MS4 Syllabus


Please look through the following syllabus. If you have any questions that are still not answered, feel free to contact me.

What numbers do I need to know? (Administrative information)

Clerkship Director Rahul Patwari
Pager 85-9163 (usually forgotten at work)
Email: (probably the best way to get a hold of me)
Google Voice: (312) 869-4056 (best number)
Associate Clerkship Director Carolyn Clayton
Assistant Clerkship Director Yone Amuka
Clerkship Coordinator Karmen Howard
Phone: (312) 942-8802
Where do we meet the first day? 1st Floor of new Tower Building (conference room) We meet at noon
Phone numbers Office (312) 947-0229
Pod A: (312) 947-0100
Pod B: (312) 947-0170
Lockers? Locker #: 01 162
Locker #: 01 163
Locker #: 01 171
You’ll need the password for the combinations. I’ll send you the password for this page – we don’t want the combos floating around freely, now – right?

Need a map? Sure, here you go. Note that the rooms are not numbered in an intuitive manner. It may be helpful to keep the map with you instead of walking around scratching your head asking, “Now where the heck is room 35?!”

What is Rush Medical College’s Mission Statement and the course objectives?

RMC’s Mission Statement is:

The mission of Rush Medical College is to deliver outstanding medical education focused on patient care, research, and community service. Our diverse students learn in a practitioner-teacher model, which promotes collaboration, accountability and respect. We graduate physicians who are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in clinical practice, research, and service through continuous learning.

Also relevant are the Rush Medical College (RMC) Objectives. The global objectives are further expanded on a year-by-year basis in this
RMC Objectives Map.

The course objectives are drawn from RMC objectives as well as from nationally created ones.

What are the expectations of me on this rotation?

During your rotation you’ll be completing an orientation, take the EPIC training class, attend 3 lecture days, 15 clinical shifts, a self-directed learning project and final exam. Somewhere approximately midway through we’ll complete a mid-rotation feedback session.

Do I need to do anything before the first day?

Yes, but not a lot. Prior to the first day, be sure to:

  • Read this FAQ section.
  • Watch the videos on the approach to the ER patient. This goes over
    • triage and the primary survey,
    • the secondary survey – the EM approach to an H&P, and
    • Presenting Patients (in about 3 minutes) – we like you to be focused. A lot of students like H&P templates, so we got one right here for ya.
    • Print and fill out this exercise on creating differential diagnoses in Emergency Medicine. This is really the crux of this rotation.
  • Register for your EPIC/ASAP (computerized documentation) orientation (more on this later).
  • Listen to the short piece by Dr. David Newman on the use of diagnostic testing. Come up with a test we commonly use and a scenario which is below and above the test threshold. Bring those examples to orientation.
  • Print out a copy of the EM Feedback Form. Look at the objectives and see where you’re already proficient and what we need to work on during the month. Also pick an area you want to work on. We’ll schedule a mid-rotation feedback session over the phone, email or in person.

What do I do and where do I go on the first day?

On the first day of the rotation, we’ll meet in the Emergency Department conference room at noon. This is a mandatory session. We will meet in the Tower Conference Room (1st floor of the new building).

On the first day, you will:

  • Go on an ER tour
  • Review how to approach the ER patient.
  • Make your schedule among your classmates (following guidelines listed below).
  • Complete your computer documentation training – online at your convenience, but do it today

How many shifts do I have to do in my month?

You’re expected to do fifteen 8-hour shifts over the course of the four week rotation. Of these:

  • At least two evening shifts
  • At least two night shifts
  • At least two weekend shifts
  • You should have at least 16 hours off in between shifts.
  • One student per shift. One student per attending. There will be more than one student in the ER at a time, just as there are more than one attending in the ED – this is due to the overlapping shifts.

