STUDENT Handbook


Please access the IU School of Medicine student Manual through the MSE website at 


Information for the IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne campus-

Please note this information is subject to change.



All students will be issued a key card to access the Medical Education and Research Building, and a key for student accessible area on the first two floors (Basement and First Floor).  Medical students will have unlimited access to the first two floors (Basement and First floor) of the building, and access to the Second Floor will be limited to 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  If a student needs to meet with a professor on the second floor prior to 7:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m., special arrangements will need to be made with that professor.

There will be a $30.00 fee for each lost key and a $10.00 fee for each lost key card.  Campus police will escort students to their cars in the evening hours of the student desires (260-481-6827).


 1.  If a fire alarm sounds, leave the building immediately.

 2.  First aid kits are located in the Gross Anatomy Laboratory (B03) and the office, Room 111.

 3.  Familiarize yourself with Universal Precautions in the handling of all human biological fluids.

 4.  Eating or drinking is PROHIBITED in the Gross Anatomy Laboratory.

 5.  Gloves, appropriate lab coats, or surgical scrubs should be worn when working in the Gross Anatomy Laboratory.

 6.  In the Gross Anatomy Laboratory, eye wash stations are located adjacent to each sink and an emergency shower is adjacent to the entry door. To use the eyewash stations pull up the device and compress the handle. To use the emergency shower, stand under the shower and pull the handle located on the wall downward.

 7.  Bio-hazard and sharps containers are located in Gross Anatomy Laboratory and should be used for disposal of hypodermic needles, scalpels, etc.

 8.  Broken glass containers are located in Room 132. Broken glass should not be placed in waste paper or other trash containers.


All textbooks and materials for the medical education program at IUSM-FW can be purchased at the local IPFW campus bookstore located in the basement of Kettler Hall.  Bookstore hours are 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM on Friday, and 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM on Saturday. Bookstore hours may vary depending on the time of the year so please check before you go. Textbooks should be purchased within the first two weeks of the semester as the bookstore returns unsold materials after this time.


There is a Subway located in the basement of Kettler, and a Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in the basement of the Walb Student Union Building.

CANCELLATION OF CLASSES-due to Inclement Weather

IUSM-FW classes are rarely canceled for weather related issues.  You will be able to determine if IUSM-FW classes are canceled by tuning in to local radio or TV stations early in the morning or by 481-5770 or 481-6050. If IPFW is closed, the Fort Wayne Center will be closed to all medical students.

If you have assigned clinical activities in a physician's office or in a local hospital during that day, you should presume that these clinical activities will occur unless you have been specifically notified by phone of cancellations.


Each faculty member will explain to the class how he/she will administer and monitor exams. If a faculty member suspects cheating, the student(s) will be confronted. The incident will be reported to the Center Director who will report the incident to the IUSM Student Promotions Committee.

Generally, a student will be required to appear before the IUSM Student Promotions Committee and show cause why he/she should not be dismissed from medical school for incidents of cheating.

Plagiarized works (problem sets, term papers, other reports) will not be accepted to fulfill course requirements. Plagiarism not only includes directly copying the work of another current or past student, but also quoting large sections of a textbook or journal article without properly citing the original source.


As indicated in the Indiana University School of Medicine Student Manual, all lectures, laboratories, and clinical conferences are to be attended by all students. Classes will begin promptly at their scheduled times.

If you need to be absent for a personal illness or some family emergency, please notify your instructors and Joanne Summers (481-6730) in advance of your absence.


Lectures and clinical correlation conferences for Medical Students I (MSI) will be in Room 101 and Medical Student II (MSII) lectures will be in Room 103. 

Some lectures will be hosted in area hospitals and physicians' offices.  Advanced notices will be given so students will dress appropriately.

Laboratory exercises associated with various MSI and MSII courses will be held in the Gross Anatomy Lab, Room B03.


Each class will select a class representative to serve on the statewide IUSM Student Council. 
This representative will have a two year term of office and will attend periodic meetings at the
Indianapolis campus, or participate via videoconferencing in Room 110A. An alternate can be selected to represent the class when the regular representative is unavailable. Arrangements will be
made to select the freshman class representative and alternate early in the fall semester.


