The Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) is the only medical school in Indiana, and is the nation’s second largest medical school overall. Current IUSM enrollment includes 1,205 MD, 196 PhD, 117 MS, and 53 MD-PhD (MSTP) students. Approximately one-half of the first- and second-year medical students attend classes at the IUSM campus in Indianapolis; the other half are at one of eight campuses throughout Indiana located on or near satellite campuses. All students in our MSTP attend all four years of medical school at the Indianapolis campus (with the exception of some 4th year electives), a feature that allows our students to directly engage in programmatic enrichment activities on campus during the MD training years.
The School of Medicine is located on an 85-acre Indianapolis campus with four general hospitals (University Hospital, Methodist, Wishard Memorial, Roudebush Veteran’s Administration), one dedicated children’s hospital (Riley Hospital for Children), a health center (Regenstrief Institute for Health Care), and a psychiatric hospital (LaRue Carter). Methodist Hospital is approximately 2 miles from the main IUSM campus and is easily accessed by faculty and students by a monorail connecting the two campuses. Collectively Riley, University, and Methodist are the largest health providers in the state with 1,000 beds and 1 million in-and outpatient visits per year. The other three hospitals staffed by IU faculty (Wishard, VA, and LaRue Carter) host nearly another 1 million visits per year. There are over 800 teaching faculty and 929 residents in 30 residency programs within these facilities.
Our medical students benefit not only from the expansive volume of patients, faculty and facilities (which allow for exposure to both diverse populations and diseases), but also from the new state-of-the-art Simulation Center opened in 2009 (in Fairbanks Hall) that serves to enhance the educational experience at the bedside by cognitively reinforcing core medical knowledge, interpersonal communication skills, systems-based practices, and patient care/clinical skills. The Simulation Center, which cost $11.4 million to build and equip, is a 30,000-square-foot facility with the latest in technology and 11 dedicated employees. It houses a hospital operating room, emergency room, obstetrical/neonatology suite, intensive care room and a multi-purpose area that can be adapted to the education needs of the particular day. There is an electronic drug delivery system so students, nurses, and doctors in training can experience the process of requesting, retrieving and delivering medications to the “patients.” Outside the simulated hospital is the Clinical Skills Education Center with the latest in audio and visual technology to enhance learning. In this area, students participate with patient-actors in real-life situations to assess the student’s diagnostic skills and bedside manner.
A new Wishard Hospital facility is under construction and will remain on the IUSM campus in a 37 acre location between Riley and VA Hospital. This new hospital will feature 1.2 million square feet of facilities, including a 327-bed inpatient hospital, 18 operating rooms and four interventional labs, 12 labor and delivery rooms, a 110-bed treatment room emergency department with a 20-bed clinical decision unit, and an ambulatory clinic with more than 200 exam rooms. The facility is scheduled for completion in 2013.
To accommodate the growth in faculty, there has been a major expansion of research space and resources. The School of Medicine’s newly constructed Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) building has over 168,000 gross square feet and houses the Regenstrief Institute (one of the world’s largest medical informatics repository), Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, Bioethics, Human Genomics, and the Department of Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine and Children’s Health sections. The HITS building is the nerve center of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute. In 2009, construction was completed on a 7-story research building (Walther Hall), which houses 254,000 gross square feet of research laboratory and support space for the Cancer Research Institute. The Cancer Research Institute (Walther Hall), R2, and R4 (the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research) are all interconnected as one large research complex to encourage collaboration and joint study. In April 2011, Indiana University was authorized to proceed with the construction of a new $100M Neurosciences Complex, which will be housed adjacent to Methodist Hospital. This new complex will consist of a 6-story, 270,000 sq. ft. ambulatory care, imaging center, and research building. The project, which is already underway, is scheduled for completion in 2013. Finally, in August 2011, IUSM inaugurated the new Glick Eye Institute building, a 77,000 sq. ft. complex that showcases the clinical and research activities of the Department of Ophthalmology.
Our faculty and students benefit from interaction and collaboration with other institutions in Central Indiana. Central Indiana is the headquarters of a rapidly growing mixture of established pharmaceutical, new biotechnology companies, and medical device companies including Eli Lilly, Dow Agrosciences, Cook, Endocyte, and Guidant Corporation. A forum known as Biocrossroads, a cooperative entity composed of collaborations between Indiana University, Purdue University, the regional life sciences companies, and the Indiana Health Forum, with support from the City of Indianapolis and Eli Lilly, facilitates interactions among investigators at the medical center and these leaders in medically related research.