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March 16, 2012
Volume 16 Number 10 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Above the Fold

Student Showcase

Faculty News

Staff News

Events & Lectures

News to Use

Opportunities

Grants & Funding

Kudos

At Your Fingertips


Above the Fold

Arrow IU School of Medicine advances into top 50 for research

The Indiana University School of Medicine has moved into the top 50 for research according to the 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools rankings released March 13.

The school moved into the top 50 in this ranking, up to 48th from 51st a year ago. In addition, the IU School of Medicine remained at 24th for primary care.

“Our rank for graduate programs reveals the dedication and quality of both our faculty and the graduate students we teach,” said D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs at IU. “The School of Medicine continues to significantly impact the health and well-being of Hoosiers and the economic success of Indiana.”

The school holds $265 million in research grants and contracts, including $133 million from the National Institutes of Health. Major projects by the school to strengthen research include the Indiana Physician Scientist Initiative, supported by a $60 million grant from Lilly Endowment, to increase the number of research scientists with medical degrees on the faculty.

The IU School of Medicine also ranks in the 95th percentile among all medical schools in the number of graduates who enter primary care and similarly for those who practice in rural communities, Brater said.

Other health-related programs at IU were ranked in the top 20, including the IU College of Arts and Sciences’ speech-language pathology master's program, ranked at 11th overall and ninth among public universities; its audiology doctoral program, ranked 17th overall and 13th among publics; and its clinical psychology doctoral program, ranked 18th overall and 11th among public universities. The IU School of Nursing, which is not ranked annually, was ranked 15th in 2011.

U.S. News & World Report ranks graduate programs on formulas that consider a variety of factors, including peer and employer assessments, job placement of graduates, research funding, admissions selectivity and faculty-student ratios. Nursing rankings rely on surveys of program directors and faculty.

For more information about research at the IU School of Medicine, visit medicine.iu.edu/research. For more information on all IU’s rankings, visit the IU Newsroom.

For more about the U.S. News & World Report rankings, visit www.usnews.com.

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Arrow Lilly Endowment awards $2.5 million to Center for Global Health

Lilly Endowment has awarded $2.5 million to strengthen program development and establish an endowed chair at the IU Center for Global Health for its AMPATH initiatives in Kenya.

Matching funds committed through the IUPUI IMPACT fundraising campaign bolster the grant’s total value to $4 million. The IU Foundation will invest and manage the funds.

AMPATH — the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare — is the cornerstone of the Center for Global Health. It is a collaboration between Moi University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya, and a consortium of North American academic institutions led by the IU School of Medicine.

The endowed chair established through the grant will fund the work of the program’s field director in Kenya, a position now held by Joseph Mamlin, M.D., professor emeritus of medicine, IU School of Medicine. It will be named the Stephanie and Craig Brater Chair in Global Health in honor of IU medical school Dean Craig Brater and his wife, Stephanie. The program has held special meaning to the Braters over the years, and they have been among its most ardent champions.

"I cannot imagine a dean of any U.S. medical school more engaged, supportive and, indeed, a part of the IU work in Kenya than Dean Brater,” Dr. Mamlin said. “By honoring Dr. Brater and his wife, Stephanie, with this gift, Lilly Endowment highlights the potential relationship between visionary academic leadership in the U.S., passion and commitment by individuals, and improved access to health care throughout the world."

The endowed chair will provide permanent funding to ensure that the work begun by Dr. Mamlin will continue for years to come.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.

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Arrow Ora Pescovitz to visit IUSM

Ora Pescovitz, MD, will be giving several presentations at the IU School of Medicine and IUPUI as Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Visiting Professor on Friday, March 23. Dr. Pescovitz is CEO of the University of Michigan Health System and previously served as executive associate dean for research affairs at IUSM and president and CEO of Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

She will be the keynote speaker for the 2011-12 Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society annual induction banquet, which begins at 6 p.m. in Scholars Hall at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel. The title of her speech will be “Altruism and Perfection in Medicine.” The event will honor 49 medical students and six physicians who were elected into the Honor Society at the fall 2011 annual meeting. Registration and reception will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m.

