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.

Among the most appealing aspects of the Fort Wayne campus is free student parking. That’s right; medical students park in any lot or garage here—for free, anytime. This campus also hosts the Student Research Fellowship Program, which 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.

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Medical Research

All full-time foundational science faculty at IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary have active research laboratories exploring fundamental questions of cell function. Two areas of focus at this campus are eye research, especially related to corneal and retinal diseases, and pathogenesis of bacteria and innate immunity. Summer research opportunities are available for first-year med students who would like to work with faculty and gain research experience.

Summer Research Internship Program

Each year, the science faculty members at IU School of Medicine’s Gary campus sponsor 8-10 undergraduate and medical students in their research laboratories as part of an eight week (188-hour total commitment) Summer Research Internship Program. With flexible start and end dates, most students begin work in mid-May and end in early July. The program provides undergraduate and first-year medical students opportunities to work in active research laboratories under the close supervision of a faculty mentor and/or postdoctoral fellow and assist in ongoing research. Students work on a range of research projects in areas such as neuroscience, infectious diseases, innate immunity, muscle biology, obesity, aging, retinal physiology and diseases, corneal innervation and dry eye disease, and more. Students gain exposure in all facets of biomedical research, including literature review, experimental design, data acquisition and analysis, trouble-shooting, and preparation of supportive images and graphs.

Students accepted into the program are expected to work a minimum of 188 hours on their project, or an average of about 24 hours per week. Weekly schedules are determined in advance by mutual agreement between the faculty mentor and student. Each student who successfully completes the program will receive a $1500 stipend. To complete the internship, each student will present a 15-20 minute presentation, patterned after a formal talk presented at a national scientific meeting, to an audience of fellow summer interns and interested faculty.

Application Process

Students interested in participating in the Summer Research Internship at the IU School of Medicine Gary campus should contact the internship program coordinator, Dr. Carl Marfurt, in person or by email (at cmarfurt@iun.edu) to arrange a meeting. Dr Marfurt’s office is located in the Dunes Medical Education/Professional Building.

Prior to meeting with Dr. Marfurt, applicants should submit electronically to Dr. Marfurt’s attention: a one- or two-page curriculum vitae and a brief letter of introduction, explaining your motivations for applying to the summer research program and your goals for the future. At the conclusion of the meeting, Dr. Marfurt will arrange, based on the student’s expressed interests, to meet with one or more faculty mentors to discuss potential research positions within their laboratories.

Students can also talk directly with the faculty member with whom they wish to work. Faculty members who routinely sponsor students in their research laboratories include Drs. Kennedy, Gupta, Kostrominova, Dziarski, Bae, Talarico, Ruddick, and Marfurt.

The application process for this program begins on November 15 and continues on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Historically, positions for the coming Summer Session are filled by February or March, so early submission of applications is encouraged. The number of applicants accepted into the program varies from year to year depending on the number of research slots available.