First/second-Year Courses and Rotations

Hospital Medical Education program (HME)

The Hospital Medical Education program is an 8-week summer program designed for medical students between their first and second year. Students from all schools are welcome; however, the program does not supply housing. The HME program is administered by the Indiana State Medical Association and provides a full range of specialty experiences in Community Health Network’s health care system. Students will rotate through various specialties with volunteer physicians. The program is supported by the medical staff through the Wrege Foundation, and by the Community Health Network Foundation. A summer stipend is awarded to students who participate. Applications are available in December through the IUSM Office of Financial Aid or the ISMA. An interview is required. Applicants are notified of their selection and match in February of each year for the following summer.

Primary Care Scholars (PCS) program

The Primary Care Scholars (PCS) program is offered to medical students between their first and second years from the Indiana University School of Medicine who are interested in an underserved medicine experience within family medicine. Stipend support is provided by the Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) of Indiana University.

Students will be matched with preceptors practicing in a rural or urban community-based health center setting. Students will spend time with primary care physicians who serve as role models in providing early exposure to caring for rural or urban medically underserved populations. They will complete a summer project that aids the center and its patients as well. Students will:

  • Gain exposure to biomedical rural or urban research that includes family, community and economic factors influencing an individual's health in a rural or urban setting.
  • Understand the role of hospital, allied health agencies and health care professionals that complement the work of primary care physicians.
  • Improve the health of citizens in rural and urban areas of Indiana and beyond.

Applications are available through the Indiana University AHEC office. To apply, contact Phyllis Hoffman at 317-278-0310.

Introduction to Clinical Medicine I

The ICM-I program is taught on Thursday afternoons during the entire Indiana University School of Medicine academic year. The course is an IUSM course combining psychiatry and human behavior requirements as well as focusing on interviewing skills, the doctor-patient relationship, communication, community, culture, ethics and human development. This course is co-taught by Kathy Zoppi, Ph.D., MPH and John Fleming, Ph.D., M.D., FAAFP at Community Health Network.

Introduction to Clinical Medicine II

The ICM-II program is taught on Wednesday afternoons for the entire academic year and concentrates on student skill development in taking accurate patient histories, physical examination and diagnoses, and basic treatment plans. Drs. Fleming and Zoppi oversee the teaching of the program by our senior residents.