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IUSM Scope

November 15, 2012
Volume 16 Number 25 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IU medical researcher leads eastside students in advanced cancer lab

High school students on the east side of Indianapolis got the chance to contribute to cancer research Nov. 8 through a program that brings university scientists into the classroom to share their research and passion for science.

Jacob Adler, a doctoral candidate in the laboratory of Clark Wells, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, led an advanced workshop on breast cancer research at Warren Central High School. The event was the capstone to a larger unit within a year-long course led by Adler through the Urban Educators GK-12 Program at IUPUI, which places research students from IU School of Medicine and IUPUI into local high school, middle school and grade school classrooms throughout the city.

“This program is hugely beneficial for the high school students,” Adler said. “They got the chance to conduct a truly novel experiment in breast cancer research, examining a specific research question that no one else in the world has ever done.”

Over the past five years, the IU School of Medicine has contributed several teaching fellows to the Urban Educators GK-12 Program at IUPUI. Last year, Adler helped teach biology at Pike High School. This year, he got the opportunity to delve more deeply into the subject due to Warren Central’s participation in Project Lead the Way, a not-for-profit organization that provides resources to support rigorous and innovative science, technology, engineering and math education in schools across the country.

The experiment Nov. 8 closed out a unit on breast cancer research that also included lectures, exams and other interactive research units. Adler led the students in examining a novel mechanistic pathway through which tumor suppressor proteins influence cell cytokinesis using high-tech equipment made available through Dr. Wells’ lab and Project Lead the Way. The goal was to discover why cancer cells are able to modify cell signaling and grow uncontrollably.

“These students are likely to be the next generation of researchers, physicians and nurses; I challenge them at a very high level,” Adler said.

Kathleen Marrs, Ph.D., associate dean of academic affairs for the School of Science at IUPUI, is the primary investigator on the Urban Educators Program GK-12 at IUPUI. In addition to Adler, GK12 fellows from the IU School of Medicine include Julia Hum, Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, and Manuel Martinez, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Hum’s research advisor is Fredrick Pavalko, Ph.D., professor of cellular and integrative physiology. Martinez’s research advisor is Feng C. Zhou, Ph.D., professor of anatomy and cell biology.

To read a longer version of this story, visit the IUSM Website.


Arrow Documentary to feature IUSM-China clinical exchange program

The first segment of “East Treats West,” a multi-part series that showcases faculty and student exchange programs between the IU School of Medicine and Sun Yat-sen University School of Medicine in Guangzhou, China, will premiere at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, on WFYI HD Television.

The program, produced by WFYI, explores how the IU School of Medicine and Confucius Institute in Indianapolis at the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI train doctors with international perspectives. Guest appearances will be made by IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz; IU School of Medicine Dean D. Craig Brater, M.D.; Executive Associate Dean of Educational Affairs Maryellen Gusic, M.D.; and Joe Xu, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis and professor of anatomy and cell biology.

“Our exchange program with Sun Yat-sen University gives students an opportunity to learn about another healthcare system and broaden their perspective on international medicine,” said Dr. Xu, a graduate of Sun Yat-sen University. “It also provides a chance to see Chinese patients and experience Chinese culture.”

Established in 2007 after Dr. Brater led the School of Medicine’s first delegation to Sun Yat-sen University, the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis is one of 300 across the globe and one of 87 institutions in the United States. A cross-institutional faculty and medical student exchange program was established after Dr. Brater signed an agreement with the dean of the Sun Yat-sen University School of Medicine in April 2008.

Each year for the past five years, Dr. Xu said the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis has supported two to four fourth year medical students participation in clinical rotations at Sun Yat-sen University, as well as two to four faculty members travel to Sun Yat-sen University. The IU School of Medicine also supports a summer study abroad program at the Confucius Institute that accepts first-year medical students.

“The opportunity to experience a different culture's approach to medical treatment was wonderful,” said Adam Miller, a fourth-year medical student who engaged in clinical rotations at Sun Yat-sen University. "Working with Dr. Xu, I was able to observe the traditional Chinese medicine departments, and was able to gain a real appreciation for the physicians and patients who utilized Chinese medicine. After talking with physicians trained in traditional medicine, as well as the patients receiving care, I can certainly say there’s a place for these complementary medical treatments in the medical community.”

Additional airdates for “East Treats West” on WFYI HD include:

  • 5 a.m. Tuesday. Nov. 20
  • 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26
  • 7:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10
  • 5 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11
  • 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
  • 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24

Additional IUSM faculty and students to appear on the program will include Palmer MacKie, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine; Chemin M. Tate , M.D., assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology; and IU medical students Victoria Fahrenbach and Adam Miller.

