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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 2023-24 academic year will be available in VSAS starting April 2023. For more information, please contact


Department Applications

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


2023 Academic Calendar for Visiting Students

Start Date End Date
July 5, 2023 July 28, 2023
August 3, 2023 August 25, 2023
August 28, 2023 September 22, 2023
September 25, 2023 October 20, 2023
October 23, 2023 November 17, 2023
November 20, 2023 December 15, 2023


RUSH Visiting Scholars Program

The RUSH Medical College 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 House Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, RushPRIDE and RUSH’s chapters of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Latinx 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
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medicine-Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • 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 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 by June 30, 2023
  • Are a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident or of asylee, refugee or 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