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October 1, 2010
Volume 14 Number 39 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Above the Fold

Student Showcase

Indiana University News

Faculty Development & News

Events & Lectures

News to Use

Grants & Funding

Opportunities

Kudos

Around Campus

Traffic Updates

At Your Fingertips


Above the Fold

Arrow Family Medicine to expand residency program

A $1.9 million federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration will enable the Department of Family Medicine to expand its residency program to the Lafayette, area with the goal of increasing the number of family physicians training and practicing in rural and urban underserved areas of west central Indiana.

The program currently accepts 10 doctors annually for additional training as family physicians. The grant will enable the program to add two new residency slots in collaboration with Clarian Arnett Health, St. Elizabeth Regional Health and Riggs Community Health Center in Lafayette.

The grant for the IU Methodist Family Medicine Residency program was funded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The expansion will be effective in July 2011.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.

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Arrow Register for the 2010 Kenya Gala

 The 2010 Kenya Gala Celebration and Reunion will begin at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Downtown Indianapolis Marriott. This event is held once every three years to celebrate the work of the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) in western Kenya.

The 2010 Kenya Gala will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the partnership between Indiana University and Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. Over the past two decades, this partnership has created the most successful program in sub-Saharan Africa to combat HIV/AIDS. AMPATH continues to build on this success by providing primary care, chronic disease management and many other programs that support the overall health of the Kenyan people.

All are welcome to attend to celebrate the program and learn more about AMPATH's work in western Kenya. Participants are asked to register early, as seating is limited.

For more information or to register, visit www.kenyagala.org.

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Student Showcase

Arrow Ceremony to celebrate honor society inductees

Thirty-one IUSM fourth-year students will be formally inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society during a dinner and ceremony on Friday, Oct. 15, at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 123 Louisiana St.

IUSM faculty, staff and their guests are invited to attend the induction dinner and ceremony. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. immediately followed by the guest speaker, Alfredo Lopez-Yunez, MD, director of Alivio Medical Center, and ending with the induction ceremony. Tickets are $37 each. To make reservations, call 278-1762 or email meca@iupui.edu by Friday, Oct. 8.

Members of the class of 2011 to be inducted during this year’s ceremony are Geoffrey Aaron, Kristen Bendinger, Andrew Bishop, Elizabeth Brauchla, Hannah Choe, Henry Chou, Celanie Christensen, Kathryn Dickerson, Caitlin Dugdale, Luke Ernstberger, Ann Esquivel, Andrea Freeman, Tiffany Good, Meagan Hainlen, Christine Heumann, David Isaacs, Shreyas Joshi, Meaghan Kuczora, Yue-Hin Loke, Katherine MacDonald, Jean Martin, Melinda McKnight, Tim Mercer, Komal Sawlani, Zafar Sayed, Nirav Shah, Jordan Swensson, Josh Tierney, Megan Uhl, Kimbre Vogel and Gregory Zahn. See student photos at scope.medicine.iu.edu/files/2010GHHSInductees.pdf.

The IUSM chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society was established to formally recognize medical students who demonstrate exemplary behavior that promotes humanism in medicine. Approximately 10 percent of the graduating class was selected through a process including peer and faculty nomination followed by a review of each student’s required essays, clerkship comments and record of community service.

More information at humanism-in-medicine.org.

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Arrow Medical Spanish lunchtime sessions

Medical Spanish, a project sponsored by the IUSM Office of Medical Service-Learning, has scheduled lunch sessions Thursday, Oct. 14, and Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building, room B14.

These lunchtime sessions will allow Spanish speakers of all levels to develop their listening and speaking skills in an informal and non-threatening setting. Generally a small amount of instruction is followed by ample time to practice speaking Spanish with others. Lunch talks give doctors and healthcare workers an opportunity to share about their experiences working with the Hispanic community (and may be presented in Spanish). A typical session is attended by 20 or more students.

Two additional lunch sessions are scheduled this semester on Thursday, Nov. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Daly Center, room 185. Spring semester events will include four-week Spanish courses for medical students in both June and July. These course will be offered to a nominal fee. More information on this program will be available next spring.

The student volunteer co-chairs are MS2 students Tyler Babbitt, Peter Carey, Molly Clark, Stephen Frantz and Juan Carlos Venis.

For more information, visit omsl.medicine.iu.edu.

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Indiana University News

Arrow State of the University address online

IU President Michael McRobbie’s 2010 State of the University address is available online.

