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October 17, 2008
Volume12 Number 42 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Arrow Wiebke named OR medical director

Eric Wiebke, MD, has been named medical director of operating rooms for Indiana University Hospital.

Dr. Wiebke joined the faculty of the school of medicine in 1991 and received an MBA from the Kelley School of Business in 2003.  He currently is the director of the Section of General Surgery in the Department of Surgery and the J. Stanly Battersby Professor of Surgery. 

Dr. Wiebke graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1983 and completed a residency in general surgery and a fellowship in gastrointestinal surgery at Johns Hopkins.  He also completed a fellowship in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. 

His wife Jennifer Wiebke, MD, is an IUSM pediatric pulmonologist at Riley Hospital. Dr. Wiebke will assume his duties Nov. 1.


Arrow M&M: Mindfulness in Medicine

A Community of Trust and Tolerance?

A medical student reported observing a fellow student writing on a poster advertising a lecture, sponsored by the Global Health Student Interest Group, by an American surgeon of Indian extraction who has done a great deal of volunteer work for the poor and indigent in his birth city of Hyderabad. At first it appeared that the person was writing down the information contained on the poster but, upon closer inspection, it was noted that the writing was actually defamatory.

Mindfulness in Medicine

Response: Diversity of opinion is important in any organization, but promoting an atmosphere characterized by respect – a safe and trustworthy place for the exchange of ideas – is a cornerstone of academia. How does it make you, the reader, feel to see this kind of deliberate defamation? What does this incident, and our reaction to it, say about the writer, about us individually, and about our educational community?

An incident such as this provides a valuable opportunity for our entire community to reflect on who we want to be and lessons to be learned. We can learn that it is important to encourage diversity of opinion through face-to-face conversations and academic discussion; not in defacing or defaming another's integrity anonymously or surreptitiously. We can resolve that stereotyping, especially of those who are “different” in language, culture or ethnicity has no place in our institution. We can value integrity.

Character is manifested through integrity over time, and integrity is measured not only by acts in which others are present but also when no one else is around. We can confirm that personal accountability is a critical component of the medical profession and reflect on what it means to be accountable. Most would agree that the writer of the defamation has a level of accountability for the behavior, but does the person observing the defamatory act have a level of accountability also? Reporting the incident is a positive step, but so would be tactfully confronting the student who performed the act.

In a true community of trust, it is important to engage in dialogue about professional values and to act when we see non-professional behavior. Above all, this incident points out the importance of reflecting on the kind of medical school we most want to create and to rededicating ourselves to building a community of trust and tolerance.

M&M: Mindfulness in Medicine is an editorial collaboration among the Teacher-Learner Advocacy Committee, the Relationship-Centered Care Initiative and the Office for Medical Education and Curricular Affairs. Each column features true stories, letters, poetry or art from members of the IUSM campus community. Comments, questions, submissions or ideas for columns may be sent to


Arrow Fall Faculty Meeting on video

The 2008 Fall Faculty Meeting, which featured background information on Indiana Clinic and development plans for the IUPUI campus, is archived at mms:// Fast forward to 23:00 for the start of the meeting.


Arrow Notre Dame joins CTSI

The University of Notre Dame has joined the first round of the Indiana CTSI Collaboration in Biomedical/Translational Research (CBR/CTR) pilot grant program, which now is accepting proposals. The awards are meant to foster collaborations between investigators at IU, Purdue and Notre Dame on translational research projects with the potential to develop into larger, continuing, externally funded research programs.

Indiana CTSI collaboration awards are considered seed grants. Applications may request up to $75,000 and are limited to one year duration. Proposals should include participation by two or more principal investigators representing at least two of the sponsoring affiliates for this program. Sponsoring affiliates are:

  • IU School of Medicine
  • IUPUI (non-IUSM)
  • IU Bloomington
  • Purdue University (West Lafayette)
  • University of Notre Dame

For more details, please visit to log into the system using your Indiana University, Purdue University or Notre Dame account, and then click on Collaboration in Biomedical/Translational Research Pilot Grant Program.

Access for Notre Dame faculty and staff to the CTSI grants software is being set up. Until that work is completed, Notre Dame faculty and staff can go to the IUSM Office of Operations website at to access the application information and forms.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, Dec. 1. Proposals must be submitted electronically at


Arrow Longitudinal study of female adolescents topic of presentation

Devon Hensel, post-doctoral fellow at IUSM, will presents her research “Female Adolescents' Sexual Behavior; What Does the Research Really Say: New Longitudinal Insights and Previous Research Findings” at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in Cavanaugh Hall, room 225.

