Statement issued Wednesday:
Steel Dynamics Foundation, Inc. has given Indiana University School of Medicine-Fort Wayne a three-year grant to support medical education in Fort Wayne.
Indiana University School of Medicine Fort Wayne has recently expanded to include all four years of medical school curriculum. The enrollment in the program has also increased with a target to double current class size from 16 to 32 students.
The grant will allow the faculty to incorporate new technologies including advanced diagnostic modalities, electronic medical records and telemedicine into the program.
Telemedicine is a rapidly advancing field in medicine, in which specialists can provide advice and consultations for patients through videoconferencing equipment. Telemedicine will become more widespread in its use, especially in rural areas as it may provide cost effective and timely support to rural hospital emergency rooms and primary care physician offices.
The introduction of advanced medical technology into the program at Indiana University School of Medicine-Fort Wayne will allow students to become familiar with the concept and practice in this manner and will prepare them for future clinical practice.