Student Interest Groups

These student-run organizations help you explore careers in various specialties. Each interest group registered at the beginning of the school year is also eligible to receive funding for approved events.

Questions about the formation of new interest groups or about current interest groups can be directed to to Christine Corral, PhD, director of student professional development, at (312) 942-6915.

Rush Medical College of Rush University officially recognizes the following interest groups:

Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Interest Group (CTSIG). You will gain hands-on experience in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. Our most popular event is the cardiothoracic surgery wet lab where first- and second-year students are taught how to perform valve replacements and bypass procedures on adult pig hearts. We also offer shadowing activities for those wishing to gain experience in the operating room.

Dermatology Interest Group (DIG). You will learn from and collaborate with dermatology residents and attendings at Rush. DIG organizes lunch lectures and workshops, and facilitates shadowing opportunities to help you learn more about the various aspects of the field.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG). Learn more about the field of emergency medicine, one of the fastest growing specialties in the United States. Our main focus is to present various aspects of emergency medicine so that you may learn both the requirements of an emergency medicine residency and career, and the lifestyle of an emergency medicine physician.

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG). You will gain exposure to the specialty of family practice and its associated scholarships, local and state meetings, and national conferences. Several educational events are sponsored each year, including speaker presentations, panel discussions and hands-on procedure workshops. Information is also provided on summer externships, local residencies and the residency application process.

Geriatric Interest Group (GIG). This group provides a forum for you to discuss the practice of geriatric medicine and issues related to aging. The group is open to students from all allied health fields who are interested in learning about geriatrics, care of the older patient and issues pertaining to this population.

Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG). This group provides its members with many benefits, such as a diversified mentor networking environment that provides access to contact members in the internal medicine field and its myriad of subspecialties. IMIG membership also gives you membership into the American College of Physicians.

Medicine Pediatrics Interest Group (Med-Peds). You will learn about the combined medicine-pediatrics residency training program through informal meetings with med-peds residents, interns and attendings. Many incoming medical students are not aware of the combined residency program, the opportunity to become double board-certified in both medicine and pediatrics, and the benefits of such programs in future medical practice.

Neurology: Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN). You will engage in and explore the field of neurology through a variety of activities. Students are paired with a physician mentor in the field of neurology, participate in community service and simulation labs, interact with patients, and shadow neurologists.

OB/GYN Interest Group. Events are held in the spirit of the guidelines for the student groups set out by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). A list of attendings and residents willing to be shadowed is available for you.

Eye Love Ophthalmology. This group provides exposure through events with attending physicians and residents who can share their wealth of experiences ranging from residency preparation through caring and treating patients.

Orthopedic Interest Group (OIG). OIG sponsors and organizes a number of guest lectures, from resident and attending panels introducing the field of orthopedics to specialized discussions on subspecialties, such as sports medicine, spine and joint replacement. Students interested in orthopedics have the opportunity to shadow practicing physicians in both the clinic and the operating room.

Pediatric Interest Group (PIG). You have the opportunity to attend panel discussions focusing on different career paths in pediatrics, attend clinical lectures delivered by expert faculty and explore research opportunities within the department of pediatrics.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Interest Group (PM&R). Rehabilitation medicine focuses on the restoration of function to individuals who suffer a variety of debilitating impairments and physical disabilities ranging from muscle strains to spinal cord injuries.

Preventive Medicine Interest Group (PMIG). You will learn how to integrate a master’s degree in public health and preventive medicine measures into the career of medicine. Events include panel discussions from physicians who apply master’s in public health degrees into their practice and highlighting current issues in preventive medicine.

Psychiatry Interest Group (PsyIG). You will learn how the practice of psychiatry is relevant to every specialty. The practice of psychiatry is often misunderstood by those both inside and outside of medicine. That gives us a unique opportunity to address a wide range of interesting topics and misconceptions concerning this core clerkship.

Radiology Interest Group (RIG). Each year, we host lectures, workshops, tours, Q&A sessions with Rush faculty and other events for those interested in radiology. We also assist in finding research and mentorship opportunities in radiology.

Surgery Interest Group (SIG). The group works with students, residents and attending physicians to present general and subspecialty experiences to foster surgical interests.