My sole purpose of making this thread is to shed light some new light on the Rush Anesthesia program as it currently stands in 2017. I really care about this program and i really want to see it attract great resident candidates, and that has to start with telling the truth as it stands. I'm a current Rush Resident and just like many med students, i read the disparaging posts here on SDN and it gave me pause about the program, but i stand here today with confident saying that things have been dramatically different than i expected. 1) Work horse program? i don't know what constitutes a work horse program but a typical day at Rush starts at 6am and you are relieved by 5, latest by 6pm. But this varies depending on how many cases you are assigned and how busy the board is. Some days you get out by 3pm if it's a light day, and there is typically at least 1 light day a week. If you are pre-call or post-latecall, you are definitely out before 3pm (i've been out as early as 1:30pm). The people running the board are very cognisant about getting the right people out at the right time. So i would say my average logged hrs per week is roughly 48-50hrs a week. I would imagine this is is closer to 55-60hrs on subspecialty rotation (cards, peds, ob, etc...) 2) call schedule? typically you take about 3-5 24hr calls a month, and 1 late call a month. You get most of your wknds off, you might take 1 wknd call a month. To me this is great and very fair. 3) Program director? First i like to say I personally have a lot of respect for the old program director, despite the things that has been said about him, he is truly knowledgeable and cares a lot about his residents. Having said that i can see how his method and personality (even though he is really a nice guy) can rub some people the wrong way. But all of that is irrelevant since we now have a new program director, who is way more approachable and is passionate about the program, and she is really working hard to make things better. 4) faculty and teaching? protected didactic time has improved drastically, it's actually great now. 2-3 lectures a week + morning conferences on wednesday, and 1 grand round a month. This was better than most places i rotated at as a med student. In addition, there is a new wave of newly hired younger attendings (from places like duke and harvard) who are passionate about teaching. Most of the attendings do some form of teaching, a few don't teach but you can learn somethings by watching them. Again most attendings are relatively easy to work with, but a few will give you headaches but i think this is typical of most places. Lastly, last year Basic exam pass rate was 100%. 5) Anesthesia techs and Room turnover issues? this is no longer even close to being an issue anymore, you simply call the anesthesia tech at the end of the case and they promptly come in to turn the room over, no questions asked, end of story. And if there is something you need that is not in the room, simply pick up the phone and they bring it in right away. 6) Scheduler/Scheduling? I haven't had any issues so far, but maybe i will down the line, but as of right now, i can't complain. 7) Resident Morale? The classes above mine might not have the greatest comradery but my class definitely hangs out together, study together, and help each other out. I have had co-residents help put in IV in my next patients and i have done the same for people. We help each other setup rooms etc...I would say most of us are happy overall. Overall, i think Rush has dramatically improved in the last 2 years and most of the thanks goes to the current Chief Residents and PD. They exemplify everything i strive to be. Smart, approachable, and passionate about the program. And lastly, it's indisputable that you will get excellent training at Rush, even those that spoke bad about the program admitted to this. The fellowship list is impressive every year and those that venture into PP do well for themselves. I urge everyone to consider this program when formulating their Rank list, things have dramatically improve over the last couple years and will continue to improve with the new PD. Beside Chicago is a great place to live, there is a lot to do here. PS: If you are considering Pain fellowship, this is undoubtedly where you want to be (certainly, the best program in chicago for that) the Pain attendings here are well known in the field and can open some doors for you. Good luck with match this year everyone! PM if you have any personal question i didn't cover here.