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December 5, 2008
Volume 12 Number 48 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Friedman to present Campbell Lecture

Duke University neurosurgeon Allan H. Friedman, MD, will present the annual Robert L. Campbell Lecture at IUSM Saturday, Dec. 13. His lecture, “Lessons Learned in Doing Awake Glioma Surgery,” will begin at 8 a.m. in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium. Preceeding the lecture will be a breakfast gathering at 7:30 a.m. in conference room A and B.

Dr. Friedman is the Guy L. Odom Professor of Neurological Suergy and chief of the division or neurosurgery at Duke. He performed the resection on Sen. Edward Kennedy, who underwent brain surgery at Duke University Medical Center for a malignant glioma in June.


Arrow M&M: Mindfulness in Medicine

The Most Wonderful Time

The following story was submitted by a resident at Riley Hospital.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

It’s that time of year again. Holiday time. While I may aspire to live in a state of constant gratitude for the wonderful people and things in my life, I honestly find myself most aware of my blessings during the holidays. Especially when I reflect on the events of the past two years…

In 2006, around this time of year, I was putting in long hours in the PICU, awaiting the ever uncertain homecoming date for my husband. His National Guard unit had been deployed to Kosovo for 13 months, and was due home any day. Thanks to training and deployment time, we had lived the first 18 months of our 19-month marriage apart. We spent three birthdays, our first anniversary, two Thanksgivings, Christmas, and the first half of my residency apart. He came home on Dec. 8, 2006, just in time for Christmas.

It was truly the happiest Christmas of my life, and as I spent that wonderful time with my husband, after such a long time apart, I found myself drowning in a sea of gratitude – for him, for his safe return, for the strength of our marriage, and for my fellow resident friends at Riley, who made that 18 months of feeling like my world had been turned on its ear more bearable.

I was grateful: For the chiefs, who during the summer of my intern year, made me post call on the occasional Fridays my husband could fly home for a weekend visit during his pre-deployment training. Those were truly “golden weekends” … for the colleague who rounded one morning so that I could have four more precious hours with my husband before he flew back to base … for those who took an ER shift or who kindly swapped another so I could fly back to Texas for the deployment ceremony … for the friends who shared birthday cake with me one year and dinner another year, so I wouldn’t be alone on my birthday … for the friend who shared countless hours of her friendship over cups of coffee, plates of dinner, pedicures, shopping trips, and phone calls … for another who grabbed a box of tissues for me one morning in the 2A workroom when waking up without my husband yet another day had just gotten the better of me for a moment. … For those teammates who covered my afternoon and evening call hours the weekend my husband was finally released from Fort Hood to come home … and for the countless other Riley friends who asked me how I was doing, offered a word of encouragement, or said a little prayer for my husband’s safe return during his absence. For them and all of their kindness, I was so very grateful.

It’s been over a year since my husband returned home, and as we come upon another holiday season, I find myself so full of gratitude for the time we’ve had together, for our baby girl, for his new job here in Indianapolis, for our church home and, of course, for all of my dear friends and colleagues at Riley who continue to share their friendship and kindness with each other and with my family and me. Our heartfelt thanks to you all.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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 Wishard burn center recognized

The American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons have re-verified the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Wishard Health Services as an adult level one burn unit, the highest level of burn care available. This achievement recognizes the burn center’s dedication to providing optimal care for burn patients.

The Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Wishard is one of only 50 burn centers in the United States verified as a level one burn unit. The center treats more than 350 inpatients and 1,500 outpatients each year. Since 1993, the burn center has seen an increase of approximately 15 percent per year in the number of patients treated.

The verification process includes a rigorous review program designed to verify a burn center's resources that are required for the provision of optimal care to burn patients from the time of injury through rehabilitation.


