MD Curriculum

FAQ

The MD curriculum at IU School of Medicine was recently updated to facilitate improvements that benefit future physicians and improve patient care. The new MD curriculum, implemented with the Class of 2020, is designed to prepare future physicians to meet the challenges of the modern healthcare environment. While IU School of Medicine’s legacy curriculum prepared students well, the new curriculum offers distinct advantages to new medical students, including statewide opportunities for learning through core coursework as well as electives and clinical experience; early interaction with patients that delivers learning in context; self-directed and peer-to-peer engagement that sets the stage for lifelong learning; enhanced preparation for residency; curriculum tailored to support career goals; and block scheduling and subject immersion that promote knowledge retention.

Frequently Asked Questions

IU School of Medicine is pursuing curriculum reform to enhance learners’ experience and improve the training for future physicians. The new curriculum incorporates emerging domains of medicine, including inter-professional education, population health and healthcare delivery science.

More than 200 faculty, staff and students have participated in Course Development Teams. The entire curriculum-renewal effort is directed by the Curriculum Council Steering Committee, which is working closely with subcommittees, including the Basic Science Component Committee and Curriculum Council Clinical Component Committee.

The new curriculum provides IU School of Medicine students earlier interaction with patients, which puts learning in context, self-directed and peer-to-peer engagement that sets the stage for lifelong learning, enhanced preparation for residency, curriculum tailored to support career goals, block scheduling and subject immersion that promote knowledge retention, and a reformed structure that applies the best features of each campus to the statewide system, including teaching modalities, integrated courses, clinical/scientific expertise and block scheduling, to benefit all students.

To ensure a smooth transition, curriculum changes are being implemented a year at a time, beginning August 2016 with the Class of 2020. This means this class is enrolled in new foundational science courses and takes part in related integration.

The reformed MD curriculum ensures that the best aspects of IU School of Medicine’s curriculum—teaching modalities, integrated courses, clinical/scientific expertise and block scheduling—are available to students on all campuses.

While students in the Classes of 2017-2019 will continue with the legacy curriculum through graduation, they have opportunities to engage with the new curriculum as changes and improvements are made.

“Educating future physicians to meet the challenges of a complex, ever-evolving healthcare environment is the driving force behind the IU School of Medicine’s curriculum renewal.”
Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA; Dean, IU School of Medicine