Focused on The Young Women's Project, a 10-year longitudinal study, the presentation reviews earlier assumptions about adolescent sexual development and behavior and provides a brief description of the longitudinal project and the special insights that it alone can provide. A number of additional projects that also contribute to the growing body of knowledge on the topic will be discussed.

The lecture is hosted by the IUPUI Department of Sociology. For further information, contact Carrie Foote at 278-8454 or


Arrow Women’s Health Noon Lecture

The IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health continues its 2008-09 Women’s Health Noon Lectures Series in the auditorium of the Indiana University Cancer Research Institute at noon, Oct. 28. “STD Update” will be presented by Jeff Rothenberg, MD, associate professor of clinical OB/GYN.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A first-come-first-served lunch is provided, and continuing education credit is available.

To see the full list of this year’s lectures, see and click on “2008-09 Noon Lecture Series.”

Questions? Please contact Tina Darling, associate director, at 278-2264 or


Arrow Make IT Happen - an information technology fair

“Make IT Happen” will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the IUPUI Campus Center.

The latest in video game technology, mobile computing, podcasting and Web 2.0 technologies will be showcased. Investigate new tools that can maximize the effectiveness of teaching, learning and research and check out how IUPUI students, faculty and staff are using IT in the arts, humanities, and sciences.


Arrow Polio eradication topic of International Healthcare and Philanthropy lecture

Robert S. Scott, M.D., will present “Polio Eradication and Rotary International” at the fourth annual International healthcare and Philanthropy lecture at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3. The lecture, which is sponsored by the Baker-Ort Chair in International Healthcare Philanthropy, will be in the IUPUI University Library Lilly Auditorium.

Dr. Scott has participated in numerous National Immunization Days events in India, Pakistan, Nigeria and Egypt. In 2002-03, he was the director of the Polio Eradication Fundraising Campaign of Rotary International, where is also serves as chairman of the board of trustees.

In 1985, Rotary, a volunteer service organization, made a commitment to immunize the world’s children against polio. Today, the number of polio cases around the world has been reduced by 99 percent.


Arrow Two-career IUSM husband and wife shed light on career home-life balance

Do you have a spouse, partner or significant other and are trying to juggle grants, running laboratory or clinical studies, family duties, as well as clinical responsibilities? Do you sometimes wonder whether it is possible to have balance, be happy, and achieve success in your individual careers?

On Nov. 10, Janice Blum, PhD, Chancellor’s Professor, IUSM Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Jim Walsh, MD, associate professor of medicine and biochemistry at the IUSM, and chief of the Section of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Roudebush VA Medical Center will present, “Being a successful two-career couple in science: How we have managed it and some tricks to help you manage it as well.”

Drs. Blum and Walsh have “been there” and successfully juggled home and their work. With three kids, two productive laboratories and multiple service roles, how have they done it without pulling their hair out? In this lunchtime seminar, they will provide insight into how they and others on campus have found balance and success at home and work. They will also provide ideas and suggestions that you can take home to help in your own career success.

The workshop will begin held noon-1:30pm in Fesler 319, with Polycom available to the regional centers (email for instructions). RSVP required:

This workshop is hosted by Randy Brutkiewicz, PhDm, assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development, and professor of microbiology and immunology. CME credit is available.


Arrow MCAT to undergo review

The Association of American Medical Colleges is launching its fifth comprehensive review of the Medical College Admission Test. An advisory panel of 21 medical education, student and undergraduate representatives from the United States and Canada has been appointed by the association to conduct the review. The “MR5 Committee” will be chaired by Steven Gabbe, MD, senior vice president of health sciences and CEO of the Ohio State University Medical Center; Ronald Franks, MD, vice president of health sciences at the University of South Alabama, will serve as vice chair.

Charged with reviewing the current content of the MCAT and recommending changes that are likely to increase its usefulness to medical school admissions committees, the MR5 Committee will consider the knowledge, skills, and other characteristics that admission committees look for in applicants. They will examine these attributes in the context of information that is already available to admissions committees through applications, transcripts, letters of recommendation, interviews, and other sources.

