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DeanPatrick W. Bankston, Ph.D.
Address3400 Broadway
Gary, IN 46408
Phone(219) 980-6550
Host CampusIndiana University Northwest
Class Size27 students
BuildingDunes Professional Building

IUSM-Northwest is one of the nine campuses that constitute the Indiana University School of Medicine. It is located on the campus of Indiana University Northwest (IUN).


IUSM-Northwest shares many of its facilities with Indiana University Northwest. It is affiliated with local physicians through the IUSM Northwest Connections program.

Students have access to:

  • The Dunes Professional Building study rooms and classrooms (24/7 access).
  • Parking at the South Gleason Park Golf Course (small fee per semester).
  • IUN gym access (the Savannah Fitness Center).


IUSM-Northwest utilizes a block scheduling system for both MS1 and MS2 students. The core focus is on Problem-Based Learning with small groups. Traditional lecture and Team-Based Learning are also done. Weekly quizzes are given in most steps. Class attendance is usually not required; however, attendance is required during problem-solving sessions. Lectures are recorded.

Depending on the block, exams are administered every two to three weeks with an NBME shelf at the end of each block.

Learning style

Classes are mostly traditional lectures with some independent study; Anatomy has a large lab component and Neurobiology has a smaller lab component. Physiology contains in-class exercises and demonstrations. Professors are almost always available to meet outside of class.

MS1 Classes

Classes generally run from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. During the Spring semester, classes sometimes begin at 9 a.m.

An additional shadowing experiences is required for MS1 students, which consists of eight four-hour sessions with a preceptor.

Year-long: Introduction to Clinical Medicine I.

  1. Biochemistry
  2. Histology and Gross Anatomy
  3. Physiology
  4. Neuroanatomy
  5. Pharmacology

MS2 Classes

Classes generally run from 8:30-10 a.m.; during the Spring semester, classes may end at 12 p.m. Pathology runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. once a week.

Year-long: Introduction to Clinical Medicine II.

  1. Immunology/Microbiology and General Pathology
  2. Systems-based Pathology