In part two of the series, Dr. Xu will take WFYI reporters to China to learn how Chinese physicians combine Eastern and Western medicine to provide a better healthcare to Chinese people. This segment will begin taping in China in the next two weeks and is expected to air in May.


Arrow Merck and Regenstrief Institute sign collaboration agreement

Global health care leader Merck will partner with the Regenstrief Institute, an internationally respected informatics and health care research organization closely associated with the IU School of Medicine, to collaborate on a range of projects that will use clinical data to inform personalized delivery of health care.

“Regenstrief has a passion for determining how personalization of medicine can be achieved by better understanding and using health data,” said Jon Duke, M.D., assistant professor of medicine who serves as the lead investigator for the partnership at the Regenstrief Institute.

“The institute brings rigorous science to clinical environments and has more than 40 years of experience as an international leader in improving health care delivery through informatics and health services research,” he added. “With Merck’s depth of expertise and its global reach, we hope to develop and test new approaches to care, and advance successful models of health care broadly.”

Dr. Duke also is an investigator and innovation officer at the Regenstrief Institute.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Student Showcase

Arrow IUSM Orchestra opens new season with fall concert

The musical talent and passion of many students at the IU School of Medicine were on display during a performance Nov. 11 in downtown Indianapolis.

The Indiana University School of Medicine Orchestra hosted its fall concert at the newly renovated Indiana Landmark Center. This year’s opening performance, conducted by David Schurger, included classical pieces such as the Egmont Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven, Chaconne in G Minor by Henry Purcell and In The Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg. (To watch an excerpt of the Grieg performance, visit YouTube.)

“It’s great to see how much the orchestra has grown — and how much more comfortable the members have become,” said Kate Mayhew, a third-year medical student who plays the violin. “Our conductor has done an amazing job transforming a bunch of busy doctors and students into a polished orchestra.”

The group has come a long way since hosting its first concert at the Indiana History Center in the summer of 2010. Established under the Creative Art Therapy Student Interest Group in the Office of Medical Service-Learning, the orchestra now boasts more than 30 members with complete string, woodwind, brass and percussion sections.

This is also one of the first concerts after the orchestra opened to students from across the health sciences, including dental, nursing and pre-medical students.

“We already partner with them professionally,” Mayhew said. “It’s only appropriate to collaborate outside of the classroom as well.”

This year’s fall concert opened with two vocal pieces by Frank Loesser and the Beatles, performed by the IU School of Medicine’s student a cappella group, “Progress Notes.” The performance also included the orchestra’s first solo, performed by mezzo-soprano Maria Solis, a second-year medical student.

“With all the research about how music strengthens the brain, I’m not surprised so many medical students are musically talented,” said Schurger, who also serves as a private music instructor. “For some students in our group, playing is simply part of who they are. If you’ve played an instrument since you were 5, it’s kind of hard to put it down.”

Mayhew, who played an instrument throughout high school, remained an avid participate in community orchestras throughout her undergraduate years at Ball State.

“Music’s been a part of my life my whole life… I was very excited that the medical school had an orchestra when I was looking at schools,” she said. “After my very first exam, I said ‘I need an outlet.’”

Schurger agreed the music’s ability to sooth the soul of the frazzled medical student is a common theme.

I think this is a release for them -- it lets them clear their brain for two hours,” he said. “Plus their work ethic is outstanding – they want to make it absolutely perfect.”

The next performance of the IUSM Orchestra is expected to be in April.


Faculty News

Arrow Malec earns honor from brain injury association

James F. Malec, Ph.D., professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and director research at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, has received the 2011 Sheldon Berrol, M.D., Clinical Service Award from the Brain Injury Association of America. The award recognizes an individual who, through a long service career, has made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of care, professional training and/or education in the field of brain injury.

A professor emeritus of psychology at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Malec also has worked in the field and supports many organizations, including the development of the Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory.

Dr. Malec received the award at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine/American Society of Neuroradiology annual conference Oct. 9 to 13 in Vancouver, Canada.


Arrow Curriculum reform meetings scheduled

The 2.5 Curriculum Reform Committee is offering several opportunities to participate in conversations about the proposed framework for the new curriculum.  Members of the 2.5 Curriculum Reform team have been visiting various committees and departmental meetings, but faculty and students are also invited to share questions and feedback:

A face-to-face, open session for all faculty and students will take place at 7 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in  Emerson Hall, Room 304.

Virtual sessions for all faculty and students using Adobe Connect will take place: 

  • 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16
  • 5 .m. Monday, Nov. 19
  • Noon Wednesday, Dec. 5

In addition to sharing this information in conversations across the IU School of Medicine community, the 2.5 Curriculum Reform Team has released a presentation describing the proposed framework for the new curriculum. Everyone is invited to review the presentation.

The committee also continues to collect feedback at All feedback will be used to create a report for the Curriculum Council Steering Committee. The report will also be open to the public.