Students will have access to computers located in the Library (Room 110), Student Lounge (Room 104), Student Study Room (Room 102), and Large Conference Room (Room 123).  These computers may be used for appropriate Internet searches, graphics, statistical analysis and work-related word processing. Each student will have an IUPUI based E-mail account and address, which will facilitate statewide communication. The account will be established during Orientation. All students are required to have their own laptop computer. 

In addition to the student computer workstations, wireless internt is available throughout the first floor.  To connect wirelessly on IPFW's campus, you will need the following:

                                   An active IPFW account (Username and Password)

                                   A laptop with a compatible wireless card

                                   No client is required, but some configuration is necessary

Additional information can be obtained from the IPFW Information Technology Services Help Dest at (260)481-6030.

A printer is available for student use in the Student Lounge (Room 104) and the Library (110) and can be accessed from one of the student computers.  Printing should be limited to school and course related materials. 




There is a copy machine located in the Office, Room 111. 


Please leave all materials in their assigned location, unless you have permission from the Center Director to move them.


Athletic Fees:  An optional Athletic Center fee ($40.00 per semester or $70 per year) can be paid at                        IPFW Gates Athletic Center office located on the second floor level of the Gates Center.

Student Fees:  All student fees (including microscope rental) will be paid at the Medical School campus                         in Indianapolis as discussed in the Indiana University School of Medicine Student Manual                         during Indianapolis orientation programs.


The recommended grading scale that will be used within IUSM-FW is as follows: 
                 92-100%               Honors
                 84-91.9%              High Pass
                 75-83.9%              Pass
                 Below75%             Fail

Each course director is allowed some flexibility when assigning final grades; thus the student should discuss grading philosophy with the individual faculty member.

Additional information on the Indiana University School of Medicine grading system, academic performance, and professional conduct is provided in the Indiana University School of Medicine Student Manual.


 Students can wash their Gross Anatomy scrubs in the washer and dryer located in Room B06.


The Library located in Room 110 will serve many of your library needs.  It contains three computers for student access. Feel free to suggest other books for potential purchase to Dr. Chang. Information will be provided about procedures for use of library materials and services.

Students also have access to the Ruth Lilly Medical Library.  Xerox copies of journal articles can be obtained through IUSM Interlibrary Loan Services on the internet.  Many additional periodicals, textbooks and monographs are located in the IPFW Helmke Library. A full-time library staff is present there to assist you with your needs. There are microfilm readers and printers located on the first floor of the Helmke Campus Library as well as coin/card operated copy machines. 


Medical students in Fort Wayne have access to the following local library services:

1. St. Joseph Hospital Medical Information Center
700 Broadway
Monday - Thursday, 7:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
First floor - (Next to doctor's lounge)
Peter Costich - 425-3094 [Fax: 425-3093]

2. Parkview Memorial Hospital
2200 Randallia
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ground Floor - Ebcohost
Shannon Clever - 373-3690 [Fax: 373-3692]

3. The Lutheran Hospital of Indiana
7950 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Call Security for access after normal hours
Located - Lower Level
Tammy Trauner; Phone 435-7277 [Fax: 435-7617]

4. IPFW (Campus Library)
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Noon - 11:00 p.m.
Phone, 481-6505


The President of the Fort Wayne Medical Society Alliance can provide opportunities for student social interactions with local physicians and their families. If you are interested, you can contact the Medical Society at 420-1011.

If you have an interest in local Medical Society activities, you can contact Executive Director Win Rood (420-1011).

Local hospitals have research review boards and medical ethics committees. Dr. Chang can arrange opportunities for participation, as well as opportunities to shadow particular physicians in certain specialties.


Each student is assigned a locker.  Lockers are located outside of the Lecture rooms. Locks are furnished by IUSM-FW and must be returned at the end of the academic year.


Each student has a campus mailbox in the IUSM-FW student lounge (Room 104). Routine memos will be placed on the students' bulletin board. The campus mailbox will be used mainly for notices to all students, and should be checked daily. It is recommended that a student use his/her local residential address for receiving personal mail. Outgoing mail may be brought to Room 111. There is a campus post office located in the IPFW Printing Services Building. Outgoing mail and Fed EX leaves the campus at 4:00 PM daily.


All medical students are required to have health insurance.

If you need medical assistance, you can go to IPFW Health & Wellness Clinic in Walb Union Building, Room 234. Their phone number is 481-5748. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon.

There are several RediMeds in Fort Wayne, if you need to see a doctor in the evenings or on weekends.