Arrow Diversity Week 2009

Four lunchtime speakers are scheduled as part of the seventh annual observance of Diversity Week at IUSM. The noon presentations will be in the Emerson Hall auditorium. Lunch will be provided. Speakers and their topics:

Jan. 20 – Joye Maureen Carter, MD, chief forensic pathologist, Marion County Coroner’s Office and director of the forensic pathology fellowship program at IUSM, “Death, the Ultimate Test of Diversity”

Jan. 21 – Olveen Carrasquillo, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and health policy, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and director of the Columbia Center for the Health of Urban Minorities, “Addressing Health Disparities: Are We On Track?”

Jan. 22 – Melissa C. Green, PhD, director of the division of science and technology, United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation, Fairfax, Va., “A Neglected Responsibility: Diversity in STEM Education
UNCF info:

Jan. 23 – Alexa Canady, MD, pediatric neurosurgeon, Sacred Health Medical Group, Pensacola, Fla., and educator, topic to be announced


Arrow Call for posters for the first annual Indiana CTSI Meeting

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute will be hosting its first annual Indiana CTSI Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8. This new NIH-funded research institute is a partnership between IUPUI, Indiana University-Bloomington and Purdue University, and has research training, education and career development of fellows and junior faculty as one of its major goals. Keynote speakers will include Gov. Mitch Daniels and the NIH director of the program Dr. Barbara Alving, as well as research leaders from throughout the state.

As part of the program, the CTSI will be hosting a poster session to showcase the research of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees as well as junior faculty investigators in the clinical and translational sciences. Submissions from predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and junior faculty from all campuses are encouraged. If interested, please send the title of your poster as well as your name and affiliation by Friday, Dec. 19, to Donna Burgett at, (ph 317-630-7447).


Arrow IUSCC seeks proposals for ACS grants

The IU Simon Cancer Center is pleased to announce the availability of funds for new pilot projects to assist new investigators who hold the rank of assistant professor, research assistant professor, or assistant scientist. These funds are from the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant.

This grant provides support for beginning investigators to enable them to initiate their independent research program. Funds are available for 4-5 pilot projects in amounts up to $25,000. Special funds also are available for one pilot study in the amount of $30,000 within the special topic of cancer disparities focused on underserved populations.

The deadline for application submission for American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant pilot study funding is Monday, Jan. 5. Application guidelines and forms may be obtained from:
Elizabeth Parsons
Cancer Pavilion, RT-455
Phone: 317-278-0078; Fax: 317-278-0074

The purpose of the ACSIRG program is to attract new investigators from Indiana University into cancer research and to provide support for new pilot studies that will provide preliminary data for the investigator to develop into studies that will compete successfully for external, national funds from both federal and private sources. Faculty from the IUSM and its regional campuses, the IU schools of nursing, dentistry, optometry, public and environmental affairs, health and rehabilitation sciences, liberal arts, law, science, and informatics are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: Applications are invited from faculty with ranks of assistant professor, research assistant professor, or assistant scientist. Proposals must describe new pilot studies in cancer research. ACS guidelines specify that applicants with prior funding from the ACSIRG or with significant funding from other sources are not eligible to apply. Applicants must beU.S. citizens, or submit proof of approval for a green card. Applications from research assistant professors and assistant scientists require a letter from the department chair certifying that the research proposal is independent of the research program of the laboratory P.I.

The funding period will be Feb. 1, 2009, through Jan. 31, 2010.

The body of the proposal must not exceed 6 pages. Appendices may not be more than 4 pages. Proposals must follow formatting guidelines of fonts of Helvetica or Arial, font size 11 point or larger, and ½ inch margins. An electronic copy in .pdf format should be submitted to Elizabeth Parsons, grants coordinator, at

Proposals which exceed the page numbers or fail to follow the formatting guidelines will be returned to the investigator without review.


Arrow Fall Faculty Meeting minutes online

Fall Faculty Meeting minutes are available on ANGEL. To find the minutes, go to Under the Public Information section, click “In the News.” Follow to “IUSM Fall Faculty Meeting Minutes - October 14, 2008” and click on “view complete details.”


