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December 13, 2012
Volume 16 Number 48 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Medical school alum wins charitable award on prime-time television special

A nonprofit global children’s health foundation founded by an IU School of Medicine alumnus received $250,000 during the second annual American Giving Awards presented by Chase, which broadcast a prime-time special Dec. 8 on NBC.

Timmy Global Health, founded by Chuck Dietzen, M.D., came in third overall in public voting to take home one of the top prizes of the night. To watch Dr. Dietzen and Matt McGregor, executive director of Timmy Global Health, receive the award during the ceremony, visit YouTube.

Based in Indianapolis, Timmy Global Health collaborates with U.S. and international partners to send medical service teams throughout the world to expand access to health care while empowering students and volunteers to tackle global health challenges. Founded in 1997, Timmy Global Health has seven projects in five countries and student chapters at more than 30 U.S. universities and 10 Indiana high schools. 

The organization will use the funds to advance access to health care and encourage students to deal with global health issues.

Dr. Dietzen received his M.D. from the IU School of Medicine in 1987 and also serves as a medical program consultant at Bradford Woods, an IU-run camp facility that provides recreation therapy in partnership with Riley Children’s Foundation.


Arrow IUSM-led research could improve stem cell transplant outcomes

Research led by physician-scientists at the IU School of Medicine could improve results for thousands of cancer patients who undergo bone marrow or cord blood transplants after chemotherapy by blocking the action of one enzyme.

The enzyme -- dipeptidylpeptidase 4, or DPP4 -- which can currently be blocked by sitagliptin, a drug already approved for use in treating Type 2 diabetes and marketed by Merck and Co. under the name Januvia.

“By blocking the activity of this enzyme, we believe there is potential to improve the activity of a variety of important compounds that could lead to improved outcomes for these procedures,” said Hal E. Broxmeyer, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and professor of microbiology and immunology, who is first author on the study published recently in the journal Nature Medicine.

The suppression of bone marrow activity is an unwelcome side effect of undergoing chemotherapy treatment for many cancer patients. Other patients may undergo chemotherapy treatments meant to destroy the blood-producing stem cells in the bone marrow to eliminate the source of the cancerous cells. Those patients receive replacement stem cells either from bone marrow transplants or transplants using blood from umbilical cords.

The transplant procedures depend on the stem cells’ ability to find their way to the bone marrow compartments to restore the patients’ ability to produce vital blood and immune system cells. Already risky procedures, the cord blood transplants are also complicated by the relatively few number of stem cells available from the limited amount of blood in an umbilical cord.

In earlier work, Dr. Broxmeyer and colleagues found that the DPP4 enzyme truncated an important compound -- stromal cell-derived factor-1, or SDF-1 -- that plays a role in helping the transplanted stem cells engraft into the patients’ bone marrow. In the Nature Medicine paper, the researchers reported that DPP4 also acts to truncate other compounds that are important when the transplanted stem cells reconstitute the bone marrow and begin the process of producing blood and immune system cells.

The results suggest that blocking DPP4 could help patients’ bone marrow bounce back from chemotherapy treatment and stem cell transplants.

In addition to Dr. Broxmeyer, IU School of Medicine scientists involved in the research include Heather A. O’Leary, Ph.D.; Charlie Mantel, Ph.D.; Brahmananda R. Chitteti, Ph.D.; Scott Cooper, Ph.D.; Steven Messina-Graham; Giao Hangoc, Ph.D.; Sherif Farag, M.D., Ph.D.; Sara L. Rohrabaugh; Xuan Ou, Ph.D.; Jennifer Speth; Louis M. Pelus, Ph.D.; and Edward F. Srour, Ph.D. Jonathan Hoggatt, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Timothy B. Campbell, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, performed work on the project while graduate students at the IU School of Medicine.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Report on curriculum reform feedback available online

The IU School of Medicine is reforming its curriculum in response to recommendations that integrating foundational and clinical sciences throughout all years of the curriculum is essential to best prepare students for practicing medicine. In November, the IU School of Medicine Curriculum Reform 2.5 Team offered a number of opportunities to provide feedback on the proposed framework for a new curriculum, including a series of face-to-face and online forums.

