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July 13, 2012
Volume 16 Number 27 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IUSM-Northwest cadaver prosection program begins today

A full-scale medical imaging effort involving human anatomical donors will take place Friday, July 13, and Saturday, July 14 in preparation for the upcoming 2012 International Human Cadaver Prosection Program.

The program is a hands-on anatomy workshop in August on the IU School of Medicine-Northwest campus in Gary, Ind. The prosection program allows non-physician and non-medical student volunteers to become active participants in a medical lab by preparing the anatomical donors for the incoming gross anatomy class.

Select IU Northwest and IUSM-NW faculty, students and prosection program participants will procure X-ray and ultrasound images of six body donors and four fetuses at the IU Northwest radiological suite in the College of Health and Human Services on July 13. Donors and fetuses will then be transported July 14 to the Methodist Hospitals-Southlake campus via ambulances from Prompt Ambulance Service of Highland, Ind. Prosection participants will gain hands-on experience while working with the hospital’s technologists during high-resolution CT and MRI imaging of donors.

The X-rays and other images are being performed to inform prosectors and incoming medical students about any implants or irregularities within the donors that might be problematic to the dissection process, as well as reveal pathological information that often leads to cadaver-based and patient-based medical research at the IUSM-NW. Radiology, ultrasonography and medical students will also gain valuable experience in taking and interpreting the images.

“Previous years’ medical imaging yielded a wealth of information about each donor by showing prosectors and gross anatomy students the location of tumors, orthopedic implants and other important structures within the donors’ anatomy,” said Ernest Talarico, Jr., Ph.D., associate director of medical education and associate professor of anatomy and cell biology at IUSM-NW, who serves as the campus’ course director of human gross anatomy and embryology. "As a result, nearly 25 independent and ongoing cadaver-based medical research studies are in process at IUSM-NW."

This is the fifth year that the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program will incorporate medical imaging into the program, and the fourth year in which Methodist Hospitals will provide MRI and CT imaging.

While only select cadaver prosection volunteers will be involved in the medical imaging, all participants will attend the prosection program sessions taking place July 31 to Aug. 2 at the IUSM-NW. Selected from more than 200 applicants, the prosection participants consist of both students and professionals, representing a diversity of medical fields, including pre-medicine, dentistry, nursing and psychology.

To read the full story, visit the IUSM-NW Newsroom.


Arrow IUSM HIV drug study in Africa provides new tool for prevention

Oral anti-retroviral drugs, taken before exposure to HIV, provided a high level of protection against the virus in heterosexual men and women, according to a study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and published July 12 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The Partners Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis study involved heterosexual couples from Kenya and Uganda. One partner in each of the 4,758 couples enrolled was HIV positive. The HIV negative partners were randomly assigned to once-daily doses of the anti-retroviral medication tenofovir (Viread); a combination of tenofir and another anti-retroviral medication, emtricitabine (Truvada); or a placebo, and followed monthly for up to 36 months. Tenofovir and emtricitabine slow the spread of HIV in the body by blocking an enzyme necessary for viral production. Both are usually prescribed in combination with other HIV medications.

“The two drugs are widely used for HIV treatment and are very well tolerated, but this is the first time they have been used for HIV negative patients," said Kenneth H. Fife, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, of microbiology and immunology, and of pathology and laboratory medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, who is the co-author on the study. “This study is significant because it provides physicians with a new tool for HIV prevention.”

The clinical study was stopped early because of the effectiveness of the medications.

After 23 months, 82 individuals who were HIV negative at the start of the study contracted the virus. Of those, 17 were assigned tenofovir alone; 13 were randomized to the emtricitabine/tenofovir combination, and 52 were assigned placebo. This translates into a risk reduction of 67 percent for tenofovir and 75 percent for the emtricitabine/ tenofovir combination.

“Previously, people could use condoms and reduce their number of sexual partners as a deterrence to HIV transmission; now this is another option,” Dr. Fife said. He cautioned that compliance in taking the medication was a key factor in the favorable results.

