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March 20, 2009
Volume 13 Number 11 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow New physician practice group is official

Last October, Clarian Health and IU School of Medicine announced plans to create the Indiana Clinic.  Jointly developed by Clarian and IUSM, the expanded multi-specialty physician group was legally established Jan. 26 this year.

Indiana Clinic will include IU School of Medicine faculty, Clarian-employed physicians including Methodist Medical Group, Indiana Radiology Partners and Emergency Medical Group Inc., as well as some private practice physicians. Closely aligned with both Clarian and IUSM, the new multi-specialty group will be governed by a board of directors representing IUSM leadership and faculty, Clarian leadership and private physicians.

Physician practices will become members of Indiana Clinic over time. Although the first few groups are expected to join this summer, Indiana Clinic will not be promoted or widely identified until a substantial core group of physicians are on board.

In addition to the board of directors, several key Indiana Clinic executive staff have been named.

  • Kim Sherbrooke, MHA, FACMPE, moves from her role as chief operating officer (COO) for IU Medical Group to COO of Indiana Clinic.
  • Carol Karp, previously executive director of Physician Client Services with Clarian, is now chief financial officer for Indiana Clinic.
  • Mandy Bates, previously director of leadership development for Clarian, is executive director of Human Resources.
  • John Fitzgerald, MD, CEO of IU Medical Group, serves as chief executive officer.
  • John Kohne, MD, chief operating officer for Methodist Hospital, also serves as chief medical officer for Indiana Clinic.

Indiana Clinic corporate office is located in Fairbanks Hall, and the phone is 278-3500


Indiana Clinic Board of Directors

Richard Graffis, MD, (Chairman) Chief Medical Officer and Executive
      Vice President for Medical Operations, Clarian Health

Art Coffey, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Clarian Health

David Crabb, MD, Chairman, Department of Medicine, IUSM

Herb Cushing, MD, Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs, IUSM 

Mike Koch, MD, Chairman, Department of Urology, IUSM

Charles Shufflebarger, MD, Emergency Medical Group Inc.

Larry Stevens, MD, Tower Surgical

Keith Lillemoe, MD, Chairman, Department of Surgery, IUSM

Mike Niemeier, MD, Respiratory and Critical Care Consultants 

Sam Odle, Executive Vice President and COO, Clarian Health and
      President and CEO of Clarian Indianapolis Operations

Marvin Pember, Executive Vice President and CFO, Clarian Health

Ora Pescovitz, MD, Executive Associate Dean for Research, IUSM and
      President and CEO of Riley Hospital

Eric Williams, MD, Associate Dean for Clarian Affairs, IUSM


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Arrow Match Day at IUSM

This year, 273 IU School of Medicine soon-to-be graduates participated in the March 19 Match Day, a program that coordinates thousands of medical students' and U.S. hospital programs' preferences.

Students in the Class of 2009, who will receive their medical degrees on
May 9, accepted residency positions in 38 states, including Indiana. Among the Match Day highlights:

• 41 percent of the students will pursue at least part of their residencies within Indiana
• 72 students will be residents at IU Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children,  other Clarian Health facilities, Wishard Health Services and the Roudebush VA Medical Center
• 44 percent of IU School of Medicine graduates will enter primary-care programs, which includes internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, primary internal medicine and combined internal medicine-pediatrics

The Office of Public & Media Relations provides a photo gallery of this year's Match Day at IUSM.

Additional information the National Resident Matching Program can be found at www.nrmp.org.


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Arrow Saturday is EOTA’s big night

The 2009 Evening of the Arts will be on Saturday, March 21, at the Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m.

The annual performance showcases the musical, artistic and dramatic talents of IUSM students, faculty and staff.  EOTA raises funds to support clinics providing free health care services to the homeless and working poor of Indianapolis.

Tickets are $12 for students and $17 for the general public. See msa.iusm.iu.edu/StudentDevelopment/eota.asp for more information about the annual event.


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Arrow Spring House Calls

As the winter season draws to a close, the warmer weather brings with it more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. For nearly 150 IUSM students, faculty, friends and family members, this includes the 14th annual Spring House Calls service project sponsored by the Office of Medical Service-Learning.

