Third Year Students

Academic Calendar

Check out the Class of 2018 academic calendar.

3rd Year Orientation

As you prepare to make the transition from the predominately classroom environment to the clinical world of the clerkships, IUSM provides specific content as well as protective health measures to help smooth the transition. In June , you will have Orientation/GLIC and attendance at the sessions is mandatory.

Even students who are scheduled for a vacation month as their first rotation must attend the general orientation and all associated intersessions beginning in June.

In addition, there are a variety of activities both during Orientation/GLIC and that you must complete in advance.

Clerkship Calendar and FAQs

MS III 2016-2017 Clerkship and Calendar

1) Do we rank which order we schedule each rotation?
The preferencing screen allows students to show which rotation they want, where, and when. If a center has a spot during the time they want the rotation, they can preference that center. The centers do not have spots for Indy students for all clerkships for all rotations, only some. They enter their preferences in order of preference. So, whatever they want the most should be listed at the top of their preferences.

2) Do we get to rank which hospital we do each rotation?
Not through the Registrar’s office. Students will be asked by each clerkship to rank their preferences for site and sometimes service for that specific clerkship. The only exception to this is for Emergency Medicine in the fourth year. Students can preference by rotation and site. This may be something to shoot for next year, but the clerkships are asking to assign this year.

3) What are options for electives?
See elective catalog and talk with a lead advisor

4) Are we going to have each Medicine rotation consecutively (4 weeks followed by 4 weeks) (same for Peds, Gensurg/Surg subspecialty)?
Yes, the 8 week clerkships are scheduled as an 8 week rotation, not 2 separate 4-week rotations. Although they may potentially switch locations in between the four weeks.

Regional Campuses

Check out this slideshow outlining each campus and what they offer for you as a third and fourth year medical student.


USMLE licensing exams are coming up again, so remember to visit the USMLE website.

To practice, visit the IUSM USMLE Practice site.

Elective Program

The Elective Program provides each student with the opportunity to select elective courses in areas of his/her interest. Fourth-year students take seven months of electives. Third-year students are eligible to take certain electives. All electives must be approved by your academic advisor.

To learn about the Elective Program, view the Electives overview.

What electives can third-year students take?


Check Out the Four-Year Overview: Roadmap to Residency

Residency Program Directors Survey: Results of the annual NRMP Program Director Survey

Relocating to Indianapolis

Survival Guide

For those of you who are new to the area, the student-written Survival Guide is a valuable reference for getting settled in Indy. (See sections on "Finding the Basics" and "Food & Social.")

Student Affairs Information

Student Affairs (SA) is located in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building. The registrars office is located in MS 118/119 is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MSE Registrar — 317-274-1970

For individual contact information, please see the OSA staff page.

IU Health Access

IU Health Physician Education
(covers all your health systems access such as CareWeb, Cerner, etc.)

Registration/Fee Payment

Please go to Financial Aid webpage for more information.

Email and Pager Information

2 options to keep your email: UITS or Alumni Association

Keep your IUPUI email address after graduation

Pager Service — Who to contact, manuals, etc.


Printing subsidy — Part of the student technology fee at the IUSM–Indy campus is used to offset students’ printing costs. Third and fourth year students receive an allotment of 200 pages each. You can use your Jagtag (student ID) to print for free in the Medical Library and in MS016A.

When your subsidy is almost exhausted, notify Card Services to switch to your own funds. (The switch-over doesn’t happen automatically until you hit zero, and when it does, you could lose printing capability until the next morning.)

Pager Service

Who to contact with problems, manuals, etc.

Technology Pages

For more about technology resources at IUSM, see the MSE technology pages.

Other Academics Resources


Thinking Ahead

Thinking Ahead: 4th Year Clerkships

Three Core Clerkships are required for fourth-year students. See Fourth Year Core Clerkships.

Thinking Ahead: Specialities

Thinking about specialities? Visit Careers In Medicine — an AAMC Website.

Thinking Ahead: Fourth Year Planning

Changing Appointments
at Prometric Test Centers