In addition to the AOA keynote:

  • Dr. Pescovitz will present a Medicine Grand Rounds lecture on “Health Care Reform: An Age of Change; An Era of Opportunity” from noon to 1 p.m. in Myers Auditorium of Wishard Memorial Hospital.
  • From 3:30 to 5 p.m., Dr. Pescovitz will give a talk on “Time Management: Hunting Your Lions” at the Glick Eye Institute, room 103.

For more information on the AOA induction banquet, email AOA Coordinator Ruth Patterson at rfpatter@iupui.edu or AOA Councilor Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, at rbgunder@iupui.edu.

For more information on the Medicine Grand Rounds, contact Bradley Allen, 317-278-7788, bradalle@iupui.edu.

For more information on the Glick Eye Institute presentation, contact Emily Walvoord, 317-948-2537, ewalvoor@iupui.edu.

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Student Showcase

Arrow IUSM students celebrate Match Day 2012

This IU School of Medicine Class of 2012 accepted residency positions in 34 states, including Indiana, during Match Day, Friday, March 16, in the IUPUI Campus Center. The 290 fourth-year medical students joined fellow medical students across the country as they learned their placement in residency positions across Indiana and the United States.

Match Day is among the most anticipated day of the year for fourth-year medical students, who will receive medical degrees May 13.

"The residency match is becoming increasingly competitive and stressful, but IU students again did very well this year,” said Dennis Deal, director of Academic Records-Medical Student Affairs. “A large number of our students will be staying at the IU Medical Center and in Indiana for their residencies, but we are also sending graduates to many other prestigious programs in the country, including Johns Hopkins, Mayo, Duke University and the Cleveland Clinic.”

“Our students are well received nationally. The quality of the clinical training our graduates receive is highly regarded," he added.

Among the Match Day highlights:

 38 percent of the students will pursue at least part of their residencies within Indiana
 69 students will be residents at IU Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, other  IU Health  facilities, Wishard Health Services and the Roudebush VA Medical Center
 41 percent of IU School of Medicine graduates will enter primary-care programs, which includes internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, primary internal medicine and combined internal medicine-pediatrics

This year’s class also enjoyed an invitation-only after-party at the Rathskeller, including a limbo contest and a luau theme. Event organizers were Adam Golas, Andrew Streicher, Kristin Buzzitta, Pauley Gasparis and Alexander Ondari.

To learn more about Ondari, a native of Eldoret, Kenya, who is 2012 class vice president and a future surgeon — or  Jennifer Trotter, a mother of three and a future emergency medicine physician — visit this page.

For more about Match Day, including a photo gallery and video of the complete ceremony, check back next week at medicine.iu.edu/education/match-day-2012.

For more information on the National Resident Matching Program, which coordinates thousands of medical students' and U.S. hospital programs' preferences, visit www.nrmp.org.

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Arrow Evening of the Arts — silent auction donation deadline extended

The 2012 Evening of the Arts will be Saturday, March 24, at the Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the talent show starts at 6. Items in the silent auction are on display throughout the evening.

The annual performance showcases the musical, artistic and dramatic talents of IUSM students, faculty and staff. Silent auction items will be used to raise funds for clinics providing free health care services to the homeless and working poor of Indianapolis. The IUSM Student Outreach Clinic, St. Thomas Clinic, Wheeler Mission and Gennesaret Free Clinic are staffed by IUSM student volunteers.

The deadline to donate items to the silent auction has been extended to Thursday, March 22. To donate art or crafts as part of the fund-raising effort, email eotaiusm@gmail.com. Artworks and other donated items can be dropped off at the Medical Student Affairs Office in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 162. 

Ticket orders may be made at Office for Mentoring and Student Development, VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 162, or online at www.iupui.edu/~iusmeota/tickets.html. Prices are: students $10 in advance, $15 at the door; general public $15 in advance, $20 at the door, cash or check only. 

For more information, visit www.iupui.edu/~iusmeota.

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Faculty News

Arrow Physician’s art featured at the IUPUI Cultural Arts Gallery

The IUPUI Cultural Arts Gallery features an exhibition this month curated by Jeffrey M. Rothenberg, MD, associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology. The exhibition will run until March 30, including a presentation on "Medical Professions and the Arts" from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the gallery.