Other co-authors of the study include Edwin Were, M.D., and study coordinator Cosmas Apaka, both from Eldoret, Kenya. The IU-Eldoret team enrolled and followed 488 couples during the study.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow New study to target veterans with mild brain injury

An IUSM researcher has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a new assessment mechanism that will improve long-distance care for military veterans with mild traumatic brain injury. The system will be piloted at five hospitals serving veterans and active-duty soldiers in the South and Midwest, including the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Jacob Kean, Ph.D., visiting assistant research professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the IU School of Medicine and an investigator at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, is the recipient of the five-year, $920,000 career development award from the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service to leverage the VA’s telehealth system for veterans suffering from the chronic symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury. An estimated 180,000 recent war veterans have returned from service with mild to moderate brain injury, with 10 to 20 percent demonstrating persistent symptoms such as chronic headaches, lack of concentration, depression, sleeplessness and re-experiencing past trauma.

“There have been many other studies on mild brain injury symptoms, but none on self-management related to the condition,” Dr. Kean said. “Our health care system has never considered brain injury to be a chronic condition, but victims experience lifelong consequences, including neuro-degeneration and other progressive problems.”

In addition to Walter Reed, the system will be tested at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis; Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston; Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas; and Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond, Va.

The first 18 months of the grant period will go toward building a conceptual framework for measuring self-management in veterans, including interviews with veterans and experts in self-management and mild brain injury.

Dr. Kean’s research developed from earlier work supported by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute and IUPUI Signature Center for Brain Rehabilitation, Advanced Imaging and Neuroscience.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Student Showcase

Arrow IU Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program student blog

The IU School of Medicine Indianapolis campus has been bustling this summer with young people interested in cancer research. This includes the IU Simon Cancer Center, which is hosting students for the 10th consecutive summer in the Summer Research Program as well as another group of students from Indianapolis Public Schools involved in the Future Scientist Program.

Amanuel Kibrom, a participant in the Summer Research Program, recently started writing online about his experiences. To learn more about the program, check out Kibrom's blog.


Arrow Diversity Affairs offers pipeline programs to Indianapolis youth

Over 200 Indianapolis-area youth will participate in IUSM’s Diversity Affairs Middle School Academy of Science and Health Sciences and Brain Link programs during July. Through the Diversity Outreach Comprehensive Science Initiative, certified teachers and medical students from the IU School of Medcine will provide daily mathematics, science and language arts instruction, hands-on lab experience and career exploration activities.

All students are competitively selected and attend free of charge. Early identification initiatives like these have been successful in attracting elementary and middle school students, particularly those of color, to careers in the life and health sciences.

These programs are part of a comprehensive pipeline-building initiative spearheaded by Diversity Affairs, a unit of the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.


Faculty News

Arrow Gramelspacher to participate in third Ride to Remember

The Wishard Palliative Care Program will embark on a third Ride to Remember on July 21 in memory of the nearly 5,000 patients served by the program since it started in 1998, including about 400 patients in the past year.

Gregory Gramelspacher, M.D., professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine and medical director of the Wishard Palliative Care Program, started the ride in 2009 as a 40-day cross-country trek. This year, a Wishard Bike Team of 49 riders will ride across the state of Indiana in a single day — one way, one day, 160 miles. The Wishard riders range in age from 20 to 70 and comes from all corners of the state of Indiana. Each mile of this bicycle ride will be dedicated to the memory of a palliative care patient.

Dr. Greg's Ride to Remember 3 will honor the lives of those cared for by the Wishard Palliative Care Program and their families. The donations to the effort will enable Wishard to provide invaluable support and comfort for the families and friends of patients in the years ahead.

Since its formation nearly 15 years ago, the Wishard Palliative Care Program has worked to improve the comfort and quality of life for all patients who face a life-limiting illness.

Palliative medicine is intended to prevent and relieve suffering and to improve quality of life for people facing serious, complex illness, Dr. Gramelspacher said.

"The goal is to raise awareness about compassionate end-of-life care – especially for the dying poor – and to talk about palliative care," he added. "Prior to starting our program, I witnessed too many patients die in pain, alone or forgotten.  I learned that it doesn’t have to be that way, even for the dying poor. We can – we have – made it better.  

“Our work is a labor of love," Dr. Gramelspacher said. 


From the Dean's Office

Arrow IU Health approved as accountable care organization

IU Health’s application to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings (Accountable Care Organization) program has been accepted and is effective immediately. On July 9, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made a national announcement regarding the groups selected to become ACOs in the July 1, 2012, cohort, which includes the Indiana University Health ACO.

Hospitals and providers initially participating in the IU Health ACO include IU Health Methodist, University, North, West and Saxony hospitals, IU Health Physicians, IU School of Medicine Faculty Physicians, Methodist Sports Medicine and HealthNet. We expect that the IU Health ACO will expand to include other physicians and IU Health hospitals in future years.

