A New Model of Medical Education for the 21st Century
Understanding that innovation creates sustainable change, IUHS is not a traditional brick and mortar school. The University invests in its students not in large capital-intensive infrastructure. Think of it as medical school 3.0.
IUHS uses technological innovation and is on the forefront of the new knowledge about how people learn. The University uses “Active Learning” and problem based cases to contextualize medical science learning in clinical settings and increase comprehension and retention.
Active Learning puts students and their learning needs at the center of the experience; it stands in contrast to “standard” modes of instruction in which teachers do most of the talking and students are passive.
A growing body of research has made it clear that the overall quality of teaching and learning is improved when students have ample opportunities to clarify, question, apply, and consolidate new knowledge. As a result, the role of the lecture has dramatically changed. At IUHS the lecture is not abandoned but instructors create opportunities for students to engage new material, serving as guides to help them understand and apply information.
Benefits to Active Learning:
- Improved critical thinking skills
- Increased retention and transfer of new information
- Increased motivation
- Improved interpersonal skills
Use of Technology
IUHS believes that multiple modalities are needed for Active Learning: the interaction between professor and students and amongst students should be much more fluid and effective than a traditional fixed-seat amphitheater lecture.
At IUHS, the pre-clinical medical science program is delivered using a unique integrated approach that combines core organ-based, pre-clinical basic sciences delivered online with interaction with local associate clinical faculty who provide essential hands on training, and one-to-one interaction with the academic enhancement team.
As a result, IUHS students can live and learn in the environment in which they will practice and gain access to the finest faculty throughout the globe.
In addition, the University uses a number of technologies throughout its programs to actively engage students in ways that are very different from the all-too-typical lecture class where the lecturer wraps everything up and students scamper off to the next class. The University deploys Blackboard Collaborate as its academic delivery platform to facilitate interactive instruction and group study. The core pre-clinical lectures feature two-way audio, multi-point user video, interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms, and session recordings (accessed as through Virtual Library on the IUHS student portal). In addition, the University uses DxR Clinician, the leading problem based virtual patient simulator education system as an integrated component of the program. DxR is a web-based, fully interactive patient simulation software that tests and integrates all elements of the patient encounter. This tool enables IUHS to assess each student’s performance with a standardized virtual patient. Lastly, the Virtual Library is a password protected central academic resource for students as well as a platform for study group activity.
Low Tuition Fees
IUHS tuition fees are approximately $80,000 total for 4 years of medical school . If you plan on going into Family Medicine or any other practice that is not a sub-specialty, the University’s low tuition fees mean that you will not be burdened with large loans after graduation.
Diverse Student Body
One of the hallmarks of IUHS is its student diversity. The United States is a diverse and multi-cultural society with varied beliefs and customs. IUHS students benefit from an academic environment that is as diverse as the communities in which they will practice. Also, the majority of US medical schools have unofficial age barriers making it difficult, if not impossible, for a ‘mature’ student to gain acceptance. IUHS looks at the overall student in evaluating his or her capacity to be successful in medical school.
IUHS encourages students to apply from all disciplines. Applicants who hold degrees such as Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Doctor of Chiropractic make up a significant percentage of our current student body and they excel in their MD studies at IUHS.
Quality of Academic Faculty
Because the school is not constrained by physical location, it has the best U.S. professors and international associate faculty who enjoy being part of a global innovative community.
IUHS faculty have a worldwide audience of the next generation of medical doctors, establish links and networks with forward-thinking medical professionals, enjoy flexibility to give lectures from virtually anywhere, and are able to conduct research or author and edit other projects.
IUHS is a global medical school that appreciates the diversity that exists in the backgrounds of our worldwide student body. Applicants following a North American undergraduate education path must have a minimum of 90 credits towards a degree that includes the listed pre-requisites. Applicants from other jurisdictions should have an education profile in keeping with their local entry requirements to medical school. Completed undergraduate degrees are preferable. The IUHS medical degree is awarded as either an MD or MBBS at the choice of the graduate.
The University has found that previous medical coursework and clinical experience makes students especially well qualified to pursue their MD degrees. Furthermore IUHS believes students who hold non-science degrees in areas such as liberal arts, engineering and law bring a great value to the medical profession and we welcome these applicants. IUHS offers premedical studies through which students can complete their entrance requirements.