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July 20, 2012
Volume 16 Number 28 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IU Health named to national Honor Roll of best hospitals

IU Health has been named to the 2012-13 Honor Role of the to the U.S. News and World Report’s 23rd annual Best Hospitals rankings, which is reserved for the top medical centers across the country with the skill and capacity to address the most challenging medical cases.

IU Health was No. 16 on the list, with 11 clinical programs, including cancer, cardiology, neurosurgery and orthopedics, cited among the top specialty programs in the United States. 

The statewide hospital system has earned a spot on the U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals list for 15 consecutive years, but this is the first time IU Health has appeared on the U.S. News Honor Roll to join nationally renowned medical institutions including Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Mayo Clinic, the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, among others. 

“Congratulations are due to everyone at IU Health, which is a key clinical partner for the School of Medicine. Our faculty physicians provide care for patients at IU Health’s University Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children and Methodist Hospital as well as many other locations, and we are fortunate to have those affiliations to help us teach future physicians as well,” said Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for university clinical affairs at IU.

"IU School of Medicine faculty members wear many hats in addition to taking care of patients. They educate future physicians, including our medical students and resident physicians receiving specialty training. They also conduct state-of-the art scientific research, seeking discoveries that will result in better patient care in the future. As a result, we have many partnerships for research, education and patient care that contribute to the success of our larger enterprise, including those with Wishard Health Services, the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center, LaRue Carter Hospital, the Regenstrief Institute and our collaborators across the state who are part of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

“The bottom line is that when it comes to medical research, education and patient care, the people of Indiana have a first-class team working for them at the medical center campus in Indianapolis, and beyond,” Dr. Brater said.

U.S. News and World Report also ranked IU Health No. 1 in Indiana and No. 1 in Indianapolis.

"It can be confusing when bombarded with advertisements and competing claims about which hospitals are the best,” added Richard Graffis, M.D., volunteer clinical associate professor of surgery and executive vice president and chief medical officer at IU Health. “Objective rankings such as U.S. News, which accounts for clinical expertise in complex cases and successful outcomes, can truly help people identify the top ranking specialists to treat their condition.”

The 11 clinical areas in which IU Health was ranked include (with placement): 

  • Urology – 8th
  • Pulmonology – 11th
  • Gastroenterology – 11th
  • Geriatrics – 13th
  • Diabetes and endocrinology – 18th
  • Nephrology – 20th
  • Neurology and neurosurgery – 23rd
  • Cardiology and heart surgery – 31st
  • Cancer – 32nd
  • Ear, nose and throat – 35th
  • Orthopedics – 44th
  • Gynecology – “High Performing”

The complete rankings and methodology are available online. For more information, visit the IU Health Newsroom.


Arrow School of Public Health approved to begin accreditation process

IU’s request to begin the accreditation process for the IU School of Public Health-Indianapolis, which will be created from the IU School of Medicine Department of Public Health, has been approved by the Council on Education for Public Health, an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs.

The council also approved IU’s request to begin the accreditation process for the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, currently named the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

"Establishing a new IU School of Public Health on the IUPUI campus will allow the faculty, staff and students to improve the health of Hoosiers in Indianapolis and beyond by working closely with local and state public health leaders," said Eric R. Wright, interim chair of the Department of Public Health at the IU School of Medicine. "We are deeply grateful to President (Michael A.) McRobbie, Vice President (Edwin) Marshall and Chancellor (Charles R.) Bantz for their unwavering support and for championing the importance of public health for the state of Indiana."

The IU School of Public Health-Indianapolis will focus on urban health, health policy, biostatistics and epidemiology, with strong connections to the IU School of Medicine, as well as the other health sciences schools on the IUPUI campus. The Bloomington school will have a rural focus on social and behavioral health, environmental health sciences, epidemiology and community-based research and practice. Both schools will offer undergraduate and masters degrees and doctoral programs.

The council's approval is the latest step in a journey to create schools of public health on IU's two largest campuses that began in 2009 when President Michael A. McRobbie announced the plans in response to the significant public health needs in the state of Indiana. The IU Board of Trustees approved creation of the schools in June 2011, and the Indiana Commission on Higher Education gave its approval in October 2011.

