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IUSM Scope

November 8, 2012
Volume 16 Number 44 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IU School of Medicine clinical research supports veterans’ health

The IU School of Medicine is serving veterans through research initiatives focusing on health problems affecting those who have served and their families.

In recognition of Veterans Day, IUSM is participating in events on the IUPUI campus directed at veterans. The school seeks to interest veterans in research studies that aim to unravel mental and physical health issues unique to service.

  • Samantha D. Outcalt, Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical psychology and a research fellow and a clinical psychologist at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center, has enrolled 24 veterans in a study looking at the connection between chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. As the principal investigator, Dr. Outcalt hopes to have data from 150 participants in her study, which is jointly funded by VA Health Services Research and Development and the Indiana Institute for Medical Research.
  • Richard Frankel, Ph.D., professor of medicine and a health services researcher, is the primary investigator on “Women Veterans and Comprehensive Care: An Exploration of Challenges.” The purpose of this study is to develop methods to rate individual treatment goals and improve the goal-setting process so patients are more vested in their treatment.
  • Neale Chumbler, Ph.D., a research scientist with the Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence-Bases Practice at the Roudebush VA Medical Center and a Regenstrief Institute investigator, leads a team of researchers who have developed STeleR, a home telerehabilitation program that reportedly improves lower-body physical functioning even two years after a stroke. More than 50 veterans are enrolled in the multi-site study.
  • Kurt Kroenke, M.D., professor of medicine and Chancellor’s Professor at IUPUI, is exploring methods to optimize treatment for veterans suffering chronic pain.

The IU School of Medicine was one of more than 100 medical schools across the country that signed a pledge recognizing the sacrifice and commitment of military service members, veterans and their families. Through the Joining Forces Initiative, medical schools made a commitment to find solutions to health issues troubling veterans and their families and use our integrated missions in education, research and clinical care to train the next generation of physicians to meet the needs of those who serve our nation.

In recognition of Veterans Day this month, the Association of American Medical Colleges has established Joining Forces Wellness Week to heighten awareness about the health needs of the nation’s veterans and service members and their families, and elevate the role that medical schools and teaching hospitals play in serving this community. Veterans Week at IUPUI began Nov. 5 and includes a number of activities focused on military health issues.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow IU researchers lead potential breakthrough in tumor relief for children

Physician-researchers at the IU School of Medicine have reported the first effective therapy for a previously untreatable and potentially life-threatening class of tumors often found in children.

The treatment uses the drug imatinib mesylate — currently marketed as a treatment for chronic myeloid leukemia under the name Gleevec — to provide relief to patients with tumors caused by neurofibromatosis type 1. In a study published in the journal Lancet Oncology, IU researchers reported that six of the 23 patients given this drug for at least six months experienced a 20 percent or more decrease in the volume of their tumors, and 30 percent of patients had improvements in symptoms.

“Although this was a small study, the results were significant, particularly given that such patients have had few treatment options for what can be a very debilitating disease,” said Kent Robertson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics and the lead author on the study. “We believe these findings warrant larger trials of both imatinib mesylate as well as other similar compounds that appear promising in laboratory tests.”

Neurofibromatosis symptoms include disfiguring tumors on or under the skin. Internally, they can develop along nerve tissue and cause problems such as chronic pain or begin to press against vital organs or the windpipe. The tumors are nearly impossible to treat effectively, and are not affected by radiation treatments or cancer chemotherapy drugs. They also are often not good candidates for surgery because they are dangerously close to vital organs.

D. Wade Clapp, M.D., Richard L. Schreiner Professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and primary investigator on the study, added that even relatively small reductions in tumor size can result in significant relief of symptoms for patients, such as improved breathing and restoration of bladder control.

Previously, Dr. Robertson and his team treated a 3-year-old girl with a life-threatening tumor compressing her airway under an emergency “compassionate use protocol” from the Food and Drug Administration. The girl’s tumor shrank by half within three months of treatment as reported in the journal Cell in 2008.

A genetic disorder affecting about 1 in every 3,000 children born, neurofibromatosis is more prevalent than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Huntington's disease combined, according to the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Faculty, staff and students showcase artistic skills at annual art show

Nearly 90 works by creative physicians, researchers, and other health science professionals and students were recently on display beneath the towering “DNA sculpture” in VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium.

