Named after social activist and physician to the founding fathers Benjamin Rush, Rush University has been the academic sub-unit of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois since 1972. An impressive endowment of just over a half-billion dollars powers its mission to minister to the community through scientific knowledge. Its four sub-divisions—the medical college, two University Colleges and a graduate college—offer more than thirty academic programs, including an M.S. and Ph.D. in Integrated Biomedical Sciences and several nursing-related online tracks of study (which were ranked 11th among 150 schools in quality in 2016, according to U.S. News and World Report!) Researchers here have recently made significant breakthroughs in the realms of hypothyroidism, tissue engineering and anesthesiology, but also know how to take a break for a while: in 2012, students and faculty alike were encouraged to “tickle the ivories” as a part of a program by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra called Piano in Public Spaces. It’s comforting to know that, with the future of Midwestern medicine at stake, Rush University is leading the way.