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Medical Student Education

Beginning with the first-year MD curriculum, the Department of Medicine at IU School of Medicine offers a variety of educational opportunities for medical students. A Junior Medicine Clerkship, Senior Sub-internship in Internal Medicine, and a variety of elective courses are available for fourth-year medical students.

Internal Medicine Clerkship

The Internal Medicine Clerkship, often the most highly rated by senior medical students, consists of an eight-week rotation with opportunities for community-based experience as well as inpatient experiences at diverse facilities, including county, Veterans Administration, tertiary referral and community hospitals.

Sub-Internship in Internal Medicine

This four-week core rotation is designed to prepare fourth-year students for internship by providing a rigorous clinical experience that closely resembles the internship year. Students are assigned to inpatient Medicine teams that care for patients on the medical ward setting. The participating hospitals all have academic affiliations with IU School of Medicine and are located in Indianapolis as well as throughout the state. Students are given primary patient care responsibilities with a closely guided experience in clinical decision-making of diagnostic and therapeutic management of typical inpatient medical conditions. Close supervision is provided by board-certified faculty and (if applicable) residents. The primary training methodology is active participation in patient care activities with daily teaching attending rounds. Daily hospital-specific conferences will provide complementary educational venues.


A variety of electives are offered by the Department of Medicine for fourth-year medical students. These courses are offered at both on-campus and off-campus clinical sites to generate general or subspecialty experience in inpatient or outpatient care. Other specially arranged programs are available, including hospice care or global health experiences in partnership with Moi University as part of the IU School of Medicine-led AMPATH program.

Connect with the Internal Medicine Student Community

A student-led group, the IU School of Medicine Internal Medicine Student Interest Group provides MD students with opportunities to explore career options in internal medicine. Activities include shadowing internists for early clinical experience and participating in discussion forums with residents, general internists and medicine sub-specialists.

Medical students with an interest in internal medicine and department subspecialty areas, including geriatrics, medicine-pediatrics, and others can learn more about these fields by interacting with practitioners via clinical shadowing, informal discussions, social functions and more.

In addition to programs and experiences on the IU School of Medicine – Indianapolis campus, Internal Medicine Student Interest Group members engage in philanthropic activities, offering students several ways to become involved within the community. The Internal Medicine Student Interest Group is sponsored by the American College of Physicians.

Explore Internal Medicine

MD students interested in becoming a part of the Internal Medicine Student Interest Group can find more information.

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