Rush Medical Student Drawn to Life of Service

Monday, November 17, 2014

Born into an immigrant family, first-year Rush Medical College student Edward Elchico was asked at a young age to contribute to his household’s finances when his mother was permanently disabled by a stroke. During his teenage years, Elchico sold purses, handbags and phone cards to help support his family.

Determined to enter college, Elchico persevered, and after he was accepted into an undergraduate program, he learned that his oldest brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and required care as well. These experiences have inspired Elchico to go on to pursue his medical studies and make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate.

He is now a National Medical Fellowships scholar and works in a community project to improve services for prisoners in a Cook County Jail opioid treatment program, which transitions detainees who are suffering from addiction into community programs.

Read more about Elchico’s story here.