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Advising at RUSH Medical College is designed to help our students form lasting personal relationships and a sense of community during their time in medical school.

Our advising program is longitudinal, which means you will be paired with a RUSH attending physician who will work with you from M1 orientation through graduation. Faculty advisers serve as professional role models and sounding boards, and are available to guide you to medical college resources and support services when needed.

In addition, our advising program is divided into six communities, which includes students from each class year, giving you the opportunity to build a network of students across the college. Peer advisers are also assigned to each community to help foster connections among each cohort and the classes within the community.

Your peer advisers will help facilitate social events (happy hours, game nights, book clubs and more)and provide support on a variety of topics including study tips, time management and maintaining a healthy school-life balance.

Six Advising Communities

Our advising communities are named for pioneers and leaders in medicine and education throughout RUSH Medical College’s long-standing history.

  • Brainard: Daniel Brainard, the founder of RUSH Medical College
  • Eckenfels: Founder of the RUSH Community Services Initiatives Program
  • Goodman: Former president and CEO of RUSH University Medical Center
  • Hedger: Caroline Hedger, female physician and advocate for immigrants and the poor
  • Herb: Isabella Herb, the first female physician on staff at RUSH (1883)
  • Peck: Named for David Jones Peck, the first African American man to receive a medical degree from a U.S. medical school