List of Committees

Committees are a great way for students to get leadership experience while in medical school. To learn how to join a committee, check out Interview Day.

Dean-Appointed Committees

These committees bring student perspective into administrative, curricular and student life decisions. The positions are managed by the Faculty Affairs Professional Development and Diversity (FAPDD) office. Students are required to be in good academic standing to apply and be selected for positions.

Class years in member descriptions indicate the class years during which students will begin carrying out their role unless otherwise noted.

Admissions Committee (AC)
  • Serves as a full participant in the admissions and student selection process
  • An additional interview will be required for applicants to this committee
  • Accepts students from all nine campuses. However, students on the committee conduct interviews in Indianapolis and attend selection meetings in Indianapolis. Therefore, students must be willing and able to drive to Indianapolis approximately 3 times per month.
  • Term length: One year
  • Members: Three fourth-year students
Academic Standards Committee (ASC)
  • Implements a systematic evaluation process for the curricular components (courses and clerkships) of medical education. Ensures adherence to the IU School of Medicine Institutional Learning Objectives and curricular policy; comparability of instruction, assessment and outcomes; and equivalency in grading. Reports to the Curriculum Council Steering Committee (CCSC).
  • Accepts students from all campuses
  • Term length: Two years
  • Members: Four students; two second-year students and two third-year students
Curriculum Council Clinical Component (CCC)
  • Oversees the design, implementation and quality of the clinical science curriculum at IU School of Medicine. The CCCC’s focus is on the management of contemporary clinical science curriculum guided by the IU School of Medicine Institutional Learning Objectives, oversight of clerkship-level comparability, and management of student outcomes/performance across the timeline of the clinical science curriculum. The CCC recommends policy on matters relating to the clinical science curriculum and reports to the CSCC.
  • Accepts students from all campuses
  • Term length: Two to three years
  • Members: Six members; accepts two new second or third-year students each year
Curriculum Council Steering Committee (CCSC)
  • This committee is the faculty body that manages the medical curriculum for Indiana University School of Medicine through oversight of its design, implementation and management of the school’s curriculum at all campuses. The CCSC sets curricular policy for education and has oversight responsibility for ensuring compliance and comparability. The CCSC reviews data at specified intervals to monitor and evaluate the curriculum as a whole and make informed decisions to enhance, coordinate and ensure coherence of the educational program.
  • Accepts students from all campuses
  • Term length: Minimum of two years
  • Members: Minimum of four members; second-year, third-year and fourth-year students
Foundational component of the Curriculum Committee (FCC)
  • Oversees the design, implementation and quality of the integrated basic science curriculum at IU School of Medicine. FCC’s focus is on the management of a contemporary foundational science curriculum guided by the IU School of Medicine Institutional Learning Objectives, oversight of course level comparability, and management of student outcomes/performance across the timeline of the foundational science curriculum. The FCC recommends policy on matters relating to the foundational science curriculum as a whole and reports to the CCSC.
  • Accepts students from all campuses
  • Term length: Two years
  • Members: Four members; accepts two first-year students in spring
Student Promotions Committee (SPC)
  • Monitors medical student academic and professionalism standards by reviewing academic performance after each grading period and after each USMLE. Student members will serve alongside IU School of Medicine Deans of Medical Student Affairs, Clerkship Directors and chosen faculty members as voting members in the medical student disciplinary and dismissal process.
  • Accepts students from all campuses
  • An additional interview will be required for applicants to this committee
  • Term length: One year
  • Members: Four fourth-year students
Student Research Committee (SRC)
  • Oversees the undergraduate medical research program and the combined degree programs. Promotes research opportunities for medical students in the summer between their first and second years and beyond.
  • Accepts applications from all campuses
  • Term length: Two years
  • Members: Two second-year or third-year students
Teacher-Learner Advocacy Committee (TLAC)
  • Fosters and ensures a professional learning environment by assisting in conflict resolution and sponsoring programs to enhance communication and professionalism in all learning environments
  • An additional interview will be required for applicants to this committee
  • Accepts students from all campuses
  • Term length: Two years
  • Members: Two-four new second-year or third-year students each year

Medical Student Education-Appointed Committees

These committees are overseen by the Office of Medical Student Education and Medical Student Council. There is a faculty advisor involved with each committee.

Class years in member descriptions indicate the class years during which students will begin carrying out their role unless otherwise noted.

