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May 29, 2009
Volume 13 Number 21 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Arrow Fink named Riley Hospital president and CEO

Daniel L. Fink has been named president and chief executive officer of Riley Hospital for Children. He has served as Riley’s chief operating officer since 2005, and also has served as interim president and CEO since Ora H. Pescovitz, MD, left Riley earlier this month to join the University of Michigan Health System as CEO.

As the nation’s sixth largest pediatric hospital, Riley Hospital, part of Clarian Health, is Indiana’s only comprehensive children’s hospital with pediatric specialists in every field of medicine and surgery. Riley has 249-staffed beds, as well as 99-staffed beds at Riley Hospital for Children at Methodist Hospital, and serves more than 225,000 inpatients and outpatients from across Indiana, the nation and the world.

As president and CEO, Mr. Fink will be responsible for implementing Riley Hospital’s five-point strategic plan; developing clinical programs; establishing and monitoring managerial performance benchmarks; cultivating a more robust statewide network of pediatric services; and overseeing completion of the Simon Family Tower – a 675,000 square-foot, 10-story inpatient tower that will increase access to Riley Hospital’s expert care, highlighting its role as the state’s preeminent pediatric care provider.



Arrow Call for submissions for 2009 Reflections

The sixth annual publication of IUSM Reflections will focus on experiences that mold one’s life. The deadline for submissions for Reflections: Who do I want to be? is Friday, June 26.

The publication, which is distributed to incoming students in the IU schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and public health, will look at the unique challenge health care professionals face in balancing the person they want to be with the person patients want. Stories and artwork that reflect who the author/artist hopes to become professionally and personally are welcome. Personal stories or anecdotes, poems, sage advice, photos and other artwork are appropriate for submission.

Stories may include…

  • how the field of health care has helped shape you into the person you are today.
  • an anecdote from a mentor or inspirational figure that has been helpful in guiding you to become who you want to be.
  • how the person you want to become has changed since you first entered the health-care field.
  • how you are able to (or hope to) balance who you want to be in your personal life with who you want to be in your professional life.

For more information, contact Angie Graves at 278-1762 or visit the IUSM - MECA office website at


Arrow Staff Council seeks award applications

The IUPUI Staff Council is accepting applications for the Nan Bohan Community Engagement Award and the IUPUI Carol D. Nathan Staff Council Scholarship.

The Bohan Award recipient will have demonstrated civic involvement through his roles at IUPUI. To apply or for more information, see The deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 30.

The Nathan Scholarship is presented annually to a full-time staff member at IUPUI pursuing a degree at the university.  To apply or for more information, see The deadline to apply is Wednesday, July 15.


Arrow Seminars for undergraduates interested in a career in medicine

Three summer seminars featuring speakers knowledgeable about navigating the path to become a physician will be offered again this summer.  These seminars and panel discussions are intended for college students who are working on the IUPUI campuses and are interested in a career in medicine.

All seminars will be in the Riley Outpatient Center, Ruth Lilly Learning Center, conference room A.  The series is free and participants are welcome to bring their lunch.  Each session begins at noon and ends by 1 p.m.  The schedule:

Tuesday, June 2 – Undergraduate Preparation for Medical School
                                    Karen A. Smartt, director of admissions                   

Thursday, June 4 – Financing Medical School
                                     Jose Espada, director of student financial services                       

Thursday, June 11 – Life as a Medical Student to A Career as a Physician Panel discussion

The series is sponsored by the School of Medicine Admissions Office.  For further information, call 274-3772.


Arrow Memory University to discuss Alzheimer disease

Memory University, hosted by the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center, will educate the IUPUI community and the public on aging and memory loss from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. June 4, 11, 18 and 25 in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and CME credit is available.

Topics and speakers at the Thursday presentations:

June 4 – Understand the Genetics of AD, Tatiana Foroud, PhD
June 11
– The Role of Neuroimaging in AD Research, Andrew Saykin, PhD
June 18
– Current and Promising Treatments, Ann Hake, MD
June 25
– Understanding Aging and Memory. Frederick Unverzagt, PhD

This program is free of charge but registration is required as space is limited.
Please call 274-4939 or email Rhoda Ludy at to register.


Arrow Weaver to receive Darnell Award at Medicine Grand Rounds

IU Geriatrics will present the Dr. Jeffrey C. Darnell Medical Student Geriatrics Achievement Award for 2009 to Chad H. Weaver, a May IUSM graduate interested in a career in dermatology and geriatrics. The award recognizes a medical student for outstanding service and leadership in the care of older adults.

The presentation will be made during the IU Department of Medicine Grand Rounds at noon Friday, June 5. The lecture, “Innovative Models of Providing and Coordinating Care for Older Australians,” will be presented by Steven Counsell, MD, director of IU Geriatrics, in the Wishard Hospital Myers Auditorium.

Dr. Weaver worked on multiple research projects from 2007 to the present with mentors in both geriatrics and dermatology including Drs. Jeffrey Travers, Stephen Wolverton, Margaret Gaffney and Douglas Miller. His projects involved a literature review of geriatric dermatology, a study of access to care for the elderly in dermatology, and a comparison of prices in topical medications over time.

In addition, Dr. Weaver assisted multiple elderly and homebound individuals with transportation to physician appointments, matched patients with social organizations to improve their well-being and aided multiple nursing homes in communication with Spanish-speaking patients.

Dr. Weaver plans to complete a residency in dermatology at the Mayo Clinic-Rochester and will be developing a special one-year fellowship to pursue his interest in geriatric dermatology through the Mayo Clinic.


