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August 8, 2008
Volume 12 Number 32 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow White Coat Ceremony welcomes students to med school

Before the hours of anatomy lectures or late night cram sessions begin, 308 students will gather Saturday at the Murat Theatre in downtown Indianapolis to don an enduring symbol of the profession they desire – the physician’s white coat.

The 308 students from the class of 2012 entering IUSM will participate in the White Coat Ceremony, a tradition for medical students nationwide, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

Friends and family will assembly to watch the first-year medical students accept their first white physician’s coat from leader’s of the medical community as a symbol of the trust bestowed in the doctor/patient relationship. The students then, in unison, will repeat the physician’s oath pledging to care for patients to the best of their ability.

Stephen B. Leapman, M.D., executive associate dean for educational affairs,  is this year’s speaker. He will present “Thoughts About Our Professional Team.” A surgeon, Dr. Leapman has taught at IUSM for 31 years.


Arrow Rural medicine focus of some IUSM- Terre Haute students

The first class of rural medicine students at the Indiana University School of Medicine-Terre Haute will begin classes Aug. 12. Eight of the 24 entering students will be enrolled in a four-year primary care medical school program with a curriculum focused on the unique aspects of rural patient care.

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Arrow IU attains record for external awards

Grants and awards to Indiana University for research and other sponsored programs increased 21 percent in the 2007-08 fiscal year to a record total of $525.3 million. Of that, $263.4 million came from federal sources, such as the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation -- a 25 percent increase over the previous year. That total was also a new record for IU.

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Arrow Fairbanks Hall move begins

Several Dean’s Office units soon will move to their newly completed space on the fifth and sixth floors of Fairbanks Hall, IU/Clarian Education and Resource Center, located at 340 West Tenth Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3082.  The campus mail code for this building is FS.

The phased-in move schedule by unit is:

Operations Aug. 11 Suite 5100
Dean and Executive Associate Deans Aug. 14 Suite 6200
Faculty Affairs/Prof. Development Aug. 14 Suite 6200
Financial Affairs Aug. 15 Suite 5100
Academic Administration/HR Services Aug. 20 Suite 5100
University Counsel Aug. 25 Suite 5100

The main phone number for the Office of the Dean will remain the same (317-278-3048), as will the phone and fax numbers for the other offices.


Arrow Donation to increase number of minority physicians

Minorities wishing to pursue a career in medicine have received a major boost in their efforts.  The Wishard Foundation has received a $2 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to assist in efforts to increase the number of minority physicians trained in Indiana.

The Endowment awarded the grant for the George H. Rawls, M.D. Scholarship Fund, which helps to foster the growing number of minorities interested in pursuing medical training at IUSM.
In addition, IU Medical Group – Primary Care (IUMG-PC) has committed a $2 million challenge grant for the scholarship's endowment, providing one additional dollar for every two dollars raised. The Wishard Foundation seeks to raise a total of $4 million to maximize this challenge grant.  When completed, it is estimated that the $6 million endowment will provide full tuition grants for 10 minority students in perpetuity.

In Indiana, less than four percent of physicians are African American and less than three percent are Hispanic.


Arrow Faculty orientation sessions

Three orientation sessions have been scheduled this summer specifically for new faculty and other academic employees.  The purpose of these sessions is to provide an overview of Indiana University’s benefit package. These sessions will assist new faculty to sort through the large amount of information involving the various benefit options and to enroll in their benefits in a thoughtful and timely manner.

In order to accommodate their busy schedules, the faculty-specific sessions* have been shortened to 1 ½ hours to include an overview of the benefit plans and assistance in completing the enrollment form.  Each “brown bag” session is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m., and faculty are free to bring their lunch. 

As a second option, new faculty may choose to attend one of the benefit enrollment sessions held for staff employees every Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center.  New faculty should attend one of the following sessions and should attend the session that is closest to his/her appointment date.

