IU School of Medicine



Senior Medical students are invited to work in the inner city of Indianapolis in a faith-based medical practice. Raphael Health Center is a federally qualified, comprehensive, community Health center in the Mapleton-Fall Creek community. Located at the corner of 34th and Central Avenue, Raphael was founded in 1996 by Tabernacle Presbyterian Church and community leaders to address health care needs in the surrounding neighborhood. The students will participate in month-long elective that involves all areas of outpatient medicine including obstetric, pediatric, adolescent and adult care. The emphasis of the health center is to offer affordable, cost-effective, quality and compassionate care to all patients. Emphasis will be placed on addressing social and spiritual needs as well as traditional preventative and acute care. The student will see patients initially and develop a care plan. Each patient is then discussed with the patient's regular provider. There will be opportunities for discussion about the unique health care needs of the inner city. Topics for discussion may include public health policy, epidemiology, and specific health problems such as teenage pregnancy, infant mortality, and substance abuse.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Nathan Roth MD (nroth@raphaelhc.org)

Director: Nathan Roth, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Raphael Health Center (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Explain the similarities and differences in providing health care in an inner-city setting (SBP2)
  • 2) Discuss how social, economic, spiritual, and ethnic factors affect the health of an individual (MK7)
  • 3) Demonstrate how to access community and human service resources (SBP2)
  • 4) Assist in caring for patients of the health center (PC1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Grade for this rotation will be based on the student

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 5% Presentation; 5% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Please contact Dr. Roth at nroth@raphaelhc.org to schedule this elective.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: we have PA students frequently and the students have opportunities to interact and discuss patient care topics etc. The students frequently communicate directly with nursing during the rotation as well. Lastly, we have several behavioral specialists and financial counselors who help patients work through any barriers to care and chronic disease management.

Service Learning Included: None