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IUSM Scope

October 28, 2011
Volume 15 Number 42 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Roodman to lead Department of Medicine hematology oncology division

G. David Roodman, MD, PhD, has been named director of the Division of Hematology Oncology in the IUSM Department of Medicine. Dr. Roodman will also serve as Kenneth Wiseman Professor of Medicine and a researcher with the IU Simon Cancer Center. He begins his duties Nov. 15 pending approval by the IU board of trustees.

A specialist in diseases of the bone, Dr. Roodman’s research explores the role of the bone marrow microenvironment in promoting hematologic malignancies. A highly respected researcher, Dr. Roodman is the recipient of incentive funding made possible through Lilly Endowment’s gift of $60 million to create the Physician Scientist Initiative, which capitalizes on the unique talents that skilled investigators with medical degrees bring to scientific research.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Spirit and Place panel discussion on body donation — Nov. 9

The 16th annual Spirit and Place Festival will feature "From Gross Anatomy to Compassionate Care," from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the WFYI Building, 1630 N. Meridian St.

This event will explore the vital role body donation plays in medical school education with a panel discussion about an innovative anatomy program at IUSM-Northwest that allows medical students to honor donors and their families

Event panelists will include Kathryn J. Jones, PhD, professor and chair of anatomy and cell biology, IUSM; Margaret Gaffney, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, IUSM; Ernest Talarico, director of medical education and assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, IUSM-Northwest; Lucas Buchler, a third-year student at IUSM, and a donor family member. Barbara Lewis, host of WFYI’s Sound Medicine, will moderate.

This event is presented by the IU Center for Bioethics, IUSM, IUSM-Northwest, IUPUI, Sound Medicine and WFYI.

To RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 3, contact 274-7722 or


Arrow Health plan enrollment information sessions

IUPUI Human Resources Administration will conduct information sessions review health insurance open enrollment materials for full-time academic staff and employees.

The next open enrollment session will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 305, during the IUPUI Employee Health and Benefits Fair. These sessions will highlight what’s new in the health care plans for 2012, including an overview of the high deductible health plan and Medco, the new prescription benefit manager.  Tips on selecting the best health care plan for employees and their families will also be provided.  Additional sessions will be:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 1: 1-2:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 307
  • Friday, Nov. 4: 1-2:30 p.m. in the Nursing Building, room 112.
  • Thursday, Nov. 10: 2-3:30 p.m. in the Dental School, room 115.

Additional sessions focused on the High Deductible Health Plan PPO and Health Savings Account are also schedule.  These sessions will review how the high deductible health plan works, the tax advantages of the health savings account and the differences between the health savings account and the tax saver benefit plan. They will be:

  • Monday, Nov. 7: 2-3:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Library auditorium
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15: 1:30-3 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 307

HRA will also provide several “satellite benefits offices” for employees who wish to meet with a benefit specialist. Benefit specialists will answer  questions about health care and benefit plans offered by the university, provide information about the open enrollment process and assist with online enrollment.

Satellite offices will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays , Oct. 31 and Nov. 7 and 14, and Wednesdays, Nov. 2, 9 and 16, in Taylor Hall, room 2164; from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Nursing School, room 112; and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in the Dental School, room 115.

A complete schedule of information and satellite office sessions, including sessions at IUPUC in Columbus, IN is available at

The deadline for open enrollment is Friday, Nov. 18. Questions to 274-4596 or


Arrow Annual arts and crafts fair — Oct. 29

The IUPUI Staff Council, along with Herron School of Art and Design student artists, will present its third annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the IUPUI Campus Center.

This event will feature original works by 40 crafters and artisans across Indiana. Items will include clothing, hand-woven baskets, glass art, jewelry, original artwork, woodcrafts, pottery, crocheted and knitted items, hand-made greeting cards, and recycled bottle art. 

Admission to the fair is free of charge and open to the public.  Proceeds from booth rental will support scholarships for IUPUI students. 

For more information, visit or contact Teresa McCurry at 274-0463 or


Faculty News

Arrow Fall Faculty Meeting — Oct. 31

The IUSM Fall Faculty Meeting will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium. This semester’s event will focus on the future of the relationship between IUPUI and the IU School of Medicine. 

Uday Sukhatme, ScD, executive vice chancellor and dean of the faculties at IUPUI, and D. Craig Brater, MD, dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs at IU, will discuss creating an IU health sciences campus in Indianapolis, as outlined in the New Academic Directions report

To submit a question for Drs. Sukhatme and Brater, visit

The session will also be available via online video stream.


