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School of Medicine
Academic Bulletin

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School of Medicine

General Information
The IUPUI Student Health Center
Counseling Services
Student Government and Alumni Association
Technical Standards for Admission and Retention in Medical School
Matriculation and Graduation Policies

General Information

The School of Medicine is responsible for providing medical education within the state of Indiana. As part of a major university, it accepts and fulfills five major responsibilities: (1) it provides its students with the opportunity to acquire a sound basic education in medicine and fosters the development of lifelong habits of scholarship and service; (2) it advances knowledge through research in biomedically oriented studies, and studies related to the cultural and behavioral aspects of medicine and the delivery of health care; (3) it provides graduate education in order to produce practitioners, teachers, and investigators through clinical residency programs and advanced degree programs in the basic medical sciences; (4) it offers continuing education programs aimed at maintaining and improving the competence of those professionals engaged in patient care; and (5) it provides multiple services to the people of the state of Indiana in all areas of the medical sciences and health care.

The Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) was founded in 1903, and its first students were enrolled on the Bloomington campus. It was the fourth medical school in the United States, after Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Western Reserve, to require two or more years of collegiate work for admission. The school awarded the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree to its first class of 25 in 1907. Following the union of all medical schools in the state with Indiana University in 1908, the General Assembly of the State of Indiana, in 1909, mandated that Indiana University assume the responsibility for medical education in the state. Initially, students had the opportunity of taking the first two years of their medical school work at either Bloomington or Indianapolis. In 1912 all students entered through the Bloomington program and moved to Indianapolis for their second-, third-, and fourth-year courses. This remained in effect until 1958, when the work of the Bloomington division was transferred to Indianapolis. Excellent facilities for the teaching of the basic medical sciences and a strong nucleus of basic science faculty remained in Bloomington. Consequently, in 1959 a new experimental program of medical education was started in Bloomington in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School. This program, the Medical Sciences Program, included studies that could lead to combined M.D./M.S. and M.D./Ph.D. degrees.

In 1965 a faculty committee of the School of Medicine recommended the adoption of a comprehensive plan for medical education throughout the state of Indiana. The plan involved the use of regional facilities in addition to those of the Medical Center in Indianapolis. The plan would coordinate and utilize elective programs in community hospitals, preceptorships with practicing physicians, internship and residency programs, and continuing medical education programs throughout the state.

The plan also resulted in the formation, within existing educational institutions, of "Centers for Medical Education" for teaching basic medical science courses to first-year medical students. In 1971 the General Assembly of the State of Indiana unanimously authorized legislation that led to the completion of the Indiana Statewide Medical Education System. This legislation mandated that the Indiana University School of Medicine be responsible for selection, admission, and assignment of students, for curricular development, and for evaluation and accreditation of the system. The institutions presently involved in this program, in addition to the Medical Sciences Program at Indiana University Bloomington, are Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, Ball State University, Indiana State University, the University of Southern Indiana, and Indiana University Northwest. In addition, a first-year program was initiated in 1981 at the Fort Wayne Center for Medical Education on the campus of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne. The school awarded 272 M.D. degrees and enrolled a total of 1,084 medical students during the 2001-2002 academic year.

Further development of the Indiana Statewide Medical Education System was approved in the 1979 Indiana General Assembly. Approval for planning and funding for a second year of medical study at each of the Centers for Medical Education was passed. Consequently, second-year students were first appointed to all centers except Fort Wayne in the fall 1980 semester. Funding for second-year students at the Fort Wayne campus began in the fall of 1990.

Continuing education experiences are provided to physicians throughout the state of Indiana through the Medical Television Network (MTN), a biomedical communication closed-circuit broadcast facility linking Indiana University School of Medicine to more than 50 hospitals and regional centers, with programming eight hours a day, Monday through Friday. In addition, a videocassette mailing network extends service to more than 120 hospitals. The mission of the school is broad, and the hub of the Indiana Statewide Medical Education System is the Indiana University School of Medicine on the Medical Center campus in Indianapolis.

