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March 13, 2009
Volume 13 Number 10 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Match Day merriment is Thursday

IUSM soon-to-be graduates, like other fourth-year medical students across the country, are anxiously awaiting National Resident Match Day on Thursday, March 19. At that time, the students find out where they will spend the next phase of their medical education.

This year's program will be in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450, at 11 a.m.

Additional information about the National Resident Matching Program can be found at



Arrow Research III gets a name

The Trustees of Indiana University have named the soon-to-open Research III in honor of Joseph E. Walther, M.D.

Dr. Walther was a prominent Indiana physician and a friend of the School. His foundation, the Walther Cancer Foundation, has contributed $50 million to support cancer programs at IU over a period of 20 years.

Investigators will begin moving into Joseph E. Walther Hall the first week of April.  The IU School of Medicine will formally salute Dr. Walther’s support at the dedication of the building on Oct. 8.


Arrow Wednesday deadline for EAD for Research Affairs applications

Dean Craig Brater, MD, has announced he will appoint an interim executive associate dean for research affairs to succeed Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, MD, who is departing to become executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Michigan and CEO of the U-M Health System effective May 11.

Faculty members who are interested in being considered for the interim EAD position should submit their CVs to Dr. Brater by 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 18.


Arrow Memo: Sponsorship expenses and revenues at IU

For the complete text of the memo distributed March 3 from the offices of John Applegate, IU vice president for planning and policy, and Neil Theobald, IU vice president and CFO, click here.


Arrow Executive summary on food service at IUPUI

IUPUI is a unique and multiple-dimensional community.  No less unique and diverse are the needs of our customers.  One ever-changing component is that of food service. To ensure we continually meet these changing needs, the campus retained the Baker Group – a renowned hospitality consulting firm, to review all aspects of present services: satisfaction, hours of operation, locations, menu selections, vending, and more.  The Group was also called upon to develop profiles of customer needs and expectations and to offer recommendations about where enhancements should be made or considered.

The final report from the Baker Group is available here.


Arrow Cutting Edge Lecture Series continues

Leading IUPUI professors will engage the campus and community in discussions about rapidly changing fields of inquiry at the Cutting Edge Lecture Series. This on-campus lecture series continues on Wednesday through April 8. The series is hosted by IUPUI.

Details available at


Arrow Legacy Project needs volunteers

Join Staff Council members on Saturday, March 21, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the corner of Michigan and West Streets for the first annual spring flower planting. The Legacy Project is a Staff Council initiative to give back to the campus and community by helping to beautify the campus portal (Michigan and West streets) by planting flowers in the spring and fall and maintaining the green space during the summer.

Eveyone is invited to assist with this project. Bring your own trowel, small rake, and gloves. (Rain date is March 28.) If you are able to volunteer on March 21, contact Nancy Gibson at


Arrow An invitation to the Evening of the Arts

Frequently, I have been overheard commenting “that talent abounds in the midst of our medical student body.” From the notes of our young composers, to the melodies wafting from the strings of the students’ playing their tunes, our medical students are the panoply of music, photography, sculpture, poetry, and story.

On March 21, all will have the opportunity to see these talents first hand.  That Saturday evening, our remarkable students will perform for us, not with medical knowledge or clinical skill, but with song and dance at the annual Evening of the Arts. The doors open  at 6:30 p.m. at the Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School and the performance begins at 7 in the school’s auditorium.

This is the 18th annual performance. Please join Stephanie and Craig Brater, Judy and me, and all the rest of our IUSM gang to support our medical student body as they raise funds to support free clinics throughout Indianapolis.

Stephen B. Leapman, M.D.
Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs


Arrow Faces of Faith program at Wishard

Religious Faith and Practice in Healthcare: A Community Forum will be presented at two times and at two locations on Tuesday, March 24. The third annual Faces of Faith program will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Wishard Hospital’s Meyers Auditorium and from noon to 1 p.m. in room B26 of VanNuys Medical Sciences Building with a pizza lunch provided.

RSVPs are preferred. Reply to

The program is hosted by Wishard Health Services and IUSM. Each year this program brings together members of various faith traditions from across the metro area to talk about the origins of their faith, their rituals and traditions, and their specific thoughts and beliefs surrounding health care issues. Speakers representing Hindu, Humanism, Mennonite, Orthodoxy, and Pentecostal backgrounds will be present.


Arrow Women’s Health Noon Lecture

The IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health monthly noon lecture series continues Tuesday, March 24, with “Chronic Pelvic Pain: Innovative Approaches to End the Suffering,” presented by Lee Learman, MD, PhD. The event will be in the IU Cancer Research Institute auditorium.

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

Dr. Learman is the Clarence E. Ehrlich Professor and chair, Department of OB/GYN, and director, IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. 

