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Visiting Medical Students


RUSH Medical College offers two options for students interested in completing clerkship rotations at RUSH University Medical Center — the Visiting Medical Students Program and the RUSH Visiting Scholars Program.


Visiting Medical Students Program

RUSH Medical College welcomes applications for visiting medical students from LCME-accredited or COCA-accredited medical schools only, who want to pursue clinical elective rotations at RUSH University Medical Center. Applicants must be currently enrolled in medical school, be in good academic standing and have completed all required M3 core rotations prior to the elective time period.

RUSH Medical College uses the Association of American Medical Colleges' Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) to receive and process visiting student applications. Electives are available if space permits. Applications for each rotation are due eight weeks before the rotation begins.


Application Requirements

Applicants are required to provide the following documents through VSAS:

  • Immunization Record
  • Step 1 Score Report
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcript
  • Proof of Malpractice Insurance

Applications for the 2024-2025 academic year will be available in VSAS starting March 2024. For more information, please contact


Department Applications

In addition to the VSAS application, some RUSH departments require a pre-application for visiting students.


2024 Academic Calendar for Visiting Students

Start Date End Date
July 1, 2024 July 26, 2024
July 29, 2024 August 23, 2024
August 26, 2024 September 20, 2024
September 23, 2024 October 18, 2024
October 21, 2024 November 15, 2024
November 18, 2024 December 13, 2024


RUSH Visiting Scholars Program

The RUSH Diversity and Inclusion Visiting Scholars Program is an innovative program that is designed to advance our diversity and inclusion mission, provide mentoring, networking, stipend support, and the opportunity to experience clinical medicine at Rush located on the West Side of Chicago. We are seeking exceptional medical students who have demonstrated a commitment to health equity and addressing health and healthcare disparities in underserved and marginalized communities. 

During the program, you will receive outstanding clinical experiences, expert teaching from faculty who are passionate about their work, and exposure to clinical opportunities at RUSH University Medical Center, all in an environment focused on personal growth and well-being. You will become a vital member of our health care community through mentoring, attendance at Grand Rounds and M&M conferences, opportunities for community service participation, and interactions with RUSH organizations such as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, RushPRIDE and RUSH’s chapters of the Student National Medical Association and the Latino Medical Student Association. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to meet with the residency program administration.

This program provides clinical elective experience between July – October each year in the following specialties:

  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medicine-Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Neurological Sciences
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Urology

Participants will receive a living stipend based on their enrollment in a RUSH elective and the location of their home institution.


Selection Criteria

Fourth-year students in their final year of medical school who have demonstrated a commitment to health equity and addressing health and healthcare disparities in underserved and marginalized communities and meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply to the RUSH Visiting Scholars Program:

  • Currently pursuing a medical degree at an LCME accredited institution
  • Are in good academic standing
  • Have completed all required M3 core rotations by June 30, 2024
  • Are a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or of asylee, refugee or DACA status. (You will be required to provide supporting documentation)


Application Information

Students interested in the RUSH Visiting Scholars Program can apply online. An invitation to submit the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) application will follow. For individuals accepted into the program, RUSH Medical College will waive the VSLO application fee.


For more information about the RUSH Visiting Scholars Program, please contact