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February 13, 2009
Volume 13 Number 6 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Arrow Havlik to hold Harbaugh Professorship

Robert J. Havlik, MD, has been named the James Joseph Harbaugh Jr. Professor of Plastic Surgery, pending approval by the IU board of trustees.

This professorship was established in 2000 out of gratitude from Jim Harbaugh, a former quarterback with the Indianapolis Colts, for the medical treatment his son, Jimmy, received at Riley Hospital. The professorship is to be held by a member of the pediatric plastic surgery faculty.

Dr. Havlik joined the IUSM faculty in 1993. He is the director of pediatric plastic surgery at Riley Hospital and also is the director of the cleft and craniofacial surgery program. A professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Havlik serves as vice-chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery.

He received his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine and did residency training in general surgery and plastic surgery there. Fellowship training in hand and microvascular surgery and craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery was completed at Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.


Arrow Faculty Teaching Awards nomination deadline Feb. 20

For the 16th consecutive year, IUSM will recognize outstanding teaching by faculty with the IUSM Faculty Teaching Awards.  Two awards of $1,000 each will be presented at the Spring Faculty Meeting.

The award is given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in teaching (approximately five years of service). All IUSM full-time and part-time faculty and librarians within the statewide system for medical education are eligible.

Submit the names of faculty you would like to nominate for this prestigious award at by Friday, Feb. 20

Nomination of previous recipients of the Faculty Teaching Award or Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is discouraged. Serious consideration will be given not only to faculty who teach in the traditional lecture setting but also to faculty who excel as leaders of small groups.  Nomination of previous Trustee Teaching Award nominees and recipients is encouraged.

Nominees will be notified by the Dean’s Office for Medical Education and Curricular Affairs with an invitation to submit a dossier for consideration. 

In order to give the Committee on Faculty Teaching Awards time to consider nominees and make final selections, dossier materials should be submitted via ANGEL on or before March 20, 2009.

Additional information and submission criteria can be found at  Please direct any questions to Alison Loftus at or 317-278-1428.


Arrow Steering Committee hears from students for equitable access to products

The IUSM student group chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicine has presented a draft of its global access strategy to the IUSM Steering Committee. The strategy calls for university support for ensuring more equitable access to pharmaceutical and biomedical products whose research was led by a university.

There exist several avenues for achieving this goal including the adoption of technology licensing policies which result in reduced costs for low and middle income countries, said Paul Park MS IV, founder of the IUSM student group.  The presentation to the steering committee produced valuable discussion and concerns, which will be closely assessed in the months to come through collaborations with faculty, staff and students from a wide range of fields,  he said.

The presentation was made by Park and Carrie Rouse, MS III, Sara Till, MS II, and Matthew Turissini, MS 1.

For additional information about the IUSM chapter, see, or contact Park at, or Rouse at


Arrow Deadline for EOTA art submissions March 2

Evening of the Arts showcases the musical, artistic and dramatic talents of IUSM students, faculty and staff.  EOTA raises funds to support clinics providing free health-care services to the homeless and working poor of Indianapolis.

It’s not too late to participate in the 18th annual EOTA.  Individuals interested in submitting artwork for the silent art auction should contact Apoorva Chawla,, or Selyne Samuel,  Artwork can range from photography, paintings, sculptures, and jewelry, to virtually anything that can be imagined.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, March 2.
The 2009 EOTA will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School.


Arrow IUPUI's 40th Anniversary Online Cookbook

IUPUI’s 40th anniversary committee is launching IUPUI’s 40th Anniversary Online Cookbook. All members of the IUPUI family are invited to contribute favorite recipes, especially those that have been served at IUPUI events (e.g., Chili for Charity, University College holiday celebrations, etc.).


Arrow Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership series

Women have achieved significant accomplishments in medicine and science, yet comprise a relatively small proportion of faculty, especially at the highest ranks and positions of leadership. As a result, women faculty tend to have smaller professional networks than male colleagues and have fewer role models of success.

The Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership series is intended to create a forum where all faculty and students can learn about professional development through hearing the personal career journeys of successful women.  The guest speaker for these sessions will be interviewed in the presence of attendees about significant milestones in their personal and professional lives that have led to career success.  The sessions are open to all faculty and students, both men and women, and are sponsored by the IUSM Women’s Advisory Council and the Office for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

Please register for each luncheon at

Special guests:

Janice Blum, PhD, Chancellor’s Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, co-director of the Center for Immunobiology, and member of the Walther Oncology Center
Monday, Feb. 16, 11:45am – 1pm (lunch provided), Fairbanks Hall, room 5005

Virginia Caine, MD, director of the Marion County Health Department and associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases
Monday, March 16, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. (lunch provided), Fairbanks Hall, room 5005

Fairbanks Hall is on the People Mover route. Exit the People Mover at the canal stop, take the stairs up and turn right. Enter the Fairbanks building and take the elevator to the 5th floor.


Arrow IU presence at the Indiana Statehouse

Join students from across Indiana University to support higher education. The annual Hoosiers for Higher Education Day at the Indiana Statehouse is Tuesday, Feb. 17, from noon to 5 p.m.

Participants will have the chance to interact with Indiana University Faculty, meet their senator or representative, and have a free dinner at the Roof Ballroom. See

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, IUSM Day at the Statehouse will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.


Arrow Embracing Diversity: The Indiana Amish

Embracing Diversity:  The Indiana Amish, the first in a series of lectures exploring the influence of diverse belief systems on health-care delivery, will be presented during Pediatric Grand Rounds from 8 to 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18. Thomas J. Meyers, PhD, associate academic dean, director of international education and professor of sociology at Goshen College, will lecture in the Ruth Lilly Auditorium, lower level of the Riley Outpatient Center.


Arrow Women’s Health Noon Lecture

The IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health monthly noon lecture series continues at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the auditorium of the IU Cancer Research Institute (R4).

“Individualizing pharmacotherapy in pregnancy with pharmacogenetics” will be presented by David Haas, MD, assistant professor of OB/GYN.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  A first-come-first-served lunch is provided, and continuing education credit is available. For a complete list of this year’s lectures,  see and click on “2008-09 Noon Lecture Series.”

Questions?  Contact Tina Darling, associate director, at 278-2264 or


Arrow Come celebrate University College’s first decade

The first 10 years of IUPUI University College will be observed during a celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the IUPUI Taylor Hall, 815 W. Michigan Street. The IUPUI community is invited.

Dr. Eugene White, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Joseph T. Taylor, dean emeritus of the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts, will be remembered with the unveiling of a bust rendered by Casey Eskridge and with the presentation of  an original jazz composition by David Baker, Distinguished Professor of Music.

Joseph T. Taylor Hall is one of IUPUI's original buildings and is home to University College and the IUPUI Multicultural Center.

A reception will follow.


Arrow NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration

Registration is now being accepted for the 2009 NIH Regional Seminars on NIH Program Funding and Grants Administration.  These seminars are intended to help demystify the application and review process, clarify federal regulations and policies, and highlight current areas of special interest or concern.

Dates for this year are April 15-17 in Atlanta, and June 24-26 in Las Vegas. These seminars are held only twice a year. For more information, see


Arrow State Health advisory on peanut products

The Indiana State Department of Health is advising Hoosiers to check the growing list of products and brands associated with the expanded Peanut Corporation of America voluntary recall.

To access the FDA’s list, see or call 1-888-463-6332.

State health officials urge anyone who has consumed a product with peanuts or peanut butter and is experiencing the symptoms of salmonella (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps) to talk to their health-care provider.


Arrow AAMC seeks nominations for Nickens Awards

The AAMC is soliciting nominations for the annual Herbert W. Nickens Award, as well as nominations for the Nickens faculty fellowship and medical student scholarships. Nominations for all three awards must be received by Thursday, May 1.

The Herbert W. Nickens Award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to efforts that promote justice in medical education and provide equal health care for all Americans. The recipient will receive a $10,000 award and present the Nickens Lecture at the AAMC's 2009 Annual Meeting in Boston. Nominees may come from the fields of medicine, education, law, nursing, public health, or social sciences. 

