The Rush Copley Family Medicine Residency Story
When Rush University and Copley Memorial Hospital first affiliated in the mid 1980s, planning for a Family Medicine Residency Program began and the first residents arrived in 1997.
Rush Copley Family Medicine Center received significant local support when three family physicians donated their life’s work to the establishment of the residency clinic, moving their patients and office equipment to Rush Copley. It was an exciting time as the hospital was newly built and the community looked forward to the tremendous resource the residency would be for serving the healthcare needs of its citizens.
The vision at the residency’s inception was based upon:
- Developing an unopposed program in an ideal community setting
- Enhancing family medicine academics, a long tradition at Rush Medical College, in a community setting
- Creating a nurturing environment for the personal and professional growth of young physicians
This vision was fulfilled over that first decade with a total of 55 graduates who entered into a variety of practice settings including traditional family medicine with/without obstetrics, outpatient clinic, urgent care, emergency department and residency education. Fulfilling that vision continues today as the program adapts to the changes and advances in family medicine and the evolving healthcare system.