The fourth annual IU School of Medicine Art Show, "Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression," started Nov. 1. Hosted by the IU School of Medicine Art Committee, the show has grown since its first year in 2008 to encompass works by faculty, staff, students and alumni of the IU schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, and health and rehabilitation sciences, and the VA, Wishard and IU Health systems.

“I really appreciate that the school gives us this chance each year to exhibit works by people at the university,” said Philip Blomgren, a sculptor, photographer and medical research associate in the Department of Anatomy, who serves as a member of the IUSM Art Committee.

Also participating was Lindsay Mayo, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics. Dr. Mayo, who divides his time between the work bench and lab bench as a researcher on biochemical mechanisms that control tumor growth, displayed several keepsake boxes, including quarter-sawn sycamore wrapped in mahogany.

Winners of the “People’s Choice” award were:

  • First place: "Helping Hand," a pencil sketch by Kevin Edwards, a media arts and science graduate student at the IU School of Informatics. Edward’s work depicts a physician providing comfort to his patients.
  • Second place: "Bookworm," a sculpture by Min Li, M.D., a research associate in surgery at the IU School of Medicine. Dr. Li’s work shows a highly realistic carving of a medical textbook being eaten away by a “bookworm.”
  • Third place: “Exploration and Restoration” a watercolor by Tim Yates, a photographer with the Office of Visual Media at the IU School of Medicine. Yates' work depicts George Sandusky, DVM, Ph.D., a senior research professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the IU School of Medicine, who has developed a technique to extract viable DNA from ancient brains at the Indiana Medical History Museum.

The IUSM Art Exhibit will remain on display until Nov. 29 in the IUPUI Campus Center Cultural Arts Gallery. On Nov. 29, a Meet the Artists Reception will take place at the gallery from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibit and reception are open to the public.

To see the "People's Choice" winners and read a longer version of this story, visit the IUSM Website.


Arrow IUSM Orchestra fall concert — Nov. 11

The IU School of Medicine Orchestra will present a fall concert from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave.

The school’s student, faculty, and staff orchestra – established in 2010 by medical students with a passion for music – will perform a number of classical works, including the Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46, by Edvard Grieg, Chaconne in G Minor by Henry Purcell and the Egmont Overture by Ludwig Von Beethoven.

This year’s event will also feature a solo performance by mezzo-soprano Maria Solis, a second-year medical student, and two vocal pieces by Frank Loesser and the Beatles performed by Progress Notes, the IU School of Medicine’s student a cappella group.

No RSVP is required. For more information, email

Note: An earlier version of this item incorrectly gave the date of this concert as Nov. 14.


Faculty News

Arrow Molitoris and Moe to lead nephrology society

Bruce Molitoris, M.D., professor of medicine, has been named president of the American Society of Nephrology.

In addition, Sharon Moe, M.D., Stuart A. Kleit Professor of Nephrology and professor of medicine, was named president elect. It is rare for back-to-back presidents to be named from the same institution. 

Drs. Molitoris and Moe were named to their new positions at the society’s annual meeting in San Diego on Nov. 1 to 4.

Dr. Molitoris will serve in the position for one year. He succeeds Ronald Falk, Doc J. Thurston Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina. 


Arrow House Staff Forum members elected

Officers have been elected for the 2012-13 Graduate Medical Education House Staff Forum. Bradley Bohnstedt, M.D., a resident physician in neurological surgery, will serve as president, and Mollie Jackson, M.D., a fellow in gastroenterology, as vice president.

The Graduate Medical Education House Staff Forum, established in 1998, meets quarterly to discuss issues related to improving the clinical learning environment for the 1,100 residents and fellows in graduate medical education at the IU School of Medicine.


Student Showcase

Arrow Information session on fourth-year planning

The IU School of Medicine Office of Mentoring and Student Development will host an information session on how to plan for the fourth year of medical school from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at the IUPUI Campus Center.

This session is open to third-year medical students.

For more information, email


Events & Lectures

Arrow Kubek to speak at Armed Forces Appreciation Luncheon

Michael Kubek, M.D., associate professor of anatomy and cell biology and neurobiology, will deliver the keynote address at the third annual IUPUI Armed Forces Appreciation Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450.

Dr. Kubek is the recipient of $3 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to advance work on a nasal spray that may one day provide a quick antidote to suicidal thoughts. Using a new delivery method that overcomes the “blood-brain barrier” that prevents anti-depressants reaching the brain quickly, Dr. Kubek and collaborators aim to create a simple-to-use product that stops suicidal thoughts long enough to let veterans – as well as soldiers in the field – get to the care they need.