The Indiana University Medical Center (IUMC) campus covers some 85 acres within one mile of the center of Indianapolis. Half of the first- and second-year classes are on the IUMC campus; the other half are on one of eight campuses throughout Indiana located on or near IU and other universities in the state. Including the third- and fourth-year students, approximately 840 M.D., 200 Ph.D., and 40 M.D./Ph.D. students are on the IUMC campus. During these years, the M.D. students participate in rotations to physician offices and hospitals throughout the state.

The School of Medicine includes several facilities on the IUMC campus, including Fesler Hall, VanNuys Medical Sciences Building, Indiana Cancer Pavilion, IU Cancer Research Institute, Rotary Building and Emerson Hall. The William H. Coleman Hospital, Robert W. Long Hospital, and the Willis D. Gatch Clinical Building have been renovated to provide research and administrative offices at IUSM.

Hospitals that are staffed by IUSM faculty and provide residency training programs on the IUMC campus include Wishard Memorial Hospital (a city-county hospital recently listed among the top 100 U.S. public hospitals), Roudebush VA Medical Center, LaRue Carter Psychiatric Hospital (state owned), Riley Hospital for Children, and Indiana University Hospital and Outpatient Center. Riley and IU hospitals separated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1997 to join Methodist Hospital of Indiana to form Clarian Health Partners. Clarian Health is committed to the school's mission of advancing education, research, and patient care. Located approximately two miles from IUMC, Methodist Hospital provides additional significant educational opportunities to IU students and residents.

The IU School of Nursing, the largest in the country, and the IU School of Dentistry are also on the IUMC campus, as is the School of Allied Health Sciences, a part of the IU School of Medicine. The health science schools are part of the larger campus created by Indiana University and Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI), which offers IU and Purdue undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Clarian Health's hospitals—Riley Hospital for Children, IU Hospital, and Methodist Hospital of Indiana—currently record approximately 1 million in- and outpatient visits per year. The affiliated hospitals—Wishard, Roudebush, and LaRue Carter—together handle another 1 million patient visits each year. This enormous patient base provides a broad range of superb clinical educational opportunities. The hospitals host 30 residency programs with 929 residents and provide clinical experiences in both inpatient and outpatient facilities to second- through fourth-year students. IUSM's nearly 800 teaching faculty staff all the hospitals. In addition, the hospitals host educational programs for nursing, dentistry, and allied health sciences students as well as Purdue University pharmacy doctoral students.

Living Facilities
There is minimal campus housing available at IUPUI; however, the surrounding neighborhood offers contemporary housing that has attracted young professionals who attend IUSM or work in downtown Indianapolis businesses and corporations. Downtown Indianapolis and IUPUI provide an amateur sports mecca, frequently hosting NCAA and Olympic trial events in facilities that are also accessible to students.

Residential housing for IUPUI is located on the main campus and is managed by the Department of Campus Housing. There are several options for on-campus living: Ball Residence Hall, International House, Warthin Apartments, or the Graduate Townhome Apartments.

The Campus Housing Office maintains a partial listing of off-campus housing accommodations located in the Indianapolis area. For additional information please contact: Department of Campus Housing, IUPUI, Ball Residence 107, 1226 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5179. Telephone: (317) 274-7200; fax: (317) 274-7761; office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

A bookstore located in the Union Building on the Medical Center campus carries all necessary textbooks and supplies for the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Allied Health Sciences.

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The IUPUI Student Health Center

Student Health Services
The IUPUI Student Health Center is located on the Medical Center Campus in Coleman Hall. The telephone number is (317) 274-8214. Clinic hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. Students may be seen in the IUPUI Student Health Center on a fee-for-service basis. All labs, X rays, or referrals are the responsibility of the student. Any injury incurred during the regular work week, including needle sticks, should be immediately reported to the Student Health Service. In case an injury occurs when the IUPUI Student Health Center is closed, students should go to the facility of their choice according to their insurance coverage for appropriate treatment. If a contaminated injury is experienced, page (317) 312-6824 immediately. The School of Medicine covers the costs of required tuberculin skin testing. This service is provided at the IUPUI Student Health Center.

