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IUSM Scope

October 16, 2009
Volume 13 Number 41 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Arrow H1N1 vaccinations available

H1N1 influenza vaccinations will be offered to IUSM faculty, staff, students and residents Thursday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the atrium lobby of the VanNuys Medical Sciences Building.

Individuals should have their campus photo identification with them and be prepared to fill out a health form. Easy access to the upper arm will make the process go more quickly. The H1N1 shots are available to health care workers, which includes all medical students and faculty and staff who come in direct contact with patients or research subjects.

“We hope to vaccinate 2,000 individuals over the two days to reduce the incidence of H1N1 flu on campus and among our health care providers,” said Stephen W. Wintermeyer, MD, MPH, associate professor of clinical medicine and director of IUPUI Health Services.

Dr. Wintermeyer said the seasonal flu vaccinations will be available as soon as we receive more from the distributor.  Like many other health centers, IUPUI has only received a fraction of the seasonal flu shots ordered.

Please check the IUPUI Health Services website ( for further information about flu vaccinations.  The website is updated daily.


Arrow IU Student Outreach Clinic continues to grow

After a successful grand opening in August, the IU Student Outreach Clinic (IUSOC) continues to grow, providing free medical care to the needy on the east side of Indianapolis. The first and only student-run clinic in the state of Indiana, the IUSOC is proud to collaborate with the IU School of Dentistry, the Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the IU School of Medicine Department of Public Health to increase access to community health care.

The IUSOC is located at 3102 E. 10th Street, and is open most Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Since the grand opening, the IUSOC has enjoyed extensive participation of all classes of medical students, including the enthusiastic participation of the new first-year medical students, who, along with MS2s, assess and triage patients. These students then accompany the MS3 and MS4 students through the clinical encounter, including the history and physical, as well as the formulation and implementation of a plan of care for each patient.

The IUSOC also now has involvement of pre-medical students. These students manage patient check-in and filling out all requisite paperwork. This is a unique exposure to patient care in the context of a free student-run clinic that will hopefully encourage pre-medical students to continue to pursue a career in medicine.

In addition to weekly volunteers, the School of Medicine student community is supporting the IUSOC through student interest group participation in free health screenings and information sessions. The first will be the IUSM Dermatology Interest Group which will be perform free skin cancer screenings and provide information on skin health at the clinic on Oct. 31.

Additionally, the IUSOC has enjoyed the expertise of an ever-growing number of attending physicians, both from the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine, who volunteer their Saturdays to staff the clinic. Willing staff volunteers are essential to providing free, quality health care to those in need.

If you are a student or faculty member interested in volunteering at the IU Student Outreach Clinic, please email (students) or (faculty). You can also visit the website for more information,

The IUSOC is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Medical Service-Learning with financial support provided through the office of the associate dean of diversity affairs.  The OMSL promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences.  Visit for more information.


Arrow ESP: Employee Suggestion Program

Think it up.  Think it through.  Let it out.

Want to know more about the Employee Suggestion Program, being introduced by the IUSM Office of Administration, Operations and Finance? See Your innovative ideas for improving efficiencies within the school are needed.

Each quarter a different topic for suggestions will be introduced.  This quarter is “Efficiency Gains.”


Arrow CTSI HUB developers seek to team with researchers in HUB site development

The developers of the Indiana CTSI HUB web site are seeking researchers to work with the HUB team on several projects to further expand the capabilities of the CTSI HUB in such areas as private collaboration among scientists and private industry partnerships.

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute has received a federal economic stimulus program grant of $299,790 from the National Center for Research Resources at the NIH for several projects to develop the CTSI HUB web site.

According to Bill Barnett, director of information infrastructures for the Indiana CTSI , “The developers of the Indiana CTSI HUB are seeking researchers who need tools to collaborate privately with others online for file sharing, communications sharing, or other functions. We are seeking people who can provide requirements, examples of things they would like to do, or outcomes they would like to see.  We are also seeking researchers who would be willing to test our software as we develop it.”

Development plans include:

  • Building a private collaboration environment for multi-institutional teams that will allow groups to securely share files, communicate, and organize data they need to collaborate remotely, but that are not provided by university or commercial solutions.
  • Developing an industry partner matching tool for technology transfer, in partnership with the IU Research and Technology Corp. and BioCrossroads.  This tool will allow researchers or clinicians to discover the partner contacts within the broad array of companies who align with their particular specialty or discovery.

