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  • Rush University Rush Medical College
  • Allopathic Medical School
  • Chicago
Individual Feedback 5 6 Responses
General Info

What graduating class are you in?

Response # Responders
2007 0
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 1
2012 1
2013 2
2014 0
2015 1
2016 1
2017 0
2018 0
2019 0
2020 0
2021 0
2022 0
2023 0
2024 0

Are you pursuing any joint degrees (MD/PhD, MD/MPH, etc.)?

Response # Responders
No 6
BA/DO 0
BS/DO 0
DO/JD 0
DO/MA 0
DO/MBA 0
DO/MPH 0
DO/MS 0
DO/PhD 0
MD/JD 0
MD/MBA 0
MD/MPH 0
MD/MS 0
MD/PhD 0

Are you considered in-state or out-of-state for tuition purposes?

Response # Responders
in-state 3
out-of-state 2
international 0
Not applicable 1

What is your race/ethnic background?

Response # Responders
Caucasian 4
African American 0
Hispanic 0
Asian or Pacific Islander 2
Native American/ Native Alaskan 0
Other/Multiracial 0

Overall, how would you rate this medical program?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 6

0 = terrible, 10 = world class

What is the reputation of the school in the medical community?

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 6

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What is the reputation of the research that goes on at this school?

Response Avg # Responders
4.33 6

0 = really bad, 10 = top tier

What was your MCAT score?

Response Average # Responders
516 6

What was your undergrad GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.52 6

What was your undergrad science GPA?

Response Average # Responders
3.44 6

What was the zip code of your residence in high school?

60453

19803

60614

92054

60061

N/A

What do you like most about this school?

"Early clinical exposure, seeing patients in first month of med school through volunteering and preceptor" | Report Response

"Broad exposure to pathology- rotations through urban academic center, cook county hospital (huge inner city safety net hospital- clinical experience here is unbeatable)- plus opportunities to work in inner city health clinics and suburban ambulatory primary care" | Report Response

"clinical curriculum is excellent as Rush is a top hospital in the country. Definitely a hidden gem as it does not have the name recognition of other places because it is a small school with no undergrad or large grad programs. Also very down to earth classmates who are engaged and like to learn, but also have a good time. Not a class full of pointdexters." | Report Response

"I love the the faculty, the students, and the location. The faculty will bend backwards to help you. They are extremely accessible and really want to make sure you are learning. The same can be said for the students. There is no feeling of competitiveness - everyone wants to see everyone else succeed and is very down to earth. Chicago is also an incredible city and they are building a whole new hospital!" | Report Response

"close-knit community" | Report Response

"The people" | Report Response

Please provide any other general comments on your school

"Residency programs loved the Rush grads they had during my interviews which was a huge positive" | Report Response

"Rush selects for interesting people with a variety of cool backgrounds and thus tends to have lower MCAT/GPAs, but the class is made up of awesome people with diverse interests. Clinical training is excellent- you graduate feeling prepared." | Report Response

"excellent" | Report Response

"it's really good. the profs do all that they can to help you pass and understand the info. they give you complete syllabi for everything you need to know, which makes studying much easier!" | Report Response

Curriculum

How is the curriculum structured?

Response # Responders
Systems-based 2
Traditional 4

How many courses are taken at a given time?

Response # Responders
1 1
2 1
3 2
4 1
5 1
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0

How long are you typically in class per day?

Response # Responders
<1 hour 0
1-2 hours 0
2-3 hours 0
3-4 hours 1
4-5 hours 4
5-6 hours 1
6> hours 0

Are courses recorded for medical students?

Response # Responders
Video recording 6
Free note taking service 0
Fee-based note taking service 0
Powerpoint slides provided only 2
None 0

How many days per week is anatomy lab?

Response # Responders
1 0
2 2
3 4
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0

How many students per cadaver?

Response # Responders
Prosections only 0
1-2 0
3-4 6
5-6 0
7-8 0
>8 0

How long (in months) do you have anatomy?

Response # Responders
3 months 0
6 months 4
9 months 1
12 months 1
24 months 0

Is the curriculum lecture-centric or small-group centric?

Response Avg # Responders
3.67 6

0 = 100% lecture, 10 = 100% small group

Are standardized patients used?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 0

How much patient interaction is there in the pre-clinical years?

Response Avg # Responders
6.83 6

0 = none, 10 = extensive

Are syllabi provided for the student?

Response # Responders
yes 6
no 0

How frequently do pre-clinical medical school activities have mandatory attendance?

