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RUSH Medical College, located in Chicago, offers medical students a supportive environment where they can gain in-depth clinical experience from our renowned practitioner-teachers. Founded in 1837, RUSH has an acclaimed history as one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest and continues to make major contributions to medical science and education through research and clinical trials.

Because the college is located in the Illinois Medical District, which includes the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and is on the same campus as RUSH University Medical Center, a nationally and internationally known academic health center and health system, our students serve a diverse population of patients from across Chicago and beyond. Our students pride themselves in making a difference — putting in extra hours to volunteer in numerous service opportunities aimed at helping the underinsured and noninsured in our own community.

Students service more than 10,000 community members annually through programs aimed at improving health care access, enhancing health education and promotion, and building a pipeline of future health care professionals.

Our departments further RUSH University’s mission to provide high-quality, hands-on training to students, residents, fellows and researchers in a supportive, team-based environment.

  • Our mission: Through a supportive and dynamic learning community, RUSH Medical College nurtures the development of empathic, proficient physicians dedicated to continuous learning, innovation, and excellence in clinical practice, education, research and service.
  • Our vision: RUSH Medical College will be the global leader in student-centered, future-oriented medical education.


About our students

Approximately 130 students graduate from RUSH Medical College each year to enter a diverse range of primary care and specialty fields.

2023 RUSH Medical College total enrollment 

Year Male Female Not Specified Total
M1 66 76 1 143
M2 60 89   149
M3 72 79   151
M4 77 72   149
Total enrollment 275 316 1 592


2023 entering class profile

Primary applications received 11,993
Completed applications 8,508
Number of interviews 389
    Illinois residents 56
    Out-of-state residents 333
Number of 2023 matriculants 141
    Female 74
    Male 66
Number of states of residence of matriculants 33
Number of undergraduate institutions of matriculants 83
Average cumulative GPA, four-point scale 3.62
Average MCAT15 composite 509


Our Staff

Office of Integrated Medical Education Teams

Interim Dean, RUSH Medical College
Senior Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education
Judith Busse
Special Events Manager
Joy Foreman
Administrative Manager
Lloyd O'Shea Finance & Operations Manager
Denice White Administrative Assistant


Admissions and Recruitment
Cynthia Boyd, MD, MBA

Associate Dean, Admissions and Recruitment
Senior Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion

Jill Volk, MSEd

Director, Admissions and Recruitment
Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Outreach and Recruitment

Alyssa Cannataro, MEd Assistant Director, Admissions and Recruitment
Oriana Flores, MEd Admissions Counselor, Outreach and Recruitment
Cody Roll Program & Project Manager, Admissions and Recruitment
Russell Torre Data Analyst & Admissions Counselor, Admissions & Recruitment


Rahul Patwari, MD Associate Dean, Curriculum
Assistant Dean, Preclerkship Education
Aimee Szewka, MD Assistant Dean, Clerkship Education
Assistant Dean, Accreditation and Continuous Program Improvement
Princess Currence, DSW, MSW Director, Curriculum and Education
Susan Glick, MD Director, Early Clinical Experience
Jan Schmidt
Assistant Director, Clinical Curriculum
Kelly Grauel Manager, Curriculum Program
Kelly Stapleton Manager, Assessment & Evaluation
Dwayne Small Specialist, Curriculum & Education
Elizabeth Grant Coordinator, Assessment
Tamara Green Coordinator, Clerkship Education
Carolina Leanos Coordinator, Academic Progress
Danesha Lewis Coordinator, Preclerkship Education
Jasmine Moore Coordinator, Preclerkship Curriculum
Hanan Nashawi Coordinator, Assessment & Evaluation
Daniela Pasnick Coordinator, Preclerkship Education, Explore RUSH and Pipeline Programs
Janice Tonietto
Coordinator, Preclerkship Education
Kenya Varnado England
Coordinator, Preclerkship Education
Javario Wilson
Coordinator, Primary Care


Diversity and Inclusion
Cynthia Boyd, MD, MBA

Senior Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Dean, Admissions and Recruitment

Dayle Davenport, MD

Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, Undergraduate Medical Education

Susan Lopez, MD

Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, Graduate Medical Education

Jill Volk, MSEd

Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Outreach and Recruitment
Director, Admissions and Recruitment

Lisa Johnson, MBA Project Manager, Diversity and Inclusion


Medical Student Affairs
Jay Behel, PhD Associate Dean, Medical Student Affairs
Laurel Cherian, MD, MS Assistant Dean, Advising
Christine Corral, PhD Director, Student Professional Development
Dijana Demirovic, MEd Manager, Student Support Services
Allison Haas, MA Manager, Student Support Services
Carolina Leanos, BS Education Coordinator
Ivy Mosley Education Coordinator


Bill Fleming, MSIS, MS Director, Medical Student Systems
Owen Yuen Database Analyst


RUSH Medical College is fully accredited through the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

RUSH Medical College is part of RUSH University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).