Arrow Visual Media offers creative media services on campus

The media specialists in the IUSM Office of Visual Media offer creative services in animation, commemorative sculpture, graphic design, illustration, photography, powerpoint, research posters and video/multimedia production to the faculty and staff on the IUPUI campus.

Visual Media strives to design and create original visual solutions that are tailored to communicate your ideas and concepts to your specific audience. See to view samples of our work or call 274-7478 for additional information.


Arrow Holiday schedule for IUPUI Health Services

IUPUI Health Services will be open:
Friday, Dec. 12, 7:30 a.m.- noon

Normal hours the week of Dec. 15-19
7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday

Monday, Dec. 22, 7:30 a.m.- noon
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 7:30 a.m.- noon
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 7:30 a.m.- noon
Thursday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day Closed
Friday, Dec. 26, 7:30 a.m.- noon

Monday, Dec. 29, 7:30 a.m.- noon
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 7:30 a.m.- noon
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 7:30 a.m.- noon
Thursday, Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Closed
Friday, Jan. 2, 7:30 a.m.- noon

As always, students or employees with a new injury that requires immediate attention when the IUPUI Health Services is closed, may go to emergency admitting at IU Hospital. Employees who go there for treatment will need to report to IUPUI Health Services the next business day. Employees with a needle stick or blood/body fluid exposure incident should page the OUCH pager (312-6824 or 312-OUCH).


Arrow American English intonation class begins in January

The Department of Pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children is accepting enrollments for the next class of American English Intonation: Effective Intercultural Communication, a course for international medical students, residents, fellows, postdocs and faculty at IUSM.

The class, beginning in January, reflects the success of initial classes launched last fall. The August and September courses were filled to capacity. This service is made possible by support from a Clarian Values Grant.

The next class begins Tuesday, Jan. 6, and continues for 12 weeks with sessions from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The purpose of this program is to enhance the participants’ professional communication with colleagues, patients and staff. Students learn to minimize their non-native accents, thus bringing the focus back to their exceptional academic abilities and increasing their opportunities for professional advancement.

Course focus is on neutralization of international accents through training in American English sounds, intonation and rhythm patterns. In order to maintain the participant’s individuality and cultural diversity, the goal is on reduction (not elimination) of accents.

Trained language professionals teach the course with the help of textbooks, audio and videotapes. The training includes a detailed analysis of each participant’s recorded speech as well as personalized assistance for his or her specific communicative needs.

The program is a collaborative effort with Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication and the Clinical Skills Education Center.

For more information and to register, contact:
Poonam Khurana, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
(317) 962-2275


Arrow IUPUI master plan presentations

A presentation on the master plan for the IUPUI campus will be presented Dec. 11 and 12 and faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. The first presentation will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Business/SPEA Building, room 2000. The second will be Friday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in University Place Conference Center, room 118.


Arrow Intellectual property seminar

“Commercialization of IU Intellectual Property” will be presented by Jeremy Shieler, PhD, Matt Rubin and Dave Wilhite on Thursday, Dec. 11, from 8:30-10 a.m. in Emerson Hall auditorium. The speakers are from the IU Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC).

This seminar is designed to help participants determine if their work can or should be commercialized and the steps they need to take to protect their intellectual property. This seminar is part of the Research Faculty Development Series, hosted by Randy R. Brutkiewicz, PhD, assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development and professor of microbiology and immunology. Light breakfast refreshments will be served.

Registration is required at IUSM faculty from the regional centers may participate via PolyCom. Register online first and then contact Marsha Quarles ( for Polycom instructions.


Arrow Retirement open house

IUSM faculty, staff and students are invited to a retirement open house reception celebrating the academic careers of Bill Bosron, PhD, and Bob Harris, PhD, Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Medical Science Building atrium.

