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IUSM Scope

July 29, 2011
Volume 15 Number 29 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Hospitals tighten smoking ban

IU Health’s policy designating its downtown hospitals smoke-free will be expanded Monday, Aug. 22, to eliminating tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco products, on IU Health premises or by IU Health staff during working hours, including when not on campus, to protect patients and staff from tobacco contaminants and their related odors, which can be carried into the patient care or work environment, triggering adverse physical reactions. Meal breaks are not excluded.

Full enforcement will include signage marking the ban within 100 feet of IU Health facilities, including patrolled by IU Health Safety & Security.


Arrow Glick Eye Institute to host community day

The Glick Eye Institute will be open to the community on Saturday, Aug. 20, the day following the formal dedication of the new $30 million, 77,000-square-foot advanced vision science center at 1160 W. Michigan St.

Glick Eye Institute Community Day will feature free health screenings, building tours and art project for children, including sidewalk chalk, drawing and face-painting. Tours will include access to the new ophthalmology and optometry clinics and research laboratories. Guests also may visit the optical shop and check out the glasses and sunglasses.

Faculty and staff are welcome to attend the institute’s formal campus dedication ceremony, including IU President Michael McRobbie, at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in the IUPUI Campus Center. This event follows the second annual Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute Vision Research Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 19, in the new eye institute’s Spitzberg Conference Room.

For more information, visit or see the Glick Eye Community Day flyer.

Questions to


Arrow Indiana CTSI offers new grant

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, with support from the IU School of Informatics, is offering a new funding mechanism to create Sustainable and Collaborative Informatics Projects (SCIP) open immediately to receive applications.

SCIP grants will require collaboration between two PIs—one PI from IUSM and the other PI from IU School of Informatics. The maximum amount would be for $100,000, with a maximum duration of two years. It is expected that two or three awards will be funded each year. These awards are part of the ‘innovation initiatives series’ within the bioinformatics program of the Indiana CTSI lead by William Tierney, MD, professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical effectiveness research.

All applications will be peer reviewed. Investigators selected for funding will be expected to adequately address the reviewers concerns and refine their projects appropriately before being funded. All funds will be released in a milestone-based manner during the project period.

There is no application deadline. The applications can be submitted throughout the year. (This RFA expires after Dec. 31, 2011).

For more information, see the complete application guidelines at To apply, visit

Questions to the Indiana CTSI at 278-2874 or


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Rohr-Kirchgraber to lead women’s health

Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics, has been appointed the new executive director of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

In this position, Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber will lead the center’s efforts to achieve its central mission, “To Improve the Health of Indiana Women.” Progress toward this goal is supported by a wide range of center activities and roles. In addition to providing patient-centered, evidence-based, high quality care, the center develops and disseminates best practices in women’s health, convenes organizational collaborations, and works to inform policymakers about the implications of policy decision on women’s health. It also organizes and administers programs to raise statewide performance in areas of specific concern, such as cervical cancer screening, in which Indiana ranked 46th out of 50 states and screening rates declined from 2007-2010.

As a physician, Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber provides primary care for adolescents and adult women with a focus on chronic diseases, primary care for cancer survivors, eating disorders and obesity. Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber also serves as medical director of the Center of Excellence ambulatory practice, chair of the medicine-pediatrics committee of the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Physicians and as a member of the national board for the American Medical Women's Association and governing council on the Women's Physicians Congress of the American Medical Association.


Arrow Leadership in Academic Medicine Program — call for applications

The Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (LAMP), a year-long faculty development and orientation program for new IUSM faculty, is currently accepting applications for the 2011-2012 academic year. Faculty members in their first three years of appointment are encouraged to apply.

LAMP seminars will introduce participants to the fundamentals of career planning, self-management and leadership skills. The program provides faculty the tools they will need to accomplish their primary career goals and aspirations.

For more information, visit or contact


Arrow Associate Faculty Forum — Aug. 16

Faculty with part-time appointments are welcome to participate in the Associate Faculty Forum from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the IUPUI Library, room 1125.

The evening’s interactive sessions will cover a variety of teaching topics, including the basics of using Oncourse, advanced functions of Oncourse, resources for classroom technology, engaging students in the classroom and strategies for preventing cheating. There will also be a panel of associate faculty to discuss what they wished they had known when they started teaching.

For a complete schedule or to register, visit

Questions to the Center for Teaching and Learning at 274-1300.