The luncheon presentation is a part of IUPUI Veteran’s Week 2012, which also featured information on the IU School of Medicine’s participation in Joining Forces, a national initiative focused on veteran’s issues led by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. IUPUI Veteran’s Week 2012 is presented by the IUPUI Office for Veterans and Military Personnel.


Arrow Advancing Learning With Technology Symposium

The IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning will host the second annual Advancing Learning With Technology Symposium from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the University Library.

The ALT Symposium brings the higher education community together to examine and showcase instructional technology strategies that have an impact on learning across a variety of disciplines. The program will include presentations by faculty as well as a keynote delivered through live video conference titled “The Online Revolution: High-Quality Education for Everyone” by Andrew Ng, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science at Stanford University and a co-founder of Coursera.

For more information or to register, visit the ALT Symposium website.


Arrow Safety Risk Following Moderate and Severe TBI

Ronald T. Seel, Ph.D., director of brain injury research for the at the Shepherd Center’s Virginia C. Crawford Research Institute, will present “Safety Risk Following Moderate and Severe TBI: Assessment and Development of a Safe at Home Transition Intervention” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Goodman Hall Auditorium.

Dr. Seel serves as chair of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Clinical Practice Committee and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. His primary research interests include prediction modeling, safety risk and prevention, and neuropsychiatric assessment and interventions that improve rehabilitation engagement and outcomes.

This event is presented by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

To RSVP, email Cynthia Herrera at by Friday, Nov. 9.


Arrow Ivy to present talk on religion and medicine

Steven Ivy, senior vice president for values, ethics, social responsibility and pastoral services at IU Health, will present "Expecting a Miracle: Religion, Medicine and Cura" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the IUPUI Library auditorium.

 Dr. Ivy will discuss the intention to "care and cure" that is shared by religious and medical cultures, including the expectation of miracles. This talk will explore these intersecting interpretations and actions, especially in regard to end of life, to understand points of synergy and conflict between these practices.

This event is presented by the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program.

For more information, see the event flier.

To RSVP, contact


Arrow Disease and Therapeutic Response Modeling Symposium

The Second Annual Disease and Therapeutic Response Modeling Symposium will be Nov. 13 to 14 in Indianapolis, in the Omni Severin Hotel, 40 West Jackson Place.

This two-day program will include speakers from academia, industry and regulatory agencies as well as poster presentations. These presentations will cover diverse disease areas and modeling approaches.

Speakers include Jamie Dananberg, M.D., executive vice president at Takeda Pharmaceuticals; Peter Bonate, Ph.D., senior director at Astellas Pharmaceuticals; Marc Gastonguay, Ph.D., chief scientific officer at Metrum Institute; Nick Holford, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and clinical pharmacology at the University of Auckland; and Goñi Joaquín, a postdoctoral researcher at IU Bloomington.

This event is sponsored by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. To sign up, visit the registration page.

For more information, contact Christine, McDonald at


Arrow FEED session on evidence-based teaching — Nov. 13

Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D., associate professor of family medicine at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, will present an interactive workshop on “Evidence-Based Teaching” at the next Faculty Enrichment and Education Development session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Riley Outpatient Center, Rooms A and B.

Participants will learn to incorporate teaching methods that improve learning, cognition and reasoning. Dr. Zakrajsek also will offer this session online at noon the same day via Adobe Connect.  

FEED is a quarterly series of workshops on key topics in academic medicine offered over dinner.

To register, visit the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.


Arrow Genius in Medical Education — Nov. 14

Richard Gunderman, M.D., professor of radiology and imaging sciences and pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine and professor of philosophy at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, will present "Genius in Medical Education” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, Van Nuys Medical Science Building, Room 311.

Dr. Gunderman’s lecture will address professionalism, ethics and the pursuit of excellence in medical scholarship and care from a broad-based liberal arts perspective.

This event is presented by the Ethics Student Interest Group. Everyone is welcome. Lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, email


Arrow Disaster management and medicine

Maj. Gen. (Retired) Donna Barbisch will present “Building Capacity to Manage Disasters” from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center Auditorium. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m.

Barbisch is president of Global Deterrence Alternatives, a business focused on deterring terrorism and building capacity to manage disasters. She started her military career in the Army Student Nurse Program and rose to the rank of major general over a 38 year military career.

Managed Emergency Surge for Healthcare, or MESH, is a non-profit, public-private partnership that enables healthcare providers to effectively respond to emergency events and remain viable through recovery. Charles Miramonti, M.D., assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine, serves as chief medical office at MESH. Chad Priest, JD, serves as the chief executive officer.

