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January 27, 2012
Volume 16 Number 3 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IUSM faculty among groups providing urgent care for Super Bowl visitors

Faculty from the IU School of Medicine will be among volunteers to provide basic health care services to visitors to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Visitors to the Super Care Clinic, near the Super Bowl Village, will be able to access treatment for illnesses such as coughs and colds and minor injuries.

Indianapolis will be the first Super Bowl host city to offer a full-service urgent care center for visitors. The clinic will be open during peak periods from Friday, Jan. 27, through Sunday, Feb. 5. Throughout Super Bowl weekend, it will be open 24 hours a day.

The Super Care Clinic is operated by a coalition of Indianapolis-area health care facilities and offered in collaboration with the Super Bowl Host Committee. Physicians from the IU Medical Group will provide nine staff members — doctors, nurses and registrars — on Jan. 28.

For more information, visit, or follow @SuperCareClinic on Twitter.


Arrow Fourth Annual Hunger Banquet — Feb. 18

Mark your calendars! The Global Health Student Interest Group will host its fourth annual Hunger Banquet from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

This event will feature dance performances, a silent auction and international cuisine. In addition, Kevin Watkins, co-chair of Elanco's Hunger Team and Hunger Board, will present a keynote. Elanco Products Co. is a division of Eli Lilly and Co.

All proceeds and donations will benefit the IU-Kenya Orphans and Vulnerable Children's fund and Tsunami Children's Center in Eldoret, Kenya. Over 250 attendees at last year’s event raised nearly $4,900 for these programs.

Tickets for this event are $5 for students, $7 for non students. Tickets are available online at Suggested attire is casual.

To inquire about banquet volunteer or sponsorship opportunities, email


Arrow Han to direct breast surgery program

Linda K. Han, MD, has been named professor of clinical surgery at the IU School of Medicine and director of the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center Breast Surgical Oncology program.

Before joining the IU medical school faculty, Dr. Han had practiced at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, Ohio.

A fellow with the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Han received her bachelor’s degree and her medical degree from Indiana University. She completed a general surgery residency at Ohio State University Hospital and a research fellowship in the Division of Transplantation at Ohio State University.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Indy’s Super Cure starts Saturday

Over 700 female donors and 600 volunteers will visit IUSM this weekend, Jan. 28-29, for Indy's Super Cure, the largest-ever single-day breast tissue donation event at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

The donors will provide health breast tissue samples to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank. Indy’s Super Cure, an initiative developed by the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee to raise awareness about the tissue bank, increase the diversity of donors and raise $1 million to help support the tissue bank, the first and only healthy breast tissue bank in the world.

This event is expected to garner more samples than the tissue bank typically collects in a year. Details in the IUSM Newsroom.


Faculty News

Arrow Social media in medical education

Alex Djuricich, MD, is associate dean for continuing medical education at the IU School of Medicine – and also a blogger. Recently, Dr. Djuricich wrote a post titled “Social media policies within medical schools,” reflecting on the role of social media in medical education, with a focus on positive aspects of the technology. He writes:

“I have been in multiple discussions in various venues about social media in medical schools recently. It appears to me as if every conversation ends up focusing on professionalism (or more specifically, unprofessionalism and what students should not do). The conversation then turns to “a policy is necessary so that trainees/students understand what isn’t okay.” About a month ago, I wrote this post, which touches on the topic. 

“While I agree that a policy or a guideline (as it’s called by the IU School of Medicine) is important, and professionalism should of course be mentioned, I always tend to notice almost no discussion of what good can come from social media in medical education.

“Is it that people are scared? Is it that people are worried about doing something that will come back and haunt them? Can medical schools be sued over comments made by students or faculty in social media circles?

“I am particularly proud of the IU School of Medicine’s Social Media Guidelines (shout-out to my colleague Gabe Bosslet, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, for his direction and leadership in crafting this document). 