"Rarely? I never went to lecture. Small groups are mandatory and 1 to 2 times per week" | Report Response

"Only afternoon small groups (2-3x/week)" | Report Response

"very rarely" | Report Response

"about 1 hour per day in the afternoon. ALso any day there is anatomy lab (3 hours)" | Report Response

"infrequent" | Report Response

"just a couple of afternoon activities and labs. lectures are NOT mandatory. the curriculum is becoming systems based next year" | Report Response

Location & Housing

How do you feel about the location of the school?

Response Avg # Responders
9.00 6

0 = Uncomfortable, 10 = Desirable

Do you feel safe on campus?

Response Avg # Responders
7.33 6

0 = Not safe, 10 = Very safe

How available and convenient is public transportation?

Response Avg # Responders
9.17 6

0 = Non-existent, 10 = Extensive & convenient

Is a car necessary at any point during your education here?

Response # Responders
Pre-clinical years 0
Clinical years 2
All years 0
No 3

If a car is required for education, how available and convenient is the parking provided to students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.17 6

0 = Almost impossible, 10 = Available & convenient

Is on-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 1

What is the quality of available on-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
5.67 6

0 = terrible, 10 = great

What percentage of your medical school classmates would you estimate live on campus, if on-campus housing is available?

Response Avg # Responders
4.50 6

0 = 0%, 10 = 100%

Is couples housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 5
no 1

Is nearby off-campus housing available?

Response # Responders
yes 6
no 0

How expensive is nearby off-campus housing?

Response Avg # Responders
4.67 6

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Please describe the on-campus housing if available (i.e., cost, type - studios, 1-br, 2-br, etc.)?

"Something is being worked on nkw" | Report Response

"Never used but has studios, 1 and 2 bedrooms, typically much cheaper than other parts of the city." | Report Response

"didnt live there, but kinda like a mod/cheap motel room. right by campus." | Report Response

"There are studios, 1br, and 2br. The apts are a little older, but very spacious and convenient to the school." | Report Response

"900 for studio per quarter" | Report Response

"studio, 1 br, 2 br etc between 800-1100" | Report Response

Cost/Financial Aid

Are fees/tuition expensive?

Response Avg # Responders
3.00 6

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

How is the cost of living (rent, food, bills, etc.)?

Response Avg # Responders
4.00 6

0 = exorbitant, 10 = reasonable

Are many institutional scholarships/grants available?

Response Avg # Responders
4.33 6

0 = none, 10 = many

Is institutional aid need-based or merit-based?

Response # Responders
Need-based 3
Merit-based 0
Both 3

Faculty/Grades

Are faculty members very open to students during office hours?

Response Avg # Responders
7.67 6

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very open

Are faculty members very available to students via email/message board?

Response Avg # Responders
7.83 6

0 = Not at all, 10 = Very available

Are there many opportunities to shadow/work with clinical faculty?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 6

0 = none, 10 = lots

Are the faculty willing to mentor students in regards to career guidance?

Response Avg # Responders
7.83 6

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the class ranked?

Response # Responders
yes 6
no 0

How is the instructional faculty during pre-clinical years?

"Overall great. Pharm instructors werent great m2." | Report Response

"For the most part above average, particularly anatomy and pathology." | Report Response

"Of course there are good and bad, but overall I am extermely impressed. No matter the lecture style, all faculty is very accessible outside of class and want to make sure students succeed. One teacher shows up at the lecture hall every saturday morning and is online every night before the test for questions. Others may not go that far, but are very responsive to questions and are more than happy to make appointments outside of class." | Report Response

"excellent" | Report Response

"amazing. have gchat and stuff. very accessible by email and appointments" | Report Response

Clinical Rotations

Are the desired rotation sites easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
6.33 6

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is desired rotation order easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
5.83 6

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Are the elective rotations easy to obtain?

Response Avg # Responders
7.00 6

0 = difficult, 10 = easy

Is there substantial hands-on experience for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.17 6

0 = none, 10 = substantial

Are the rotation sites conveniently accessible for medical students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 6

0 = difficult, 10 = accessible

How far are the clinical sites from the main campus?

Response Avg # Responders
7.83 6

0 = far away, 10 = close

How are clinical rotations scheduled? What are the required rotations?

