Visiting Medical Students

Rush Visiting Scholars Program


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rush Medical College has suspended all visiting student and visiting scholars offers for the 2020-2021 academic year.




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 2020-2021 academic year will be available in VSAS in February 2020. For more information, please contact

Department Applications

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

2020-2021 Academic Calendar for Visiting Students

Below are the available four-week clerkship rotations at Rush University Medical Center. Please note that Emergency Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery are the only departments accepting students for the June 8, 2020 start date.

Start Date End Date
June 8, 2020* July 2, 2020
July 6, 2020 July 31, 2020
August 3, 2020 August 28, 2020
August 31, 2020 September 25, 2020
September 28, 2020 October 23, 2020
October 26, 2020 November 20, 2020
November 23, 2020 December 18, 2020

Rush Visiting Scholars Program

The Rush Medical School Visiting Scholars Program is an innovative program designed to advance our diversity and inclusion mission by offering exceptional underrepresented medical students the opportunity to experience clinical medicine at Rush.

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 and the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, 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 conference, participation in community service initiatives, and interactions with Rush organizations such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, RushPRIDE and Rush’s chapters of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA). Additionally, you will have an opportunity to meet with residency program administration.

This program provides a two- or four-week clinical elective experience between July – October each year in the following specialties:

• Emergency Medicine

• Internal Medicine

• Obstetrics and Gynecology

• Pediatrics

• Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

• Radiology

• Surgery

Participants will receive a living stipend based on their enrollment for either a two- or four-week elective and the location of their home institution.

Selection Criteria

Fourth-year students in their final year of medical school who are from groups underrepresented in medicine and meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply to the Rush Visiting Scholars Program:

• Pursuing a medical degree at an LCME-accredited institution

• Are in good academic standing

• Have completed all required M3 core rotations

• Are a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or of DACA status

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 Jill Volk, MSEd, director of diversity and inclusion, at Rush Medical College.