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June 17, 2011
Volume 15 Number 23 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Faculty Development & News

Arrow Kreisle named competency director

Regina Kreisle, MD, PhD, adjunct professor of pathology at IUSM-Lafayette, has been named the competency director for using science to guide diagnosis, management, therapeutics and prevention.

Dr. Kreisle is also a professor of comparative pathobiology at Purdue University. She serves as course director and primary instructor for second-year medical courses “Human Pathology” and "Evidence Based Medicine" and as the competency coordinator for IUSM-Lafayette. Previously, Dr. Kreisle taught human pathology at IUSM-Evansville for two years.

In addition to her interest in competencies, Dr. Kreisle has been involved in introducing a number of innovation teaching methods including problem-based learning, team-based learning, competency-based assessments and computer-based resources.


Arrow McGowan retirement reception

IUSM will celebrate the retirement of Julie J. McGowan, PhD, chair of the Department of Knowledge Informatics and Translation, director of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library and professor of knowledge informatics and translation and pediatrics, from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 20, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building atrium.

An Illinois native, Dr. McGowan joined IUSM in 1999 as the director of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library. In March 2002, she was appointed an associate dean and led the establishment of the Office of Information Resources and Educational Technology, as well as oversaw the reorganized programs of Medical Education Resources, Medical Illustrations and Library Services. She is also an adjunct professor in the IU School of Nursing and holds a part-time appointment with the IU School of Library and Information Science.

Dr. McGowan previously served as associate dean for health sciences informatics and library resources at the Charles A. Dana Medical Library, University of Vermont at Burlington and co-director of the Vermont Initiative for Rural Health Informatics and Telemedicine. She holds a doctorate in medical education and a master's in medical iconography from the University of South Carolina, a master's of library and information science at the University of Maryland and bachelor's degrees in art and philosophy from Randolph Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Va.


Arrow Curricular Reform Update

More than 160 leaders and members from the IUSM Curricular Reform Teams, including representatives from IUPUI and over half of the regional medical centers, participated in a curricular reform retreat on May 23 in Fairbanks Hall.

Attendeesdiscussed suggestions for revising the IUSM core competencies and collaboratedto determine what they perceive as key learning outcomes. The Curriculum Reform Teams are now in the process of analyzing feedback from the retreat. This event also featured a welcome from D. Craig Brater, dean of IUSM and vice president of university clinical affairs at IU.

To express interest in participating in the second phase of the curricular planning process, contact Kelli Ramsey at Students, residents, staff and faculty are welcome to participate.


Student Showcase

Arrow Resident and fellow career social

IUSM and IU Health Office of Physician Recruitment will present the 2011 Resident and Fellow Career Social from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, in the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

This event will provide an opportunity to explore employment opportunities with IUSM, IU Health and IU Health Physicians. All 2012, 2013 and 2014 residents and fellows are invited and encouraged to attend.

For information, contact Gloria Robertson, coordinator at IU Health Physicians, at


Events & Lectures

Arrow Session to focus on public health informatics

The Indiana Center of Excellence in Public Health and Informatics will present a work-in-progress meeting from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, in the Health Informatics and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, room 1110.

Belinda LeBlanc, a fourth-year resident at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, will present “Developing a County-to-State Data Transfer System for Reportable Disease Cases.”

Everyone interested in public health informatics is welcome to attend. Lunch is included.

For more information, visit


Arrow Oncourse software workshop — June 23

Lorie Shuck, an instructional technology consultant at the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning, will lead a hands-on workshop on Oncourse from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, in the IUSM Library, room 266.

This session will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn more about Oncourse, a web-based lesson planning software suite.

To register for this session visit


Arrow IUSM Alumni to host networking event

IUSM alumni, residents and fellows in Indianapolis are invited to join D. Craig Brater, dean of the IU School of Medicine, for IUSM’s first Young Professional’s Networking Event from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Tomlinson Tap Room.

Located in the Indianapolis City Market on Market Street, Tomlinson Tap Room is one of Indy’s newest hotspots with an eclectic yet intimate vibe. 

This event is hosted by the Young Professional’s Committee of the IUSM Alumni Association. To RSVP, email name and position (resident/fellow and department) to

Questions to Missy Spurr, MD, at or Jayme Little at 2740-1345 or


Arrow Workshop to focus on scientific writing

George Gopen, JD, PhD, will present a two-day workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 27, and Tuesday, June 28, in the Walther Hall (R3) auditorium, room 203.