“Art Heals: Celebrating Art as Therapy” includes the work of 15 artists, including those from a youth and teen class, and is composed of multiple media art forms, such as paintings, pastels, mosaics, metal, ceramic, wood, glass, photography and poetry. The show will focus on the role of art as personal therapy, as well as its power to create awareness about oneself and others.

“Creating art is an important vehicle to help understand social and cultural differences that exist in society,” Dr. Rothenberg said.  “This collection of diverse work represents many people from different backgrounds, living and working in central Indiana, who simply feel that they must do art for themselves.”

He added the practice of art — as an observer or as a literary, performing or creative artist — heightens the senses and helps focus on details. It provides insight into the human condition, suffering, and personhood, and it fosters a feeling of our responsibility.

This exhibit is supported by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Initiative, on which Dr. Rothenberg serves as a member. To hear more about Dr. Rothenberg’s thoughts on art as therapy, see this video. 

For more on the exhibition, visit this page or www.iupui.edu/~cagcc.

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Staff News

Arrow IUPUI Staff Council — March 21

The IUPUI Staff Council will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 405C.

For more information, including future dates and locations, visit www.iupui.edu/~scouncil/meetings.

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Events & Lectures

Arrow Community Health Engagement Program Annual Meeting

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s Community Health Engagement Program will host its fourth annual CHEP Community Advisory Council Forum on Tuesday, March 20, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

CHEP's mission is to promote collaboration among community partners throughout Indiana to improve research, health, and healthcare. This free event is open to anyone interested in community research in Indiana.

A complete agenda is to be announced. To register, visit www.indianactsi.org/chep/events/cac2012.

For more information on CHEP, visit www.indianactsi.org/chep.

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Arrow Tenth Annual Frew Lecture — March 21

Geoffrey T. Manley, MD, PhD, will present the 10th annual Frew Lecture from 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the Petticrew Auditorium at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Manley, professor and vice chair of neurological surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, is a trauma neurosurgeon with clinical interests in brain injury, spinal cord injury and neurological critical care. His lecture is titled “Redefining Traumatic Brain Injury.”

Attendees are welcome to attend a continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m. before the lecture. Physicians, residents, medical students, nurses and other clinical staff are encouraged to attend. 

For more information, contact Erin Palmer at 317-396-1254.

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Arrow Presentation to focus on genetic syndrome

Morgan E. Davis, a genetic counseling student in the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, will present a seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Walther Hall, room 203.

Davis’ lecture is titled “A Case of Bilateral Ear Nodules and Multiple Digital Anomalies: A New Genetic Syndrome.”

This event is present by the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics and hosted by Paula Delk, PhD.

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Arrow Disability Health Fair — March 22

The Children and Adults with Disabilities Student Interest Group will present its annual “disABILITY Health Fair” for medical professionals, patients and families of individuals with disabilities from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium.

This annual fair is hosted by CAD SIG, which promotes the education and increased understanding of the medical student body to challenges faced by children and adults living with all types of disabilities. Representatives from more than 20 Indiana organizations that provide support to this patient population will attend.

For additional information, contact Anita Turk, CAD SIG president, at aaturk@iupui.edu.

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Arrow Modeling Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

Candace Floyd, PhD, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and neurobiology, University of Alabama, will present a lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Research II (R2) Building, room 101.

Dr. Floyd’s lecture will be titled “Modeling Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: A tale of gains and pains.”

This event is sponsored by the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute.

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Arrow Register for IUPUI Last Lecture with James Lemons

James Lemons, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics, will present the IUPUI Last Lecture at 2 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the Eskenazi Hall Basile Auditorium.

Dr. Lemons’ lecture is titled “The Unanticipated Consequences of Love.” He is Emeritus Hugh McK. Landon Professor of Pediatrics and former director of the Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at IUSM. The section’s nationally and internationally recognized newborn intensive care program is one of the largest in the country, providing state-of-the-art care for approximately 10,000 newborn infants and their families each year.

Under Dr. Lemons' leadership, and now that of David Ingram, MD, it has grown to over 50 faculty, with 40 MD neonatologists and 12 PhD faculty. The family support program developed by Dr. Lemons includes four former parents of infants in the NICU who now are employed and work full time in the NICUs to support, nurture and educate families going through the neonatal intensive care experience with their own children.

