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.

Research

Predoctoral PhD Training Program in Musculoskeletal Biology

Participants in this program are expected to conduct a portion of the research work in the associate mentor’s laboratory to gain broad exposure to other techniques/approaches and also attend lab meetings in the associate mentor’s lab (in addition to the PI’s lab) for a period of time. This ensures quality work/scrutiny in the associate mentor’s lab and exposes trainees to different (and additional) data discussions and trouble shooting. Trainess must take G819 “Basic Bone Biology” and G505 “Responsible Conduct of Research” courses as part of the degree requirements and attend at least one grant writing workshop that is held annually on campus. Participants must also write an annual report for the Executive Committee to evaluate progress and performance.

As part of this program, PhD trainees are encouraged to write and submit an F31 award, attend weekly bone journal club (and present an article once per year), and attend monthly Bone and Mineral Club lecture series (and present research at least once during training period). They are also encouraged to attend one professional meeting per year.

After finishing the training program, trainees are expected to submit a post-program assessment to the executive committee to help identify weakness in, and provide suggested improvements for, the training program.

Participant Support

The T32 mechanism provides support for PhD students in this program, including tuition and fees. A stipend is assigned individually to trainees based on the current graduate student stipend amounts. Health insurance as well as up to $1000 per year is provided to cover travel costs to a professional/scientific meeting or to visit an external lab for additional training.

Application Requirements and Process

Applications for T32 support of predoctoral trainees are accepted on a rolling deadline and can be submitted at any time of year. Decisions regarding trainee sponsorship are made by quarterly the T32 Selection Committee. To apply, explore submission instructions and complete the application form.
Per DHHS/NIH guidelines, by the time T32-sponsored training begins, the participant must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551 or other legal verification of such status). PhD students are eligible to apply after successful completion of their first year in an IU/IUPUI PhD program and be in good academic standing. Support for T32-sponsored PhD predoctoral trainees is limited to three years.

PhD students from any of the following PhD programs are eligible for T32 predoctoral support:

  • IU School of Medicine’s IBMG Program
  • IUPUI School of Engineering’s Biomedical Engineering PhD Program
  • IUPUI School of Science’s Department of Biology PhD Program
  • IU School of Dentistry’s PhD Program