Arrow Faculty and alumni reception at AAMC

IUSM faculty, alumni and guests are welcome to attend the IUSM Alumni and Friends Reception—held in conjunction with the Association of American Medical College's annual meeting—from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in the Colorado Convention Center, room 109, 700 14th St., Denver, CO.

The event will be hosted by D. Craig Brater, MD, dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for clinical affairs. Snacks and beverages will be served. Parking is available at the university center near Champa Street and Speer Bouldevard for $12.

To RSVP, contact the IUSM Alumni Association at (866) 267-3104 or


Events & Lectures

Arrow Lunch talk on health and body image

The American Medical Women’s Association will present “Love Your Body,” a lunch talk and discussion on body image, diet and weight, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

This event will feature panelists from the IU Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and Charis Center for Eating Disorders.

Lunch from Jimmy John’s will be served.


Arrow NCI Cancer Genome Atlas Program webinar

The National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Centers Learning Series will offer a free webinar about the Cancer Genome Atlas Program from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.

This webinar will discuss the TCGA program, which aims to complete the comprehensive genomic characterization of more than 11,000 tumors by the end of 2014. Speakers will include Kenna Shaw, PhD, deputy director of TCGA Office, and Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, PhD, associate professor at Case Western Reserve University. Topics will include a review of the program’s status, tumor types and discoveries of the most well developed projects.

For more information, visit To participate, go to this page Questions to


Arrow Semiconductor sequencing technology seminar

Scientists and researchers interested in learning more about Ion Torrent semiconductor sequencing technology are invited to participate in a seminar from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203.

Ion Torrent semiconductor sequencing technology can be used to continually facilitate new research breakthroughs. This seminar will cover "what's new" from scientists and customers using the Ion Torrent PGM sequencer. Presentations include:

  • 1-2 p.m.: "The Evolution of the Ion Torrent and Real-Life Applications" by Glenn Powell, director of Ion Torrent
  • 2:15-3 p.m.: "Development of DNA Sequencing Tools for Haplotype Resolved Sequencing" by Jeremy Edwards, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular genetics and co-director of the Keck-UNM Genomics Resource, University of New Mexico
  • 3-4 p.m.: "Ion Torrent Software Analysis and Community Support: Ion Torrent Bioinformatics Resources for High Throughput Sequencing Data Analysis" by Yunlong Liu, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical and molecular genetics, IU School of Medicine

This workshop is free of charge, but seating is limited. Lunch will be served prior to the seminar from 12:30 to 1 p.m. in the Walther Hall lobby.

To register, visit Questions to Eric Hilligoss at or (317) 468-5352.

For more information, see the event flier.


Arrow Ethics lecture on pregnancy termination

The Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics sponsors a Fairbanks Ethics Lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Methodist Hospital Petticrew Auditorium. A live-broadcast of this presentation will be shown in the Riley Outpatient Center Auditorium.

Steven S. Ivy, MDiv, PhD, senior vice president for values, ethics, social responsibility and pastoral services at IU Health, will present "Religious and Cultural Conversations Regarding Pregnancy Termination: Beyond Silence or Conflict" This lecture will cover the secular and religious ethics of IU Health’s policies and procedures regarding pregnancy termination.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free CME/CE credit will be offered. For more information, see the event flier.

Questions to Amy Chamness at 962-1721 and


Arrow Disease and therapeutic response modeling symposium

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute will present its first symposium on disease and therapeutic response modeling Nov. 2-3 at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel.

This symposium will focus on disease and therapeutic response modeling as a means for understanding treatment of patients in an environment that encourages interaction among the participants. Keynote speaker will be Jamie Dananberg, MD, vice president for translational medicine at Eli Lilly & Co., and Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, associate dean for translational research at IUSM and director of the Indiana CTSI.

This event also will be facilitated by plenary sessions conducted by leading academic, industrial and regulatory scientists; poster sessions and discussion groups.    

For a complete list of speakers, see the event brochure. Questions to Rob Bies at, Eric Sherer at, or Jasper Stevens at


Arrow Dietician to present diabetes information session

IUPUI Student Health Services, part of the Division of Student Life, will present a free information session on diabetes from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 148.

Saily Guerra, a registered dietician at IU Health, will present the “ABC’s of Diabetes,” including tips on how to reduce the risk of developing the disease. Free glucose testing will be offered.

This event is part of the Wellness Wednesdays Program Series. For information, visit

Questions to Emily Werner at or call 317-274-WELL.


Arrow Presentation on disability in older adults

Medicine Grand Rounds will present “The Critical Care Recovery Program Initiative” from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Wishard Hospital Myers Auditorium.

