the community, please click here.
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Track 
The Rush Internal Medicine Residency offers a two-year track in patient safety and quality improvement. This longitudinal curriculum includes certification with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement school for quality and safety training. During the first year of the track, participants will develop and implement a QI project under faculty supervision. Projects will be designed to directly improve patient care, satisfy the residency program requirement for scholarship, and ideally lead to nationally-presented abstracts and publication in peer-reviewed journals. In the second/final year of the track, while wrapping up their individual projects, participants will also have the opportunity to work alongside hospital leadership through the office of the Rush chief medical officer. This will allow participants to gain first-hand experience seeing and understanding the broader organizational efforts to improve safety and quality on a global level. 

This track is an ideal  for anyone interested in an academic career in hospital medicine, hospital administration, or quality and safety education. 

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Pictured: QI Track participants Esha & Gianna, Med-Peds class of 2023
Advocacy Track 

KidsCARE (Community Advocacy at Rush for Equity)


The Rush Pediatric Residency Program establised their Advocacy Track in July 2020. Residents learn about different ways they can help advocate for their patients through experiences with various community organizations. This will provide motivated residents the opportunity to have a longitudinal experience in order to strengthen their ability to become future leaders in advocacy on community, state, and national levels.

Text of mission statement

  • Up to 2 residents will be selected based on submitted CVs and personal statements. Residents in the Global Health Track are excluded.
  • Self-study curriculum developed in conjunction with the course directors
  • Minimum of 2 weeks of Advanced Advocacy during PL2 and PL3 years
  • Completion of a  Longitudinal Advocacy Project
  • Present at Grand Rounds
  • Submit abstract/presentation

Core topics

  • Social Determinants of Health/ACES
  • Empowering Pediatricians to Promote Patient Health
  • Vulnerable Populations (Medically Complex/Special Needs)
  • Safety/Prevention/Health Promotion
  • Community Partnerships/Engagement (schools, libraries)
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion​

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Pictured: Peds and Med-Peds faculty at a shelter as part of the Rush COVID Rapid Response Team

Click here for more information on the Pediatrics Advocacy Track