2008-2009 Rush Medical College secondary application thread

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qtmd: you can try calling, but its an automated voicemail that just hangs up when it's done. tried it already.

pinky: you can try emailing them, but they will probably just tell you that you are complete and under review. rush will look at your application, and then who really knows what they do with it. they might "reject" you after seeing it once, or they might keep looking at it and decide later to give you an interview. from past experience, the only thing you can really do with rush is sit at wait. it sucks. i'm still waiting for my rejection letter from last cycle.. if that gives you an hint.

rush is just a really silent school. its definitely a great school, but they really keep us applicants in the dark about what is going on with our applications. :(

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i don't think that you guys should do anything. they have a status page and will email you if/when you get an interivew. there's no hold i don't think.
 
Just got my acceptance from them a few minutes ago. I was in the first interview group, I interviewed on 10/22.
 
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Congratz Steako! I just want to hear any word from them. When were you completed?
 
Just got my acceptance from them a few minutes ago. I was in the first interview group, I interviewed on 10/22.

congrats steako, me too :) so excited!

Congratz Steako! I just want to hear any word from them. When were you completed?

i know you were asking steako but here is my info C: 8/21 II: 9/26 I: 10/29 A: 11/21 OOS
 
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interview! OOS.
 
Just got my acceptance from them a few minutes ago. I was in the first interview group, I interviewed on 10/22.

Congrats, that's awesome! I also interviewed that day but I didn't get a response. Actually, people who interviewed after me already got acceptances. Definitely not a good sign for me...
 
I just got into Rush Friday! I interviewed on Nov. 5th
 
The reason why some people haven't heard back yet, is because some interviewers are not on top of turning in their evaluations. Don't worry!:D
 
for those accepted, has anyone got their package yet. i got the email last friday but i haven't got the package yet and my mail is has been iffy, so just checking
 
The reason why some people haven't heard back yet, is because some interviewers are not on top of turning in their evaluations. Don't worry!:D

Yeah, I could tell that one of my interviewers wouldn't be able to write a timely evaluation. He was my complete open-file interview and he didn't read any of it! He asked me what my MCAT score was in the interview! :laugh:
 
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Anybody still waiting to hear back from rush? I was complete in mid September and haven't hard anything...just wondering if there are other ppl in the same boat
 
Anybody still waiting to hear back from rush? I was complete in mid September and haven't hard anything...just wondering if there are other ppl in the same boat

Complete 9/4, nothing yet.
 
Interviewed at Rush yesterday (11/26). The students seemed really down to earth, and the new hospital is going to take the school up a few notches. Anxiously awaiting a reply...:xf:
 
Does anyone know what time the interview day is over at Rush?
 
Anybody????? I'm trying to figure out flight times. Any info would be appreciated!!
 
I'm pretty sure the email you received says 8:30 - 3:00.
 
I hope we get to hear something back from Rush soon.
 
After waiting 6 whole weeks after the interview, I finally got the acceptance today! :D
 
Yay! I interviewed on Nov 19th and got accepted today. Good luck to everyone else! The people are really nice and the overall interview is low stress, they really just want to help you do your best!
 
Btw, did anyone here also interview on Nov 19th?
 
I just wanted to say, thanks so much for your comment waaaay back when! You are so sweet! I hope you did awesome!!!! Okay last post, I promise...!
 
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congrats to everyone accepted? i was wondering does anyone remember what their curriculum is like? is it organ-based, i forget.
 
So, anybody interviewed and want to elucidate the process?
 
starfishprime, what do you want to know?
 
So, anybody interviewed and want to elucidate the process?
Honestly, it was one of the most laid back interviews I went to. You get two interviews, mine were both faculty (I think they are all faculty... not sure though). Both were very kind people. They ask you questions about your application but not in a confrontational way, i.e., they say, tell me about this activity, or that service project, whatever. Also, the admissions office itself is pretty much awesome. Instead of handing you a map and bad directions, they have someone escort you to all your interviews, which was nice. I really liked it alot.

One other thing - bring a jacket, because it will be freaking cold in Chitown
 
One other thing - bring a jacket, because it will be freaking cold in Chitown

Perhaps it's not too late to ask for a cashmere topcoat for Christmas. :laugh: Seriously though, what other sort of coat does one wear over a suit?
 
Are other people still complete and waiting for further correspondence? I would love to interview at Rush but *sigh* no love... :(

Thanks and congratulations to all of you with interviews & acceptances!