Malaz Boustani, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of the aging brain program at IU Center for Aging Research, and Babar Khan, MD, assistant professor of medicine, will speak. The focus of the lecture will be cognitive, psychological and physical disability among older adults who survived acute critical illness, including the minimally specified care that needs to be provided to these vulnerable older adults, especially during the critical 90 days following discharge from the hospital.

Dr. Khan also serves as a scientist with IU’s Center for Aging Research and Dr. Boustani as an investigator with Regenstrief Institute.

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


Arrow Medical history lecture on cervical cancer

The John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society will present a seminar on cervical cancer from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

Darron R. Brown, professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology, will present "Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs in Preventing Cervical Cancer: A Major Killer of Women Worldwide."

For more information, see the event flier. This event is co-sponsored by the Medical Humanities-Health Studies Program.

Lunch will be served. To RSVP, email


Arrow Goals and responsibilities of modern medicine

Seminars in Medical Humanities and Health Studies will present Heather Wood Ion, founder of Epidemic of Health and Healing, from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in Emerson Hall, room 304.

Wood Ion will present, “Are We Being Good Ancestors,” which will address this famous question raised by Jonas Salk. The discussion will focus on the goals of today’s medicine as well as the ways in which responsibilities to an unknown future may change patients interventions, and how those interventions are valued.

This event is co-sponsored by the Spirit of Medicine program. For more information, see the event flier.

Questions and RSVP to 278-1669 or


Arrow Attorneys to discuss new health care law

Eric Wright, director of the IU Center for Health Policy, and Gerard Magliocca, professor of law at the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, will host a lecture on the new health care law from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Fort Wayne Country Club, 5221 Covington Rd., Fort Wayne.

This event will include an overview of its provisions and where its current legal challenges stand. Fort Wayne-area alumni, attorneys, dentists, social workers, nurses and physicians are invited to attend this IU Alumni Association-sponsored program. Lawyers, dentists and social workers will be able to earn continuing education credits. Cost is $5. Food will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

To register online, visit this page. Questions to Owens at 274-5063 or


Arrow Alumni Relations Holiday Night — Dec. 7

The IUSM Alumni Association will offer discount tickets to residents, fellows and fourth-year medical students at this year’s Alumni Relation’s Holiday Night from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

Bring your family and come enjoy an evening of holiday cheer, good food, great times, Santa, the Jolly Slide and festive holiday music on all five floors of the museum. Also, special guest Charles D. Beeker, an IU underwater archaeologist, will present a lecture from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Captain Kidd’s lost ship, Cara Merchant, open to adults and children ages 12 and over.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for children ages 3-12 and free for children under 3 years old.  Five dollar discounts are available to residents, fellows and fourth-year medical students.

For more information or to register, visit


News to Use

Arrow University Hospital earns top honor

IU Health University Hospital has been granted stage 6 designation for the use of Electronic Medical Records by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

This distinction honors the hospital’s accomplishments in implement technology solutions that have the ability to improve patient safety and quality of care. Currently, only 250 hospitals in the world have achieved this advanced level of EMR automation.

University Hospital will be recognized at the HIMSS 2012 Annual Conference and Exhibition on Feb. 21-24 in Las Vegas at the Sands Convention Center.


Arrow Calendar to benefit cancer research

A calendar featuring racing stars from the National Hot Rod Association and their families is now on sale to raise funds for children’s cancer research at the IU Simon Cancer Center and IU Health Proton Therapy Center.

“Real Families of NHRA Full Throttle Calendar” is the second annual calendar from the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation. The 2010 Housewives calendar sold 1500 copies and raised $40,000 for melanoma research. This year, the calendar has expanded to 18-months with several new faces and bonus pictures of drivers with their families. Andrea is wife of NHRA racing star Tony Pedregon.

Cost is $20 each plus shipping. To pre-order, visit the online store or order by mail using this order form (PDF). Orders will arrive before the Christmas holiday season. For more information, see this page.


Arrow Free HIV/STD testing available

Student Health Services, a part of the Division of Student Life, will sponsor free HIV/STD testing on the first Thursday of each month. The next testing will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the  IUPUI Campus Center, room 148.

Testing is free, safe and confidential and conducted by the Bellflower Clinic and the Damien Center. No appointment necessary.

For more information, call 317-274-WELL or visit


Arrow Income processing training

The Office of Financial Affairs is providing training in IUSM income processing from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Fesler Hall, room 211 (Hurty Hall B).