The available shifts match those the attending physicians work. You will work with one attending per shift. This repeated contact allows them to get more familiar with how you work, and you with how they work. The shifts are:

  • 9 am to 5 pm Pod C (Day)
  • 11 am to 7 pm Pod C (Weekday Evenings)
  • 5 pm to 2 am Pod C (Night)
  • 6 am to 2 pm Pod B (Day)
  • 7 am to 3 pm Pod B (Day)
  • 2 pm to 10 pm Pod B (Evening)
  • 3 pm to 11 pm Pod B (Evening)
  • 10 pm to 6 am Pod B (Night)
  • 11 pm to 7 am Pod B (Night)

You’ll make your schedule after orientation. Divide the available days up amongst yourself and be sure to follow the above rules. Here’s a schedule template to help you figure it out.

Attendance at all shifts is mandatory to pass the course. Clinical performance counts for 50% of your grade. Not showing up for a scheduled shift is unprofessional behavior. If you cannot make a shift, you may switch shifts with your classmates, or talk to the clerkship director to arrange alternative arrangements.

Where do I log my patients?

On each shift, you’ll need to keep track of all your patients. You can do this by downloading a patient log from the web site. Place patient stickers on the page, note their chief complaint and final diagnosis. You’ll need to enter this information into Oasis later.

Click this to download a patient log, then just print it. Print as many as you need per shift. Remember you need at least one of these per shift in order to pass. Bring the week’s logs to lecture on Friday or turn them in to the secretary in the office.

How do I do shift evaluations?

Additionally you’ll need to request a shift evaluation per shift from the attending physician with whom you worked. This is done online. Through the website you send the request, the attending will complete the evaluation online, and you’ll get a confirmation when it’s done. Your evaluations count for 50% of your final grade.

Here’s an example of what the evaluation the attending physician completes looks like.

What is EPIC ASAP?

EPICis Rush’s new state-of-the-art electronic documentation system. It is meant to house all the information in the medical center electronically.

ASAP is the Emergency Department’s portion of this program. Many of the pieces will be similar to pieces you may have used on the floor, however there are many sections which are different. Therefore the training is mandatory for all students doing the rotation. Information on registering for this training is presented in the next section.

You’ll need to arrange for training on the ER documentation system (ASAP) on the hospital-wide computer-system (EPIC). The class will be posted onlineand you can register following these instructions:

  1. Log onto the Leap Online Website
  2. Your User ID is the id # is on your Rush badge and your password is hello
  3. After logging in, go to Self enroll for E-learning
  4. You should already be signed up for a module called EPIC ASAP training.
  5. Go through the module and then take the 10 question test at the end.

The gist of writing your notes boils down to this:

  1. Open patient’s chart
  2. Go to Notes
  3. Add New note
  4. In the top of the note window type: ED Note
  5. Service: Emergency
  6. Insert smart text: this has a list of note templates, there is one that is called Emergency Med H&P- Med Student or something like that.

There is a learning curve to use the system, but most students have picked it up fairly quickly. However, here are a few pointers I’ve picked up from past students:

  • If your patient is stable (and if your attending is busy), write up the chart while you are waiting. This will be a time intensive task the first few times.
  • Being unlicensed not-yet-physicians, you can not sign your own orders. You should still enter them and “pend” them. This means they are pending attending approval before they will be followed-through. After presenting your patient to the attending, together review your pended orders. The both of you can use this time to analyze your thought process.
  • Some attendings will prefer to put the orders in themselves instead of accepting your pended orders. Please do not take this as a judgement on your thought process. Accepting pended orders is a minor nuisance but has proven frustrating for some. If this is the case, use the time to discuss with the attending what you would like to order and why. The attending can put the orders in the computer, but you should provide the clinical reasoning and thought process.
  • Don’t worry about reminding your attending to cosign your notes. The computer will remind them to do that.

How many patients should I be seeing at a time?

Try to see at least 2 patients at a time. You need enough time to thoroughly evaluate your patients, consulting necessary texts as needed, follow up on laboratory and radiographic studies, speak to family and consultants and make appropriate dispositions. Once you have made your disposition on a patient, go ahead and pick up another.

The number of patients you see is flexible and depends on the day, your comfort level and the attending with whom you’re working. If you feel more than comfortable with 2 patients at-a-time, go ahead and try three or four-ask the attending first. Just be sure that you are able to fully take care of your patient load.

