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October 23, 2009
Volume 13 Number 42 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IUSM-Fort Wayne dedicated new home

The Medical Education and Research Building of the Indiana University School of Medicine – Fort Wayne will be dedicated Friday, Oct. 30.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. A reception will follow in the new Medical Education and Research Building, 2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard.

Construction on the more than 41,000-square-foot building began in 2007, following the appropriation of $12 million from the State of Indiana to IU for the structure.  The building was finished and furnished earlier this year.  It features state-of-the-art lecture halls and laboratories for first through fourth year med school students, allied health students, and faculty research.

Two conference rooms provide space for meetings, seminars and videoconferencing capabilities for maintaining contact with other regional campuses and the IUSM central campus at IUPUI.

Participating in the ceremony will be the members of the Trustees of Indiana University and Purdue University, IU President Michael A. McRobbie, Purdue University President France A. Córdova, IPFW Chancellor Michael A. Wartell, IUSM Dean D. Craig Brater, MD, and IUSM-Fort Wayne Director Fen-Lei Chang, MD.


Arrow 25th Beering Award to be presented to O’Malley 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.

Dr. O’Malley 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.

A complete list of the Beering Award recipients can be found at Four of the Beering Award winners also are recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. They are:

  • Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, a molecular biologist, received a 2009 Nobel Prize and the 2003 Beering Award.  
  • Harold E. Varmus, MD, former director of the NIH and a genetics researcher, received the 1989 Nobel Prize and the 1997 Beering Award
  • Edwin G. Krebs, MD, a pharmacologist, and Edmond H. Fischer, PhD, a biochemist, jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in 1992 and the 1991 Beering Award
  • Alfred G. Gilman, MD, PhD, a molecular neuropharmacologist, was a 1994 Nobel prize winner and a 1990 Beering Award  recipient.         



Arrow Wishard Hospital referendum voting sites

Wishard Hospital is seeking voter approval to build a new hospital on the IUPUI campus through a referendum on the Nov. 3 election ballot for Marion County residents. 

Early voting is now underway at the Marion County Clerk’s Office, located in room W-122 of the City-County Building. The office is open for referendum voting Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Three satellite offices will be open from Saturday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 1, including one near campus at the HealthPlex, 860 W. 10th Street. The satellite sites will be open from 11 to 5 weekends and 11 to 7 p.m. weekdays.

An information meeting will be conducted by Wishard Health Services from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 409.

It is important to vote your conscience on this issue. IU publicly supports Wishard’s new hospital owing to its importance in filling the health-care needs of the underserved in our community and because it is a valuable teaching venue for our students and residents.  More information on the referendum and the university’s position is in the IUPUI Chancellor’s Newsletter at has additional information.

For locations and times of early in-person voting locations, see


Arrow Walther Hall dedication now online

The Oct. 8 Joseph E. Walther Hall dedication ceremony video is active and can be viewed at


Arrow IUSM seeks Basic Clinical Skills Competency Director

IUSM seeks a faculty member interested in teaching, assessing and developing students’ competence in the area of basic clinical skills. Basic clinical skills include, but are not limited to, performance of medical histories, physical exams, basic medical procedures, and interpretation of lab test results. Our current basic clinical skills competency director, Butch Humbert, MD, associate professor for clinical emergency medicine, will assume responsibility for directing the problem solving competency. An interested faculty member is sought to step into this open position.

The director will work closely with course, clerkship and competency directors, faculty from all IUSM Centers for Medical Education, students, and the Dean's Office for Medical Education and Curricular Affairs. This position includes chairing the Competency 2 – Basic Clinical Skills Competency Team; reviewing and assigning competency grades; improving and assessing the basic clinical skills portion of the competency curriculum; managing the Clinical Encounters Real Time Tracking System (CERTTS) program 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, (317) 274-4556, or

Applications should be received no later than Friday, Nov. 6. Electronic applications are encouraged. Additional information about the competency curriculum can be found at


Arrow H1N1 vaccination schedule subject to change

H1N1 vaccine supplies remain very limited in Marion County.  IUPUI Health Services is working closely with the local health department to obtain H1N1 vaccine for the IUSM and IUPUI community.

Please refer to the IUPUI Health Services website ( for the most up-to-date information.


Arrow IUSM - Creative Art Therapy

IUSM – Creative Art Therapy (CAT), sponsored by the Office of Medical Service-Learning (OMSL), is a student organization that focuses on using the arts to enrich the lives of both medical students and the patient populations they will serve. 

The CAT goals are to familiarize future physicians with the role of the arts and humanities in healing and to gain experience working with diverse patient populations and practice incorporating the arts and humanities as an adjunct in healing. As these students grow and learn how therapeutic art can be in their lives, they hope to extend their service to clients and patients at local organizations such as the Julian Center, Larue Carter Hospital and the Damien Center.

There have been a number of activities and noon presentations since the CAT inception last spring. These activities have included a painting workshop in April, a play day at the Indianapolis Art Center in October, and a surgical pumpkin carving party in October.

Lunchtime discussions have included an Introduction to Art Therapy in September with Joani Rothenberg and a physician-artist panel in October featuring Dr. Jeff Rothenberg, OB/GYN, a glassblower; Dr. Ann Moriarty, pathology, a metal sculptor; Dr. Lee McHenry, gastroenterologist, a woodworker; and Dr. Irwin Labin, cardiology, a metal/wood sculptor. A journaling course open to all MS1 students is currently being piloted as part of an Introduction to Clinical Medicine-1 course.  