Dr. McRobbie, who recently began his fourth year as IU president, presented a speech entitled, “The Prinicpals of Excellence,” outlining progress made over the past year on several university initiatives, as well as future directions in a number of key areas.

For a complete transcript, visit www.indiana.edu/~pres/vision/state-of-university/index.shtml.

To watch on video, see broadcast.iu.edu/ceremon/sou2010/index.html.

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Faculty Development & News

Arrow Mock interview volunteers needed

The Medical Student Affairs Office is seeking faculty and house staff volunteers who are familiar with the residency interviewing process to provide mock interviews for fourth-year medical students to help them prepare for residency interviews. This will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19.

About 10 faculty or residents are needed for each date; volunteers must commit at least two hours during which they will conduct 20-minute interviews, each followed by an individual critique of the student's performance. The interviews will be held at the Simulation Center in Fairbanks Hall.

After faculty interview schedules have been confirmed, fourth-year medical students will be asked to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. These students' residency application materials, along with transcripts, will be forwarded to faculty interviewers for review prior to the interviews.

Faculty members from all disciplines are needed, but no guarantees can be made that volunteers will be matched to students interested in their specialty.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Carlene Webb-Burton at 274-7173 or cwebbbur@iupui.edu.

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Events & Lectures

Arrow Academy of Teaching Scholars - October offerings

The Academy of Teaching Scholars will offer presentations on a diverse range of topics in October. Sessions include:

  • Using Mid-semester Feedback: noon to 1 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4. This online session fulfills the Curriculum competency.
  • What the Best College Teachers Do: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 7, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 405. This session fulfills the Instructional Strategies competency.
  • Assessing Students in a Clinical Setting: 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 11, in Fairbanks Hall, room 5005. This session fulfills the Assessment competency.
  • Deliver Engaging Lectures with Clickers Instructional Technology: 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Oct. 12, in University Library, room 1125M. This session fulfills the Instructional Technology competency.
  • Getting Started with Instructional Podcasting: 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, in University Library, room 1125M. This session fulfills the Instructional Technology competency.
  • Tweeting in Support of Learning Instructional Technology: 2 to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 27. This online session fulfills the Instructional Technology competency.

For more information to register, visit faculty.medicine.iu.edu/events.asp.

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Arrow Improving patient medication adherence

The IU Institute for Advanced Study and the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program at IUPUI will present a Branigin Lecture by Wendy Everett, ScD, president of the New England Health Care Institute. Her lecture, “Thinking Outside the Pillbox: Improving Patient Medication Adherence,” will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Dr. Everett will discuss why many patients fail to take medication prescribed by their doctors, as well as solutions to this problem identified by NEHI. One-third to one-half of all patients do not take medications, for reasons including forgetfulness and a lack of symptoms from the conditions for which they’re prescribed. This poor adherence negatively impacts outcomes and drives up health care costs.

This event is free and open to everyone. To register, contact Rebecca Cervenka at 278-1669 or rcervenk@iupui.edu.

For more information, visit scope.medicine.iu.edu/files/EverettLecture.pdf.

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Arrow The Ethics of X-Ray Vision — Oct. 6

The Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series will present “Ethics of X-Ray Vision” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 6, in the Petticrew Auditorium at Methodist Hospital.

The speaker will be Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, vice chair of radiology and professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts and philanthropy. Fairbanks Ethics Lectures are free, open to all and do not require pre-registration. Free CME/CE will be offered, regardless of institutional affiliation. Lunch will not be provided, but participants are welcome bring a lunch.

This lecture is sponsored by the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics. For more information, visit www.fairbankscenter.org.

Questions to Amy Chamness at 962-1721 or achamnes@clarian.org.

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Arrow Free prostate cancer screenings

IU Simon Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society are teaming up to promote early detection of prostate cancer through free screenings from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6., in the Urology Clinic, room 340, of the Indiana Cancer Pavilion.

Participants will have a small amount of blood drawn for a test that can detect prostate cancer in its early stages. They will also receive a digital rectal exam from professional urologist. Together these tests offer the most effective screening for prostate cancer. Each screening should take less than 15 minutes. Current guidelines suggest most men should begin testing for prostate cancer at age 50.

Screenings are limited to the first 100 appointments scheduled. To sign up, call 274-6988.

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Arrow Bain to present on successful teaching practices

Ken Bain, PhD, professor of history, vice provost for learning and director of the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair University, will present “What the Best College Teachers Do” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 405.