The Last Lecture Series offers the university community the opportunity to hear reflections on life's lessons and meaning from a current or retired IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit. Each speaker will share the wisdom gained, and distill a life of inquiry, reflection and service into important guidance for successive generations.

To RSVP by Friday, March 23, visit www.iupui.edu/lastlecture.

A reception will follow the presentation.

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Arrow Grand Rounds on social media in medicine — March 28

Alexander M. Djuricich, MD, associate professor of clinical pediatrics and clinical medicine and associate dean for Continuing Medical Education, will present “Social Media in Medicine and Medical Education: Fools’ Gold or Pot of Gold?” from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

This Grand Rounds presentation will focus on the intelligent use of social media in medicine. An avid user of social media, Dr. Djuricich blogs about medical education at alexdjuricich.blogspot.com and can be found on twitter at twitter.com/medpedsdoctor. He also serves as the director of the medicine-pediatrics residency program.

This event will be presented by the Department of Pediatrics.

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Arrow Presentation on stem cells and regenerative medicine

Peggy Goodell, PhD, Vivian L. Smith Chair of Regenerative Medicine and director of the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center at the Baylor College of Medicine, will present from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.  

Dr. Goodell will deliver a lecture titled “Molecular Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells.”

This event is presented by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and hosted by Reuben Kapur, PhD. Refreshments will be served.

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Arrow Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research Day

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will present its 2012 Research Day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium, room B26.

This event will include poster presentations from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the atrium and oral presentations from 2 to 3 p.m. in room B26. The event will also include the introduction of new students to the department and an awards ceremony.

Zhong-Yin Zhang, PhD, chair and Robert A. Harris Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will speak from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

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Arrow FEED seminar explores health care and higher education

Trudy Banta, EdD, professor of higher education at IUPUI, and her son Logan Banta, MBA, will present an interactive session on “Benchmarking in Health Care and Higher Education: Learning from One Another” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Fairbanks Hall 1109.

The workshop will address the commonalities between the health care industry and higher education and the ways each industry can work together for success. Dinner will be provided.

To register, visit faculty.medicine.iu.edu.

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Arrow Instructional Technology Showcase — April 5

Visit the Instructional Technology Showcase from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building atrium. 

This event is an opportunity to learn innovative techniques to enhance your use of learning technology. This open house event is open to all faculty and learners. 

  • iPad Learning Community: Explore how a group of faculty in the health professions are working together to find innovative uses of iPads for teaching and learning.
  • Audience Response Systems (ARS) or "clickers”: Learn about how these powerful tools can make your lectures or presentations more interactive.
  • Adobe Connect and Presenter: Discover the advantages of Web conferencing interaction and the ability to transform PowerPoint presentations with narration and interactivity.
  • Oncourse: IUSM is transitioning to this new learning management system. Come see a demonstration of the most useful tools and features.

Attendees will receive a free IU flash drive. Lunch will be provided throughout the two hours. This event is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning.

To register, visit faculty.medicine.iu.edu.

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Arrow Molecular biologist to discuss teaching, learning and the brain

John J. Medina, PhD, a nationally known author and affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington, will present “Brain Rules for Teaching” at 9 a.m. Friday, April 6, at University Place Conference Center and Hotel.

Drawing on his New York Times best-selling book, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, Dr. Medina’s workshop will focus on how to modify instruction and curriculum to meet the needs of today’s learners.

This event is co-sponsored by IU School of Medicine, University College, IUPUI FACET, and IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning.

To register, visit faculty.medicine.iu.edu.

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News to Use

Arrow Statewide tornado drill to include IU School of Medicine

As part of Indiana's Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 18 to 24, IU campuses will participate in a statewide tornado drill on Wednesday, March 21. This will affect IUSM faculty, staff, residents and students.

Each campus will activate a Tornado Warning Test Drill using IU-Notify, the university's emergency notification system, between 10 and 10:30 a.m. for the first test and between 7:30 and 8 p.m. for the second. Test messages will be sent to IU faculty, staff and students across the state via email, text message (SMS), social media, digital signage, campus cable TV and website updates.