The Curriculum Reform 2.5 Team has compiled all of the feedback from IU School of Medicine community to create a summary report highlighting important considerations in the next stage of  planning . Additional information, including a document containing the feedback, is available on the Curriculum Reform 2.5 Oncourse site.

"The team is grateful for all of the input provided by colleagues from across the School of Medicine,” said Maryellen E. Gusic, M.D., executive associate dean for educational affairs and chair of the Curriculum Reform 2.5 Team. “The team appreciates the engagement and active participation of students and faculty in the conversations about the new curriculum in each of the face-to-face and virtual forums held over the last several months.”

Announcements about the next stage of planning and the call for participants for the course development teams will be available in January


Arrow Flu vaccination deadline — Dec. 15

Saturday, Dec. 15, is the deadline for 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, to receive influenza vaccination, as required by hospital policy.

Flu shots are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in Coleman Hall, Suite 100. IUPUI or IU Health ID is required to receive a free vaccine. An appointment is not required.

This policy aims to protect patients from exposure to influenza, which has the highest death rate of any disease for which a proven vaccine exists and can be fatal in hospitalized patients who are seriously ill.  For more information, visit the Flu Policy FAQ.


Student Showcase

Arrow IUSM-South Bend students support charity with ‘Stache Bash’

Medical students and faculty at IU School of Medicine-South Bend recently raised about $3,600 to benefit St. Margaret’s House during a fall fund-raiser sponsored by the American Medical Women’s Association.

Nearly 100 students, faculty, family members and supporters of St. Margaret’s House attended the final event — Stache Bash — which included a dinner, a raffle for gift baskets and the crowning of the 2012 Stache Bash king.

Joseph Prahlow, M.D., professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, beat out 18 other faculty and student contenders who had been growing facial hair since mid-October. The “Moustache King” won by virtue of money raised, not facial-hair accomplishment. Some female participants in Stache Bash also got into the spirit by sporting elaborate artificial facial hair.

“It is an overwhelming and humbling feeling to become part of something bigger than yourself, which is what volunteerism is all about,” said event organizer Michelle Kerr, a second-year medical student at the IU School of Medicine-South Bend. “My favorite part of Stache Bash was the chance to see all of our planning, organizing and hard work throughout culminate into a beautiful event in which the medical and public communities came together to show their support.”

American Medical Women's Association members raised about $2,400 by selling beads at sporting events and hosting a discount restaurant night at Five Guys on Eddy Street. Additional funds were raised money through "Penny Wars," in which each participant had a milk jug to collect money, with pennies adding to the overall tally and silver coins and dollar bills subtracting from the tally.

This is the third year the association has sponsored a fund-raiser to benefit a local community agency, with this year’s recipient being St. Margaret’s House, a day center for women and children that provides hot meals, hot showers, parenting and financial classes, and other services to impoverished women and children in the South Bend community. Patricia Marvel, an assistant director and counselor at St. Margaret’s House, accepted a check for the funds raised at the Stache Bash closing ceremony. In addition, American Medical Women's Association members volunteered their time at the charity's clothing exchange program.

The Stache Bash closing ceremony was supported by Jimmy John's and Papa Vino's, who provided food for more than 100 guests. More than 20 local businesses also donated items to be given away in gift baskets, including Advanced Ophthalmology of Michiana, Biggby Coffee, The Body Shop, Build-a-Bear, Camellia Cosmetics, Chippewa Bowl, Chipotle, Family Video, Five Guys, Hot Box Pizza, Kilwin’s, Martin’s, McAlister’s Deli, Movie 6 Mishawaka, Papa Vino’s, Schutz Brothers Inc., Starbucks, Target and Urban Swirl. A local branch of the American Medical Women's Association also provided a $300 grant to support the event.

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


Faculty News

Arrow Finnell named top editor on new clinical practice board exam

John T. Finnell, M.D., associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, has been named the first chief editor of the Clinical Informatics Practice Board Examination.

The practice board examination prepares physicians to take the initial American Board of Medical Specialties examination required for certification as subspecialists in clinical informatics. 

“Patients expect their physicians to have passed these requirements in order to deliver quality health care,” Dr. Finnell said. "Hospitals and health care systems will expect their medical information officers to have met these standards as well. The practice exam will allow physicians to prepare for the first and subsequent certification exams."