Tuesday, Aug. 5 Campus Center Room 305 1:00-4:30
Tuesday, Aug. 12 Campus Center Room 148 1:00-4:30
Tuesday, Aug. 19 Campus Center Room 309 1:00-4:30
Tuesday, Aug. 26 Campus Center Room 305 1:00-4:30
Friday, Aug. 29* Union Building Room 340 Noon -1:30
Tuesday, Sept. 2 Campus Center Room 307 1:00-4:30
Tuesday, Sept. 9 Campus Center Room 305 1:00-4:30
Friday, Sept. 12* Union Building Room 340 Noon -1:30

Since the primary focus of the information sessions is the actual enrollment process, new faculty should have their benefits packet, including their customized benefit enrollment form, prior to attending an information session.  As a reminder, when the “hire edoc” prepared by your unit is entered into HRMS, the Benefit Program Enrollment Form specifically designed for the faculty member is automatically generated by HRMS.  This personalized enrollment form will be included in a packet of benefit information and sent to the faculty member’s campus address.  We cannot provide a benefit packet prior to the approval of the hire edoc; however, general information on the benefit plans is available on the website at:

We hope our new faculty will be pleased with these options that will assist them in sorting through a large amount of information and enrolling in their benefits in a thoughtful and timely manner. 

If you have questions, contact a benefits specialists at 274-4596 or


Arrow Internal Medicine SIG Journal Club – Aug. 12

The IUSM Internal Medicine Student Interest Group (IMSIG) invites students, residents and faculty to its first monthly Journal Club meeting of the 2008-2009 school year.

When: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 6:30 pm
Where: Creation Cafe at Buggs Temple, 337 W. 11th  St., at the north end of the Downtown Canal, 735-7960
What: Discussion led by Laila Saied, MS IV, on article: "Effects of Intensive Glucose Lowering in Type 2 Diabetes. The Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes Study Group"

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Refreshments will be provided, so RSVP by emailing Sarah Alexander at


Arrow Secrets to writing, publishing journal articles

Learn the secrets to writing and publishing journal articles during a seminar from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Emerson Hall, room 304.

All postdocs and graduate students are invited.  Light refreshments will be served.

 Click here to RSVP  or visit

Hear distinguished faculty who serve as journal editors and reviewers share the secrets to writing and publishing articles, including:

  • Selecting the right journal
  • Writing an initial submission and resubmission letter
  • Being a responsible author
  • Making it through the editorial and review process
Featuring: Hal Broxmeyer, PhD
Chairman and Mary Margaret Walther Professor of Microbiology  and Immunology
Professor of Medicine
Scientific Director of the Walther Oncology Center
Michael Sturek, PhD
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Tatiana Foroud, PhD
P. Michael Conneally Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics
Director of Hereditary Genomics Division


Arrow FEED series for Aug. 20

“How to Work with Other Talented People” will be the topic at the FEED workshop  Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the lower level of the Riley Outpatient Center, conference rooms A and B.  Christopher Callahan, MD, director of the IU Center for Aging Research, will be the guest presenter.

The IUSM Dean’s Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development will host the event which offers 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits to attendees. Those interested in attending should e-mail Marsha Quarles at or call 317-278-3089

Faculty Enrichment and Educational Development (FEED) present quarterly workshops on key topics in clinical teaching. These workshops are designed to provide an opportunity for the department faculty to improve their teaching skills in a collegial and fun environment and as part of the Department of Medicine’s continuing commitment to provide the highest quality learning environment for medical students, residents and fellows.


Arrow LAMP seeks faculty nominees

The 2008-2009 sessions of the IUSM Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (LAMP) seeks new faculty nominees.

