Single program for pre-med students

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A perfect fit: John Torabi receives his white coat, symbolizing the beginning of his medical school education at a ceremony for the Class of 2017 In Indianapolis. He is now enrolled at IU School of Medicine-Northwest. | Photo by IU School of Medicine


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Did you know that Indiana University Northwest is the only university in Northwest Indiana with a College of Health and Human Services? Some other facts about health education at the IU Northwest campus:

It is the only Northwest Indiana campus with a medical school, the IU School of Medicine – Northwest.

It has the only health-care program in which students from different disciplines, including the medical school, are able to learn together.

It boasts the only dental-education program in Northwest Indiana.

The School of Nursing offers a Nursing as a Second Degree option to students with bachelor’s degrees in other fields, as well as the RN to BSN program for students who have earned their associate’s degree in nursing and would like to finish their four-year degree.

Health Information Management is a popular field with growing career opportunities.

It offers the only Master of Social Work program in Northwest Indiana.

It offers the Master of Public Affairs degree with concentrations in criminal justice, public management, health services administration, and human services administration.

It offers graduate certificates in Non-Profit Management, Public Management, and Environmental Affairs.

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Asad Torabi first walked onto the Indiana University Northwest campus as a college freshman and he intends to leave as a physician.

The 24-year-old Munster resident followed the pre-med track, graduating from IU Northwest in 2011 with a degree in psychology and double minors in chemistry and biology. After two years of working as a part-time anatomy instructor at IU Northwest, he is now a first-year medical student at IU School of Medicine-Northwest (IUSM-NW), at the very same campus in Gary.

While IUSM-NW students have the option to move downstate to complete the latter part of their medical education with residencies at various Indianapolis hospitals, more and more Northwest medical students are choosing to stay local to take advantage of the smaller campus atmosphere known for its plentiful opportunities, typically in shorter supply at other larger campuses.

Torabi is one of them. By completing his medical education at IUSM-NW, he knows he’ll garner a hearty dose of hands-on experience and direct contact with patients and families.

“IU School of Medicine-Northwest is the right fit for me,” Torabi said. “I want my education to come from real experiences that are one-on-one with a doctor.”

He explained that he is more likely to directly assist a surgeon here in Northwest Indiana, for instance, rather than simply observe.

But that isn’t the only perk that the Northwest campus provided for his education.

“IU Northwest has been really good to me. Even as an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to conduct research at the medical school,” Torabi said. “These are opportunities that are available to any student. If you were on a campus without a medical school, those opportunities would be limited.”

Smooth transition

Torabi said he greatly appreciates how well the professors in his undergraduate education prepared him for the rigors of medical school.

“At IU Northwest, they do a good job of building a strong science foundation,” he said. “They are going to challenge you. They are going to make sure that you know the material because at the next level you are really going to need it. I can’t count how many times this year I’ve been grateful for taking certain courses at IU Northwest. Taking these classes has made the transition to medical school much smoother.”

As far as his chosen medical specialty, Torabi is keeping an open mind, but he is leaning toward cardiology.

Shadowing a cardiologist is another opportunity he took advantage of as an undergraduate. That experience gave him a taste of what the patient-doctor relationship is like in that specialty.

His advice to college freshmen who are eyeing medical school is to take advantage of opportunities like job shadowing, academic research and teaching, that can help you decide whether a career in medicine is right for you.

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