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IU School of Medicine coordinates many signature events throughout the academic year for medical students. For other events, view and post your events to the school’s official statewide calendar.

Fall Session (August through December)

First Year Orientation

The required statewide First-Year Orientation is held each August in Indianapolis and introduces incoming first-year students to IU School of Medicine. Optional activities are available throughout the week including the annual Medical Service Learning Project and Field Day. The week concludes with required sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, which include an introduction to school leadership and individual campus sessions. Housing is provided to regional campus students.

White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony marks a transformation for first year students entering into the medical community in the presence of family, friends and school leadership. The formal program is generally held off campus on the Friday afternoon/evening of Orientation. Tickets are required.

Mock Interviews

Medical students are invited to participate in mock interviews to simulate what they will experience as they apply for their residencies.

Student Leadership Reception

Each year the IU School of Medicine Dean’s Office sponsors a Student Leadership reception to recognize student leaders for their hard work and contributions to the school.

Gold Humanism Honor Society

IU School of Medicine hosts an annual ceremony to honor fourth year medical students, residents and faculty being inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Spring Session (January through May)

Student Leadership Interview Day

Medical Student Council provides a variety of appointed leadership opportunities available through an interview process. Elections are also held for classes officers and SIGs.

IU School of Medicine Second Year Show (2YS)

The IU School of Medicine Second Year Show (2YS) is an annual, student-run production produced by second-year students. The program aims to unify faculty, staff and students from all nine campuses for a night of fun and camaraderie.

Match Day

During Match Day, fourth-year medical students across the country learn where they will spend the next step of their career: residency.

Senior Awards Ceremony

The IU School of Medicine Senior Awards Ceremony is an annual program sponsored by the graduating class. The program is generally held on Friday evening prior to Commencement to honor students, faculty and staff that have made an impact on the graduating students.


IU School of Medicine Commencement is traditionally held over Mother’s Day weekend where friends, family and school leadership gather to celebrate the graduates accomplishments.