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In 2020, Indiana University School of Medicine was awarded a four-year, $12.1 million-dollar grant funded through the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to create the Primary Care Reaffirmation for Indiana Medical Education (PRIME) program. PRIME is a four-year initiative focused on educational innovation for doctors who will serve our communities in the future. HRSA funding was focused on competitive proposals from states facing large shortfalls of physicians providing primary health care. PRIME aims to create graduates with a greater understanding of and appreciation for primary care, a better perception of the impact of racism on health equity, and a knowledge of the steps they can take to improve care for underserved and vulnerable populations.


PRIME and Progress

Enhancing the MD curriculum

The PRIME Grant is creating new programs, enhancing the MD curriculum, considering enhanced approaches to assessment and piloting new learning experiences. With two years left on the grant, faculty and staff leaders will continue to use PRIME to promote a curriculum and environment that creates well-rounded, equity-focused and insightful medical school graduates.


Creating new learning experiences

Primary Care

This thread is designed to equip students with the clinical knowledge and skills needed to understand the provision of quality care in an increasingly complex and diverse health care system. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on Health Systems Science and leverages emerging technologies like Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) and telemedicine to enhance training. These innovative tools promote both enhanced diagnosis at the bedside and improved access to care.

Underserved Communities

Dedicated to focus on those underserved and vulnerable, this thread's curriculum is being enhanced by adding foundational content on community engagement and community-based research, which will allow students to more effectively design relevant research projects.

Anti-Racism and Health Equity

This thread aims to educate learners about racism in medicine and cultivate the indispensable, necessary skills for recognizing and eliminating health disparities. In conjunction with the anti-racism curriculum development effort, the newly-approved Health Equity, Advocacy & Leadership (HEAL) competency will ensure students emerge from their medical training with the self-awareness and leadership skills they need to promote health equity for patients, communities and health systems.

Prime Leadership
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Bradley L. Allen, MD, PhD

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Education

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Paul M. Wallach, MD

Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs and Institutional Improvement

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IU School of Medicine receives $7 million education grant aimed at eliminating health disparities

Indiana University School of Medicine recently was awarded a $7 million grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to help the school educate medical students to better care for underserved populations. As the state and nation continue to deal with the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as addressing racial inequities captivating the national consciousness, this grant is aimed at helping IU School of Medicine lead the way in eliminating health care deficits.

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IU receives grant aimed at enhancing curricular coverage of care for underserved

Indiana University School of Medicine researchers were recently awarded a $5.1 million supplemental grant from the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the Primary Care Reaffirmation for Indiana Medical Education (PRIME) program.