LAMP is a monthly series of workshops and seminars designed to introduce recently hired IUSM faculty to the fundamentals of career planning, self-management and leadership skills. The series is held on Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m. in the Daly Center, room 185, beginning Oct. 15. Lunch will be provided.  CME credit is earned for each workshop attended.
The LAMP curriculum includes:

  • An overview of the promotion and tenure process at IUSM
  • Development of an individual academic development plan
  • How to find and work with a mentor
  • Understanding the research basics at IUSM
  • The ABCs of effective teaching
  • Leadership competencies: Necessary at every level
  • Negotiation and conflict management skills
  • Achieving balance in personal and professional life
  • Principles of managing professional people

Mark your calendar for the LAMP dates: Oct 15, Nov. 19, Jan 21, Feb. 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, and June 17.

The LAMP faculty are Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, Lia Logio, MD, Mary Dankoski, PhD, and Megan Palmer, PhD.

Faculty must be within three years of their appointment to be accepted into LAMP. Individuals should be nominated by their chair or division director. Applications should include a one-page statement on career goals completed by the applicant.  The program is provided at no cost to departments other than the time required to attend each LAMP session. The names of interested individuals and questions can be sent to Steve Bogdewic at, or Lia Logio at  The deadline for nominations is Monday, Sept. 15.


Arrow Faculty Affairs office launches new website

The IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has created a  new web site to assist faculty looking for information and resource material related to faculty development, academic affairs, advancement of women, and diversity affairs. 

At faculty will find a listing for workshops and seminars designed to help the IU School of Medicine succeed. Promotion and tenure details and other information are available in an easy to navigate format. 


Arrow Circle the City run/walk Saturday

IU Medical Group and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra are partnering to host the 3rd annual Circle the City run/walk at 8 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 9.  Both a 10K and 5K course will be offered along with a "junior jog" for kids ages 10 and under.

The course takes participants from Monument Circle, through the Mass Ave. Arts & Theater District, the Old Northside, then south past the War Memorials and back to Monument Circle. 
Register at The cost is $20, or $25 to also receive a T-shirt. Everyone who registers will receive a "buy one - get one free" voucher for two tickets during the ISO season. 


Arrow IUSM students volunteer at Camp Boggy Creek

Three IUSM second-year students – Ashley Cesar, Amanda Walter, and Keri Hershberger—are volunteer camp counselors mentoring children with epilepsy at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Fla. Camp Boggy Creek, Aug. 3-8, is one of many donor-supported Hole in the Wall Camps founded by Paul Newman to provide seriously ill children and their families week-long camp sessions free of charge.

In 2007, four current third-year IUSM students –Jenny Chen, Ben Northcutt, Josh Scheidler, and Stephanie Tieken – participated in several camps and served as project co-chairs organizing this summer’s trip. Students arrive one day early for training and have described the experience as a great opportunity to give the children the best week of their lives. The emphasis is on having fun through a variety of activities including fishing, crafts, theatre and horseback riding – activities which give the children a real sense of independence.

Past student participants have commented that the experience heightened their awareness of the joy of working with kids. The children have an outlook on life that reminds the medical students of the goal of one day helping kids as a doctor by giving them the best life possible.

The Office of Medical Service-Learning sponsors Camp Boggy Creek and promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences. Visit  for more information.


Arrow Honors

Victoria L. Champion, DNS, RN, associate dean for research, Edward W. and Sara Stam Cullipher Endowed Chair, Mary Margaret Walther Distinguished Professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing was recently appointed to the National Cancer Advisory Board. This is a six-year appointment, ending in 2014. The National Cancer Advisory Board is an 18-member board that advises the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the director of the National Cancer Institute. Members include leaders from the health and scientific disciplines as well as the fields of public policy, law, health policy, economics and management and the environment. Dr. Champion’s primary research interest is behavioral oncology.  
IU Distinguished Professor and IUPUI Chancellor’s Professor Bernardino Ghetti, MD, has been honored by the Alzheimer’s Association with the Henry M. Wisniewski Award for Lifetime Achievement in Alzheimer’s Disease Research. The award was presented July 27 during the 11th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders in Chicago. Dr. Ghetti has spent the past 40 years studying the pathology, biochemical and molecular mechanisms of dementias. The Wisniewski life-time achievement award is particularly significant to Dr. Ghetti, since Dr. Wisniewski was a mentor to Dr. Ghetti when he was a graduate fellow at Albert Einstein College.