With the Council on Education for Public Health's approval, IU will begin the accreditation process, which is expected to take up to two years to complete. As part of the process, each school must undertake a self-study and submit the results to the council by June 2014, after which a team of peer reviewers will visit both schools.

Ceremonies to formally recognize the formation of both schools are planned in Indianapolis and Bloomington in September.

For more information, visit the IU Newsroom.


Arrow Riley Hospital at IU Health opens new main entrance

The new main entrance and parking garage of the Simon Family Tower at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health Riley officially opened July 17.

This is the latest phase to open in the Simon Family Tower, a 10-story, 675,000 square-foot addition to Riley at IU Health designed to boost capacity, increase efficiency and enhance patient satisfaction. Patients moved into rooms on the seventh, eighth and ninth floors of the building in January 2011.

The former main entrance of the hospital in the atrium at 702 Barnhill Drive will close to the public and become a service entrance only. The official main entrance of Riley at IU Health is now 705 Riley Hospital Drive; the inpatient and outpatient entrances are now on the same street. The new Simon Family Tower Parking Garage, which is attached to the lobby, will also offer validated discounted parking to parents and guardians of patients.

IU Health, Riley at IU Health, Riley Children's Foundation, donors and staff will join the Simon family and other dignitaries for a formal celebration of the project on Wednesday, Aug. 29.


Faculty News

Arrow Harris to investigate racial disparities in glaucoma

Alon Harris, Ph.D., Lois Letzter Professor of Ophthalmology and professor of cellular and integrative physiology at the IU School of Medicine, has received $429,000 from the National Institutes of Health to expand current glaucoma research to include racial disparities.

Last month, the Glick Eye Institute received a $1 million grant from NIH to study congenital glaucoma and potential treatments.

"This is the first NIH research funding to investigate ocular blood flow in people of African descent to help explain why the disease is more prevalent in that race than in Caucasians," said Dr. Harris, who is also director of clinical research at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute. "We know that people of African descent have an increased prevalence of systemic vascular diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes. This suggests that ocular blood flow, or how the blood supply flows to the eye, could tell us why glaucoma is more prevalent in this population."

Dr. Harris has been researching the role of the vascular system and glaucoma for 20 years and is considered an international expert on the topic. He and his team of investigators have published several preliminary reports on blood flow disturbances in people of African descent over the past 10 years. Since joining the department in 1993, he has attracted more than $5 million in external funding.

Glaucoma, often called the sneak thief of sight, can cause vision loss before a diagnosis is made. Current theory suggests that increased eye pressure causes damage to the optic nerve; Dr. Harris’ research examines blood and perfusion pressure and blood flow to determine the cause and effect of glaucoma and the vascular system.

Co-investigators from the Department of Ophthalmology are Louis B. Cantor, M.D., chair of the department; Darrell WuDunn, M.D., Ph.D.; Lyne Racette, Ph.D.; and Brent Siesky, Ph.D. Other co-investigators are George Eckert, MAS, and Huiping Xu, Ph.D., both of the IU School of Medicine’s Department of Biostatistics.

Dr. Harris is also the investigator on the Indianapolis Glaucoma Progression Study, which looks at the overall effect of blood flow on glaucoma. This project will narrow the focus on that research.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Student Showcase

Arrow Brown earns early career achievement award

Dawn P. G. Brown, Ph.D., has been selected as this year’s Neal-Marshall Indianapolis Alumni Chapter’s Early Career Achievement Award recipient. 

Dr. Brown earned a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the IU School of Medicine under the guidance of Mu Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. Her dissertation “Understanding Cisplatin Drug Resistance in Human Ovarian Cancer,” received funding by the GAANN fellowship, Edwin T. Harper Scholarship and the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the NIH. 

After graduation, she joined Lilly Research Laboratories first as a postdoctoral fellow, where her research included biomarker discovery and drug development for osteoarthritis and Alzheimer's disease, and later as a research scientist with Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly and Co. She has also been involved in multiple community services, including fundraising efforts related to ovarian cancer research and as a trustee and board member at the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

Dr. Brown holds an undergraduate degree from Fisk University and previously participated in summer research internships at IUPUI, Purdue University and Clark Atlanta University.

The award will be presented at the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration during the IU Black Alumni Jazz Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in the Indiana Convention Center, Room 101 and 102.   