This interactive workshop will explore and use findings from a 15-year inquiry into the practices and insights of highly successful teachers who’ve helped their students achieve remarkable learning results. Dr. Bain is author of What the Best College Teachers Do, winner of the 2004 Virginia and Warren Stone Prize for an outstanding book on education and society.

Register at faculty.medicine.iu.edu/events.asp.

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Arrow Latino community health literacy panel

A panel of medical professionals will lead a discussion on health literacy in the Latino community from noon to 12:45 p.m Thursday, Oct. 7, in the Myers Auditorium at Wishard Memorial Hospital. This event is part of bi-national health week and Partnership: Mexico events at IUPUI.

Panel presentation participants will include Drs. Richard Jackson, David Chavarria and Lisa Staten. “A Taste of Latino Cuisine” will follow the panel discussion.

This event is coordinated by the IUPUI Mexico Interest Group, the IU School of Liberal Arts, Wishard Health Services Multicultural Affairs, the Wishard Diversity Advocacy Council, the IUPUI BiNational/Cross-cultural Health Enhancement Center and the Mexican Consulate.

For more information, contact Gloria Berlanga King, EdD, director of Multicultural Affairs - Hispanic Health Resources for Wishard Health Services, at 639-6671.

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Arrow Writing workshop for life science researchers

The Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication will host a scientific writing workshop for life sciences researchers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in the Riley Outpatient Center conference room.

This workshop is aimed at international researchers seeking to improve their writing for publication. Christine Feak of the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will lead the program.

The fee for the workshop is $75 for IU/IUPUI affiliates, and $100 for others. To register, visit liberalarts.iupui.edu/icic/uploads/docs/WorkshopRegistration.doc.

For more information, visit liberalarts.iupui.edu/icic/news_events/scientific_writing_workshop.

Questions to 274-2555 or icic@iupui.edu.

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Arrow Miles For Myeloma — Oct. 9

This year will be the sixth annual Miles for Myeloma event for Rafat Abonour, MD, associate dean of clinical research and director of the IU Simon Cancer Center Adult Clinical Research Office. He will soon embark on a 235-mile cycling tour that begins in Muncie Friday, Oct. 8, and ends with a finish-line celebration outside University Place Hotel at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.

More than 300 myeloma patients and family members are expected to gather to watch the 235-mile trek end. All are welcome to attend.

For more details or to make a gift to support IU myeloma research, visit www.cancer.iu.edu/m4m.

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Arrow Session to focus on clinical teaching

The Academy of Teaching Scholars presents “Assessing Students in a Clinical Setting” from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in Fairbanks Hall, room 5005.

This workshop will examine what many expert teachers consider to be the key components of effective feedback and the behaviors that effective teachers employ to provide feedback that makes a difference for learners.

This session fulfills the Assessment competency. Register at faculty.medicine.iu.edu/events.asp.

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Arrow Department of Public Health information session

The Department of Public Health will host an information session about the its educational programs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the Department of Public Health office, room 220, 714 N. Senate Ave. (corner of Senate and St. Clair streets).

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend for an overview of the PhD in epidemiology, master of public health program, master of health administration program, graduate certificates and undergraduate programs offered in the Department of Public Health.

To attend from a personal computer, log on to breeze.iu.edu/mphinfosession.

For more information, visit www.pbhealth.iupui.edu.

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Arrow Presentation on preventing a rare familial cancer

The Center for Bioethics will present “Newborn Screening for the RET Mutation: A Novel Approach to Predicting — and Preventing — a Rare Familial Cancer" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, room 1130.

The presenter will be M. Sara Rosenthal, PhD, associate professor of bioethics, internal medicine, pediatrics and behavioral science and director of the Program for Bioethics at the University of Kentucky.

For more information, contact Eva Jackson at evajacks@iupui.edu.

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Arrow Biostatistics for Health Care Researchers

The Division of Biostatistics will be offering a short course on basic concepts of statistical methods commonly encountered in health care literature from 1 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, through Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Health Information and Translational Science (HITS), Building, room 1110.

The course will be open to faculty, fellows and residents, as well as other interested students and staff. Enrollment will be limited to the first 30 registrants.

For more information or to register, visit cme.medicine.iu.edu/iucme/courses.asp.

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Arrow Indiana CTSI to host Bloomington retreat

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute will host the inaugural Indiana CTSI Retreat at IU-Bloomington from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in the Alumni Hall at the Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington.