For more information, visit the Curriculum Reform Update Web page.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Biochemistry and molecular biology seminar

Yuichiro Takagi, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, will present “Mediator of Transcription Regulation: structural and functional interactions” from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 19, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room 326.

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


Arrow Glick professor to deliver optometry seminar

Brian Samuels, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology, will present a lecture from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, in the IU School of Optometry Building, Room 105, Bloomington.

Dr. Samuels’ presentation, “The Dorsomedial/Perifornical Hypothalamus: A Putative Center for Controlling Circadian Fluctuation in IOP and the Translaminar Pressure Gradient,” will focus on a recently identified risk factor for glaucoma. The presentation is a part of the IU School of Optometry fall 2012 Oxyopia Seminar series.

For more information, visit Oxyopia Seminar series page.


Arrow Microbiology and immunology seminar

Marc Peters-Golden, Ph.D., professor of internal medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, will present a seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room. 326.

Dr. Peters-Golden will present “Unraveling the Actions of Prostaglandin E2: A Multipronged Brake on Macrophage Innate Immune function.”

This seminar is presented by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The host is Henrique Serezani, Ph.D.

Refreshments will be served in Room 420.


Arrow RIME Faculty Luncheon Workshop — Nov. 20

Linda A. Headrick, M.D., associate dean for education and professor of medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, will present “Results of an Effort to Integrate Quality and Safety Into Medical and Nursing School Curricula” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room B11. 

In 2009-10, Dr. Headrick served as faculty lead for “Retooling for Quality and Safety,” an Institute for Healthcare Improvement initiative supported by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Retooling for Quality and Safety engaged six competitively selected School of Medicine and School of Nursing partners in implementing innovative methods to integrate health care improvement and patient safety content into required curricula. She will present live via polycom.

This event is part of a series of monthly workshops sponsored by the Office of Research in Medical Education during the 2012-13 academic year. Each workshop is scheduled on the third Tuesday of the month.

Lunch is provided; RSVP is required. To register, contact Kathie Mullins at 317-630-7988 or


Arrow Workshop on academic dishonesty — Nov. 28

An Academy of Teaching Scholars workshop on academic dishonesty will be 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.


Arrow Clinical psychiatrist to present on problem drinking

Andrea King, Ph.D., will present “The Party’s Over: Alcohol Response Phenotypes and the Propensity to Excessive Drinking” from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the Goodman Hall auditorium.

Dr. King is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience and director of the  Clinical Addictions Research Laboratory at the University of Chicago.

 This event is presented by the Indiana Alcohol Research Center.


Arrow Efficient teaching in the outpatient setting

Emily Walvoord, M.D., assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development and associate professor of clinical pediatrics, will offer “Efficient Teaching in the Outpatient Setting” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, online in the Adobe Connect Meeting Room.

Dr. Walvoord’s workshop will focus on finding time to incorporate learning activities into a busy clinic and provide attendees with a number of different methods to efficiently engage learners of all levels. Participants will learn techniques such as the “One Minute Preceptor” and “SNAPPS,” and also share best practices.

This session will be offered as part of The Academy of Teaching Scholars instructional strategies track.


Arrow Ninth Autism conference — Dec. 7

A conference on autism will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

"Practical Behavioral and Medical Approaches to Behavior and ADLs in Autism and Other Developmental Disorders" will focus on topics of interest to health providers, educational staff, community specialist and families, including presentation from both the medical and behavioral/educational perspective. Topics include toileting issues, feeding and nutrition challenges, and reducing problem behaviors.

This conference is presented by the HANDS in Autism Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center of the IU School of Medicine and Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

For more information or to register, visit the HANDS in Autism website.


Arrow Workshop on fostering hope among learners

Allison Martin, J.D., clinical professor of law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and Kevin Rand, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in the School of Science at IUPUI, will present a workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building, Room B11.

“Fostering Hope: A Primer on Hope Theory for Educators, Mentors and Clinicians” will introduce faculty to Hope Theory, a psychological model of human behavior organized around the pursuit of goals, supporting the idea that engendering hope in students predicts academic performance. Research on hopeful thinking and goal pursuits will be reviewed from different contexts, including graduate education and healthcare.

For more information about Drs. Martin and Rand's research, review their paper in the Duquesne Law Review.

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


News to Use

Arrow No Scope next week — Nov. 22

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Scope will not publish Thursday, Nov. 22. The next issue will be released Thursday, Nov. 29.

In addition, Scope will move to a limited publication schedule in late December due to winter holidays. Specific publication dates are to be announced. Please consider this limited publication schedule when submitting items with events and deadlines in December.

For more information on how to submit events, see the Scope submission guidelines


Arrow IUSM Library Thanksgiving hours

A reminder that the IUSM Library will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23. 

