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April 13, 2012
Volume 16 Number 14 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Above the Fold

Student Showcase

Staff News

Events & Lectures

News to Use


Grants & Funding


Around Town

Around the State

At Your Fingertips

Above the Fold

Arrow Spring House Calls take medical students into the community

More than 100 IUSM students will provide home and lawn maintenance for 27 elderly, disabled and minority homeowners during this year’s Spring House Calls on Saturday, April 14.

This event marks the 17th year of the oldest service-learning project sponsored by the IUSM Office of Medical Service-Learning. Check-in will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the Christamore House Family and Community Center, which serves residents of Indianapolis’ Haughville and near Westside neighborhoods near the IUPUI campus.

Projects will include removing weeds, planting flowers, mulching and other landscaping. Students will then close out the morning with a barbecue lunch for volunteers and homeowners from noon to 1 p.m. at the Christamore House for a final chance to connect and celebrate.

“Spring House Calls are more than just a home improvement project or environmental beautification,” said Braca Benizry, a second-year medical student and co-chair of Spring House Calls. “This is a unique opportunity to form a bond with members of our community in a way that we otherwise wouldn’t get the chance in a patient-doctor setting.”

The event is an opportunity to show members of the local community a more human side of medical students, she adds, as well as a chance for medical students to acknowledge the humanity of their potential patients.

“One morning can mean a lot more than just a few hours,” Benizry said. “It could mean a world of difference if it helps instill trust in the medical system and passion in doctors-to-be. This is the main reason that I continue to be involved and passionate about Spring House Calls.”

This event is coordinated, managed and operated by IUSM students with support from the IUSM Office of Service Learning. In addition to Benizry, this year’s student organizers are second-year medical students R.J. Berish, Sam Corey and Ethan Morrical.

Volunteers are still being accepted to participate. IUSM students, faculty, friends and family are welcome.

For more information about Spring House Calls, or to volunteer, visit


Arrow Euler named first vice president of neurosciences program

Mona Euler has been named the first vice president for IU Health Neuroscience, IU Health’s nationally ranked neurosciences program. Her appointment begins April 18.

Euler will oversee the growth and development of the IU Health Neuroscience Center, a first-of-its-kind initiative that will combine the neuroscience programs and resources of IU Health and the IU School of Medicine. She will lead this effort in partnership with Nicholas Barbaro, M.D., chair of neurological surgery at the IU School of Medicine, who was named the center’s medical director in the fall.

“Given her clinical background and exceptional track record as a hospital leader, we are confident in Mona’s ability to advance our neuroscience program,” Dr. Barbaro said. “This is an exciting time for neuroscience at IU Health, and I look forward to working with her to take our program to unprecedented heights.”

Euler previously served for 13 years as the market CEO at Kindred Healthcare, overseeing Kindred’s hospital locations in Indianapolis and Greenwood and specializing in improving service excellence initiatives, containing costs and developing strategies for physician collaboration.

She holds a nursing degree from Ball State University and a master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.


Arrow Health science schools activate secure email system

Indiana University’s health science schools, including the IU School of Medicine, are now using Cisco IronPort, a secure email system, to encrypt email containing sensitive data. On April 9, IT began to move employees of these schools into the system, which ensures that identifiable medical, personal and financial information is protected when it leaves the IU network.

Only IU faculty and staff on the Indianapolis campus will be affected.

Cisco IronPort ensures that email and attachments that appear to contain critical or sensitive data (i.e. Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, protected health information, etc.) can be encrypted and held in Cisco’s “Registered Envelope Service,” where it is accessible to the recipient. The process is entirely transparent on the user’s end and will not affect users’ email interface within the IU system.

To encrypt a message, employees must use the phrase “[secure message]” in the subject line (no quotation marks). Brackets are required. Faculty and staff should use the function when sending an email containing protected health information or any other critical data in the body or attachments.

A full implementation of the system, in which all messages with sensitive data are encrypted automatically, will be activated in the first week of May. This system is not as foolproof as the [secure message] tag, however, and employees are strongly encouraged not rely on the automatic scan to catch all critical data.

The new system does not affect IU’s privacy policy (IT-07) and does not allow anyone at IUSM and IU additional access to email.

For more information on the IU Secure Email System, visit the UITS Knowledge Base or read the Secure Email FAQ.