Dan Meldrum, MD, associate professor of surgery and physiology, has been appointed a regular (permanent) member of the NIH Study Section for Myocardial Ischemia and Metabolism (MIM).

Donald Orr, MD, professor of pediatrics and the founding director of the Section of Adolescent Medicine at IUSM and Riley Hospital, has been selected to receive the 2008 Adele Dellenbaugh Hoffmann Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This award is given to an individual who exemplifies excellence in the field of adolescent health and advocates for adolescents to improve the delivery of their health care. Dr. Orr started the section of adolescent medicine when he joined the faculty in 1983.  Now, the section provides more than 40,000 adolescent clinical visits per year, is one of the preeminent academic training programs in the country and brings in over $3 million per year in research support. Dr. Orr will receive the award at the AAP annual National Conference and Exhibition in Boston in October. 

Jennifer Walthall, MD, a faculty attending in the departments of emergency medicine and pediatrics, recently received the Emergency Medicine Outstanding Teaching Faculty of the Year award.  This award is given annually by the Emergency Medicine Residency Program for the outstanding teacher in the Methodist Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center (EMTC).  Dr. Walthall spends six months of each year as a member of the Riley Pediatric Hospitalist Program and six months as an emergency medicine attending in the Methodist EMTC.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, to Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM) in Indianapolis. The program is hosted by Barb Lewis.

A new machine designed to help athletes get a more complete muscular stretch will make its debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, which open Aug. 8. Arizona chiropractor Mike Reed, the inventor of the Powerstretch, says the new device allows individuals to perform 20 minutes worth of stretches in just 3 minutes. He says Powerstretch will have people touching their toes who haven't in years. And, unique as it may sound, the stretching is literally being done by motors.

Alan Rogol, MD, PhD, a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Virginia and the IU School of Medicine, will talk about another hot Olympoic topic – the effects of growth hormone on athletic performance.

Cholesterol lowering drugs for children will be discussed by Beatrice Golomb, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and Rachel Vreeman, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at IUSM. Their comments are in response to the recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics that some children as young as 8 years of age should receive cholesterol lowering drugs.

Barbara V. Romberg, PhD, a clinical psychologist from Washington, D.C., is the founder of Give An Hour. The group of 1,200 mental health professionals donate one hour of free care a week to troops, veterans or family members. They have to commit to doing it for a year.

Romberg, in cooperation with the American Psychiatric Foundation, hopes to find 40,000 volunteers over the next three years, or about 10 percent of available civilian professionals. The effort to get the word out to those who need the help and to recruit and train volunteers is being backed by a $1 million grant from the Lilly Foundation.

In this week’s Sound Medicine Checkup, Jeremy Shere will look at new ways of dealing with vertigo.
Archived editions of Sound Medicineas well as other helpful information can be found at Sound Medicine is underwritten by the Lilly Center for Medical Science, Clarian Health, and IU Medical Group. Jeremy Shere's "Check-Up" is underwritten by IUPUI.


Arrow Continuing Medical Education at your fingertips

The Continuing Medical Education office launched a new and improved website at In addition to online registration and listings of grand rounds, conferences and courses, the site provides in-depth tools and information for presenters and program developers. Included are forms, tips, links, contacts, maps, and a host of other handy resources to make it easier to participate in CME events, prepare a presentation or plan an event.


Arrow Scientific Calendar online

A comprehensive listing on IUSM seminars, lectures and Grand Rounds can be accessed at the new Scientific Calendar website. To place items on the Scientific Calendar, please forward them to Kelli Diener at


Arrow Scope submission guidelines

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