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IUSM Scope

July 8, 2011
Volume 15 Number 26 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Division of Biostatistics is now the Department of Biostatistics

The Division of Biostatistics has been named an independent department in the IU School of Medicine, effective Friday, July 1. Barry P. Katz, PhD, professor of medicine and adjunct professor of public health and preventative and community dentistry, is the department’s inaugural chair. 

The division opened in 1984 as a section of the Regenstrief Institute, with three faculty members. It became a division in the Department of Medicine in the late 1980s. The new Department of Biostatistics has 17 faculty members, a large cadre of research staff and offers PhD and MPH degree programs. In the near future, it also will be become part of the soon-to-be-established School of Public Health as well as a department within the School of Medicine.  

The change from division to department will be invisible to those who work with biostatistics. Faculty and staff will remain in the same location in the HITS building and will continue to work with researchers in all of the health science schools, as well as carry out their own research.

The biostatistics web will remain the same at


Arrow MECA renamed Undergraduate Medical Education

The name of the IUSM curriculum office, Medical Education and Curriculum Affairs (MECA), has been changed to the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME). The unit has been restructured with the goal of achieving institutional excellence in undergraduate medical education through three primary foci:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Student Assessment

The name of the unit changed to better reflect its mission: to cultivate a robust, dynamic curriculum that exemplifies IUSM’s core competencies and fully prepares its graduates to become outstanding physicians. The name change went into effect July 1.

For inquires or feedback, or to request a meeting with Paula S. Wales, Ed.D., interim associate dean, contact 274-4556 or

For more information, visit


Arrow Indiana CTSI launches new grant program

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, with support from the IU School of Medicine, is offering a new funding mechanism to support the submission of Program Project Grant (PPG)-type extramural applications and similar multi-PI funding opportunities.

Indiana CTSI Program Project Planning (P3) Awards will range from about $75,000 to $100,000 and be granted through the Program Project Planning grant-development Team (P3T), a new group under the Indiana CTSI Project Development Team (PDT) program. P3 Awards are designed to support PPG-type grants spanning bench to bedside T1 research and clinic to population-based T2 studies at IUSM. They are also created to increase multidisciplinary collaborations, institutional competitiveness, opportunities for extramurally funded training positions and grants and overall institutional funding.

Program project grants eligible for P3 award support are broadly defined as any multi-PI, multi-project extramural grants with annual direct budgets of $600K or higher in direct costs per year, including NIH P series, U series or other unique mechanisms from federal government agencies. These projects typically bring together two or more distinct scientific projects with appropriate administrative and technical ‘core’ supports.

The applications can be submitted throughout the year. (No application deadlines.). For more information, see the complete application guidelines at To apply, visit

Questions to the Indiana CTSI at 278-2874 or


Events & Lectures

Arrow Lecture to focus on accountable care

Indiana Children’s Health Service Research will present the next session in its “works in progress” meeting series at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 11, in the Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, room 1130.

Gene Beyt, senior vice president of quality and patient safety at IU Health, will present “Values-Based Purchasing (VBP) and Accountable Care.”

To propose a future presentation topic, contact Stephen Downs, MD,, or Sarah Wiehe, MD, at These sessions are primarily focused on presenting research projects or to explore research opportunities.

RSVP for the Monday session is requested by Friday, July, 8. Lunch will be provided.


Arrow Seminar series on navigating medical school

The IUSM Admissions Office this summer will present three seminars featuring speakers knowledgeable about navigating the path of becoming a physician from noon to 1 p.m. July 11-13 in the Riley Hospital Outpatient Center auditorium.

The schedule for the 2011 Summer Seminars for Undergraduates Interested in a Career in Medicine is as follows:

  • Monday, July 11: “Undergraduate Preparation for Medical School,” presented by Renee Akins, associate director of admissions
  • Tuesday, July 12: “Financing Medical School,” presented by Jose Espada, director of student financial services
  • Wednesday, July 13: “Life as a Medical Student to A Career as a Physician” (panel discussion)

These seminars and panel discussion are intended for college students who are working on the IUPUI campus and are interested in a career in medicine. The series is free and participants are welcome to bring their lunch.

Questions to Christina Johnson at 274-3772 or


Arrow Workshop on producing video for the classroom

IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning will present a three-part series of hands-on workshops on producing educational videos on July 13, 15 and 21 in the IUPUI Library, room 1125M.

The Academy of Teaching Scholars Video Series will offer participants the opportunity to learn both the technical and pedagogical aspects of producing videos for the classroom, as well as details about how to edit, save and upload their videos. Each session features a different topic related to creating and using video technology in the classroom. 

Wednesday, July 13: “Production” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register, visit

Friday, July 15: “Publishing/Formats” from 10 a.m. to noon. To register, visit

Thursday, July 21: “Web-Based Video” from 1 to 4 p.m. To register, visit

Participants must register for each event separately.


