IU School of Medicine-Evansville campus is situated on the campus of University of Southern Indiana, a beautiful wooded campus located about three miles west of Evansville, the third largest city in Indiana, giving students access to plenty of entertainment, extracurricular activities and culture.
Through the efforts of faculty members who continue outstanding research, teaching and service, IU School of Medicine-Evansville students consistently excel in statewide exams, national boards and competency assessments. Medical students here enjoy small class sizes, allowing for close-knit bonds with peers, faculty and staff. And, because of close proximity to local universities such as the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville, IU School of Medicine trainees in Evansville benefit from an inter-professional learning and clinical practice environment. In fact some lodging for third- and fourth-year medical students is at hospital sites.
The nearly 11,000 students on this campus make an energetic but not overcrowded collegiate community, and a relatively low cost of living makes it easy for medical students to enjoy a well-balanced lifestyle. Outside of class, students have an energetic and quickly expanding city to explore and enjoy. Evansville is a city on the verge of expansion. With a thriving downtown, a variety of sporting arenas and teams, parks, museums, festivals and unique restaurants, there is plenty to do here for all interests.
The University of Southern Indiana is a competitive member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 15 varsity intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. In 2010, the USI men’s baseball team won the NCAA Division II National Championship. The community also rallies for the Evansville Otters baseball team and the Thunderbolts ice hockey team.
All students need to make time for rest, relaxation and exercise to stay healthy. A good place to get some exercise at the Evansville campus is the University Recreation and Fitness Center. Medical students at the Evansville campus have full access to this facility at no cost. This fitness center has a 25-meter six-lane indoor pool, a climbing wall, weight room, and large assortment of exercise equipment where students can relax and stay fit. Free exercise classes are also available, and students can enjoy indoor/outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. For runners, great trails are available on campus, including an asphalt pedestrian/bike trail that connects campus to nearby Burdette Park, State Hospital and Wesselman’s Park.
Students adapting to medical school need to adjust to the amount of class and study time needed for each course. Scheduling time for everything can be difficult, and sometimes things need to be dropped from a medical student’s schedule to maintain course work. However, it is important to keep some time available for extra-curricular activity.
Many students enjoy trivia night at several local restaurants along with physical fitness classes at the REC center on campus. Student at IU School of Medicine-Evansville can also join USI intramural sports, and many do. Various service learning projects are available throughout the year.
More information about the Evansville community is available at Visit Evansville