Spring House Calls volunteers provide home and lawn maintenance for elderly, disabled, and minority homeowners in two inner-city neighborhoods located just north and west of the IUPUI campus.

On Saturday, March 28, volunteers will gather at the Christamore House Family and Community Center to load supplies for planting flowers, mulching, removing weeds, and performing other maintenance tasks. After completing work at nearly 30 homes during the morning, participants will join the homeowners for lunch at the Christamore House for a final chance to connect and celebrate.

Spring House Calls is the largest and oldest service-learning project of the OMSL. The MS2 project co-chairs are Henry Chou, Nate Evans, Ryan Hart, Shreyas Joshi, Laura Quilter and Bill Steck. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, visit medicine.iu.edu/shc.

The OMSL promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences. Visit medicine.iu.edu/omsl for more information.


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Arrow Loehrer named interim IUSCC director

Patrick J. Loehrer Sr., MD, has been named interim director of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.  Dr. Loehrer, who was one of the original four medical oncologists at the Indiana University School of Medicine, will continue in his role as medical director of the IU Simon Cancer Center.

Dr. Loehrer succeeds the late Stephen D. Williams, MD, the founding director of the IU Simon Cancer Center, who died Feb. 15.  A national search is underway for a director of the cancer center. 


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Arrow IUSM kidney transplants boosts renal services support in Kenya

IUSM transplant surgeon Mark Pescovitz, MD, will perform three living donor kidney transplant surgeries next week at the Moi University School of Medicine hospital in Eldoret, Kenya, where IUSM has its IU-Kenya Partnership. It is the third time IUSM faculty have performed such transplants at the hospital.

In part as a result of the program, the government of Kenya will be providing additional support for renal services in the country, including dialysis and kidney transplants, that will enable the Moi renal program to expand its services and become self-sufficient, Dr. Pescovitz said.


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Arrow IUPUI premedical student-physician shadowing program

Holly Kloss, a recent graduate of IUPUI, president of American Medical Student Association Premedical Society at IUPUI and student representative on the Faculty and Community Relations Committee, presented a plan to develop an IUSM physician shadowing program to bridge the IUPUI pre-med students and IUSM. The program anticipates 15-20 students to pair with physicians for at least three shadowing experiences during late spring 2009 semester, with the option of continuing the shadowing experience.

Within the past year, Kloss took the initiative to meet with lawyers, compliance officers, directors and deans to implement this program. All compliance and logistic issues have been completed (confidentiality agreement forms, vaccinations, HIPAA training sessions) and the program is ready to review candidates.

The members of IUPUI AMSA will perform the initial review of the applications, screen applications for final approval, and the FCRC will meet to finalize approvals. Start date is anticipated to be April 1.

The website is: https://pre-med.usg.iupui.edu/ShadowingProgram/tabid/1668/Default.aspx.


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Arrow Search opens for chair of Department of Family Medicine

IUSM seeks candidates for the position of chair, Department of Family Medicine. Candidates for this position should have excellent academic and clinical credentials. They must have a demonstrated ability to lead and foster a multi-faceted program in a competitive environment. In addition to clinical services, the department currently provides primary care education for the sole medical school in the state and administrates service-learning for undergraduates, an AHEC, a Hispanic health initiative, a residency program, a sports medicine fellowship and the Bowen Research Center.

Further info at www.iufammed.iupui.edu. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Women and under-represented candidates are particularly urged to apply. Please send curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Mary Ciccarelli, MD, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, Indiana University School of Medicine, Fairbanks Hall, Suite 6200, 340 West 10th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 or dcowley@iupui.edu. Applications will be reviewed as received. Indiana University is an AA/EOE, M/F/D.


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Arrow Search opens for chair of Department of Microbiology

IUSM seeks an outstanding scientist with the vision, scientific standing and leadership qualities to lead the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The department has a strong and diverse research program, a successful graduate program, and actively participates in graduate and medical education. The school is expanding its already active research and has many interdisciplinary programs.