Both faculty members have worn many hats throughout their tenure. Dr. Bosron is a Distinguished Professor and a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. He also served as interim dean of the IUPUI School of Science. Dr. Harris is the chair emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biology. He also is a Chancellor’s Professor and the Showalter Professor of Biochemistry.

The reception is hosted by the IU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Arrow Legislative update planned for Life Sciences Lunch Series

A legislative update on the Indiana Innovation Alliance and the 21st Century Research and Technology Fund will be provided at the Tuesday, Dec. 16, Life Sciences Lunch Series in the fifth floor conference center at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 11 S. Meridian.

Speaking will be Vic Lechtenberg, vice provost for engagement at Purdue University; Bill Stephan, vice president for engagement at IU; and Bruce Kidd, director of small business and entrepreneurship at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m., and the presentation is from noon to 1 p.m. There is no charge to attend but registration is required at Questions: contact Jodie Daugherty at 261-7922. The program is available via video at other Indiana locations.


Arrow EndNote X2, a workshop on the latest changes

For training in EndNote X2, the latest edition of the citation management software, the next Getting Started with EndNote workshop is in the Medical Sciences computer lab MS B016 on Wednesday, Dec. 17, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

  1. Use EndNote X2, which has significant new features and a new look
  2. Import citations from Ovid Medline, which also has a new look, and PubMed
  3. Insert citations into a MS Word 2007 document—it now has a tab instead of a toolbar
  4. Change style of references in a MS Word document

EndNote tracks important literature references including URLs and PDFs of full text of articles. Bye, bye to photocopies in your bulging file cabinet. As you are writing a grant or manuscript in MS Word, EndNote will insert the citation and automatically place the reference at the bottom of the document.

For EndNote information or to register for the EndNote workshop contact Carole Gall 274-1411;


Arrow Women’s Health Noon Lecture taking a holiday break

The IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health monthly noon lecture series will take a break in December in honor of the winter holidays.

Please join us when the lecture series resumes at noon Tuesday, Jan. 27. “Nutrition and Your Daughter: Eating Disorders and More,” will be presented by Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and medicine.

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

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

Questions? Please contact Tina Darling, Associate Director, at 317-278-2264 or


Arrow Cultural competency in health care online test

With the increasing diversity of the United States' population, physicians are more and more likely to encounter situations that require the delivery of culturally competent care, access to a vast array of language services, and supportive health care organizations. Consider that within 50 years, nearly half of the nation's population will be from cultures other than white, non-Hispanic, increasing needs to provide medical services to patients of diverse cultures or languages. Additionally, cultural and language differences may engender misunderstanding, lack of compliance, or other factors that negatively influence clinical situations.

The US Department of Health and Human Services offers a free opportunity to increase cultural competence with an effective on-line module at Participants can earn 9 free CME credits (physicians and physician assistants), 9 contact hours (nurse practitioners), or 9 contact hours (0.9 CEUs) (pharmacists) while exploring engaging cases and learning about cultural competency in health care. Deadline for submission of the evaluation and test is Wednesday, Dec. 31.


Arrow House Staff Forum elects officers

The new officers of the IUSM House Staff Forum are Katherine Lindle, MD, PGY 2 in pediatrics, president; and Toyosi Morgan, MBBS, PGY 2 in family medicine, vice president. Drs. Lindle and Morgan will serve during the 2008-2009 academic year.

The House Staff Forum was established in October1998, to provide residents and fellows with assurance of an educational environment in which they may raise and resolve issues without fear of intimidation or retaliation. The forum provides residents and fellows with an organizational system to communicate and exchange information on their working environment and their educational programs.


Arrow IUSM window decals for sale by Class of 2011

The Class of 2011 is selling “Indiana University School of Medicine” car window decals. These decals, which make great stocking stuffers or Hanukah gifts, were designed specifically for this sale and cannot be found anywhere else.

