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.

Centers and Institutes

The InterFACE Center

The Interactive and Functional Assessment of Communication and Emotion (InterFACE) Center is a natural observation laboratory designed to research emotional and behavioral deficits in people with neurological, psychological and developmental disorders. With a living room design, the Center uses three high-definition cameras and a microphone mounted on the wall to observe and record behaviors and interpersonal interactions of participants. Behind the scenes, in the control room, clinicians monitor participants’ audio-video recordings on the computers.

The InterFACE Center provides an evidence-based treatment approach in combination with the newest, state-of-the-art equipment in one lab not found anywhere else in the world. Located at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, this facility uses physiological monitoring, video recording and eye tracking technology to study emotions and interpersonal relationships affected by neurological disorders and injury for research.

Center director Dawn Neumann, MD and her colleagues in the IU School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation received funding from one new federally funded grant and two state-funded grants. Financial support for the InterFACE Center is provided by Indiana University Health; IU School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana; and Dr. Lisa Thompson.

Laboratory Technology

Patients’ physiological responses, such as ECG, impedance cardiography, finger pulse, galvanic skin response (systemic arousal), respiration, and EMG can be monitored wirelessly during interpersonal interactions, or while completing activities on the computer. This wireless system is a huge advantage, as participants can feel more comfortable and natural during these recordings. The physiologic recordings can be synchronized with the audio-video, facial expression, and eye-tracking recordings, so that the physiologic responses are linked with behavioral events.

Facial expressions are believed to be the most dominant and important nonverbal cue for communicating emotional information. It is therefore critical for research focused on studying emotions. However, accurately identifying facial affect can be subjective. The FaceReader software automatically and objectively analyzes peoples’ facial expressions in a matter of minutes. It continually monitors the degree to which each of the following emotions is being expressed: happy, sad, angry, fearful, surprised, disgust and neutral.

Eye tracking helps clinicians and researchers see things through a patient’s eyes. Specifically, it advances clinical knowledge and understanding about what aspects of an emotional stimulus that patients find to be salient and relevant. Calibrated in just seconds, eye-tracking equipment can be used (with or without a computer) to record participants’ eye movements, monitor fixation duration and sequence, pupil size, and many other eye-tracking variables.

Virtual reality has become an increasingly popular method for evaluating a variety of skills and treating an assortment of deficits, in numerous populations with emotional, physical and cognitive disorders.  Immersed in a 3D world of different scenes and scenarios, virtual reality provides a unique ecologic and naturalistic environment that is safe and controlled. The system allows for 3D customization to be synchronized with physiological recordings.