'We Get Out There and Do'Thousands of students, resident physicians and faculty members volunteer each year as part of the Rush Community Service Initiatives Programs, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year.
Physician, Reveal ThyselfRush has begun including patient survey results in individual physicians' online profiles. It's among few U.S. medical centers, and the only one in the Midwest, to make this information available to potential patients.
Many of my patients are stroke survivors or have other chronic illnesses — chronic and disabling illnesses — and my inpatient and outpatient work is primarily with that population.
In working with patients I take, what I call, a pragmatic approach. So I recognize that — particularly for patients who are chronically ill and/or disabled — many of the concerns they come in with are really grounded in making real life work again for them — so finding a way to return to work, finding a way to get their daily needs met, finding a way to manage pain or other aspects of physical debility. Working in rehab is really about optimizing outcomes in less than optimal situations. And I really love the fact that even when patients come to us with fairly significant medical illnesses — and often very significant psychiatric concerns — they are still able to make substantial gains, and they are still able to reclaim major parts of their lives.