Clinical informatics is the interdisciplinary field merging medicine and computer science that focuses on the secure collection, organization and application of patient data to improve health and the delivery of health care to individuals and populations. This is the first time a subspecialty certification will be applicable to physicians from all 24 medical specialties.

The Clinical Informatics Subspecialty Certification Exam Preparation Program is being developed by the American Medical Informatics Association in response to designation of clinical informatics as a new physician medical subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2011. The practice exam, to be available in early 2013, will be composed of about 200 multiple-choice questions.

Board certification guarantees that a doctor has met basic competency. Included within these criteria are a number of years of training, accreditation of training programs, licensing and sub-specialty certifications.

Dr. Finnell also serves as director of health informatics at the IU School of Informatics at IUPUI and is a Regenstrief Institute investigator.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Works of Healing and Hope exhibit

A gallery of works created by senior students at the Herron School of Art and Design in response to a visit to Wishard Hospital will be on display until Dec. 22 in the Marsh Gallery at Herron.

“Works of Healing and Hope” connects to the long established tradition of art and healing in Indiana, with some of the state’s leading artists having created artwork used to inspire the patients at Wishard and enhance the healing process. This project is coordinated by Andrew Winship, associate professor at the Herron School of Art and Design, and the Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life. This was the sixth year for this collaboration.

The student's artworks were displayed for a week in the hospital and employees were given a chance to view and then vote for their favorite.

Marsh Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, visit the Herron website.


Arrow Make the most of your new mobile device

Did you finally receive that Apple or Android device you’ve been hoping Santa would bring to you? The IUSM Library will help faculty, staff, residents, students and other members of the IU School of Medicine community make the most of their mobile devices with a series of workshops from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, to Thursday, Jan. 10, in the IUSM Library, Room 226.

Information specialists will be available to help set up mobile device with institutional library apps, including drug apps from LexiComp, Micromedex, VisualDx and Pediatric Care Online. This will be an informal time to ask questions and get hands-on help with mobile devices.

Institutional subscription apps provide access and keep needed information at your fingertips. For a complete list of IU School of Medicine mobile resources, visit the IUSM Library mobile information Web page.

For more information, contact Beth Whipple, IUSM librarian, at 317-278-6179 or


Arrow Second-year medical student information session

The Office of Medical Students Affairs will host an informational meeting for second-year medical students from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in the IUPUI Campus Theatre.

This meetings will address a broad range of topics, including the transition from classroom to clerkships for second-year students. The session will also be available via live streaming.

For more information, visit the Office of Medical Students Affairs website.


Arrow Delivering and organizing content in Oncourse

An instructional technology event from the Academy of Teaching Scholars will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in the IUSM Library Building, Room 226.

In this workshop, Lorie Shuck, instructional technology specialist, will demonstrate the Oncourse Resources and Modules tools and the new Lessons tool to help faculty deliver and organize content.

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


Arrow 11th annual Diversity Week Speakers Series

The 11th annual Diversity Week Speakers Series has been scheduled for Jan. 22 to 25. Each presentation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Wishard Hospital Myers Auditorium.

This year’s theme is "The Affordable Care Act and Its Effect on Patient Outcomes.”

  • Tuesday, Jan. 22: Leroi Hicks, M.D., MPH, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hicks will present "A Call to Fix the Least Humane of All Inequities.”
  • Wednesday, Jan. 23: Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Sweet-Cordero will present “The Road Less Traveled: Minorities in Academic Medicine."
  • Thursday, Jan. 24: Sade Kosoko-Lasaki, M.D., MSPH, MBA, associate vice president of health sciences and professor of surgery at the Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Kosoko-Lasaki will present “The Affordable Care Act: Our Role in Increasing the Primary Care Workforce."
  • Friday, Jan. 25: Alicia D.H. Monroe, M.D., vice dean for educational affairs and professor of family medicine at the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Monroe will present “Redirecting Our Focus to an Exceptional Patient Experience: Linking Best Evidence to Patient Values." She will also deliver a "Stepping Stones Presentation" from 7 to 8 a.m. in Fairbanks Hall, Room 5005.

