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 AAMC, 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 your third year during the clerkships or rotations through specialties areas is when students typically decide on a specialty area. In that final year is where student apply for residency.
Time to Degree: 4 years of classroom and clinical work followed by an additional 2-7 years in clinical rotations in a specialty area.
Clinical (Clerkships) Requirements: During the 3rd and 4th year 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, radiology, and may participate in additional internships and electives.
Post-Graduation: After the core 4 years of medical school, students begin their residency. The duration varies between 2 and 7 years depending on the specialty area chosen.
Certification Requirements: Students must successfully pass 3 board exams before graduating and 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 2 years. During clinicals, student earn a pass (equivelant to a C), high pass, or honors.
Tuition: Approximately $136,000 per year for Indiana residents, plus fees and living expenses.
Application Deadline(s): Early Decision Applications due in June, regular applications due in November.
Median IN Salary: Can vary significantly by specialty area. Physicians and Surgeons ~$187,000
Projected Job Growth: 14% by 2024
Humanities and Social Sciences
- PSY-B110 Intro to Psychology (3 cr.)
- SOC-R100 Intro to Sociology or ANTH-A104 Cultural Anthropology (3 cr.)
- ENG-W131 English (3 cr.)
Life and Physical Sciences
- BIOL-K101 Concepts of Biology I (5 cr.)
- BIOL-K103 Concepts of Biology II (5 cr.)
- BIOL-K384 Biological Chemistry or CHEM-C384 (3 cr.)
- CHEM-C105 / CHEM-C125 Principles of Chemistry I/Lab (3 cr./2cr.)
- CHEM-C106 / CHEM-C126 Principles of Chemistry II/Lab (3 cr./2cr.)
- CHEM-C341 / CHEM-C343 Organic Chemistry I/Lab (3 cr./2 cr.)
- CHEM-C342 Organic Chemistry II (3 cr.)
- PHYS-P201 General Physics I (5 cr.)
- PHYS-P202 General Physics II (5 cr.)