The Indiana University School of Medicine-Fort Wayne seeks to enrich Northeastern Indiana by providing an environment that fosters innovative research, personalized and clinically relevant medical education, and life-long learning by faculty, staff and students.
The Medical Education Center includes state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching laboratories, well-equipped individual faculty research laboratories, and a medical library. It is located on the northern part of the campus of Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).
Eight tenured full-time faculty teach the first- and second-year curriculums. The faculty includes expert instructors in the fields of medical biochemistry, anatomy, histology, cell biology, embryology, microbiology, immunology, physiology, pharmacology, and neuroscience. Three part-time faculty serve as course directors for Introduction to Clinical Medicine I, Introduction to Clincal Medicine II and as the Clerkship Director.
Indiana University School of Medicine-Fort Wayne's first-year curriculum is based on semesters. Gross Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Histology/Embryology are offered in the first semester. The second semester offers Medical Physiology, Neuroscience, and Microbiology/Immunology. For two hours per week throughout the first year, students gain clinical experience in history taking, patient/doctor relationships, etc., in the Introduction to Clinical Care course.
The second-year academic program follows a modified semester format, with Medical Pharmacology, Biostatistics, Medical Genetics, and General Pathology being offered in the first semester. Systemic Pathology is offered in the second semester. The Introduction to Medicine course spans both semesters of the sophomore year and includes aspects of advanced history taking, medical ethics, nutrition, physical diagnosis, radiology, infectious diseases, cardiology, etc. More than 160 local physicians have medical school clinical faculty appointments and participate in both the first- and second-year programs.
The third-year clerkship rotations were added to the program in June of 2009. Students have opportunities to learn through clinical experience under the guidance of many area physicians both in the area hospitals and in clinical office settings. The third-year academic program offers clerkship opportunities in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery, Specialty in Surgery (Trauma, Urology, Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Cardiovascular, ENT, Transplant) and an elective.
The fourth-year clinical curriculum was added to the Fort Wayne campus in 2010. Courses in the fourth-year of study include: Radiology, Emergency Medicine, a Sub-Medicine Internship and seven electives in areas of students' interests. Students may choose from a variety of established electives within the Fort Wayne community.