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March 18, 2011
Volume 15 Number 11 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IUSM students celebrate Match Day

Scholar’s Hall at the University Place Hotel & Conference Center was transformed into a sea of green at the noon for this year’s Match Day, Thursday, March 17, as 306 fourth-year IUSM students clad in St. Patrick’s Day colors gathered with family and friends to celebrate the day when medical students nationwide learn where they will spend the next phase of their medical training.

"The residency match is becoming increasingly competitive and stressful, but IU students did very well this year,” said Dennis Deal, director of Academic Records-Medical Student Affairs. “A large number of our students will be staying at the IU Medical Center and in Indiana for their residencies, but we are also sending graduates to many other prestigious programs in the country, including Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts General, Duke University and the Cleveland Clinic, to name just a few.”

Students in the Class of 2011, who will receive their medical degrees on May 14, accepted residency positions in 35 states, including Indiana. Among the Match Day highlights:

  • 39 percent of the students will pursue at least part of their residencies within Indiana
  • 82 students will be residents at IU Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, other IU Health facilities, Wishard Health Services and the Roudebush VA Medical Center
  • 43 percent of IUSM graduates will enter primary-care programs, which includes internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, primary internal medicine and combined internal medicine-pediatrics

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow IU offers early retirement program

IU has adopted the Early Retirement Incentive Plan (ERIP) for eligible academic and staff employees. Voluntary separations under ERIP are intended to achieve specific institutional objectives:

  • Reduction in salary/wage and benefit costs
  • Redirecting positions to focus on higher priorities

Information sessions are scheduled for anyone interested in learning more about the program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, and Friday, April 1, in the University Place Conference Center and Hotel Auditorium.

All employees who are potentially eligible for the early retirement incentive plan will be advised of this opportunity. This is an entirely voluntary program to be chosen by the employee, with authority for approval resting with the dean/chancellor/VP and then the president.

This program is not intended to be an entitlement. A fundamental requirement of the ERIP is that approved applications must achieve one of the institutional objectives described above. Not every application to participate in the ERIP will be approved.

For more information, visit


Student Showcase

Arrow Evening of the Arts – April 2

Evening of the Arts, an annual event showcasing the performing arts talents of IUSM students, faculty and staff, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School.

This event will also include a silent auction. The auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. and continue during the intermission.

For more information, visit


Arrow Medical society induction banquet

The annual Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society induction banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Meridian Hills Country Club. A dinner will follow the reception at 7:15 p.m.

Fifty-one senior medical students, 13 junior medical students, two alumni, two faculty and three housestaff will be formally inducted at this event. Daniel F. Evans, Jr., president and CEO of IU Health, will deliver the address.

For more information, contact


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Mathews elected radiology trustee

Vincent P. Mathews, MD, professor of neuroradiology, has been elected a trustee of the American Board of Radiology. His four-year term will begin July 1.

Dr. Mathews’ special interests include stroke, epilepsy, and physiological neuroimaging, including functional MR imaging and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He is former chief of neuroradiology and director of the Neuroradiology Fellowship Program at IUSM. From 1995 to 2003, he was a consultant and an ad hoc reviewer for the National Institutes of Health.

ABR trustees participate in leadership and decision making to carry out the ABR’s mission and set standards for the board certification process in radiology for initial certification and maintenance of certification.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Ottenbacher lecture — register March 18

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will host a lecture by Kenneth Ottenbacher, MD, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 21, in the IUPUI Campus Center.

Dr. Ottenbacher, Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, will present “Rehabilitation Research Using Large Datasets: Impact of Comorbidity on Outcomes in Hip Fracture.”

He also is senior associate dean for graduate education and research, director of the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences in the School of Health Professions, director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences and associate director for the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB.

To RSVP, contact by Friday, March 18.


Arrow Lecture on bioethical issues in international medicine

David Stevens, MD, CEO of the Christian Medical Association, will present “Playing God: Bioethical Issues in International Medicine” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in Emerson Auditorium.