“In my personal opinion, people need to be smart and not post patient information, or anything that might link with a direct patient, in a social media context. But we’re also missing some great potential. What about how social media can help disseminate health information to patients? What about the opportunity to dispel rumors, false information, and “snake oil cures”? What about the potential for maintaining quality public health information (on vaccines, for example)?

“Below are some interesting posts on the topic of Social Media policies, specifically with regard to health care. Please let me know your thoughts on this subject, and how we can leverage the good from social media with the concern over unprofessional online behavior.”

To hear more from Dr. Djuricich on this and other topics, visit his blog.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Pharmaceutical research seminars

Kristi Griffith, a research advisor in product research and development at Eli Lilly and Co., will speak from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in the Health Information and Translational Science Building (HITS), room 1130. She will discuss the process for creating and developing a drug from the non-clinical point of view.

Also this week, Parag Garhyan, PhD, a research scientist at Eli Lilly and Co., will speak from 6 to 7:15 Thursday, Feb. 2, in the same location. Dr. Garhyan will present “Fundamental concepts in pharmacokinetics and pharmaco-dynamics.”

These presentations are part of the Statistics in Pharmaceutical Research Seminar Series, which will run Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 19.


Arrow Ethics lecture on conflicts with patient families

The 2012 Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series will kick off from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium with a lecture by Robert M. Arnold, MD, professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. This event also will be available via live-simulcast in the Methodist Hospital Petticrew Auditorium.

Dr. Arnold will deliver a lecture titled “Listen: Dealing with Conflicts With Families of Critically Ill Patients.” A researcher who also holds an academic appointment in the University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law, Dr. Arnold’s interests include educational interventions to improve doctor-patient communication and exploring how ethical precepts are carried out in clinical practice. He also is working with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System to develop systemwide, integrative palliative services throughout the health system.

This event will be co-sponsored by the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics and Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center.

For more information, visit or

Questions to Amy Chamness at 317-962-1721 or


Arrow Center for Structural Biology director to present

Tom Hurley, PhD, associate chair and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and director of the Center for Structural Biology, will present a seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

Dr. Hurley will present a lecture titled “Activators and Inhibitors of Aldehyde Dehydrogenase: A random walk through a small molecule wilderness.”

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


Arrow IU Winter College — Feb. 10-12

IU Alumni Association will offer its sixth annual Winter College session from Feb. 10-12 in Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla. This event is an intimate weekend for alumni, donors and friends interested in an enriching weekend of fellowship and learning that showcases IU’s most engaging and interesting faculty and alumni.

This year’s session, “American Vistas: This Land Is Your Land,” will include interactive classes led by some of Indiana University's most dynamic professors and keynote speakers, including D. Craig Brater, dean of the IU School of Medicine, who will host a Sunday morning reception; and George W. Sledge Jr., professor of medicine and pathology and co-director of IU Simon Cancer Center's Breast Cancer Program, who will present "Brave New World: The Genomic Future of Medicine."

Additional speakers include Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who will speak at the opening dinner, and astronaut and IUSM alumnus David Wolf, who will appear at the farewell dinner.

For a complete list of speakers or to register, visit this page.


Arrow Medical Marketplace of Shakespeare’s London

Sarah Neville, an editing research associate with the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, will present “The Unpublished Virtues of the Earth: Early English Botany and the Medical Marketplace of Shakespeare’s London” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 148.

This event is a part of the Spring 2012 Seminars in Medical Humanities and Health Studies speakers series.

For more information, visit or download the event flier.

Questions to Kelly Gascoine at 317-278-1669 or


Arrow Session on community engagement in research

The IUPUI Solution Center, a division of the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, will present a workshop on “Increasing and Expanding Your Research Agenda Through Community Engagement,” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the IUPUI Solutions Center, Walker Building, 719 Indiana Ave.

This session will explore how the Solution Center can help faculty expand and enhance their teaching and research goals through community engagement. Topics will include developing a community engagement plan, identifying partners, selecting tools and resources, engaging students and funding.

For more information, visit


Arrow FDA device director to speak — Feb. 22

Jeffrey Shuren, MD, JD, director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the Food and Drug Administration, will present from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Wynn Courtroom, Inlow Hall, IU School of Law at Indianapolis.

