'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.
Within the field of cardiology the technological advances have really been astounding, and many of them driven by computer technology, imaging technologies, ways of looking at the heart, the heart arteries, blood flow, without having to necessarily put catheters into the body or to do procedures that might be riskier. And these techniques have led to a very consistent decline in death and disability from heart disease over time.
Certainly there’s a whole spectrum of different cardiac conditions, but many of them have in common the fact that lifestyle modifications — the patients own behavior — can have a real impact in helping to treat or slow the progression of the disease. And I enjoy interacting with patients about the kind of lifestyle changes they can make to help themselves. It gives you a sense of empowerment. It gives them a sense of empowerment in taking control of their own lives. And that’s a very rewarding aspect of the specialty.