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

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


Arrow Medical Humanities explores blood stem cell epistemology

“The Search for the Blood Stem Cell: A Case Study in Social Epistemology of Science” will be the Friday, March 27, topic of the Seminars in Medical Humanities. Melinda Bonnie Fagan, PhD, assistant professor of philosophy at Rice University, is the speaker.

The presentation will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Cavanaugh Hall, room 438. RSVP to the Medical Humanities Program at 278-1669 or  The event is hosted by the Department of Philosopohy and the Medical Humanities – Health Studies Program.

Upcoming Medical Humanities Seminars:

April 15, 4-5 p.m. – “The Many Histories of the IU School of Medicine” by Kevin Grau
May 28
, noon to 1 p.m. “Epidemics of Health” by Health Wood Ion


Arrow Moore Symposium on Teaching Excellence registration opens

Registration is now open for the 2009 Edward C. Moore Symposium on Teaching Excellence which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 2.

Today’s technology offers incredible opportunities to engage students in the classroom and beyond. Wikis, blogs, and social networking sites allow students to connect and collaborate in new and innovative ways. Applications such as Microsoft’s Communicator and Adobe Connect can bring faculty and students together from far off locations. This year the E.C. Moore Symposium brings the IUPUI campus community together to consider the ways that technology is shaping teaching and learning in the classroom and beyond.

This year’s keynote speaker is John Seely Brown, visiting scholar, Annenberg Center, University of Southern California and Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation, who will discuss how learning ecologies may be influencing teaching and learning and underscores the technological shift already underway in the lives of students; a shift from using technology as a way to support the individual to using technology as a way to support the relationships between individuals.

The 2009 E.C. Moore Symposium is cosponsored by the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning, the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, the IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching and the University Information Technology Services.

For more information or to register, visit or call 317-274-1300


Arrow Primary care policy expert to speak at Family Medicine programs

Internationally known primary care physician, health services researcher and author Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, will speak at IUSM Wednesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 9, as a guest of the IUSM Department of Family Medicine.

On April 8, Dr. Starfield will present “Primary Care: The Imperative for Health Care Reform” during the Family Medicine Grand Rounds from noon to 1 p.m. in the IU School of Nursing Building auditorium. In this talk, Dr. Starfield will present evidence indicating that countries oriented to primary care achieve better health at lower costs and with greater equity. All members of the IUSM and IUPUI community are invited to attend.

On April 9, she will speak with the Family Medicine Student Interest Group and other interested students in an open conversation from noon to 1 p.m. in the VanNuys Medical Science Building Daly Center, room 185. Lunch will be provided.

Dr. Starfield is a University Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Health Policy and Management and Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Public Health and Medicine. She is the author of Primary Care: Concept, Evaluation, and Policy and Primary Care: Balancing Health Needs, Services, and Technology, which are recognized as seminal works in the field. Dr. Starfield is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and is a leading source of evidence that primary care produces better health outcomes, lowers overall costs and creates greater equity in health in the population.  Her university webpage is at

For additional information about the presentations, contact Mary Dankoski, PhD, assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development at IUSM, and assistant chair for academic affairs, Department of Family Medicine, at


Arrow Autism Awareness Fair for health care professionals

Autism spectrum disorders information will be provided, including a list of available services and organizations, will be the focus during the Autism Awareness Fair for medical professionals Firday, April 24. Also provided will be  information on issues related to adolescence and adulthood, answers about medications and other questions will be answered by psychiatrists from the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center.

The fair will be in the Riley Outpatient Center – Ruth Lilly Learning Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It is an open-house style event – stop by any time.  It is appropriate for physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, SLPs and OTs, medical assistants, any other hospital staff who interact with individuals on the autism spectrum.
For questions, contact or 278-7839.


Arrow IUSM Annual Education Retreat

The IUSM Annual Education Retreat will be on the IUPUI campus on the evening of Thursday, May 14, and all day Friday, May15. As in years past, the aim is to offer faculty additional opportunity to meet with colleagues and improve aspects of their teaching.

Based on the positive response to last year’s retreat focused on “The Basic Scientist as Medical Educator” and as we move toward more integrated teaching of the basic and clinical sciences, we plan for both basic scientists and clinicians to come and participate in the Stanford Faculty Development Center (SFDC) course on medical teaching this year. This course was developed by Kelley Skeff, MD, PhD, and Georgette Stratos, PhD over 20 years ago at Stanford University. The course has now been taught internationally to both basic scientists and clinicians.

The purpose of the course is to introduce teachers to an educational framework that allows them to analyze and improve their own teaching and to allow for a forum for an exchange among educators about what has worked for them in their own settings.