All students are required to obtain and show proof of health insurance for inpatient and outpatient care. If additional information is needed regarding health insurance, call toll free 1-800-253-1090.

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Counseling Services

Mental Health Referral, Evaluation, and Treatment Resources
Indiana University School of Medicine provides free and confidential counseling services to the medical students and house staff. Information can be obtained by calling Counseling Services at (317) 278-4750. Services available are individual, couples and family, and group counseling; consultation; programming; and emergency intervention. Typical concerns presented for counseling include adjustment, alcohol or drug-related difficulties, anxiety/stress management, body image, depression, disordered eating, emotional response to physician difficulties, self-esteem, sexuality, sexual victimization, and suicidal thoughts. At times, students and house staff require mental health evaluation and/or long-term counseling. These individuals are referred to mental health professionals both on and off campus who provide these services. The office of Counseling Services may assist, organize, and/or present educational programs depending on advance notice and availability. All individuals will be treated with respect regardless of age, color, counseling concern, ethnicity, gender, marital/parental status, national origin, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Counseling is confidential in accordance with state laws and ethical guidelines. Counseling records are maintained in files separate from the student/house staff files and cannot be accessed by faculty, staff, administrators, parents, or other student/house staff without the individual's written permission. Students and house staff may schedule an appointment by calling Counseling Services. A meeting with the counselor should be available within one week. Walk-in and evening appointments are welcome but depend on counselor availability. When an emergency occurs after regular business hours, call 911 or the Access Center for Clarian Health, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (317) 962-2622. Identify yourself as a medical student or resident. The operator will direct your call to the appropriate emergency care.

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Student Government and Alumni Association

Student Government
Each class elects officers to coordinate class activities and to represent the class to the Medical Student Council. The Medical Student Council (MSC) is composed of four elected officers, class officers from all four classes, and members of committees or organizations. The MSC functions through class committees as well as through school committees, and represents students in academic and other concerns. All MSC meetings are open to all medical students, and minutes from meetings are distributed on the Indiana University School of Medicine listserv.

School of Medicine Alumni Association
This association is a constituent society within the Indiana University Alumni Association. Active membership is open to all graduates of the School of Medicine. In addition, the association offers affiliate membership for nongraduates who are practicing physicians, individuals who have completed residency or fellowship training at the Medical Center, non-alumni members of the faculty, and friends of the school. Honorary memberships are awarded under special circumstances.

The School of Medicine's alumni roll totals just over 15,000. Of these, 25.1 percent maintain active membership in the School of Medicine Alumni Association, making it the number-one society in terms of percentage of membership. This body is directed by a Medical Alumni Council composed of 24 members, elected to four-year terms.

The association sponsors several programs, including the Medical-Alumni Student Connection (MASC), continuing medical education, receptions in conjunction with national specialty meetings and at the regional centers, and the Scholar-Chip Golf Outing. Proceeds from this outing support student scholarships. In addition, the council sponsors the Golden Apple Award, which is presented at the Senior Recognition Banquet and which recognizes teaching excellence.

A highlight of the year's alumni activity is the Spring Medical Alumni Weekend, held annually on the Medical Center campus. Attracting hundreds of physicians and friends, the program includes an all-alumni reception, continuing medical education, a special Dean's Breakfast, announcement of the Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient at the "strawberry shortcake luncheon," and reunion events for classes.

The following are officers of the School of Medicine Alumni Association:

President, Dean Beckman, M.D.; Vice President, Carolyn Cunningham, M.D.; Treasurer, Fred Dahling, M.D.; Secretary, Guy Matthew, M.D.; Historian, George Lukemeyer, M.D.; Executive Council Representative, William Miller, M.D.

Council Members: Charles Dinwiddie Jr., M.D.; James Faris, M.D.; Basil Genetos, M.D.; Richard Hallett III, M.D.; Tom Hrisomalos, M.D.; Steven F. Isenburg, M.D.; Monica Joyner-Wentland, M.D.; Karen Kovalow-St. John, M.D.; William Moores, M.D.; Ramana Moorthy, M.D.; Duffy Murphy, M.D.; Tony Nasser, M.D.; David L. Patterson, M.D.; Lowell H. Steen Jr., M.D.; Michael Stowell, M.D.; Margie Sweeney, M.D.