Participants in "Indiana CTSI 101," will hear presentations designed to explain how the Indiana CTSI is connecting Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, as well as public and private partnerships, in order to accelerate the rate of health care innovation in Indiana, and beyond.

Speakers will include Karen Hansen, provost and executive vice president, IU-Bloomington; Sarita Soni, vice provost for research, IU-Bloomington; Jorge José, vice president for research, IU; and Anantha Shekhar, director of the Indiana CTSI. A series of breakout sessions also are scheduled from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.

For a complete schedule, see tinyurl.com/IndianaCTSI101retreat. To register, visit www.indianactsi.org/IUBretreat.

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Arrow Sherry to present Baker-Ort Lecture

James M. Sherry, MD, PhD, director of the George Washington University Center for Global Health, will present the Baker-Ort Lecture on International Healthcare Philanthropy from 4 to 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, in EH 304.

This event is part of the 2010-2011 Seminars in Medical Humanities series. Co-sponsors are the Baker-Ort Chair and the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program, IUPUI.

For more information, visit medhumanities.iupui.edu/new/template_seminars.htm.

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Arrow Health Games Conference offers discount registration rate

Meredith Golomb, MD, associate professor of neurology, will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural Midwestern Conference on Health Games from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the IUPUI Campus Center.

Interactive health games are emerging as effective tools in the future of health care and education, including diabetes education, smoking cessation, fighting childhood obesity and maintaining cognitive ability in Alzheimer's patients and senior citizens. This conference will explore how health care is using games to encourage healthy behaviors, prevent disease, improve overall care and reduce health care costs.

Registration is now open. IUSM members may take advantage of a special discounted rate of $25, including lunch, during the month of October. (Regular admission is $40.) Students may register at the special rate of $10.

The conference is sponsored by the IU School of Informatics at IUPUI with support from the Games for Health Project. The Games for Health Project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneer Portfolio.

For more information, visit www.midwesthealthgames.org. Questions to Vicki Daugherty at 278-4123 or vdaugher@iupui.edu.

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Arrow NIH conference on core facilities

The National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health will present a free conference entitled, "Moving Forward in the Efficient Management and Use of Core Facilities," from 8:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, and 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the Natcher Conference Center (Bldg. 45), National Institutes of Health, 45 Center Dr., Bethesda, MD.

This conference will provide updates on topics such as increasing the use and efficiency of existing NIH-funded core facilities; developing effective training programs for core facility directors; exploring software options for enhancing administrative management of core facilities; and creating a national registry of core resources.

This event is free and open to everyone. It will also be available via webcast:

Early registration is strongly encouraged due to space limitations. For more information and to register, visit www.palladianpartners.com/NCRRCoreFacilities.

For questions about the workshop content or to participate in the software demonstrations, contact Sylvia Parsons (301) 435-0860 or parsonss@mail.nih.gov.

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News to Use

Arrow IUPUI offers free flu shot

Seasonal flu vaccinations are now available at IUPUI Health Services, located in Coleman Hall, suite 100. The shots are free to IUPUI faculty and staff, as well as the first 1,750 students who request them. All IUPUI faculty, staff or student must present a valid IUPUI picture ID in order to receive their flu shot.

IUPUI Health Services has ordered 5,500 flu vaccines for faculty, staff and students and will be holding multiple outreach flu clinics during October, November and December. Health-care workers may also be able to receive a flu shot in the clinic or hospital where they work or at the hospital where they work. The flu shot being used this fall contains three flu strains, including novel H1N1.

For more information, visit www.health.iupui.edu/flu.html.

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Arrow Participate in the Walk to Cure Diabetes

Riley Hospital and the Wells Center for Pediatric Research will participate in the 14th annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis. Registration for this event will begin at 9 a.m.

This two-mile fun walk and 5K walk/run will take participants through scenic downtown Indianapolis. There is no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to raise or donate money. All participants that register prior to the walk will receive a free team T-shirt. Any participant that raises $25 or more in pledges will be eligible to receive one of many door prizes the day of the event. The top fundraiser will receive two Colts tickets. This is a free, family-oriented event, including games and activities for everyone involved.

To join the Riley Hospital/Wells Center team, register at www.walk.jdrf.org and choose “Team Riley/Wells Center” as your team. Individuals unable to join a team may wish to consider sponsoring someone who is walking.

Questions to Shari Upchurch at shupchur@iupui.edu or Jim Wallace at wallacja@iupui.edu.