Because the tests are statewide, alerts also will be broadcast on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio and local media. The outdoor warning sirens and public address systems also will be tested at both times.

To receive IU-Notify emergency messages, log in to OneStart at onestart.iu.edu and click on “Emergency Notification” to confirm the contact information.

For more information, see the IU Newsroom.

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Arrow Physician sought for medical trip to Dominican Republic

The Timmy Global Health chapter at IUPUI is seeking doctors, physician’s assistants, nurse practitioners and pharmacists interested in providing medical care abroad to accompany 14 students to Monte Cristo, Dominican Republic on a medical brigade trip May 23-31.

The cost per medical professional is $952 plus airfare. This cost includes ground transportation, lodging, and all meals.

For more information or to join the medical brigade, contact Jenny Romine, vice president of Timmy Global Health at IUPUI, at jlromine@iupui.edu.

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Arrow IUSM to participate in AAMC Diversity Survey

IUSM is participating in the Association of American Medical Colleges Diversity and Inclusion Survey. Next week, all IUSM faculty, staff and students will receive a short, 10-minute questionnaire.

This is an opportunity for IUSM to assist with data collection for the benefit of promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion among academic medicine faculty, students and staff both at IU and nationally.  

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Arrow IUPUI Reaccreditation Town Hall

IUPUI will host the second in a series of town hall meetings to inform the campus community about the progress made toward completing its 2012 reaccreditation process. The meetings will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 19, in the IUPUI Library.

This session will focus on the third criteria in the process: “Student Learning/Effective Teaching.” All faculty, staff and students are welcome to participate. No registration is required.

For more information about the reaccreditation process, visit nca.iupui.edu. To learn more about the criteria under discussion or submit feedback, visit www.iupui.edu/2012.

Questions to 317-274-8822 or rjackson@iupui.edu.

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Arrow Survey for female STEM faculty

Female faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (i.e.: STEM) are invited to participate in a short survey of workplace attitudes.

Female STEM faculty who agree to be in the study will be asked to answer questions regarding perceptions of their academic department, including perceived climate, availability of resources and job satisfaction.

The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and all responses will be held in complete confidence. A $25 check will be awarded to every 50th participant who takes part in the study.

This study is being conducted by Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, PhD associate professor of psychology at IUPUI, and Emily Allenbach, a master’s degree student in industrial and organizational psychology at IUPUI. The study request has been approved by the IU Institutional Review Board.

To participate in the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/WorkplaceAttitudes.

Questions about the study to Dr. Ashburn-Nardo, at 317-274-6766 or lashburn@iupui.edu

Questions about rights as a research participant or to discuss problems, complaints or concerns about a research study, or to obtain information or offer input, contact the IU Human Subjects Office at 317-278-3458 or 1-800-696-2949.

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Arrow Online postdoc jobs database

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is offering a centralized, searchable database to enhance the recruitment of quality postdocs and the ease of managing positions. 

Through this system departments can:

  • Post, remove, monitor and repost positions, including application deadlines.
  • Save job descriptions for duplication during future recruitment needs.

Also through this system prospective postdocs can:

  • Access all postdoc opportunities at IUSM in a centralized database.
  • Search positions by keyword and primary investigator (PI) name.

To use the system, visit www.postdoc.medicine.iu.edu and select the “faculty” section. An account is required to use this system, after which the user may simply log in to manage job posting.

Questions to the IUSM Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at postdocs@iupui.edu.

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Arrow Health care career reception

IU Health will host a reception for individuals interested in career opportunities in health care from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Fairbanks Hall.

The 2012 Advanced Provider Career Reception is a chance to meet recruitment staff from IU Health and learn more about professional specialties in health care, including inpatient and outpatient career opportunities statewide. Information about night, weekend and daytime shifts will be available. Networking opportunities and food will be provided. Participants also can register to win a free Kindle Fire.

For more information, visit iuhealth.org/careersocial. Questions to Gloria Robertson at grobert2@iuhealth.org.