P.S. I know they interview until March but do my chances of admission decrease with each passing month...? I am desperate to stay in Chicago (I got assigned to the Urbana/Rockford track @ UIC and because I live in a similar Big Ten-college town right now, I want to avoid Urbana like the plague... - I HATE college towns even if they are cheaper!!!) Sorry for the rant and thanks again!

Pinky19 :oops:
 
hey pinky i'm in the same boat, complete on 9/16, haven't heard anything since....I hope they start up with more interviews after the holiday season ends
 
I just got an invite a few days ago... which was my first one. Though, I did get my secondaries in quite a bit later.
 
Has anyone tried sending in updates/letter of interest to Rush? If so, did you send it through snail mail/e-mail/phone call? I'd like to update them on grades/activities/etc. in the hopes that it will score me an interview.

Thanks!
 
congrats to everyone accepted? i was wondering does anyone remember what their curriculum is like? is it organ-based, i forget.

Currently it is not system based but supposedly there is a movement to make it system based for the 2014 class. They are also hoping to do more PBL, but not switch to complete PBL.
 
they dont look at updates. i tried and they sent an email back saying they dont look at it.
 
for those accepted, has anyone got their package yet. i got the email last friday but i haven't got the package yet and my mail is has been iffy, so just checking

You will not get a package until Aug (kind of annoying actually). If it's any help, this year orientation began 9/3. But ya...I wondered if they forgot about me, but they just hold out for reasons that I don't know.
 
Are other people still complete and waiting for further correspondence? I would love to interview at Rush but *sigh* no love... :(
Pinky19 :oops:

if there is a particular reason you like rush maybe you could consider sending an update/LOInterest by email
 
You will not get a package until Aug (kind of annoying actually). If it's any help, this year orientation began 9/3. But ya...I wondered if they forgot about me, but they just hold out for reasons that I don't know.

wattt! that's sooo late, that is annoying because i don't have a permanent address in usa. so that will make things difficult. do you mind answering some questions about the school, i understand that you guys are really busy and stuff.
 
wattt! that's sooo late, that is annoying because i don't have a permanent address in usa. so that will make things difficult. do you mind answering some questions about the school, i understand that you guys are really busy and stuff.

We're out of classes so fire away.
 
What's in the package? Presumably one should have housing arrangements by August...

Yes. Options include Center Court, the on campus housing. Apartments are pretty large reasonably priced for the area. Rush can hook you up with that. I think after your acceptance they send you another letter with how to apply to get center court housing. I think its ~900 or so for a 1 bed.
Off campus: the immediate area around Rush is fine, but go 3-4 blocks south or west...it gets shady. But Rush security will escort you up to a certain point home. What that point is, I don't know, but I would think 3-4 blocks would be ok. Off campus options are limited. Apts are either run down or expensive. There is no in between. School is located off two train lines so commuting is possible but a month train pass will cost $90 or so, so consider that as you think about your budget.

Advice for finding places off campus: Apartment People (apartmentpeople.com). It's a free service to you. No appointment necessary. Walk in, tell them what you want, 20 min of them playing on the computer and they take you away in their car to check out places. No obligations.
Also, I heard some department at Rush keeps a list of places in the area. I don't know if we have a 'housing office' but everything is centrally located in the financial aide office.
 
they dont look at updates. i tried and they sent an email back saying they dont look at it.

they don't look at updates, i get that.. but do if i send them a transcript with my semester grades from this past semester, will they look at that ??
 
hey shiftingmirage,

thanks for your help. i'll just post it here to benefit everyone. personally, i really enjoyed rush and it is one of my top choices but i would just like to learn more information about it.

1. The curriculum, can you explain a little more about it.
2. Are the lectures, video or just audio available online?
3. How often is tests/midterms?
4. How many people to cadaver and how does anatomy work.
5. Is there any small group learning.
6. How much time do you get off before you take step 1?
7. what do you guys do for fun? the people i meet on the day were really cool and chill but truthfully how integrated is the class. is everyone really friendly or are there cliques
8. when is the new hospital done?
9. is center court for undergrads as well as grads?
10. anything else wicked about rush?
11. anything negatives, you can PM me, i just want to be prepared


