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Pre-Matriculation Program

The goal of Indiana University School of Medicine’s Pre-Matriculation program is to provide incoming medical students with a head start for success.

This program is open to all students. We especially encourage you to apply if you are:

  • A non-science major
  • A non-traditional student or changing professions
  • Re-entering school after 2 or more years out of College
  • A member of group underrepresented in medicine

Class of 2024

The deadline to submit is Friday, July 6, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. You will receive communication by July 13, 2020, if accepted to the program.

The program runs July 26th – 31st, 2020, and will be held in-person following all IU social distancing guidelines, and it is open to students from all IUSM campuses.

You may reach out by email to Dr. Iyabode Okoro (Dr. O) or call 317-274-1931 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EDT Mondays to Fridays.

The application form has closed.


In 2016, the IU School of Medicine Faculty Steering Committee tasked the Ad-hoc Student Success Committee to explore factors that impact academic success. The committee identified that the most important early predicator of success was student performance in the first year. Among the five recommendations made was adopting a Head Start Summer Prep Session which led to the pilot of a Pre-Matriculation program in July, 2019.

What to Expect

  • Develop peer study groups before the academic year starts
  • Establish support systems 
  • Begin establishing daily routines
  • Get to know faculty, staff and upper-level students
  • Preview first-year medical school coursework
  • Learn how to adapt your study methods for the challenges of medical school
  • Participate in wellness activities to connect with self and peers
  • Develop study groups

Student Feedback

“I was terrified before this program. I did not know what to expect or how medical school would work, and now I feel like an ‘expert.'”

“One big thing for me is knowing what is coming next, so I am glad we got a preview of material/academic timeline. I also was glad that we got to know a lot of the resources on campus.”

“The most valuable part was probably meeting with older students and learning about how they struggled and succeeded and what kind of resources/study habits they utilized.”

“I belong here. IUSM did not make a mistake in picking me.”

Benefits of Participating

  • Get connected to IU School of Medicine community
  • Develop meaningful connection with peers
  • Establish a connection with a Faculty member and/or Dean