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MD Education

Beginning with the first-year MD curriculum, the Department of Medicine at IU School of Medicine offers a variety of educational opportunities for medical students, including the Introduction to Clinical Medicine program and an Internal Medicine Clerkship. A Senior Medicine Clerkship, Senior Medicine Externship and a variety of elective courses are available for fourth-year medical students.

Foundations of Clinical Practice

Under the direction of Department of Medicine faculty, this highly interdisciplinary program provides first- and second-year medical students with early exposure to clinical care. The program emphasizes the importance of provider-patient relationships, the development of communication and physical examination skills, and general professional development.

Internal Medicine Clerkship

The Internal Medicine Clerkship, often the most highly rated by senior medical students, consists of an eight-week rotation with opportunities for ambulatory and community-based experience as well as inpatient experiences at diverse facilities, including county, Veterans Administration, tertiary referral and community hospitals.

Senior Medicine Externship

In this required one-month rotation for fourth-year students, the Senior Medicine Externship gives fourth-year medical students opportunity to care for inpatients at Ball Memorial Hospital, IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, St. Vincent Hospital and Eskenazi Health. Students can choose between intensive care and floor care, based on their career interests. While students are carefully supervised by board-certified faculty and residents, they function with increased autonomy as training progresses.

Internal Medicine Electives

A variety of electives are offered by the Department of Medicine for fourth-year medical students. These courses are offered at both on-campus and off-campus clinical sites to generate general or subspecialty experience in inpatient or outpatient care. Other specially arranged programs are available, including hospice care or global health experiences in partnership with Moi University as part of the IU School of Medicine-led AMPATH program.

Connect with the Internal Medicine Student Community

A student-led group, the IU School of Medicine Internal Medicine Student Interest Group provides MD students with opportunities to explore career options in internal medicine. Activities include shadowing internists for early clinical experience and participating in discussion forums with residents, general internists and medicine sub-specialists.

Medical students with an interest in internal medicine and department subspecialty areas, including geriatrics, medicine-pediatrics, and others can learn more about these fields by interacting with practitioners via clinical shadowing, informal discussions, social functions and more.

In addition to programs and experiences on the IU School of Medicine – Indianapolis campus, Internal Medicine Student Interest Group members engage in philanthropic activities, offering students several ways to become involved within the community. The Internal Medicine Student Interest Group is sponsored by the American College of Physicians.