These tools will be built on top of an enhanced infrastructure that will provide federated identity services so that researcher across the state will be able to use their institutional logins to securely access and share resources on the CTSI HUB.

For more information contact Bill Barnett at


Arrow Call for proposals by American Cancer Society

The IU Simon Cancer Center seeks proposals for new pilot projects to assist new investigators who hold the rank of assistant professor, research assistant professor, or assistant scientist. These funds are from the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant.

This grant provides support for beginning investigators to enable them to initiate their independent research program. Funds are available for 4-5 pilot projects, beginning Jan. 1, 2010, in amounts up to $25,000. Special funds also are available for one pilot study in the amount of $30,000 within the special topic of cancer disparities focused on underserved populations.

The deadline for application submission for American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant pilot study funding is Monday, Nov. 23. Application guidelines and forms may be obtained from:

Elizabeth Parsons
Cancer Pavilion RT-455
Phone: 317-278-0078; Fax: 317-278-0074


Arrow Traffic, parking changes for Glick Eye Institute construction

Construction for the Glick Eye Institute, which will house the IU Department of Ophthalmology, will begin Monday, Oct. 26, but parking and traffic in the area will be changed with the installation of construction fencing Monday, Oct. 19.

Medical Drive, from Clinical Drive to West Drive, will close for the Glick Eye Institute construction. Traffic will be maintained on Medical Drive from Barnhill Drive to the intersection of Clinical Drive, then north to Fesler Hall.

Late in 2010, the entire “quad area” south and west of Long Hospital, west of the Clinical Building, south of Fesler Hall and south and east of Coleman Hall will close for reconstruction of a new  drive to service these buildings. This new road construction project should be complete sometime in March / April, 2011.

Signage will be installed to redirect vehicular and pedestrian traffic during these disruptions.


Arrow Fall Faculty Meeting now in reruns

The recording of the 2009 Fall Faculty Meeting has been archived and can be viewed at


Arrow Health care reform debate

Students, staff and faculty are invited to attend a forum on health care reform in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 406, from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. Presenters will be John Willey, public affairs for Wellpoint Inc., and Chris Stack, MD, from the Marion Co. Health Dept.  Pro and con viewpoints will be presented and time will be reserved for questions from the audience. The event is sponsored by the IUPUI Rotaract Club.



Arrow NIH director to visit, speak at IUSM

Trevor K. Archer, PhD, principal investigator and director of the Laboratory for Molecular Carcinogenesis at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, will be the special guest at a “Postdoc Coffee and Conversation” gathering from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at the Daly Center, room 185.

Dr. Archer will present “Steroid Receptors: Remodeling Chromatin for Transcription” at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Walther Hall (RIII) room 203.

The seminar is hosted by the IUSM Harper Scholars Program, the departments of cellular and integrative physiology and microbiology and immunology and the IU Center for Environmental Health.

To RSVP for Monday’s event, see


Arrow Primary Care Providers: Early detection and treatment of alcohol abuse

Primary-care providers will learn the importance of early recognition of harmful drinking in their patients, as well as screening and intervention techniques and current treatment medications, in a new workshop led by faculty at IUSM and promoted by Drug Free Marion County.

“Update on the Identification and Treatment of Alcohol Abuse for Primary Care” will be Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to noon in the LaRue Carter Auditorium, 2601 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis.

Renowned researcher T-K Li, MD will open the workshop by sharing insights and developments through a session entitled “What alcohol epidemiology has taught us about alcohol abuse across the lifespan.” Dr. Li is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at IUSM and director emeritus of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Cost for the program is $50 for physicians and $25 for nurses and other health-care providers. Residents-in-training may attend free of charge. Interested persons may apply online at through Friday, Oct. 16. After that date, attendees are asked to register at the door.

For more information, contact the IUSM Division of Continuing Medical Education at 888-615-8013.


Arrow Cutting Edge Lecture Series continues

The community is invited to attend the IUPUI Cutting Edge Lecture Series. The series of outstanding lectures is designed to promote thinking and discussion across disciplinary boundaries, which by title and content encourages attendance and interactions among faculty, staff and students from across the campus as well as people in the community.

The next lecture in the series is “A Clean Mouth for a Healthy Body” presented by
Michael Kowolik, BDS, PhD, associate dean for graduate education in the IU School of  Dentistry.  It will be Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lilly Auditorium University Library.