Arrow Autism Awareness Month events

The HANDS in Autism Program and Resource Center, a part of the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center in the Department of Psychiatry at IUSM, will recognize Autism Awareness Month with a series of webinars in April.

These webinars will focus on autism spectrum disorders, support of individuals with a disability throughout their lifespan, and considerations for behavior interventions, transition and strategies for medical offices.

Events scheduled for the week of April 16 include:

  • April 16: "Assistive Technology and Accessible Instructional Materials in Indiana" from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Presented by Daniel McNulty, associate director of professional development for the Promoting Achievement Through Technology and Instruction for All Students Project
  • April 17: “Navigating the Funding Maze” from 11 a.m. to noon. Presented by Jennifer Akers, project coordinator for Family Voices of Indiana
  • April 18: “Using Data to Know If Treatment Is Making a Difference” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Presented by Susan Wilczynski, Ph.D., associate professor of special education at Ball State University
  • April 19: “Your Next Patient Has ASD: Tips and Strategies” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Presented by Julie Rusyniak, research coordinator for the HANDS in Autism Program at the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center.
  • April 19: “Effective Job Placement for People with an ASD” from 1 to 2 p.m. Presented by Molly Lang and Tim White of Noble of Indiana.

In addition, HANDS in Autism will host the 2012 2012 Autism Virtual Awareness Fair. This event, which provides an opportunity to visit interactive booths to learn more about resources in Indiana, is accessible from the Awareness Fair webpage at

Additional resource booths with information and materials about autism spectrum disorders will be available in April from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays at Riley Hospital for Children and Fridays from Indiana University Health University Hospital and Methodist Hospital.

To register or for more information on these or other events in April, visit


Student Showcase

Arrow IUSM Orchestra spring performance on Sunday

The IUSM Orchestra will present its spring concert, "Friends, Fellowship and Finlandia," at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St.

The concert is free and open to the public, and will feature the musically talented medical students, residents, faculty and staff of the IU schools of medicine and dentistry. Selections will include "The Wasps Overture," "Brook Green Suite," "Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring Suite" and "Finlandia."

“The orchestra is a great collaboration of students and graduates from the IU School of Medicine and IU School of Dentistry,” said Emily Potts, a violinist and pre-medicine student at IUPUI. “The once-a-week rehearsals are a great way for everyone to take a break from the pressures of school work, clinical rotations, or other commitments, to share their talents.”

The students comprise a fully-functional orchestra — led by IUSM Orchestra music director and conductor Dave Schurger, also director of bands at St. Simon the Apostle School in Indianapolis — with a string, brass and woodwind sections, a pianist and a harpist.

“If I wasn't part of the orchestra, I probably wouldn't devote so much time to practicing my violin,” Potts said with a laugh. “It's a great way to keep up my interest in music and playing the violin, while meeting other like-minded students.”

In addition to being “simply fun,” Potts said practicing music alongside medical students is a great way to learn about what it takes to excel as a physician-in-training, as well as retaining a love of the arts.

“Meeting medical students and graduates has been extremely inspiring, showing me how they have the ability to balance their interest in music while simultaneously maintaining a career or education,” she said. “This is all about enjoying ourselves and playing music.”

A coffee and cookie reception will follow the performance. Parking is available in the lot north of the building, accessible from New York Street.

This event is sponsored by the IU School of Medicine Office of Medical Service Learning and IU School of Medicine Alumni Association.


Arrow Intern poster sessions — April 13

The Life-Health Sciences Internship Program will celebrate its fifth anniversary from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium.

Current interns will present posters of their work during a celebration of five years of the program. All are welcome.

For more information and to RSVP, visit


Staff News

Arrow IUPUI Staff Council — April 18

The IUPUI Staff Council will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 405C.

For more information, including future dates and locations, visit


Events & Lectures

Arrow Lecture to focus on DNA — April 16

Phoebe A. Rice, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Chicago, will deliver a presentation from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 16, at the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

Dr. Rice will present "Structure and mechanism in DNA recombination.”

Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. This is hosted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Arrow National Cancer Institute scientist to present

Izumi Horikawa, M.D., Ph.D., will present a seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Walther Hall (R3), room 203.

Dr. Horikawa, a staff scientist at the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis, Molecular Genetics and Carcinogenesis Section, in the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, will present “P53 and its isoforms in cellular senescence and telomere damage signaling."

This event is presented by the Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics. The faculty host is Hiromi Tanaka, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical and molecular genetics.