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Arrow Division of Diversity Affairs is growing

The Division of Diversity Affairs is a newly created division – replacing the Office of Multicultural Affairs – within the Dean’s Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

Several key individuals comprise the Division of Diversity Affairs team. They are:

  • Overall Direction: George Rausch, EdD, associate dean for Diversity Affairs
  • Faculty Recruitment and Development: Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD, assistant dean for Diversity Affairs
  • Resident Recruitment and Retention: Sheryl Allen, MD, assistant dean for Diversity Affairs
  • Diversity Outreach Comprehensive Science (DOCS) pipeline initiative: Fred Hamilton, director
  • Director of Student Support Services and Academic Enrichment: Open Position
  • Administrative Support: Rita Flynn, administrative specialist

For more information, visit faculty.medicine.iu.edu/offices/da.

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Arrow This Week on Sound Medicine

This weekend, Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 4, Sound Medicine will report two stories on a unique health outreach effort taking place at African American barber shops and beauty salons.

For many African Americans, barber shops are social gathering spots, making them ideal places for disseminating health-care information. Pittsburgh-based health reporter Erika Beras will visit a local barber shop where stylists and patrons frequently chat about their lives, including their health.

Minority outreach expert Lora Ann Bray will talk with Sound Medicine’s Barbara Lewis about the Health Advocates in Reach (HAIR) program developed by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Center for Minority Health. Bray will explain the treatments offered to patrons and the training provided for barbers.

The flu season will be the focus of two stories this week. Indiana University internist Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, will discuss the simplified, “universal” flu shot recommended for this flu seaso and epidemiologist Arnold Monto, MD, from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, will explain why we can stop worrying about a swine flu pandemic. Dr. Monto is a member of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Pandemic H1N1 Influenza.

In this week’s installment of Sound Medicine’s “Patient Listening” series, Rich Frankel, PhD, professor of medicine at IUSM, meets with Shobha Pais, PhD, director behavioral science IUSM, to discuss the thorny issue of physician burnout.

In this week’s Checkup feature, Jeremy Shere, PhD, learns about an unusual medical curriculum that favors humanities to hard science courses at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Director of the school’s Humanities in Medicine program, Miki Rifkin, PhD, explains the reasoning behind this non-traditional approach to medical training. Dr. Rifkin is also associate dean at Mount Sinai’s Graduate School of Biological Sciences.

For archived editions of Sound Medicine, as well as other helpful information, visit soundmedicine.iu.edu.

Sound Medicine is produced by IUSM in conjunction with WFYI Public Radio. The show is underwritten by Clarian Health, IU Medical Group and IUPUI. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.

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Grants & Funding

Arrow Research Funding Update

The IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research offer a weekly digest containing information about funding opportunities including those that limit the number of allowable pre-proposal or proposal submissions. Digests are published on Wednesdays but may be sent more frequently if deadlines are urgent.

View the current Research Funding Update

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Opportunities

Arrow Post-doctoral training program in adult medicine

The Indiana Health Services Research Post-Doctoral Training Program is now accepting applications for 2011 adult medicine fellowship openings. Funded by a National Research Service Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, this fellowship seeks qualified applicants (physician and PhD, or equivalent), who are interested in the core areas of health services research, patient safety, outcomes, implementation science, quality improvement, systems redesign and applied medical informatics.

Sponsored by Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and the IU Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, training preceptors aim to:

  • Recruit and develop professionals committed to a career in health services research
  • Provide structured mentoring linked to an explicit timeline and benchmarks
  • Facilitate the preparation, submission, and successful attainment of individual post-doctoral fellowships and/or career awards (K awards) for trainees
  • Foster an interdisciplinary research training program of physicians and other health professionals committed to the transformation of healthcare delivery

The application process, including on-site interviews, must be completed between Jan. 1 and April 1, prior to July entry date. The Indiana Health Services Research Training Program encourages applicants from minority groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research fields nationally. U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status is an eligibility requirement.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and to obtain applications materials, contact Lori Losee at 423-5652 or llosee@iupui.edu.

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Arrow Call for proposals for business management assistance

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and IU Kelley MBA program are requesting proposals from researchers seeking business planning assistance. Cores, resources, and units providing a central service to CTSI investigators are eligible.

A core/unit may submit multiple proposals. Priority will be given to proposals that will lead to improvements in organizational efficiency, speed of service or quality, or have the potential to be extrapolated and benefit other cores, resources or units.

For more information, contact Lilith Reeves at lreeves@iupui.edu or email ictsi@iupui.edu.

