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IUSM Scope

July 24, 2009
Volume 13 Number 29 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Arrow New web site posts Indiana Clinic facts

You may have heard about Indiana Clinic, but you may not be clear about what exactly it is, how it relates to Clarian Health or how it will benefit patients.

To clear up those questions, Indiana Clinic has launched an informational Web site for employees – The site is designed to provide information as well as a forum for staff to ask questions and get answers. The site is accessible to anyone on the IUPUI or Clarian (downtown, West and North) campuses, and is available off-campus using an IU or Clarian VPN.

Briefly, Indiana Clinic, developed jointly by IUSM and Clarian Health, is the new multi-specialty physician group that comprises IU School of Medicine faculty, physicians employed by Clarian Health and some private physician groups.

To find out more about the growing enterprise, visit and look around. The site contains background on why Indiana Clinic was developed, biographies of clinic leaders, benefit information for new Indiana Clinic employees, and a “Water Cooler” section that uncovers the facts vs. fiction behind things you may have heard.

Also, you can submit questions of your own. If you have questions, has answers.


Arrow Wishard ambulances first to add electronic medical records

Starting this month Wishard Health Services' fleet of 25 ambulances will be the first emergency medical services (EMS) agency to be equipped with new electronic medical record technology that will allow paramedics and emergency medical technicians the ability to obtain vital patient health history by accessing their hospital medical records. This technology, the first of its kind in the world and developed by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute in collaboration with IUSM, the Wishard Ambulance Service and MedUSA Corporation, will link both the Regenstrief Medical Records System (RMRS) and the Indy Patient Care Records (PCR) database.

For the complete story, see


Arrow Curriculum Council Steering Committee seeks to fill two positions

The Curriculum Council Steering Committee seeks to fill two vacancies.  IUSM is entering a very exciting time in its history with school expansion and changes in the medical school curriculum at the forefront.  The CCSC plays a key role in the development, implementation and longitudinal management of the curriculum.

The recent departure of two committee members has left vacancies to be filled by individuals with a strong interest in curricular issues.  It is expected that all members of the CCSC will attend (in person or via Polycom) and participate in the scheduled meetings.  The CCSC meets twice monthly, a four-hour meeting (12-4 p.m. EST) on the second Monday of each month and a two hour meeting ( 12-2 p.m. EST) on the last Friday of each month. 

If you are interested or you know someone particularly well suited for filling these slots, please forward your name or name of the person you wish to nominate to Kelly Davies,, by Friday, Aug. 7.


Arrow Problem-solving competency director needed

Mary Johnson, PhD, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology and the current IUSM problem solving competency director, has accepted a position in the Dean’s office at Florida State University.  We wish Dr. Johnson well in her new role.

The IUSM Curriculum Council seeks a director for the problem solving competency.

The primary objective of this position is to facilitate the teaching, assessment, development and documentation of students’ competence in the area of problem solving. The director will work closely with course and clerkship directors, faculty from all IUSM Centers for Medical Education, students, competency directors and the Dean's Office for Medical Education and Curricular Affairs.

This will includes chairing the Competency 8 – Problem Solving Team; reviewing and assigning competency grades; improving and assessing the problem-solving portion of the competency curriculum; managing the statewide Script Concordance Test and reviewing competency-related course management materials in the Database of Competency Curriculum (DoCC) for use by faculty and students.  The competency director also works with IUSM educators in developing and implementing a new integrated competency-based curriculum for all four years of medical school.

Candidates must have interest and experience in medical education and/or methods of adult education and have a written commitment from their department chairman to protect a minimum of 20 percent FTE for this educational administrative role. The Dean’s Office will provide $20,000 to the competency director’s department/unit annually to help pay for his/her time.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, a CV and a letter of support from their department chairman that specifically addresses the candidate's protected time for the position to the Dean’s Office for Medical Education and Curricular Affairs, EF 200, 274-4556, or

Applications should be received no later than Friday, July 31. Electronic applications are encouraged. Additional information about the competency curriculum can be found at


Arrow Save the dates for Beering Lecturer

The 2009 Steven C. Beering Award recipient,  Bert O’Malley, MD, of the Baylor College of Medicine, will be on the IU Medical Center campus Oct. 27 and 28 to receive his award and present two lectures.