Arrow Health libraries webcast on mobile technology

“Leveraging Mobile Technologies for Health Sciences Libraries,” will be webcast from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the IUSM Library

Speakers will represent academic health sciences and hospital library settings. For more information about the session and the speakers, visit

This is a free event but in-person attendence is required. Attendees can earn 1.5 Medical Library Association Continuing Education Credits. To register, visit this page.

This webcast site is supported by the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine with the University of Illinois at Chicago. 


Arrow Academy of Teaching Scholars workshop series

As part of the ongoing workshop series from the Academy of Teaching Scholars, the following topics will be taught Tuesday, April 17, through Thursday, April 19:

  • April 17: “Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy,” 1:30 to 4 p.m., IUPUI Library, room 1126
  • April 18: “Discipline-Centered Instructional Development and Educational Assessment,” 9 a.m. to noon, IUPUI Library, room 1126; and “Doing Real Work, Not Homework,” 1 to 2:30 p.m., IUPUI Library, room 1126
  • April 19: “Web-Based Strategies for Supporting Learners,” 2 to 4 p.m., online

These events are a partnership between the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning.

To register, visit


Arrow LGBT health disparities in Indiana

The Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program will host a panel discussion on health disparities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B26.

The event, “Marriage Equity = Public Health: Disparities for LGBT Community: Panel Discussion,” will focus on the significant public health issues facing the LGBT community in Indiana and aims to foster the development of a coalition of medical, academic, business and community leaders to improve the health outcomes of the LGBT community.

This event is presented by IUSM fourth-year medical students in collaboration with medical center faculty, private physicians and allied health care personnel. Food will be provided.

For more information, see the event flier.


Arrow Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership Luncheon

Dawn Rhodes, vice chancellor for finance and administration, is the next speaker in the Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership Luncheon series from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Campus Center, room 268.

The Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership Luncheon is a forum where faculty and students can learn about professional development through hearing the personal career journeys of successful women. This event is open to all faculty, staff and students — both men and women — and is sponsored by the IUSM Women’s Advisory Council and the Office for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

To register, visit


Arrow Networking event for female faculty

The IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health will host “The $16,819 Pay Gap for Newly Trained Physicians: The Unexplained Trend of Men Earning More Than Women” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Fairbanks Hall.

This networking event for female house-staff and practicing physicians features Deb Tanner, executive vice president and group president of Covance, R&D Laboratories, who will present “Tales From the Negotiating Table: Where We Succeed and Where We Fail,” and Ann Zerr, M.D., who will present “Medical Leadership and Women: What Mistakes Do We Make?”

All physicians, house staff and fellows are invited. This event is sponsored by the IU Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, American Medical Women’s Association, Indiana State Medical Association,  IUSM Women’s Advisory Council WAC, IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and American Medical Association-Women Physicians Congress.

To register, contact Heidi Martens at 317-261-2060 or


Arrow Awardee to lecture on psychology and neurobiology

Richard Brockman, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, will present “Only Story Matters: The Psychology and Neurobiology of Story” from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, April 20, in the Riley Hospital Outpatient Center auditorium.

Dr. Brockman will be lecturing as part of the Victor J. Teichner Award, presented annually to one psychiatry residency training program in the country by the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training. The award promotes the teaching of psychodynamic principles to psychiatrists-in-training.

This lecture is free and open to the public.


Arrow Emergency room communications in Australia and Hong Kong

Diana Slade, Martin Lam and Jack Pun Kwok Hung will present “Doctor-Patient Communication in Emergency Departments: Hong Kong and Australia” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 112A.

Slade is a professor of applied linguistics at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and University of Technology in Sydney. Lam is a teaching fellow and Hung is a research and project associate, both at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. They will present results from an analysis of emergency room communications conducted in Australia and Hong Kong, and the effect of these interactions on the delivery of quality care. Failures in communications are consistently identified as a major cause of critical incidents — adverse events that lead to avoidable patient harm, including deaths — in emergency room environments.

This event is co-sponsored by the Medical Humanities-Health Studies Program, the Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication, and the Global Health Student Interest Group. Pizza will be provided.

For more information, see the event flier. To RSVP, email


Arrow Technology transfer workshop — April 20

Mervin Yoder, M.D., will present “Guide to Technology Transfer at Indiana University School of Medicine” from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room 326.

