The city of Gary, Indiana, is situated on the shore of Lake Michigan and offers a variety of recreational and cultural options. Located near the Indiana Dunes National Seashore and just 25 miles from downtown Chicago, the Gary campus makes it easy for students and faculty to enjoy one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the United States as well as one of its largest cities. Historic landmarks include the Jackson 5 childhood home and the USS Steel Yard. Arts, culture as well as sports and recreation opportunities are also available.
With only 32 students per class, medical students at the Gary campus have many opportunities to experience medical education in a personalized setting. Students in the third and fourth years of training receive one-on-one attention from attending community physicians, close involvement with a diverse population of patients and procedural skill development, including first-assisting in surgery, which is typically not available to med students at larger academic centers.
Medical students in Gary have full access to the IU Northwest campus athletic facilities located in the Savannah Fitness Center. Workout equipment and fitness classes are also available.
Many students at this campus participate in the Student American Medical Association, the Latino Medical Student Association and the Student National Medical Association, with a student representative elected each year to coordinate class activities and interact with local and statewide academic administrators.
Medical students in Gary are also involved with local organizations and local elementary schools, where they present health-based programs. Students share academic resources and encouragement as well as frequent trips to Chicago to decompress and strengthen classmate bonds.