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June 5, 2009
Volume 13 Number 22 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Rausch arrives at IUSM to lead diversity affairs

George Rausch, EdD, who was named associate dean for diversity affairs earlier this year, has begun his new duties. He will be responsible for providing leadership and administrative direction in diversity affairs for IUSM students, residents, fellows and faculty.  He has a joint appointment as an associate professor of clinical family medicine. His office is on the sixth floor of Fairbanks Hall.

Most recently, Dr. Rausch was associate dean of multicultural affairs at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He founded that office in 1996 and has implemented numerous programs to increase diversity in the health professions. He also served as director of the Multicultural Initiative for New Doctors (MIND) program and was an assistant professor in the school’s Department of Community and Family Medicine where he was active in curriculum development.

Dr. Rausch has spent the past 34 years involved in medical education.  Before moving to St. Louis in July of 1996, Dr. Rausch spent 20 years at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center as founder and director of the Science Education and Enrichment Kaleidoscope (SEEK) Program.

Dr. Rausch has been instrumental in the lives of hundreds of students who are currently practicing as physicians or other health professionals, as well as individuals who are at various stages of the educational pipeline.  One of the accomplishments Dr. Rausch is most proud of the graduation of 122 students of color from Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine during the 13-year history of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (1996 – 2009); as compared to 30 graduates from underrepresented backgrounds during the first 160 years of that medical school.  The 122 graduates represent a 95 percent successful graduation rate.

Dr. Rausch is a founding member of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators.

He received his doctoral degree at the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and a bachelor’s degree from Western State College in Gunnison, Colo.

Dr. Rausch and wife, Velois, formerly the director of Student Support Services in the School of Medicine at Saint Louis University, will reside on the northeast side of Indy. Combined they have 45 years of experience in medical education.



Arrow IUSM Industry Relations Policy

Hardly a day goes by without hearing something about conflict of interest (COI). As you undoubtedly know, many if not most schools have redesigned their COI policy to be even more transparent than in the past. Students are watching closely and have a rating system and we do not rate very well.

For a number of months, a group has been tasked with revising our own COI policy and, in addition, with working with the Indiana Clinic, Clarian and Wishard to make certain that one policy applies in all venues and that information is shared across all of them.

To read the policy, you may access it online.

D. Craig Brater, MD
Dean, IUSM


Arrow IUSM faculty invited to join translational research society

Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, director of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, announced that all IUSM faculty members are invited to join the newly established Society for Clinical and Translational Science, which was founded by the institutions that have received Clinical and Translational Science Awards from the National Institutes of Health.

Members of the society will receive its journal CTS: Clinical and Translational Science, discounts for the annual meetings, access to science network tools and other benefits.

As a founding institution of the society, IUSM can provide an unlimited number of memberships to its faculty. To join, go to the following web site:

For more information, the Society’s web site is at


Arrow FEED presents "Evaluating Learners: Best Practice"

The next session of FEED will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, in rooms 1110 and 1112, Fairbanks Hall, 340 W. 10th Street. Drs. Megan Palmer and Abigail Klemsz and Krystal Ardayfio will moderate this interactive workshop entitled “Evaluating Learners: Best Practice” on how best to give meaningful feedback and evaluations to students.

The workshop will include resources that will be helpful to faculty as well as plenty of time for discussion. Dinner will be provided. Free parking in the main Fairbanks lot will be available.

Register at:

Questions: Marsha Quarles:


Arrow Seminar for undergrads looking at medical career

The final summer seminar in the series about navigating the path to become a physician will be offered Thursday, June 11, from noon to 1 p.m., in the Riley Outpatient Center, Ruth Lilly Learning Center, conference room A.  The series is free and participants are welcome to bring their lunch.

Thursday’s seminar is a panel discussion on “Life as a Medical Student to A Career as a Physician.” The series is sponsored by the School of Medicine Admissions Office.  For further information, call 274-3772.


Arrow Free beginning PowerPoint class

MS PowerPoint is a presentation software program that is a part of the Microsoft Office package.  Almost everyone has seen or made a PowerPoint slide show but few know the principles of doing it right.

In a “hands on” environment, this class will get a beginning PowerPoint user on the right path to producing effective slide shows using the tools in MS PowerPoint 2007.

We will also cover basic design principles, and the use of colors and animations to create a show that will grab your audiences attention.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend this free workshop on this important presentation project.

Classes will be held in VanNuys Medical Science building, room 016A, and are on

Tuesday, June 16, 9-10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 14, 1-2:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 13, 3-4:30 p.m.
To register contact Doug Bartlow at


Arrow Ball Garden free concerts

Mark your calendar for free summer concerts in Ball Gardens, which is located north of Ball Residence Hall and east of the Union Building.

The following concerts will be from noon-12:45 p.m.:

Tuesday, June 16 John Vander Gheynst Jazz Quintet
Thursday, July 16 IUPUI Steel Pan Ensemble
Tuesday, Aug.  4 John Alvarado, Classical Guitar
Tuesday, Sept. 8 
The Chatham Arch String Quartet
Thursday, Sept.  17 IUPUI Chamber Ensemble

Rain Location: Riley Outpatient Center atrium

All of these concerts are free, kid-friendly, and open to the public. They are hosted by the IU Foundation and the Purdue University Department of Music and Arts Technology


Arrow State Health Commissioner to present final Women’s Health Lecture

After more than a decade of bringing women’s health continuing education to faculty and staff at IUPUI, the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health will discontinue the lecture series at noon Tuesday, June 23, with a special guest speaker.

Indiana State Health Commissioner Judy Monroe, MD, will present “Third World Statistics in the USA: What Keeps the Health Commissioner Awake at Night.” Dr. Monroe is also president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Health Accreditation Board.