Dr. Yoder is the assistant dean for entrepreneurial research at IUSM and associate director for entrepreneurship at the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. This workshop is an opportunity to learn from a fellow physician, researcher and entrepreneur the step-by-step process required to navigating technology transfer, intellectual disclosure and commercialization processes at Indiana University.

Dr. Yoder, founder of EndGenitor Technologies, a biotech company in Indianapolis, also serves as Richard and Pauline Klingler Professor of Pediatrics, director of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research and associate chair for basic research in the Department of Pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine.

RSVP by Friday, April 20, to


Arrow Kanter to speak at Spring Faculty Meeting

Steven Kanter, M.D., vice dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will be the featured presenter at this year’s all-school Spring Faculty Meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Emerson Hall auditorium.

Each semester, IUSM faculty gathers to discuss issues of import to the group at large. Dr. Kanter’s talk will focus on how the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine maintained its commitment to education and academic life as it transitioned to a unified practice plan system.

This event will be available via live webstream.

To register, visit


Arrow Publishing in Medical Education — April 27

Steven Kanter, MD, editor of Academic Medicine, will present an informal lunch conversation on publishing scholarly work in medical education from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the Daly Student Center, room 186. 

Dr. Kanter, vice dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will share important suggestions for how to turn your education work into scholarly products, useful in demonstrating evidence of excellence in the promotion and tenure process. This event is encouraged for all Academy of Teaching Scholars participants, and will be available via Polycom.

To register, visit


News to Use

Arrow Employee discounts and free cancer screenings at Victory Field

Free oral, head and neck cancer screenings will be offered during the Indianapolis Indians vs. Louisville Bats game from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, inside the main fan entrance at Victory Field in Indianapolis.

Jim Owens, a baseball fan and two-year tonsil cancer survivor from Indianapolis, will throw out the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

The screenings are painless and involve a physical examination of the mouth, neck and facial area performed by volunteer physicians from the IU Simon Cancer Center, IU School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and the Indiana Chapter of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance.

In addition, IU Health and IU School of Medicine employees can received discounted game tickets at $8.50 for reserved seats or $12.50 for box seats. To purchase tickets, visit and use the promo code “health.”

This event is sponsored by IU Health Cancer Centers and the Indianapolis Indians.


Arrow Health fair to offer free health screenings

The IUPUI Health and Wellness Fair will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in the Taylor Courtyard and Taylor Hall Room 104.

This annual event will feature free health screenings, including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body fat/BMI screenings, as well as dental exams performed by the IU Dental School and vision tests offered by IU School of Optometry. Other screenings services will include free spinal alignment tests, massages and rapid HIV testing.

A green smoothie demonstration with free samples will take place beginning at 11 a.m. consisting of making smoothies from local and organic kale and other fruits and veggies. The green smoothie demonstration is co-sponsored by SWELL and Whole Foods Market.

Other events include free fitness demonstrations (Fitness Fusion and Zumba) co-sponsored by the School of Physical Education and Tourism, volleyball provided by Campus Recreation and a rock climbing wall provided by Army ROTC.

Giveaways will include Pacers tickets, T-shirts and a $25 gift certificate to Whole Foods Market.

This event is sponsored by IUPUI Student Health Services, part of the Division of Student Life.

Questions to Emily Werner at 317-274-WELL or


Arrow Free skin cancer screenings — May 7

Free skin cancer screenings will be available from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 7, in recognition of Melanoma Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

Screenings will be available at Student Health Services in Coleman Hall; the dermatology clinic on the fifth floor of the Regenstrief Outpatient Building and the IU Dermatology Clinic, IU Health University Hospital, room 3240.

Appointments are required. To schedule a visit, contact 317-944-7744.

This event is supported by the Department of Dermatology.


Arrow Spring blood drive — April 24

IUPUI Staff Council will sponsor a spring blood drive Tuesday, April 24. The Indiana Blood Center will be on site at three locations to accept donations:

  • 8 a.m. to noon: IUPUI Campus Center, room 309
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: VanNuys Medical Science Building
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Bloodmobile at Taylor Hall

The entire blood donation process will take about one hour and provide an opportunity to be part of the life-saving network in the community.

To schedule an appointment, visit this page. For more information about the blood donation process, visit


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, a Purdue University expert on pharmaceutical products discusses the problem with fake cancer drugs flooding online pharmacies in the United States.