Dr. O’Malley is the Thomas C. Thompson Distinguished Service Professor of molecular and cellular biology and director of the Baylor Center for Reproductive Biology. His research group has made fundamental discoveries in characterizing the intracellular mechanisms by which steroid hormones exert their actions through nuclear receptors.

Dr. O’ Malley will present a lecture to the graduate and medical students at 9a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in the Emerson Hall auditorium, and the Beering Award lecture at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

For more information, contact Iona Sewell or Simon Rhodes.


Arrow Calling all artists

The second annual IUSM Art Exhibition will again be on display in conjunction with the 2009 annual IUSM and Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Scientific Poster Session.

The exhibit of literary and visual artwork will be on display in the Medical Science Building atrium Sept. 16. A second opportunity to exhibit artwork will take place in the Art Gallery at the IUPUI Campus Center from Nov. 3-21. Participates in the IUSM Art Exhibition are automatically invited to showcase their artwork to the campus at the November exhibit.

The deadline for submitting artwork is Sunday, Aug. 23. Detailed information and the form for submissions are available at


Arrow Annual IUSM-CTSI Scientific Poster Session deadline approaches

The 2009 annual IUSM and Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Scientific Poster Session and the second annual IUSM Art Exhibition will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

The Scientific Session is designed to highlight current research efforts within the school and to foster interdisciplinary research. The Art Exhibition will showcase the artistic expressions of faculty, staff and students and will include visual and literary works.

The poster session will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (set-up at 10:30 a.m.) in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium.  Faculty, fellows and students are invited to submit abstracts at The submission deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 25. Lunch will be provided for presenters (up to 2 per poster) during the poster session.

Three awards, sponsored by the Indiana CTSI, will be given to the top posters in three categories:  “Best Student submission” ($1,000 cash award), “Best Clinical submission” ($1,000 travel award) and “Best Basic Science submission” ($1,000 travel award). Please note that only one poster per primary investigator will be permitted.

In the past, the Scientific Poster Session typically is combined with the Dean’s Grand Rounds.  However, this year will simply feature the Poster Session, which will again be paired with the Dean’s Grand Rounds in successive years.


Arrow Music Perception and Cognition Conference at Campus Center

Two IUPUI faculty members, Tonya Bergeson-Dana, PhD (Department of Otolaryngology, IU School of Medicine) and Debra Burns, PhD (Department of Music and Arts Technology, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology) will host the 2009 biennial conference of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition at the IUPUI Campus Center, Aug. 3-6.

The mission of this society is to further scientific and scholarly understanding of music from a broad range of disciplines, including music theory, psychology, psychophysics, linguistics, neurophysiology, computing, and engineering. Scientists and educators representing the United States, as well as Canada, Japan, Denmark, and Australia, will present new and innovative research in the area of music perception and cognition.

IUPUI was chosen to host this year’s conference based on the high-level, multi-disciplinary research and teaching on music perception and music-based therapeutic interventions on the campus.

The conference will also provide an opportunity to create collaborations between basic, clinical, and translational scientists. The study of music perception and cognition has lead to increased understanding of the neural structures involved in memory, perception, and emotion. Researchers can use this understanding to develop theoretically-derived therapeutic interventions for individuals suffering from progressive neurological diseases, traumatic brain disorders, and developmental delays.

Registration for this conference is open to the public. To register for this conference, or for additional information, see


Arrow Free screenings available at the Allstate 400

Free oral, head and neck cancer screenings will be available at Allstate 400 at the Brickyard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26.

The screenings, conducted by volunteers from the IU Simon Cancer Center, the IUSM Department of Otolaryngology and the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, will be conducted
in the display lot on the east side of the Hall of Fame Museum at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The screenings are quick and painless and involve a physical examination of the mouth, facial area and neck for abnormalities.