Arrow EndNote X2, a Workshop on the Latest Changes

For training in EndNote X2 and Cite While You Write, the Getting Started with EndNote workshop is in the VanNuys Medical ScienceBuilding  computer lab (MS B016):  
Tuesday, June 9 – 10:30 – noon
Wednesday, July 22 – 2:30-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 25 – 2:30-4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 10 – 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 13 – 10:30 – noon
Tuesday, Nov. 10 – 10:30 – noon
Wednesday, Dec. 16 – 2:30 – 4 p.m.

•    Use EndNote X2, significant new features and a new look
•    Import citations: Ovid Medline and PubMed
•    Insert citations in a MS Word 2007 document—it now has a tab instead of a toolbar
•    Change style of references

To register or for answers to EndNote questions: Carole Gall – 274-1411,,  Doug Bartlow –  274-5077,, of the Indiana University School of Medicine Libraries.


Arrow Autism author to speak at June 12 conference

Paul Offit, MD, will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Conference on Health, Disability and the Law. The June 12 conference is hosted by the Riley Child Development Center and the IU School of Law. This year’s topic will be autism and early childhood vaccines.

Dr. Offit is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist. He is an internationally known expert on vaccines, immunology and virology, and is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, and director of the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Dr. Offit is also the author of the controversial book Autism’s False Prophets:  Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for the Cure.

Also presenting will be Lynn Sturm, PhD, and Gregory Zimet, PhD, from the IUSM Department of Pediatrics; Phyllis Lewis, RN, MSN, Indiana Department of Education; David Orentlicher, JD, MD, IU School of Law- Indianapolis; and Ross Silverman, JD, MPH, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

For additional information, call 274-8167 or email Patricia Hanneman at Information also is available on the center’s website at Continuing education credit is available.


Arrow McKeag reception planned

The IUSM campus is invited to a reception honoring Douglas B. McKeag, MD, on the occasion of his retirement as chair of the IU Department of Family Medicine. Dr. McKeag, who is the third chair of the department, is stepping down June 30 but will remain on faculty and continue to see patients.

The reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the Skyline club, OneAmerica Square, 36th floor. Remarks are planned for 7 p.m. RSVPs are requested by Monday, June 8, at 278-0300.


Arrow Traffic Alert for sports camps

The southbound lane of University Boulevard will be closed between New York and Ohio streets on weekdays from June 1 to July 31 from 6:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the IUPUI Sport Complex Summer Camps drop-off/pick-up.


Arrow Two IUSM offices leave Safeco

The IUSM Office of Compliance Services and the IUSM Office of Public and Media Relations are relocating from the Safeco Building, 550 N. Meridian.

Compliance Services moved May 27 to room 104 in the Union Building. Public and Media Relations is scheduled to move June 10 to Long Hospital, room 401. Phone numbers and personal email addresses will remain the same.


Arrow Ronald McDonald House fund-raiser

The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana will host a block party from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, with family entertainment including a yard sale, a band, sweets and grilled food, and of course, games and activities for children.  Don’t miss the chance to sink some of your favorite local celebrities in the dunk tank!

Admission is free and all proceeds from the yard sale and food and game tickets will benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana.

Those interested in volunteering or contributing items for the yard sale may contact Heidi Gorman at 267-0605 ext. 228 or  Volunteers need to register by Friday, May 29, and items for the yard sale need to be dropped off at Ronald McDonald House by Wednesday, June 21.


Arrow Book signing scheduled for Riley authors

The authors of Don't Swallow Your Gum!:Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health, Aaron Carroll, MD, and Rachel Vreeman, MD, both faculty at IUSM and Riley Hospital, will have two book signings in early June.

The first will be Tuesday, June 2, at 5 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in the IUPUI Campus Center. The second will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, at the Barnes & Noble, US 31 and Greyhound Plaza in Carmel.

Don't Swallow Your Gum! is published by St. Martin's Press.


Arrow Bepko Staff Council Award winners

Winners of the 2009 Gerald L. Bepko Staff Council Spirit Award:

  • Kim Lewis, Enrollment Services, Financial Aid
  • Peggy Trittipo, Program Administrative Assistant, Department of Pediatrics - Medical Education Office
  • Ann Wells, Lead Academic Advisor, School of Education
  • Wendy Wheeler, Coordinator of Community and Early Outreach, Office of Multicultural Outreach
The award winners will receive a $100 cash award from IUPUI Staff Council and will be recognized during the Chancellor’s Employee Recognition Convocation in the fall.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 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, Paul Winchester, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics at IUSM and a neonatologist at St. Frances Hospital in Indianapolis, will discuss his study that found birth defect rates tend to spike in children conceived during the spring and summer- the seasons when pesticides are most likely to be found in water supplies.

Audrey Krause, PhD, assistant professor of clinical psychology at the IU School of Medicine, will explain her work as counselor for transplant patients, evaluating their psychological readiness to undergo the rigors of waiting and receiving an organ transplant.

Andrew Levy, professor of English and director of the Writer’s Studio at Butler University, will discuss his personal history of dealing with migraines which is documented in his new book, A Brain Wider Than The Sky.

Sound Medicine essayist Eric Metcalf will deliver a new essay titled, “Associated Associations,” which takes a closer look at public interest and lobbying groups and their sometimes misleading names.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will focus on new moms and Internet addiction.

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 Clarian Health, the IU Medical Group and 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.