MedSTEM Explorers


In light of the developments with COVID-19, we want to keep you informed about our plans for this summer. At this time, we are planning to continue with MedSTEM Explorers and MedSTEM Pathways for the Summer 2020 session as scheduled. However, we understand that circumstances are constantly changing due to the outbreak and we may need to modify our programs to accommodate Rush’s Safety and Visitor requirements. 

If the outbreak continues to worsen and isolation continues, the Rush Education and Career Hub will make the decision to transition our MedSTEM Explorers and Pathways programs to a virtual learning experience. 

This decision has not yet been finalized, however, we will continue to keep you updated via email as we move forward with planning for this summer. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact us via email ( or phone at (312) 942-3634. 

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What is MedSTEM Explorers?

MedSTEM Explorers is a 6-week exploratory summer program at Rush University Medical Center for high school underclassmen in Chicago. Students will spend 16 hours per week in class exploring careers in STEM and healthcare, developing academic and workforce skills, and researching real-world health issues in their Chicago communities. Successful students from MedSTEM Explorers will be highly considered for the MedSTEM Pathways internship program.

Program Information

Program Benefits


Career Exploration

Students will be able to explore careers through workshop, research, and discussions about their chosen fields with real professionals.


College Readiness

Students will gain valuable knowledge about their match schools, FAFSA, students loans, student resources, available scholarships, graduate school, and other financial literacy knowledge to gain their degree quickly and efficiently.


Workforce Skills Development

Students will attend courses and training that help promote vital work ethics and professionalism skills encouraging a competent, safe, and reliable worker.



Connect with students from west-side Chicago communities schools that surround the Rush University Medical Center.