Dr. Shuren’s topic will be “The FDA and Its Work.” His center is responsible for ensuring the safety, effectiveness and quality of medical devices; ensuring the safety of radiation-emitting products (such as cell phones and microwave ovens); and fostering device innovation. Dr. Shuren has held various policy and planning positions within FDA from 1998 to 2009, including as detailee on Sen. Edward Kennedy's staff on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee from 1999 to 2000. For more information, see this biography.

Questions to Priscilla Keith at 317-274-1951 or


Arrow Expert to tackle health care rationing

Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, will present a bioethics lecture from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Dr. Caplan’s lecture title is “The Inevitability of Rationing in American Health Care and How to Do So Justly and Fairly.”

This lecture is supported by the Predictive Health Ethics Research Program (PredictER) grant that is funded by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. This event is presented by the IUSM Center for Bioethics.

Questions to Eva Jackson at 317-278-4034 or


News to Use

Arrow Super Bowl class cancelation reminder

A reminder that the IU School of Medicine will cancel classes for first- and second-year medical students on Friday, Feb. 3, and Monday, Feb. 6, due to traffic and parking disruptions caused by Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.

In addition, IUSM students should check with their clerkship directors regarding clinical rotations over the weekend of Feb. 4 and 5. The clerkship directors will make decisions about schedules based on the services to which students are assigned at that time. In addition, IUSM faculty and staff are encouraged to work with their supervisors to consider alternate work options — such as flex time, compressed work weeks or telecommuting — during this period to reduce the level of activity on campus.

All medical school cancelations during this period pertain to the Indianapolis campus only. All regional campus activities will remain unaffected.

For more information on class cancelations across the IUPUI campus, visit

For general information about the Super Bowl at IUPUI, visit


Arrow IUSM Library to limit hours during Super Bowl

The IUSM Library will be open on a limited schedule during Super Bowl weekend.

Dates and times are:

  • Friday, Feb. 3 — 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 4 — Closed
  • Sunday, Feb. 5 — Closed
  • Monday, Feb. 6 — Resumes normal hours (7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

For the most up-to-date information on library hours, please check the Library News blog.

Questions to the IUSM Library Circulation Desk at 317‐274‐7182 or


Arrow Women's health center offers bone density testing

The IU/Wishard National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health is now accepting referrals for bone density testing. 

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the following groups should consider having a bone density test: Women 65 or older; men 70 or older; postmenopausal women who have stopped taking estrogen therapy or hormone therapy; postmenopausal women younger than 65; men younger than 70 with one or more risk factors for osteoporosis (risk factors include being small and thin, having a diet low in calcium, not getting enough vitamin D, smoking or heavy alcohol consumption); or men or women older than 50 who have recently broken a bone.

After participating in the bone density testing, a final report will be available to the patient within one month via their referring physician or private online site.

The IU/Wishard National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health is on the first floor of the Primary Care Center. For more information, call 317-630-6523.


Arrow New rules for international student travel

Effective Jan. 1, 2012, all IUSM students who anticipate traveling to foreign countries for educational experiences must abide by the new approval process.

The new process is described online at The policy is intended to minimize potential health and safety risks associated with international travel and to ensure high-quality educational experiences. 

This approval process does not apply to the IUSM programs already approved by the university. Already-approved programs include the Kenya Program in Eldoret, Kenya; the Honduras program; and the program with Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China.

Questions to the director of Medical Student Records at 317-274-1970 or


Arrow Students sought for cancer research summer program

IU Simon Cancer Center is seeking high school or college students with an interest in cancer research to participate in its 2012 Summer Research Program.  

The cancer center's annual summer research program, a partnership with the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning, pairs students with a mentor physician or researcher for nine weeks from May 31 to July 27. 

For more information or an online application, visit

Applications are due Friday, Feb. 17.