“Scientific Writing from the Reader's Perspective” will focus on improving faculty’s ability to get published by improving their writing skills. Dr. Gopen is a professor of the practice of rhetoric a senior lecturing fellow in English and law at Duke University. He is a pioneer in the field of scientific writing with clients at the NIH, FDA, Bristol-Myers Squib, Bayer and Duke University School of Medicine.

Registrants must be able to commit to both days of this workshop. To sign up, visit

This event is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.


Arrow Glick Eye symposium — register early

The second annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute Vision Research Symposium will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, in the Spitzberg Conference Room at the new Glick Eye Institute Building, 1160 W. Michigan St. The new building will be dedicated in a formal campus ceremony at 3 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center following the symposium.

Online registration is now available. To sign up, visit

Questions to 274-7517 or


News to Use

Arrow New immunization requirements

IUPUI Health Services has announced changes to immunization standards for clinical faculty, staff and students at the IU schools of medicine, dentistry and nursing. These changes have been made to comply with new immunization recommendations and requirements from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana State Department of Health:

Varicella (Chickenpox, shingles): The self-report of varicella or herpes zoster disease is no longer considered evidence of immunity. The result of this change is that many individuals will now need to get blood tests for varicella. IUPUI HS has taken steps to minimize both the inconvenience and cost of this change.
Pertussis Vaccine: IUPUI HS now requires Tdap (a standard vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) for individuals who have not already received it. The CDC recommends that all health care workers receive Tdap if they have not already done so and regardless of how recently they may have received the Td vaccine.
TB Surveillance: IUPUI HS will require that all TB skin tests (the standard test for TB surveillance) be read within 48-72 hours. Individuals who request TSTs read prior to 48 hours will be advised that they need to come back to have it read.  Individuals who request TSTs read after 72 hours will be advised that they need to have another test placed.

IUPUI HS apologizes for any inconvenience due to these changes in procedure. For more information on the new requirements, see the complete memorandum.

 Question to Stephen Wintermeyer, MD, director of IUPUI Health Services, at


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, learn about two little-known types of tumors that can lead to serious health problems, and discover another uncommon condition, acute pancreatitis. Also, hear an interview with the author of the provocatively titled book, The Patient in Room 9 Says He’s God. Sound Medicine airs June 18 and 19 on WFYI, 90.1.FM, and on many other public radio stations nationwide.

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

For more information on this week’s show, visit the IUSM Newsroom. To listen online, visit



Arrow Staff Council award nominations — due July 1

The IUPUI Staff Council invites IUPUI employees to apply for the following awards and scholarships:

  • IUPUI Gerald L. Bepko Council Spirit Award: Recognizes a full-time IUPUI staff member who exemplify the spirit of IUPUI by fostering collegiality, cooperation, creativity and innovation. This award is open to individuals or teams. Award includes $100 and a plaque.
  • Nan Bohan Community Engagement Award: Recognizes a full-time IUPUI staff member who exemplify a culture of service and civic engagement on campus and in the community.  Award includes $500 and a plaque.
  • Carol Nathan Staff Council Scholarship: Recognizes full-time IUPUI staff with at least two years of services seeking a degree with at least 12 complete credit hours and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Award includes $500 (split between the spring and summer semesters) and a plaque.
  • IUPUI Multicultural Impact Staff Award: Recognizes full-time appointed IUPUI staff who promote a campus climate where diversity is valued and accepted, energies appreciation and understanding of cultures across the world or campions social justice for all who work at IUPUI. Award includes $1,000 and a plaque.

Self-nominations are welcome. Application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, July 1. For more information, visit

Questions to Karen E. Lee at


Arrow Merilyn Hester Scholarship — applications requested

The IU Simon Cancer Center Merilyn Hester Scholarship is seeking applications from students who have a strong academic record, an outstanding character, and well-defined professional goals.

This fund was created to assist medical and/or PhD students pursuing degrees in biomedical sciences and who have demonstrated an interest and potential for conducting pediatric hematology or oncology research.

Awardees will be asked to submit a final one page summary documenting what the funding has meant to them, signed by their mentor. Funding is typically $8,000 a year with the number of awardees determined by the quality of applications and available funds in a given year.

For more information, download the complete application. Submission deadline is Friday, July 1.