The lecture is free and open to the public but reservations are requested.  Lunch is provided, as is continuing education credit.  The location is the auditorium of the IU Cancer Research Institute (R4).

To RSVP, contact Tina Darling, associate director, at 278-2264 or

The Center of Excellence will continue to offer lectures to the community as part of OB/GYN Grand Rounds, Mini-Medical School, and CME programs at IUPUI and other sites throughout the state.

Please watch the CoE website at for program updates.


Arrow Save the date: Resident, fellows career reception

The second annual Resident and Fellowships Career Reception, sponsored by IUSM and Clarian Physician Recruitment, will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, in the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

The reception will provide an opportunity to explore fellowship and employment opportunities with IUSM, Clarian Health, and the Indiana Clinic.

For information, contact Khalisha Brooks at 962-0380 or


Arrow Academy of Teaching Scholars event

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Academy of Teaching Scholars and the medical education simulation center kick-off event will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24. The keynote speaker will be Richard Gunderman, MD, MPH, PhD.

Teaching is a core mission of the school and the majority of faculty are involved in one or more aspects of this mission. Come to this event and engage with your colleagues and Dr. Gunderman about the importance of teaching and how to develop as an educator.

During this event an overview of the IUSM Academy of Teaching Scholars will be provided as will opportunity to become part of the academy. The IUSM academy consists of three tiers and this event marks the launch of tier one. The mission of tier one of the academy is to provide all faculty the fundamentals of teaching and learning. A series of workshops will be designed to offer instruction in the following areas:

  • Technology in Teaching
  • Assessment of Learners
  • Learning Theory
  • Instructional Methods
  • Curriculum Development
The kick-off event will also provide opportunity for faculty to tour the new simulation center. Questions?


Arrow $1 Mondays at Caribou Coffee

TGIM at Caribou Coffee. Every Monday until the end of June, stop by Caribou Coffee in the Campus Center or Walther Research III and get a medium Coffee of the Day for only $1. Also, take advantage of the other Monday special offer – get a pound of the Caribou Blend Whole Beans for only $8.99. Happy Monday.


Arrow Farmers' Market at Wishard

Each Tuesday from May 12 until September 1, local farmers will be at the Farmers’ Market at Wishard to sell fresh fruits and vegetables. The market will be set up around the perimeter of the Wellness Gardens behind the Bryce Building (behind the pathway that leads from the Primary Care Center to the Main Entrance) from 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A variety of seasonal fruits and veggies will be available for purchase. Questions? Please call 630-7374.


Arrow Health facility administrator internship

The Indiana Health Care Foundation offers a Health Facility Administrators Ethnic Minority AIT Program – a six-month paid internship. The deadline for applying is Wednesday, June 17. See for an application and additional information.


Arrow Indiana Public Health Awards seek nominations

The Indiana Public Health Foundation Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2009 Tony and Mary Hulman Health achievement Awards in the fields of environmental health, geriatrics and gerontology, and preventive medicine and public health, as well as the Lifetime Award for Distinguished Service in Years of Health Advancement.

For additional information or a nomination form, see  The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, July 15.


Arrow Agostino to lead IU School of Medicine Alumni Association

Michael A. Agostino, MD, was named president of the Indiana University of Medicine Alumni Association at the recent medical school annual reunion. Dr. Agostino, a native of South Bend, Ind., is a 1985 graduate of Notre Dame and a 1989 graduate of the IU School of Medicine. He completed a residency in otolaryngology at the IU medical center in 1993.

He recently joined the IU School of Medicine faculty as a clinical assistant professor of otolaryngology. Previously, Dr. Agostino practiced with Otorhinolaryngology, Inc., in South Bend.

Dr. Agostino's particular clinical interests include pediatric otolaryngology, nasal valve reconstruction, and sinus surgery with research interests in improving otolaryngology education for residents and correcting nasal valve deformities for patients with nasal obstructions. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology, a member of the Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Agostino also serves as president of the Indiana Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.

Other officers on the board of directors are: Robert Paul, MD, treasurer, Indianapolis; Gary Beck, MD, executive council representative, Evansville; Terry Brown, MD, president-elect, Jasper; and Robert Forste Jr., MD, immediate past-president, Columbus.


Arrow Cornetta named president of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy

Kenneth Cornetta, MD, was named president of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy for 2009-20101 at the society’s annual meeting May 27-30 in San Diego, Calif. Dr. Cornetta is Joe C. Christian Professor and chairman of the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and director of the IU Vector Productions Facility.

The American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (formerly the American Society of Gene Therapy) is a non-profit medical, scientific and professional organization devoted to the research and development of genetic therapies to treat or prevent disease.

Dr. Cornetta also is co-founder and member of the scientific advisory board at Rimedion Inc., and Indianapolis-based gene therapy drug development firm.


Arrow Honors

Howard J. Edenberg, PhD, Chancellor’s Professor and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Medical and Molecular Genetics, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Researcher Award for 2009 from the Research Society on Alcoholism. The award will be presented at the 2009 annual meeting in June, where he will present a plenary lecture on his research.   


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 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, Wesley Burks, MD, chief of pediatric allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center, will discuss his research into finding a way to reduce the number of peanut allergies in children. Ultimately, he hopes his research leads to a cure.

Nick Grahame, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will explain his research on impulsivity and alcoholism which focuses on whether alcoholism causes impulsivity or if impulsivity causes alcoholism.

Sound Medicine ethicist Eric Meslin, PhD, and  Ken Goodman, PhD, co-director of the ethics program at the University of Miami, will discuss the bioethical challenges of ensuring electronic medical records are kept secure.

In this week’s Sound Medicine "Checkup," Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore if the brain is better at deciphering pictures or words.

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)

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