Advocates for Clerkship Enhancement (ACE)
  • This student-led committee improves core clerkship experiences by ensuring there is an effective and transparent means of communication between third- and fourth-year medical students and clerkship directors to address concerns and improve teaching and education in the clerkship years.
  • An additional interview will be required for applicants to this committee
  • Accepts students from all campuses
  • Term length: One year
  • Members: Two (third-year and/or fourth-year) students for each clerkship
Competency Directors Workgroup (CDW)
  • Provides student perspective on competency-based education and work with the Competency Directors to develop, monitor and manage competency-based educational activities, programs and assessments. Members meet with the Competency Directors one time per month to discuss competency-based education at IU School of Medicine.
  • Term length: Two years
  • Members: Two second-year or third-year students
Learning Technology Committee (LTC)
  • Responsible for allocating funds to enhance technology for the Indianapolis campus
  • Term length: Two years
  • Members: Two second-year students
Library Advisory Committee (LAC)*
  • Provides student input for the allocation of library funds and creation of the library budget annually
  • Required to attend one meeting annually in the spring
  • Term length: One to two years depending on student preference
  • Members: Two; accepts students from any class year, special preference for third-year or fourth-year students
MAP Advisory Committee (MAC)
  • A student consultation group focused on data-driven continuous improvement of the mentoring and advising program (MAP). Commitment includes providing feedback in-person at scheduled meetings or by email.
  • Accepts students from all campuses
  • Term length: One to two years depending on student preference and availability
  • Members: Four to six members from any class year
First-Year Orientation Committee (OC)*
  • Works closely with Medical Student Education (MSE) to plan and implement a schedule of communications and activities for First-Year Orientation. Represents the statewide campus experiences and serves as a resource for incoming students.
  • Required attendance at monthly meetings during January-May and weekly meetings in June and July (remote meeting options are available)
  • Term length: 1.5 years
  • Members: Five total members; Four first-year students are accepted each year, one of which must be a regional campus student. The first-year Class President also serves on the committee.
Organization of Student Representatives (OSR)
  • Representatives serve as a class liaison to the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR), which is the student branch of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). This position allows students to attend national and regional meetings and collaborate with other medical student leaders to share student opinion regarding medical student life and education with national leaders in academic medicine. Additionally, OSRs are tasked with sharing resources and disseminating information from AAMC meetings with peers and school leadership. One member of the committee will be designated as the primary OSR (usually a current fourth-year student) with three alternative OSRs representing each class.
  • Accepts students from all campuses
  • Term length: Three years; renewable annually
  • Members: Four total members; accepts one current first-year student each year
  • Contact: osriusm@iupui.edu
Student Space and Renovation Committee (SSR)
  • Determines the needs for student facilities and collaborates with Medical Student Education (MSE) to find funding for initiatives
  • Term length: Two years
  • Members: Four second-year or third-year students total
THREADS Committee
  • This curriculum committee works to improve both the foundational and clinical curriculum by ensuring that six pillars (threads) are incorporated into the curriculum. These six threads are:
    1. Behavioral health
    2. Evidence-based medicine
    3. Culturally appropriate and socially responsive care
    4. Medical ethics
    5. Quality health delivery
    6. Disability
  • Term length: One to three years depending on class standing
  • Members: No set number of members; second-year, third-year or fourth-year students may serve
Wellness Liaisons (WL)
  • Promote statewide wellness by planning events for each campus as well as statewide wellness events. Encourage students to take time away from school to focus on their personal wellness using the eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, physical, intellectual, financial, spiritual, occupational, social and environmental. Works alongside the Wellness Coalition to carry out wellness events. Report directly to the VP of Committee Affairs and sends monthly updates of current activities.
  • Term length: Two years
  • Members: 40; eight Indianapolis representatives (two from each class year), four liaisons from each other campus (two first-year and two second-year students).

Medical Student Council-Appointed Committees

These committees are overseen by Medical Student Council and are based around student-run initiatives.
Class years in member descriptions indicate the class years during which students will begin carrying out their role unless otherwise noted.