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Arrow RESPECT Center offers pilot funding

The Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center has announced a call for pilot proposals intended to facilitate the development of research focused on improved communication and decision-making for patients facing serious or advanced illness.

Funding will be award for two pilot projects, each worth up to $15,000, with a starting date of Jan. 1. Recipients will present their work at a statewide conference to be held in spring 2013. All teaching and research faculty at IUPUI who are qualified to apply for NIH funding are eligible. Preference will be given to new investigators and to research that fosters transdisciplinary collaboration.

Pilot grant proposals are due 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. To apply, visit scope.medicine.indiana.edu/files/RESPECTPilotProposal2010-9-15.pdf.

Questions to Molly Donovan at 278-7749 or madonova@iupui.edu.

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Kudos

Arrow Honors

Karen Bruner Stroup, PhD, director of the community education and child advocacy department at Riley Hospital, was recognized by Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education during the organization's state conference in Indianapolis on Sept. 25. The ACTE Citation Award is presented to individuals outside the organization for contributions and leadership as a partner to the organization.

Cheryl Wisdom, senior administrative secretary for the community education and child advocacy department at Riley Hospital, was awarded the 2010 Glenn Irwin Experience Excellence Award at the IUPUI Employee Recognition Ceremony at University Place on Sept. 14. Wisdom was cited for going above and beyond the call of duty to support her colleagues and volunteers, to participate in the University Staff Council and to support and enhance the delivery of community outreach programs and resources.

The IUSM Office of Continuing Medical Education, the North American Thrombosis Forum and Twine Clinical LLC have been awarded a Best Practices in Performance Improvement Award by the National Institute for Quality Improvement and Education. The award is in recognition of their best practice to improve clinical performance in health care at the conference entitled “Focus on Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis: Education and Impact in a Microcosm.”

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Around Campus

Arrow No Impact Week

IUPUI will host “No Impact Week” Monday, Oct. 4, to Friday, Oct 8. Faculty, staff and students will join together as Green Teamers and take part in a week-long effort to limit their impact on the environment while also coming together as a community.

This event will feature sustainability-themed campus events, including a swap market, a “lights out” Earth House, a bicycle repair and service projects. No Impact Week a part of the Common Theme project and this year’s common reader, No Impact Man.

Individuals unable to participate in campus event are encouraged to consider limiting printing and copying, walking or biking to work or bringing their lunch in reusable containers.

For more information, visit www.iupui.edu/common_theme/Get_engaged/No_impact.

Questions to Katy Kaesebier at 278-0549 or katykaes@iupui.edu.

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Traffic Updates

Arrow Portion of I-70 to close Oct. 7

Mark your calendar for Oct. 7. On that day, 9,000 volunteers will swarm interchanges along a section of Interstate 70 from the airport to downtown Indianapolis, for a major beautification project, planting some 73,000 native plants, trees and shrubs.

To ensure safety of volunteers working along the highway, as well as motorists who could be distracted, and to enable the project to be completed in 12 hours, a 6 mile section of I-70 — from I-465 on the west side to I-65 downtown — will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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 At Your Fingertips 

Arrow Continuing Medical Education

The Continuing Medical Education office launched a new and improved website at cme.medicine.iu.edu. 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.

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Arrow Resources

Want to find a room that has a Polycom hook-up? Need official IUSM templates for your PowerPoint presentation or poster about a guest lecturer? Check out the new “Resources For” page on the IUSM web site. Resources For is accessible from the school’s home page (medicine.iu.edu) – look on the right-hand side of the page.

If you have suggestions of other resources that would be beneficial and could be added to this list, contact the Office of Public and Media Relations at medschl@iupui.edu.

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Arrow MedTV

The Office of Public and Media Relations now manages the MedTV screens on the medical school campus. This closed-circuit TV system, part of the IUPUI network, presents a wonderful opportunity for faculty, staff and students to communicate events and information of interest to others. It also serves as a source for broadcasting emergency information on campus.

The MedTVs are located in public areas of the HITS building, the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium, the Daly Center, Research II, Walther Hall (R3) and the Cancer Research Institute (R4).

Announcements from departments and offices are welcome. To have your department or office announcements posted on MedTV, please read the MedTV guidelines: medicine.iu.edu/medtv. Questions? Phone 274-7722.

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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 kas1@iupui.edu.

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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 scopemed@iupui.edu
  • mail the information to Kevin Fryling, 1110 W. Michigan, LO 401, 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.

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