This event has been approved for American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award Category 1 credit by the IU School of Medicine's Division of Continuing Medical Education. Continuing Medical Education.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. To sign up, visit the registration page.


Arrow Medical history seminars — Nov. 15

Steven Jay, M.D., part-time professor of medicine and public health, will present "Ravenscrag Revisited: The History of Mind Control Research in Psychiatric Patients" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Van Nuys Medical Science, Room B26.

This lecture will review a 20th-century cautionary tale about how the clandestine search for “foreknowledge” during the Cold War exposed unwitting patients to dangerous "mind-control" research, and revealed the limitations of the medical profession in ensuring ethical conduct of human experimentation. A John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society Open House will take place after the talk from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the IUSM Library, Room 307.

In addition, Dr. Jay will present "The Language of Tuberculosis in the 19th Century" from 4 to 5 p.m. in the IUSM Library, Room 301-302. This lecture will address changes in the language of tuberculosis in 19th-century America and western Europe and provide insights into the complex system of "adoption and diffusion of innovations” in the science and language of tuberculosis.

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


Arrow Lingeman Otolaryngology Lectureship

The 11th Annual Lingeman Lecture will be from 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Presenters will include David Kennedy, M.D., professor and chair of otorhinolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, who is best known for his pioneering work in endoscopic sinus surgery and minimally invasive trans-nasal and skull base surgery. Dr. Kennedy also serves as vice dean for professional services at the University of Pennsylvania.

Additional speakers will include Mimi Kokoska, M.D., Professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the IU School of Medicine and Daniel Evans JD, president and CEO of IU Health.

The deadline for registration is Friday, Nov. 9.  To registration, visit the IUSM Office of Continuing Medical Education website or call 317-274-0104.

This event, presented by the Department of Otolaryngology and Division of Continuing Medical Education, is free for IU staff, residents or medical students.

For more information, email Sarah Maxwell at


Arrow Workshop on academic dishonesty — Nov. 28

An Academy of Teaching Scholars Academic Dishonesty Workshop will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Daly Student Center, Room 186.

The workshop will be led by Megan Palmer, Ph.D., assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development and assistant professor of medicine, and Anne Flaherty, Ph.D., assistant dean for medical student affairs and an academic specialist in the IUSM Office of Medical Student Affairs. During this workshop, participants will discuss national trends related to academic dishonesty, possible causes, and what faculty members can do to reduce the likelihood of academic misconduct.

To register, visit the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.


News to Use

Arrow Flu shot clinic location — Nov. 15

The IU School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, fellows and residents who serve as medical staff, are employed by or receive training at IU Health and/or Wishard Health Services are required to receive an influenza vaccination this flu season.

Next week is the second-to-last opportunity to get vaccinated at one of the mobile flu clinics offered by the IUPUI Health Services, including several locations convenient to IU school of medicine faculty and residents:

  • Thursday, Nov. 15: 1 to 3 p.m., IUPUI School of Education Building, Room 3128B

Flu shots are also available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays in Coleman Hall, Suite 100. IUPUI or IU Health ID is required to receive a free vaccine. An appointment is not required.  Deadline for vaccination is Saturday, Dec. 15.

For more information, visit the Flu Policy FAQ.


Arrow Komen Tissue Bank reaches donor milestone

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center hit and exceeded 3,000 donors during its most recent collection event in Indianapolis.

Since its establishment, 3,002 women have donated breast tissue samples to support cancer research. By collecting samples from women without breast cancer, researchers may be able to determine the differences between healthy and cancerous tissue, which will lead to a better understanding of the disease.

The Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center is the first and only healthy breast tissue bank in the world.


Arrow Don't forget — Open Enrollment ends Nov. 16

Open Enrollment materials, which provide an annual opportunity to change certain benefit plans for the 2013 calendar year, will run through Nov. 16 this year. Enrollment changes will become effective Jan. 1.

During this time, employees can elect to change medical and dental plans; personal accident insurance; tax saver benefit reimbursement accounts (participants must re-enroll each year to participate); tobacco-free premium reduction (affidavit required each year to continue or start to receive the $25 per month premium reduction, or $50 for both employee and spouse,); and health savings account, to which changes can be made throughout the year.

Information sessions on open enrollment and specific health plans will be offered during this time, including both in-person sessions and webinars.

For more information, visit IU Human Resources.


Arrow Creating exams with ExamSoft's SofTeach

A workshop to teach participants how to create questions and post exams using ExamSoft’s SofTeach program will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the IUSM Library, Room 226. 

This event is a partnership between the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning.

To register, visit Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.


Arrow This week on 'Sound Medicine'

This week on "Sound Medicine," health care policy analyst Aaron Carroll, M.D., associate professor of medicine, will discuss the impact of two important policy changes recently enacted by the Affordable Care Act. Additional topics include a look at how physician education can affect health care costs, increases in “incidental findings” — medical abnormalities such as masses or lesions not originally suspected   caused by advancing medical imaging technology, and teaching children to be resilient to stress and trauma.

“Sound Medicine,” an award-winning radio program that covers controversial topics, breakthrough research and the application of medical advancements, 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, Nov. 11, 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 Faculty Committee Preferences and Nominations due Nov. 16

The IU School of Medicine Faculty Steering Committee is soliciting faculty members’ interest in serving on schoolwide committees in appointed and elected roles. Faculty who volunteer to join a committee or run for faculty office enjoy the opportunity to:

  • Network and collaborate with colleagues across the institution
  • Provide input on important policies and programs of the school
  • Help make IUSM a better place to learn and work

Faculty can indicate their preferences for committee service or submit nominations for faculty officers for the 2013-14 Academic Year via the Faculty Preferences Sheet.

The deadline to submit nominations and preferences is Friday, Nov. 16.

For more information, visit the IUSM Faculty Steering Committee.


Arrow American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant

The American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant is seeking applications from investigators who hold the rank of assistant professor, research assistant professor, or assistant scientist but without an active national competitive research grant, regardless of the topic.

This program, which provides up to $40,000 each for six pilot projects, aims to attract new investigators from IU into cancer research and to provide support for new pilot studies that will produce preliminary data for the investigator to develop into studies that will compete successfully for external, national funds from both federal and private sources. For more information, download the complete application guidelines.

Applications are due Thursday, Nov. 15. To apply, download the application form.

Submit complete PDF applications to Julie Driscol at


Arrow Irwin Award nominations due Nov. 30

Nominations are sought for the 2012 Glenn W. Irwin Jr., M.D., Experience Excellence Award. These awards recognize faculty and staff members for service "above and beyond the call of duty."

All full-time faculty and staff are eligible to be nominated for this award, even if they have been a previous nominee. Guidelines developed by the original selection committee established a policy to present the awards to staff members and to faculty members on an annual basis.

Nominees must be full-time IUPUI faculty and/or staff members who have worked for the university a minimum of 12 months. Service for the benefit of the university as a whole or for any of its affiliated units that is non-reimbursed and is not specifically job-related will be recognized.

This award, established in 1984 as the IUPUI Experience Excellence Award, was renamed in 1986 in honor of the retirement of Dr. Irwin, chancellor emeritus of IUPUI and dean emeritus of the IU School of Medicine, who died Aug. 23, 2012.

Nominations are due at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. To review the nomination guidelines and submit nomination, see the nomination form. To submit a question or supporting documentation, email

This year the awards will be presented at the IUPUI Chancellor's Employee Recognition Convocation on March 6.


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 Hulman Health Achievement Awards

Gregory Gramelspacher, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Wishard Palliative Care Program, was presented with the Lifetime Award for Distinguished Service in Years of Health Advancement Nov. 3 at the 28th annual Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Awards.

This award is presented by the Indiana Public Health Foundation to an individual who has dedicated most of their life to caring for the dying poor. As the founder of the Wishard Palliative Care Program, Dr. Gramelspacher has been at the forefront of palliative medicine – and has helped nearly 5,000 patients die with dignity and provide comfort and support to their loved ones. For more information, visit the Wishard Newsroom.

In addition, an early intervention program led by the IU School of Medicine and Midtown Community Mental Health Center received the Hulman Health Achievement Award in preventive medicine and public health. The program, which trains IU School of Medicine residents in how to integrate drug and alcohol screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) services into standard care, was implemented last year at outpatient centers and mental health clinics managed by Wishard Health Services – as well as the Midtown Community Mental Health Center.

Wishard Health Service also partnered with the Indiana Prevention Research Center at IU Bloomington and utilized a large grant to train providers and behavioral health specialists in screening patients for alcohol, tobacco and other substance use, as well as for depression. In the next four years, SBIRT will expand to all community health centers managed by Wishard Health Services.


 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.