The Medical Sciences Program in Bloomington is unique among the IU School of Medicine campuses in that it educates medical students seeking an MD as well as graduate and undergraduate students. Bloomington offers a Big 10 learning environment on an iconic campus.

With six major hospitals housing about 2000 beds, medical students in Evansville have access to physician educators in a range of medical specialties. An expanded residency program here will provide more than 100 new graduate medical education positions over the next few years.

The Fort Wayne campus offers clinical education in both rural and urban communities through two large hospital systems serving the region. A Student Research Fellowship Program offers med students nine weeks of summer research experience.

Students and faculty in Indianapolis benefit from close proximity to some of Indiana’s largest teaching hospitals and the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center. This campus offers medical education in the heart of one of the most progressive and economically healthy cities in the United States.

Muncie is the School’s only campus that’s located on hospital property, giving medical students a front-row four-year medical education with all the amenities that come with being located near the campus of Ball State University, a bustling college environment.

Located in a highly populated urban region just 25 miles from downtown Chicago, the Gary campus offers medical students unparalleled access to clinical care at 11 major teaching hospitals housing 2800 beds. An expanded residency program in Gary will accommodate more than 100 new graduate medical education positions.

IU School of Medicine-South Bend is located on the campus of Notre Dame, offering a rich campus life in a traditionally collegiate community. Students here gain clinical care experience at the Navari Student Outreach Clinic, and external funding for faculty research exceeds $2 million per year.

Known for its rural medical education program, IU School of Medicine-Terre Haute meets the increased need for physicians to serve rural communities throughout the state of Indiana and beyond. This unique four-year medical school program emphasizes primary care and other specialties of need in rural communities.

Located on the campus of Purdue University, the West Lafayette campus offers a Big Ten campus atmosphere and opportunities to supplement the MD curriculum with research experience in the collaborative labs and research centers here. This IU School of Medicine campus offers on-campus housing to med students.

Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery

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The Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery department at the IU School of Medicine has a long and time-honored tradition of training both medical students pursuing a career in otolaryngology as well as those interested in other fields. This has been accomplished largely through direct patient contact experiences in both the clinic and the operating rooms, with a focus on hands-on, experiential learning. Students find that this department places a high value on tailoring its education to the needs of the learner.

Clinical Clerkship Rotations

Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery is one of the subspecialties medical students experience as part of their surgical rotation. This month-long program allows students to become acquainted with the scope of otolaryngology in both clinic and operating rooms, as the clerkship rotates amongst three different facilities: Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, IU Health University Hospital and Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.

The otolaryngology clerkship experience gives medical students a glimpse into the medical specialty, treating issues related to hearing, sinus disease, skull base tumors, head and neck cancer, facial plastic surgery, trauma, head and neck reconstruction, throat, and voice while handling both medical and surgical management of these problems. Medical students in this rotation have the opportunity to learn basic, procedural skills as well as comprehensive head-and-neck clinical exams and assessments—all the while treating adults and children in both general and ear, nose and throat subspecialty experiences. This gives medical students an understanding of how simple illnesses can progress to the subspecialty level. At the same time, students work alongside faculty and residents, gaining a better understanding of how each role fits together as part of the medical team.

This clerkship is offered Monday through Friday. Call and weekend work can be completed at the discretion of the medical student.

Medical students involved in the Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery clerkship may find this resource useful: Primary Care Otolaryngology Online. Throughout the rotation, this is used as an adjunct text to cover the scope and breadth of Otolaryngology at the medical student level.

Elective courses within the Otolaryngology department are diversified to provide medical students advanced exposure to ENT treatments through both clinic and operating room settings. These courses are guided by the interests of the students and provide opportunities to experience the clinical settings at five hospitals and outpatient clinics in central Indiana. Through otolaryngology elective courses, students have the opportunity to work with neurotologists, head and neck surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, pediatric otolaryngologists, laryngologists, rhinologists, general otolaryngologists and microvascular reconstructive surgeons, exposing students to these subspecialties within ENT and increasing the student’s procedural skills for pathophysiologic problems of otolaryngology. Students also gain improved diagnostic skills, including fiber optic examinations, audiologic evaluations, and head and neck radiology. Students in these elective courses join faculty and residents in interdisciplinary conferences, such as aerodigestive, cochlear implant evaluations, pediatric and adult neuro-oncology, and head and neck tumor conferences. Students also join grand rounds lecture and didactic experiences. In addition to these elective courses, a research elective in ENT is also available.

Medical student research is an integral part of the otolaryngology educational experience. Faculty members value the opportunity to connect medical students interested in scholarship with research projects that suit their interests. Students have the opportunity to experience a wide array of clinical and research projects within the scope of otolaryngology. A research elective in ENT is available for students interested in otolaryngology-focused research.

Our Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery faculty members are vested in each student’s success. They actively provide informal mentorship to students interested in otolaryngology and will meet one-on-one to discuss how best to get into the field.

Visiting students must submit requests for rotation through the AAMC Visiting Student Application Service. Located on the AAMC site under “Services,” the Visiting Student Application Service is an AAMC application designed for medical students to apply for senior electives at U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals.