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August 23, 2012
Volume 16 Number 33 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Above the Fold

From the Dean's Office

Student Showcase

Faculty News

Events & Lectures

News to Use


Grants & Funding


Around Campus

At Your Fingertips

Above the Fold

Arrow Public invited to 'sneak peek' of state's first neuroscience center — Saturday

Before seeing its first patients, the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center will open its doors to the public for its “Community Day” event on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This special, three-hour event will give visitors a special “sneak peek” of the six-level, 270,000-square-foot clinical outpatient and imaging facility at 355 W. 16th Street, just south of IU Health Methodist Hospital in downtown Indianapolis.

Visitors can tour the facility and take advantage of free stroke and blood pressure screenings. Refreshments will also be served. A first-of-its-kind facility in Indiana, the IU Health Neuroscience Center will serve as a convenient “one-stop shop” for people with all kinds of mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia and neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors, stroke, spine problems, seizures and traumatic brain injuries. The facility will see its first patients on Monday, Aug. 27. To make an appointment to see an expert at the center, call 317-916-3525 or toll-free at 800-265-3220.

On Friday, Aug. 24, leaders from IU Health, IU School of Medicine and IU will join patients and leaders from the Indianapolis community for the grand opening dedication ceremony for the IU Health Neuroscience Center and its clinical outpatient and imaging facility, Goodman Hall – named after the late Dr. Julius Goodman, the pioneering neurosurgeon who envisioned the center’s creation before dying from a brain tumor in 2008.


Arrow Creative medical students release journal of art and inspiration

When they reached into the pocket of the coat signifying their new profession at the White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 11, the 335 members of the Indiana University School of Medicine Class of 2016 discovered a special message from their fellow students and teachers.

Nestled in the folds of each crisp white coat was Reflections, a journal of art and inspiration compiled and edited by medical students. The journal, which began as a collaborative project between the Medical Education and Curricular Affairs and the Relationship-Centered Care Initiative in 2004, is designed to serve as guide – a source of inspiration and a reminder of what inspired them to pursue medicine.

"Classically, this has been a guide to first years — not strictly a logistical guide or academic guide but a spiritual and emotional guide," said Drew Oehler, a fourth-year medical student in internal medicine and the journal’s editor. "When they find themselves in the pits of despair — or the pits of their textbooks – they can open up this book to think about the remarkable things that medical doctors experience every day."

Reflections is produced by the Creative Arts Therapy Student Interest Group in the Office of Medical Student Service-Learning, advised by Jeffrey Rothenberg, M.D., M.S., associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology. CAT SIG took over the publication from MECA several years ago.

The journal’s emphasis on the wide range of the events and emotions experienced by medical students and practitioners is reflected in this year's theme and sub-title, Diversity, as well as the variety of the works in this and past issues, including  poetry, prose, photography, painting, drawing and sculpture contributed by medical school students, faculty, residents, fellows, alumni and staff. Each year, Reflections receives about 50 submissions with approximately 25 works selected in the print publication.

To learn more about Reflections, including photos, read the full story.


Arrow IUSM-Lafayette site receives $1 million from IU Health

The future site of the IU School of Medicine-Lafayette will receive $1 million from IU Health Arnett.

Purdue University will receive the investment from the health care system for the construction of the new Lyles-Porter Hall, which will house IUSM-Lafayette, along with the Purdue Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and other health programs.

"The cooperation and partnership between Indiana University, the IU School of Medicine, Purdue and Greater Lafayette hospitals has laid the foundation for the medical school's new facility on the Purdue campus," said IU School of Medicine Dean D. Craig Brater, M.D.. "The commitment by IU Health Arnett will help make this vision become a reality. Together we will continue to educate the health care professionals that we need to care for families and loved ones."

Each year, 32 first- and second-year IU medical students are placed at IUSM-Lafayette medical education center on the Purdue campus. Expected to open in 2014, Lyles-Porter Hall, with 61,000 assignable square feet, will be at the northwest corner of Harrison and University streets in an area of campus known as the Life and Health Sciences Park. IUSM-Lafayette currently is housed in Lynn Hall.

"With our move to Lyles-Porter Hall, we will be able to house the planned increase to 48 students with a maximum capacity of 64 students in the first two years of their studies," said Gordon Coppoc, M.D., director of IUSM-Lafayette. "Thanks to generous supporters like IU Health Arnett, the IUSM Purdue campus facilities in which these future physicians train will better facilitate the modern, robust curriculum.”

In recognition of the investment, a collaborative learning studio in Lyles-Porter Hall will be named for IU Health Arnett.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Important information on new flu vaccination policy

IU School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, fellows and residents considered employees, affiliated physicians, volunteers, students, contactors and vendors at IU Health and Wishard Health Services are required to receive an influenza vaccination this flu season. The policy has been implemented to protect individuals, as well as the patients in their care, from the flu — one of the most common and preventable diseases that can lead to hospitalization and death.

Mandatory flu vaccination programs are based on recommendations by many national organizations, including the National Patient Safety Foundation, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, Infectious Disease Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Association for Practitioners in Infection Control and the American Hospital Association. In central Indiana, the Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety has formed a team of all city hospitals to develop a standard policy for flu vaccination. The goal is to have a consistent policy for all hospitals in the greater Indianapolis area.

Employees who have documented medical conditions, such as a serious allergy to the vaccine, may be exempt from receiving the flu vaccine. Religious exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

IU School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, residents and fellows may receive free flu shots from IUPUI Health Services. Flu shots will be available at IUPUI HS (Coleman Hall, Suite 100) starting Tuesday, Sept. 4. In addition, IUPUI HS staff will hold flu vaccination clinics at various locations on campus this fall. Flu vaccination clinic times, dates and locations will be announced in Scope.

The deadline for vaccination is Saturday, Dec. 15.

For more information, visit the Flu FAQ.


From the Dean's Office

Arrow IUSM earns record total in research support

Dear IUSM faculty and staff,

As many of you probably saw, last week IU President Michael A. McRobbie announced that IU received $533 million in research grants and contracts in fiscal year 2012, the second largest amount in the university’s history.

I’m following up today to congratulate the faculty and staff of the IU School of Medicine for their efforts, which brought the school more than $267 million in research awards for the fiscal year. And that is a record amount for the school – exceeding even the years when federal stimulus funds were providing an extra boost to research grants.

It’s no secret that it’s more difficult than ever to compete for research grants from the National Institutes of Health, where the percentage of research proposals being funded has plummeted and many fine projects go unfunded. Even so, we received just under $120 million in NIH awards, a small but hard-won increase over 2011.

The fact that the IU School of Medicine was able to attract more than $267 million in research grants in fiscal year 2012 is a testament to the skill, persistence and creativity of our scientists and their research teams.

Strong research programs enable us to develop the therapies that will help tomorrow’s patients, and enable us to teach young physicians to practice tomorrow’s medicine. I’m proud of our team of talented and dedicated research and clinical faculty and staff.


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


Student Showcase

Arrow Student outreach clinic open house — Aug. 25

The Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic will celebrate its fourth year of providing free health care to uninsured Indianapolis residents with an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in the Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 E. 10th St.

The IU Student Outreach Clinic opened Aug. 1, 2009. Patients without insurance are seen weekly, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Opening remarks will be Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by tours of the facility. Reservations are appreciated but not required.

To RSVP, contact 317-225-1881 or


Arrow Learn to plan your financial future

Residents, fellows, medical students and their significant others are invited to an informative discussion on financial health from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Skyline Club in Downtown Indianapolis. 

“Cover Your Assets: Planning your financial future” will provide information on how to manage wealth, plan a financial future and prepare for the unforeseen in order to weather life’s unexpected hiccups. Other topics include:

  • Learn about disability insurance options from a financial expert in a low-pressure environment
  • Explore real case scenarios of a physician who prepared for a sound financial future and from one who did not.
  • Ask burning questions about managing your debt and wealth.

This session is part of the IU School of Medicine Alumni Association's Preparing for Practice Series to provide supplemental training on the business behind medicine for early career professionals.

This is a free event, but registration is requested. Food and one beverage per person will be provided.  


Faculty News

Arrow What attracted you to the IU School of Medicine?

New faculty from across the IU School of Medicine community share their thoughts about what brought them to the school of medicine in a new publication from the IUSM dean’s office.

Designed to inform prospective faculty about the school of medicine, “26 Answers to One Question,” points out the many unique qualities, programs and opportunities that set IUSM apart from other institutions the across country.

“Moving to a new city and joining a new institution are big decisions,” said David Wilkes, M.D., executive associate dean for research affairs and August M. Watanabe Professor of Medical Research. “We wanted to invite faculty, who chose to relocate from other institutions to IUSM, to share with potential colleagues the qualities they found most compelling about our medical school. The report also serves as a great reminder to faculty about what makes our institution such an effective place to conduct research, care for patients and educate students.”

Qualities cited by faculty in the report include the many opportunities offered by the medical school’s academic and clinical partnerships with local universities and health care systems; the highly recognized IU-Kenya partnership and other international health efforts; commitment to high-quality medical education for students and mentorship for new faculty; and focus patient care and service in the local community. Also recognized are the strengths of many unique research institutions, centers and clinical programs, as well as the sense of “family” in many departments and divisions.


Arrow Statewide director for problem solving-competency named

Roger Smith, M.D., Robert A. Munsick Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been selected as the next statewide director of the problem-solving competency at the IU School of Medicine.

Dr. Smith, who also serves as director of medical student education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, recently implemented a clinical problem-solving exercise to assess decision-making in third-year students on the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise as an educator to this position and aims to enhance both the teaching and assessment of this critical competency for IUSM students.

Before joining the IUSM faculty in 2011, Dr. Smith served as vice chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

The previous problem-solving competency director was Aloysius "Butch" Humbert, M.D., associate professor of clinical emergency medicine and assistant dean of curriculum in the clinical sciences in the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education. The IUSM Office of Educational Affairs appreciates Dr. Humbert's leadership and his commitment to designing meaningful curricula and a longitudinal assessment of problem solving for our students.


Arrow Motaganahalli appointed fellowship director

The Office of Graduate Medical Education has appointed Raghu Motaganahalli, MBBS, assistant professor of vascular surgery, as the director for the vascular surgery fellowship program.

This Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved fellowship has educated specialists in the medical subspecialty of vascular surgery since 2001.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Physician to discuss medical care in rural Africa

Ellen Einterz, M.D., adjunct associate professor of medicine, will present "In Minute Particulars: Humanitarian Medicine in Rural Africa" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, in VanNuys Medical Science Building Room 326.

Dr. Einterz, medical director of a district hospital in northern Cameroon, has worked for more than 30 years in Africa. She will discuss some of the challenges and the joys of practicing medicine in rural Africa. She will discuss how the need to surmount cultural barriers and to work with so few resources brings health workers closer to patients, and to what she believes to be the truest spirit of medicine.

This is a free event. Food will be served. To RSVP, email


Arrow Academy of Teaching Scholars social media presentation

Alex Djuricich, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine, will present “Jumping Onto the Social Media Bandwagon: Using Twitter in Medical Education While Still Maintaining a Scholarly Focus” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, in Fairbanks Hall, Room 5005. 

In this workshop, participants will explore the use of social networking in medicine and medical education. Topics to be addressed include: how an educator might optimally use Twitter in an educational setting and how to engage learners with this tool. Dr. Djuricich is on Twitter at @medpedsdoctor.

Two new Faculty Learning Communities will be started this year, including one focused on social media in medical education. A Faculty Learning Community is a group of six to 10 faculty, graduate students and professional staff engaging in an active, collaborative, yearlong program around a particular teaching and learning topic or strategy. These groups will meet monthly as a part of the Academy of Teaching Scholars with the goals of enhancing practice and producing educational scholarship.

To register, or for more information on FLCs, visit the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.


Arrow Roodman to present on myeloma — Aug. 29

G. David Roodman, M.D., Ph.D., Kenneth Wiseman Professor of Medicine and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, will present a lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203.

Dr. Roodman, who also serves as director of the division of hematology/oncology in the Department of Medicine, will present "Novel Targets for Myeloma Bone Disease."

This Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics Seminar is hosted by Xin Zhang, Ph.D., associate professor of molecular genetics and David D. Weaver Investigator in Genetics.


Arrow Glick Eye Institute Grand Rounds speaker

Ram H. Nagaraj, Ph.D., will present at Grand Rounds in the Department of Ophthalmology at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute Spitzberg Hall.

Dr. Nagaraj is the Carl F. Asseff, M.D. Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Nagaraj investigates two major complications of the eye: cataract and diabetic retinopathy.


Arrow Expert to present on patient-centered outcomes

Robin Newhouse, Ph.D., chair and professor of organizational systems and adult health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, will present “Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute: Introduction, Initiatives and Implications” from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, in the Health Information and Transitional Sciences Building, Room 1110.

Dr. Newhouse was appointed to the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute by the comptroller general of the U.S. Government Accountability Office in 2011. Her presentation will be followed by a question and answer session from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by the IU School of Nursing. To register, contact

Dr. Newhouse will present a lecture at the Fourth Annual Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Meeting on Friday, Aug. 31, at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel.


Arrow 'Women of INfluence — Raising the Grade in Women's Health'

The IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health will host “Women of INfluence: Raising the Grade in Women's Health" from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 12, at the Tobias House, 5 E. 71st Street.

Keynote speaker Michelle Berlin, M.D., director for the Policy Advisory Toward Health program at  Oregon Health and Science University's Center for Women's Health, is the primary author of Making the Grade on Women's Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card.  

Women of INfluence, formerly INFluence (Indiana Female Leaders Unite), provides an avenue by which female leaders are educated about critical women’s health issues and given a charge to raise awareness, educate and advocate for women’s health in their own spheres of influence. The program, which began in the Indiana State Department of Health, recognizes that women of influence have the power to carry critical women’s health messages far and wide, and make these issues relevant and visible at work, at school, at home, in policy, in the media, in faith communities and among health care professionals.

Now under the direction of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, the Women of INfluence coalitions across the state are charged with forging partnerships within their communities to address women's health issues.


Arrow Campbell Lecture to feature neurological surgeon

Kim J. Burchiel, M.D., John Raaf Professor and chair of neurological surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, will present the 19th Annual Robert L. Campbell Lectureship from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in the IU Health Methodist Hospital Petticrew Auditorium. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m.

The topic of Dr. Burchiel’s lecture is functional neurosurgery. Physicians, residents, medical students, nurses and other clinical staff are encouraged to attend. Cases will be presented to Dr. Burchiel from 9 to 10 a.m. after the lecture.

For more information, contact Anna Hileman at 317-396-1283 or or Mary Gallagher at 317-396-1234 or


Arrow First Indiana CTSI speaker audio online

The first Indiana CTSI Distinguished Speaker lecture delivered by Kenneth Kaitin, Ph.D., on Aug. 14, has been archived online.

Dr. Kaitin is director and research professor at the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development at Tufts University. His address, "Translational Science: The Evolving Landscape for Biomedical Innovation," is available from the IUSM Mediasite. To listen, log in using your institutional ID and select the relevant presentation title.

This event was sponsored by the Indiana CTSI and hosted by Michael Sturek, M.D., chair of cellular and integrative physiology.


News to Use

Arrow IU School of Medicine curricular reform update

The IUSM Curricular Reform 2.5 Team has released an audio presentation to update the IUSM community on the curricular reform process. Please note that this audio slideshow presentation will not play on an iPad or iPhone. For more information about the curricular reform process, read online about Curricular Reform 1.0 and 2.0, and Curricular Reform 2.5.

As the proposal for the new IUSM curriculum continues to develop, the curricular reform team is seeking input from members of the IUSM community. To share questions or comments, email the Curricular Reform 2.5 Team at


Arrow Medical Student Affairs seeks mock residency interviewers

The Medical Student Affairs Office is seeking faculty and house staff volunteers who are familiar with the residency interviewing process to provide mock interviews for fourth-year medical students to help them prepare for residency interviews. Dates for this project are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 16.

About 10 faculty or residents are needed for each date; volunteers must commit at least two hours during which they will conduct 20-minute interviews, each followed by an individual critique of the student's performance. The interviews will be held at the Simulation Center in Fairbanks Hall.

After faculty interview schedules have been confirmed, fourth-year medical students will be asked to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. These students' residency application materials, along with transcripts, will be forwarded to faculty interviewers for review before the interviews.

Faculty members from all disciplines are needed, but no guarantees can be made that volunteers will be matched to students interested in their specialty.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Carlene Webb-Burton at 317-274-7173 or


Arrow Crispus Attucks mentorship volunteers sought

Medical student volunteers are sought to mentor or tutor middle school and high school students in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Pre-College Program at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet School.

The goal is to stimulate students' interest in and improve their ability to enter a career in biomedical science. This is an opportunity to earn money while helping students meet their educational goals and succeed.

Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 7. To apply, contact Carrie Harris at 317-278-1783 or


Arrow New passphrase policy begins Sept. 10

University Information Technology Services will soon require all faculty, staff and students to maintain a passphrase that is less than two years old. IU will begin the process of expiring passphrases that are more than two years old starting on Monday, Sept. 10.

If a passphrase expires, the user will lose all access to all services accessed via IU's Central Authentication Service until their passphaes are changed. This includes Oncourse, OneStart, ePTO and HRMS.

The policy is being implemented because insecure and old passwords and passphrases jeopardize the security of personal and university data. Passphrase expirations help protect this data against unauthorized access and misuse. To change your passphrase:
  1. Go to
  2. Read the instructions carefully
  3. Follow the prompts
  4. For additional assistance, contact your departmental IT professional or the UITS support center.

For more information, visit the UITS Knowledge Base.


Arrow Ten percent discount on IUSM merchandise

IU Online Store is offering 10 percent discounts on all purchases through Friday, Aug. 31. This includes all IUSM merchandise.

To get the discount, use the promotional code INSIDE10 at check out.


Arrow This week on 'Sound Medicine'

This week on "Sound Medicine," health care policy expert Aaron Carroll, M.D., will discuss the potential impact of the health care reform plan proposed by Mitt Romney’s recently crowned running mate, Paul Ryan. Other topics will include the impact of childhood spanking on mental health, the special challenges faced by children with high blood pressure and a special segment on caring for medically complex children by the author of “Holy Moments,” an inspiring essay about a neonatal intensive care patient.

"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, Aug. 26, on WFYI 90.1 FM. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.

The program is available via website, podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads and posts updates on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on this week’s show, visit the IUSM Newsroom.



Arrow IU School of Medicine Art Exhibit — call for entries

Do you or one of your colleagues have an artistic side? Are the doodles of the third-year on the lab stool next to you reminiscent of Picasso? Instead of relaxing at the pool, do you paint, draw, write, carve or make pottery to unwind? If so, this message is for you.

The fifth annual IUSM Art Exhibition “Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression” is accepting entries to showcase the work of the students, staff, faculty and alumni of the IU schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry and health and rehabilitation sciences, as well as that of employees from Roudebush VA, Wishard and IU Health.

The deadline for submitting work is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, and photos of submissions can be uploaded at Directions can be found there.

As in previous years, "Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression" will begin with a one-day show in the atrium of the VanNuys Medical Science Building  and then move to the IUPUI Campus Center Cultural Arts Gallery for a monthlong display. It is not a requirement that artists commit their work to the Cultural Arts Gallery exhibit; the website includes an opt-out option for the gallery.

The exhibit in the VanNuys atrium will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. The works of art will be moved and displayed in the Cultural Arts Gallery from Nov. 5 to 30. A Meet the Artists Reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, and artists must pick up their work at the reception or the following day.

All artwork must be ready for display, particularly hanging items. Items that do not meet the exhibition requirements risk rejection.

For more information, contact Mary Hardin at 317-274-5456.


Arrow IUSM education committees seek nominations

The IUSM education committees are seeking nominees for membership on important curricular committees. The Curriculum Council is seeking faculty members to serve on the Steering Committee, Clinical Component Committee, Elective Subcommittee and the Academic Standards Committee. 

Faculty from basic science and clinical departments and from all of IUSM campuses are encouraged to apply. To review a description of these committees’ activities or download a nomination form, visit the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education.

Faculty can self-nominate or be nominated by a peer or supervisor. Submissions must be sent by Friday, Aug. 24, to Alan Ladd, M.D., chair of the Curriculum Council Steering Committee, at


Arrow EMPOWER Grant Program seeks applications

The Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research is seeking applications. EMPOWER supports IUPUI faculty from historically underrepresented or excluded populations in their discipline or area of scholarship and who have been historically denied admission to higher education or that discipline. It aims to help such faculty become successful in sponsored research and scholarly activity and achieve significant professional growth and advancement.

The program sustains mentorship opportunities through the EMPOWER Grant Program, support of their achievement of excellence in research and scholarly activity, and the optimal attainment of academic career goals and objectives.

The application deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 5. For more information, see the grant guidelines and application forms.


Grants & Funding

Arrow Research Funding Update

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

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

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



Arrow Student Research Program in Academic Medicine winners

Fourty-five first-year medical students participated in the 2012 Student Research Program in Academic Medicine. Each medical student was assigned to a research mentor who guided the students' research efforts over the 12-week program, during which they attended weekly seminars designed to give them a peek at the speaker’s career track and research.

