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IUSM Scope

September 2, 2011
Volume 15 Number 34 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Student Outreach Clinic to celebrate third year

The IU Student Outreach Clinic will celebrate its third year of providing free health care to Indianapolis residents without insurance with an open house Saturday, Sept. 10.

Located in the Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 E. 10th St., IU-SOC sees patients on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The open house reception will begin at 1 p.m.; a brief program is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. followed by tours.

The student-run, volunteer clinic has been serving Indianapolis’ Near Eastside since 2008. Organized by IUSM students, the clinic has grown to include partnerships with the Butler University College of Pharmacy and the IU schools of dentistry, social work and law. Student volunteers from the schools work under the supervision of faculty members.

IUSM faculty are encouraged to attend the open house to learn more about the opportunities available to assist with the program. One or two faculty physicians oversee medical students every Saturday and additional physician volunteers are needed to ensure the continued success and growth of the clinic.

To RSVP, contact or 432-2811. RSVP is appreciated but not required.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow New educational leadership appointments

Maryellen E. Gusic, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs, has announced the addition of several new members to the leadership team for education in the IU School of Medicine.

Ronald Shew, PhD, senior lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, has been named director of the Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) Program. The MSMS program is a post baccalaureate program designed to enhance foundational medical science knowledge and learning skills for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Dr. Shew has served as a course director, faculty and mentor to students in this program since 2000. He has also been a member of the advisory committee and the admissions committee.

Dr. Shew will work closely with Fred Hamilton, who has been appointed associate director of MSMS and brings a wealth of post baccalaureate administrative experience to the position. He also will continue to serve as academic specialist and director of the Diversity Outreach Comprehensive Science Initiative in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Division of Diversity Affairs.

In addition, Alex Djuricich, MD, associate professor of clinical pediatrics and clinical medicine and director of the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program, will begin his tenure as associate dean for Continuing Medical Education on Nov. 1. Dr. Djuricich brings to this role experience and expertise in competency-based educational program development, performance evaluation, and in the creation of quality improvement initiatives designed to enhance patient and system level outcomes. He will provide leadership in creating comprehensive life-long learning opportunities for physicians and health professionals across the state. Dr. Djuricich also will work closely with colleagues across the continuum of education to design programming that eases transitions between stages of training and that prepares providers for maintenance of certification.


Arrow Mark Your Calendar: Fall IUSM Orchestra

The IU School of Medicine Orchestra’s fall concert will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio Street. The event is free and open to the public.


Faculty News

Arrow Nalin to direct national medical leadership program

Peter Nalin, M.D., associate dean for graduate medical education, has been named director-elect for the Association of American Medical College's Leadership Development Course. Dr. Nalin’s tenure in the AAMC position lasts six years, serving as director-elect, director and as a mentor to the next incoming director. 

The 40-hour course, organized by the AAMC Group on Resident Affairs, is designed to help participants fulfill their responsibilities as graduate medical education leaders and designated institutional officials. The course is offered exclusively to academic leaders in AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals who manage the institutional environment for residents and fellows.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Staff News

Arrow Lee named executive associate director

Joshua Lee, director of planned giving, has been promoted to executive associate director of major and planned gifts at IUSM.  Lee joined the IUSM Office of Gift Development in 2006.

Over the past five years, Lee has cultivated and secured planned and major gifts to further the medical school’s mission of education, research and service.  He also has been an important resource for gift officers, grateful patients, alumni, and donors and their professional advisors.  In addition, Lee has served as a director of the J.O. Ritchey Society, the school’s planned giving donor recognition group, and is responsible for its outreach to the legal community through the Planned Giving Council. 

A graduate of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, Lee served as vice-president and estate settlement officer for National City Bank prior to joining IUSM.  He also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from IU-Bloomington and spent five years as a medical researcher at the Methodist Research Institute.


Student Showcase

Arrow OMSL kicks off a new year

The Office of Medical Service-Learning held its annual pizza lunch for medical students eager to get involved with various service-related projects.

Medical students who attended the Aug. 25 event in Emerson Hall heard medical student project co-chairs describe each available project, and viewed a photo slideshow. There are currently 17 active OMSL service-learning projects offering diverse opportunities, including working with adults and seniors; mentoring or teaching children; participating in community and international health programs ; cultural competency; and developing nonprofit leadership.

Officers for 2011/2012 Medical Student Service-Learning Group, the student-led forum affiliated with the OMSL, include: Elaina Chen (MS4) and Tyler King (MS4), senior co-chairs; Kendal Herget (MS3) and Janice Farlow (MS3), junior co-chairs;  Mink Wungwattana (MS4), treasurer; Sean Karr (MS2), Peter Baenziger (MS2), and Jeramy Hackworth (MS2), website managers;  Abby Rice (MS4) and Kristina Shaffer (MS4), public relations coordinators; and Elaina Chen (MS4), Pavan Rao (MS4), Adam Nevel (MS4), Prerna Raj (MS3), and Kendal Herget (MS3), volunteer service coordinators. 

OMSL promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences. For more information, visit


Arrow Free wellness screenings

Student Health Services is offering free wellness screenings to students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the IUPUI Campus Center Student Health, room 213.

