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August 22, 2008
Volume 12 Number 34 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Arrow Introducing a new member of IUSM administration team

Harrold McDermott, CPA, MBA, began his duties as the executive associate dean for administration, operations and finance at the IU School of Medicine Aug. 18. His office will be on the sixth floor of Fairbanks Hall. Campus mail should be directed to FS 6200.

Most recently, McDermott served as executive director of finance at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center. He was the chief financial officer for the faculty practice plan of 434 physicians and 122 other credentialed providers.

From 2005-2007, McDermott was the senior executive associate dean for administration, planning and finance at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

From 1990 to 2005, McDermott held various positions in operations, business and finance at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center.

McDermott received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and his master’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma City University. He is a certified medical practice executive (CMPE) and is active in several Oklahoma state and national professional associations.


Arrow Call for poster presentations for Dean’s Scientific Session

The fall 2008 Dean’s Grand Rounds and Scientific Session will be Sept. 17. Faculty, fellows and students are invited to submit presentations for the scientific poster session from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium. The deadline for submitting abstracts in Microsoft Word format is Wednesday, Sept. 3.

The IUSM Biannual Dean’s Grand Rounds and Scientific Session is designed to highlight current research efforts within the school, and to foster interdisciplinary research. The format for the day will include a special Dean’s Grand Rounds in Myers Auditorium at Wishard Hospital from 7:45 - 9 a.m.

The Faculty Steering Committee has selected two presentations on novel work that is being performed at IUSM. The speakers will be:

Hal E. Broxmeyer, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor; Chair and Mary Margaret Walther Professor of
Microbiology and Immunology, Professor of Medicine,
and Scientific Director, Walther Oncology Center
“Cord Blood Biology and Transplantation: Road to the Future”

Andrew J. Saykin, Psy.D.
Raymond C. Beeler Professor of Radiology and Director,
Center for Neuroimaging, and Professor of Clinical Psychology
(Psychiatry) and of Neurology, School of Medicine
“Brain Imaging, Gene Pathways and Cognition: Early Detection of Dementia
and Biomarkers for Treatment Response”

The talks will be followed by poster presentations open to all faculty, students and fellows involved in research at IUSM. Lunch will be provided to each presenter.

To submit an abstract, go to Click on “IUSM Infoshare,” located near the bottom of the left column under “Public Information.” “2008 Scientific Sessions (Dean’s Grand Rounds)” is the first selection. From within ANGEL, if the submitter has logged in, “Public Resources” are in the second column. The direct URL is:


Arrow First IUSM art exhibition seeks entries

An opportunity for IUSM faculty, staff and students to display their artistic expressions will be offered on Sept. 17 in conjunction with the Dean’s Scientific Session and Grand Rounds. The deadline for submission is Friday, Sept. 5.

“Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression” will be on exhibit in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium during the poster session. The IUSM Art Committee sponsored event will showcase the visual and literary art of IUSM faculty, staff and students.

Information on how to submit entries can be found at


Arrow Deadline approaches for Faculty ASR Survey

The 2008 Faculty Annual Summary Report (ASR) is now available. All regular faculty members who were active during the past academic year (2007-2008) have been requested to complete this survey. Deadline for ASR submissions is Monday, Sept. 22.

This year’s ASR features a new section: School of Medicine Faculty Offices, and Standing Committees Nominations. This section has been added to assist the collection of committee nominations and eliminate the current paper document. Data gathered from this section will be electronically reported and utilized for electronic voting.

The web search application for last year’s research interest question can be found at

The survey is available at Please contact the office of Decision Support at 278-1968, or e-mail if you have any problems or questions.


Arrow Conflict of interest forms online

The Office of Research Administration has released its new conflict of interest website which will enhance and simplify the disclosure process required of all IU faculty and researchers.

In order to complete the 2008/2009 COI disclosure, which is due no later than Tuesday, Sept. 30, go to Sign in using your IU ID and password. Complete the requested information, verify the information and click “submit.” A confirmation email will be received when the disclosure information is successfully submitted.

One enhancement made possible by using a web disclosure is the addition of step-by-step instructions and frequently asked questions. Each is accessible by clicking on the highlighted link at the top of the disclosure form.

Although this is an annual disclosure, remember that any time a financial interest changes, the disclosure must be updated.

Contact the COI office with any questions, concerns and suggestions at or 274-7307. Staff are prepared to demonstrate this new disclosure system to faculty, staff and researchers.


Arrow Internal grant applications due Sept. 2

The application deadline for the IUSM internal grant programs – Biomedical Research Grant and the Research Enhancement Grant – is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline to the Dean’s Office of Operations, School of Medicine, Fairbanks Hall, 340 West Tenth Street, FS 5100. Instructions and forms may be downloaded from the web at


Arrow Urologic Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery Course

The fourth annual Indy Urologic Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery Course, hostedy by the IUSM Department of Urology, will be Friday, Aug. 29, and Saturday, Aug. 30.

The class is intended for urologists who are experienced in open surgery and are now beginning their robotic surgical experience, the focus of this course is on basic laparoscopic techniques pertinent to robotic surgery and surgical techniques related to specific robotic urologic procedures. There will be an emphasis on the technical variations to achieve optimal results during radical prostatectomy and methods to avoid complications.

Mani Menon, MD, guest faculty, pioneered robotic assistance for urologic surgery and has one of the largest surgical experiences world-wide. Interaction with him in a small group setting will be invaluable towards learning several points towards refining surgical technique.

