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Rush Medical College Rush University

  • Chicago, IL
  • Private
  • Urban
  • 50%50%
    student ratio
  • 550
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • November 1
    fall application deadline
  • 5%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered


Rush Medical College at Rush University

Established in 1837, Rush Medical College is the oldest college within Rush University, the academic component of Rush University Medical Center. The college offers a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) program that includes rigorous coursework, hands-on learning, and teachers who are clinical role models.

In conjunction with Rush University Medical Center, the college also provides training in urban and suburban environments with patients from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.

This outstanding hospital serves 1.5 to 2 million patients annually through an academic and a health care network of more than 12 affiliated hospitals and a community health center. According to "U.S. News and World Report," Rush University Medical Center ranked within the top 50 hospitals in 9 of 16 categories.

Departments in Rush Medical College

Rush Medical College has nearly 30 departments that contribute to students' training such as anatomy and cell biology, anesthesiology, behavioral sciences, biochemistry, dermatology, and emergency medicine.

Additional departments include family medicine, general surgery, immunology/microbiology, internal medicine, molecular biophysics and physiology, neurological sciences, and neurosurgery.

Obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, and radiation oncology are also departments in the college.

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) - Pre-clerkship Curriculum

During the first 2 years of the M.D. degree program, students complete the pre-clerkship curriculum that provides a foundation in basic sciences, patient interaction, and clinical skills development.

The first year includes 7 "organ-based" courses that cover basic science disciplines, and coursework in the second year builds upon knowledge learned in the first. The first year also includes the physicianship program that allows students to gain the skills needed to work interactively with patients.

The program involves a 2-week clinician education intensive that begins immediately after orientation. It continues through the second year with the student continuity experience, which allows students to work with physicians in medical offices throughout Chicagoland.

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) - Clerkship Curriculum

The clerkship curriculum is completed in the third and fourth years of the program. It provides training in patient diagnosis, care, and treatment in a number of clinical settings.

Immediately before the start of the third year, students complete the "Clinical Resources and Skills for the Hospital" course that provides a thorough introduction to clinical medicine. They also complete core and elective clerkships and participate in a Clinical Skills Assessment, a critique of students' encounters with patients.

During the final year of the program, students complete sub-internships and additional clerkships that allow them to explore areas of interest. They also submit residency applications and interview for residencies.

Core Clerkships

Third year clerkships cover the following areas: internal medicine; pediatrics; surgery; obstetrics and gynecology; neurology; psychiatry; and ambulatory (family medicine, internal medicine, or pediatrics).

Fourth year clerkships consists of a sub-internship (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, or surgery) and an emergency medicine clerkship.

The Careers in Medicine Program

The Careers in Medicine program at Rush Medical College assists students with planning their education and careers.

Students receive help with exploring their options, choosing specialties, selecting and applying to residency programs, and managing their careers. They have access to these services during all 4 years of the M.D. program.

Financial Aid at Rush University

Students who demonstrate financial need may qualify for grants and loans. There is, however, a larger amount of loan than grant assistance.

Summer Research Fellowships

Students may qualify for research fellowships that allow them to engage in research with Rush faculty members or participate in community service or primary care projects.

Student Resources at Rush University

Students receive a number of support services including the Academic Advisor program, the University Counseling Center, tutoring programs, and housing (both on and off campus).

Through the Rush Community Service Initiatives program, students develop and organize programs that support Chicago's underserved populations and communities. These programs allow students to gain a more in-depth understanding of populations that they might serve as physicians.

Expert Faculty Members

Faculty members at Rush Medical College are expert clinicians and teachers who work closely with their students. For example, Dr. Dan Angres the medical director of the Impaired Professionals program, has many years of experience treating patients with addictions and has published literature on the subject.

Dr. Sonali Khandelwal a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College, is also an attending physician at Rush University Medical Center and the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.

Professor Animesh Barua, in the Department of Pharmacology, is working to develop an early detection test for ovarian cancer. He has published several articles on the subject of ovarian cancer.

Rush University

Rush University is located in Chicago, Illinois in the Midwestern region of the United States. The university consists of 4 colleges: the College of Health Sciences, the College of Nursing, the Graduate College, and Rush Medical School. It offers more than 2,100 students over 30 degree and certificate programs in allied health, biomedical research, medicine, and nursing.

Location & Contact

Rush Medical College

Rush University

600 South Paulina Street, Suite 524
Chicago, IL 60612
United States

Dr. Cynthia Boyd

Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruitment

Phone: 312-942-6915
Fax: 312-942-6840

Ms. Jill Volk

Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Phone: 312-942-6915
Fax: 312-942-6840

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Allopathic Medicine Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 123
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


5% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 4,648
    • Accepted 259
    • Acceptance Rate 5
    • Enrolled 128
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline November 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesMCAT, in-person interview
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMay 1
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students550
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students550
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino11%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian59%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian18%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander1%
    • Two or more races2%
    • Unknown4%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty883
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage40%
    • Male Percentage60%



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