Honorary Council Members: John Ayres, M.D.; M. Barbara Backer, M.D.; William Beeson, M.D.; Olga Bonke-Booher, M.D.; Otis Bowen, M.D; Robert Forste, M.D.; John Frazier, M.D.; Greg Hindahl, M.D.; Harold M. Maniforld, M.D.; A. David McKinley, M.D.; William K. Nasser, M.D.; Raymond Nicholson, M.D.; Andrew Nigh, M.D.; Ted Payne, M.D.; George Rapp, M.D.; William Ritchie, M.D.; Paul Siebenmorgan, M.D.; Lowell Steen, M.D.

Ex-Officio Board Members: D. Craig Brater, M.D.; Alex Choi (Medical Student Council President); Elizabeth Elkas; J. David Smith, Ed.D.

Foundation Representative: Phillip K. Hardwick

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The faculty cooperates in nominating students for various awards offered by medical school departments or by organizations interested in medical education.

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society was organized on August 25, 1902. Each year, undergraduates are elected to membership based entirely on scholarship, personal integrity, and potential leadership. It is the duty of members to foster the scientific and philosophical features of the medical profession, to look beyond self to the welfare of the profession and of the public, to cultivate social-mindedness as well as an individualistic attitude toward responsibilities, to show respect for colleagues and especially for elders and teachers, to foster research, and in all ways to ennoble the profession of medicine and advance it in public opinion.

The John Barnhill Award (Anatomy)
Named for Dr. Barnhill, a noted teacher, anatomist and otolaryngologist, the Department of Anatomy presents this award to the outstanding student in courses in anatomy.

The K. K. Chen Award (Pharmacology)
This award is named for Dr. K. K. Chen, Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology, who was a distinguished teacher and researcher in the Department of Pharmacology. The award and honorarium are given to the senior with outstanding achievements in pharmacology. This award is sponsored by the Eli Lilly Company.

The Jay Thomas Award (Bloomington)
This award is in honor of Jay Thomas, a first-year medical student who was the victim of an airplane accident in 1956. This award and honorarium are made to the outstanding medical student in physiology from the Medical Sciences Program.

Senior Honors

The American College of Surgeons Award (Surgery)
Through the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, this award is presented to a senior or seniors demonstrating interest and outstanding achievement in surgery.

Community Service Leadership Award
This award recognizes outstanding initiative and effort resulting in the institutionalization of major new medical service-learning programs which benefit the health of the community.

The Dean's Award
This award is presented to the member of the senior class who has been most helpful to the dean in matters pertaining to administration and service to the medical community and the School of Medicine.

The Department of Dermatology Award
The faculty of the Department of Dermatology presents this award to the graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and scholarly achievement in the field of dermatology.

The Department of Family Medicine Award
This award is presented by the Department of Family Medicine to the graduating senior with highest academic honors and demonstrated clinical competence entering residency training in family practice.

The John E. Heubi Award in Ambulatory Pediatrics
Given in memory of John E. Heubi, M.D., a distinguished teacher of pediatrics, to that member of the graduating class who demonstrates the most outstanding performance on the ambulatory pediatrics clerkship, as well as excellence in other medical studies, and who plans to become a practitioner of general pediatrics.

The John B. Hickam Award (Internal Medicine)
This award is presented in memory of Dr. John B. Hickam, a renowned educator and physician, and former Chair of Medicine. It is granted by the Department of Medicine to a graduating senior planning a career in medicine or medicine/pediatrics who has demonstrated outstanding clinical and academic competence in internal medicine.

The J. Donald Hubbard Award (Pathology)
The award honors the student who showed outstanding achievement in pathology. This recognition is given in honor of Professor J. Donald Hubbard, M.D., who has been known as an outstanding academic role model for Indiana University students for many years.

