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Match Day from Kenya: IU medical students bring global health experience into residency

For eight members of the IU School of Medicine Class of 2023, Match Day will be experienced from Eldoret, Kenya, where they are on medical rotations with AMPATH and learning about global health.

Laura Gates  |  Mar 13, 2023

Shifting to Physician: Older MD students bring valuable life experiences into medical training

While entering medical school later in life has its challenges, most career shifters say the advantages are far greater. Medical students in their 30s or 40s bring broader life experiences and tend to be focused, organized and resilient.

Laura Gates  |  Feb 23, 2023

'I finally get to do something that makes me feel alive'

Former South Chicago teacher Michelle LaTurner is now a first-year medical student in the newly launched Urban Medicine Program at IU School of Medicine—Northwest-Gary.

Laura Gates  |  Feb 22, 2023

'Aim for it and keep pressing'

Will Schneider invested four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and begun a career in the investments industry. What would people think of him chasing a childhood dream to become a doctor?

Laura Gates  |  Feb 22, 2023

'I always felt like something was missing'

By the time he became a medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine—West Lafayette, Mark Westbroek had a PhD in medicinal chemistry and molecular pharmacology, plus a wife and five kids.

Laura Gates  |  Feb 22, 2023

'Balancing medical school and family is doable'

Jennifer Watters graduated from high school around the same time many of her classmates at IU School of Medicine were born. A physical therapist with a doctoral degree, Watters surprised friends and colleagues when she announced she was going back to school to become a physician.

Laura Gates  |  Feb 22, 2023

Medical school has always been a dream

Teaching was meant to be temporary—a way to “give back” in honor of the teachers who saw Mychael Spencer's potential. After 10 years as an educator, Spencer is now a student at IU School of Medicine.

Laura Gates  |  Feb 22, 2023

'It's always the right time to become more oneself'

Sarah Hopfer, who is set to graduate from IU School of Medicine this May, logged 65 hours toward a PhD in English and taught first-year analytical writing at IU Bloomington before awakening to her true calling: emergency medicine.

Laura Gates  |  Feb 22, 2023

'I'm in planting season'

Former farmer Jay Fiechter, a second-year student at IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne, begins his second career as an MD.

Laura Gates  |  Feb 22, 2023

First cohort enters Urban Medicine program at IU School of Medicine-Northwest

Medical students in the Urban Medicine program at IU School of Medicine-Northwest benefit from the statewide MD curriculum offered at all campuses with an added emphasis on social determinants of health and elevating diversity, equity and inclusion in the context of urban, underserved patient populations.

Laura Gates  |  Jan 12, 2023