Events & Lectures

Arrow Registration open for Indiana CTSI Fourth Annual Meeting

The fourth annual meeting of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel.

The highlight of the program will be plenary talks by leaders from the National Institutes of Health, Lilly Research Laboratories, Indiana University Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine, as well as poster presentations and breakout sessions. It will also provide an opportunity to learn more about the Indiana CTSI, participate in poster presentations and breakout sessions, and meet new colleagues and collaborators.

This is a free event and is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the Indiana CTSI and its programs. A complete agenda and registration information is online.

For more information, contact


Arrow NIH public-private partnerships webinar — July 25

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., chief operating officer 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 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 Indiana family physicians annual meeting begins July 26

The Indiana Academy of Family Physicians will host the 2012 IAFP Annual Scientific Assembly from 9 a.m. Thursday, July 26, to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 29, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis.

The event agenda includes numerous educational speakers on topics such as new medical advances, preventive medicine strategies, enhancements of clinical skills, emergency preparedness and practice management.

IUSM faculty presenters will include Stephen Bogdewic, Ph.D., George W. Copeland Professor of Family Medicine and executive associate dean for faculty affairs and professional Development; Kevin Gebke, M.D., chair and associate professor of clinical family medicine; Marcus Schamberger, M.D., associate professor of clinical pediatrics; Scott Renshaw, M.D., assistant professor of clinical family medicine; Jeffrey Kons, M.D., assistant professor of clinical family medicine; and Thomas Kintanar, M.D., volunteer clinical associate professor of clinical family medicine at IUSM-Fort Wayne.

Continuing Medical Education credit will be available. Registration fees range from $599 to $99 or less based on IAFP membership and events selected. To register online, visit the registration page.


Arrow Interactive performance on medical education issues

The University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Players Theatre Program will present “The Case Study” from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, in the IUSM Library, Room 317.

This interactive theater performance will focus on a contentious debate over patient rights. It explores questions surrounding learners' backgrounds and conflicting perspectives, instructor responsibility, and what topics are appropriate in the medical education environment. The performance includes a facilitated discussion on strategies for addressing controversial topics in productive ways. 

University of Michigan CRLT Players Theatre Program provides educators and administrators with an innovative and dynamic approach to sparking dialogue, promoting inclusivity, and affecting positive change inside and outside the classroom though performances, workshops, seminars and individual consultations. This event is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and Office of Educational Affairs. 

Dinner will be provided from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The performance begins at 5:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the entire IUSM community.

To participate, visit the registration page.


Arrow Presentation on smoking and lung health

Krzysztof Kamocki will present a thesis defense seminar on cigarette smoking and lung health from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Emerson Hall, Room 304.

Kamocki is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His lecture is titled “The role of ceramides in cigarette smoke induced alveolar cell death.”


News to Use

Arrow Human Resources announces new and revised policies

University Human Resources Services has issued two new policies and one revised policy:

  • Health Care Benefits During An Unpaid Leave of Absence: This new policy applies to academic and staff employees and places a limit on how long an employee on an unpaid leave of absence can continue coverage under an IU-sponsored health care plan. This policy will go into effect Wednesday, Aug. 1.
  • Supplemental Pay for Occasional Additional Services for Exempt Professional Staff: This new policy applies to professional exempt staff and reflects an existing, long-standing IU practice. This policy went into effect Sunday, July 1.
  • Reward and Recognition Policy: This revised policy applies to staff and hourly employees and replaces the former version. This policy went into effect Sunday, July 1.


Arrow Volunteers sought for medical trip to Dominican Republic

The Timmy Global Health chapter at IUPUI is in need of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and a dentist to travel with 14 undergraduate students to Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic, from March 9 to 17.

This trip will provide medical care in five towns surrounding Monte Cristi that are among the most impoverished communities in the country. The cost will be about $1,800 to $2,000 and include flight, transportation, hotel and all meals.

Medical professionals also have the option of purchasing flights on their own. To sign up or for more information, contact Jenny Romine, present of the Timmy Global Health chapter at IUPUI, at


Arrow Summer courses on bibliographic software program

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 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 Change passphrase to avoid fall disruptions

Starting Sept. 10, passphrases for CAS-authenticated sites will automatically expire two years after they are created. This security measure will protect your valuable data against hacking and misuse.