As you know, IU Health and IU Health Physicians have been committed to a transition to accountable care for some time now, because it is the best way to provide care for patients. Participating in the Medicare Shared Savings program significantly increases the number of patients for whom IU Health and IU Health Physicians will now be accountable for clinical and financial outcomes. The Medicare ACO should help focus and accelerate our transformation, and our adoption of key elements of accountable care, including:

  • Deployment of Patient Centered Medical Home in Primary Care
  • Reduction of clinically unnecessary variations in care in inpatient/acute care environments
  • Ensuring appropriate utilization of imaging, generic medications, and certain outpatient diagnostic and surgical procedures
  • Expansion of geriatric and palliative care
  • Improved patient engagement: patients as partners

IU Health has all the elements to be an ACO and it makes sense for it to participate based on what it is doing to improve patient care and coordination. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact IU Health Physicians CEO John Fitzgerald directly with questions.


D. Craig Brater, M.D.
Walter J. Daly Professor
Dean, Indiana University School of Medicine
Vice President for University Clinical Affairs


Events & Lectures

Arrow Watch Wednesday's bioethics panel presentation online

Sir Alasdair Breckenridge, chair of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency for the United Kingdom, was the featured guest during a panel discussion hosted by the IU Center for Bioethics at the Health Information and Translational Science Building on July 11.

Other panelists were Bruce Psaty, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, epidemiology and health services and co-director of the Cardiovascular Health Research Unit at the University of Washington; and Eric Meslin, Ph.D., director of the IU Center for Bioethics and associate dean for bioethics at the IU School of Medicine.

Discussion centered on recommendations from the panel’s recently published Institutes of Medicine report, Ethical and Scientific Issues in Studying the Safety of Approved Drugs, commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“I want to show you how we’ve reached the position that we have with respect to the regulations of medicine both in the United Kingdom and Europe and the United States,” Breckenridge said, “and to show how this IOM report brings together this kind of thinking scientifically.”

This presentation has been archived online as video for those who want to hear rest of Breckenridge’s comments, as well as those of the other panelists.


Arrow Promotion and tenure process review — July 18

The IUPUI Office of Faculty Appointments and Advancement will present a session on promotion and tenure process for deans, directors, chairs and primary and unit committee chairs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, in the IUPUI Campus Center Theater (lower level).

The most recent changes to the Dean of the Faculties' Guidelines for Preparing and Reviewing Promotion and Tenure Dossiers will be presented. Since school administrators play an important role in guiding faculty through the promotion and/or tenure process, a review of the critical procedures and its essential elements will be provided.

To sign up, visit the registration page.


Arrow NIH webinar on public-private partnerships

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Program will present a webinar focused on the role of public-private partnerships in accelerating research from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.

Presenters are Barbara Mittleman, M.D., director of the NIH Public-Private Partnership Program, and Melanie Leitner, Ph.D., COO and chief scientific officer for Prize4Life, The NIH Public-Private Partnership Program provides guidance and advice to NIH and potential partners on the formation of partnerships that leverage NIH and non-NIH resources. Prize4Life is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the discovery of treatments and cures for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

To sign up, visit the registration page or call 1-877-568-4109 and use the code 224-128-092. This event is presented as part of the CTSA Public-Private Partnerships Webinar Series. The event is open to Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame faculty via the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

For more information, visit the CTSA website or contact Jody Sachs at 301-435-0802 or


Arrow IUSM Library courses on EndNote X5

The Ruth Lilly Medical Library will continue to offer classes this summer on EndNote X5, a bibliographic software program in the medical sciences. The class will provide an overview on how to use the system. All sessions will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the IUSM Library, Room 227. Dates are:

  • Thursday, July 26
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7
  • Thursday, Aug. 23

For more information, contact Sherry Kieper, EndNote coordinator, at


Arrow Indiana Public Health Training Center leadership conference

The Indiana Public Health Training Center will host its second annual leadership conference, "Learn, Connect, Act and Empower: Effective Management in Public Health," on Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 409/450.

This professional development conference will focus on leadership, management and communication skills. Breakout topics include management ethics, conflict resolution, and confidence and privacy.

Registration is $70. For more information or to sign up, visit the registration page.


Arrow Professional Development Conference registration ends July 20

The registration deadline for the Association of American Medical Colleges' 2012 Group on Faculty Affairs and Group on Diversity Inclusion Joint Professional Development Conference in Indianapolis is Friday, July 20. To sign up, visit the registration page.

