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Assistant 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.