Staff News

Arrow Correll to direct facilities and operations

Karen S. Correll, previously associate director for space planning, has been appointed director for facilities planning and operations. Correll has served as interim director in this position since March 2010.

This position includes the management of all IUSM capital and renovation projects; overseeing maintenance and security operations for all IUSM occupied spaces; and supervision of project managers, facility managers, space technicians and other staff in the Office of Facility Planning and Operations.

Correll possess six years’ experience in life science research industry and seven years’ experience in academic research operations, including associate director for research operations in the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research from 2003 to 2006.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Resident and fellow career social — Aug. 3

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


Arrow Guest physician to present on microsurgery

Rodrigo E. Elizondo Omaña, MD, will present two guest lectures from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, and Friday, Aug. 12, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building.

The presentation, “Microsurgical model for the study of the morphological adaptive response of venous grafts,” will be in room 326 on Aug. 11 and room B26 on Aug. 12. Dr. Elizondo Omaña is an associate professor of human anatomy at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León School of Medicine in Monterrey, Mexico.

This event is presented by the IUSM Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology.


Arrow Trauma Services Grand Rounds — Aug. 15

James Callahan, MD, assistant professor of clinical neurological surgery, will present a lecture on “Acute Spinal Cord Injury” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, at the IU Health Methodist Hospital Petticrew Auditorium.

Refreshments will be provided. This event is eligible for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.


Arrow Breast Cancer webinar — Aug. 17

Robert Goulet, MD, volunteer clinical professor of surgery, will present the next lecture in a 10-part multi-disciplinary breast health webinar series from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Dr. Goulet will present on the role of patient advocacy in breast cancer care. To watch the lecture live, log in at 4 p.m. to Free CME credit is available for the live and archived versions of this lecture. An archived version of the lecture will be posted Thursday, Aug. 18, at

This event is supported by the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the IU Simon Cancer Center. For a complete webinar schedule, visit


Arrow Empowering patients through home dialysis

Michael Kraus, MD, professor of clinical medicine, will present “Home Daily Dialysis: Empowering the Patient” from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at theIU Health Methodist Hospital Petticrew Auditorium.

Dr. Kraus, who helped pilot a home hemodialysis machine, will discuss the practice’s benefits to a person’s physical and psycho-social well-being, including improvements to post-treatment recovery time, blood pressure control, energy levels, sleep and travel flexibility.

He also will share testimonials from current patients and information to help other physicians outline options for their patients.


News to Use

Arrow VP for research provides testimony

IU Vice President for Research Jorge José testified July 28 on the merit review grant award process and its effect on federally-funded scientific research during a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Research and Science Education.

Dr. José was one of four experts to testify before the subcommittee as it works to understand the strengths and potential weaknesses of a funding process used by a number of federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. In fiscal year 2010, the NSF alone awarded 12,996 grants from more than 55,500 proposals, and about 96 percent of those were evaluated through the NSF merit review process.

For more information, visit the IU Newsroom.


Arrow E-verify implementation and background check changes

IU has begun using HireRight, Inc., our current background check vendor, to complete electronic Form I-9s and E-Verify checks effective July 25. To facilitate this implementation, IUPUI will also be making some adjustments to the processing of criminal background checks for new hires.

To eliminate any extraneous collection of confidential information such as social security numbers, HRA will begin “inviting” the applicant to complete the background check information online via HireRight.  Section 1 of the electronic I-9 IU will be simultaneously initiated by inviting the applicant to complete that online via HireRight.

For more information, contact John Murray or Debbie McCullough


Arrow New grant system goes live

Kuali Coeus, IU’s new, comprehensive grant administration system designed to better assist faculty researchers at every stage of the grant-making process, became fully operational July 24.

The open-source Kuali Coeus research administration system replaces and expands on the university's Electronic Research Administration system and components of the Financial Information System, as well as numerous internal research administration systems and databases.

A second implementation phase is expected December 2012, including the ability to create awards, award terms and conditions, and manage complex, multi-account awards. Phase 2 will integrate Kuali Coeus with financial components debuting in the Kuali Financial Systems at Indiana University.

For more information, visit the IU Newsroom.


Arrow Advanced teleconferencing room available

A second room dedicated to high-end videoconferencing is now available at University Place Hotel and Conference Center.

The Cisco Telepresence Room, located on the second floor of the hotel, replicates face-to-face communication and eliminates the cost and time of long distance travel.

