Promoting Careers in Health Care

With these programs, Rush is helping to build a pipeline of future health care workers by introducing young people to the wide range of opportunities for careers in the health sciences.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Career and Technical Education (CTE)

The CPS CTE program was established by the Cook County President’s and the City of Chicago Mayor’s offices to increase the number of Chicago’s youth recruited into Chicago’s healthcare workforce. This program consists of a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools (Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory Academy and Sullivan, Dunbar, Westinghouse, North Grand and Kelvyn Park High Schools), the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, several area hospitals (Rush University Medical Center,  Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert  H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, St. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, and St. Joseph Hospital) and the Michael Reese Health Trust. The partner school for Rush’s Office of Community Engagement is the Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory Academy. Through CPS CTE, Rush student and faculty volunteers provide mentorship and activities to facilitate the Crane students’ efforts to successfully pursue their interest in health careers. CPS CTE activities are all focused on awareness, exploration, and application of the health sciences.

  • Services: Mentoring, tutoring, health lectures, professional development activities, exposure to a variety of health careers, shadowing opportunities at Rush, internships at Rush, and other activities
  • Populations served: High school students
  • Community partners:  Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School, Michael Reese Trust Fund

Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy

IHSCA is a Chicago Public High School that specifically aims to prepare students for success in secondary institutions and careers in the healthcare sector. Rush student volunteers mentor IHSCA students, organize lectures by Rush faculty, and encourage student participation in RCSIP activities.

  • Services: Mentorship, faculty lectures
  • Populations served: High school students
  • Community partners: Instituto Health Science Career Academy

Mini-Medical School

MMS is a camp for 100 grade school students (4th-5th) from Chicago Public Schools that aims to expose young students to the health sciences. The camp is held at Rush University in the Fall and Spring semesters and is complete with an orientation, anatomy and physiology lectures, activities on five major body systems, dissections, nutrition education, homework, tutoring, and a completion celebration. Rush student and physician volunteers plan the curriculum, implement activities and assist the youth during the camp.

  • Services: Health sciences education, STEM tutoring
  • Populations served: Grade school students
  • Community partners: Chicago Public Schools

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Sankofa Initiative

The Sankofa Initiative works to advance student progress in math and science. Rush student, faculty, and staff volunteers spend 2-3 days a week tutoring children and teens at Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School, Major Adams Community Center, and the Salvation Army. Volunteers also conduct hands-on math and science activities at various venues.

  • Services: Tutoring, hands-on science experiments, and various educational activities
  • Populations served: Grade school and high school students
  • Community partners:  Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School, Major Adams Community Center, Salvation Army, and other community partners

SNMA/ LSA Pipeline Program

Pipeline programming dedicated towards increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine has been a long standing commitment of the national organizations the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA). Approximately 40 minority high school students are selected from local schools surrounding Rush. They then attend monthly sessions with mentors from all disciplines to encourage their interests in pursuing a career in the health professions. In the sessions, students are exposed to a variety of activities, ranging from college prep and professional development to health lectures by Rush faculty to community service volunteering activities (including participating in the different Rush student-led health fairs) and to creating their own health presentations for the community. Student volunteers control the entire year, from planning the curriculum to recruiting the students to engaging diverse Rush volunteers for the activities.

  • Services: Mentorship, health lectures, professional development, exposure to a variety of health careers, community service volunteerism
  • Populations served: High school students
  • Community partners: Various Chicago Public Schools