The Herbert W. Nickens Faculty Fellowship recognizes an outstanding junior faculty member, committed to a career in academic medicine, who has demonstrated leadership in addressing inequities in medical education and health care. The fellowship recipient will receive a $15,000 grant to support his or her academic and professional activities over a two-year period.

The Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarships are awarded to five outstanding students entering their third year of medical school who have demonstrated leadership in addressing the educational, societal, and health care needs of minorities. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship.

Information: Juan Amador, AAMC Diversity Policy and Programs, 202-862-6149,, or go to


Arrow IUSM faculty, programs receive local awards

In March, two IUSM faculty members will be presented with Torchbearer Awards by the Indiana Commission for Women. Also in March, two long-time medical school leaders and two outstanding IUSM programs will be recognized as Health Care Heroes in a central Indiana competition sponsored by the Indiana Business Journal.

Receiving Torchbearer Awards are Margaret Blythe, MD, professor of pediatrics, and Mary Rouse, MD, associate professor of clinical pediatrics. The Indiana Commission for Women annually honors women from around the state who have overcome obstacles and made Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family. The Torchbearer Awards are the highest awards presented only to women by the state of Indiana.

Drs. Blythe and Rouse were nominated by the IUSM Women’s Advisory Council. 

Dr. Blythe will receive the Torchbearer Award in the health and medicine category for her work in advancing adolescent health care services. The Torchbearer Award is given to women who have made significant contributions to the state of Indiana, based on demonstrated achievement in the area of their professional careers, community leadership, and/or public service. 

Dr. Rouse will receive the Keeper of the Light Award for her work in developing eating disorders services.  The Keeper of the Light is awarded to an unsung heroine who has been an actively engaged citizen and who has quietly and persistently worked to better her community.  This award is given to a woman who has made a positive impact on her community but has not yet been recognized for her work.

The awards banquet will be held the evening of Tuesday, March 3.  More information is available at

Finalists in the 2009 Health Care Heroes Awards were announced last week. The winner in each category will be announced at the annual awards breakfast Wednesday, March 4. Finalists from IUSM are designated below in boldface type:

Community Achievement in Health Care
EMBRACE Program, Wishard Health Services
HealthNet Inc., Booker Thomas
Stephen Leapman, MD, and the IUSM Regional Medical Education Campuses

Advancements in Health Care
Aaron Cohen- Gadol MC, Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group/Methodist Hospital
John McIntyre, Ph.D., St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers
Anna Maria Storniolo, MD, and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank

Terry Horner MD, Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group
Richard Schreiner, MD, Riley Hospital for Children
Stephen D. Williams MD, IU Simon Cancer Center

Lisa Crane MSN, Clarian Health
Sandra Maher RN, Clarian Health
Kathy Redelman RN, Indianapolis Neurosurgical Group

John W. “Jack” Heiney, Community Health Network
Norm McCarty, Riley Hospital for Children
Manoj Rana, Wishard Health Services


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 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.

The Indiana Health Information Exchange recently submitted a proposal to the U.S. Senate urging expanded funding for health information technology infrastructure in the economic recovery package. Marc Overhage, MD, PhD, president and CEO of IHIE, will explain the plan to manage the overhaul of health IT systems.

Daily disposable contact lenses, introduced in the mid to late 1990s, were designed to dramatically reduce the risk of eye infections.  Clark Springs, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at IUSM, will discuss a new study that found these disposable lenses actually have not reduced the risk for infection.
Sound Medicine cohost David Crabb, MD, will discuss the controversy surrounding a recent study that found light drinking during pregnancy does not result in behavior problems in children.

Author Paul Roberts will discuss his new book, The End of Food, which explains why he believes that the current system for growing, producing and selling food can leave the U.S. vulnerable to an increasing number of food-borne illnesses.
In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere explores ways to prevent or treat common winter sports injuries.

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 the Lilly Center for Medical Science, Clarian Health, and IU Medical Group. Jeremy Shere's "Check-Up" is underwritten by 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.