Dictonary.com defines the practice of medicine as “the art or science of restoring or preserving health or due physical condition, as by means of drugs, surgical operations or appliances, or manipulations: often divided into medicine proper, surgery, and obstetrics.” With more than 120 specialty and sub-specialty areas, medicine actually encompasses a varied field of study and practice.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, medical school is organized into two training components: “Basic science training usually occurs during the first two years of medical school when you learn about basic medical concepts, the structure and functions of the body, diseases, diagnoses, and treatment concepts. You’ll also learn the basics of doctoring, such as taking medical histories and other essential competencies. The last two years of medical school will involve clinical clerkships, during which time you will receive basic instruction and hands-on experience with patients in the major medical specialties.”
By the end of the third year during the clerkships or rotations through specialty areas, students typically decide on a specialty area. During the final year, students apply for a residency.
Time to degree: Four years of classroom and clinical work followed by an additional two to seven years in clinical rotations in a specialty area.
Clinical (clerkships) requirements: During the third and fourth years of medical school, students rotate through clerkships in specialties, including surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics, in- and out-patient care, anesthesia, family medicine, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, neurosensory, emergency medicine, and radiology. Students may participate in additional internships and electives.
Postgraduation: After the core four years of medical school, students begin a residency. The duration varies between two and seven years, depending on the specialty area chosen.
Certification requirements: Students must successfully pass three board exams before graduating and must pass additional board exams associated with different specialty areas.
Minimum GPA: Traditional letter grades are not used at IU. Student performance is rated on a pass/fail system the first two years. During clinicals, students earn a pass (equivalent to a C), high pass, or honors.
Tuition: Tuition is approximately $136,000 per year for Indiana residents, plus fees and living expenses.
Application deadline(s): Early decision applications due in June, and regular applications are due in November.
Median Indiana salary: This can vary significantly by specialty area. Physicians and surgeons have a median salary of about $187,000.
Projected job growth: 14% by 2024.
Prerequisite courses for the IU School of Medicine:
|Biology I and II with lab||BIOL-K 101, BIOL-K 103|
|Biochemistry||BIOL-K 384 or CHEM-C 384||Prerequisite for BIOL-K 384: BIOL-K 322 (Genetics)|
|General Chemistry I and II with lab||CHEM-C 105 & 125, CHEM-C 106 & 126|
|Organic Chemistry I and II with lab||CHEM-C 341 & 343, CHEM-C 342 & 344|
|Physics I and II with lab||PHYS-P 201, PHYS-P 202|