The library  will re-open on at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24.


Arrow University Hospital skywalk construction

The pedestrian skywalk between IU Health University Hospital and University Place Hotel will close the evening of Nov. 30 for construction of a doorway on the west side of University Boulevard.

The skywalk is scheduled to reopen in May with revised hours of operation that coincide with the hours of the new residence tower. Those new hours haven't been determined.

The closure is related to the conversion of the University Place Hotel and Conference Center into a multi-use facility including student residential space, a dining hall and classroom space

For more information, see the IUPUI Master Plan or email


Arrow IUPUI Health Services closures

IUPUI Health Services in Coleman Hall will close at noon Wednesday, Nov. 21, for the Thanksgiving holiday and remain closed all day on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23.

The Campus Center Student Health will close from Wednesday, Nov. 21, through Friday, Nov. 23. 

During these closures, employees and students with an injury that requires immediate attention should report to the University Hospital Emergency Room. 

Employees and students who experience a needlestick, other contagious disease exposure, or minor injury, or those who are not sure whether their injury requires emergency care, should contact an IUPUI Health Services staff member by paging 317-312-6824.

A staff member will advise the employee or student of the appropriate management of the situation.


Arrow Open Enrollment ends Friday

Open Enrollment materials, which provide an annual opportunity to change certain benefit plans for the 2013 calendar year, will run through Friday, 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.

For more information, visit IU Human Resources.


Arrow This week on 'Sound Medicine'

This week on "Sound Medicine," a segment about the founding of the Rare Genomics Institute told from the perspective of Jeneva Stone and her son Robert, who suffers from a previously unidentified genetic disease. Other topics will include a discussion about the ability of leading medical institution to influence drug prices, how to tell when it’s time to reach out to a professional for help with addictions, when physicians should retire and research into the physical cause of nausea.

“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. 18, 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 Friday

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 Hine alumni award nominations due Nov. 30

Nominations are sought for the 2013 Maynard K. Hine Awards, which acknowledge significant contributions of individual alumni in support of the campus and its alumni programs. This award is named after Maynard K. Hine, first chancellor of the IUPUI campus. 

To nominate a recipient, print a nomination form and mail to Yvonne Owens, coordinator of alumni programs, IUPUI Alumni Relations, 850 W. Michigan St., Suite 241, Indianapolis, IN  46202-5198. The submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 30

Recipients will be honored at the IUPUI Alumni Leader’s dinner Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Woodstock Club, 1301 W. 38th St. Each recipient will receive a bronze medal of Dr. Hine.

For more information, contact Yvonne Owens at 317-274-5063 or


Arrow Alpha Omega Alpha Student award applications

The following award opportunities are available to IU medical students from the Indiana Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society:

The Pharos Poetry Competition encourages medical students to write effective poetry using imagery and rhythm or rhyme to structure the poem. Submissions will be directed to the national office via online form. Deadline is Friday, Nov. 30.

The Student Research Fellowships provides support for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, social science/health services research, leadership, or professionalism. A single proposal will be selected by the school of medicine for submission to the national office. For more information, see the submission guidelines. Internal application deadline is Monday, Dec. 31.

The Medical Student Service Leadership Projects to support leadership development for medical students through mentoring, observation and service learning. A single proposal will be selected by the school of medicine for submission to the national office. For more information, see the submission guidelines. Internal application deadline is Monday, Dec. 31

The Student Essay Competition to encourage medical students to write creative narratives or scholarly essays relevant to medicine. Submissions will be directed to the national office via online form. Deadline is Thursday, Jan. 31.

For more information, contact AOA Chapter Councilor Richard Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D., at 317-948-6302.


Arrow IUSM internal grant applications due Jan. 9

The application deadline for the following IUSM internal grant programs is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9.

  • Biomedical Research Grant
  • Research Enhancement Grant

For application forms and further information, visit the IUSM Office of Operations website.



Arrow Honors

Alexander Dent, M.D., associate professor of microbiology and immunology, has published a paper ranked in the top 10 percent of articles in the Nov. 15 issue of the Journal of Immunology. "Bcl6 Controls the Th2 Inflammatory Activity of Regulatory T Cells by Repressing Gata3 Function" appears in the “In This Issue” section of the journal, along with a corresponding “ImmunoCast” podcast. To listen to the "ImmunoCast," visit the Journal of Immunology podcast page.

Henry A. Pitt, M.D., professor of surgery, was the keynote speaker at last week’s National Chinese Conference on Biliary Surgery. The title of his address was “Management of Cholangiocarcinoma in North America.” The conference was attended by 1,100 biliary surgeons from throughout China and was co-hosted by the Chinese Society of Surgery and the Chinese Society of Biliary Surgery.


 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
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  • Acronyms
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  • 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.