The highlights of this course include:

  • limited number of participants allows one-on-one discussion;
  • two live surgeries with active audience participation;
  • technique oriented lectures with surgical video;
  • laparoscopic (standard laparoscopy) porcine live model hands-on session 3 hours per participant;
  • limited hands-on experience on two daVinci Surgical systems using inanimate modelsone hour per participant; and
  • one-on-one interaction with Dr. Menon.

For details and online registration see

This is an annual course with live surgical video transmission to the Riley Outpatient Center. Medical students and IU staff are welcome without a fee but must register.


Arrow Bioethics Journal Club schedule

The Bioethics Journal Club, co-sponsored by the IU Center for Bioethics and the IUPUI Philosophy Graduate program, meets monthly to explore current topics in bioethics and to meet students and faculty members who share similar interests. Each session will be an informal discussion led by one of the bioethics faculty members.

Meetings are from 4 - 4:45 p.m. at the IU Center for Bioethics, HITS building, 3rd floor, on the first Wednesday of the month (except January): Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, and May 6. Drinks and snacks are provided.

Articles will be posted in the “Resources” section of the Bioethics Journal Club Oncourse project site at least one week prior to each meeting. For access to the Oncourse site or to receive the article via e-mail, contact Robin Bandy at

The first meeting on Sept. 3 will be facilitated by David Orentlicher, MD, JD. Dr. Orentlicher is a professor of law at the IU School of Law Indianapolis, co-director of the Center for Law and Health, and adjunct professor of medicine at IUSM


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 Wishard telethon – Sept. 3

Wishard Health Services Telethon will air on WTHR Channel 13 Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. This is the seventh-annual televised fund drive for Wishard’s eight community health centers, Midtown Community Mental Health Center and Lockefield Village Health and Rehabilitation Center. The telethon will air throughout central Indiana and will share stories of healing and hope from Wishard patients and their families.


Arrow Customized electronic letterheads available

Indiana University has implemented new Visual Identity Standards and Guidelines for printed stationery (letterhead, business cards and envelopes). In addition to printed stationery, electronic letterhead templates can be ordered for departments, divisions, centers or offices. The cost is very reasonable at $75 per letterhead template.

Contact the Office of Visual Media by email at, or call 274-7478.


Arrow Need help with an online info search?

The course Online Searching, offered in the School of Library and Information Science, emphasizes interviewing clients and retrieving information from online library and web-based databases. The instructor, Mary Alice Ball, PhD, seeks potential clients for students' final projects. Clients do not need to be affiliated with IUPUI.

For their final projects, students will be expected to conduct a complex online information search or literature review. The opportunity to become a client may be of particular interest for individuals who have an on-going project or research proposal that requires an extensive bibliography or overview of available online information sources. Each student will work closely with the client, tailoring the final product to the client’s needs.

Class enrollment is 40 students so the number of clients is limited and will accept on a first come, first served basis. Clients are expected to meet with students for initial interviews during the beginning of October. The final search results will be given to clients by Nov. 26. Each client must commit to completing a student performance evaluation by Dec. 5.

Contact Dr. Ball at 278-2388 for more information.


Arrow Campus dining hours

Campus Dining Services began fall semester hours of operation on Aug. 18. Information on locations, times and dining choices are available at


Arrow Convenient, new Scope feature

Wading through a lengthy table of contents takes time and cause may cause readers to overlook important story headlines. To reduce confusion, Scope will now carry repeat announcements of meetings, seminars, training sessions, workshops and other events under the heading “Scope Reminders.” Readers can click on that heading and go directly to a listing of upcoming events.

The initial story for dated events will appear under a separate headline in Scope.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, 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.

This week, Maureen MacDonald, assistant professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Canada, will explain the finding of her recent study which was published in the American Journal of Kinesiology.

C. Max Schmidt, MD, PhD, assistant professor of surgery and of biochemistry and molecular biology at IUSM, will speak about his work on surgical interventions for some cases of pancreatic cancer. Schmidt will explain why early detection is both critical and extremely difficult.

Janet Wozniak, MD, co-author of “Is Your Child Bi-Polar?” will discuss the challenges of identifying, treating and simply living with children who have bipolar disorder. Dr. Wozniak is assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital where her current research focuses on the course, characteristics, and pharmacological treatment of juvenile onset bipolar disorder.

Sound Medicine reporter, Rebecca Sheir explores the rewards and risks of the growing trend of birthing under water.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine as well as other helpful information can be found at Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health and the 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

Scope wants your news items.

The deadline for submission is 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Scope is published electronically and sent to faculty, staff, students, and residents on Fridays (except on holiday weekends when it is published on the following Monday).

There are three easy ways to submit story ideas or information to Scope:

  • e-mail the information to
  • mail the information to Mary Hardin, Z-7, Ste. 306, IUPUI
  • fax your information to (317) 278-8722

Contributions submitted by e-mail should be forwarded in 12 point, plain text format. Word document attachments in lieu of fliers are encouraged.

In the interest of accuracy, please do NOT use:

  • acronyms
  • abbreviations
  • campus building codes (use full, proper name of building and include the room number)
  • Dr. as a preface before names (designate MD or PhD)

To keep the electronic version of Scope as streamlined as possible, only seminars and lectures of general or multidisciplinary interest will be included.