Questions to Julie Driscol at 274-8909 or


Arrow Gold Humanism Honor Society nominations

The IUSM chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society is accepting letters of recommendation for Class of 2012 students and residents who have shown exceptional interpersonal skills with colleagues, faculty and patients, and a caring approach to the practice of medicine, including service to the community. 

To write a letter of recommendation for one or more fourth-year student, email student names to To nominate a resident, email Linda Bratcher at A letter briefly describing the student’s performance and character, as well as why they should be inducted, is also appreciated. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, June 22.

Question about the selection process or how to become a member of the selection team to Ann Zerr, MD, chapter committee chair, at or Jerry Rushton, MD, graduate committee chair, at

For more information, visit


Grants & Funding

Arrow Indiana CTSI announces awards

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute has announced about $3 million in pilot funds and awards for medical students and researchers at IU, Purdue and Notre Dame. These grants are provided by the Indiana CTSI Collaboration in Translational Research (CTR) Award, Young Investigator Award (K Award) and Training Award (T Award) programs.

Approximately $2.3 million dollars will support career development grants to young physicians and scientists working on promising research projects. An additional $500,000 will support new research projects aimed at advancing the fight against diseases such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis. IUSM recipients include:

  • CTR Awards: Johnathan D. Tune, PhD, associate professor of cellular and integrative physiology; David Mattson, MD, professor of neurology; Melissa Kacena, PhD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery; Liang Cheng, MD, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine; Jian-Ting Zhang, PhD, professor of pharmacology and toxicology; Brittney-Shea Herbert, PhD, associate professor of medical and molecular genetics; and Matthew Allen, PhD, assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology.
  • K Awards: Shawn Ahlfeld, MD; Lauren Bell, PhD; John Breinholt, MD; Jon Duke, MD; Shoji Ichikawa, PhD; Philip Johnson, PhD; Melissa Kacena, PhD; Elaine Lipscomb, PhD; Brian Samuels, MD, PhD; Ragini Vittal, PhD; Zhanxiang Wang, MD, PhD and Clark Wells, PhD.

  • T Awards: Brandon Downing, Rikki Enzor, Karl Koehler, Whitney Kramer, Jill Layton, Steven Rhodes, Shannon Risacher and Krista Stilger.
For more information, including awardee project descriptions, visit


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.

OVPR and OVCR provide separate funding updates categorized by the limited submissions, sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, technology and multidisciplinary. They include:       


Around Town

Arrow Presentation on Civil War medicine

Jane E. Schultz, PhD, professor of English at IUPUI, will present “Notes on Nursing and Doctoring in the American Civil War” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the Indiana Medical History Museum.

Today nursing and medicine are thought about as two distinct professions, but during the Civil War, the distance between the work of nurses and the work of physicians was smaller. Dr. Schultz will bring listeners into the world of Civil War medicine by focusing on the work of military relief as it was performed in general and field hospitals by people with varying degrees of preparation and diverse motivations.

For more information, contact the Indiana Medical History Museum at 635-7329 or or see the event flier.


Around the State

Arrow Tai chi in health care workshop

Paul Lam, M.D., a world leader in teaching and promoting Tai Chi, will lead researchers, health care providers and others in a session exploring how tai chi improves the health from Sunday, June 19, to Tuesday, June 21, at Indiana State University in Terra Haute.

This workshop,entitled “Healing Rhythms II: Second International Conference of Tai Chi/Qigong,” will feature lectures, demonstrations and breakout sessions on meditation, mindful eating, Qigong and breathing techniques. To register, visit

Questions to Roy W. Geib, PhD, at or Tom Johnson at


Traffic Updates

Arrow Traffic delays — June 25

Traffic blockages lasting 45 minutes or more are expected at each point along the 17.5-mile N.I.T.E. Ride bicycling route on Saturday, June 25. The blockages will begin just before 11 p.m. along West Street and North Street at IUPUI's Carroll Stadium.

Medical personnel who require access to the contained area bounded by 10th Street, University Blvd., Michigan St. and Porto Alegre St. will be able to use the two westbound lanes of 10th St. Personnel departing from this area will be able to use the right-hand westbound lane across the 10th St. White River bridge.

IUPUI campus residents living south of Michigan St.will be able to exit the residence area via Michigan until about 11:30 p.m. and via Vermont St. or University Ave. Vehicular entry to this area will be restricted from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.


 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
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  • acronyms
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