"Support, especially from administration, has been extremely disappointing."
"Recent graduated medical student perspective: Frankly, for any school, an expectation should not be listed as a strength. Expectations that the school fulfills are providing a good medical foundation for students as they become doctors. However, a school like IU is able to rely on the fact that they are many in-state applicants' first choice, and as a result the school skimps on developing itself into the stronger school it can be. Entire medical experience was filled with unprofessionalism, in the form of late grading, late notices of rotations during third and fourth year, missed emails, deadlines promised to school etc. This led to much chaos in student planning for courses during medical school. I'm afraid this is a structural weakness the school will not be able to overcome, given it's place as the largest medical school student body (school has several satellite campuses of students throughout state, further contributes to disorder in curriculum of school). Other acts of unprofessionalism include lack of empathy in response to the COVID pandemic for students, administration's stance effectively was students should not voice their concerns and be patient, and doing so is "unprofessional". Speaking of which, school has a strange obsession with professionalism, as much as the term reeks of elitism in medicine and usage of which stifles growth of diversity and covers up legitimate concerns student may have. Many times has the school warned students of their professionalism, despite being unable to act as such on their side. Finally, school still uses the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, demonstrated to be threatening to diversity and racist and having already been removed by many stronger medical schools already, but still being an important factor for some residency programs hence student obsession with this. At IU, the organization claims to help third and fourth year students with development, but fails to fulfill this promise and ignores students who are not inducted and who may ask for help with applications for residency. Additionally, organization is biased to accepting students who have leadership roles, no matter how insignificant, that are school associated, e.g., SIGs and student council leaders. As a minority graduate who chose to support my community and sought leadership roles to better help those in underserved area in my town, I was largely ignored by this society, because of no school associated leadership titles, despite qualifying grades and board scores. This society is only an example of other instances of leadership being highly influenced by internal politics of the school, again part of the problem in diversity that the school actively ignores, and instead chooses to post high quality pictures of any student representing diversity on their website as a lovely bandaid for the larger issue at hand. I realize for many prospective students this school may be their only choice, so I'm posting this so those concerned may be aware and seek to improve the school. Others who may have a choice, would not recommend this school."
"Recently reforming its curriculum which has had some bad effects on education, but should improve things as time goes on."
"Mandatory Lecture/Terrible Lecturers"
"The info session after my interview revealed that 60% of the class does not get placed at the Indy campus (the location desired by most accepted students) but are "forced" to be at one of the satellite campuses.
The core competencies that are threaded into the curriculum and so highly stressed on the webpage, during the interview, and by the co-chair of admissions turn out to be kind of ridiculous. From what the med students said, you can gain competencies pretty easily. Like, for instance, talking to interviewees like myself, on interview day or giving a 10 minute presentation to your fellow med students. If it's that easy to get them "checked off" and you don't really LEARN anything about the doctoring characteristics they embody, then what's the point?"