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Arrow This Week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, Krannert Institute of Cardiology heart specialist Douglas Zipes discusses recent Food and Drug Administration warnings about blood sugar risks for some patients taking statin drugs. In addition, an IU dermatologist discusses tanning bed addiction, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute physician talks about a new breakthrough in treating hemophilia, and a Washington University investigator shares her discovery that some people can more easily taste fatty foods.

Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio, airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18, on WFYI, 90.1 FM. 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, visit the Sound Medicine website.

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Opportunities

Arrow IUSM Alumni Award nominations — due March 16

The IU School of Medicine Alumni Association is seeking nominations from faculty, staff and alumni for its three annual awards. They are:

  • Glenn W. Irwin Jr., MD, Distinguished Faculty Award: This award recognizes faculty with outstanding service to the IU School of Medicine through dedication to students, colleagues, research or the medical profession. Current or former IUSM faculty on campuses throughout the state, are eligible for this award. Faculty nominees need not be an IUSM alumnus. This award was established in 1987.
  • Early Career Achievement Award: This annual award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in medicine and/or service to the school by medical alumni who have graduated within 15 years of the award presentation. All graduates and former trainees who departed IUSM within the past 15 years are eligible for this award. This award was established in 2006.
  • Distinguished Medical Alumni Award: This annual award recognizes outstanding alumni of the school who have brought honor to their alma mater by distinguishing themselves either professionally or by giving extraordinary service to the school. IU School of Medicine graduates and former trainees are eligible for this award. Since 1970, 48 IUSM alumni have been bestowed the honor of distinguished alumnus. 

All campuses are eligible to nominate alumni. Award recipients will be recognized during the Alumni Weekend 2012 opening reception beginning at 5:45 p.m. Friday, May 18, at University Place Hotel. Recipient’s names also will be added to the awards display in the alumni atrium of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library.

Nominations are due Friday, March 16. To download a nomination form, visit this page.

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Arrow IUPUI Research Day poster abstract deadline March 23

The deadline for graduate and professional students to submit abstracts for poster presentations at the IUPUI Research Day is Friday, March 23.

Abstracts (300 words or less) can be submitted at www.crl.iupui.edu/events/researchday/gradSubmissionGuide.asp. The top poster presentation will receive $500. Second place will receive $300, and third place will receive $200.

IUPUI Research Day poster presentations will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, April 13.

Questions to grchism@iupui.edu.

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Arrow Oral presentation workshop for international researchers

The Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication will present a workshop on oral presentation skills for non-native English speakers from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, March 23, in the Riley Outpatient Center Conference Room in the Ruth Lilly Learning Center.

This interactive session will provide guidance to non-native English speakers through individual practice and small group discussions to ensure clear oral communication in English. Participants will learn about the key features of oral presentations related to language use and pick up tips on organizational structure, the use of visual aids, and enhancing oral enunciation and pronunciation.

Ulla Connor, PhD, director of the ICIC and Chancellor’s Professor of English at IUPUI, and Lauren Harvey, assistant director of training at the ICIC, will present.

This workshop has been developed in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the IU School of Medicine. ICIC is a part of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Registration is $50 for IU/IUPUI faculty, staff and students. To register, visit tinyurl.com/74ozmn2

For more information, visit ICIC’s website at liberalarts.iupui.edu/icic.

Questions to 317-274-2555 or icic@iupui.edu

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Arrow Myles and Peg Brand Fellowship in Bioethics — due March 30

The Myles and Peg Brand Fellowship in Bioethics is an endowed fellowship that may be awarded to a new or returning student in either the bioethics or international research ethics concentrations of the master's degree in philosophy program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

This fellowship includes a $10,000 stipend, partial tuition fee remission for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters, and health insurance. The purpose of the fellowship is to support a research project that concretely applies philosophical/ethical principles to real-life situations in the health care or biomedical research context.

The proposed project should connect the student with faculty and resources in one or all of the following: the Myles Brand Chair in Cancer Research in the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, the IU Center for Bioethics, or the Department of Public Health in the IU School of Medicine.

Questions to Eric Meslin, PhD, director of the IU Center for Bioethics, at emeslin@iupui.edu.

To apply, email proposals by Friday, March 30, to Eva Jackson at evajacks@iupui.edu.

