About Us

Associate Dean and Director: Professor Watkins

The Medical Sciences Program is located on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. The program is designed to provide medical students with an excellent curriculum in the basic sciences, which involves extensive clinical integration at IU-Health Bloomington Hospital. The hospital provides an auditorium, classrooms, examining rooms, a library, a student lounge, and offices used by the program. Considerable emphasis is placed by the program on close personal contact between medical students and the basic science and clinical faculty, which fosters a rich cooperative environment for learning.

Our medical curriculum is highly integrated because major courses are taught over the entire academic year rather than being confined to a particular semester. This allows students a longer time to master these subjects. For example, freshman medical students enroll in Gross Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Cell and Molecular Biochemistry are taught over two semesters.  Sophomore medical students take two semester-long courses in Pathology, Pharmacology, and Introduction to Medicine. Block scheduling and integrating of exams helps medical students integrate all disciplines and master these important medical subjects.  Our third year medical students will have a modified longitudinal clerkship model in which clerkships are spread out over the year.

The Medical Sciences Program also provides medical students with the opportunity to pursue graduate studies leading to the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree. The program leading to the M.D. degree is administered by the School of Medicine and the Ph.D. degree program is offered by the University Graduate School. A coordinated flexible schedule provides a basis for advanced study and research in a specific field. Close personal faculty guidance is provided in the preclinical curriculum, which is adjustable to the background, needs, and special interests of each student. The student may complete the requirements for an advanced research degree prior to, concurrent with, or upon completion of the clinical years of medicine.

Our graduate education opportunities lead to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in anatomy, pathology, pharmacology and physiology.  Graduate students can pursue the standard biomedical science research track in pharmacology, physiology or anatomy, or an educational research track Ph.D. 

Medical Sciences also offers undergraduate courses in anatomy, physiology, health and disease, and the medical science of psychoactive drugs.  The undergraduate minor in Medical Sciences allows interested students to focus on the biomedical sciences as a minor in several schools.  In addition, undergraduate students interested in research can arrange to work in the laboratory with many of our faculty.

  • NEWS
  • Microenvironment-induced downregulation of miR-193b drives ovarian cancer metastasis

    Apr 28th, 2015

    Anirban K Mitra, Assistant Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics has recently published his research in Oncogene. His study links paracrine signals from the microenvironment to the regulation of a key miRNA - miR-193b - in ovarian cancer cells, which promotes metastatic colonization.

    New link between motor proteins and breast cancer

    Apr 21th, 2015

    Collaborative work between Claire Walczak (Medical Sciences) and Ritu Aneja (Georgia Tech) reveals that overexpression of the mitotic kinesin, HSET, promotes tumor progression.

    American Cancer Society awards Research Scholar Grant to Dr. Heather Hundley

    Apr 21th, 2015

    Heather A. Hundley, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has been awarded a $775,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to support her project “Mechanisms Regulating RNA Editing at Specific Sites in the Transcriptome.”


    Comparison of MAPK specificity across the ETS transcription factor family identifies a high-affinity ERK interaction required for ERG function in prostate cells

    Selvaraj N, Kedage V, Hollenhorst PC

    ERK signaling regulates the opposing roles of JUN family transcription factors at ETS/AP-1 sites and in cell migration

    Selvaraj N, Budka JA, Ferris MW, Plotnik JP, Hollenhorst PC

    Regulatory mechanisms that control mitotic kinesins

    Yount AL, Zong H, Walczak CE

  • Peter Hollenhorst, PhD

    Aug. 31, 4pm JH 009

    Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Medical Sciences Program,
    Indiana University Bloomington, IN

    Lindsey D. Mayo, PhD

    Sept. 14, 4pm JH 009

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Wells Center for Pediatric Research
    Indianapolis, IN

    Charles N. Landen Jr, MD

    Sept. 21, 4pm JH 009

    Associate Professor
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    University of Virginia Cancer Center

    Qianben Wang, PhD

    Sept. 28, 4pm JH 009

    Associate Professor
    Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics and the Comprehensive Cancer Center
    College of Medicine the Ohio State University

  • CME conference

    Ethical Decisions for End of Life Care

    Wednesday, Jul 8th

    Shawn Gerber, M.Div.
    BCC Director, Spiritual Care & Chaplaincy IU Health Bloomington
    Bloomington, IN

    Pediatric Trauma

    Friday, Jul 10th

    Yueh Chang Ho, MD
    Assistant Prof. of Radiology
    Indianapolis, IN

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Wednesday, Jul 15th

    Otto Wickstrom, MD
    IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians
    Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
    Bloomington, IN

    Personalized Medicine: Challenges to Patients & their Physicians

    Friday, Jul 24th

    Kenneth Cornetta, MD
    IU Dept. of Medical & Molecular Genetics

    The Increasing Complexity of Venous Thromboembolic Disease

    Friday, Jul 31st

    Kenneth Cornetta, MD
    David Hedrick, MD

    Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center
    Indianapolis, IN

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