IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93CA920 — MEDICAL HISTORY


The Indiana Medical History Museum maintains a collection of medical science artifacts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries such as museum jars with preserved patient specimens, laboratory equipment, photographs, books, and diagnostic equipment. The museum is housed in the Old Pathology Building on the grounds of the former Central State Hospital, which is the oldest surviving pathology facility in the nation and is on the National Register of Historic Places. During this elective the student will work on a project of their choice with guidance from the museum executive director. The goal of the student project is to enhance their medical history knowledge, so the student can have a better understanding of current practices. An example of a student project includes searching patient medical records for the patient history behind one of the preserved patient specimens on display. A student may also choose to create a display with text for some of the artifacts currently in storage at the museum or research the use of a piece of diagnostic equipment on display such as a colorimeter and discuss how the instrument has changed throughout time. At the end of the rotation the student will perform a presentation about their project and findings for the course director, museum staff, museum board members, and interested students rotating on other pathology electives.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Hollyn Mangione (hmangion@iupui.edu)

Director: Ashley Inman, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Indiana Medical History Museum (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Complete a project with the guidance of the course director and museum executive director that enhances their knowledge of the history of medicine (PBLI1)
  • 2) Perform patient archival research and medical literature historiography (PBLI1)
  • 3) Compare and contrast historic medical diagnoses, laboratory testing, and treatments to current methods (MK5)
  • 4) Organize their findings into an oral presentation using visual media and/or props (ISC5)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; Oral Communication Rubric; (Observation from the course director and museum staff and End of rotation presentation describing their project).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 24-40

Time Distribution: 100% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Hollyn Mangione (hmangion@iupui.edu) The students will be working at the Indiana Medical History Museum located at 3045 W. Vermont St in Indianapolis.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None