'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.
I got really attracted to psychiatry because you are helping patients when they’re very, very vulnerable — you’re talking about things that patients may not be discussing with really anybody else, including their family, their wives, their husbands, their clergy. And so it offers an ability to really attempt connect with somebody, to really attempt to understand their illness, and help.
Success is defined by the patient usually. And what I mean by that is — what is it that’s going on with the patient? So if they’re so depressed that they’re laying in bed all day, and they’ve lost their job because they can’t go to work, well, a successful thing might be getting them up and out, doing something structured for a little while, then graduating into going back to work. And that might be a huge success for them — even if they still feel sad sometimes, or even if they still cry sometimes, but their functionality has improved, for example. So it really depends on the patient, on the severity of their symptoms.