If you are having trouble creating a focused plan and disposition on your patients, then you are not ready to pick up a new one. Spend some time with the patients you have; think about their cases. Your job is not to see a lot of patients, but to develop the thinking skills needed to manage your patients.

You also need to see one of each of these chief complaints during your rotation

  1. Abdominal pain
  2. Chest Pain
  3. Shortness of Breath
  4. Altered Mental Status / Intoxication / Psych
  5. Laceration or abscess
  6. Vaginal Bleeding
  7. Headache

During a shift, you’ll keep track of your patients on a patient log.

Place the patient’s sticker on the form, write the chief complaint there and the final diagnosis. There are check boxes helping you to stay involved in your patient’s care.

What’s my role as a medical student in the ER?

You function like a sub-intern. You won’t present to residents, but to the attendings directly. In this role you’ll need to be sure to call all necessary consultants, speak with family and call report to admitting teams on any patients you have stay in the hospital.

You can ask residents for advice, though. They are very friendly and a valuable resource.

Can I see patients in the critical care rooms?

Absolutely. Rooms 17 through 23 (the critical care beds) is where the sicker patients will be. This is part of your training and an excellent opportunity to treat patients who are acutely decompensating. In fact, you should jump at the chance of being up there. You’ll learn a lot more, and it’ll prepare you for those codes in your intern year where you’re the first person there and all eyes are on you.

However, we will never leave you alone in there. Don’t worry about picking up a patient who is too complicated for you too handle.

How many attendings should I be working with at a time?

You will be working with one attending for your entire shift. When you get to the ER for your shift, either look at the Plan of the Day or ask a clerk, “which attending is starting now?” That’s the attending to whom you’ll be reporting all shift.

Remember that each attending will practice in a different style. This doesn’t mean that one is right and another is wrong. It may be difficult at times keeping each doctor’s habits and preferences straight. Try to figure out why each one approaches a clinical scenario their way, and incorporate what you like into your own thinking.

Remember to have that attending you work with on a shift fill out an online evaluation. Clinical performance counts for 50% of your grade.

What happens if I have an unstable patient?

If you ever see a patient who has become unstable or has the potential to do so, please inform the attending immediately.

You will continue to cover the patient, but with the appropriate back up. Remember, patient care and safety is always our priority.

How can I get more out of each shift?

Be proactive! One great trick is at the beginning of each shift pick one thing you want to work on during that shift. This could be “reading EKG’s” or “having more focused patient presentations.”

Then let your attending know at the beginning of the shift, “Dr. Davis, on this shift I’d like to work on my presentations so I’d appreciate any feedback during this shift.” This will also make it easier for us to give you concrete feedback.

When are the lectures?

Lectures occur on Fridays at 9 am in the conference room. The material comes from a nationally developed curriculum also available online.

This was created, written and edited by clerkship directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM) from across the country. There is no textbook for you to buy. It’s all available for you online. For free. You’ll be reading the same material as students across the nation.

We’ll be dividing the curriculum as follows:

Lecture Schedule
Week Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
All meetings are in the Emergency Medicine West conference room in the Tower.
One 12p Orientation
Approach to the ED patient
Diagnostic Testing
Chest Pain
9a MS Lectures
Shortness of Breath
Two 9a MS Lectures
Abdominal Pain
Three 9a MS Lectures
Altered Mental Status
GI Bleed
Four 9a MS Exam and Presentations

Please read the corresponding material on before coming to lecture. There will be no formal lecturing, but instead you’ll manage cases in teams with the day’s conditions. I’ve had rotations where no student read before class, and I let them fake kill every fake patient. It wasn’t fun for them or me. So let’s not go there, again. I’ll be supplementing some of the reading material with videos. These are on the website as well. Read. Watch. Ask me. Whatever it takes to learn the material.

How am I evaluated?

  • 50% of your grade comes from your clinical evaluations.
  • 25% of your grade comes from your course presentation.
  • 25% comes from your final exam.

What’s the course project?