Arrow Poynter Center lecture

The Poynter Center Healthcare Ethics Seminar for Thursday, Oct. 22, is entitled “Medical Interventions on Children for Nonmedical Reasons: How Far May Parents Go?” The presentation will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, 618 East Third Street, Bloomington. The speaker will be Robert Crouch, research assistant at the Poynter Center.


Arrow Community Benefits Symposium

"The Future of Community Benefits: From Health Promotions to Healthy Communities"
will be presented from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450C. The speaker will be Julie Trocchio, Continuing Care Ministries, Catholic Health Association.

Contact Carsandra Knight at 274-1912 for more information.

The Hall Center for Law and Health and the Consortium for Health Policy, Law, and Bioethics are co-sponsoring the IUPUI Community Benefits Symposia. To register, see


Arrow Call for abstracts and save the date - Neuroscience Program

The Indianapolis Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience will host a full-day program on Friday, Oct 30.  Breakfast will start at 8:30 a.m., talks will begin at 9, lunch will be provided (with the $5 admission/membership fee), and the afternoon will include poster sessions. 

The featured speaker at 11 a.m. will be Karen Szumlinski, PhD, from the University of California at Santa Barbara, presenting “Homer proteins: Critical regulators of addiction-relevant neuroplasticity.”

The deadline for poster abstracts is Friday, Oct 23rd.  Submit abstracts to:

Abstract Guidelines (these are the same as for the regular SfN meeting): the body of your abstract should be no more than 2,300 characters, including punctuation (not spaces).

The program will be in the Walther Hall (RIII) second floor atrium and auditorium.
The lab group discussions will be moderated by:

  • Dr. George V. Rebec, professor of psychology and director of the preclinical neuropsychopharmacology laboratory at IU Bloomington
  • Drs. Charley R. Goodlett and Feng C. Zhou, professors of psychology and anatomy, cell biology and neurobiology, IUPUI/IUSM
  • Dr. Gerry S. Oxford, professor of pharmacology and toxicology and executive director of the Stark Neurosciences and Research Institute, IUSM



Arrow Epigenetics expert to speak at IUSM-Evansville’s 2009 Corcoran Lectures

IU School of Medicine-Evansville sponsors the annual Patrick J.V. and Margaret B. Corcoran Lecture in memory of its founding director, Patrick J.V. Corcoran, MD, and his wife, Margaret B. Corcoran, a nurse. The 2009 speaker at the Corcoran lectures will be biologist Randy Jirtle, Ph.D., featured on the PBS Nova program, “Epigenetics.”

The recipient of the first Epigenetic Medicine Award in 2008, Dr. Jirtle is director of the Laboratory of Epigenetics and Imprinting at Duke University and is a professor of radiation oncology at the school's medical center. His groundbreaking research with agouti mice has revealed that a mother's diet during pregnancy can influence gene expression in her offspring by altering the epigenome.

“Epigenetics in Human Health and Disease” will be Dr. Jirtle’s topic at the 11:30 a.m. invitational luncheon and lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Carter Hall, University of Southern Indiana campus.

He will address “Epigenetics: The Ghost in Your Genes’ at a free public lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium, Health Professions Center,  University of Southern Indiana, the host campus of the IUSM-Evansville regional campus.

Questions about the programs: contact IUSM-Evansville at 812-464-1831.


Arrow ‘Poems from the Dissection Lab’ focus of Lafayette program

"Cadaver, Speak: Poems from the Dissection Lab" by Marianne Borouch.  A reading by students from the IU School of Medicine - Lafayette and the Purdue Master’s in Fine Art Creative Writing Program. This free event will be in Matthews Hall auditorium, room 210, on the Purdue campus, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. A reception will follow.

The event is sponsored by Purdue's Office of the Provost, Faculty Fellowship for Study in a Second Discipline. If you would like more information or directions, contact Jayne Rayman, 765-496-1190 or


Arrow O’Malley to present Beering Lecture Oct. 28

The 2009 Steven C. Beering Award recipient is Bert W. O’Malley, MD, who is the Thomas C. Thompson Professor and chairman, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and director of the Baylor Center for Reproductive Biology in Houston.

His research group has made fundamental discoveries in characterizing the intracellular mechanisms by which steroid hormones exert their actions through nuclear receptors. He will present “Pathways of Steroid Hormone Action” to the graduate, first- and second-year medical students at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Emerson Hall Auditorium.

