The first phase of training occurs in the first two years of medical school and focuses on developing foundational science knowledge and its integration with clinical skills. Phase One courses are designed to advance competency in medical knowledge with an emphasis on the basic sciences to form a foundation for clinical competency. Courses in the second year of the MD Curriculum Phase One run from August through February.
Beginning in August, the Cardiovascular and Hematology course runs for six weeks. In mid-September, the Renal and Respiratory course begins and also last for six weeks. The Gastrointestinal System and Nutrition course begins in early November and runs for six weeks.
In mid-December, students have a three week winter vacation followed by time for the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE).
In mid-January, students take the Endocrine, Reproductive, Musculoskeletal and Dermatologic course for six weeks. They also continue in Foundations of Clinical Practice 2 and Health Systems Science 2.
In March, students have protected time for United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1.
Mentoring and Advising
The Mentoring and Advising Program (or MAP) at Indiana University School of Medicine was designed by students and faculty to ease that path for learners by providing academic support, career development and access to other resources—throughout all four years of medical school.