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Transforming the Educational Mission

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Over the past two years as part of our Road to Reaccreditation, we candidly assessed every facet of IU School of Medicine and made countless improvements to our educational programs.  As a part of this process last fall, we implemented a new horizontally and vertically integrated curriculum, ensuring comparability across all nine campuses.

In addition, we:

  • Bolstered our mentoring and advising program with the addition of an associate dean from student affairs and 12 full-time lead advisors
  • Established specific ways for students to report and for us to reduce mistreatment
  • Created an Ombuds Program for learners, faculty members and staff to get confidential and impartial help in resolving disputes.
  • Tripled our capacity to provide mental health care to our students by hiring a board-certified psychiatrist and a licensed social worker to provide therapy.
  • Established a 24-hour dedicated emergency phone line – 317-278-HELP – for students at all campuses and residents
  • Launched IUSM Mobile, an app that provides students access to a wide range of resources, including health and counseling services, events calendars, library resources and transportation information.
  • Developed a standardized statewide structure for course and clerkship leadership.
  • Recruited more than 30 FTE instructors to enhance the education mission.
  • In collaboration with IU’s other health sciences schools, finalized and launched the Team Education Advancing Collaboration in Healthcare (TEACH) curriculum through the IU Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education
  • Established an Office for Continual Quality Improvement
  • Began work on expanding graduate medical education across Indiana

To learn more about the strategic planning priocess now underway to to harness this momentum and continue building on the quality improvements, visit the IU School of Medicine Strategic Planning page. To get involved and help the school evaulate where we stand and how to further improve on specific priority areas, please take a short survey.

The views expressed in this content represent the perspective and opinions of the author and may or may not represent the position of Indiana University School of Medicine.

Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA

Executive Vice President for University Clinical Affairs

Jay L. Hess MD, PhD, MHSA became Dean of the School of Medicine and Executive Vice President for University Clinical Affairs at Indiana University in September 2013. Read his full bio.