CAS authentication is required to access resources such as OneStart, Oncourse and Student Information Services. You can reset your passphrase at any time with the Self-Service Passphrase Reset tool.

Additional assistance is available from the campus support centers.

For more information, visit the UITS News Page.


Arrow This week on 'Sound Medicine'

This week on Sound Medicine, reporter Shia Levitt will explore a court case filed under the False Claims Act that questions who is accountable for research fraud that involves federal funds. The segment includes an interview with the attorney for the whistleblower in the case, whose client has alleged fraud in a long-standing Alzheimer’s study at Harvard.

Also on this week’s show, bioethicist Eric Meslin will examine how the intense competition for federal research dollars can fuel unethical behavior and questionable methods among researchers; Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., executive director of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, discusses the new vitamin D recommendations for post-menopausal women; and an interview with the author of “The Fault in Our Stars,” a young adult novel that provides an unvarnished look at cancer diagnosis among teens.

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 22, 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. To listen online, visit the "Sound Medicine" website.



Arrow Vilcek Foundation scholarships for foreign-born medical scientists

The Vilcek Foundation recognizes young, foreign-born biomedical scientists who have distinguished themselves through exceptional and innovative research at an early stage of their career.

Three winners, 38 or younger, will be selected in 2013 to receive unrestricted cash prizes of $35,000 each. The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science aim to highlight the drive, talent and ingenuity of young immigrants.

The online application, along with details about the prize, the Vilcek Foundation, and its other programs and events, can be found at the Vilcek Foundation website.

Applications are due Tuesday, Aug. 14. No fee is required to apply.


Arrow Research Invention and Scientific Commercialization grants

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Research Invention and Scientific Commercialization grant program aims to foster and encourage cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs and technology development that will serve as the foundation for new business enterprises and/or promote the advancement of translational research or health-related objectives. Projects with strong and immediate potential to develop into commercialization of inventions, technologies or other intellectual property will be given funding priority.

IU faculty members who have filed a disclosure with the IU Research and Technology Corp. are eligible. Applications to this program are limited to $25,000. About four to five awards are made under this CTSI mechanism each year. This is an open request for applications. There is no due date.

To access complete application information, including complete eligibility guidelines and submission forms, visit the Indiana CTSI grant management portal. Log in using your institutional username and password and select “Research Invention and Scientific Commercialization Program.”

For more information, contact 317-278-2874 or


Arrow University teaching and service awards nominations

Nominations are sought for Distinguished Professorships, Distinguished Teaching Awards, Associate Instructor Awards, and the Ehrlich, Pinnell and Ryan awards.

Nominations and supporting documentation must be submitted electronically for all awards. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.

To submit a nomination, visit the Office of University Ceremonies Web pages (CAS username and password required).


Grants & Funding

Arrow Grants and Awards — June 2012

The following list includes new and competing research awards received during June 2012, excluding commercial projects. Amounts shown are based on the first budget period/year:

