Rush Visiting Scholars Program

Rush University System for Health (RUSH) is an academic health system in Chicago whose mission is to improve the health of the individuals and diverse communities it serves through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships.

The Rush Medical College Visiting Scholars Program is an innovative program designed to advance our diversity and inclusion mission by offering exceptional underrepresented medical students the opportunity to experience clinical medicine at Rush.

During the program, you will receive outstanding clinical experiences, expert teaching from faculty who are passionate about their work, and exposure to clinical opportunities at Rush University Medical Center and the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, all in an environment focused on personal growth and well-being. You will become a vital member of our health care community through mentoring, attendance at Grand Rounds and M&M conference, participation in community service initiatives, and interactions with Rush organizations such as the House Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, RushPRIDE and Rush’s chapters of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Latinx Medical Student Association (LMSA). Additionally, you will have an opportunity to meet with residency program administration.

This program provides clinical elective experience between July – October each year in the following specialties:

• Diagnostic Radiology

• Emergency Medicine

• Internal Medicine

• Medicine-Pediatrics

• Obstetrics and Gynecology

• Ophthalmology

• Neurological Sciences

• Pediatrics

• Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

• Plastic Surgery

Participants will receive a living stipend based on their enrollment in a Rush elective and the location of their home institution.

Selection Criteria

Fourth-year students in their final year of medical school who are from groups underrepresented in medicine and meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply to the Rush Visiting Scholars Program:

  • Pursuing a medical degree at an LCME-accredited institution
  • Are in good academic standing
  • Have completed all required M3 core rotations by June 30, 2022
  • Are a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or of DACA status

Application Information

Students interested in the Rush Visiting Scholars Program can apply online. An invitation to submit the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) application will follow. For individuals accepted into the program, Rush Medical College will waive the VSLO application fee.

Apply Today

For more information about the Rush Visiting Scholars Program, please contact OIME_Diversity@rush.edu.