Rush Medical College
|Endowment||$632 Million (2018)|
Rush Medical College is the medical school of Rush University, located in the Illinois Medical District, about 3 km (2 miles) west of the Loop in Chicago. Offering a full-time Doctor of Medicine program, the school was chartered in 1837, and today is affiliated primarily with Rush University Medical Center, and nearby John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County. In 2021, Rush Medical College was ranked 64th among research institutions in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report.
This article needs additional citations for verification. (March 2021)
Rush Medical College was one of the first medical colleges in the state of Illinois and was chartered in 1837, two days before the city of Chicago was chartered, and opened with 22 students on December 4, 1843. Its founder, Dr. Daniel Brainard, named the school in honor of Dr. Benjamin Rush, the only physician with medical school training to be a signatory of the Declaration of Independence. He later taught Meriwether Lewis the basic medical skills for his expedition with William Clark to the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Rush was also known as the "Father of American Psychiatry".
During the early 1860s, Rush Medical College staff members started discussions on establishing a dental department. On March 12, 1869, a charter was issued to found the Chicago Dental College, which was intended to be Chicago's first dental school. All attempts to put this charter into operation failed, however, and an appeal was made to the Chicago Dental Society to become involved. As a result, on February 20, 1883, a charter was issued for the Chicago Dental Infirmary, which opened on March 12, 1883.
During the college's first century, more than 10,000 physicians received their training there. A "Rush Doctor" was a highly prized commodity in the American West of the 19th century. Rush Medical College was affiliated with the University of Chicago from 1898 until 1942.
With the onset of World War II, the medical college temporarily suspended its educational program, although it continued as an institution. Its faculty continued undergraduate and graduate teaching of medicine and the biological sciences as members of the faculty of the University of Illinois. The charter of the medical college was reactivated in 1969 when it became part of Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center. In 1971, Rush Medical College reopened with a class of 66 first-year students and 33 third-year students.
For the 2016–2017 academic year, Rush Medical College was home to 515 medical students. For the entering class of 2016–2017, a total of 10,754 applications were received, with 138 students matriculating.
The curriculum at Rush Medical College is academically challenging, rigorous and integrates all basic science and clinical components. In 2010, the Rush Medical College curriculum underwent an extensive transformation as it implemented a system-based curriculum. Each organ system is organized into an individual block that integrates material from anatomy, biochemistry, histology, physiology, microbiology, pathophysiology, immunology, and pharmacology. Preclinical years are graded as Pass/Fail, and clinical years are graded as Honors, High Pass, Pass, Fail. There are currently no external or internal rankings for preclinical students.
Concurrently, students in the first two years are enrolled in the EXPLORE Program. This program introduces students to various aspects of medicine and provides hands-on physical examination training. Students obtain clinical experience starting in the first weeks of school as they are required to work alongside a mentoring physician in any field of choice. An evidence-based medicine (EBM) course is included during the first and second year. A USMLE Step 1 passing score is required for promotion into the clinical years. USMLE Step 2 CK and CS must be taken by November 1 of the fourth year, and passing both is required for graduation.
- James B. Herrick – physician who first described sickle cell anemia, and a type of myocardial infarction.
- Max Thorek - best known for founding the International College of Surgeons.
- David J. Peck – In 1847, became the first African American to receive a Doctor of Medicine degree from an American medical school
- Robert Holbrook Smith ("Dr. Bob") – Co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous Bob Smith (doctor)
- Esther Somerfeld-Ziskind – neurologist and psychiatrist
- Benjamin H. Southworth – Physician and member of the University of Michigan 1901 National Championship football team.[circular reference]
- Henry Tazelaar – lung, heart and transplant pathologist
- Ernest E. Irons - president of the American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Physicians and the American Association for the Study and Control of Rheumatic Diseases.
- Ruth May Tunnicliff – bacteriologist, medical researcher
- Morris Fishbein – Editor of JAMA from 1924 to 1950. He was notable for exposing quacks and debunking dubious medical practices.
- J. M. Adams – Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1870
- Charles Erwin Booth – Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Truman W. Brophy – Founder of Chicago Dental Infirmary
- Henry Arthur Callis – One of the founders of Alpha Phi Alpha
- Myron S. Cohen – Protocol chair for the HPTN 052 study which was regarded by the journal Science as the breakthrough of the year in 2011
- Ruth Darrow – physician who first identified the cause of hemolytic disease of the newborn
- Daniel Downs – Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and of the Wisconsin State Senate
- Samuel Abbott Ferrin – Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Evarts Graham – Thoracic surgeon best known for his research linking smoking to lung cancer
- Edwin Herman Lennette — virologist and pioneer of diagnostic virology
- Julian Herman Lewis – African-American pathologist known for his research on medicine and race
- Andrew Caldwell Mailer – Member of the Wisconsin State Senate from 1897 to 1901
- Robert E. Minahan – Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Clem Neacy – End and tackle in the NFL, surgeon
- C. A. Robins – Governor of Idaho (1947–1951)
- Dean Harold Noyes – Dean of Oregon Dental School
- Benoni Reynolds – Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1876 and of the Wisconsin State Senate from 1878 to 1879
- James C. Reynolds – Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and of the Wisconsin State Senate
- James Oliver Van de Velde, Bishop of Chicago, founder of hospital taken over by Rush Medical College
- Rush University Medical Center
- Rush University
- Illinois Medical District
- West Loop
- "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY17 to FY18". 2018.
- "Rush University". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 30 March 2021.
- "Pennsylvania Hospital History: Historical Timeline - Dr. Benjamin Rush". Penn Med. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
- "About the College". Rush University. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- "Rush Medical College Curriculum". Rush University. Retrieved 28 September 2022.
- Manos, Nick (4 February 2009). "David Jones Peck (c. 1826-1855)".
- Benjamin H. Southworth
- THE LEGISLATIVE MANUAL OF THE STATE OF WISCONSIN (9th ed.). Madison, Wis. 1870. p. 368. Retrieved 2015-09-28.
- "JEWEL HENRY ARTHUR CALLIS". Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc – Omicron Delta Lambda Chapter. Archived from the original on February 23, 2014. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
- "The Runners-Up". Science. 334 (6063): 1629–1635. 2011. doi:10.1126/science.334.6063.1629. PMID 22194548.
- David R. Zimmerman (1973). Rh: the intimate history of a disease and its conquest. Macmillan. p. 29. ISBN 978-0026335300.
- "Evarts Ambrose Graham" (PDF). National Academy of Science. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
- Spangenburg, Ray; Moser, Diane; Moger, Kit (2003). African Americans in Science, Math, and Invention. Facts On File. p. 162. ISBN 978-0-8160-4806-9.
- Journal of the American Medical Association, Volume 53, Part 2. American Medical Association. 1909. p. 2120.
- "Clem Neacy: All-Pro Guard, Boxer and Surgeon" (PDF). The Coffin Corner. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 22, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
- THE BLUE BOOK OF THE STATE OF WISCONSIN. 1891. p. 579. Retrieved 2015-08-03.
- Irons, Ernest E. (1953). The Story of Rush Medical College. Chicago: Board of Trustees of Rush Medical College.
- Official website
- Guide to the Rush Medical College Records 1923-1941 at the University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center