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.

MD Program

Equipment Requirements for First-Year Medical Students

First-year medical students are given dissection kits and clean lab gowns to protect clothing (in the Gross Anatomy Lab) and can rent microscopes for coursework, so required supplies to purchase in preparation for the first year of medical school are minimal.

Required Supplies

  • Textbooks
  • One box of Nitrile or Latex rubber gloves
  • Scrubs and a pair of old shoes (for Gross Anatomy Lab)
  • Ophthalmoscope and Otoscope kit

Note: Traditional is adequate; a Pan-Optic is not required and is quite expensive.

  • Stethoscope (Cardiology Grade)
  • Reflex hammer
  • Sphygmomanometer

Note: Adult cuff is fine. Some students may also want to get a large adult cuff and a pediatric cuff depending on their needs and future career plans.

  • Tuning forks (512 Hz and 128 Hz)
  • A penlight is useful.
  • Measuring tape (metric or metric and English units)
  • Hand-held Snellen eye chart

Students can purchase equipment and supplies at the instrument sale held at the Indianapolis campus at the start of each school year. Company representatives demonstrate each item and give significant discounts to students who purchase instruments at this sale.


Students should purchase the textbooks for each course before the first day of class. Visit the Medical School Bookstore in Indianapolis, buy books from other students or try an online bookstore. Whenever selecting books, always purchase the newest edition.

Laptop Computer

All IU School of Medicine first- and second-year medical students are required to have a personal laptop for classroom purposes. Note regarding tablet computers: While tablet computers may be used for general and personal tasks, they do not meet the minimum requirements for all systems used at IU School of Medicine. For portability, a laptop is necessary for medical education course work.

Several computer programs and web-based applications are required for medical education. To use these applications, students must ensure that personal laptops for education meet the minimum requirements. For existing laptops, ensure that the computer meets the minimum requirements in the list below. If purchasing a new laptop, it is strongly recommended that the computer meets the optimal requirements.

These requirements are based on applications used in IUSM courses statewide. Campuses or departments might make use of other computer programs or web-based applications. Be sure to check with your campus contact and academic instructors for any other requirements.

Minimum Computer Requirements


  • Laptop
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise Edition
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Hard drive: 64GB
  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Screen: 10.6″ at 1024×768 resolution
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11b/g


  • Laptop
  • Operating System: OS X 10.9
  • Intel processor
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11b/g

Optimal Computer Requirements


  • Laptop
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 Professional or Windows 10 Education Edition
  • Memory: 4GB min
  • Hard drive: 320GB+
  • Processor: 2GHz
  • Screen: 13″ min
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth


  • Laptop
  • Operating System: OS X 10.11
  • Processor: Any currently shipping Apple laptop or desktop
  • Wi-Fi capable: 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth

Tips on Purchasing Required Supplies

IU students can access discounted hardware. See An IU Network ID is required on some sites to view discounted prices.

Do not unnecessarily order software from vendor sites when purchasing hardware, as many products and software packages (including those offered by Adobe and Microsoft) as well as antivirus products are available as free downloads to IU students, faculty and staff via IUware, and on disc at campus bookstores. Students do not need to purchase any Microsoft packages (such as “trial” or “student edition” versions). Additionally, students may use IUanyWare to run Windows software virtually on a Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, or BlackBerry device without downloading. For more information, see