Dr. Stevens will look at the patient autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice in the international medical setting, which also has lessons for American medicine. This lecture will be recorded and available for viewing afterward. Lunch will be provided.

Questions to


Arrow DisABILITIES Fair – March 22

The IUSM Children and Adults with Disabilities Student Interest Group will host a DisABILITIES Fair from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building Atrium.

This event will feature representatives from 15 organizations in Indiana supplying resources and support for individuals with all types of disabilities and medical conditions.

Medical professionals, patients and families are welcome. Food will be included.

Questions to Anita Turk at


Arrow Session on writing learning outcomes

Sarah Lang, a STEM Education Specialist from the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning, will present an online session from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, as part of the Academy of Teaching Scholars series.

The session, “Writing Learning Outcomes: the Basics and Beyond,” will discuss how to write learning outcomes, both at the course and program levels.

This series is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. To register, visit


Arrow Workshops on alternative funding

The IUSM Library will host several workshops this month highlighting alternative sources for research funding. They are:

  • Exploring the World of Gifts and Grants: This panel discussion will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the IUSM Library, room 1116. This event will explain the differences between gifts and grants and how those differences affect proposal development, submission and award management, as well as introduce faculty to key staff who can aid their research fund-seeking efforts. Register at
  • Basics of Preparing a Foundation-Funded Research Proposal: This workshop will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in the University Library, room 1116. This event will introduce faculty to funding opportunities provided by foundations, offer writing strategies and review sample successful foundation proposals. Register at


Arrow Lecture to discuss patient advocates

The next Medical Humanities-Health Studies seminar will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in the Campus Center, room 307.

Robin Bandy, director of the Wishard Volunteer Advocates Program, will discuss the need for guardianship services for patients without financial and social resources; how this impacts patients and healthcare providers; and the Wishard program that utilizes volunteer advocates.


Arrow Gunderman to deliver Lake Lecture

Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, professor in the IU Schools of Medicine and Liberal Arts, will deliver the Thomas H. Lake Lecture at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel.

Dr. Gunderman’s lecture will be entitled "The Undiminished Flame: Education, Giving, and the Quest for Faith.” This will be the first time this annual lecture will be delivered by an IU faculty member.

The Lake Lecture commemorates the life and vision of Thomas Lake, former president of Eli Lilly and Company and chairman of the board of the Lilly Endowment.


Arrow Grand Rounds on bioethics

IUSM and the IU School of Law will sponsor a Grand Rounds presentation by Alta Charo, JD, Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Friday, March 25, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Charo, a senior policy advisor on emerging technology issues in the Office of the Commissioner at the US Food & Drug Administration, as well as many other federal advisory committees, will discuss "Challenges for Drug Safety."

CME credit will be available for physicians. The application is in process for nurse, social work and chaplain CE credit.

Questions to Dennis Mullen at or Patty Bledsoe at


Arrow Former nursing dean to present lecture

Angela Barron McBride, PhD, dean emerita of the School of Nursing and Distinguished Professor Emerita, will present “Reflections on Leadership: Looking Back to Move Forward” as part of the IUPUI Last Lecture Series at 3 p.m. Friday, March 25, in the IUPUI Campus Center.

The Last Lecture Series offers the IUPUI community the opportunity to hear reflections on life’s lessons and meaning from a current or retired IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit. Each speaker will share the wisdom gained from past experiences, and distill a life of inquiry, reflection and service into important guidance for successive generations.


Arrow Presentation on medical ethics

Gabe Bosslet, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, will present “Decision-making, the ICU, and DNR Orders: Medical and Ethical Considerations” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Fort Harrison State Park Inn (Main Lodge), Sycamore Room, 5830 North Post Road, Indianapolis.

Registration for this event is $15 for members and $30 for non-members. Lunch is included. Attendees will be eligible for 1.5 1.5 NCG CECs 1.5 Social Work CEUs. (Note interest in these credits during registration.)