The decals are static cling-on, so there is no glue to clean up. They also go on the inside of your car, so they won't come off when scraping the windows. They measure 11.5" x 3". Each decal is only $5.

Contact for orders and further details, or stop by the Medical Science Building in Room 162 to pick one up today. To view the decals, see


Arrow Campus food service survey

Campus Food Service has engaged the Baker Group to conduct a general campus food service survey. An on-line survey has been developed and everyone’s input is valuable. To participate, see


Arrow Nominations open for Taylor Diversity Awards

The IUPUI Office of Equal Opportunity is now accepting nominations and applications for the 2009 Joseph T. Taylor Excellence in Diversity Award.

The Taylor award recognizes exemplary IUPUI individuals, academic and support programs, events, policies and activities for promoting diversity, inclusion and equity. The award honors the legacy of the late Dr. Joseph T. Taylor, the first dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz will confer the award to recipients during the 20th Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium on Feb. 26. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 19.

For online and mail-in nomination forms, along with additional information about the nominating process, go to


Arrow Red Line to charge regular fare

Starting Jan. 1, the Red Line buses that circulate between downtown and the IUPUI campus will have the same fare charge as other bus rides. Although this will likely affect IUPUI faculty and staff, IUPUI students who have their free S-Pass will still be able to ride for free if they show their S-Pass and JagTag. For S-Pass information, visit


Arrow Scope at the holidays

Scope will publish its final issue prior to year’s end on Dec. 12. The weekly newletter will take a holiday break and be back in email inboxes Jan. 9.

The final day for submission of copy for inclusion in the Dec. 12 issue will be noon, Thursday, Dec. 11. Please forward information for events in early January so readers can have a preview before the new year.


Arrow Honors

Stephen Bogdewic, PhD executive associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development and Dr. George W. Copeland Professor and associate chair of family medicine, was elected member-at-large to the Board of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Educational Affairs.

Christopher McDougle, MD, Albert E. Sterne Professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry, gave the Inaugural Daniel X. and Mary Freedman Fellowship Commemorative Lectureship in Academic Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine on Oct. 17. Dr. McDougle was recognized for his “substantial international impact” in the neurobiology and neuropsychopharmacology of childhood-onset neuropsychiatric disorders, including “contributions to our improved understanding of the etiology, pathophysiology and treatment of autism.”

Two IUSM faculty members have been by the American Society of Nephrology at the group’s recent 41st Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition. Elected as the newest member of the ASN’s Council was Sharon M. Moe, MD, professor of medicine and vice chair of research in the IUSM Department of Medicine. Bruce Molitoris, MD, professor of medicine, director of nephrology and director of the Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy, will continue his term as a councilor.

The Autism Society of Indiana honored Dan Evans, CEO, Clarian Health, and Naomi Swiezy, PhD, clinical director of the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center for their meaningful work in the autism community, at the Second Annual Autism Society of Indiana Excellence Awards ceremony Nov. 8. Based on letters and nominations, the ASI nominating committee selected Evans to receive the ‘Excellence in Partnering’ Award and Dr. Swiezy was presented with the ‘Excellence in Providing Professional Services’ Award, as well as offer the ‘Excellence in Helping Newly Diagnosed Families’ Award to the HANDS in Autism program, developed by Dr. Swiezy, at Riley Hospital for Children.