Arrow Komen Tissue Bank collecting samples Aug. 8

Although Hispanic women tend to develop breast cancer less than Caucasian women, it is usually more aggressive and advanced when they do develop it. That difference is one puzzle that researchers with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center hope to address by encouraging women, especially Hispanic women, to donate a breast tissue and blood sample.

The cancer center’s Komen Tissue Bank is collecting breast tissue and blood samples from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Hematology Clinic and Women's Center (second floor) in the new patient building of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, 1030 W. Michigan St.

To register, visit or contact Pat Mitchum at 274-2366 or  Donors must have a confirmed appointment time.

By collecting samples from women with and without breast cancer, researchers will be able to determine the differences between these populations, which could lead to a better understanding of the disease.  Samples taken from women without the disease are especially helpful because there are few collections of so-called "normal" specimens.  The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center will ultimately give researchers valuable and unprecedented research data.


Arrow State Fair volunteers needed

IUSM and Clarian Health are partnering this year at the State Fair and are seeking volunteers during the August 7-21 session.  Students, residents, faculty and staff are invited to volunteer in the Clarian Healthy Lifestyles Pavilion for the two weeks of the fair.

Volunteer opportunities for shifts from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; 11:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. include:

General Hospitality
On-line Health Assessment
Riley Kid Zone
Volunteer Health Screener -- cholesterol and blood pressure only.  Shifts are from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To volunteer, fill out the preliminary form to access the Clarian Volunteer Sign up site. You will receive an email from Brittany DeWitt letting you know when you’ve been given access to select the volunteer activity and time of your choice. Select the category that fits your affiliation – faculty, staff, medical student or resident. See


Arrow IUSM and IU night at Symphony on the Prairie

Join colleagues and friends at A Night on the Prairie with the School of Medicine and other Central Indiana IU alumni – Classical Mystery Tour at Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Road, on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 6 to 10 p.m. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.

Imagine The Beatles playing classic favorites such as "Yesterday," "Penny Lane," and "I Am the Walrus" live and in concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Imagine yourself sipping your favorite beverage while enjoying the critically acclaimed Classical Mystery Tour as they present some 30 Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written with a live trumpet section, acoustic guitar, and string quartet. Save the date and plan on joining Central Indiana alumni for a night on the Prairie Aug.1. Bring your favorite beverage, snacks, and folding chairs.

$16 for IUAA members, faculty, staff, students, and house staff; $20 for non-members; $45 for one ticket and a one-year IUAA membership; $11 for Children 2 - 11 (Under 2 free).

For more information, contact Michael Halliburton at 274-5060 or 866-267-3104 or To register and purchase your tickets, visit


Arrow Raku ceramics on display in Medical Library

The ceramic artwork of Martin Friedman, COO for clinical affairs in the Department of Medicine, is now on exhibit in the display case near the entrance of the Medical Library. The pieces on display were created in 2007, 2008 and 2009 by Dr. Friedman during evening adult education classes at the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple in the ancient Japanese ceramic technique of raku.

Dr. Friedman’s ceramics will be on display through the end of summer.

Earlier blown glass artwork created by Jeffrey Rothenberg, MD, medical director of the Coleman Center for Women, was on display in the Medical Library display case.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 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, Rachel Vreeman, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at IUSM, will discuss the vaccinations highly recommended by pediatricians before the start of the school year.

Douglas Rex, MD, director of endoscopy and a Distinguished Professor at IUSM, will discuss several recent studies on the most effective way to conduct a colonoscopy.
Sound Medicine’s Colleen Iudice will present an audio portrait of a day in the life of a sex education teacher.

David Kessler, MD, professor of pediatrics, epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California-San Francisco and former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will discuss his new book, The End of Overeating, where he explains why Americans overeat and what we can do to stop the cycle.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore “phantom fat,” where someone has lost weight and their heads have not caught up with their new body.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine as well as other helpful information can be found at

Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health, IU Medical Group and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Primary care segments are underwritten by Wishard Health Services.


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.