IU School of Medicine students and faculty in Indianapolis benefit from strong partnerships with local area hospitals in the IU Health network, including IU Health University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, and the IU Simon Cancer Center. In addition, tremendous clinical opportunities are available at Eskenazi Health, a large county teaching hospital, as well as a modern tertiary referral VA medical center.
Students are able to engage with learning through clinical practice at these nationally ranked teaching hospitals that record several million inpatient and outpatient visits each year. This enormous patient base provides a broad range of superb clinical educational opportunities in and near Indianapolis and allow students to gain experience in cutting edge diagnostics, treatments and overall patient care through clerkships and electives. A site coordinator that assists with implementation of the clinical activities is available at all sites.
Serving a Large and Diverse Patient Population
The patient population at clinical training sites in Indianapolis is large and diverse, offering medical students, residents and fellows exposure to the full spectrum of diseases–from the very common to the very rare. A large urban African-American population and a growing Latino population compose a large part of the patient volume at Eskenazi and HealthNet clinics. Referral patients from around the state include rural patients and a large Amish population. These clinical sites also serve several immigrant groups from Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe. Trainees are exposed to all types of patients from a variety of cultures, health insurance coverage levels, socioeconomic statuses and backgrounds.