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IUSM Scope

August 22, 2008
Volume 12 Number 35 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Faculty needed for mock residency interviews

The Medical Student Affairs Office for the past few years has arranged mock videotaped interviews for fourth-year medical students to help them prepare for residency interviews. Students who have participated have been extremely enthusiastic about the opportunity to practice and to hear valuable feedback from faculty interviewers.

Volunteers are needed so the experience can be offered this year. Faculty and house staff familiar with the residency interviewing process are sought to conduct and critique the interviews. About 10-12 faculty or residents are needed for each date; the OSCE Center has the facilities to run 13 concurrent interviews. Volunteers would need to commit at least 2 hours during which they will conduct 20-minute interviews, each followed by an individual critique of the student's performance.

Keep in mind, more volunteers reduce the time commitment for each individual faculty member. Faculty from all disciplines are needed but no guarantees can be made that volunteers will be interviewing students interested in his or her specialty.

Dates for this project are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, and Thursday, Oct. 16.

As soon as faculty interview schedules have been confirmed, fourth-year students will be invited to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be required to submit residency application materials to MSA. Those materials will be forwarded, along with transcripts, to faculty interviewers for review prior to the interviews.

Faculty and house staff interested in volunteering or seeking more information should contact Carlene Webb-Burton at or 274-7173.


Arrow IUSCC dedication images

A video and photos from the Aug. 21 Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center dedication can be found on the IUSM home page at


Arrow New state law encourages encryption of portable devices

Effective July 1, Indiana Code 24-5.9 was revised to encourage encryption of portable devices such as laptops, Smart phones and flash drives. If you store personal information such as staff information or patient health data, you are required to encrypt the data on these devices. If personal data is not encrypted on these devices and the device is lost or stolen, you will be in violation of the Indiana code.

Now the scary part, in addition to public reporting of the security breach, Indiana penalties for non-compliance include injunction, payment of attorney general's reasonable costs, and payment of penalties of up to $150,000 per deceptive act (each example of compromised personal information represents a deceptive act). Currently, about 50 percent of all publicized security breaches involve lost, stolen or improperly accessed portable devices.

Contact your local support provider for ways to protect your portable devices.


Arrow Bio-Specimen Shipment Training

The IU Department of Environmental Health and Safety has scheduled additional bio-specimen training sessions. Training dates and times through June 2009:

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Sept. 11, 1:30-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 11, 1:30-3 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 3, 10-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 12, 1:30-3 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7, 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 5, 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 2, 10-11:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 11, 1:30-3 p.m.

All sessions will be in the Union Building, room 542. To register for one of the training sessions, contact Janet Jones by calling 274-2005, or e-mail at by the end of the day prior to the scheduled training.


Arrow Combined Seminar Series for September

The IU Simon Cancer Center Combined Seminar Series is held the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. in the IU Cancer Research Institute auditorium. The September schedule:

Sept. 3 – Dale Ramsden, PhD, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Getting in Touch with Your Hidden Enzyme, the Ku Heterodimer”

Sept. 17 – E. Charles Snow, PhD, professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology College of Medicine, University of Kentucky, “Thymus Dependent Antigenic Stimulation of Anti-CD40 Stimulated HEL Transgenic B Cells – Implications of Signaling Strength Through the BCR”

All IUSCC professional education information can be found at


Arrow Recruiting lab personnel seminar – Sept. 11

“Recruiting Personnel to Your Laboratory,” a seminar sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Emerson Hall auditorium, room 304.

Randy Brutkiewicz, PhD, assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development and professor in the department of microbiology and immunology, will lead the presentation. Light breakfast refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited, so RSVP to Marsha Quarles at by Monday, Sept. 8. This seminar is part of a monthly series, designed to help junior tenure-track research faculty, scientists and research associates be successful in the laboratory and as members of the school of medicine.


Arrow New faculty invited to IUSM luncheon

The IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites all new IUSM faculty to a luncheon, Friday, Sept, 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 405. Reservations are required at:

The lunch gathering will provide an opportunity for networking and learning about resources available to support faculty. The event will be hosted by Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, executive associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development and the George W. Copeland Professor and associate chair of family medicine. Other faculty who are part of the OFAPD team will also be present to welcome new faculty to the school and answer questions.

The OFAPD team includes Randy Brutkiewicz, PhD, assistant dean of faculty affairs and professional development and professor of microbiology and immunology; Mary Dankoski, PhD, assistant dean of faculty affairs and professional development and Lester D. Bibler Scholar and associate professor of clinical family medicine; Lia Logio, MD, assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development and associate professor of clinical medicine, and Megan Palmer, PhD, IUPUI director of faculty advancement for the health professions and visiting assistant professor in the IU School of Education.


Arrow AOA fall meeting

The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society annual fall election meeting will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Ruth Lilly Learning Center, in the Riley Outpatient Center.

For additional information, email, or call 278-6302.


Arrow Deadline Sept. 3 for Dean’s Scientific Session abstracts

The fall 2008 Dean’s Grand Rounds and Scientific Session will be Wednesday, 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.

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 Entry deadline approaches for IUSM art exhibit

The deadline for submitting entries to the inaugural IUSM art exhibit is Friday, Sept. 5.

“Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression” offers an opportunity for IUSM faculty, staff and students to display their artistic expressions Wednesday, Sept. 17, in conjunction with the Dean’s Scientific Session and Grand Rounds. The Scientific Session poster session and the art exhibit will be in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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 Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Series begins Sept. 26

The first in a series of Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conferences, presented by the IU Kelley Center for the Business of Life Sciences and BioCrossroads, will be Friday, Sept. 26.