This is a clinically-focused, self-directed learning exercise in which you first develop your own learning objective, then acquire evidence to answer your question, and finally present it to the class. We’ll do this on the last day of the rotation.
Basically, you’ll

  1. Start with a patient with whom you had a question, perhaps “Could I have used the d-dimer in ruling out PE on my patient?”
  2. Then formulate a question: try to use the PICO format, “In young males with low probability Wells Scores, how good is the d-dimer in ruling out PE?”
  3. Acquire the evidence: use appropriate resources to search for an answer. You may find an article, the Cochrane Database. Don’t go to Up-To-Date or Wikipedia.
  4. Appraise the evidence: how valid (close to the truth) is this answer and how applicable (useful in clinical practice)
  5. Apply the evidence: Tell me how you would manage the patient differently now that you know what you know.

Here’s a link on how to do a good search in pub med.

Your presentation should be five minutes long. Seriously. I’m going to time it. No longer. Your write-up should fit on one page. I mean it, man. Take a minute or two to summarize your case. List out your questions and why you had them. Then go through the evidence you found. And finally tell us how you would (or wouldn’t) have done things differently with this new information. Here’s a worksheet you may or may not find helpful: EBEM Presentation.

The final piece of the puzzle is you need to teach this information to your fellow classmates (and me!). Presentations are not a showcase for what you know, but a method to teach what you know to others. So this is an important goal here. Students in recent rotations asked to be able to use a dry erase board to present their information.

Here’s the evaluation form Evidenced Based Medicine Evaluation Form I’ll use to evaluate your presentation.

This counts for 25% of your final grade.

Here are a bunch of examples from the past: click this link.

What’s the final test about?

The final exam counts for 25% of your grade. I haven’t seen the exam and so can’t tell you what’s on it. I do know it does come from the material on the CDEM website, so know that stuff. This is a national exam, so you’ll be taking the same exam as others across the country.

There are practice tests also available, I highly recommend you take some of them throughout the 4 weeks.

The times for the final exam will vary due to the computer lab availability. Here they are for this year:

Exam Date Exam Time Location
June 7, 2013 1:00pm – 4:00pm 903 METC
July 5, 2013 1:00pm – 4:00pm 903 METC
August 2, 2013 1:00pm – 4:00pm 903 METC
August 30, 2013 1:00pm – 4:00pm 903 METC — not yet confirmed
September 27, 2013 1:00pm – 4:00pm 903 METC — not yet confirmed
October 25, 2013 1:00pm – 4:00pm 903 METC — not yet confirmed
November 22, 2013 1:00pm – 4:00pm 903 METC — not yet confirmed
December 20, 2013 1:00pm – 4:00pm 903 METC — not yet confirmed
January 31, 2014 1:00pm – 4:00pm 903 METC — not yet confirmed
February 28, 2014 1:00pm – 4:00pm 903 METC — not yet confirmed
March 28, 2014 1:00pm – 4:00pm 903 METC — not yet confirmed
April 25, 2014 1:00pm – 4:00pm 903 METC — not yet confirmed

In order to pass the course, you have to exceed the minimum pass level (MPL) which is set two standard deviations below the national mean for the exam. For the 2012-2013 academic year, this is a score of 56% and above. The MPL is adjusted annually. A score that is not above the MPL leads to failure of the course, a period of required remedial study, and a re-take of the exam.

How do I take the practice tests or final?

You should have been signed up for the test by the clerkship director or coordinator. You should get an email from the administrator at If you didn’t get this, please contact the clerkship director.

Once you get an email with your id and password, here are the instructions for taking the exam. You’ll report to the METC where the proctor will meet you.

  1. No pencils/pens, cell phones, bags or purses.
  2. Go to
  3. Click on “National EM M4 Exam”
  4. Use your username and password to log in.
  5. Submit “Student Confidentiality Agreement” information
    • Click on “Cover” in the lower left corner of the screen.
    • When complete, you need to “Finish and Exit” the Confidentiality Exam before starting the M4 exam. This step is somewhat confusing as you think you are exiting the M4 exam.
  6. You then reenter your username and password
  7. When prompted, the proctor will need to enter their ID and password
  8. Take the exam. You will have 90 minutes to complete the exam.
  9. Submit the results

When are the lectures?