For more information, visit this website. Questions to 274-3196.


Arrow Hospital websites user survey

IU schools of medicine and informatics faculty are seeking survey participants as part of a study on users’ preferences in interactive features on hospital websites.

The purpose of this study is to find out how hospital websites can best serve the users. Participants must be at least 18 years old and have seen a doctor in the U.S., or visited a hospital website, in the last 12 months. After researchers have analyzed the survey results, each participant will be asked to answer a few more open-ended questions in the second round.

To participate, visit For questions about rights as a person taking part in a research study, call the IUPUI/IU Office of Health Research Compliance Administration 278-3458 or (800) 696-2949.


Arrow IU Health CEO launches blog

Dan Evans, MD, president and CEO of IU Health, can now add “blog author” to his list of activities and accomplishments. Evans is taking his insight and opinions to the blogosphere—sharing his experiences with IU Health employees and the public.

Bookmark Evans’ blog, titled “Strength,” for frequent updates on healthcare industry and reform news, insight and opinions on his personal and professional experiences and his perspective on leading a nationally recognized health system.

See more at


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, is devoted to AIDS. Hear an historical overview with AIDS virus discoverer Dr. Jay Levy. Other topics covered include living with AIDS; a treatment that prevents AIDS transmission; AIDS complacency; adopting HIV children; and the humor of living HIV positive. Sound Medicine airs Sunday, July 31, and Tuesday, Aug. 2, 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 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, see the Sound Medicine website.



Arrow Nominations sought for chronic fatigue syndrome advisory committee

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office on Women's Health, Health and Human Services, is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee.

CFSAC provides advice and recommendations to the secretary of HHS, through the assistant secretary for health, on a broad range of issues and topics related to chronic fatigue syndrome. The appointments of three committee members are scheduled to end during the 2012 calendar year.

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. For more information or to apply, visit this website.

Questions to


Arrow Glen W. Irwin Award — request for nominations

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” to the benefit of the university as a whole or for any of its affiliated units.

Service that 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 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1.

For more information, visit Questions to


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 this page.



Arrow Diversity Affairs programs featured in local media

Two IUSM programs will be featured on WTHR, Channel 13, at 5:30 p.m.  Monday, Aug. 1.

As a part of the “What’s Cool in School” segment, reporter Bruce Kopp will highlight the impact of two summer science and math camps:  Brain Link and Middle School Academy of Science and Health Sciences (MASH).  These programs are designed to encourage children’s interest in medicine and science careers. 

Brain Link and MASH are directed by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Development Division of Diversity Affairs. 

For more information, visit


Arrow Honors

Indra J. Das, PhD, professor of radiation oncology, has been named a 2011 Fellow of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. He was selected in recognition of his leadership roles with the society and his contributions to the field of radiation oncology. In his role at IUSM, Dr. Das also provides leadership and expertise in medical physics at the IU Health Proton Therapy Center in Bloomington. The induction ceremony will be in October during ASTRO’s 53rd Annual Meeting. ASTRO is the largest radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies.

Psychologist Susan S. McIlvried has been presented the first annual Riley Child Development Center Service Award in appreciation of her service to the children with disabilities to address their educational, medical and legal needs. The award presentation was made at the Annual Conference on Health, Disability and the Law. The Riley Child Development Center is a program of the IUSM Department of Pediatrics.

Deanna R. Willis, MD, associate professor of family medicine, has been sworn in as the next president of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Willis became president-elect at the 2010 IAFP Congress of Delegates and was elected by the all-member congress. Previously, she served as chair of the Commission on Health Care Services and alternate director of the IAFP Central Region. Her term as president will be through July 28, 2012.


Around Town

Arrow Free cancer screenings at Brickyard 400

Volunteers from the IU Simon Cancer Center, IUSM and IU Health will provide free head and neck cancer screenings 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at the Brickyard 400. Screens will be performed in tents located on the east side of the Hall of Fame Museum lot.

All ticket holders will be eligible for screenings, which are quick and painless, and involve a health-care professional examining an individual’s mouth and ears, as well as feeling their facial area and neck for abnormalities. This is the third consecutive year for the event. Over the past two years, nearly 1,000 head and neck cancer screenings have been performed during the Brickyard 400. Of those screened, more than 230 individuals were advised to seek further medical attention.

This event will be held in partnership with the South Carolina-based Head and Neck Cancer Alliance. For more information, visit

Questions to (866) 792-4622.


 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.