“Global Life Sciences” will feature panel discussions on clinical trials overseas, selling products overseas, manufacturing compliance and quality issues and opportunities for outsourcing. The keynote speaker will be Darren Carroll, senior managing director, Lilly Ventures, who will discuss “The Global Regulatory and Business Landscape.”

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, 350 W. Maryland St. For more information or to register, see The registration fee for each conference is $50 or $180 for the entire series.

The remainder of the series:

  • Intellectual Property, Nov. 14 at Cook Medical World Headquarters in Bloomington
  • Business Partnerships, Feb. 13 at Eli Lilly and Co. headquarters in Indianapolis
  • Strategic Collaborations, May 14 at the University Place Conference Center in Indianapolis


Arrow Put on your dancing shoes for DiversiTea

The upcoming DiversiTea session will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a free dance lesson from IntoSalsa, Inc.

This DiversiTea session will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B16. No previous dance experience necessary.

RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 24, to or 274-7217.

IntoSalsa was founded by Yang Xiao and Erin Lamb who have been dancing together since 2002. In 2005 they opened the IntoSalsa Latin Dance Studio which is located in downtown Indianapolis. They also created the IntoSalsa Dance Company, the first of its kind in Indianapolis. They have performed in at numerous central Indiana events, including Fiesta Indianapolis and Governor Mitch Daniels' inauguration ball.

DiversiTea is a collaborative staff development initiative of the Dean’s Office-HR Services and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. These sessions provide an opportunity to share information, expand thoughts and understanding through informal dialogue between the presenter and IUSM staff while utilizing the universal tradition of tea drinking to recognize our similarities and celebrate our differences.


Arrow Retreat: Employing the arts to improve care, sense of self

“Fostering a Sense of Community at Clarian: Engaging the Arts,” a retreat for physicians, nurses, administrators and educators who work at Clarian Health, will be Thursday evening, Oct. 16, and Friday, Oct. 17, at the Indianapolis Arts Center in Broad Ripple.

The gathering will provide an opportunity for health-care providers to reflect on their work in order to make sense of the experiences, to explore unique stories, and to build a more cohesive and nurturing medical community through use of the creative arts.

The retreat, which is funded by a Clarian Values Grant, will begin with dinner Thursday evening at which time participates will get to know each other, enjoy poetry and prose readings, and begin to reflect on work and life experiences as health care providers.

On Friday the group will share experiences with colleagues in facilitated break out sessions that utilize various media (prose, poetry, water color, mosaic creation and music). At the end of the retreat, participants will have gained a better understanding and appreciation of their work and be ready to return to work with a renewed sense of purpose and collaboration.

The artists from the community include novelist and creative director of the Writer’s Center of Indiana Barbara Shoup; poet Norman Minnick; mosaic artist and storyteller Liza Hyatt, and John and Tina Gianfagna of Creating Hope. In addition to the artists, faculty of the IUSM Relationship-centered Care Initiative, the IUPUI Medical Humanities Program and the music therapy program will facilitate.

Subsequent monthly gatherings will develop based on the emerging interests and passions of retreat participants.

Those interested in attending the retreat should send a brief message with their name, contact information (including e-mail address), and a description of their role within the IUSM or Clarian community by Thursday, Oct. 2, to Robyn Burns, administrative secretary, IU Medical Education and Curricular Affairs, 274-4556 or


Arrow Free prostate cancer screenings

Free prostate screenings will be offered by the IU Simon Cancer Center in conjunction with the American Cancer Society. The screenings will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Urology Clinic, Room 340, of the IU Simon Cancer Center. Use the Barnhill Drive entrance.

Each screening should take less than 15 minutes. Screenings are limited to the first 75 men who call 274-6988 to schedule an appointment.


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 ACS grants and awards

The grant deadline for American Cancer Society Cancer Control Career Development Awards for Primary Care Physicians is Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Questions concerning the application process can be referred to the program director, Virginia Krawiec, at 404-329-5734, or Ginger.Krawiec@Cancer.Org

The ACS offers several other research and training grants. For more information, see


Arrow Wishard telethon to air 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 284-7478.


Arrow Run, walk to support lung cancer research

Cancer-Free Lungs, formerly Lungs for Life, is hosting its fifth annual 5K run/walk and one-mile family walk Saturday, Sept. 27. The race begins at the corner of Michigan Street and Barnhill Drive on the IUPUI campus.

Entry fees are $20 per person before Sept. 12; $25 after Sept. 12. For more information, see

Cancer-Free Lungs is a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 with the mission to reduce the burden of lung cancer in Indiana through research, education and prevention/awareness. Cancer-Free Lungs was started by Amy Hanna, a former research nurse, and her husband, Nasser Hanna, MD, an oncologist at the IU Simon Cancer Center, specializing in caring for patients with lung cancer.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 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, Angie Hicks, the founder of the Indianapolis-based service rating company Angie's List will discuss her company's new rating system for doctors, dentists and other health-care professionals.

Robert Worth, MD, PhD, a professor of neurosurgeon at IUSM and co-director of the IU Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, will discuss the ongoing clinical trial of a new epilepsy “pacemaker.”

Sound Medicine co-host Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, will discuss the importance of having what some doctors call “the talk” with terminal patients, with Tony Back, MD, an oncologist from the University of Washington. Dr. Back recently took part in a study of patients who had been part of an honest ‘end of life’ discussion with their doctor. They were three times less likely to spend their final days hooked up to machines in the intensive care unit and six times less likely to be resuscitated against their wishes.

Essayist Karen Fritsche describes her attempt to quit smoking... by pledging that she'll make a donation to the NRA if she fails.

Jeremy Shere reports on the successor to “Blackberry thumb” in this week's Sound Medicine “Checkup.”

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.