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Preclerkship Curriculum

During the preclerkship, you learn about the normal and diseased states of organ systems within the context of patient cases. The following are some of the areas included in the curriculum:

Preclerkship curriculum design
  • Biostatistics
  • Communication and physical exam skills
  • Health care economics
  • Humanism in medicine
  • Medical ethics
  • Personal wellness
  • Social determinants of health

You will be immersed in clinical opportunities with patients through the Experiential Learning Opportunities for Preclerkship Students (EXPLORE) RUSH program. The program pairs preclerkship students with clinical, research or advocacy experiences to reinforce classroom learning.

Additionally, you will have an opportunity to take elective classes to explore additional areas of interest.