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Arrow Spirit of Medicine Request for Applications — due April 13

The Spirit of Medicine Reading and Discussion Program is accepting applications for its second year from interested IU medical students.

This Spirituality and Medicine program, supported by an IU Health Values Fund, will begin in August. The application deadline is Friday, April 13.

The program will include monthly evening meetings to discuss seminal readings and meet with thought leaders in spirituality and medicine. Meetings will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the campus of IUPUI and will include dinner. Participants will attend two lectures presented by notable visiting scholars held in collaboration with the Medical Humanities Program and the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics. Spirit and Medicine participants will have the opportunity to engage these experts in conversation. This program is led by Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD and Emily Beckman, DMH.

Applications should include contact information, details about educational background and current IUSM status (year in school and campus), a one-page statement of interest explaining in detail why the applicant is interested in the program, and how participation might make a significant difference in the applicant’s future in medicine.

Submit application to Dr. Beckman at embeckma@iupui.edu or mail Medical Humanities -- Health Studies Program, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 425 University Blvd., Cavanaugh Hall, Room 406, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140.

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Arrow Submit an abstract for Cancer Research Day

The IU Simon Cancer Center is accepting abstracts for posters to be presented at Cancer Research Day on Wednesday, May 9, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450.

Abstracts should be submitted for basic science, translational/clinical research, population science/epidemiology or behavioral categories. Please submit all abstracts to iuscccrd@iupui.edu by Friday, April 13. Use this abstract template.

Students, fellows and faculty conducting cancer research at the IU School of Medicine, IUPUI, IU Bloomington, Purdue University and the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between IUSM and the University of Notre Dame, are eligible to present at Cancer Research Day.

Cash awards for best posters by graduate students, post-doctoral/medical fellows, research technicians and clinical nurses in all research categories will be selected by a review board.

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Grants & Funding

Arrow Research Funding Update

The IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research offer weekly digests containing information about funding opportunities including those that limit the number of allowable pre-proposal or proposal submissions.

Funding opportunity categories include the sciences, limited submissions, technology and multidisciplinary:

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

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Kudos

Arrow Medical student honored

Staci Hollar, a fourth-year medical student at the IU School of Medicine, has been named recipient of the 2012 Dr. Jeffrey C. Darnell Medical Student Geriatrics Achievement Award.

The purpose of this award is to recognize a medical student for outstanding service and leadership in the care of older adults. Hollar completed a one-month elective in geriatric medicine with IU Geriatrics during her senior year and plans to become a geriatrician.

She was presented this award during the Indiana Geriatrics Society Sixth Annual Spring Dinner on March 15, at the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel in Carmel. She will received the award before the night’s featured speaker, Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MSN, CEO of the American Geriatrics Society.

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 At Your Fingertips 

Arrow Continuing Medical Education

The Continuing Medical Education office launched a new and improved website at cme.medicine.iu.edu. 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 other useful resources to make it easier to participate in CME events, prepare a presentation or plan an event.

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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” page on the IUSM web site. This section is accessible from the left-hand side of the school’s home page at medicine.iu.edu.

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 medschl@iupui.edu.

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Arrow MEDTV

The Office of Public and Media Relations manages the MEDTV screens on the medical school campus. This closed-circuit TV system, part of the IUPUI network, presents an 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 in public areas of the HITS building, the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium and corridor/lounge, the Daly Student 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 communications.medicine.iu.edu/get-the-word-out/medtv.

For more information, call 317-274-7722.

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Arrow Scope submission guidelines

Scope wants your news items.

The deadline for submission is 8:30 a.m. Thursdays. Scope is published electronically and sent to faculty, staff, students and residents on Fridays, except on holiday weekends. Photos are encouraged with submissions and also may be used on the IUSM homepage or social media channels.

There are three easy ways to submit story ideas or information to Scope:

  • E-mail the information to scopemed@iupui.edu
  • Mail the information to Kevin Fryling, IU Communications, 251 N. Illinois St., North Tower, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (Campus mail; no postage required)
  • 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 M.D. or Ph.D.)
  • For more info, see the Scope Style Guide (PDF)

To keep the electronic version of Scope as streamlined as possible, only seminars and lectures of general or multidisciplinary interest will be included.

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