The theme of the first GFA/GDI Joint Professional Development Conference is “Creating Diverse and Inclusive Cultures: Transforming Ourselves, Our Faculty, Our Institutions." This event will be Aug. 9 to 12 at the Westin Hotel.

The conference provides e a forum to highlight the collaborations that occur at academic medical centers by bringing together two influential AAMC professional development groups critical to the transformation of academic medicine.

IUSM speakers will include D. Craig Brater, M.D., IUSM dean and IU vice president for clinical affairs; Maryellen E. Gusic M.D., executive associate dean for educational affairs; George Rausch Ed.D., associate dean for diversity affairs and associate professor of clinical family medicine; and Mary E. Dankoski, Ph.D., associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development and associate professor and Lester D. Bibler Scholar in Family Medicine.

Plenary sessions will focus on the subjects such as unconscious bias, inter-professional education and collaboration, talent management and transforming institutional culture. A complete agenda is online. Admission is $655. 

For more information, contact Carlos LaTorre at 202-828-0502 or


News to Use

Arrow Cores to implement new management system

The IU School of Medicine, in partnership with the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, is implementing CORES: Core Ordering and Reporting Enterprise System to handle ordering, billing and reporting for its core facilities, which provide access to services, equipment and other resources supporting research.

CORES is a system built and used by Vanderbilt University and is implemented at more than a dozen institutions. The system is simultaneously being implemented by the University of Notre Dame, also a member of the Indiana CTSI.

CORES is a highly flexible and robust application for maximizing efficient core facility management. It was developed to meet the needs of the research community and facilitate compliance with federal cost accounting policies, including comprehensive usage reporting capabilities.

The IUSM Dean’s Office in conjunction with six recharge centers, or "cores," are in the process of testing the system. The first core is expected to implement the new system this fall.

Training sessions for CORES will be held in September. Dates and times for these sessions are to be announced.

For more information, contact Sue Knight at 317-274-7221 or


Arrow Find IU School of Medicine resources

Find answers in the Resources Section of the IUSM Homepage, located in the lower-right-hand corner on the main page. Here you can get answers to common questions about campus maps, technical support, meeting rooms and presentation tools, as well as details on how to communicate your news and messages.

There are also special sections for medical students, with information about student research opportunities, medical school admissions, graduate programs and residences and fellowships, as well as a page for alumni and donors.

Additional information available under the IUSM Resources section includes quick links to adverse weather news, emergency preparedness information, and IUSM policies and procedures.


Arrow News from the Indiana CTSI

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute has released the latest issue of the Indiana CTSI Newsletter, a bimonthly news and information source for researchers, physicians, students and others affiliated with the Indiana CTSI at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

This issue includes information about new database service from the Indiana CTSI that will foster collaboration between campuses, schools and institutes; new research to assist veterans from a former Indiana CTSI fellow; a study on underwater births funded by the Indiana CTSI Community Health Engagement Program; and a review of more than a dozen Indiana CTSI investigator’s recent trip to Washington, D.C. The Indiana CTSI newsletter also contains information on open grant opportunities, community outreach and upcoming events.

Interested faculty, staff and students may also visit the Indiana CTSI subscription page to receive future issues and other updates, such as emails about new open grant opportunities.


Arrow Submit your news to Scope

Scope wants your news this summer. Let the IUSM community what's happening in your department, unit or campus via email at Events, awards, general news tips and other information are welcome. Submissions about student activities and news from the nine IUSM campuses across the state are encouraged.

The deadline for submission is 8:30 a.m. Thursdays. Photos are encouraged with submissions for use on the IUSM homepage or social media channels. Items also may be considered for promotion on MEDTV, the IUSM digital signage system.

More information about how to submit new tips to Scope is available below.


Arrow This week on 'Sound Medicine'

This week on “Sound Medicine,” Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., director of the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at IU, will discuss the potential impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on young adults.

Also on this week’s show, Robert Prince, M.D., pain management specialist with St. Francis Medical Group Spine Specialists, discuss AdaptiveStim, a new technology that uses the same mechanism that tells an iPhone it’s position to ease back pain via neural stimulation; Alan Breier, M.D., professor of psychiatry at the IU School of Medicine, talks about how to spot signs of schizophrenia in young adults; and the co-author of “Dr. Edenharter’s Dream: How Science Improved the Humane Care of the Mentally Ill in Indiana 1896-2012” discuss changes in care for the mentally ill.