Candidates must have a PhD, M., or equivalent; an active and competitive, internationally recognized research program; and demonstrated commitment to teaching. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Women and under-represented candidates are particularly urged to apply.

Please send letter of intent and curriculum vitae to Howard Edenberg, PhD, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, Fairbanks Hall, Suite 6200, 340 West 10th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana  46202 or electronically to dcowley@iupui.edu. Applications will be reviewed as received. Indiana University is an AA/EOE, M/F/D.


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Arrow Cover the Uninsured Week

Three speakers will discuss relevant topics during the noon to 1 p.m. programs focusing on Cover the Uninsured Week, March 22-28.

Monday:  Deanna Willis, MD, MBA, assistant clinical professor of family medicine, VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B16

Tuesday:  Lisa Harris, MD, CEO Wishard Hospital, School of Nursing Auditorium

Thursday:  Ken Gray, MD, a family physician who volunteers with the Good Samaritan health clinic, VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B16

The luncheon presentations are sponsored by the IU Student Outreach Clinic, the Business of Medicine Student Interest Group and the Organization of Student Representatives. For more information, see covertheuninsured.org.


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Arrow AHEC annual meeting celebrates students, workforce development

“Bringing the Pieces Together” is the theme of the Indiana Area Health Education Centers Second Annual Meeting which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the Marten House, 1801 W. 86th Street.

Educators, advocates, health professionals, community leaders, students and others from across the state will gather to share ideas, learn about Bowen Research Center health workforce studies from Deborah Allen, MD, Otis R. Bowen Professor and director of the center; Terrell Zollinger, DrPH, professor of family medicine and associate director of the center; and Richard Kiovsky, MD, director of the Indiana AHEC and an IUSM professor of clinical family medicine.

Thirty Indiana high school and college students, chosen by area AHECs, will attend and participate in career preparation discussions and visit with representatives from health professions not typically associated with medicine.

For more information, see www.ahec.iupui.edu.


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Arrow EndNote national trainer to conduct free workshop

Donna Kirking, EndNote senior product trainer with ISI Thompson, will offer a no-charge training demonstration on EndNote X2 at the Riley Outpatient Center, conference room A, on Tuesday, March 24.

Kirking will include two 1.5-hour presentations, the first between 8:30-10 a.m. on EndNote, and the second between 10-11:30 a.m. on using EndNote with MS Word 2007.  Faculty, staff and students are welcomed at either or both morning sessions.

Another session will be offered that afternoon at the IUPUI University Library auditorium between 1- 4 p.m. For more information, contact medical librarian Carole Gall at 274-1411 or cfgall@iupui.edu.


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Arrow Faces of Faith program March 24

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.

Join representatives from five faith traditions as they share reflections on how their beliefs shape their lives and their interactions in the health care environment. The five are Hindu, Humanism, Mennonite, Orthodoxy and Pentecostal.

RSVPs are preferred. Reply to rflynn@iupui.edu. CME credit is available.

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.


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Arrow Global Health Week 2009

The Global Health Student Interest Group is planning Global Health Week 2009.  Mark your calendar for April 6- 9 and plan to prepare for a series of lunch talks and panels discussing the following issues:

Monday, April 6: Sustainability in Global Health Partnerships - Emerson Hall, room 304
Tuesday, April 7:  Neglected Tropical Diseases - Emerson Hall, room 304
Wednesday, April 8: Medical School International Clerkships, Electives, and Short-Term Programs - Medical Science Building, room 311 A/B
Thursday, April 9: Incorporating Global Health Into Your Career - Medical Science Building, room 326

All lunch-talks start at noon and lunch will be provided. Representatives from the Kenyan Imani Workshops will display products created by Kenyans undergoing anti-retroviral therapy.  Questions? Contact cdugdale@iupui.edu or go to www.iupui.edu/~ghsig.


