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

Mentoring and Advising Program

Medical education is a fascinating and rewarding journey, yet the path from student to healer is long and challenging. The academic advising program at IU School of Medicine, known as the Mentoring and Advising Program (or MAP), was designed by students and faculty to ease that path for learners by providing academic support, career development and access to other resources—throughout all four years of medical school.

The statewide program includes campus-based Lead Advisors and Volunteer Faculty Advisors who work collaboratively to oversee and guide students’ academic progress. Also part of the school’s academic advising program is the Learning Specialist, who helps students get the most out of their study habits and access resources. Students meet with their Lead Advisor three times per year and schedule about three appointments with their Volunteer Faculty Advisor. The Learning Specialist is available to students as needed.

Guidance at Each Stage of Med School

The Mentoring and Advising Program approaches each student as an individual to address personal learning needs in order to ensure future physicians master the scholastic content as well as critical reasoning and humanistic skills needed for success in their chosen field of medicine.

During the first year of medical school, MAP focuses on helping students adjust to medical school, increase self-efficacy, explore career options, hone study skills, engage socially and establish wellness practices. In the second year, advisors encourage academic accountability, career development, research participation and leadership development. Advisors also help students stay on track with preparation for the board exams during the second year of medical school. Third- and fourth-year advising focuses on career exploration. Advisors and career mentors emphasize professionalism, independent thinking, collaborative learning, civic engagement, academic and career integration, and maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

Medical school is a challenging, yet exhilarating, voyage. While students learn a great deal about medicine from books and journal articles and by treating patients during clinical rotations, becoming a physician requires significant personal growth as well. Successful physicians must know how to identify their own weaknesses, work through difficult times and function outside comfort zones. These skills are difficult to master alone, but a good mentor can provide new perspectives and share their experience and knowledge to help guide this critical growth. MAP helps students successfully navigate this part of the journey from student to healer.

“Thanks to student and faculty input, we have refined our academic advising program to meet learner needs in a substantive and measurable way. Ultimately, we want to demonstrate that these relationships are benefiting students and, ultimately, patient care.”
Dr. Abigail Klemsz

Career Mentoring

Medical students at IU School of Medicine can explore specialty and career options that align with their skills and interests with guidance from career mentors. At any point in a student’s journey through medical school, (s)he can access a Career Mentor to discuss career options or explore a specialty track.


A full range of health and wellness services are available to IU School of Medicine students to promote well-being and facilitate the adjustment to the demands of medical school. These services include medical care, personal counseling, health insurance, and fitness facilities at each of the school’s nine campuses.

Advisor Types

Lead Advisors serve as students’ primary advising contact at IU School of Medicine through all four years of medical school. Each medical student is assigned a lead advisor by his/her first-year campus, and the relationship follows the IU School of Medicine College/House structure. Students are required to meet with his/her Lead Advisor one-on-one at least three times each year.

Lead Advisors are full-time employees of IU School of Medicine, and they provide advice and guidance to ensure students are meeting milestones for graduation. Lead Advisors also meet with students who have academic or personal concerns as needed throughout the year. Additionally, Lead Advisors assist students with the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) for residency applications in the fourth year of medical school.

Each student is assigned a Volunteer Faculty Advisor (VFA) by his/her first-year campus, and this advisor provides one-one or group mentoring through all four years of the student’s medical school journey. Volunteer faculty advisors work in partnership with Lead Advisors to oversee a cohort of medical learners and serve as positive medical role models as students encounter challenges, seek solutions and strive for academic excellence. Students meet with their VFA several times a year—either individually or with other students in the VFA group. These advisors encourage and support students as they navigate medical school course work and clerkships.

Career Mentors are typically IU School of Medicine residency directors or department heads of a specialty area. These advisors help students explore a specialty interest and career options. Career Mentors provide students with considerable planning assistance for the fourth year of medical school including scheduling, electives selection, timing of the Step 2 exam, and review of residency application materials.

The Learning Specialist at IU School of Medicine helps students get the most out of their study habits and access resources, working as part of the school’s academic advising program. Students meet with the Learning Specialist as needed. The IU School of Medicine learning specialist is Kristin (Lively) Richey, a higher education professional with more than 10 years of experience who has cultivated an honors culture, improved retention, and instituted the career development and planning course in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Kristin exercises creativity to initiate new programs and revitalize existing programs. She has worked with colleagues to present at local, regional and national conferences and has published articles in Academic Advising Today and the NACADA Pocket Guide series. Kristen served as a panelist on “Advising Strategies for Student on Academic Probation,” a NACADA webinar.  Contact Kristin by phone at 317-274-1578 or by email at Her office is located in the Medical Research Library building at 975 W.Walnut St., IB 202, Indianapolis, IN 46202.