Magdalena Bednarczyk, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine & Family Medicine, Rush Medical College
Role: Administrator, Clinician and Faculty
Joined Rush in 2010


After completing my Family Medicine residency, I came to Rush for a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship. Afterwards, I stayed on as faculty.

What inspired you to get into your field?

I really enjoy the challenge of caring for highly complex and frail, older adults and the relationships that form between the patient, caregiver and the physician.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

Rush offers an increasingly supportive environment for learning, research and clinical care for patients across a spectrum of socioeconomic backgrounds.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

I strongly believe in the importance of mentorship and sponsorship. This is essential in a person’s professional and personal development. These are relationships that take time to build and to develop. As a mentee, you also have a responsibility to your mentor and sponsor to be prepared with an agenda, to be accountable and respectful of your mentor’s time and to set realistic expectations. Most importantly, you need to be open to feedback from your mentors.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Be passionate and love what you do. Enjoy your work, but also make sure you have interests outside of your daily work.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I have two working line German Shepherd dogs that I train in Schutzhund or IPO/IGP. I also enjoy travel and sport photography.