Educational Affairs

Led by Paul M. Wallach, MD, Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs and Institutional Improvement, the Office of Educational Affairs seeks to continuously improve the quality of medical education at all nine statewide campuses of IU School of Medicine. The office coordinates the educational programs and support services of IU School of Medicine, including MD admissions, academic advising, curriculum, learning technology, reaccreditation and more. The Educational Affairs team also oversees the school’s undergraduate Health Professions Programs, Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education.


Supporting Medical Student Education

The Medical Student Education team provides support to meet the needs of MD students as they pursue their medical degrees at IU School of Medicine. This office also serves faculty by providing resources and guidance for curriculum development, program assessment, student evaluation and learning technology.

Continuously Improving MD Curriculum

The Office of Educational Affairs developed a new curriculum for the school’s statewide MD program, which launched with the class of 2020. The new curriculum focuses on integrating clinical experiences and basic sciences and offers opportunities for learners to more deeply explore foundational science, specifically in their chosen specialty. While the legacy curriculum prepared excellent physicians, the new curriculum reflects and supports changes in health care delivery models, readying students to practice medicine in a team-based interdisciplinary setting.

MD Curriculum


Strengthening Residency and Fellowship Programs

Medical residencies and fellowships at IU School of Medicine provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient training experiences for future physicians as well as opportunities for physicians-in-training to participate in medical research. IU School of Medicine sponsors 85 ACGME-accredited and 55 non-ACGME residencies and fellowships in a broad range of specialties.


Michelle S. Howenstine, MD

Michelle S. Howenstine, MD

Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education
James H. Jones, MD

James H. Jones, MD

Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Preparing for Reaccreditation

All medical schools in North America are required to undergo the reaccreditation process through the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which provides an opportunity and platform for leadership, faculty, staff and students to reflect on educational processes and find areas for improvement. In 2017, IU School of Medicine received full accreditation status from LCME.

Medical Research and Graduate Studies

Through the Graduate Division, IU School of Medicine offers nine research-based doctoral degree programs; 10 basic and applied science master’s degree programs; the NIH-designated Medical Scientist Training Program (combined MD/PhD); and graduate certificates in Clinical Science, Medical Dosimetry, Health Innovation and Implementation Science, and Translational Science. In addition to administering the School of Medicine graduate programs, the Graduate Division provides support to graduate students, the academic programs and departments, as well as services for postdoctoral trainees at IU School of Medicine and its associated hospitals and institutions and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.