Arrow IUSM Grants and Awards: December 2008

Research Type
Project Title
Total $
Taeok Bae American Heart Association New Prophage contribution to the virulence of Staphylococcus aureus
Byron Batteiger Centers for Disease Control and Prevention New Data Analysis to assess duration of chlamydia infection and sequelae
Michael Busk American Lung Association Contin/Competing Asthma Clinical Research Center
Naga Chalasani National Institutes of Health - The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Contin/Competing IU Clinical Center: Drug Induced Liver Injury Network
Zhenhui Chen Methodist Research Institute New How a Point Mutation of Phospholamban, Arg9-Cys, Causes Heart Failure in Humans
Susan Clare Breast Cancer Research Foundation New Delivery of Nanovectors to Hypoxic Areas of Breast Tumors using a 'Trojan Horse'
Colleen Desrosiers Clarian Health New Dosimetric and Radiobiolgic Verification of a  200 MeV Electron Beam Produced by a Laser Plasma Accelerator
Bradley Doebbeling Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality New Testing Spread and Implementation of Novel MRSA-reducing Practices
Samir Kumar Gupta National Institutes of Health - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute New HIV, Inflammation, and Endothelial Dysfunction
Johnny He Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation New Eradication of HIV and HIV-Infected Cells by Nanoparticle-Activated Autophagy
Brittney-Shea Herbert U.S. Department of Defense New Inhibition of Ovarian Cancer by microRNA-mediated Regulation of Telomerase
Gary Hutchins University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Contin/Competing From Animal Models to Therapeutics
Thomas Inui Indiana Comprehensive Health Insurance Association New Positive Choices
Larry Jones National Institutes of Health - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Contin/Competing Structure/function of Phospholamban in Heart
Tatiana Kostrominova University of Michigan New Mechanisms Underlying Mechanical Properties of Muscle-Tendon Units
Daniela Matei National Institutes of Health - National Cancer Institute New A low-dose decitabine strategy for restoring ovarian cancer sensitivity
Marc Mendonca U.S. Department of Energy New International Conference on Radiation Biology & Translational Research and 9th Biennial Meeting of the Indian Society of Radiation Biology
Kathy Miller Breast Cancer Research Foundation Contin/Competing A Study of Telomerase Inhibition in Circulating tumor Cells After Treatment with GRN163L
Eugenia Molleston American Academy of Pediatrics New American Academy of Pediatrics Award for Resident Naomi Lohr
Corina Nailescu National Kidney Foundation of Indiana New The Impact of Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination in Pediatric Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis and Transplant Patients
Fredrick Pavalko National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases New The Role of Focal Adhesion Kinase in Osteoblast Mechanotransduction
Brenda Poindexter University of Colorado New Genetic Basis for Impaired Angiogenic Signaling in BPD
Greg Sachs Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality New Optimal Prevention & Treatment In Medically complex ALzheimer patients (OPTIMAL)
Anantha Shekhar Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation New Collection and storage of human biological materials and linked phenotypic information for research purposes.
George Sledge Jr Breast Cancer Research Foundation Contin/Competing Therapeutic Targeting of Breast Cancer
Terry Vik St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Contin/Competing Childhood Cancer Survivor Study
Daniel Vreeman Regenstrief Institute New Enhancing the Interoperability of the Post Acute Care Patient Assessment Instrument with LOINC?
James Williams Jr National Institutes of Health - The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Contin/Competing The Structural Basis of Kidney Stone Fragility


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, 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 weekend, Becky Baker, project manager of the Indiana Association of Area Agency on Aging Education Institute, will join Sound Medicine and provide tips to avoid scams during the enrollment period for Medicare Part D.

Roberta White, PhD, chair of environmental health at Boston University School of Public Health and the scientific director of the panel that studied Gulf War illness, will comment on the findings that the illness is real and was probably caused by exposure to neurotoxins.

Robert Hornik, PhD, researcher at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss his findings that the $1 billion media campaign to fight teen drug abuse had little or no positive effect.

Peter Johnstone, MD, chair of radiation oncology at IUSM, will discuss his work with acupuncture in the treatment of cancer.

This month’s Sound Ethics will provide information on a recent survey which showed that up to half of U.S. doctors questioned regularly prescribed placebos for patients. Guests Eric Meslin, PhD, and Peter Schwartz, MD, PhD, will talk about the implications of both “sugar pills” and unproven medications used to ease patients’ minds.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Check Up,” Jeremy Shere will look at the value of rowing as good cardio exercise.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine as 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

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.

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.

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.