for people considering rush, i posted interview feedback but i wanted to post some of my thoughts here:
-the students were really into helping each other and this is not purely from hearing what people told me on the day. they showed me emails of people sending out links and stuff, and how M2s set up meetings with M1s to let them know what is hard in classes, how to study for certain classes.
-everyone was really friendly. the dean even mentioned how everyone was a family, not in a creepy way, he was just really easy going.
-you also get a lot of free lunches. the professors give a study guide, it's not just an outline, it's a written book, that helps you study for the tests. i thought that was really cool.
-the student housing was pretty nice
-but even better, the hospital is REALLY REALLY nice, it was like huge and they are building a new one, i don't know when it will be done.
-cook county for rotations.
-there is lots of residency positions after graduation
-no need to buy textbooks
-BUT the downsides i saw was lots of classtime :( and there wasn't a cafeteria but there is au bon pain, a cafe, but less variety than a cafeteria i guess

i might add more later
 
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1. First year is how the ‘normal’ body works. Classes are histo, physio, anatomy, biochem, immuno, neuro. Second year is when the ‘normal’ body goes awry: path, pharm, micro. Is that what you wanted to know? Or something else?
2. They are 'videoed' in that the lectures are recorded with the power point slides. This is a student run thing so occasionally a lecture is missed, or it can take a week or more to get posted on line, but usually they’re good about it.
3. Usually just midterms and finals. Some classes do have quizzes (intro to patient, biochem, pharm). Most are just midterm and final.
4. 4/cadaver but 2 people dissect at a time. Then next lab, those two explain what they did to the other two and leave. And the other two dissect. Instructors/PT’s circulate answering questions. And you ask around “do you have a good…?”
5. In labs, groups are usually 4-5 and instructors circulate. There are also some other classes that are more patient based where you are divided into groups of 20 or so and discuss a given thing.
6. One month
7. There’s a boners club that goes to the (basically only) local bar for wing night. There are also sports (flag football, soccer) that are student run. There have been some game nights, and with 140 students, birthday parties are fairly common. More often its ‘hey guys wanna…” I wouldn’t say there are ‘cliques’ because that to me implies individuals are getting shunned. There are groups however. Mostly because you meet the people in your small groups, and kind of just stick with them. You slowly meet others, but when it comes to who you hang out with, I think most people have 20 or so people they are really cool with.
8. 2012. And there’s a new ambulatory building being delivered 2010.
9. There are no undergrads at Rush, with perhaps the exception of the nursing students. Other than that, all other students are grad students. Center Court is apparently a private thing not owned by Rush. (It’s weird). But supposedly anyone, even those not affiliated with Rush can live there but it is almost all Rush students.
10. Have lots of lunch lectures (which usually feed you) but also expose you to something medical that you wont be tested on. Lectures are usually very interesting and exposes you to something you may not have thought about. Also, departments have ‘rounds’ where they focus on a specific topic/problem within its field.
11. Cons- every university has them
-class is not diverse. We have 2 AA’s and 4 or 5 Latinos out of 140.
- profs are a mixed bag. Some are AMAZING, others, you might as well just bang your head against a brick wall. I kinda expected them all to be great. -there is no place to hang around campus. There is one local bar, and it’s really not that exciting.
-maybe the schedule. It changes day to say and sometime you have class X five times in a given week, even 3 times in a given day, and the next week, you don’t have it at all. I would prefer if the individual classes were more equally dispersed.

Commentary to your feedback
The M2s create an M1 survival guide. People definitely want to help others.
Instructors do provide “syllabi” which are course notes. Depending on who the prof is. Some will only pull questions from the syllabus, others will pull out of the syllabus and text book, some pull questions of of thin air (I’m not bitter about a recent exam)
Classes tend to be from 9-5 but attendance is not mandatory to most. Next quarter, I plan to skip most classes as I feel my time is better spent reading the syllabus.
 
thanks so much shiftingmirage. for the curriculum so is it classical, systems or integrated? and so you would recommend buying textbooks because i heard that you didn't have too because of the syllabus? and is rush hospital level 1 trauma?
 
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thanks so much shiftingmirage. for the curriculum so is it classical, systems or integrated? and so you would recommend buying textbooks because i heard that you didn't have too because of the syllabus? and is rush hospital level 1 trauma?

I guess the lectures would be considered classical. Sometimes the classes overlap/cover the same topic, but that is more luck of the schedule. There is a move to become system based for the class of 2014. As for the need for textbooks, it varies. Prob need it for anatomy, and it can be useful for histo when the syllabus isn't as clear as it could be. Not needed for physio. But the histo book is online and some other books are on the G drive of the computer lab. So you don't have to spend a fortune if you know how to use the system.
 
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