The purpose of the B/MD Program are:
Students eligible to apply to the program will be residents of Indiana and meet the following criteria:
a composite RSAT* score of a 1280 (Evidence-Based Reading/Writing + Math) on a single sitting or an ACT composite score of 27 and a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5/4.0. No superscores are accepted for either test.
*RSAT = redesigned SAT as of March 2016 testing date
Admission to the joint B/MD program is a dual process. Students entering the program will be independently accepted into the undergraduate program at the University of Southern Indiana and the medical degree program at Indiana University School of Medicine.
The following procedure will be followed:
Neither acceptance into the University of Southern Indiana nor a recommendation to forward the student’s application to the Admissions Committee of Indiana University School of Medicine guarantees acceptance by the School of Medicine. Selected students will have a provisional seat in Indiana University School of Medicine.
The online application will contain the following:
Personal Information, Academic Information and Activities
An essay discussing your interest in medicine and your long term goals in the profession of medicine
Indicating three references (High school Counselor, High School Science Teacher and a Personal Reference from an unrelated individual (minister, employer etc.) who will complete an online evaluation form. The additional comments box is where the reference should paste his or her letter of recommendation. Please DO NOT send any paper copies of the letter of recommendation. These will not be accepted.
You will also be required to bring your seventh semester transcript to the interview in early February.
APPLICATION FOR THE 2020 B/MD SCHOLARSHIP IS NOW CLOSED.
The application for the 2021 scholarships will open in early September 2021.
Retention and Progression
Once admitted into the program, the student must meet defined criteria to claim the provisional seat reserved in the Indiana University School of Medicine. Those criteria are as follows:
Completion of the AMCAS application and interview for the Indiana University School of Medicine
Students may major in any field but must complete specified courses for this program and application to medical school. If a student fails to meet the above requirements, they will not be allowed to matriculate directly into the Indiana University School of Medicine. The student may seek admission to the School of Medicine through normal pathways, including the interview.
Six students will be selected each year. The University of Southern Indiana will provide full tuition waivers for the undergraduate portion of the program, not to exceed eight academic semesters. (scholarship guidelines) In addition students will be allowed to keep the David L. Rice scholarship.
New for the scholarship in 2019
Each B/MD student will have funding available for undergraduate research projects.
If a student fails to maintain the required GPA, they will be dismissed from the program and their level of scholarship will drop back to the level of the departmental scholarship awarded upon application as a freshman at the University of Southern Indiana (assuming the student meets the minimum grade point average requirements for that scholarship).
The USI B/MD coordinator will advise the students with aid from the B/MD advisory committee.
If you need additional information about this program or the pre-medicine program at USI, feel free to contact the academic advisor for these programs, Dr. Becky Sparks-Thissen. You may visit her office SC 1283 in the Biology Department, Science Center, or contact her at 812-465-1642 or email.
You may also contact the coordinator for the program from IUSM-Evansville, Dr. Kara Garcia, 812-909-7230 or email.
Dr. Nathan Oakley
USI Biology - 2009
IU School of Medicine - 2013
Residency Family Medicine, Fort Wayne - 2016
Asst Director, Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program
"The B/MD program was a great asset in my journey through medical education. The program allowed me to focus on education and personal growth without the worry and distraction regarding medical school acceptance. I also appreciated the comradery with fellow B/MD recipients throughout undergrad studies and medical school. I loved my time spent at USI. I had great experiences learning with my peers both in classroom and out. Faculty were passionate and challenging, which prepared me well to transition into medical school and beyond."