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.

Graduate Medical Education

Requirements to Apply for Residency

Most Graduate Medical Education programs in the United States, including those at IU School of Medicine, simultaneously participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), which opens registration on or around September 15 of each academic year. Visit the individual program website for specific details, deadlines and requirements. Complete registration by November 30 to avoid the late registration fee.

US Medical Graduates

Medical school graduates from a US institution must have the following credentials in order to interview for a residency at IU School of Medicine:

  • Satisfactory completion of USMLE Step 1 (or comparable test). Specific requirements set by program.
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Graduation from medical school (within the last three years preferred)

International Medical Graduates

Medical school graduates from an institution outside of the U.S. must have the following credentials in order to interview for a residency at IU School of Medicine:

  • Graduation from medical school within the last three years
  • U.S. clinical experience preferred (Observerships do not meet this requirement.)
  • Satisfactory completion of USMLE Step 1 (or comparable test). Specific requirements set by program.
  • Transcript (with translation included)
  • Personal statement
  • Valid ECFMG Certificate (before residency start date)
  • Visas: J-1 is the preferred training visa. Check with program for questions about visa sponsorship.
  • Three letters of recommendation from U.S. clinical attending physicians, one by specialty specific program

Residency FAQ

The primary advantage of residency at IU School of Medicine is the size and diversity of the patient population. With a medical campus located in downtown Indianapolis, the school is within walking distance to four different hospitals and a short drive/tram ride to the fifth hospital.

Specific strengths of the residency program include a comprehensive pediatric experience at Riley Children’s Hospital, which is a Pediatric Level 1 trauma center, and a nationally recognized Emergency Medicine training program (both pediatric and adult). Numerous advanced training is offered in ACGME-accredited fellowship programs in discipline-specific academic departments.

Rotations are developed that prepare physicians for life after residency/fellowship, and residents are well-integrated into the healthcare and wellness delivery system. Additionally, residents and fellows are encouraged to provide feedback about the programs and the environments in which they train in order to escalate quality and patient safety in the clinical learning environments.

Integrating resident physicians into the local healthcare and wellness environment is central to the experience at IU School of Medicine, where networking opportunities and access to the academic mission of the organization complement the clinical skills gained as part of training. A mentoring program matches each resident with a Faculty mentor who offers expertise and advice in the specialty area of focus. Residents also participate on professional committees to round out the experience and prepare for successful careers in medicine.

In addition, the Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Mentor/Mentee Program is designed to enhance the experience of underrepresented residents and fellows in Medicine—including first generation learners, learners from rural areas, and educationally or economically disadvantaged learners—to ensure that all future physicians are poised for successful careers regardless of ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or other personal attributes. The program engages residents and fellows with faculty committed to supporting the development of a diverse workforce in healthcare and offers a wide range of activities, social events, workshops and networking opportunities.

Resident and fellow performance is assessed at the program level and is driven by Board requirements. Programs utilize competency-based education, milestones and EPAs as tools to effectively measure performance. Academic evaluations and reporting is primarily managed through the residency management system (MedHub) and are accessible for review by program participants.

Board preparation occurs throughout the duration of a residency or fellowship. Programs facilitate formal preparation as well as informal preparation that includes (but is not limited to) Board review sessions and journal clubs that are faculty- and resident-driven. Each training program has established Board Certification Guidelines for which they prepare their residents or fellows. Additionally, each program develops a plan driven by its faculty and residents that contain Board Review Courses and journal clubs. In-training examinations are utilized as well to highlight areas for individual improvement.

IU School of Medicine offers numerous opportunities to get involved in research projects as well as the ability to innovate original ideas. Each Graduate Medical Education training program has time set aside in its curriculum to allow research opportunities for those interested. Exposure to research for each individual resident/fellow is an important goal at IU School of Medicine. Find out more about IU School of Medicine’s $300 million medical research program.

Individual training programs approach the transition from training to independent practice differently and creatively. As an institution, IU School of Medicine has routinely sponsored resident/fellow workshops that cover the business and legal aspects of independent practice. Numerous modules of AMA Introduction to the Practice of Medicine are also available to residents and fellows on demand. Topics include Anatomy of the Litigation Process, Choosing the Practice That’s Right for You, Medical Liability Insurance: Protection for your Practice Journey, Medicare 101, Medicaid, and more.