We will have med student lectures on Friday 9 am morning. These are mandatory. Prior to the med student lectures, review the materials on the web for that day. I will not be lecturing you on the material, instead you will manage cases based on this information. So come prepared.

What should I be reading?

There is no required text book for this course. Starting this year I’m transitioning the reading material over to a new site. These reading modules were created by Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine from around the country. These reading modules are targeted at all medical students, not just those going into emergency medicine. This can be found at

The material there is broken down into two sections. The first section offers students an “approach to” a specific chief complaint. Each one gives you an idea of not only what critical diagnoses to consider, but also what initial actions must be taken even before arriving at a definitive diagnosis.

The second section is disease specific. These modules describe the classic presentation of disease processes (though rarely will something present classically), explanations of diagnostic tests, hints on how to make the diagnosis, treatment options and pitfalls to avoid.

Supplemental material will be available on this site. All the material is organized onto this lecture overview page.

Before the first day’s orientation, read the sections listed under Monday (Wk 1) Then before we meet for each Friday’s discussion section, read that week’s material.

Our standard textbooks by Tintanelli and Rosen are too large to review during this four-week course, however you may find them useful during your shift or to research your course project.

I may also hand out articles from time to time.

What happens if I’m going to be late or am sick?

While tardiness effects everyone adversely, we know that sometimes things come up that are hard to control. Should you be late for your shift, please call ahead and let us know. Call the main ER number, 312-947-0100.

Should you need to be absent from a shift, let us know and we’ll work on rescheduling it.

Per the medical school’s illness policy, any more than 2 days absent need to be reported to the Office of Medical School Programs.

Just not showing up to shifts is unprofessional behavior. While I rely on the honor system, should we discover someone hasn’t performed their required duties, we’re required to report this to the Dean’s Office and it goes on your final evaluation.

What should I wear?

The following is from the ER’s dress code policy:

While on duty, all students are required to be clean, well groomed and wear a Rush photo identification above the waist with thier picture clearly visible.

Rush lab coats are required with dress attire. No denim jeans, tee shirts, or open toed sandals are to be worn. Blue or green non-logo scrubs can be worn. Cut off shirts that display a bare midriff section, short skirts that display the upper thighs, or low cut shirts that display a low neckline are not allowed. Dark glasses are only permitted with documentation of a medical necessity. Undergarments should not be visible. Imprinted promotional logo shirts/slacks are not to be visible. Hoisery/socks are to be worn. Tattoos are to be covered. Acrylic or false finger nails are not allowed. Nails are to be a length of no longer than 1/4 inch.

Closed toed, non-slip shoes are to be worn in the clinical area. Slacks should be ankle length or longer. Dresses or skirts should be knee length or longer. Noticeably scented personal products are not allowed in the clinical area. All clothing must be cleaned, pressed, coordinated and fitted properly and appropriate for work. Hair must be clean and appropriately restrined. Facial hair must be well trimmed and maintained. No visible body piercing may be worn with the exception of earrings. Visible jewelry related to an established religious tradition may be worn.

Should you be found to be wearing inappropriate clothing you will be asked to change. Should this require you to go offsite, you will be required to make up that shift plus another (for a total of two shifts) at a time arranged with the med student co-ordinator.

Where can I put my stuff?

You shouldn’t bring your belongings to the Emergency Room. There’s no place to safely stash it. Luckily we have a locker room in which you can put your stuff. Medical students have three lockers assigned to them (which you will share during your rotation). These are:

  • Locker #: 01 162
  • Locker #: 01 163
  • Locker #: 01 171

I put the combinations here, but it’s password protected to keep your stuff safe. Don’t want those floating around the Internet. We’ll get that to you during orientation. Here are the rules of the locker room. Please don’t circulate the combinations to other people. These combinations protect your stuff, so let’s keep it protected. You’ll have to share lockers, so don’t bring too much stuff since the lockers are not big.