Arrow This Week on Sound Medicine

This week on Sound Medicine, reporter Scott Goldberg visits a health clinic in Baltimore that’s found a unique model for serving uninsured patients. Other topics this week will include an expert on how financial stress affects family mental health; using Botox to prevent chronic migraines; and exploring the “myth” of multi-tasking.

Sound Medicine, an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio, airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, 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 Community-Based Research Grants — request for applications

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Community Health Engagement Program is requesting applications to support community-based research projects.

This request for applications will provide funds to academic and community partners to assist in the development and successful completion of collaborative, community-based research planning or implementation projects. Indiana CTSI CHEP support will range from $1,000 to $5,000 for planning projects and $10,000 to $20,000 for implementation projects during the 2011-12 fiscal year for this RFA.

For the purposes of this opportunity, community-based research will be defined as collaborative efforts with at least one community-based organization and one academic partner. Planning or implementation projects must be joint efforts pursuing one or more of the following objectives: (1) improve an important feature of health or health care, (2) perform a needed evaluation of a valuable health-related program, or (3) develop a relationship for a community-based implementation project that can lead to (1) or (2). Preference will be given to projects likely to lead to extramural funding that supports the continuation or expansion of the proposed project or results in intellectual property.

The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 30. Awards will be announced March 1. The final allocation amount will be based on the number and quality of applications received. No applications will be funded for more than $20,000. Proposed project periods cannot exceed 12 months from the project start date, although applications for additional funding in the next year’s funding cycle will be considered based on progress.

For complete application guidelines and forms, visit, log in using your institutional username and password and select “CHEP Community-Based Research Awards (CBR)”.

Questions to Emily Hardwick at 317-278-2821 or


Arrow Indiana CTSI pre- and postdoc awards — due Feb. 1

Postdoctoral (“K Award”) Fellowships: The Indiana Clinical and Translational Research Institute is seeking applicants for research fellowships in clinical-translational research. Clinical research includes epidemiological studies, clinical trials or other investigations involving human subjects. Translational research consists of either “T1 research” (interface of basic science to human studies) or “T2 research” (interface of human studies to the community). 

Eligible candidates must fall into one of two categories:

  • Clinician-scientists with a doctoral degree (physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, clinical psychologists, optometrists, veterinarians, allied health care professionals, etc.)
  • Basic scientists with a PhD who are doing translational research that has high potential for early translation into impacting patient care

This award requires two co-mentors who are faculty investigators from at least two different disciplines (preferably a clinician and a PhD-scientist). Applicants must be full-time junior faculty or research scientists eligible to apply as principal investigator on an NIH grant or career development award but who have not yet been a principal investigator on an R01 or equivalent grant. Postdoctoral clinical or research fellows are not eligible to apply unless institutional arrangements have been made for a full-time faculty or research scientist appointment by summer 2012.

Benefits include partial salary support, tuition and fees for required and elective coursework, pilot research monies and travel funds to attend the national CTSI young investigator meeting. 

Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. Awards will begin July 1. For complete application information, including eligibility guidelines and forms, visit, log in using your institutional username and password and select “CTSI Young Investigator Award in Clinical — Translational Research — 2012.02.”

Questions to Donna Burgett at 317-630-7447 or

Predoctoral (“T Award”) Training Grants: The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is seeking applicants for predoctoral training awards in translational research. Eligible candidates are second- or third-year predoctoral graduate students at one of the CTSI partner institutions: Indiana University, Purdue University or the University of Notre Dame.

Translational research refers to the process by which research in the lab translates into patient treatment (i.e.: bench to bedside). Translation may involve (T1) applying discoveries made during research to the development of clinical trials and studies in humans or (T2) carrying out research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices, or both.

Benefits include an annual stipend of $24,500 (comparable to other pre-doctoral training positions), as well as partial tuition and fees for coursework relevant to the applicant's research, mentoring with a faculty member whose research program includes peer reviewed extramurally funded clinical or translational research and the opportunity to network with other pre- and postdoctoral trainees, program mentors and allied researchers from multiple institutions in Indiana. This award also includes travel support to attend a national meeting with similar trainees from 40 other medical schools and research institutions.