This event is sponsored by the Division of Diversity Affairs in partnership with the Diversity Council and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. For more information, see the Diversity Week flier.

All events are free and open to the IU School of Medicine community. Continuing Medical Education credits will be available and lunch is included. To RSVP, visit the registration page.


Arrow Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership Breakfast

IU alumna Alicia D.H. Monroe, M.D., vice dean for educational affairs and professor of family medicine at the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine, is the next speaker in the Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership series from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in Fairbanks Hall, Room 5005.

As a part of the Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership series, this breakfast conversation is intended to create a forum where all faculty and students can learn about professional development through hearing the personal career journeys of successful women.

This event is co-sponsored by the IUSM Women’s Advisory Council, the Division of Diversity Affairs and the Office for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

To participate, visit the registration page.


News to Use

Arrow Life-Health Sciences Internship Program seeks mentors

The Life-Health Sciences Internship Program is accepting mentor project descriptions for the 2013-14 academic year.

This program connects medicine faculty and staff with IUPUI undergraduate students who will be enrolled as sophomores or juniors in the 2013-14 academic year.

For more information or a project description form, visit the Life-Health Sciences Internship website or contactprogram director Brandi Gilbert at 317-278-3637 or


Arrow HOST program seeks physician volunteers, student participants

HOST, or Helping Our Students Travel, is designed to help medical students save money and create alumni connections during their travel for educationally related programs or residency interviews.

Students participating in the program benefit from free housing and/or meals, mentor relationships, and local insight into the medical community from IUSM Alumni. TThe generosity of alumni across the country has made this program a success, and helps save students thousands of dollars in travel expenses over the past five years. 

For more information on how to serve as a local host through the program, or to register as a student participant, visit the HOST Program Web page, or contact Nolan Ryan at 317-274-6588 or


Arrow Night shift workers sought for breast tissue collection event

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center will host a breast cancer tissue donation event for night shift workers on Saturday, Feb. 9.

During the donation process, a tissue sample is taken from one breast with a needle after applying local anesthesia. The amount of tissue removed is about one gram, or the size of two peas.

Studies have suggested that night shift workers may be at a higher risk of breast cancer. Collecting samples from women without breast cancer who work these hours will help advance research in the field. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank is the first and only healthy breast tissue bank in the world.

 For full details, visit the IU Simon Cancer Center website.


Arrow Crispus Attucks seeks students to serve as mentors

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 in the spring 2013 semester.

This program aims to strengthen student skills in mathematics, science, studying and time management as well as stimulate interest in, and improve the ability for students to enter, biomedical science and medical careers. This is an opportunity to earn money while helping students meet their educational goals and succeed. The approximate time commitment is one to two hours a week.

To apply, contact Carrie Harris, IUSM Division of Diversity Affairs, at 317-278-1783 or


Arrow Scope holiday publication schedule

Please note that Scope will not publish Dec. 27 or Jan. 3 due to the winter holidays. The next issue after this hiatus will be Thursday, Jan. 10.

Thursday, Dec. 20, will be the final issue of Scope for this year. Please remember to consider this limited publication schedule when submitting items that contain events and deadlines.

For details about how to submit info to Scope, see the submissions guidelines.


Arrow This week on 'Sound Medicine'

This week on “Sound Medicine,” Eric Olson, Ph.D., a molecular biologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, talks about how the hearts of infant mammals can regenerate and repair themselves – and how physicians might be able to restore this ability in adult hearts after an attack.

Also on this week’s show, a pharmacist will advise on how to be smart consumers of over-the-counter drugs, a dermatologist discusses which foods produce the healthiest skin and an interview with the author of “Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care.”

"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, Dec. 16, 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 Distinguished Alumnus Award nominations due Dec. 17

Each year, the Indianapolis Chapter of the IU Neal-Marshall Alumni Club recognizes an alumnus for his or her distinguished accomplishments and service. 

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is bestowed upon an IUPUI campus alumnus in recognition of his or her outstanding professional leadership, productive citizenship and commitment to the advancement of IUPUI. For the purpose of this award, an alumnus is defined as a graduate of the IUPUI campus. Applicants will be considered for their career achievements, civic involvement and demonstrated commitment and service to the IUPUI campus

The award recipient will be publically recognized during the 44th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner hosted by the IUPUI Black Student Union on Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Indiana Roof Ball Room in Indianapolis.