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Arrow Dutch cancer researcher to present Gladstein Lecture

The first Harry and Edith Gladstein Lecture will be presented by Laura Van ‘t Veer, PhD, director of molecular pathology at the Translational Research Breast International Group (TRANSBIG) and Netherlands Cancer Institute. Her presentation, “Molecular Profiles of Breast and Colorectal Cancer in Patient Management” will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

The event is hosted by the IUSM Division of Clinical Pharmacology.

Dr. Van ‘t Veer’s research focus is converting discoveries made in the academic

setting into clinically-relevant products for the benefit of cancer patients. She is the first author of a study showing that microarray genomics technology can predict which breast tumors will likely metastasize and which will not (Nature 2002, NEJM 2002).

When these findings are implemented into daily clinical practice, the amount of so-called adjuvant treatments with chemotherapy for (pre-menopausal) breast cancer patients could be reduced by up to 30 percent. This microarray test now called MammaPrint, is central to the work of the translational research network TRANSBIG. The MINDACT trial is the first large scale worldwide clinical trial implementing genomics. She received the 2007 European Society of Medical Oncology life-time achievement award for translational research in breast cancer for this research.


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Arrow Research faculty development seminar – April 9

Randy Brutkiewicz, PhD, assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development and professor of microbiology and immunology, invites research faculty to attend: “Dealing with Study Section Comments.” In the context of a grant review, what is meant by the term "overambitious?"  What about "descriptive?"  In this research faculty development seminar, the answers to those questions and others that may appear in a summary statement from a grant review will be discussed (and how to reply in your amended application).

The workshop will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 9, in the Emerson Hall auditorium. RSVP: faa.iupui.edu/newFaa/events/eventsCalendar.asp
Polycom to Regional Centers is available. Please register first and then contact maquarle@iupui.edu for polycom instructions.

The research faculty development seminars are designed to help tenure-track research faculty, scientists and research associates be successful in the laboratory and as members of IUSM. They are sponsored by IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development -- www.faculty.medicine.iu.edu.


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Arrow Come to the IUPUI Hunger Banquet

The IUPUI Hunger Banquet on Thursday, April 9, aims to increase awareness and action toward global hunger and raise funding for the IU-Kenya Partnership. Guests at the banquet will be randomly assigned seating representing high-, middle-, and low-income settings (warning: food quantity may be insufficiently filling depending on the income bracket to which you are assigned).

The evening will include cultural entertainment and a keynote address by Jim Morris, former director of the World Food Program. The program is hosted by the IUPUI Global Health Student Interest Group.

The event will be on Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Taylor Hall, room 115.  Questions? Contact brendan@sweeny.us or see www.iupui.edu/~ghsig.


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Arrow Sawaya to present Merritt Lecture

The IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health will host George Sawaya, MD, as the Ninth Annual Doris H. Merritt, MD Lecturer in Women’s Health.  Dr. Sawaya will speak about “Applying Best Evidence to Women’s Health: An Insider’s View of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force” on Tuesday, April 21.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with Dr. Sawaya’s lecture immediately following from noon to 1 p.m. in the IU Cancer Research Institute auditorium (R4 101).  Continuing education credit is available. All are welcome; RSVP is requested to Tina Darling at 317-278-2264 or tdarling@iupui.edu.

Dr. Sawaya will also lecture on “Cervical Cytology and HPV” at OB/GYN grand rounds on Tuesday, April 22, from 8:15- 9:15 a.m., also in the IU Cancer Research Institute auditorium.

Dr. Sawaya is associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences, and epidemiology and biostatistics, at the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine.  His research focuses on cervical cancer prevention including an objective take on the benefits and risks of HPV testing, liquid based cytology, and the HPV vaccine.  He recently rotated off the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and is very familiar with the evidence on a wide variety of screening tests.


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Arrow Biostatistics for Health Care Providers: A Short Course

On May 12, 13, and 14 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 1 pm - 5 pm), the Division of Biostatistics will offer a short course on basic concepts of statistical methods commonly encountered in health care literature. The course will be open to faculty, fellows, and residents, as well as other interested students and staff.  Enrollment will be limited to the first 30 registrants.

See www.biostat.iupui.edu/Teaching/ShortCourse/ for a detailed brochure and registration form.