His topic for the Beering Award lecture will be “Nuclear Receptor Coactivators: Mechanisms and Medical Relevance" at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium. CME credit will be available for this lecture.

A reception will follow the Beering Lecture.


Arrow Health Care Town Hall at IUPUI

On Monday, Nov.  2, the IUPUI student organization Democracy Plaza will host a Health Care Town Hall for students. Several IUPUI professors who have done academic research concerning the topic, along with other actively involved panelists, will discuss their experiences concerning the health-care reform. The open forum and Q&A session will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 409. Lunch will be provided. Questions may be directed to


Arrow Academy of Teaching Scholars: Power Up Your Pedagogy

How can you effectively use technology to empower your teaching, both in the face-to-face classroom and online? Attend the Power Up Your Pedagogy symposium and see how your colleagues integrate technology into their classes.

During the symposium you will also discuss strategies on how you can bring these new learning tools to your courses and create a personal plan on incorporating technology to further your course goals and objectives. Symposium session topics will include integrating social networking, video, mobile devices, ePublishing, Zotero, and ethical practices in online learning.

The symposium will be Friday, Nov. 6, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the ICTC Building, located at 535 W. Michigan St. More information about the ICTC building is available at:

Want to attend the symposium in person but cannot? Symposium sessions will be broadcast live and also recorded using Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro. You may register to attend either in person or online at:


Arrow Research Faculty Development Seminar: Mentoring Graduate Students and Postdocs

For one's laboratory to be productive, you have to be an effective mentor: whether it is as a colleague or coach/motivator, different styles of mentoring will be presented and discussed, and how it is different for a graduate student as opposed to a postdoctoral fellow. In the end, one needs to find his/her own style. This seminar will be held on Monday, Nov. 9, from noon-1:30 p.m., in the VanNuys Medical Sciences Building, room 326.

Individuals who cannot attend the session in person may watch online by registering first and then sending an email to

Dr. Randy Brutkiewicz, assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development and professor of microbiology and immunology, will lead the presentation. The Research Faculty Development seminars are designed to help research faculty on the tenure-track, as well as research associates, be successful in the laboratory and as members of IUSM.



Arrow How to motivate students – Academy of Teaching Scholars workshop

Academy of Teaching Scholars will offer “Exploring the Complexities of Motivating Students in the College Classroom,” an online instructional workshop, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. 

The goal of the session is to provide the participants with strategies for promoting motivation in the college classroom. The session will include an overview of theories of motivation and the implications of these theories for teaching and learning. Specific questions we will address include: How does the classroom context influence students' achievement goals? What strategies can instructors use to increase learning and engagement in the classroom? How can we help students to care about more than just getting a good grade? Presented by Anastasia S. Morrone, associate professor, IUPUI School of Education and associate dean, Learning Technologies, Office of the Vice President for IT.

Instructions for accessing this online course will be sent to all registrants prior to the program. Questions?


Arrow Gender bias on faculty search committees

“It Depends on the Lens: Unconscious Gender Bias on Faculty Search Committees” will explore an area not often discussed.

IUSM chairs, directors and division heads are strongly encouraged to send their faculty to this important program. Every participant will learn something that will increase their effectiveness as a search committee member.

This is an interactive seminar lead by professionals from Cornell University. The seminar will feature a recorded performance by the Cornell Interactive Theater Ensemble (CITE). In a scenario depicting a fictional faculty search committee meeting, CITE actors will portray five faculty members in the midst of a discussion that will reveal the implicit, unconscious biases that can affect the search process. After the performance, two of the actors from the performance will answer questions from the audience while in character. Finally, research on gender bias will be presented.

Individuals should plan to attend only one session on Tuesday, Nov. 17, Riley Outpatient Center auditorium. Morning session: 9  to 11:30 a.m. Encore session: 1:30 to 4 p.m. Due to the nature of this program, online viewing is not available. Questions?


Arrow Indiana Public Health Foundation award winner

In last week’s issue of Scope, Valerie Smith-Gamble, MD, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, was inadvertently omitted from the story of recipients of the Oct. 8 Indiana Public Health Foundation Awards.

Dr. Smith-Gamble a recipient of the Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award in the Geriatrics and Gerontology Category for “distinguished and exceptional leadership in Alzheimer’s epidemiology and care of Hoosiers.”