Indiana Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Award
Through the Indiana Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, this award is presented to a senior who demonstrates interest and outstanding achievement in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

The Lyman T. Meiks Clinical and Research Awards (Pediatrics)
The Lyman T. Meiks Pediatric Awards are given to honor a master clinician, gifted physician, and dedicated teacher who was a distinguished leader in the School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for over 40 years. These awards are conferred by faculty of the Department of Pediatrics on the seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in pediatrics during the undergraduate years and who seem destined to make lifelong contributions to the health and welfare of children.

The Marcus Ravdin Award
Marcus Ravdin of Evansville, Indiana, an avid supporter of this school in its early years, provided in his will for a trust fund. As part of this trust, he directed that a proper award commemorating the occasion be made each year to honor the student at Indiana University School of Medicine graduating with high academic honor. The award has been presented since 1917.

The Roy Rheinhardt Memorial Award (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
This award is in honor of Roy Rheinhardt, a senior student who was killed in an auto accident. Classmates and friends established the award because of Mr. Rheinhardt's deep interest in obstetrics and gynecology. The department faculty presents this award to the senior who shows sincere interest and the highest academic and clinical performance in this discipline.

The Arthur B. Richter Scholarship (Child Psychiatry)
Dr. Arthur B. Richter established the scholarship for the support and maintenance of senior student scholarships in child psychiatry. The scholarship is to give recognition to selected senior medical students for academic achievement and interest in child psychiatry.

The Floyd T. Romberger Jr., M.D., Teaching Award (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
To honor the teaching skills and loyalty of Dr. Romberger, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology gives this award to a distinguished senior medical student. Third-year students, residents, and the faculty in the department have selected this senior for skills in teaching others.

The Alexander Treloar Ross Award (Neurology)
Dr. Ross established the Department of Neurology at Indiana University and was instrumental in the resurgence of neurology in Indiana and nationwide. This award is presented to graduating seniors demonstrating excellence in scholarship, service, and originality in clinical neurology and related subjects.

Senior Elective Honors Program
These certificates are awarded to those students in the elective program who are chosen by the faculty for their outstanding work and achievement. The Senior Elective Program participants are selected by the faculty from those senior students requesting consideration.

The Patricia Sharpley Award (Psychiatry)
This award is named in memory of Dr. Patricia Sharpley, who served on the faculty beginning in 1965. Her death in 1997 cut short a distinguished career as a psychiatric educator, administrator, and clinician, which had won her both local and national recognition. The award honors the student who best embodies the principles taught by distinguished faculty and residents of the Department of Psychiatry. These include a concern for patients as human beings who have multifaceted, interrelated health problems.

The Mary Jean Yoder Award
Dr. Mary Jean Yoder was a Mennonite and a graduate of this school. In commemoration of her ideals, this award honors a graduating senior who exhibits high moral character, academic excellence, and, especially, dedication to service to others. This award is sponsored by the Class of 1964.

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The modern world is complex, and physicians care for people from a wide range of social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. The Indiana University School of Medicine requires applicants to include in their undergraduate study a minimal number of required science courses (see below). It is also expected that successful applicants will have included in their undergraduate experience a significant number of courses in the humanities and social and behavioral sciences. In this fashion students gain a better understanding of contemporary society and human experience, and greater insight into their patients' backgrounds, problems, and illnesses. Applicants are expected to be competent in speaking and writing the English language.

Requirements for Admission
Application Procedure
Selection of the Class
Transfer Admission

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Requirements for Admission

It is strongly recommended that the applicant complete a B.A. or B.S. degree in a school accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies. The minimum amount of college course work required is three academic years (90 credit hours, excluding physical education and ROTC courses). Any major from the traditional arts and sciences curriculum is acceptable. Students with educational backgrounds in areas outside the usual liberal arts and sciences curriculum (education, business, engineering, pharmacy, etc.) will be evaluated based on a minimum of 90 credit hours (three academic years) of college course work of arts and sciences equivalence. Such students are invited to consult with the Admissions Office about School of Medicine policy regarding academic course work outside the arts and sciences area. The Admissions Committee encourages highly qualified students to enroll in undergraduate honors courses.