In addition, Otis Webb Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society, will discuss the role of aspirin in reducing cancer risk; a physician talks about how to prevent inactivity in the intensive care unit and a heart specialist reviews cardiovascular health in long-distance runners. Also hear an interview with the author of The Messengers, a book about “super marathoners” who’ve finished at least 100 marathons.

Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio, airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 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.




Arrow Translational researcher fellowships — applications due April 15

IU School of Medicine students interested in taking a year off from medical school to pursue a master’s degree in translational science may apply for a special fellowship program from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Research Institute. These fellowships provide a $24,500 stipend and health insurance.

Eligible candidates must be enrolled as a student at IUSM with at least one year completed and not on academic probation, not be combined degree students (M.D./Ph.D.) and make a commitment to complete the MS in translational science requirements and conduct 12 months of continuous, full-time research with minimal interruptions. U.S. citizenship or permanent residence also is required.

Participants must identify co-mentors who are faculty investigators from at least two different disciplines (one clinician-scientist and one non-clinician-scientist). Previous research experience is advantageous, but not required.

Funding is for one year. Applications must be submitted by Sunday, April 15, and awards may begin no earlier than May 15. 

To apply, email a CV to Carrie Hansel at Eligible candidates will be contacted with more information on how to proceed. 

Questions to Hansel at 317-278-5842.


Arrow Brater Scholarship — RFA due April 15

The Indiana Institute for Personalized Medicine is accepting applications for the Brater Scholars program. Medical fellows who will be engaged in research in personalized medicine in any medical subspecialty in the 2012-13 academic year are eligible to apply.

Applications are due Sunday, April 15. For more information, visit this page.


Arrow Cancer training program applications due April 16

Predoctoral students interested in pursuing a career in cancer research may apply for the Translation Cancer Biology Training Program.

This program is designed to enhance the training received in any individual laboratory, fulfill the requirements of the basic science department and to complete the cancer biology minor. Trainees attend both a basic science and a clinical seminar series and participate and present in the monthly meeting of trainees and in the IU Simon Cancer Center's annual Cancer Research Day.

Some of the ongoing research programs are focused in breast cancer, hematopoiesis, immunology and therapeutics.

Support for the training is provided by the IU Simon Cancer Center. The stipends are available on a competitive basis for those conducting research in the laboratory of a Translation Cancer Biology Training Program preceptor.

For more information or an application, visit this page. Application deadline is Monday, April 16.

Questions to Dr. Harikrishna Nakshatri at


Arrow IUSM internal grant applications due May 1

The application deadline for the following IUSM internal grant programs is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1.

  • Biomedical Research Grant
  • Research Enhancement Grant

For application forms and further information, visit this page.


Arrow RESPECT Center Pilot Grant Award — applications due May 21

The Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training, or RESPECT, Center has issued a call for pilot proposals to facilitate the development of research focused on improved communication and decision-making for patients facing serious or advanced illness.

The RESPECT Center will fund one pilot project up to $15,000 with a starting date of July 1. All teaching and research faculty at IUPUI who are qualified to apply for NIH funding are eligible to apply for this pilot grant opportunity. Preference will be given to new investigators and to research that fosters trans-disciplinary collaboration. The goal of this grant is to generate preliminary data that will facilitate investigators competing successfully for extramural research funding.

To apply, submit a letter of intent by Tuesday, May 1, to Laura Holtz, RESPECT Center project manager, at

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, May 21. For more information, visit this page.

Questions to 317-423-5602 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 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.



Arrow Honors

Christopher Callahan, M.D., Cornelius and Yvonne Pettinga Professor in Aging Research and director of the IU Center for Aging Research, will receive the 2012 National Award for Career Achievement and Contribution to Clinical and Translational Science at Translational Science 2012 in Washington, D.C., April 18 to 20. Dr. Callahan, who studies the real-world challenges of caring for older adults, especially those with late-life mental health issues accompanying physical maladies, will be recognized for his contributions to clinical and translation science from early clinical use to applicability for widespread clinical practice. Dr. Callahan is also a Regenstrief Institute investigator. For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.

Carey Chisholm, M.D., professor of emergency medicine and director of the emergency medicine residency program, and Melanie Heniff, M.D., assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine, were among those honored with an IU Health Physicians Pillar Recognition  Award for Quality and Safety. Drs. Chisholm and Heniff were recognized for the formation and mentorship of an Emergency Medicine and Patient Safety Committee. Dr. Heniff and Marla Doehring, M.D., assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine, serve as faculty liaisons to the IU Emergency Medicine Residents' Patient Safety Committee. Dr. Chisholm serves as the residency director liaison. This committee seeks to improve safety through collaborative efforts across work sites, through inter-professional involvement with nursing and by providing their “front line” perspective about quality improvement opportunities. For more information, visit this page.

