MS3 and MS4 Curriculum

IUSM has nine campuses for medical education. All are full four-year programs. This site provides information on the clinical education programs at IUSM.

In 2016 the Curriculum Council Steering Comittee approved the redesigned the third and fourth year clinical schedule, with the goal to offer more rotations and address issues of capacity. Each rotation offers undifferentiated patients as the foundation for learning, giving students a high level of patient responsibility.

Overview of Third Year

Third year medical students are offered (12) four week rotations. Eleven (11) of those are required, and the other can be used for additional electives, off cycle, remediation purposes, or vacation before the start of the fourth year. The rotations were designed to be consistent with eighteen (18) weekdays per month, or a total of 24 or 26 days per month including weekends. The required rotations are as follows:

  • Anesthesia (2 weeks)
  • Family Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Medicine (8 weeks)
  • Neurology (4 weeks)
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology (4 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (8 weeks)
    • Inpatient (4 weeks), Ambulatory (4 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (4 weeks)
  • Surgery- (8 weeks)
    • General (4 weeks), Subspecialty (4 weeks)

** Third Year Clerkship Objectives.

This schematic is an example schedule for MS3. Individual student schedules will vary.

MS3 Clerkships - 48 Weeks
  8 weeks 2 weeks 2 weeks 4 weeks 8 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 8 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks
GLIC Surgery Anesthesia Elective or Vacation Family Medicine Medicine OB/GYN GLIC Psychiatry Pediatrics Neurology Elective or Vacation

At the beginning of the Fall and Spring semester, two Global Longitudinal Intersession Curriculum (GLIC) sessions allow students to learn about and practice skills that will be useful before starting their clerkships. Built into the third year schedule are:

  • Campus Holidays
  • Campus Connection Days (to work on Quality Health Delivery (QHD), switch Campus, meet with advisor, student education, or self-directed wellness)

Please see the Academic Calendar for details.

Overview of Fourth Year

In the fourth year clinical curriculum, there are twelve (12) four week rotations. Three of these rotations are required core clerkships, each offering undifferentiated patients as the foundation for learning, giving students a high level of patient responsibility.

  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Radiology (4 weeks)
  • Sub-Internship (4 weeks)
    • Medicine
    • Family Medicine (limited availability)
    • Pediatrics (limited availability)

** Fourth Year Clerkship Objectives.

This schematic is an example schedule for MS4. Individual student schedules will vary.

MS4 Clerkships - 16 Weeks MS4 Electives - 32 Weeks
4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks
Emergency Medicine Sub-Internships Radiology Vacation <------------------------------Electives------------------------------>

A minimum of seven (7) Elective rotations (28 academic credits) must also be completed to meet graduation requirements. For graduation requirements, electives policies, and procedures, refer to the Elective Policies and Procedures.

Each rotation consist of Twenty (20) weekdays per month or 26/28 days including weekends per month. Though time away in the Emergency Medicine and Sub-Internship rotations is not guaranteed, built into the fourth year schedule are:

  • Holidays
  • Campus Connection days (to work on Quality Health Delivery (QHD), switch Campus, meet with advisor, student education, or self-directed wellness)

Please see the Academic Calendar for details.

Clinical Skills Requirements

Third and Fourth year students are required to track various clinical skills across the clinical curriculum. For certain skills students are only expected to observe; while for others they must perform a required number. Details for these are specified in the clerkship syllabus.

Student Evaluation of Clerkship and Teachers

MSE administers the statewide program and teacher evaluation program for years one through four. All faculty preceptors in third and fourth year are evaluated based on the amount of contact with the student. Students are asked to complete Likert scale questions and provide free text comments on teaching effectiveness and program quality. Quantitative and qualitative summaries of these data are distributed to department chairs, center directors, course/clerkship directors, clinical training directors, instructors, and deans as well as various curriculum committees for review and action.

Sample teaching evaluations can be found here. Faculty may access their teaching evaluation reports.

Please review links on the side menu for more detailed information about the clerkships, electives, and resources.

Campus Specific Information

Campus — specific information is available through the following links:

IUSM — Bloomington IUSM — Indianapolis IUSM — Northwest-Gary
IUSM — Evansville IUSM — South Bend IUSM — Fort Wayne
IUSM — Muncie IUSM — Terre Haute IUSM — West Lafayette
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