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MD Education

IU School of Medicine’s Bloomington campus offers the same high quality medical education curriculum that’s available at all the school’s statewide campuses, which enables continuity of learning, teaching and community involvement.

Like other campuses outside Indianapolis, Bloomington offers smaller medical education class size. Close collaboration between students and faculty, and opportunities to become part of the local medical community, are other appealing attributes of the Bloomington campus.

Instruction in the basic sciences in Bloomington involves extensive clinical integration at IU-Health Bloomington Hospital, and the third-year clerkships at this campus are longitudinal, spanning the entire academic year. Students also have many opportunities to interact with the community through medical service-learning in Bloomington. For students who wish to pursue an interest in medical research may obtain a dual degree—either a MD/PhD or MD/MS degree.

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Medical students at all IU School of Medicine campuses must adhere to the policies and standards established by the university and school.

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Spirit of Medicine

Bloomington offers medical students college-town culture, endless educational pursuits

IU School of Medicine’s statewide campus system ensures all medical students receive the same high-quality MD curriculum while allowing them to explore unique opportunities on a regional campus. In Bloomington, a big draw is the college-town vibe and culture, along with the community’s picturesque hills and lakes.

Laura Gates  |  Mar 26, 2021

MD Enrichment Programs in Bloomington

  • Fourth-Year Electives
    The Bloomington campus with its local clinical partners offers a variety of clinical electives for fourth-year medical students. Students obtain clinical practice and patient care experience in a real-world context as they train in primary care, specialized care, private practice and hospital settings in the Bloomington community.
  • Dual Degree

    Medical students in Bloomington have the opportunity to pursue graduate studies leading to a combined MD/PhD or MD/MS degree. The MD degree is administered by the School of Medicine and the PhD and MS degree is offered by the IU’s University Graduate School and the specific academic department.

    A coordinated flexible schedule makes it possible for medical students to pursue advanced study and research in a specific field. Close personal faculty guidance is provided in the preclinical curriculum, which is adjustable to the background, needs and special interests of each student. Students may complete the requirements for an advanced research degree prior to, concurrent with or upon completion of the clinical years of medicine. Applicants to the combined degree program must be accepted by both IU School of Medicine MD Admissions and University Graduate School admissions.

  • Scholarly Concentrations
    Scholarly Concentration Topic: Business of Medicine
    This Scholarly Concentration prepares future physicians to apply the fundamentals of business in clinical environments. As a result, students learn how to improve medical outcomes, reduce costs and lift staff morale. Team-based consulting projects teach students to frame managerial challenges, envision new organizational solutions, evaluate tradeoffs in resources and outcomes, and implement improvements at an enterprise level.


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