In order to provide an even broader forum for this collegial exchange, basic science and clinical educators will take part in both the large group and small group sessions together to facilitate discussions that will focus us on the core principles of all the competencies, including competency III - scientific knowledge. Also, methods for active student learning will be discussed.

To help plan for the number of facilitators for this retreat, please RSVP to Toyia Martin by Monday, March 23, at or 317-274-0758. The location of the retreat will be announced afterwards.

For those of you who attended last year’s retreat, we encourage you to attend since the richness of the event is mainly built on the small group discussions and sharing of ideas and teaching experiences of all participants.


Arrow Deadline approaching for Bepko Award nominations

IUPUI Staff Council will recognize full-time staff members who exemplify the spirit of IUPUI, with the IUPUI Gerald L. Bepko Staff Council Spirit Award. The award recognizes staff members who strengthen the campus by fostering collegiality, cooperation, creativity and innovation to help IUPUI become one of the nations' best urban universities. Anyone is welcome to nominate. The due date for nomination is Monday, March 31.

Information and nomination forms:


Arrow Senior Health Center focuses on cancer outpatients age 65 and older

Clarian Senior Health, in collaboration with the IU Simon Cancer Center, now offers the Senior Health Center at the cancer center. It is the only such clinic in Indiana and among only a handful in the country.

The clinic is open to:

  • IU Simon Cancer Center outpatients age 65 and older
  • Patients being considered for treatment of cancer or a blood disorder
  • Patients currently undergoing treatment of cancer or a blood disorder

The clinic, which is open 8 a.m. to noon each Monday, is located in the Indiana Cancer Pavilion. To learn more about the program, call 278-5196 or visit


Arrow Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society of Indiana

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society of Indiana will induct members Friday, March 27, at the Grand Hall in Union Station.  New members include:

Class of 2009
Christi  Arnerich Justin Scott Malenkos
Maggie Kathleen Benson Matthew Jordan Miller
Ryan Borne Joshua R. Mitchell
Jared E. Boyd Vivianne Carole Montgrain
Apoorva Chawla Cassandra Neureiter
Lori A. Clark  Randy P. Orr
Julie M. Clary Laura Maureen Pezzuto
Leah D. Craft   Michael Robert Polin
Radhika B. Dave Aparna Raj
Kevin Donald Hardt Laila F. Saied
Ryan K. Harrison Jesse J. Savage
Brandon Jeffrey Hayes Sunny Schaeuble
Matthew Aaron Hazzard Christopher J. Therasse
Matthew M. Jones Sean M. Thompson
Emily Catherine Keller Chad Heidt Weaver
Kathryn T. Wannemuehler Lannert Sarah Carlson Yamaguchi
Matthew J. Locker David Adam Zopf


Class of 2009 Elected as Juniors

Jesse Allen Beery Neal Balvant Patel
Parin Bhayani Matthew A. Rider
Joseph L. Hunt Emily A. Ruden
Rachel D. Manley  
Peter J. Mehta  
Samuel L. Oyer  
Lori Jacquemin Sanford  
Christopher Doyle Stephens  
Allison Kasey Taraska  


Class of 2010

Timothy Brandon Campbell Dustin L. Norton
Benjamin Russell Felix Lauren C. Rakes
John H. Holden Caroline Elizabeth Rouse
Andrew S. McDaniel Zachary J. Tempel
Roger H. Morse Richard Jason VonDerHaar
John William Nay Daniel Alberto Yelfimov


Honorary Members



Matthew Reppert Galvin, MD  
Department of Psychiatry  



Stephen P. Bogdewic, PhD John Joseph Coleman, III, MD
Family Medicine Plastic Surgery 
Faculty Affairs/Professional Development  



John Daniel Abad, MD David Creighton Rissing, MD
Surgery Anesthesia


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 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, Naeem Ali, MD, assistant professor of pulmonary, allergy, critical care and sleep medicine at Ohio State University College of Medicine, will discuss his study results on prolonged stays in the intensive care unit and what can be done to mitigate the effects of heavy sedation and use of respirators.

Thomas Gerber, MD, PhD, associate professor of radiology and medicine at the Mayo Clinic, will explain the American Heart Association’s recommendation to limit the use of CT scans to prevent overexposure to radiation.

Indiana University psychologist Edward Hirt, PhD, will explain self-sabotage and whether it is a deliberate action or mental or behavioral disorder.

John Raglin, PhD, a psychologist in the IU Department of Kinesiology, will discuss how light to moderate exercise can elevate a person’s mood for several hours afterwards.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere will explore “diet betting,” betting real money to see who can lose the most weight.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine, as well as other helpful information, including when and where the program airs around the state, 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 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.