The following science course work is required for admission; each course must have a lecture and laboratory component:

  1. General chemistry, 8-10 credit hours (one academic year)
  2. Organic chemistry, 8-10 credit hours (one academic year)
  3. Physics, 8-10 credit hours (one academic year)
  4. Biological sciences, 8-10 credit hours (one academic year)
Neither grades nor credit hours from subjects offered in the medical curriculum will be accepted toward fulfilling the required 90 credit hours of undergraduate course work or the above specific science requirements.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to determine which courses will fulfill its requirements.

Scholastic Record
Every grade becomes a part of the permanent record and is calculated in the overall scholastic average. A student who is a resident of Indiana cannot usually expect to gain entrance to the class if his or her average of credit points is below 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. The applications of nonresidents will be considered on an individual basis (see below at "Residence").

Greater weight is given to the quality of work than to an excess of credit hours over the minimum required. A scholastic record that shows a large number of withdrawals and/or a repetition of subjects in order to remove grades of F or to raise low grades will obviously be less impressive than a record showing work of uniformly good quality.

A student who has withdrawn or been dismissed from another medical school is usually not eligible for admission to the first-year class at Indiana University.

Preference will be given to applicants who are residents of the state of Indiana. Nevertheless, a number of nonresidents are accepted each year, and well-qualified nonresidents with an interest in obtaining a medical education at Indiana University are encouraged to apply. The applications of nonresidents who have significant ties to the state of Indiana may be given greater consideration. The Admissions Committee uses the Indiana University rules listed in the General Indiana University Policy and Fee Information section of this bulletin entitled "Rules Determining Resident and Nonresident Student Status for Indiana University Fee Purposes" to determine the residency of applicants.

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Application Procedure

The Indiana University School of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Application information is available on the Web site of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) at www.aamc.org. The deadline for AMCAS's receipt of application and transcripts is December 15 for the following year's entering class.

The School of Medicine participates in the national Early Decision Program (EDP). The deadline for EDP applicants is August 1. Additional information is available from AMCAS and from the Admissions Office.

Beginning in September, students will be interviewed, by appointment only, by members of the Admissions Committee. In general, appointments for interviews are scheduled in the order in which applications are received unless the applicant has not taken the Medical College Admission Test.

It is the responsibility of the candidates to make sure that their schools send an official transcript to AMCAS at the time of application. It is also the responsibility of the applicants to have an updated transcript sent to the Admissions Office at the conclusion of each subsequent grading period.

Medical College Admission Test
All applicants must take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in order to be considered for admission. This test is given in April and August of each year. Students should write to MCAT Registration, The American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 4056, Iowa City, IA 52243-4056, for information. Registration information may also be obtained from the Admissions Office, from premedical advisors, or at www.aamc.org. Students are urged to take this test in the spring of the year preceding the application. Ordinarily, acceptance will not be granted in the absence of an MCAT score.

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Selection of the Class

Students are offered places in the class on the basis of scholarship, character, personality, references, performance on the Medical College Admission Test, and personal interview. The medical school faculty has specified nonacademic criteria (Technical Standards for Admission and Retention in Medical School), which all applicants are expected to meet in order to participate in the medical education program and the study of medicine.

Except for Early Decision Program candidates, accepted applicants will normally be notified on October 15, November 15, December 15, January 15, February 15, March 15, and at intervals thereafter until the class is filled.

The successful applicant should keep in mind that acceptance is granted subject to the satisfactory completion of all School of Medicine requirements. If the student does not maintain the scholastic average and course load that were evident at the time of acceptance, the committee reserves the right to withdraw acceptance.

Indiana University School of Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Transfer Admission

The Indiana University School of Medicine accepts applications for transfer from Indiana residents who are enrolled in another U.S. or foreign medical school, and from nonresidents who are enrolled in U.S. medical schools. Nonresidents enrolled in foreign medical schools and students in other professional or graduate schools cannot be considered for transfer because the School of Medicine's facilities are usually almost totally committed.

Applications for transfer are considered for the second and third years only. If an applicant is accepted to the third year, the acceptance will be contingent on a passing score on the United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) Step 1.

