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.


Medical Service Learning

As part of the IU School of Medicine’s tripartite mission, educators and mentors emphasize a public responsibility for medical students (tomorrow’s physicians) to serve as advocates for the health and well-being of the community. That’s why students at the Bloomington campus—and at all other IU School of Medicine statewide locations—are encouraged to engage in medical service-learning experiences as members of the community. A broad range of service-learning experiences are available statewide, and these curricular and co-curricular programs supplement and enhance medical education with real-world community engagement.

Each IU School of Medicine campus offers different medical service learning opportunities for the local community, and these innovative experiences are part of a larger organization and commitment that encompasses all elements of the School’s medical education program. In Bloomington, the Medical Sciences Student Service Learning Group sponsors community service activities in cooperation with its community partners.

Medical Service Learning Programs in Bloomington

Medical students from various graduating classes in Bloomington collaborate to produce a multifaceted public health fair each spring with support from IU Health, Bloomington Hospital, Indiana University Student Health Center and William Brothers Health Care. The public event, held at the Monroe County Public Library, includes informational and hands-on activities. IU School of Medicine invites other departments and agencies to attend and participate in this event.

In this program, IU School of Medicine-Bloomington students and faculty volunteer their time and efforts to help build a local Habitat for Humanity House. Medical students work alongside faculty as well as the future homeowner to apply their construction skills and create a new home for a deserving person or family. The Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County Chapter offers affordable housing to lower income families of Monroe County.

Medical students at the Bloomington campus meet with classmates who are proficient in Spanish and hold meetings with local administrators at Volunteers in Medicine Clinic to establish a cooperative effort for outreach to the Spanish population in Bloomington. Participating students acquire certification as medical Spanish interpreters and assist as “on call” interpreters for clinic visits.

An annual fall event, WonderLab’s Medical Workshop offers children of all ages a chance to learn more about a variety of medical professions. IU School of Medicine-Bloomington students hosted hands-on activities designed to engage students in the medical sciences and spark a passion to learn more about the human body. Workshops include working with a high-tech simulated patient whose internal apparatus can simulate wheezes, coughs, heart murmurs and an irregular heartbeat; exploring a pig’s heart; and practicing sutures on a banana. The WonderLab Museum of Health, Science, and Technology is located at 308 West 4th Street in Bloomington.