Admissions Ambassadors (AA)
  • Ensures that students participating in medical school admissions interviews at Indiana University School of Medicine comfortable during their campus visits. Ambassadors work directly with the Office of Admissions to facilitate student hosts for interviewees during Interview season and/or other recruitment activities at home campus. Ambassadors also schedule and arrange campus tours for interested students during and outside of interview season.
  • Accepting students from Indianapolis. This includes Phase 2 students who will be doing their clinical years in Indianapolis. Regional campuses hold separate Admission Ambassadors interviews in the fall.
  • Term length: Two years
  • Members: Five to eight total; students are accepted statewide; one-two students per regional campus; four to six students in Indianapolis.
Evening of the Arts (EOTA)**
  • Organizes the annual Evening of the Arts event during which students and staff of IU School of Medicine showcase their musical, artistic, theatrical, dance or other talents
  • The Evening of the Arts was founded by Jose Espada, director of Medical Student Financial Services; Mark Ray Albrecht, MD, Class of 1993; and Keith Woodard, MD, Class of 1992. In the spring of 1991, Albrecht, Woodard and Espada performed at the Association of American Medical Colleges annual meeting held in Indianapolis. Inspired by the performance, Albrecht suggested developing a variety show that would showcase the talents of medical students. Thus, Evening of the Arts was born. The first show brought in over $2,500 in profits that went toward the outfitting of the Wheeler Mission Ministries Saturday clinic, where Albrecht and Woodard volunteered.
  • Term length: Two years
  • Members: Seven second-year or third-year students
**Finding Inspiration and Resilience in Medicine Conference Committee (FIRM)
  • Designed to increase awareness and take preventative measures to address burnout in medicine
  • In 2014, a group of fourth-year medical students set out to do something big: create a way for medical students and professionals to find solutions for burnout in medicine. Inspired by Richard Gunderman, MD, and his leadership in medicine course, these students developed the Finding Inspiration and Resilience in Medicine (FIRM) symposium. FIRM is a collaboration between IU School of Medicine and Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
    • FIRM is an approved for time away as professional development opportunity. Request time off for the event.
  • Term length: One year
  • Members: Six to eight second-year, third-year, and/or fourth-year students
Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG)
  • Serves as the primary liaison for the Medical Student Council within the larger IUPUI Student Government, which represents the concerns of all graduate and professional students
  • Term length: Two years
  • Members: Two second-year or third-year students
Intersession Student Representatives (ISR)**
  • Responsible for coordinating and planning the orientation to Phase 2
  • Term length: One year
  • Members: Four-five second-year students
Medical Student Alumni Council (MSAC)
  • Serves as a bridge between IU School of Medicine alumni and students to further student-alumni engagement, as well as to influence alumni programming. Students will be expected to speak during alumni board meetings with approximately 20 alumni present.
  • Required to attend three Saturday meetings annually (meetings held in the spring, fall and winter)
  • Term length: One year
  • Members: Two second-year, third-year or fourth-year students
Medical Undergraduate Mentorship (MUMPS)
  • Term length: Two years
  • Members: Two second-year or third-year students
Orchestra at IU School of Medicine**
  • The orchestra features health professionals of all career stages associated with the IU School of Medicine community. The orchestra is an outlet for musical talent and a reprieve from demanding work or school schedules
  • Recruits members via a special process
Peer Mentorship Committee (PMC)*
  • Serves as a resource for information, materials and mentors to ensure a successful transition into the social and educational environment of IU School of Medicine. Roles include: selecting the peer mentors and providing social opportunities for the new IU School of Medicine students, aiding in IU School of Medicine Orientation activities and facilitating the transition of responsibilities for the subsequent PMC students.
  • Term length: 1.5 years
  • Members: Four; accepts first-year students in the fall
Spring Formal Committee (SFC)
  • Coordinates and organizes the spring formal currently known as the St. Vitus Dance. Also responsible for keeping MSC and the student body updated on issues relevant to the spring formal.
  • Term length: Two years
  • Members: Four second-year or third-year students
Student Curriculum Liaison Committee (SCLC)**
  • The Student Curriculum Liaison Committee (SCLC) strives to promote open communication between course directors and students in order to create proactive change for curriculum improvement. The student committee members will meet with the course directors on a monthly basis to review information gathered from students commenting on subjects such as lecturers, course content and exams. The goal of the SCLC is not to only improve aspects of the course that have received criticism but to also promote aspects of the course that have received praise.
  • Member Responsibilities:
    • Attend SCLC online orientation and monthly online professional development and dialogue sessions.
    • Each week, facilitate a 5-10 minute face-to-face conversation with your classmates in each course to gather student feedback using the SCLC data collection worksheet.
    • Identify key themes, and gather the feedback into a typewritten version of the SCLC data collection worksheet. Ensure the tone of the feedback is constructive.
    • Schedule a meeting with your faculty member to review the worksheet, and collaborate to develop solutions.
    • During the following week, the faculty member and SCLC co-present to the class the response to the feedback and/or rationale for keeping the approach as-is.
    • Repeat this process weekly.
Student Research Symposium**
  • Designed to increase the platforms available for student research at IU School of Medicine
*These committees do not participate in Interview Day in the spring; instead, they participate in a special Interview Day in the fall.
**These committees do not participate in an Interview Day