Arrow NIH restructured application forms

Clarification on timing and page limits for restructured NIH application forms and instructions that are required for due dates on or after Jan. 25 (NOT-OD-10-002)can be found at


Arrow OFAPD program manager applications sought

IUSM seeks applicants for a program manager for the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

The IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has responsibility for four major areas: faculty development, faculty affairs, advancement of women, and diversity affairs. 

The program manager will 1) collaborate with OFAPD faculty and staff and other campus colleagues in developing and implementing meetings, workshops, task groups, and other OFAPD activities, 2) explore, through literature reviews, networking, and action research, innovative ways of thinking about and conducting faculty development, diversity initiatives, and programs for the advancement of women, 3) coordinate statewide faculty development programs to prepare for the expansion of clinical training to regional centers, 4) assist with the creation and maintenance of a metrics system to measure the quality and impact of faculty development programs, 5) assist with the dissemination of OFAPD work through national presentations and publications, as well as by preparing internal documents and reports for campus colleagues 6) manage the OFAPD budget, 7) assist with the procurement of intra- and extramural funds to support program development and 8) perform other duties as assigned.  Responsibilities also include supervision of the web/instructional technology specialist and an administrative assistant.  This position reports to the Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.  A masters degree is required, as is at least five years of related experience in such areas as higher education program planning, program evaluation, faculty development, and diversity affairs.  Strong organizational skills are needed along with excellent written and oral communication skills.

The successful candidate will be committed to IUSM's goal of inclusiveness and have a demonstrated history of working successfully with persons of all races, genders, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, and religions.  Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Send a letter of application indicating specific interest in this work and highlighting relevant credentials, along with a current curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and the names and contact information of three references.  All materials should be sent electronically to Deborah K. Cowley, Director of Academic Administration, at  Applications will be reviewed as received beginning Nov. 1.

Indiana University is an EEO/AA employer, M/F/D.


Arrow 2010 MMIA application deadline approaches

Time is running out to turn in applications for the 2010 Molecular Medicine in Action program at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children.

In its 11th year, the program offers 50 Indiana high-school students the opportunity on March 7-8 to work alongside some of the nation’s top researchers in the labs of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

An online application is available at with a deadline of Friday, Oct. 30.


Arrow Help fight cancer through ACS prevention study

The third Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3) of the American Cancer Society will be enrolling participants at the American Cancer Society Central Indiana Area Service Center in Indianapolis in November.

Individuals who choose to participate will complete a comprehensive questionnaire packet, provide physical measurements including waist, blood pressure, heart rate, height, and weight, as well as a small blood sample. After enrollment, study participants will be followed over time to update information via mailed questionnaires every few years.

Your involvement in CPS-3 will help American Cancer Society researchers understand the causes of, and ultimately determine ways to prevent cancer.

To be eligible, participants must be between the ages of 30 to  65 years and never have been diagnosed with cancer.

To schedule an appointment to enroll in this study, call 1-877-217-4138 or visit or e-mail to learn more about the difference you can make in the fight against cancer.

Questions?  Contact Jane Ambro,, 962-3659, or Jane Berby-Todd,, 962-6597.


Arrow Legacy Project to plant trees

Fall planting time is here! Join other members of the IUPUI community for the Legacy Project tree planting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the IUPUI welcome sign at West and Michigan streets. Brunch will follow. Children are welcome to participate.


Arrow The Bucket game – IUSM alumni tailgate party

The challenge is set and “the Bucket” is on the line… The IUSM Alumni Association, IUSM-Lafayette and IUSM-Bloomington will host a School of Medicine alumni tailgate party at the upcoming Purdue/IU football game on Saturday, Nov. 21 in Bloomington.

Join Dean Craig Brater, his wife Stephanie, Assistant Dean Gordon Coppoc (IUSM-Lafayette director), and his wife Harriett to celebrate this historic Big 10 rivalry.  The tailgate begins at 10 a.m. at the DeVault Alumni Center in Bloomington with a tentative kickoff at noon.  (If game time changes, times will adjust accordingly.  Tailgate will begin two hours before kickoff.)

Cost is $10 for members of the IUAA and IUSM students, $15 for nonmembers, and $5 for children 12 and under.  If you need tickets for the football game, visit or 1-888-IUSPORTS.  For more information and to purchase your tailgate tickets, visit


Arrow Fundraiser for Riley will be a ball

Zoe's Bone Marrow Buddies, a foundation created in honor of transplant patient Zoe Schultz, will host the organization’s first annual Masquerade Ball at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Irsay Pavillion, 1303 W. 116 Street. See for more info.
Zoe's Bone Marrow Buddies was created to raise support, education and money for the stem cell unit at Riley Hospital.