The review of the MCAT is expected to take several years and is unlikely to be completed before 2012. Final recommendations from the panel will provide the AAMC with a framework for developing an updated MCAT and supply pre-health advisors and medical school admissions officers with better tools to help prepare students for the MCAT, and refine student selection systems as warranted.


Arrow RCCI Newsletter now online

Check out the newest RCCI Newsletter highlighting healing through the arts. The RCCI Newsletter is a publication of the IUSM Relationship-Centered Care Initiative. It is available at


Arrow Fogarty research scholars funding available

The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program offers a one-year clinical research training experience to advanced standing students in U.S. medical, osteopathic or dental schools; or students enrolled in doctoral level programs at U.S. schools of public health, optometry, nursing, pharmacy or veterinary medicine.

The deadline to apply for the program is Friday, Dec. 5. For an application or additional information, visit, or contact


Arrow JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

Students, staff and families are invited to join Team Riley Hospital & Clarian Health in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Oct. 18. Each year, the walk is sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to support diabetes research. JDRF is the world’s leading research foundation aimed at finding a cure for Type I (juvenile) diabetes.

The 2-mile fun walk and 5k run/walk will take place at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. There is no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to raise or donate at least $100. To join Team Riley Hospital and Clarian Health as a walker or team captain, log on to For more information contact Olivia Huser at


Arrow Honors

Suzanne Bowyer, MD, is the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics 2008 James T. Cassidy Award. This award was created in 2000 to annually recognize an individual who has distinguished him/herself through service to the field of pediatric rheumatology. Dr. Bowyer joined the IUSM faculty in 1991, where she serves as professor of pediatrics, director of the Section of Pediatric Rheumatology and past pediatric residency program director. She is a member of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) and the Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group. She is currently serving a second term as the chair of the pediatric section of the American College of Rheumatology.

Richard Gunderman, MD PhD, has been selected to serve as the first scholar-in-residence for the annual conference of Independent Sector on Nov. 9-11. Founded in 1980 by former US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare John W. Gardner and based in Washington, DC, Independent Sector is the premier leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs. Dr. Gunderman is professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts, and philanthropy at IU, and teaches the master’s and doctoral-level courses in philanthropic ethics at the Indianapolis campus. As scholar-in-residence, he will facilitate two discussion sessions and write an article on the ethical dimensions of the conference’s proceedings, lead a 90-minute ethics session of the CEO track, and address participants at the meeting’s concluding plenary session. In addition, he will supervise the projects of two graduate students from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie-Mellon University on fostering innovation and developing leadership talent.

Donald Orr, MD, professor of pediatrics and the founding director of the Section of Adolescent Medicine at IUSM and Riley Hospital, will 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.

Kinga Szucs, MD, associate professor of clinical pediatrics, has been named to the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine`s Board of Directors. The academy is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation. Dr. Szucs also is the medical director of the newborn nursery at Wishard Health Services and a the American Academy of pediatrics Indiana Chapter breastfeeding coordinator.

Jennifer Walthal, MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics and emergency medicine, was nominated by IUSM students for the 2008 Association of American Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award. Criteria considered for nomination for the national award include mentoring skills, compassion and sensitivity, collaboration, community service and professional ethics.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 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 Barbara Lewis.

This week, Sunil Rao, MD, director of the cardiac catheterization lab at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, will discuss his recent findings that wrist-to-heart catheterization is safer than the conventional technique starting in the groin. This new study finds that starting the catheter at the wrist cuts down on bleeding but the procedure is used in less than 2 percent of all heart catheterizations.

The NIH has launched an Undiagnosed Diseases Program to investigate mysterious illnesses. William Gahl, MD, PhD, clinical director at the National Human Genome Research Institute, and Stephen Groft, PharmD, director of the Office of Rare Diseases, will discuss this new program which aims to improve disease management for individuals and to advance medical knowledge in general.

Julie Silver, MD, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and author of What Helped Get Me Through, will explain her book which was published by the American Cancer Society. Dr. Silver hopes to help both cancer patients and their friends and family who want to help and don’t know how “make it through” the disease.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine as well as other helpful information can be found at

Sound Medicine is underwritten by the Eli Lilly and Company, 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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The deadline for submission is 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Scope is published electronically and sent to faculty, staff, students, and residents.

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

  • e-mail the information to
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  • acronyms
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