Lunch and networking will take place prior to the presentation from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

RSVP to Robin Bandy by Monday, April 4, at 630-6254 or


Arrow Theoretical physicist to deliver keynote

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research has announced S. James Gates, Jr., PhD, as keynote speaker for IUPUI Research Day Friday, April 8, in the IUPUI Campus Center.

Dr. Gates is the John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland at College Park. He is internationally known for his work on supersymmetry, supergravity and superstring theory and serves on President Barack Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He is co-chair of the PCAST Working Group on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education. Dr. Gates has been featured on NOVA programs, including “The Elegant Universe.”  His presentation will begin at 1 p.m.

This daylong celebration of research and scholarly activities at IUPUI will also feature a faculty poster session (IUSM faculty included); a student (graduate, professional and undergraduate) poster session, recognition of the 2011 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award recipients and a networking reception.

For more information or to RSVP, visit

Questions to Etta Ward at or 278-8427.


Arrow Course on recognizing family violence

IU Health will offer a one-day course on family violence from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in Fairbanks Hall Simulation Center.

“A Clinical Approach to Dealing with Family Violence” will assist physicians in knowing how to approach this difficult topic in a clinical setting, including how to screen for all forms of family violence, what to do if you suspect family violence is affecting your patient, and how to provide the necessary support for those who are victims.

This course is open to IU Health physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants from any specialty. Registration is first-come, first-served until capacity is reached. This training includes valuable experiential learning opportunities with trained professionals playing the role of patients. For more information, visit

This is a CME-eligible course. Adult and pediatric tracks will be offered. Lunch and snacks provided. Register at

Registration questions to Course questions to Katrina Coppedge at 278-0552


News to Use

Arrow Join the IUPUI Walking Challenge

The IUPUI Work/Life Walking Challenge will kick off from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Lecture Hall 100, south of Cavanaugh Hall.

This year’s kick-off event will include a guest speaker, Avis Frieson, an IUPUI staffer who’s achieved considerable health and fitness benefits by becoming a more dedicated walker. Participants in the program will record their steps for three weeks from 6 a.m. Saturday, April 9 to 5:59 a.m. Saturday, April 30.

The first 100 people to sign up will receive a free pedometer at the kick-off event. Participants who wish to receive additional materials, including a booklet, record sheet and plan for working up to 10,000 a day, contact Maggie Stimming at

To register a team, visit and complete columns one, three and four on the entry form under “News & Events.” Registration deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, April 4.

For more information, visit


Arrow Health engagement program seeks input

Human Resources Administration is working with Bruce Jacobs, executive officer of auxiliary services and programs at IU-Bloomington, to seek input on health engagement from the IUPUI campus community. This health engagement program will encompass a broader lifestyle/wellness component as well.

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in one of the following interactive community conversations on health engagement:

  • Wednesday, March 23; 12-1:30 p.m., IUPUI Campus Center, rooms 450A, B, C
  • Monday, March 28; 9-10:30 a.m., IUPUI Campus Center, room 450C
  • Monday, April 4; 2-3:30 p.m., IUPUI Campus Center, room 450C

Participants will be able to provide feedback on how IU can best design and implement a health engagement program that creates a climate of healthy lifestyle engagement, meets the needs of employees to maximize participation and is supported by the culture and environment at IUPUI. Input is sought for all aspects of health engagement, including, but not limited to, dietary support, exercise programs and lifestyle initiatives.

A reservation is not required to attend a session.


Arrow Register for research studies

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute has launched a new website to increase enrollment in clinical research studies.

INresearch is an online registry for individuals interested in participating in research studies conducted by physicians at Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame universities. Everyone is welcome to participate, including healthy volunteers. Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to join. Details at the IUSM Newsroom.

To register, visit


Arrow Biostatistics short course

The Division of Biostatistics will offer a short course on biostatistics for health care researchers from 1 to 5 p.m. May 10-12.

