Visiting Medical Students

Rush Visiting Scholars Program


Following AAMC guidelines for visiting students, Rush Medical College will accept applications beginning April 15, 2021 through VSAS for rotations beginning after July 1, 2021.



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 2021-2022 academic year are available in VSAS. For more information, please contact

Department Applications

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

2021-2022 Academic Calendar for Visiting Students

Start Date End Date
July 6, 2021 July 30, 2021
August 2, 2021 August 27, 2021
August 30, 2021 September 24, 2021
September 27, 2021 October 22, 2021
October 25, 2021 November 19, 2021
November 22, 2021 December 17, 2021

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 the Housestaff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, 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 clinical elective experience between July – October each year in the following specialties:

• Diagnostic Radiology

• Emergency Medicine

• General Surgery

• Internal Medicine

• Medicine-Pediatrics

• Neurological Sciences

• Obstetrics and Gynecology

• Pediatrics

• Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

• Plastic Surgery

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 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.