Wellness screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, body fat analysis/body mass index, height/weight, vision, pregnancy and strep test. Wellness consultations and resources are also available.

Walk-ins and appointments welcome. For more information, call 317-274-WELL or visit


Events & Lectures

Arrow Reflections on Healing and Incurable Illness

The Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series will present “Dying, Meaning and Wholeness: Reflections on Healing and Incurable Illness” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Methodist Petticrew Auditorium.

S. Kay Toombs, PhD, an associate professor emeritus of philosophy at Baylor University, will explore a first-hand account of the lived experience of incurable illness and dying from the perspective of the patient and to consider how this experience is shaped by the meanings, values and practices of the surrounding culture and the context of modern medicine.

For more information on this lecture, see the event brochure. For additional information about the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, visit

CME/CE Credit will be offered. Questions to Amy Chamness at 962-1721 or


Arrow OBGYN Grand Rounds — Sept. 7

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will present a grand rounds lecture from 8:15 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203.

Lisa Hess, PhD, assistant professor of public health and obstetrics and gynecology, will present “Quality of Life in Women’s Health: Is it a philosophical or clinically measureable concept?”

For more information, visit


Arrow Seminar on cardiovascular disease

The Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics will host a presentation by Xue Sean Li, PhD, assistant professor of surgery and pathology at the Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203.

Dr. Li will present "A central molecular cassette in cardiovascular development and disease."

Questions to Margie Day at


Arrow Pascuzzi to speak on seizure disorders

Robert Pascuzzi, MD, chair and professor of neurology, will present “Seizure Disorders in Older Adults,” from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Wishard Hospital Conference Room T2008A/B, across from the second floor cafeteria.

Dr. Pascuzzi will focus on etiologies for new seizures in older adults, diagnosing older adults who with new onset seizures, updates on treatment and knowing when to refer older adults who have seizures to neurology.

Attendees will receive CME credit of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1.


Arrow LGBT reception — Sept. 8

The IUPUI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Faculty and Staff Council and the Advocates for Sexual Equality Undergraduate Student Group will host a fall reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Herron School of Art and Design Grand Hall and Herron Galleries, first floor, 735 W. Michigan St.

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. Food will be served. To RSVP, email by 5 p.m. Sept. 5.


Arrow History of Medicine Speaker Series begins

The 2011-2012 John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Speaker Series will open from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B26.

Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, professor of radiology, pediatrics, philosophy and philanthropic studies, will present “Evolving Sexuality in the 20th Century.” Dr. Gunderman is a member of the board of governors of the IU Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction.

This event will include a pizza lunch.


Arrow Presentation to highlight aging research

Nicole Keith, PhD, associate professor of physical education at Indiana University, will present “Development of a Self-Report Fitness Survey” from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, in Wishard Conference Room T-2012. 

This research conference will focus on the main findings and interesting facts from her current research collaborating with scientists within the IU Center for Aging Research.


Arrow Free Mandarin Chinese lessons

The IUPUI Confucius Institute will offer free Mandarin Chinese language classes each week from noon to 12:45 p.m. starting Monday, Sept. 12, in Cavanaugh Hall, room 129. 

Topics covered will include basic greetings, travel, food and business etiquette. Classes are open to all faculty and staff.

Space is limited. To participate, contact Yang Feng at


Arrow TRIP Community Showcase — Sept. 12

IUPUI Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Community Showcase will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450.

This event is an opportunity to engage with distinguished faculty scholars as they present their translational research and illustrate how they improve people’s lives at the IUPUI TRIP Community Showcase. Presenters include J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine, and Alexia M. Torke, MD, assistant professor of medicine.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit

For more information, visit


Arrow The Genetics Portrait Project

The Medical Humanities-Health Studies program will present the first talk in its 2011-2012 Seminars in Medical Humanities and Health Studies series from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 148.

Stefan Petranek, MFA, professor of photography at the Herron School of Art and Design, will discuss his photographic project, “The Genetics Portrait Project,” an artistic investigation of how individuals in U.S. society perceive genetic research and the impact it will have on society’s future. This project explores the social implications of genetic research, capturing a snapshot of our current perception of how it will shape the future.

For more information about the seminar, please see the event flyer. RSVP is appreciated but not required. Refreshments will be served.

Questions to Kelly Gascoine at 278-1669 or


News to Use

Arrow Mock residency interviewers 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. Dates for this project are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, and Tuesday, Oct. 18.

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


Arrow Enter the IUPUI Regatta art contest

Prefer painting to paddling? The Herron School of Art and Design Alumni Association will host a “Captured ‘En Plein Air’ Art Contest” during the IUPUI Regatta Saturday, Sept. 24.