This course will cover the basic concepts of statistical methods commonly encountered in health care literature and is open to faculty, fellows and residents, as well as other interested students and staff.

Enrollment will be limited to the first 30 registrants. For a detailed brochure and registration form, visit


Arrow Public health conference registration open

Registration is now open for the 2011 Indiana Joint National Public Health Week Conference on April 5-6 at the IUPUI Campus Center.

This year’s theme is "Safety is NO Accident, Live Injury Free!" Students, faculty, and anyone with an interest in public health is encouraged to attend and network with hundreds of professionals with diverse backgrounds as well as local and national speakers in more than 40 educational sessions. Other special events and opportunities are also available.

This event is sponsored by the Indiana Public Health Training Center, IUSM and the IUSM Department of Public Health.

For more information or to register, visit the Indiana Public Health Training Center website at

Questions to Elizabeth Krauskopf at


Arrow Public Health information session

The Department of Public Health will host an information session from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in its office at 714 N. Senate Ave., room 220 (south west corner of Senate and St. Clair streets).

Faculty, staff and students are invited to learn about the educational programs offered in the Department of Public Health, including graduate programs (MPH, MHA, PhD) and undergraduate programs in public health and health services management.

Additional information sessions will be Thursday, April 21; Monday, May 23; and Tuesday, June 21.  Times and location remain the same for all presentations.

To RSVP for the March 23 event, visit or contact Charisse Acklin at or 278-0765. 

Attend online at


Arrow Discount concert tickets available

Discounted tickets are available for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s performances of Bach’s Mass in B Minor at 8 p.m. April 15 and 16 at Hilbert Circle Theatre are available for

IUPUI students, faculty and staff can get $15 tickets by using the code “Jag” when ordering tickets at 317-639-4300 or at

For more information, visit


Arrow Travel services – limo rate change

Classic Touch limousine service, providing limo transportation to and from Indianapolis International Airport, has implemented an increase to their IU Bloomington discount rate. The new IU rates, which became effective March 10, are as follows:

  • $67 for one-way shared rides from Bloomington to Indianapolis International Airport
  • $122 for round-trip shared rides between Bloomington and Indianapolis International Airport 

This rate increase, the first by Classic Touch since 2008, is in response to the growing costs of fuel and vehicle maintenance over recent years. Both rates include gratuity.

For more information, visit

Questions to Travel Management Services at


Arrow This Week on Sound Medicine

This weekend on Sound Medicine, Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20, IU researchers who study babies with cochlear implants will discuss how children learn language skills. Also this week: temper tantrum advice, treatable pancreatic cancer and the problem with really white teeth.  Plus, a special Sound Ethics segment on synthetic biology.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that every year, several thousand babies are born with hearing loss severe enough to make them candidates for cochlear implants. Sound Medicine reporter Sandy Roob will visit the infant language lab at IUSM where researchers study how children with those implants enter the world of “baby talk.”

The toddler temper tantrum, what’s a parent to do about it? Brain researcher John Medina, PhD, recommends parents use the tantrum as a “teachable moment.“ Dr. Medina directs the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University and is the author of “Brain Rules for Babies.”

An emerging theme in cancer research is the need to identify the genetic makeup of a tumor.  Johns Hopkins researcher Nickolas Papadopoulos, PhD, studies the genetics of pancreatic cancer. Dr. Papadopoulos joins Sound Medicine’s David Crabb, MD, to discuss ‘neuro-endocrine’ tumors, a less aggressive and more easily treatable type. (This reportedly is the type of pancreatic cancer had by Apple CEO Steve Jobs.) Dr. Papadopoulos is associate professor and director of translational genetics and therapeutics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Having “pearly white” teeth isn’t good enough anymore. Our teeth need to be blindingly glow-in-the-dark white. But modern-day bleaching increases the sensitivity of teeth. Linda Niessen,DDS, professor at the Baylor College of Dentistry, discusses teeth whitening with Sound Medicine’s Barbara Lewis.