For more information, or to apply, view the complete application, or contact Jana Hill at 317-274-5086 or

Application deadline is Monday, Dec. 17.


Arrow IU School of Medicine 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 Indiana CTSI Community Health Engagement Program pilot grants

The Indiana CTSI Community Health Engagement Program is accepting applications to fund Indiana community and academic collaborative community-based research projects in the areas of obesity, diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease.

Audio from an informational session on the application requirements is available online.

The application deadline is Monday, Jan. 28. Qualified applicants who are developing or involved in collaborative, community-based research projects are encouraged to apply. Awards will be announced April 1.

For more information, including complete application guidelines and forms, visit the Indiana CTSI Community Health Engagement Program.

For more information, contact Jenni Hill at 317-274-7152 or


Arrow Applications open for student summer cancer research program

The 2013 IU Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program is seeking high school and college students from underrepresented populations interested in cancer research careers to participate in this annual program from May 30 to July 26.

The program, held in partnership with the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning, places students with a mentor physician or researcher who is conducting studies in the most progressive areas of cancer research to increase the number of underrepresented populations engaged in basic, clinical and prevention and control cancer research through first-hand exposure to those fields.

Participants will receive a stipend of $3,200. Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements. For more information and eligibility guidelines, or to apply, visit the IU Simon Cancer Center website, or contact the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning at 317-274-8880.

Applications are due Friday, Feb. 15.


Grants & Funding

Arrow Grants and Awards — November 2012

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

PI Agency Type Project Title Begin End Total
Matthew Robert Allen, Ph.D.
University of Florida New Disuse Osteopenia: A Potential Vascular Coupling Mechanism 8/1/12 7/31/15 $21,877
Linda Anne DiMeglio, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University New International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trial (IMPAACT) Group 6/1/12 5/31/13 $3,875
Tatiana M. Foroud, Ph.D.
Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Continuing/
International Spinal Muscular Atrophy Patient Registry 7/1/12 12/31/12 $15,000
Tatiana M. Foroud, Ph.D.
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research New Consortium to Identify LRRK2 Modifiers of Age of Onset 10/1/12 12/31/13 $576,248
Jeffrey Allen Kline, M.D.
Carolinas Healthcare System New Quantitative Pretest Probability to Reduce Cardiopulmonary Imaging in the Emergency Department 8/1/12 7/31/13 $89,085
Suthat Liangpunsakul, M.D.
Southern California Institute for Research and Education Continuing/
Genetic Risk Factors for Alcoholic Cirrhosis - Genome-Wide Case-Control Study 9/1/12 8/31/13 $66,082
Margaret M. Moga, Ph.D.
Parapsychological Association New Magnetic Field Activity as a Measure of Psychic Healing 9/1/12 8/31/13 $1,995
John I. Nurnberger Jr., Ph.D., M.D.
University of California, San Diego New The Bipolar Genome Study 7/1/12 4/30/13 $96,366
Irina Petrache, M.D.
US-Israel Binational Science Foundation Continuing/
Role of ceramide synthase 2 in cigarette smoke-induced lung autophagy and apoptosis 10/1/12 9/30/13 $24,000
John Emerson Sidle, M.D.
Moi University Faculty of Health Sciences Continuing/
U.S. Military HIV Research Program (USMHRP) AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG) 12/1/11 11/30/12 $20,360
George W. Sledge Jr., M.D.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Continuing/
Angiogenesis in Breast Cancer and Tumor Dormancy
10/1/12 9/30/13 $240,000
Kara Kay Wools-Kaloustian, M.D.
Moi University Faculty of Health Sciences Continuing/
U.S. Military HIV Research Program (USMHRP) AIDS clinical Trial Group (ACTG) 12/1/11 11/30/12 $21,160


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.


 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
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  • Campus building codes (use full, proper name of building and include the room number)
  • Dr. as a preface before names (designate M.D. or Ph.D.)
  • For more info, see the Scope Style Guide (PDF)

To keep the electronic version of Scope as streamlined as possible, only seminars and lectures of general or multidisciplinary interest will be included.