Samar Khirallah, M.D., a graduate teaching assistant at IUSM-Lafayette and Purdue University, has been named recipient of Purdue's 2012 Graduate School’s Excellence in Teaching Award. This award is Purdue’s highest award in recognition of graduate student teachers. Dr. Khirallah is an assistant for courses in human gross anatomy and neuroscience with Jim Walker, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of anatomy and cell biology at IUSM-Lafayette. Results of her thesis research have led to successful changes in how she and Dr. Walker teach sections of the course. A formal celebration will be held Wednesday, April 25, in the Shively Club of Purdue's Ross Ade Stadium in West Lafayette. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with remarks by Purdue Provost Tim Sands at 6:30.

Kurt Kroenke, M.D., Chancellor's Professor at IUSM, will receive the 2012 Distinguished Educator Award, to be presented at Translational Science 2012 in Washington, D.C., April 18 to 20. He is being recognized as a clinical research training program innovator; for his outstanding success as a mentor; for his documented national leadership in clinical research education programs, issues and funding; and for a distinguished career as a clinical investigator. Dr. Kroenke is also a Regenstrief Institute investigator and a research scientist with the Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice at the Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.

Sarah Wiehe, M.D., MPH, has been named a recipient of a Community and Science Award from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s Community Engagement Program. Dr. Wiehe was honored for her role as a leader in community engaged research, including serving as a lead faculty member with the IUPUI Center for Urban Health and several studies analyzing the connection between social factors and adolescent risk behavior. The award also recognizes her personal role in the Indianapolis community as a physician volunteer with the Gennesaret Homeless Shelter Clinic; a board member at Family Development Services (Heart Start) and the Mapelton-Fall Creek Neighborhood Association; and several urban garden projects, including IndyTilth, the Double 8 Foods Rain Garden and the Broadway Community Garden. Dr. Wiehe received the award during the fourth annual Indiana CTSI CHEP Community Advisory Council meeting at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on March 20.


Around Town

Arrow NIH regional seminar — April 16 to 18

The IU School of Medicine will host the 2012 National Institutes of Health Regional Seminar from April 16 to 18 at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.

This comprehensive seminar targets researchers from across the state and region with first-hand information about the NIH grants process. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to interact with hundreds of peers as well as experienced NIH employees.

The main seminar will kick-off Tuesday, April 17, with opening welcoming remarks by Eric Meslin, Ph.D., associate dean for bioethics and director of the IU Center for Bioethics at IU School of Medicine. In addition, Sally J. Rockey, Ph.D., deputy director for extramural research at NIH, will lead a discussion on the NIH’s role in supporting and encouraging biomedical and behavioral research across the globe.

Break-out sessions April 17 and 18 will encompass topics such as investigator career development, grant writing, working with international researchers, research integrity, peer review and compliance, federal regulations and policies, and electronic tools and resources. Dr. Rockey will return for a special session titled “Rock Talk,” a candid conversation about topics of concern to senior management at NIH.

On Monday, April 16, NIH will host two half-day hands-on computer workshops on electronic Research Applications (eRA), which will help funding applicants navigate NIH’s electronic submission process and explore post-submission functionalities.

The main conference fee is $500, and the computer workshop is $250. For more information or to register, visit this page.


Around the State

Arrow Harper Cancer Center Research Day

Faculty from the IU School of Medicine-South Bend and University of Notre Dame will gather for the Harper Cancer Center Research Day from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 23, in Raclin-Carmichael and Harper Halls at the University of Notre Dame.

This event will include poster presentations, opportunities for information exchange and discussion and a keynote address titled “Tissue Banking for Genomic Research and Personalized Medicine" by Beatrice Knudsen, M.D., Ph.D., medical director for Cedars-Sinai Advanced Biobank and director of Translational Pathology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Knudson serves a member of the Harper Cancer Research Institute external advisory committee.

The Harper Cancer Research Institute, a joint partnership between IUSM-South Bend and Notre Dame, was inaugurated March 8, 2011 with the opening of Harper Hall.

For more information, visit this page.


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

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



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

For more information, call 317-274-7722.


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
  • 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.