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues recently conducted a series of hearings on the emerging field of “synthetic biology.” Benefits of synthetic biology include the creation of vaccines and other drugs as well as the development of biofuels that reduce dependence on fossil fuels; technological risks include the inadvertent release of lab-created organisms. Eric Meslin, PhD, IU bioethicist, and Valerie Bonham, executive director of the presidential committee, discuss the resulting recommendations, which cover topics such as research methodology and the ethical release of data to the public. 

For more information, or archieved editions of Sound Medicine, visit

Sound Medicine, which airs on WFYI, 90.1FM, as well as many other public radio stations, is an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM). Sound Medicine is underwritten by IU Health, IU Health Physicians and IUPUI. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.



Arrow Spirit of Medicine – Request for Applications

Spirit and Medicine, an IU Health Values funded reading and discussion program to begin in August, is accepting applications.

The Spirit of Medicine program will include monthly evening meetings to discuss seminal readings and meet with leaders in spirituality and medicine. The program deals not only with the human body but also with the human spirit, and excelling as a physician, which frequently requires knowledge, experience, and skill in both domains.

Submit applications by Friday, April 15, to Applications should include contact information, details about educational background and a one-page statement of interest. For complete application details, see the program flyer.

Applications will be reviewed by Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, and Emily Beckman, DMH.


Arrow Brater Scholarship opportunity – April 15

The Indiana Institute of Personalized Medicine is accepting applications for the Brater Scholars program. Medical fellows who will be engaged in research in personalized medicine in any medical subspecialty in the 2011-2012 academic year are eligible to apply.

Applications are due by Friday, April 15. For more information, visit


Arrow Fairbanks Institute – Request for Proposals

Researchers affiliated with academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations are invited to apply for access to DNA and linked clinical data from INbank, a resource created by the Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities for research related to chronic diseases of aging.

This is an open-ended invitation. Proposals may be submitted to the Fairbanks Institute at any time; however, the Fairbanks Institute may, at its discretion, withdraw the invitation at any time.

For more information, including application requirements, see the complete submission guidelines. Submit applications electronically to Cynthia Helphingstine at

Questions to Dr. Helphingstine at 238-2459 or


Grants & Funding

Arrow Research Funding Update

The IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research offers weekly digests containing information about funding opportunities including those that limit the number of allowable pre-proposal or proposal submissions.

This year, OVPR and OVCR began providing refined and expanded funding updates catagorized by the limited submissions, sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, technology and multidisciplinary.

Digests are published on Wednesdays but may be sent more frequently if deadlines are urgent.

View the Limited Submissions Update

View the Multidisciplinary Update

View the Technology Update


Around Campus

Arrow African art exhibit

Paintings from the Imani Artist Collective will be on display Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. until Friday, March 25, at the Cultural Arts Gallery, located on the second floor of the IUPUI Campus Center.

Imani Workshop was established in January 2005 as a branch of the Family Preservation Initiative under the IU-Kenya Partnership’s AMPATH program. It provides training and income generating opportunities to HIV positive Artisans in western Kenya.

For more information on the gallery exhibit, visit or visit the Imani workshop’s website at

Questions to Elsie Rotich 317-630-8596 or


Traffic Updates

Arrow Michigan Street lane closures

The next phase of the Wishard utility project will include closing Hanson Street and one additional lane of Michigan Street. The three southern lanes on Michigan Street between Barnhill Drive and Limestone will be closed to vehicular traffic.

This closure is tentative scheduled to run through May 1.

Details at


 At Your Fingertips 

Arrow Continuing Medical Education

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 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 (; 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


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, Fesler Hall, Research II, Walther Hall (R3) and the Cancer Research Institute (R4).

Announcements from departments and offices are welcome. To display your department or office announcement on MedTV, please read the MedTV guidelines and find our online submission form at

Questions? Phone 274-7722.


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 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.