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.

Precision Health Initiative

Precision Health

Precision Health Initiative

Indiana University School of Medicine’s Precision Health Initiative, selected as the first recipient of funding from the IU Grand Challenges Program will transform biomedical research, health care innovations and the delivery of health interventions in Indiana.

Developed by a team led by principal investigator Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, executive associate dean for research affairs, the goal of this initiative is to position IU School of Medicine and its partner institutions among leading universities in understanding and optimizing the prevention, onset, treatment, progression and health outcomes of human diseases through a more precise definition of the genetic, developmental, behavioral and environmental factors that contribute to an individual’s health.

The Precision Health Initiative will receive as much as $40 million in funding provided by the Grand Challenges Program and along with $80 million invested by IU School of Medicine. The Precision Health Initiative team expects to hire 39 new, full-time faculty members, including 22 at IU School of Medicine, 15 at IU Bloomington and two at IUPUI. The program will also support the creation of new facilities, centers and user platforms, including new gene editing and sequencing cores at IU School of Medicine, and a good manufacturing practice facility to produce cellular therapeutics. Also to be supported at School of Medicine are a cross-campus Center for Chemical Biology and Biotherapeutics, a Precision Health Data Commons, and a Precision Health Integration and Analytics Platform.

Precision Health Initiative Goals

The Precision Health Initiative is an ambitious plan that will cure at least one cancer through the development of new cell, gene and immune therapies. It will also develop novel disease-modifying or -prevention methods for adult neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease, and it will use gene and other therapies to cure at least one genetic pediatric disease. This initiative will work closely with several prominent business and community partners, including Eli Lilly and Co., Roche Diagnostics, Cook Regentec, Deloitte, Regenstrief Institute and IU Health.

Though the objectives are bold, the approach is true to the process of all scientific and medical discovery. To accomplish its Precision Health Initiative outcomes, IU School of Medicine will build new research programs; generate novel discovery platforms; create new and expanded degree, certificate and professional medical education programs; and bring transformative, patient-centered precision medicine therapies and prevention into clinical services.

Precision Health Implementation

Coordinated by a robust administrative architecture, the Precision Health Initiative will operate as five integrated virtual clusters across IU. These clusters include Genomic Medicine; Cell, Gene and Immune Therapy; Chemical Biology and Biotherapeutics; Data and Informatics Sciences; and Psychosocial, Behavioral and Ethics.

Each of the five Precision Health Clusters will develop new educational degree programs to create a future workforce necessary for transforming health care across Indiana and beyond. The initiative will also create a comprehensively characterized Precision Health Initiative cohort of subjects who will provide a rich resource for longitudinal data collection, population-based outcome studies, and many future biomarker and disease mechanism discoveries. The Precision Health Initiative will make IU School of Medicine and its partner institutions a leader in the field of health sciences and have a transformative effect on Indiana’s health and economy.

Learn more

For more information about the Precision Health Initiative, read the Precision Health Initiative Proposal and the news release  “IU announces first round of funding for $300 million Grand Challenges program to Precision Health” (June 20, 2016). To schedule an interview with an IU School of Medicine investigator, contact the Communications team.