Why Choose Rush?

Emergency Medicine residents enjoy the Bean at Millenium Park

Rush University Medical Center is an incredible place to complete your residency and fellowship programs. We have compiled a helpful list of resources to that highlight what makes Rush a great place to work.

Living in Chicago

From arts and entertainment, to sports, cultural events, outdoor spaces, and much more, Chicago will provide you plenty of opportunities for exploration and relaxation when you need to take a break from studying.

Chicago is home to:

  • 77 distinct neighborhoods, each with their own unique characteristics
  • 60 museums, including the famous Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum
  • 26 miles of lakefront and 25 beaches
  • More than 500 public art displays
  • 19 miles of lakefront bicycle trails and 200 miles of bike lanes
  • Over 400 annual neighborhood festivals
  • More than 7,300 restaurants
  • The second largest public transportation system in the country, the CTA, which easily accessible at the Rush campus

Learn more about the Windy City:

Virtual Tour of Rush University Medical Center

U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll Rankings

Rush University Medical Center has earned a top spot on U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals Honor Roll. Rush holds the 17th spot among the nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals evaluated, with 11 Rush programs ranked among the nation’s best.

The following are the Medical Center’s ranked programs:

Rush in the Community

Community service is at the heart of what we do at Rush. Through the Rush Community Service Initiatives Program (RCSIP), there is an opportunity for Rush University students, faculty, residents, fellows and staff to use their distinct skills and talents to make a difference in our community and beyond.

RCSIP started in 1991 and has grown into a robust interprofessional program with volunteers from all four of Rush University’s colleges. RCSIP provides services to more than 10,000 community members annually through programs that focus on the following:

  • Providing health care to people in underserved communities
  • Educating the community about healthy living and disease prevention and management
  • Training and educating young people about the wide range of career opportunities in health sciences

Learn more about community engagement at Rush:

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the center of everything we do and everyone we serve. An inclusive community of faculty, staff, residents and students are here to support you through your training and education journey at Rush. The resident-run Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee provides mentoring, networking, advising and professional development opportunities for residents, fellows and medical students.

You can also create connections through affinity groups such as the Student National Medical Association, Latino Medical Student Association, Interprofessional Minority Student Association and RushPRIDE and many more. Networking events, such as the annual Diversity & Inclusion Boat Cruise on Lake Michigan and quarterly social events, are hosted by the diversity and inclusion team in the Office of Integrated Medical Education, and provide the opportunity for informal networking and fellowship in a relaxed environment away from the Rush campus.

Learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion at Rush:

Mental Health and Wellness

The Center for Clincial  Wellness gets a visit from Summer, a certified hypoallergenic, emotional-support dog.

The Rush Center for Clinical Wellness was established in 2020 to create a culture of wellness and provide expanded mental health support services for all students, trainees, faculty and staff at Rush. The center is meant to be a safe space to improve the well-being of its visitors while creating an optimal healing environment.

All residents and fellows are encouraged to utilize the center and have access professional counseling services at no charge, year-round, for a variety of concerns. You may take advantage of individual and couples’ psychotherapy with doctoral-level clinical psychologist to discuss issues ranging from managing stress and anxiety to depression and relationship problems. In addition, the center offers wellness coaching and mini wellness retreats to help you identify and achieve your wellness goals.


In addition to the wellness center, the Rush Wellness Assistance Program provides a comprehensive wellness program to you and your family. All services used through the program and free and confidential. Program highlights include:

  • Work: Professional and personal development through “skillbuilders” — free 30-45-minute online tutorials that address numerous topics including emotional well-being, achieving personal goals, managing stress, time management, the power of resilience, and much more.
  • Life: 24/7 Confidential, short-term counseling services for all employees, students and their families — at no cost.
  • Home: Connecting Rush community members to pre-screened services for child and eldercare, legal support and financial planning.

Rush’s Response to COVID-19

Rush University Medical Center opened its hospital Tower in 2012, it was the first Chicago area hospital specifically designed to provide treatment for an outbreak of an infectious disease, such COVID-19. As one of only 35 hospitals recognized by the Centers for Disease Control as a leader in disease treatment, we are uniquely equipped to meet patient needs, as well as others who may contract this novel coronavirus.

The Rush Tower has 40 negative pressure rooms, among the highest in Chicago. These assets are critical because it means that when the door to the room opens air from the hall moves into the room, not from the room to the hall, keeping infectious air particles in the room.

The Rush Emergency Department is divided into three 20-bed units — each of which can be isolated with separate air handling. Every ED bed is in its own room with a door, not a curtain, that further isolates each and every patient.

The emergency department's ambulance bay was transformed into a COVID-19 triage area.

The Emergency Department has an entry bay for ambulances that was converted into a forward triage area in early March 2020. The area also included a controlled entry point with a separate route into the hospital and negative airflow – all to ensure non-coronavirus related patients never come into to contact with a COVID-19 patient or any related contamination.

Within two hours, we can convert a wing of hospital into a negative pressure ward to accommodate more patients.

Because of this unique approach to design, construction and staff, Rush quickly became a critical community resource in the fight against COVID-19. We were able to not only care for the COVID patients who came directly Rush, but also accept transfer patients from safety net hospitals across the region who were not equipped to provide care for severe cases of COVID.

Our preparedness for this type of public health crisis quickly positioned us as leaders – both nationally and internationally – in infectious disease readiness.

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