Regional Campuses

Indiana University School of Medicine—Fort Wayne

Assistant Dean and Director: Professor Chang

Indiana University School of Medicine—Fort Wayne is located on the north end of the campus of Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne. The newly constructed medical education building offers large classrooms with state-of-the-art audiovisual and telecommunication technologies, expanded research facilities, and many amenities for medical students, faculty, and staff.

IPFW, located along the St. Joseph River in the northeastern section of Fort Wayne, is one of the most picturesque campuses in the state. The campus has an average enrollment of 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students, making it the fifth-largest university in the state. IPFW offers numerous academic programs and allows the campus’ students access to well-equipped computer facilities, the campus library, the student union and a sports center equipped with various courts, a track, and a variety of exercise equipment. IPFW athletics programs are NCAA Division 1 and belong to the mid-continent conference.

Seven tenured, full-time faculty members are involved in the first- and second-year programs. The faculty includes expert instructors in the fields of medical biochemistry, molecular biology, anatomy, histology, cell biology, embryology, microbiology, immunology, physiology, pharmacology, and neuroscience. Three part-time faculty members serve as course directors for Introduction to Clinical Medicine I for freshmen, Introduction to Clinical Medicine II for sophomores, and General and Systemic Pathology. Three local physicians have clinical research projects within the campus.

The Fort Wayne campus’ first-year academic program is based on semesters: Gross Anatomy, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Histology/Embryology are offered in the first semester. The second semester includes Medical Physiology, Neuroscience, and Microbiology/Immunology. For three hours per week throughout the first year, students gain clinical experience in history-taking, doctor/patient relationships, and other areas in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine I course.

The second-year academic program follows a modified semester format, with Medical Pharmacology, Biostatistics, Medical Genetics, and General Pathology offered in the first semester. Systemic Pathology is offered in the second semester. The Introduction to Clinical Medicine II course spans both semesters of the sophomore year and includes aspects of advanced history-taking, medical ethics, nutrition, physical diagnosis, radiology, infectious diseases, cardiology, and other areas. More than 180 local physicians have School of Medicine clinical faculty appointments and participate in both the first- and second-year programs.

There is frequent interaction with the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. This unique program offers family practice and orthopedic residencies in collaboration with the five community hospitals (Parkview, St. Joseph’s, Lutheran, Parkview North, and Dupont) and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. A variety of junior clerkships and senior electives, as well as continuing medical education events for both students and practicing physicians, are offered in Fort Wayne and select northeast Indiana communities. Physicians, residents and hospital personnel are easily accessible to medical students and enthusiastically provide informal clinical training and advice on career planning.

Fort Wayne is the second-largest metropolitan area (220,000) in the state. The Botanical Gardens, award-winning Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Art Museum, Philharmonic, Performing Arts Center, and historical attractions provide its residents with cultural activities. Fort Wayne has professional hockey, baseball, and football, and IPFW is a national powerhouse in volleyball. Parks, playgrounds, and bike trails cover over 2,000 acres of public park land and nearby state parks provide recreational activities for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year.

Please visit our website at www.fortwayne.medicine.iu.edu

For further information contact:
Fen-Lei Chang, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Dean and Director
Indiana University School of Medicine—Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Phone: (260) 481-6731
E-mail: baileyg [at] ipfw [dot] edu

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