The contest will be open to amateur and professional artists 18 years and older. Using their own supplies, participants may create original artwork in any medium in competion for cash prizes. Entry costs $10 and includes an official "Artist" Regatta T-Shirt. For complete rules, see

The Third Annual IUPUI Regatta is a canoe race on the downtown canal that pits teams of up to eight IUPUI students, faculty, staff and alumni against each other in a half-mile relay. The race begins at the north end of the canal and proceeds to the USS Indianapolis basin and back. The event also features live entertainment and events for children. For more information, see


Arrow Undergraduate Medical Education relocation

The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education has relocated to Long Hall effective Thursday, Sept. 1. The office is now located on the fourth floor in suite 417. UME faculty and staff will have limited access to phones, fax and email during the move from Aug. 31 through Sept. 2.


Arrow People Mover offline till Sept. 6

The IU Health People Mover will be out of service from 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, for critical repairs. This will affect both Trains A and B. The shutdown will provide staff adequate time to perform maintenance and repairs to the People Mover power rail system in a timely and safe manner.

To arrange for emergency transportation during this time, contact IU Health Safety and Security at 962-8000. Questions to Chuck Fougnies, facilities manager at IU Health, at 710-4970.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week, Sound Medicine airs an encore edition of a show devoted to autism. Topics include a dietary regimen for managing autism, successful group therapy, training teachers to work with autistic kids and tips for enrolling an autistic child in public school.  Sound Medicine airs 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, on WFYI, 90.1FM and on many other public radio stations nationwide.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio. 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 Fall Core Pilot Funding Program – Request for Applications

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is accepting applications for its fall 2011 Core Pilot Funding Grant program.

This program will fund up to $10,000 in services provided by Indiana CTSI-designated core facilities, with the specific goal of funding projects with outstanding scientific merit and potential to generate extramural funding or novel intellectual property. For more information on Indiana CTSI-designated cores, visit (Eligible cores marked by the Indiana CTSI logo.)

Faculty at IUSM, IUPUI, IU-Bloomington, Purdue and Notre Dame are eligible to apply for core services from any of the CTSI partner institutions. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12.

For more information, including complete application guidelines and forms, visit and log in using your university ID.

Questions to Lilith Reeves, chief scientific officer, Indiana CTSI, at


Arrow Behavioral oncology and cancer control training program

The National Cancer Institute has renewed its support for the Training in Research in Behavioral Oncology and Cancer Control program. This program provides up to two years of funding for junior faculty scientists or post-doctoral fellows and up to three years of funding for pre-doctoral graduate students. Positions are currently available.

TRBOCC is a highly interdisciplinary program encourages applications from a broad range of health care specialties. Funding is available for junior faculty scientists, post-doctoral fellows and pre-doctoral graduate students.

In addition to salary support or a stipend, benefits include health insurance, tuition and fees, and pilot research funding. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Individuals interested in 2011 positions should respond as soon as possible. Contact Kurt Kroenke, MD, at 630-7447 or


Arrow Clinical workshop openings available

Two openings are available to faculty or fellows interested in participating in the Stanford Clinical Teaching Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 20, in Wishard Memorial Hospital. This workshop is sponsored by the IUSM Department of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics.

The Stanford Clinical Teaching Workshop promotes active learning, including small group discussion, videotape review of teaching vignettes, role-play exercises and optional supplemental reading.  The sessions also serve as a forum for the discussion of teaching and the exchange of ideas and strategies regarding clinical teaching.

This workshop is sequential; attendees must be able to commit to six of seven sessions, and the first Sept. 8 session is mandatory. Attendees and facilitators will earn 3 Department of Medicine eRVU credits per session, and 2 CME credits of AMA PRA Category 1.

For more information, call Laurel at 630-2219.


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.

Funding updates categorizes include sciences, limited submissions, technology and multidisciplinary:

To subscribe to these updates by email, visit this page.


Around Town

Arrow Eskenazi Health Run-Walk

Wishard Foundation will hold the inaugural Eskenazi Health Run/Walk and community health fair on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The event schedule includes a 5K, 1 Mile and 10K options, including an opening ceremony and awards. All runs will begin between 7:15 and 7:40 a.m. and will start and end at the Ott Building of Wishard Health Services. Registration begins at 6 a.m.

The community health fair will be from 7 to 11 a.m. This event will encourage community health through preventive care and healthful diet and lifestyle choices and promote awareness of the new Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus opening in December 2013. 

To register, visit to register. No advance registration is required to attend and participate in the health fair.


Traffic Updates

Arrow Hospital construction lane closures

Due to construction of Eskenazi Health, the north side of the east bound lane of 10th Street has been partially restricted between Wilson Street and just west of Elmwood. This lane is scheduled to reopen the week of Sept. 12.

On or after Sept. 12, the south side of the east bound lane of 10th Street will be partially restricted between Wilson Street and just west of Elmwood until approximately Sept. 21.

Motorists can expect delays and increased traffic congestion on 10th St during these time frames. Delays can also be expected on Michigan Street, Indiana Avenue and 10th Street at approximately 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday due to deliveries to the new hospital. These deliveries will be wide loads loads and escorted by IMPD. Deliveries began Aug. 29 and are expected to continue through Sept. 15.

For additional information about traffic closings and restrictions, visit this website.


 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 left-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. 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, Gatch Hall (formerly Clinical Building), Research II (R2), 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, read the MedTV guidelines and find our online submission form at

Questions? Phone 274-7722.


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.