  • This locker room is unisex. Curtains are placed in spaces to try to best create visual barriers but the space was not intended for staff to fully disrobe in public. Instead, male and female bathrooms were installed with key card readers to allow space for changing your clothes.
  • The locker room houses physicians, nurses, technicians, patients access staff, students, residents and anyone who works clinically in the ED.
  • Women should enter through the west door and men through the east to avoid cross-over through numerous staff.
  • Knock before entering.
  • Clean up after yourself. The bathrooms have showers so keep the area clean.
  • Keep your lockers clean.
  • Your locker may be moved from time to time to adjust to changes in staff mix.
  • Finally, and most importantly, respect your colleague’s privacy.

What is Rush Medical College’s attendance policy?

Group interactions enhance the educational process and establishing habits of punctuality and attendance are essential features of professionalism. Rush Medical College students are encouraged to attend all educational activities and to actively participate in those activities. Medical students, as adult learners. may elect not to attend some activities for which attendance is not required. M1 and M2 educational program leaders will mark some sessions on the time table as those for which attendance is required. For all small group learning sessions in the Physicianship Program and all clinical programs (SCE, others clinical activities in M1 and M2 years, and all M3 and M4 activities), attendance is required. A single unexcused absence may lead to failure of a block, course or program. Acceptable absences are those that are legitimate, excused absences approved in advance by the course director or absences that are the result of an emergency situation.

Can I go on interviews this month?

We don’t give you specific time off for you to go on interviews. Your schedule in the ER is fairly flexible, so if you have a few interviews, you should be able to arrange your schedule to accommodate them. The medical school’s policy is that “students may not take more than 2 days off during a 4-week elective for interview purposes.”

If you have a large number of interviews, it might be best for you to take a month off to concentrate on those.

Your Friday lectures are mandatory, so please remember that when scheduling your interviews. You cannot pass the course if you miss these.

Many students have asked for special exceptions due to the number of interviews they had scheduled. While there is a lot of flexibility in the course schedule for you to take a few interviews, it is difficult to accommodate all the student’s needs and still have an effective rotation experience. If you cannot fulfill the requirements of the course, we encourage you to take it at another time. Instead focus on your interviews. Those are very important, give them the attention they need. We welcome you to take our rotation at a later date.

What is Rush’s policy on academic honesty?

Rush University students and faculty belong to an academic community with high scholarly standards. As essential as academic honesty is to the relationship of trust fundamental to the educational process, academic dishonesty violates one of the most basic ethical principles of an academic community, and will result in sanctions imposed under the University’s disciplinary system. A partial list of academically dishonest behaviors that would subject a student to disciplinary action includes:

  • Cheating: Using unauthorized material or unauthorized help from another person in any work submitted for academic credit
  • Fabrication: Inventing information or citations in an academic or clinical exercise
  • Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: Providing unauthorized material or information to another person
  • Plagiarism: Submitting the work of another person or persons, as one’s own without acknowledging the correct source
  • Unauthorized Examination Behavior: Conversing with another person, passing or receiving material to/from another person or temporarily leaving an examination site to visit an unauthorized site

I copied this information from the Rush webpage on academic honesty.

What if I feel like I’m being treated unfairly or inequitably?

Rush has a zero-tolerance policy on mistreatment. Zero! If you feel that you are being mistreated, please bring that to the attention of the clerkship director. There will be no repercussions on you or your grade or your evaluations. We want this to be a safe and secure place for you to learn.

If you feel uncomfortable coming to me, you have other resources. You can go speak with Dr. Boyd in the Office of Medical Student Programs or go to the Special Committee on the RMC Environment (SCORE). Dr. David Ansel serves as the ombudsman for SCORE.

You can always come to me with questions or concerns and I will never hold it against you, however if you feel uncomfortable doing so, there is an online link as well. Click here.

Here is the information shared with our faculty.

For more information, you can view SCORE’s information PDF.

Dr. So-and-so took care of me once before and now is grading me? What should I do?