Arrow Gunderman to present on global health

The IUSM Interdepartmental Residency Track in Global Health program will kick off its inaugural class from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the Van Nuys Medical Science, room 326.

Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, vice chair and professor of radiology and pediatrics, medical education, philosophy and philanthropy, will welcome students to the program with their first noon session, “The Moral Imperative for Global Health.” All interested students, residents and faculty are welcome to attend.

For more information on the program, visit


Arrow Presentation on depression and anxiety research

The Indiana Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics will offer a presentation on depression and anxiety research from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, in the Health Informatics and Translational Science (HITS) Building, room 1110.

“A Look at Depression and Anxiety in Indiana: Findings from the 2006 and 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System” will be presented by Wendy Harrold, assistant deputy director for information technology and reporting services for the State of Indiana.

This event is open to everyone interested in public health informatics. Attendees are encouraged to bring a beverage. Lunch will be provided.


Arrow Library to host free PubMed training

A free day-long class on PubMed, the free life sciences and biomedical information online database, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, at IUSM Library, room 226-227.This event is provided by the National Library of Medicine through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-National Training Center and Clearinghouse. Faculty, staff, students, residents and fellows are welcome to attend. To register, visit

Questions to Beth Whipple at 278-6179 or


News to Use

Arrow Crispus Attucks mentor volunteers needed

Medical student volunteers are sought to mentor or tutor middle- and high-school students at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. Graduate and undergraduate students in the science and health professions also are needed.

Participants will provide mentorship in such skills as career exploration, goal setting and time management, or tutoring in math and science. The goal is to stimulate students' interest in and improve their ability to enter a career in biomedical science. This is an opportunity to earn money while assisting students meet their educational goals and succeed.

This project is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Pre-College Program. Applications are due by Wednesday, Aug. 3.

To apply, contact Carrie Harris at 278-1783 or


Arrow Autism information and training survey

Naomi Swiezy, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychology and director of the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center and HANDS in Autism Program, is conducting an assessment to evaluate the particular interests and needs for training topics and formats by parents, caregivers, school personnel, medical professionals and service providers who interact with individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.

The results of this survey will assist in better understanding the existing training-related needs for caregivers and professionals working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders in the State of Indiana. It will take 10-15 minutes to complete. All the responses are anonymous.

To participate in the survey, visit


Arrow Library web address change

Please check your bookmarks! The Ruth Lilly Medical Library’s previous web address,, is being phased out.

The new web address for the IUSM Library is Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to change their browser bookmarks to reflect the change.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, find out how pervasive hospital noise affects patients – as well as hospital workers. Other topics on the show include the new FDA rules for sunscreens, the effect of binge drinking on the brain, new research on hemophilia and a discussion of the book Broken Bodies, Shattered Minds. Sound Medicine airs Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10, 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 episode, visit the IUSM Newsroom. To listen online, visit



Arrow Nominate a Glen W. Irwin Awardee

Full-time IUPUI faculty and staff are sought for nominations for the 2011 Glenn W. Irwin Jr., MD, Experience Excellence Recognition Award. This award recognizes individuals for service "above and beyond the call of duty."

Service for the benefit of the university as a whole or for any of its affiliated units which is non-reimbursed and is not specifically job-related will be recognized. Nominees must have worked for the university a minimum of 12 months.

Nominations are due at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1. Awards will be presented Friday, Sept. 9. For nomination guidelines and submission instructions, visit

Questions to


Arrow Fairbanks Institute — request for applications

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.

For more information, see the complete submission guidelines. There is no application deadline. Submit proposals to Cynthia Helphingstine, PhD, president and CEO of the Fairbanks Institute, at

Questions to 238-2459 or


Arrow Health games conference seeks abstracts

Abstracts are currently being accepted for presentations at the second annual Midwestern Conference on Health Games Friday, Oct. 28, in the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex.

Health games use popular gaming consoles, web and mobile technologies as effective tools in health care and education. Abstracts may include case studies, scientific research papers, panel discussions, lectures, posters or tutorials. This event is presented by the IUPUI School of Informatics.

For more information, visit


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.

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

To subscribe to these updates by email, visit the subscription page.



Arrow Pediatricians release new book

Aaron Carroll, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, and Rachel Vreeman, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, have published Don’t Cross Your Eyes…They’ll Get Stuck that Way!, a new book that debunks many common medical myths.

The book, which came out on July 5, has garnered attention from several notable media outlets, including Yahoo Health and a nearly full-page interview in USA Today. Drs. Carroll and Vreeman also are Riley Hospital physicians and Regenstrief Institute-affiliated scientists.

Don’t Cross Your Eyes…They’ll Get Stuck that Way! is published by St. Martin's Press and is available online and at book stores across the country. Drs. Carroll and Vreeman are also authors of Don't Swallow Your Gum!: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health, published in 2009.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


 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.