Future events include a noon discussion on Nov. 12 (subject to be announced). On Nov. 19, medical students will join nursing students in a program arranged by Dr. Jeff Rothenberg with the Indianapolis Museum of Art that will focus on building teamwork between these disciplines. In addition, the CAT will focus on outreach to the local organizations that may benefit from art therapy. Additional noon talks and activities will be scheduled throughout the coming year.  

The CAT group has two co-presidents--(Katy Dickerson (MS3) and Brian Ciampa (MS3)—who are supported by a wonderful board of student directors:
Director of Outreach- Kathleen Williamson (MS3)
Director of Education- Suzie Field (MS3)
Director of Programming- Jean Martin (MS3)
Director of Membership-Jonathan Warus (MS2)
Director of Business- Mink Wungwattana (MS2)

The CAT is growing by leaps and bounds and plans to forge even more great partnerships with the wonderful artistic community here in Indianapolis. Many thanks are due the CAT faculty mentors--Jeff Rothenberg, MD, and his wife Joani Rothenberg (certified art therapist)—who have provided outstanding support.

The OMSL promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences. Visit for more information.


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 “The Constructed Journey: Fine Art Photography and Video”
presented by Linda Adele Goodine from the Herron School of Art and Design.
It will be Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lilly Auditorium University Library.



Arrow Healthy activities hosted by POWER

The Power for a Healthier Tomorrow Celebration, hosted by the Riley Hospital for Children Pediatric OverWeight Education and Research (POWER) program will be Saturday, Oct. 24.
The free celebration will include a non-competitive 5K walk and other activities promoting a healthy lifestyle. Events begin at 10 a.m. at The Fitness Farm, 2345 W. 44th Street. 


Arrow FEED: Giving effective feedback

On Oct. 28, Jeanette Shorey II, MD, will conduct a Faculty Enrichment and Education Development (FEED) workshop. Dr. Shorey is associate dean of Continuing Medical Education and Faculty Affairs at the College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Shorey’s workshop, “Giving Effective Feedback: How to Master This Critical Skill” will be from 5 to 7 p.m. in Fairbanks Hall, rooms 1110/1112. Dinner will be provided. Registration for this workshop is encouraged at Individuals who wish to watch this session via Polycom should register and then email for access instructions.

This activity has been approved for AMA/PRA category 1 credit by the IUSM Division of Continuing Medical Education and is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. Questions may be referred to


Arrow Annual Health and Benefits Fair

The IUPUI Health and Benefits Fair will be Friday, Oct. 30, in the Campus Center, room 307. Questions pertaining to open enrollment for benefits will be answered.

The deadline for submitting open enrollment forms is Friday, Nov. 13.

In conjunction with the IUPUI Health and Benefits Fair, Aaron Carroll, MD, and Rachel Vreeman, MD, authors of Don't Swallow Your Gum! will discuss their book and some of the myths they busted such as "chewing gum stays in your stomach for seven years." Does eating at night make you fat? Find out by attending their presentation at the Campus Center, Room 148 from 11 to 11:50 a.m. on Oct. 30. A book signing will be held after the session in the gathering area just outside Barnes and Noble.

For more information, see


Arrow FACET nominations for teaching excellence

The Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) seeks nominations of outstanding teaching faculty from each campus for the class of 2010. The nomination of faculty members at all ranks, including clinical faculty, librarians and faculty members from the professional schools is encouraged.

For more information and to find the deadline for specific campuses and other contact information, see


Arrow PubMed users can export automatically to EndNote X2

Both Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox can be used on Windows/Vista and Macintosh platforms to automatically export references from PubMed to EndNote X2. The key is in the browser setup. Internet Explorer 7 requires an adjustment to its default settings, which is not available in Internet Explorer version 6 and older.  Firefox 3.0.14 and above is already configured.

For the steps to configure Internet Explorer and do the automatic export of references from PubMed to EndNote X2, see the IUSM Library news blog For more help, contact IUSM librarians Sue London, Carole Gall or the director of educational technology, Osman Gurdal


Arrow Responding to Patient and Family Questions

Clarian Health is now restricting visitors to its downtown hospitals – Methodist Hospital, Indiana University Hospital (including IU Simon Cancer Center) and Riley Hospital for Children. This means that only two essential adult visitors per patient are allowed in the hospital. 

This temporary restriction is in response to increasing cases of 2009 H1N1 in our community and is in cooperation with the county-wide hospital visitor restriction recently announced by the Marion County Health Department. Clarian and other Indianapolis-area hospitals are adhering to the department’s guidelines. 

A Q&A to help employees address questions from visitors can be found at


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.27, 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.

This week, Douglas Webb, MD, an epidemiologist and director of Infection Control at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, will discuss hospital response to the H1N1 flu virus outbreak.

Tom Delbanco, MD, professor of general medicine and primary care at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, will explain his recent study where he allows patients to read notes placed in their medical records by their doctors.

Sound Medicine reporter Colleen Iudice will profile an African-American woman who is HIV-positive.

Sound Medicine co-host Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, executive associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development and associate chair of family medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, will discuss reactions to the most common answers of the Rorschach Inkblot Test being posted on Wikipedia by a doctor.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore the acai berry.

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

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  • 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)

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