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MD Curriculum Year 1

Phase One of the Indiana University School of Medicine MD curriculum 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 first year of MD Curriculum Phase One run from August through May.


Phase One Year One Courses Credit Hours Max Contact Hours
Transitions I 3 52
Foundations of Clinical Practice I 10 204
Human Structure 9 170
Molecules to Cells and Tissues 7 150
Fundamentals of Health and Disease 6 120
Host Defense 6 120
Neuroscience and Behavior 6 120


Scholarly Concentrations

The Scholarly Concentration program at IU School of Medicine is an optional training experience that complements the core MD curriculum and empowers medical students to delve into a topic of interest, including such as Business of Medicine, Human Sexuality and Health, Urban Medicine and Health Care Disparities, and more. Students completing a Scholarly Concentration benefit from the school’s statewide network of experts and resources, receive unique mentorship opportunities, develop skills, and complete scholarly projects that are valuable for residency applications and professional development.