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The Experiential Learning Opportunities for Preclerkship Students (EXPLORE) RUSH program pairs first- and second-year medical students with clinical, research or advocacy experiences to reinforce classroom learning in the preclerkship years. The goal of EXPLORE is to allow you to be architect of your own education and pursue experiences based your interest and learning goals.

In the fall of your first year, you will complete EXPLORE Essentials, which focuses on skill building (taking patient histories and oral presentation of medical history), fostering mentorship and career exploration. Once EXPLORE Essentials is complete, you will be matched with a faculty preceptor and spend 20 hours with them over the course of the semester.

Your EXPLORE RUSH experiences can happen in a variety of settings both on and off campus. In addition, you may select a new experience each term (for a total of five difference experiences over the first two years) or continue with a single experience for two or more semesters.


Susan Glick, MD
Director of Early Clinical Experiences