 Dr. Chang can arrange counseling services for medical students.


Students can park in any area on campus not marked "A" parking or handicap.  Parking marked "A" is for faculty and staff only.

If you receive four unpaid parking or campus traffic violations your car will be towed from campus. Failure to pay for traffic violations can lead to action by the IUSM Promotions Committee.


Dr. Chang, Center Director, is available to provide each student with personal counseling and assistance on any problem he or she may have. Academic problems should be discussed promptly with the relevant faculty member involved first, and if unresolved, next with Dr. Chang.

Dr. Chang may be able to provide some information on job possibilities for spouses of medical students.  In addition, the IPFW Job Location Center (Career Services) can be reached by dialing 481-6595.

Information about off campus housing and counseling can be obtained in the Office Room 111.


Periodically, seminars will be offered within the Fort Wayne Center for Medical Education,
either live or from remote sites via videoconferencing. These seminars will be on current
research topics and will be presented by IUSM-FW faculty, IUSM faculty, and other visiting
scientists. You will be provided with announcements of seminars and Director's hours as
they are scheduled.


Please keep Ms. Joanne Summers, Administrative Assistant, Room 111A, apprised of your current local address and phone number. Any changes during the academic year should be reported not only to our offices, but to the Office of Medical Student Affairs in Indianapolis (317-274-1970).


IUSM-FW Student lounge is located in Room 104. There are two full size refrigerators, two microwaves and vending machines available for your use.  Each student is responsible of keeping the microwaves, refrigerators, counters and furniture clean.  Please be considerate of your classmates. 

There are additional student lounge areas on the campus of IPFW on the first floor of Walb Student Union, the first floor of Helmke Library, and the ground floor of Kettler Hall. Vending machines are located in most of these areas.


Bulletin boards are located in the student lounge (Room 104) and in the hallway across from the lecture rooms.  Please check these boards carefully for announcements of seminars, class schedules, other official notices, and in some courses, exam grading keys.


MSI students can study in Classroom 101, and MSII Students can use Classroom 103. The library (Room 110), and Rooms 102 amd 107 may also be used for studying. 

Smoking is prohibited in all indoor areas of the IPFW campus. Drugs, alcohol, and firearms are strictly prohibited on this campus.


In case of emergencies, incoming calls can be directed to 260-481-6730. Joanne Summers will receive these calls and promptly contact the student involved.

A local access telephone is also available in the IUSM-FW student lounge (Room 104).

Cell phones should have the ringer turned off during all lecture and class sessions.  If you need to make a phone call, please use the student lounge.


If at any point during the semester that you find yourself in need of talking to someone about a personal, spiritual, or family crisis, please call IPFW Health & Wellness Center on campus.

Dr. Chang can arrange counseling services for medical students with area physicians.


Please consult the Indiana University School of Medicine Student Manual for
information describing the United States Medical Licensure Examinations, Step I, 
which is given to all IU School of Medicine Students at the end of their second academic year. This exam, which covers course work of the first two years of medical school, must be passed before junior clerkships are initiated within Indiana University School of Medicine. Each sophomore student will receive information about registration and fees.


Opportunities are available for first and second year medical students to participate in 
research programs of faculty members within the Fort Wayne Center for Medical 
Education and clinical faculty in our local medical community. Time to do research 
can be scheduled in off hours, evenings, weekends, or during the summer months for 
freshman students following the end of the first year curriculum. Students are 
encouraged to familiarize themselves with the research interests of IUSM-FW faculty 
and local clinical faculty. A collection of faculty publications, abstracts, and our 
Faculty Research Interests Bulletin is available from Ms. Joanne Summers.

Students have the opportunity to participate in the IUSM Honors in Medicine Program 
at the end of their first academic year and in their senior year with various IUSM-FW 
faculty serving as research project preceptors. There are stipends available to 
financially assist students during summer research. Additional information about the 
Honors in Medicine program can be obtained from Dr. Fen-Lei Chang.

Stipends have been available from the Midwest Alliance for Health Education for 
undergraduate and freshman medical students interested in summer research 
projects with local approved physician or basic scientist mentors. Most recently, this 
program involved nearly 40 students in a nine week Student Research Fellowship Program. 
Additional information about research opportunities can be obtained from Dr. Chang.

2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. | Fort Wayne, IN 46805 | Ph: (260) 481-6730 | Fax: (260) 481-6408