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

POCUS Student Representatives

Provides student perspective on POCUS curriculum and implementation.

Term length: 2 years

Seeking: one rising third or fourth-year student and one rising second year student.

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

Note: Please indicate which clerkship(s) you would be interested in serving for on your application

Common Read Experience Committee

Committee Description: The role of committee members is the following

  • Read the chosen text for 2020 and assist in selecting the 2021 Common Read text
  • Create and approve program learning outcomes.
  • Facilitate connections across the school community and encourage faculty, staff, and learners to read and utilize the text in curricular and co-curricular spaces.
  • Develop methods to integrate the common read text into first-year medical student courses and beyond.
  • Plan co-curricular events and programs connected to the common read for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Term length: One year

Accepts applications from current first and second year students

Contact: Niki Messmore by email

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 Experience Committee (FYE)*

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.

Selects the peer mentors for the incoming class 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 Peer Mentoring Committee

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

Seeking: 7 first year students (current first year students), two regional campus students. The first-year class President also serves on the committee.

NOTE: The First Year Orientation Committee and the Peer Mentoring Committee combined into one committee for the incoming Class of 2024.

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 Curriculum Committee*

Committee Description: The SCC will review outcomes data (student evaluation questions and comments; faculty comments) for each Phase 1 course. The SCC generated report will be included in the End of Course report that the Phase 1 course management teams submit to the Foundational Component of the Curriculum Council Steering Committee (CCSC) and the CCSC.

Term Length: Phase 1 year 1 students will serve on the committee fall and spring semesters; the phase 1 year 2 student will serve on the committee in the fall semester.

Members: A total of 18 students are sought to serve on the committee made up of nine (9) Phase 1 year 1 students and nine (9) Phase 1 year 2 students. At least half of the SCC membership should be from the regional campuses.

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:

  • Behavioral health
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Culturally appropriate and socially responsive care
  • Medical ethics
  • Quality health delivery
  • 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.

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

First Generation Committee

Committee Description: The First Generation Committee is a collaboration between medical students, Medical Student Affairs, and Mentoring and Advising. The group aims to 1) support first-generation students now attending medical school, 2) create a network of first-generation students, faculty, and staff at IUSM, and 3) celebrate the individual stories of our first-generation students, faculty, and staff.

Committee Members: Three (3) medical students serving as President, Vice President, or Treasurer. Two (2) staff advisors. Position availability depends on how many committee members are resigning their position. New positions may be added based on interest and need. Students who apply for this committee should identify as first-generation students. The term first-generation has many meanings, however, it is typically defined as a student who is the first person in their immediate family to obtain a bachelor’s degree. The First Generation Committee does serve more than just first-generation college students. If you have questions about your eligibility, please reach out to Interview Day Leadership who can direct you to our committee members.

Accepts applications from current first, second or third 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 Committee (ISC)

Committee description: The role of the committee members to help coordinate, re-evaluate and the build the intersessions curriculum.

Term length: One year

Accepts applications from current second, third year and fourth 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

Service Learning Coalition (SLC)

NOTE: This group is interviewing students during spring interview day, but it is not a committee. Please check them out on their webpage.

Service Learning Coalition SLC), formerly Medical Student Service Group, is a student-led group that fosters student leadership through engagement with community service learning experiences. SLC provides opportunities for students to gain skills in leadership, peer mentoring and assessment while engaging with their community through service. SLC works closely with medical student council (MSC) and with IU School of Medicine student affairs service learning professionals to foster and develop strong community relationships. Please contact Christina Huang by email for more information!

Interviewing for additional executive board members to help the current board with banquet planning and project management.

Seeking: Rising second- or third-year students

Medical Undergraduate Mentorship (MUMPS)*

Term length: Two years

Members: Two second-year or third-year students

Indiana University School of Medicine Orchestra**

Student leader: JD Damrath

Contact email: iusmorch@iu.edu

Description: The Indiana University School of Medicine Orchestra features health professionals of all career stages associated with the IUSM community, allowing an outlet for musical talent and a reprieve from demanding work or school schedules.​

Our group meets weekly on Sundays during the Fall and Spring semesters and does not require auditions. Please contact us at email if you are interested in joining.

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: 4 members consisting of second, third, or fourth year medical students. Accepts interviews from first, second, 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