Students closed the summer with 10-minute oral presentations. These presentation were also an opportunity to compete for scholarships. Scholarship recipients are:

  • 1st Prize: Erin Ketchem (Mentor: Angelo Cardoso, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • 2nd Prize: Matthew Tellman (Mentor: John Lopshire, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • 3rd Prize: Alexander Schneider (Mentor: Carmela Evans-Molina, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • 4th Prize: Rachel Ward (Mentor: Jeffrey Travers, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • 5th Prize: Alice Chen (Mentor: Harm HogenEsch, Ph.D.)
  • 6th Prize: Alyssa Bolduan (Mentor: Michael Sturek, Ph.D.)

Winners were selected based on students' oral presentations. Criteria for scholarship or prize selection were further based on quality of science, quality of the presentation (delivery and clarity),  ability to respond to questions, communication of the level of motivation/enthusiasm and ownership of the project, and clarity about the student’s own contribution versus the lab’s contribution to the project.

Judges included Simon Atkinson, Ph.D., Joseph Bidwell Ph.D., Janice Blum, Ph.D., James Brokaw, Ph.D., Rebecca Chan, M.D., Ph.D., Robert Considine, Ph.D., Jeffrey Elmendorf, Ph.D., Melissa Fishel, Barbara Kluve-Beckerman, Ph.D., Karen Pollok, Ph.D., Robert Nelson, M.D., Rebecca Schilling M.D., Tim Sutton, M.D., Ph.D., and Edward Srour, Ph.D.

The Student Research Program in Academic Medicine is directed by Nadia Carlesso, Ph.D., and supported by the National Institutes of Health, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and IU School of Medicine Dean’s Office Medical Student Affairs.

A requirement of the program will be a poster session from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium.


Arrow Honors

Debra Hickman, DVM, director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center, is the recipient of the 2012 American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners Excellence in Research Award.  This award was created to honor members of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association for scientific contributions to the fields of laboratory animal medicine and/or comparative medicine. The award is intended to honor individuals who have made significant and repeated scientific contributions to the field.  The award was presented earlier this month at the Annual Meeting of the American Veterinary Medical Association in San Diego, Calif. At the meeting, Dr. Hickman presented a special topic overview, “If we could talk with the animals: An interdisciplinary approach to evaluate environmental enrichment strategies in the research laboratory.”

James H. Jones, M.D., vice chair and professor of clinical emergency medicine at the IU School of Medicine and medical director in the Emergency Department at Wishard Memorial Hospital, has been named president-elect of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. His area of research interest is in emergent airway management. Dr. Jones has been a member of the American Board of Emergency Medicine board of directors since 2005 and was elected to the executive committee in 2010. Since 1988, he has served ABEM in a variety of capacities, including as examination editor, item writer and oral examiner. He currently serves as the chair of the academic affairs committee, communications committee and nominating committee, and the CME Task Force. He has also represented ABEM as a delegate to the American Board of Medical Specialties. He was appointed president-elect during the ABEM board meeting in July.

James F. Malec, Ph.D., professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, has been named the 2012 winner of the Sheldon Berrol, M.D., Clinical Service Award by the Brain Injury Association of America. The award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to improving quality of care, professional training and/or education in the field of brain injury. In both clinical practice and research, Dr. Malec’s career has focused on developing brain injury rehabilitation methods. He will be presented with the award during the annual conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and American Society of Neurorehabilitation Oct. 9 to 13 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Malec also is director of research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and research director of Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.

Daniel J. Vreeman, OD, assistant research professor of medicine and knowledge informatics and translation, has been accepted to participate in the Early Career Reviewer program of the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health. The Center for Scientific Review is the portal for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. Dr. Vreeman is also a Regenstrief Institute investigator.


Around Campus

Arrow Autism movie screening tonight

Temple Grandin," a movie about the true story of a remarkable woman with autism who achieved great success in the field of animal science, will screen at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room 122A.

This event is presented by the Children and Adults with Disabilities Student Interest Group in the Office of Medical Serving-Learning. A short discussion will follow the film. Food will be provided.

For more information, contact Kayla Herget, MS3, president of CAD-SIG, at


 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. Wednesdays. Scope is published electronically and sent to faculty, staff, students and residents on Thursdays, 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.