Peter Chiraseveenuprapund, M.D.
Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics (Kansas City) New WebSMART Trial 9/15/11 6/30/12 $6,729
Kenneth G. Cornetta, M.D.
NIH-NHLBI Continuing/
National Gene Vector Biorepository and Coordinating Center at Indiana University (NGVBCC) 4/23/12 3/31/13 $903,034
Stephanie Duggins Davis, M.D.
University of North Carolina New Predictive Modeling for Treatment of Upper Airway Obstruction in Young Children 11/28/11 8/31/12 $73,514
Robert J. Fallon, M.D., Ph.D.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia New A Phase II Study of Sunitinib (NSC# 736511, IND# 74019) in Recurrent, Refractory or Progressive High Grade Glioma and Ependymoma Tumors in Pediatric and Young Adult Patients. Study ACNS1021 - Pfizer WS281593-48 6/4/12 6/3/13 $48,000
Tatiana M. Foroud, Ph.D.
Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy New Peripheral Neuropathy Research Registry 12/1/11 12/31/14 $208,594
Tatiana M. Foroud, Ph.D.
Michael J. Fox Foundation New LRRK2 Mutations and Cancer Risk 6/15/12 6/14/14 $21,000
Theresa Ann Guise, M.D.
Endocrine Fellow Foundation New Muscle dysfunction in androgen deprivation: Role of ryanodine receptor. 6/1/12 5/31/13 $7,500
Byeong Keun Ha, M.D., Ph.D.
IU Health New Ex vivo expansion of human cord blood hematopoietic stem cells 5/1/12 4/30/14 $50,000
Quyen Quoc Hoang, Ph.D.
NIH-NINDS New Structure and conformational dynamics of alpha-synuclein 6/1/12 5/31/13 $233,875
Gary D. Hutchins, Ph.D.
Purdue University New 3D 31P MRSI of Human Liver: A Spatially-resolved Study of Normal and Malignant Tissue Response to Radiation Therapy 4/1/12 3/30/13 $25,000
Michael J. Kubek, Ph.D.
US Department of Defense New Intranasal Delivery of Biodegradable Neuropeptide Nanoparticles in the Treatment of Combat-Related Physical and Psychological CNS Co-Morbidities 4/12/12 4/11/15 $2,945,979
Jason Scott Mackey, M.D.
IU Health New Outcomes and Processes of Care in Intracerebral Hemorrhage 5/1/12 4/30/14 $100,000
David Grayson Marrero, Ph.D.,
Northwestern University New Community Translation of a Lifestyle Intervention to Improve Health in Diabetes 8/1/11 5/31/12 $312,936
Margaret M. Moga, Ph.D.
Healing Touch Worldwide Foundation Inc. New Magnetic field changes during Healing Touch interventions 6/1/12 8/31/15 $2,000
Nuria Morral Codol, Ph.D.
NIH-NIDDK New Hepatic expression of small hairpin RNA using gutless adenoviral vectors 4/1/12 3/31/13 $60,643
David Lee Morris, Ph.D.
NIH-NIDDK New Role of DC40 in obesity-induced adipose tissue inflammation and insulin resistance 2/18/12 2/17/13 $52,190
David Lee Morris, Ph.D.
University of Michigan New Role of CD40 in obesity-induced adipose tissue inflammation and insulin resistance 1/1/12 2/17/12 $6,071
Garson David Roodman, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh New Viral and Genetic Regulation of Abnormal OCL Activity in PD 11/15/11 8/31/12 $6,076
Chandan K. Saha, Ph.D.
Northwestern University New Effectiveness of a National Health Care Community Partnership to Prevent Diabetes 9/30/11 9/29/12 $95,049
Ernestina Schipani, M.D., Ph.D.
Thomas Jefferson University New Notch and hypoxia intervertebral disc development 4/1/12 3/31/13 $97,484
Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D.
NIH-NIMH Continuing/
Neurobiology of Anxiety and Panic Disorders 6/8/12 4/30/13 $408,621
Changyu Shen, Ph.D.
Harvard Pilgrim Health New Unified Approaches for Missing Data in Observational Studies 9/14/11 8/31/12 $91,722
Yang Sun, M.D., Ph.D.
NIH-NEI New Glaucoma Pathogenesis of Oculocerebrorenal syndrome of Lowe 6/1/12 5/31/13 $204,706
Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, M.D.
IU Health New Using simulation to assess the influence of race and class on periviable counseling among obstetricians and neonatologists 5/1/12 4/30/14 $98,483
David S. Wilkes, M.D.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia New Foxp3+ Treg Cells and Primary Graft Dysfunction in Clinical Lung Transplant Recipients 5/15/12 4/30/13 $78,000
Feng-Chun Yang, M.D., Ph.D.
Howard Hughes Medical Institute New Investigating the role of Erk1/2 in the development of plexiform neurofibromas 6/18/12 6/17/13 $39,000


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 Informationists earn grant

IUSM Library informationists Jere Odell, Rick Ralston and Elizabeth Whipple will receive $50,000 from the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine’s Administrative Supplement for Informationist Services. Their project, “Delivering Geospatial Intelligence to Health Care Professionals,” led by Gilbert Liu, M.D., associate professor of clinical pediatrics, will provide assistance monitoring the accuracy and literacy level of referral data and automatically generated documents; develop a knowledge management approach to connecting  geographic data to a pediatric computer-based decision support system used by the Regenstrief Medical Records System; and participate in community health information outreach services, including identifying social and technical barriers to the use of electronic medical records by care givers.


 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
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  • 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.