In order to avoid any conflict of interest, health professionals who have provided psychiatric/psychological counseling or other health services to a medical student must have no involvement in the academic assessment of the medical student receiving those services. Therefore, students should not be assigned to work with faculty (attending or residents) who may have provided these health services. With awareness of this policy, students must proactively bring any identified conflicts of this nature to the attention of the course director as soon as possible so that alternative assignments may be made.Please don’t be offended, but most of us will not remember treating you as an M1, so we will unlikely know to excuse ourselves from grading you. Please bring this to our attention ahead of time so we can avoid these situations.

What if I get stuck with a needle or something splashes into my eye?

If you are exposed to a hazardous or potentially infectious substance, please follow the Rush protocol below, for on campus and off campus occurrences. This information is also included in the Core Common Syllabus Appendix D, and on the laminated card behind your ID badge.
Exposure Incident Definition: Eye, mouth, mucous membrane, non-intact skin contact, or parenteral exposure to blood or potentially infectious or hazardous materialsProcedure at Rush University Medical Center

  1. Wash injured area with soap and water. If eyes, nose, or mouth, use water only.
  2. Immediately report the incident to your preceptor, supervisor, and/or course instructor.
  3. Immediately report to Emergency Services (ES), Room 1203, 1st Floor Tower, 1620 W. Harrison St., 312-947-1000. Please bring your student ID or indicate you are a student and not an employee.
  4. Supply ES nurse/physician with the following information on the source: (a) name, (b) date of birth, (c) medical record number, (d) known medical diseases (Hepatitis B, HIV), an (e) patient room number. All information is recorded confidentially in the Blood/Body Fluid Exposure Record.
  5. Students will be counseled or treated as deemed appropriate by ES personnel.
  6. E-mail regarding exposure with exposed student’s name, college, course, date, time, and details of exposure for follow-up, and ensure proper billing of the services received.
  7. Follow up with consultants as directed for lab work and treatment as indicated. Medical students will follow up with Lifetime Medical Associates (LMA).

Procedure if Off Campus

Follow the protocol at your facility. If directed to Rush ES facility, bring source patient information (#4 above) and source blood in one lavender top and one marble top tube labeled “source patient.” Email with exposed student’s name, college, course, date, time, and details of exposure for follow-up and billing. Follow-up care should be received at ES or at consultants as directed by ES.

How can I get safely to my car?

You will be working some late night shifts when you’ll either be coming to or leaving from the hospital at night time. Please be safe and contact security for a safe way to your car or home.

Rush University Medical Center provides free shuttle service between medical center buildings at designated times during the day and evening. The green and white shuttle van is available to transport students from the Stroger Hospital location to the parking garage at Rush, and other nearby locations. Please use good judgment in walking around the medical center after dark, consult posted shuttle schedules, and take advantage of this service.

As a visiting student interested in Rush, whom should I contact?

Contact our Office of Medical Student Programs (OMSP) at RMC_visitingstudents [at] Replace the ” [at] ” with an @ sign. I just want to avoid them getting spammed by spambots looking for e-mail addresses. Thanks.

What’s the phone number for the department?

  • Department phone number is 312-947-0100.
  • Office phone number is 312-947-0229
  • Rahul’s Google Voice number: 312-eight six nine-4056

Are there any other numbers I may need?

Of course, and here they are…

  • Office of Associate Provost Student Affairs — 312/942-2819
  • Rush University Counseling Center — 312/942-3687
  • RUMC Campus Security — 312/942-5678
  • RUMC Emergency Room — 312/947-0100
  • RUMC Employee & Corporate Health Services — 312/947-0699
  • Lifetime Medical Associates — 312/942-8000

Crisis Lines

  • Chicago Police Department — 911
  • Illinois Poison Control Center — 800/222-1222
  • National Suicide Hotline — 800/273-8255
  • YWCA Rape Crisis Hotline — 888/293-2080
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 24-hr. Hotline — 312/346-1475
  • Narcotics Anonymous 24-hr. Hotline — 708/848-4884
  • Northwestern Memorial Hosp 24-hr. Hotline — 312/926-8100
  • Domestic Violence Help Line (City of Chicago) — 877/863-6338
  • Sarah’s Inn Hotline (domestic violence) — 708/386-4225