The Indiana University School of Medicine is a medical school and medical research center connected to Indiana University; its principal research and medical center is on the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis campus in Indianapolis. The medical school awarded the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree to its first class in 1907. With 1,409 M.D. Program students and 158 Ph.D. students in 2017, IU is among the largest allopathic medical schools in the United States. The school offers several joint-degree programs, including an MD/MBA, MD/MA, MD/MPH, and a National Institute of Health–designated Medical Scientist Training Program, a highly competitive subset of MD-PhD programs.
The school is a pioneer in cancer, immunology, alcohol, neuroscience, and diabetes research, among other specialities. Some of its more recent research discoveries that have received international acclaim include a curative therapy in testicular cancer used to treat patient Lance Armstrong; the development of echocardiography; identification of several genes linked to Alzheimer’s disease; and the creation of inner ear sensory cells from pluripotent stem cells. The IU School of Medicine is home to the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute—designated Clinical Cancer Center.
The Indiana University School of Medicine has two founding dates. IU established a Department of Medicine at Bloomington in 1903, but the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolistraces its founding to 1908, following the resolution of a rivalry with Purdue University over which institution had the authority to establish a medical school in Marion County, Indiana. A year after the IU- and Purdue-affiliated schools were consolidated in 1908, the Indiana General Assembly authorized IU to operate a medical school in Marion County. The authorization meant that IU medical students could complete all four years of their medical training at IU facilities in Indianapolis, marking the beginning of its history in medical education and research.
The IU medical school helps train interns and residents in 92 medical and surgical specialties. Students train under the supervision of faculty and staff at:
- IU Health Methodist Hospital
- IU Health University Hospital
- James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
- Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
- Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital
- Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital
- Ball Memorial Hospital
- The IU-Kenya Partnership program with Moi University School of Medicine, Kenya
- Other physician offices and hospitals throughout Indiana.
Most of the teaching hospitals are within walking distance of, or adjacent to, the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. Methodist Hospital and the Larue Carter Hospital are located a few miles from the main campus. Methodist Hospital is connected to the main IU Medical Center campus by means of the Indiana University Health People Mover, an elevated people mover system.
Ball Memorial Hospital is located in Muncie, Indiana and includes the largest physician-teaching program in Indiana, outside of Indianapolis.
The school’s main facilities are located on the campus of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, the school maintains eight regional centers on college campuses throughout the state at Bloomington, Muncie, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Terre Haute, Evansville, West Lafayette, and Gary.
First- and second-year medical students attend classes at either the main campus at IUPUI in Indianapolis (approximately half of the class) or at one of the eight regional centers. In the past, third- and fourth-year students spent the last two years of medical school at the IUPUI campus. More recently, clinical clerkships have been added to regional campuses, where students may choose to spend their third and fourth year of study.
The VanNuys Medical Sciences Building at the IUPUI campus houses the DNA Tower sculpture by Dale Chihuly.
As of 2017 the total in-state and out-of-state ratio of IU medical students is 1,445 to 534. There were 7,206 applicants for the 2017–18 academic year. The average GPA of the first-year class in 2017 was 3.75; the average MCAT score was 509.
The IU medical school offers several combined degree programs: the MD-PhD, MD-MBA, MD-MPH, and MD-MA. The MD-MBA is in conjunction with the Kelley School of Business. The MD-PhD program, which offers full-tuition and stipend to students accepted into the program for all years of training, is one of forty medical schools to be designated an MSTP by the National Institute of Health. Typically, about five students a year are accepted into the MD-PhD program at IU. MD-PhD students can choose to conduct research with faculty at either the medical school or at Purdue University.