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Arrow Atlanta-area contacts sought for BIO 2009 reception

The state of Indiana and IU will again be participating in the BIO International Conference, to be held May 18-21 this year in Atlanta, Ga. The State of Indiana Reception will be May 19 at the Georgia Aquarium, and officials are seeking information about physicians, researchers and others in the life sciences in the Atlanta area who have Indiana ties and ought to be invited.

If you know of someone who should be invited to the reception please send the information by April 1 to Sheryl Knighton-Schwandt, director of communications and special projects for the IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research, sks@indiana.edu or 812-856-0504.


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Arrow Recovery Act research news

Information from the National Institutes of Health and other sources related to Recovery Act research funding can be found on the Indiana CTSI website at https://www.indianactsi.org/. Recovery Act news is listed under “Announcements.” 


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Arrow Disability Awareness Month on Riley’s outreach agenda

Each March, Disability Awareness Month is celebrated throughout Indiana. With adults and children with disabilities representing nearly 19 percent of Indiana’s population, disability awareness is important for all of us.

Led by the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities (IN-GCPD), the goal of Disability Awareness Month is to increase awareness and promote independence, integration and inclusion of all people with disabilities. The Council develops a unique theme for this annual event and produces campaign materials.

Riley Child Development Center, a leader in research, education and assessment of neurodevelopmental disabilities, will head out into the community March 20 and provide a training titled, The Power of Words, to staff and volunteer teams from local organizations including  Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, The Children’s Museum, The Girls Scouts of Central Indiana, and After Youth Services, Inc.

This year’s campaign theme is “Disable the Label.” Additional information is available at indianadisabilityawareness.org.


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Arrow Irish students to intern at Riley

The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research and IUSM have signed an agreement with the University of Ulster, Coleraine campus in Northern Ireland, to permit bachelor of science honors students from the School of Biomedical Sciences at Ulster to spend a year in a research internship at the Riley Heart Research Center.

To explore more opportunities Anthony Firulli, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics,  and Simon Conway, PhD, professor of pediatrics, from the Riley Heart Research Center at the Wells Center, will visit Ireland in April and meet the first student participants. Plans call for two students to arrive in Indianapolis in August 2009 for the 2009-2010 academic year.


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Arrow AAMC award nominations open

Each year at its annual meeting, the Association of American Medical Colleges presents its major awards honoring individuals and programs making significant contributions to our community in the fields of medical education, research, and community service.

The AAMC is seeking nominations for the following major awards, all of which have a Friday, May 1, submission deadline: Abraham Flexner Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award, Award for Distinguished Research, David E. Rogers Award, Herbert W. Nickens Award, Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship, Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships, and the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service.

More information can be found at www.aamc.org/about/awards/start.htm.


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Arrow Grants and Awards: March 2009

-Grants and Awards


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Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 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, David Dinges, PhD, chief of the Division of Sleep and Chronobiology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, will talk about the recent study by the Institute of Medicine that has recommended more rest for medical residents.  Dr. Dinges led a study that recommends mandatory breaks and naps; changes that some feel would hinder the learning process.

Sound Medicine bioethist Eric Meslin, PhD, will discuss recent changes in U.S. health policy, including federal funding of embryonic stem cell research recently made by the Obama administration.

Ann Palmenberg, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular virology at the University of Wisconsin, will explain her work with the human cold genome and why she feels there will be no cure but will be better treatments for the common cold.

Doctor and nurse practitioner team Michael Buran, MD, and Stephanie Whittaker, MSN, CNS, from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, will discuss their new palliative care program and how it benefits patients and their families.

Sound Medicine will debut “Grace Notes,” a series of first-person essays about end-of-life issues written and read by Larry Cripe, MD, associate professor of medicine and oncologist at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere will explore smoking in movies and how kids are influenced.

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 http://www.soundmedicine.iu.edu.

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.


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Arrow Continuing Medical Education at your fingertips

The Continuing Medical Education office launched a new and improved website at cme.medicine.iu.edu. 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.

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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 kas1@iupui.edu.

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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 mhardin@iupui.edu
  • 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.

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