"Sound Medicine," an award-winning radio program that covers controversial ethics topics, breakthrough research studies and the day-to-day application of recent advancements in medicine, is co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio and underwritten by IU Health Physicians and IUPUI. The program next airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, on WFYI 90.1 FM, and is also available via podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom. Audio will be available on the "Sound Medicine" website.



Arrow Last chance to submit colleges health conference proposals

Applications are being sought for the Mid-America College Health Association 2012 Annual Conference, hosted by IUPUI, on Nov. 8 to 9.

The goals of the conference are to provide opportunities for professional development through continuing education, to share effective programs, services, techniques, and other innovations in college health, and to provide an opportunity for networking with other professionals in the field.

MACHA is accepting program and poster submissions on topics including alcohol; sexual health; depression and anxiety; eating disorders; health insurance and billing; travel health; study abroad and vaccinations; health care reform; spirituality; suicide prevention; tobacco cessation; and diabetes prevention.

The deadline to submit program proposals is Friday, July 13. Submission forms are available from the American College Health Association website. For more information about submissions, contact Emily Werner at 317-274-9355 or

For more information, visit the conference website or email


Arrow 'Reflections' seeks creative submissions — due July 15

Submissions are open for the 2012 edition of “Reflections,” an annual publication by IUSM medical students that showcases the creative talents of IUSM students, faculty, and staff in a way that inspires the reader.

The theme for this year is “Diversity.” The publication is accepting any and all creative media by IU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Submission deadline is Sunday, July 15. Notifications of acceptance will be provided by Wednesday, July 25. A copy of “Reflections” will be presented to IUSM students during the 2012 White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 11.

“Reflects” is produced by the Creative Art Therapy Student Interest Group, with additional support provided in part by the Office of Medical Education and Curricular Affairs.

To learn more about “Reflects,” or to submit work, visit the publication website. For other inquires, contact Drew Oehler at


Arrow IU Simon Cancer Center scholarship applications due July 16

The IU Simon Cancer Center Merilyn Hester Scholarship fund was created to assist M.D. and/or Ph.D. students pursuing degrees in biomedical sciences who have demonstrated an interest and potential for conducting pediatric hematology or oncology research and who have not received another scholarship for the year. Successful applicants are students who have a strong academic record, outstanding character and well-defined professional goals.

Available funds are for $8,000 a year with the number of awardees determined by the quality of applications and available funds in a given year. Fund distribution details are:

  • M.D. students or M.D./Ph.D. students without tuition assistance; up to $8, 000 applied toward tuition. Start date is Aug 6.
  • All Ph.D. students or M.D./Ph.D. students with tuition assistance; up to $4,000 disbursed to the recipient as a one-time pay increase and up to $4,000 disbursed to the research lab ($2,000 for travel to attend scientific meetings and $2,000 for supplies to offset lab expenses)

To apply, visit this page. The application deadline is Monday, July 16.


Grants & Funding

Arrow New NIH program to support research of undiagnosed diseases

A new program from the National Institutes of Health Common Fund will provide $145 million over the next seven years to research, diagnose and care for patients with undiagnosed medical conditions. The Undiagnosed Diseases Program will provide a network of medical research centers and clinicians from a variety of medical specialties to advance knowledge of rare and common diseases. The program also will test whether this type of cross-disciplinary approach to disease diagnosis is feasible to implement in academic medical centers around the country. The program is scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2013.


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 of Medicine and, is a member of an Institute of Medicine committee that authored “The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands?” released July 10. Dr. Callahan is also director of the IU Center for Aging Research and a Regenstrief Institute investigator. The Institute of Medicine is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

Louise Kao, M.D., associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, has been elected to board of directors for the American College of Medical Toxicology. Dr. Kao joined the IUSM faculty in 2002 and serves as the director of the medical toxicology fellowship program and director resident/medical student toxicology rotation. ACMT is a professional nonprofit association of physicians with recognized expertise in medical toxicology and is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of medical toxicology.

Milos Novotny, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Lilly Chemistry Alumni Chair at IU Bloomington and adjunct professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine, has received the Italian Chemical Society's Giorgio Nota Award for his pioneering work and lifetime achievements in capillary liquid chromatography. The award, sponsored by Waters Corp., was presented recently at the 36th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography in Riva del Garda, Italy.


 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.