Physician workforce studies nationally and in Indiana show that an increasing number of physicians is required in the next 20-30 years to care for the growing population in the United States, especially in rural areas. IU School of Medicine offers the Rural Medical Education Program (RMEP) at the Terre Haute campus. This unique four-year medical school program emphasizes primary care and other specialties of need in rural communities. The curriculum is constructed to maximize the exposure of medical students to clinical experiences very early in the training process. Additionally, all basic science courses in the first two years of this medical school program have a clinical correlation and, where possible, a rural emphasis.
The Terre Haute campus of IU School of Medicine provides training to first- and second-year medical students from both the traditional MD track and the RMEP track. Only students in RMEP stay in Terre Haute for the third and fourth years of medical school.
Centered on the needs of rural health care delivery, medical students at the Terre Haute campus benefit from the IU School of Medicine statewide MD curriculum and experience hands-on learning in the state-of-the-art Rural Health Innovation Collaborative Simulation Center located at Union Hospital. In addition, students enjoy patient care experience throughout a statewide network of clinical sites and clerkship opportunities during the third- and fourth-year of training through affiliations with local physicians, ambulatory care facilities and teaching hospitals.