This training is mandatory for IUSM fiscal officers and revenue processors and is not open to other schools at this time. This session will teach participants how to properly deposit and transport funds at IUSM and is being offered in an effort to implement better internal controls and ensure university policy compliance. After participants attend an IUSM revenue processing training session they are not required to attend another session; however, they are welcome to attend as a refresher.

To register, visit this page, and select "Income Processing for IU School of Medicine employees."

Questions to Andrea Johnson at 274-2346 or


Arrow Last chance for free flu shots

Free flu shots will be available at the IUPUI Health and Benefits Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the IUPUI Campus Center. In addition, IUSM residents can recieve a free flu shot from 9 to 11 a.m.. Thursday, Nov. 3, Methodist Hospital Emergency Room.

Flu shots are sponsored by IUPUI Health Services with the IU School of Nursing. For more information, visit

Questions to IUPUI Health Services at 274-8214. 


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, experts discuss problems with mothers choosing to deliver babies early, the benefits of exercise for cancer patients, and the challenges of diagnosing brain cancer. In addition, we hear about a unique gross anatomy course for medical students in Indiana and one medical student’s reflection on becoming a physician.

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 Symposium on teaching excellence accepting proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2012 Edward C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching. The symposium will take place on Friday, March 2. Proposals that cross disciplines, come from graduate students, or involve student presenters are strongly encouraged. The symposium brings the higher education community together to examine the various instructional strategies that encourage student learning.

Deadline to submit is Tuesday, Nov. 1. For more information, visit


Arrow Last Lecture nominations sought — Jan. 15

All IUPUI faculty, retired faculty, staff and students are invited to submit nominations for speakers at the Last Lecture. This annual lecture is an opportunity to hear reflections on life’s lessons and meaning from a retired or current IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit.

The lecturer will be asked to share with students, staff, faculty and the general public the wisdom she or he gained through academic pursuits and life experiences and to distill a life of inquiry, reflection and service into guidelines and advice for successive generations. Speeches should be 30-40 minutes. The Last Lecture will be Friday, March 30, at IUPUI.

All current and retired IUPUI-based faculty and staff are eligible. Nominators should submit a brief summary justifying why the nominee deserves consideration.The successful nominee will receive $1,500.

Send nominations to Golam Mannan, IUPUI Senior Academy, 355 North Lansing - AO 109, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 or via e-mail to Submission deadline is Sunday, Jan. 15.

The Last Lecture is co-sponsored by the IUPUI Senior Academy, the IUPUI Administration and the IU Foundation. Speaker selection will be announced in early March. For previous speakers and presentations titles, visit

Questions to Golam Mannan, selection committee chair, at 228-0324 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.

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

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



Arrow Gold Humanism Honor Society awardees

Twenty-eight senior medical students were formally inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society Oct. 21 at the GHHS banquet at Fairbanks Hall. This honor recognizes students for their professionalism and humanistic qualities. Please see below for the complete list of honorees:

Class of 2012 members of the IUSM Gold Humanism Honor Society: Shaheryar F. Ansari, Nikita Barai, Wesley R. Barnes, Tarah J. Brown, Kristin M. Buzzitta, Elaina Y. Chen, Mary E. Clegg, Jessica J. Donaldson, Lauren M. Guggina, Micah A. Hatch, Lesley A. Higgins, M. Tyler King, Yiping Li, Megan K. Marshall-Werntz, Brandon D. Morrical, Gina M. Nuzzo, Alexander O. Ondari, Nicholas A. Pipito, Kyra D. Reed, Joshua D. Rouch, Aliese A. Sarkissian, Laura E. Stage, Julie E. Stark, Jennifer S. Trotter, Anita A. Turk, Leonard S. Weiss, Minkkwan Wungwattana and Rachel S. Wyss.

In addition, the following scholarships were presented to students at the GHHS banquet:

Class of 2012 Scholarship Awards:

  • Aliese Sarkissian: Gerald Bepko Scholarship, awarded for excellence in community service
  • Elaina Chen: Gerald Bepko Scholarship, awarded for excellence in professionalism
  • Shaheryar Ansari: Lynda Means Scholarship, awarded for active involvement in service to the underserved
  • Nikita Barai, Kristin Buzzitta, Mary Clegg, Joshua Rouch, Leonard Weiss, Minkkwan Wungwattana and Rachel Wyss: Janice M. Pascuzzi Scholarships, awarded for demonstrating excellence in compassionate care

Six resident GHHS awardees from the IUSM Class of 2011 were announced in last week's issue of Scope. Congratulations to all students for recognition of their professionalism and humanistic qualities.

For more information about GHHS, visit


 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.