"Lottery (not as bad as it sounds) Required 4 weeks of family/outpatient internal clinic, neuro, psych, EM in m4 6 weeks ob (2 labor and delivery, 2 surgery and 2 clinic) 8 weeks internal medicine (4 at rush 4 at stroger) surgery and peds" | Report Response

"Scheduled as part of a "track"- class is broken up into six groups and each group starts on a different rotation. Required rotations = Ob/gyn, Surgery, Peds, IM, Ambulatory Medicine (either FM or IM), Emergency, Psych, Neuro, SubI" | Report Response

"lottery. Medicine, surgery, family practice, peds, ob/gyn, neuro, psych" | Report Response

"OB/Gyn Family Internal Medicine Peds Surgery Psych neuro" | Report Response

"surg, neuro, fam med, int med, obgyn, peds, psych" | Report Response

"N/A" | Report Response

What responsibility do med students have on the wards?

"Overall job is to learn, accomplished by carrying patients and playing active role on team including writing notes that are cosigned" | Report Response

"Varies based on site. Traditionally, seeing patients every day and writing notes, following up on records, labs, etc. At Cook County increased responsibility- coordinating with consultants, doing lab draws, etc." | Report Response

"not much scut work. Writing notes, seeing patients, presenting, doing procedures. No orders." | Report Response

"Unsure - 1st year" | Report Response

"per service" | Report Response

"n/a" | Report Response

What is the status/condition of the affiliated hospital(s)?

"New Rush tower is gorgeous. The older part is still nice. Cook County is less nice/new but still clean and kept up." | Report Response

"Spend 1/3-1/2 of time at Cook County. Also spend time at associated outpatients sites." | Report Response

"exceptional" | Report Response

"Building a brand new hospital to be completed 2012" | Report Response

"excellent" | Report Response

"good" | Report Response

What is the typical patient population medical students work with?

"Rush has a mix of the upper class/insured and charity care. County is a county, largely uninsured and immigrant populations" | Report Response

"Huge mix (big advantage of Rush)- wealthy/educated that come to Rush and other ambulatory sites as well as underserved/uninsured that go to both Rush, Cook county, and our student run health clinics" | Report Response

"varies. Spend time at Rush which has very good mix and a cook county which is a poor to indigent patient population." | Report Response

"unsure - I believe you get a little of everything" | Report Response

"inner city" | Report Response

"hispanic, african american, underserved" | Report Response

Social Environment

Do students do a lot of activities outside of school together?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 6

0 = none, 10 = lots

How would you rank student involvement in extracurricular clubs?

Response Avg # Responders
8.50 6

0 = none, 10 = lots

What is the range of extracurricular clubs available?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 6

0 = almost none, 10 = wide range

Is the student body cooperative or competitive?

Response Avg # Responders
9.17 6

0 = competitive, 10 = cooperative

Is the environment supportive for underrepresented minorities?

Response Avg # Responders
6.67 6

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual students?

Response Avg # Responders
6.83 6

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for married students?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 6

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for students with disabilities?

Response Avg # Responders
7.50 6

0 = no, 10 = very

Is the environment supportive for older/non-traditional students?

Response Avg # Responders
8.33 6

0 = no, 10 = very

What do the students typically like to do in the area?

"Bars, music, trivia, the lakefront" | Report Response

"Tons of restaurants/bars/places to hang out. Also we have med school sports teams. Lots of getting together just to hang out." | Report Response

"go out to bars mostly." | Report Response

"There are always get togethers after tests as well as most weekends. The social chairs of our class usually can get wristband/discounted deals at bars and clubs in chicago. The only time the class is not as social is right before midterms and finals." | Report Response

"hang out" | Report Response

"go out, shopping, food" | Report Response

Post Graduation

What do you believe residency directors think about graduates from this program?

"Was told multiple times in residency interviews that Rush grads were strong clinically (skills wise and with patients )" | Report Response

"As said above, most have very positive opinions." | Report Response

"respected as far as I know. Ive gotten plenty of interviews." | Report Response

"I believe Rush is a top institution and is respected by residency directors" | Report Response

"good program" | Report Response

"good" | Report Response

Is this school known for producing physicians strong in a certain area? If so, which area?

"Clinically" | Report Response

"Strong generally, but Rush has a particular reputation for being good at Ortho." | Report Response

"rush is big into orthopedics, but dont know if that translates to the student population" | Report Response

"I believe a large percentage go into internal/family med/peds - but I don't believe they are known for it." | Report Response

"primary care" | Report Response

"orthopedics, neuro and neuro surgery, family med, internal med" | Report Response

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