For complete application information, including eligibility guidelines and forms, visit, log in using your institutional username and password and select “CTSI Predoctoral Training Awards in Translational Research — 2012.02 (TL1).”

Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. Funding is renewable for an additional year based upon progress attained.

Questions to Colleen Gabauer at 765-494-9256 or


Arrow Trustees Teaching Awards — call for nominations

Nominations are being sought for the 2012 Trustees Teaching Awards, a program that recognizes faculty excellence by the IU Board of Trustees. Tenured and tenure-track faculty and librarians engaged in teaching are eligible, as are full-time clinical faculty and full-time lecturers whose primary duties are teaching, including faculty in the School of Medicine who may be located at medical centers or be paid by institutions other than IU (e.g.: Wishard Health Services, VA, IU Health).

Award recipients must have demonstrated a sustained level of teaching excellence in the form of documented student learning and must have completed at least three years of service at IUPUI to be eligible (appointed on or before July 1, 2008). Excellence in teaching is the primary factor for selection.

Recipients will receive $2,500, have their names displayed on a plaque and be recognized at award ceremonies at IUSM and at IUPUI. IUSM awardees are also recognized at the medical school commencement in May. About 48 outstanding IUSM teachers are expected to receive the award this year.

Nominations are due by Friday, Feb. 3, to

Questions to


Arrow Proposals sought for community-based research symposium

The 23rd Annual Joseph Taylor Symposium will be Wednesday, Feb. 29, in the IUPUI Campus Center. The symposium will examine how IU and the work of its faculty, staff and students have shaped Indianapolis, and how the university has been shaped by the local community.

Posters, electronic and other visual presentations that showcase community-engaged research, teaching and learning are encouraged. The deadline for proposals is Friday, Feb. 3.

To submit a proposal, see the complete application form.

Questions to John Dichtl at



Arrow Bioethics fellowship — call for proposals

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

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

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

Questions to Eric Meslin, PhD, director of the IU Center for Bioethics, at

To apply, email proposals by Friday, March 30, to Eva Jackson at


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

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



Arrow Temmerman elected to national board

Joan Temmerman, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, has been elected vice chair of the American Board of Bariatric Medicine for 2012-14.

The American Board of Bariatric Medicine is an independent medical specialty board organized in 1970; it is responsible for certifying physicians in the field of bariatric medicine (treating obesity and its related co-morbidities).

Dr. Temmerman also serves as a board-certified bariatrician at IU Health Bariatrics and Medical Weight Loss.


Around Campus

Arrow Glick Eye Institute trunk show — Feb. 15

The newly opened Optometric Services and Eyewear shop at the Glick Eye Institute will present a “trunk show” with designer eyeglass frames and sunglasses from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, on the first floor of the institute.

The Optometric Services and Eyewear shop offers a full range of frames, including Nike, D&G, Fendi and Ray-Ban. Frames are available for glasses and sunglasses. Non-prescription sunglasses also are available.

A drawing for Ray-Ban frames will be held at 4 p.m. Participants must be present to win. Everyone who stops by will receive a free cleaning cloth for their glasses.

Staff will be on hand for anyone who wishes to schedule an eye exam. For more information, visit


Traffic Updates

Arrow Super Bowl impact on campus parking and shuttles

The IUPUI campus will be selling a limited selection of parking spaces on the east end of campus starting Saturday, Jan. 28.

Guests wishing to park in the spaces will pay $25 and can ride a shuttle downtown to check out the Super Bowl events. The shuttle will run Jan. 28 and 29 and Feb. 3 and 4.

For more information, including a map of the affected spaces, visit


Arrow Super Bowl downtown traffic updates

Lane restrictions and closures continue downtown this week due to preparations related to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. For up-to-date lane restriction information, visit Maps with street closures, lane restrictions, park-and-ride locations, alternate routes and other information are online at

Smartphone users can also find more information from the "Indy Downtown" app, available in the iTunes App Store or Android Market.


 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.