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Phase 1, Year 1 COVID-19 Updates

Updated 08/03/2020, 9:44 am EDT (Added Office Hours section and information and COVID practices for FCP1 and Human Structure section)

Plans for the fall semester are made based on projected COVID-19 concerns. If conditions were to improve significantly due to reduced disease activity in Indiana, IUSM will look for ways to increase face-to-face activities based on recommendations from AAMC, CDC and ISDH.

Office Hours

To facilitate and ensure clear communication throughout the fall semester, the Phase 1 leadership team will be holding open office hours each Wednesday from 12-2 pm EDT. Access here:


  1. Orientation is an extremely important and exciting element of your first year and will take place in a hybrid format at your home campus. Activities will take place both online and in-person August 5-7, 2020, so that you get a chance to meet your classmates and campus leaders in a safe environment.
  1. IU School of Medicine will host an in-person Physician Oath Ceremony for students, faculty and staff at your home campus to commemorate your entry to medical school and the medical profession. The ceremony will follow safe physical distancing guidelines.
  1. The White Coat ceremony, a traditional first donning of your IU School of Medicine clinical jacket, has been moved from Orientation Week to the end of Phase 1 (Spring 2022) to ensure that you and your loved ones can have an in-person event and celebrate this important occasion. This change will be enacted for all future classes as well.

Phase 1, Year 1 – Courses

Transitions 1 (Aug 10-21) will be a hybrid course, with limited in-person, small group sessions to foster camaraderie with appropriate social distancing. The remainder of the sessions will be delivered virtually through Zoom.

Human Structure (Aug 24 – Oct 30) will be a hybrid course, with 8 in-person dissection lab sessions (using appropriate social distancing and PPE).  The remainder of the course sessions will be delivered virtually using a combination of pre-recorded lectures and Zoom.  Exams will be delivered through Examsoft and the NBME.

Foundations of Clinical Practice 1 (Aug 24 – May 21) will be delivered in a hybrid format. Initial course sessions (through 9/28) will be in-person in a small group format using appropriate social distancing and PPE; remaining sessions will be delivered virtually using a combination of pre-recorded lectures and Zoom. Clinical exam skill sessions have been moved to the spring semester.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, longitudinal preceptor visits will not be held this fall.

Molecules to cells and tissues (Nov 2 – Dec 18) will be delivered virtually using a combination of pre-recorded lectures and Zoom.  Exams will be delivered remotely through Examsoft and the NBME.

COVID-19 Practices for FCP1 and Human Structure

COVID-related considerations have resulted in modifications to the Phase 1 curriculum.  FCP1 and HS will contain required face-to-face sessions. 

  • FCP1 will meet once a week in face-to-face small group session for the first 5 weeks of the fall semester in accordance with all IU School of Medicine safety guidelines.   
  • Beginning the week of September 28, all FCPY1 small group sessions will be virtual for the remainder of the semester. 
  • Decisions about the format of spring semester (which involves physical exam instruction) will be made prior to Thanksgiving break. 
  • Human Structure will have 8 in-person laboratory sessions
  • Social distancing, masks, and all rules of the IU restart programs will be adhered to.

We have planned time for make-up sessions during the summer for students who must miss these important in-person training experiences in FCP1.

Our goal is to avoid disruptions or delays to your progression through the curriculum, and we are redoubling those efforts in light of the challenges we all face through COVID. These are intensive hands-on experiences that require significant planning, and we can therefore only make this option available to students with excused absences, such as for illness or emergencies.

We ask for your understanding and cooperation to ensure that these limited makeup experiences can be used by students who need them.

If you anticipate needing to miss any or all of these sessions, please reach out to Assistant Dean Dr. Abigail Klemsz who will work with you on planning the timing of your summer plans and other important considerations.