IUSM - Indianapolis

Indianapolis Campus MS 2

IUSM-Indianapolis is the flagship campus of IUSM. Located in downtown Indianapolis on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the program offers opportunities for clinical experience at five area hospitals, including Riley Hospital for Children and the Roudebush VA Medical Center.  Numerous independent study research projects and combined degree programs are available, allowing Indianapolis-based students exposure to some of the most prominent health science researchers. Five full-time faculty serve as course directors in the year two and hundreds more basic science and clinical faculty participate in courses and extra-curricular activities with first and second year students. The majority of students in the IUSM system complete their third and fourth year required clerkships in Indianapolis.


MS2 Course Structure

August–December January–May
Introduction to Clinical Medicine II
Pathologic Basis of Disease
Medical Pharmacology
Neuroscience & Clinical Neurology EBM & Biostatistics

Introduction to Clinical Medicine II: The Clinical Encounter (21 cr.)
Rakesh Mehta, M.D., Course Director
An interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to clinical medicine. Includes medical interviewing and physical examination skills learned at the bedside with direct patient contact. Clinical medicine is surveyed with emphasis on pathophysiology and diagnosis. Problem-solving skills are stressed, including synthesis and interpretation of medical data.

Neuroscience and Clinical Neurology (5 cr.)
Donald Wong, Ph.D., Course Director
A multidisciplinary consideration of structural, functional, and clinical features of the human nervous system.

Pharmacology (6 cr.)
Jennelle D. Richardson, Ph.D., Course Director
Lectures, quizzes, laboratory. Required for sophomore medical students. Drugs classified as to site and mechanism of action; representative members of each class of drugs discussed; rational clinical uses emphasized; basic statistical techniques and their application to medical problems are introduced. The laboratory experiments illustrate typical actions of drugs.

Pathologic Basis of Disease (11 cr.)
Ashley Inman, M.D., Course Director
The course begins with an introduction to the mechanisms of disease with emphasis on basic concepts and principles of disease processes such as cell injury and repair, immunopathology, infectious disease, and neoplasia. Once students develop an understanding of general pathology concepts the course will present pathology by organ systems with emphasis on etiologic factors, evolution of lesions, pathologic physiology, and clinical correlations.

Evidence Based Medicine (1 cr.)
Jonathan M. Kirschner, M.D., Course Director
Evidence Based Medicine provides a concise introduction to the principles of integration of evidence, experience, and values in clinical decision making.

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