Arrow Honors

Margaret “Maggie” Blythe, MD, a professor of pediatrics and adjunct professor of gynecology, was recently awarded the “Founders of Adolescent Health Award for Community Leadership Award” by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Dr. Blythe founded and serves as the medical director of the Teen Health and Wellness Program of Wishard Hospital. She has established a network of adolescent services which are computer-linked, connecting seven community clinics, eight  school-based clinics, and a 24 hour /7 day a week clinic at the Juvenile Detention Center that serves teens and their families. Dr. Blythe has also been instrumental in the training of hundreds of pediatric and Med/Peds residents in the course of the development of this program.

Steven R. Counsell, MD has been named a 2009-2010 Health and Aging Policy Fellow. The program is a unique opportunity for professionals in health and aging to receive the experience and skills necessary to make a positive contribution to the development and implementation of health policies that affect older Americans. The fellowship is a collaboration with the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program and made possible by the support of The Atlantic Philanthropies. Dr. Counsell’s fellowship is in the non-residential track which will focus on the completion of a specific health policy project with placement opportunities tailored to his individual policy interests and background. He plans to focus on policy related to improving care coordination in frail elders at both the state and national

Stephen M. Downs, MD, MS, associate professor of pediatrics and a Regenstrief Institute affiliated scientist, will receive the Byron B. Oberst Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics at its Oct. 17- 20 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Each year, the Oberst Award recognizes a pediatrician who has made outstanding contributions to the use of health information technology in pediatrics. Dr. Downs is director of Children’s Health Services Research.

Gerardo Gomez, MD is the recipient of the 2009 Healthcare Provider Award at the George H. Rawls, M.D. Scholarship Fund Endowment Dinner on Oct. 15.  Dr. Gomez is chief of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Emergency Surgical Services at Wishard and director of the IU/Wishard Level I Trauma Center. In addition to his trauma duties, Dr. Gomez serves as medical director of the IU Surgical Weight Management Center at Wishard. Dr. Gomez was honored for his dedication throughout his career teaching and training future physicians.

Robanne Hibbard, MD, is the 2009 recipient of the Indiana State Medical Association’s Dr. Kathleen Galbraith Legacy Leadership Award for significant contributions to address endangerment and violence. Dr. Hibbard is the director of the Child Protection Program at Riley Hospital.  Dr. Hibbard serves in a number of leadership levels at the state and national levels.  She is the chair of the state Child Fatality Review Team and serves on the Governor’s Commission on Abused and Neglected Children and their Families. On the national level, she  has had many leadership roles including serving as the program committee chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Child Abuse and Neglect, co-editor of an AAP sponsored newsletter on Child Abuse and being on the Helfer Society (Child Abuse Physicians) program committee. 

Christopher J. McDougle, MD, Albert E. Sterne Professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, was presented with the annual Frank J. Menolascino Award for Psychiatric Services for Person with Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities by the American Psychiatric Association on Oct. 8in New York City.  The award is given to honor an American Psychiatric Association member who has made significant contributions to psychiatric services for persons with mental retardation through direct clinical services and/or dissemination of knowledge in this field through teaching or research.

Michael V. Ney, a major in the Indiana Guard Reserve was appointed brigade commander of the Indiana Guard Reserve’s Support Command unit on Sept. 20.  He will oversee and direct the medical, military police and other support functions of that unit. Major Ney was formerly the adjutant of the Support Command unit.  He is the director of academic support and facilities in the Department of Surgery at IUSM.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.20, to Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM) in Indianapolis. The program is hosted by Barb Lewis.

James Ford, MD, associate professor of medicine, genetics and pediatrics at the Stanford School of Medicine, will discuss how PARP (Poly ADP-ribose polymerase) inhibitors destroy cancer tumors and how the research could benefit breast cancer patients.

Stephen Schwartz, PhD, MPH, an epidemiologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, will discuss his current study that looks at links between marijuana use and testicular cancer.

2009 Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, will explain her work with telomeres and the role they play in the aging process.

Sound Medicine reporter Colleen Iudice will profile a man who considers his HIV-positive status a chronic conditions more than a deadly disease.

Kathleen Vohs, associate professor of marketing at the Carlson School of Management, will explain her study of how thinking about money affects how we experience pain and social rejection.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore women with sperm allergies.

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
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  • 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.