Transfer admission will be granted on the basis of available space and facilities, undergraduate record, MCAT scores, performance in the current medical school curriculum, and, when requested by the Admissions Committee, a personal interview. Nonresidents will be considered only if they have a compelling and legitimate need to transfer to Indiana University.

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Basic tuition for students in the School of Medicine for 2002-03 is $17,136 per class level for residents of the state of Indiana and $35,073 per class level for nonresidents. The required health insurance fee may be included in future rates. Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the Board of Trustees. All fees may be confirmed by contacting the school.

An application fee of $45 is required of all new applicants for admission to Indiana University.

Students taking Graduate School courses should consult the appropriate graduate office for relevant fee information.

The School of Medicine possesses a sufficient number of excellent binocular microscopes to meet the needs of all of its students. These are available on a use-charge basis. If a student wishes to provide his or her own microscope, it must meet rigid specifications and be approved by the microscope committee of the School of Medicine. Storage space for personal microscopes is not available in the teaching laboratories.

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Technical Standards for Admission and Retention in Medical School

The medical school faculty has specified the following nonacademic criteria ("technical standards") that all applicants/medical students are expected to meet in order to participate in the medical education program and the practice of medicine.

  1. Observation: The applicant/medical student must be able to participate actively in all demonstrations and laboratory exercises in the basic medical sciences and to assess and comprehend the condition of all patients assigned to him or her for examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Such observation and information acquisition usually requires the functional use of visual, auditory, and somatic sensation.
  2. Communication: The applicant/medical student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in order to elicit information; describe changes in mood, activity, and posture; assess nonverbal communications; and effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, staff, and all members of the health care team. Communication skills include speaking, reading, and writing, as well as the observation skills described above.
  3. Motor: The applicant/medical student must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers; be able to perform basic laboratory tests; possess all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic procedures; and be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients.
  4. Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: The applicant/ medical student must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of physicians, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the applicant/medical student must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures. The applicant/medical student must have the capacity to perform these problem-solving skills in a timely fashion.
  5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: The applicant/medical student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients and others. Applicants/medical students must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to a changing environment, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, commitment, and motivation are personal qualities that each applicant/medical student should possess.
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Matriculation and Graduation Policies

All students are required to be registered at the beginning of each semester/term.

The faculty reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student whose conduct, health, or academic performance would appear to render that student unfit for the practice of medicine. Voluntary withdrawals, approved by the dean for medical student affairs, are arbitrarily marked W. The student shall be required to present adequate reasons for withdrawal to the dean for medical student affairs. In those cases where students discontinue attendance without officially withdrawing, the instructor shall report the grade of W. Where nonattendance occurs late in the semester, however, a grade of I (incomplete) may be used if the instructor has reason to believe the cause of absence was beyond the control of the student.

Requirements for Advancing with the Class
For students to advance with their class, they must have passed all courses and competency requirements satisfactorily as defined by the Student Promotions Committee and the faculty.

Requirements for Graduation
The M.D. degree will be conferred by Indiana University on persons who have completed the following requirements, as defined by the faculty:

  1. filed satisfactory evidence of having complied with the requirements for admission;
  2. attended eight regular semesters (or equivalent) of medical instruction in four separate years, the last two years (or equivalent) of which must have been spent in the Indiana University School of Medicine;
  3. attended the instruction in all departments and satisfactorily completed all competency requirements, course work, and examinations;
  4. achieved a passing score on the National Board of Medical Examiners United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE), Steps I and II;
  5. maintained acceptable academic ethics and professional behavior;
  6. paid all fees in full.
Confidentiality of Records
Indiana University, in compliance with the General Education Provisions Act, Section 438, titled Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, provides that all student records are confidential and available only to that student, school faculty, and to the parents if the student is under 21 and defined as dependent by IRS standards. The student may waive his/her right of access to specific records. The student may release the record to others by signing a written release available in the offices maintaining the records in question. For further information regarding the provisions of the Privacy Act, contact the Medical Student Affairs office.

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