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.


Longitudinal Third-Year Clerkships

Unique to the Bloomington campus, third-year clinical clerkships extend over the entire academic year. Students work individually with volunteer faculty mentors who are practicing physicians at a variety of clinical facilities in the community.

Each clinical clerkship has its own set of mentors who meet with students weekly or bi-weekly throughout the year. Only eight students are accepted annually into the third-year program. This educational model offers outstanding opportunities for meaningful patient care. Through continuity between the preceptor and patients, participating medical students become a valued member of the healthcare team. Students that are self-directed learners with strong organization skills will find the flexibility of this program particularly rewarding.

Self-directed learning time

Self-directed learning time is an important element of the longitudinal clerkship curriculum for third-year medical students in Bloomington. It allows students to exercise some autonomy to pursue specific interests to enrich their education. Self-directed learning time can be spent to explore sub-specialties that are not part of the core curriculum, join a preceptor in the operating room, meeting patients for appointments or tests outside the student’s usual office time, conduct research or participate in a local medical service learning program—or to complete required coursework and online learning modules or to study for examinations.


Lectures, or didactics sessions, from general surgery, medicine, sub-specialty surgery and pharmacy are conducted weekly. Time is also devoted to physical exam demonstrations, patient case presentations and preparation for examinations.

The concurrent nature of the courses make the usual third-year examination schedule impractical, so course finals are deferred until the final two months of the academic year and administered every other week. With this in mind, call schedules are weighted toward the beginning of the year. Two practice National Board of Medical Examiners finals are administered during the year to help students track their education progress. Students are also encouraged to take NBME subject practice tests prior to each final.