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  • Mock visits to provide crucial preparation for re-accreditation

    Upcoming mock site visits are a key component of the IU School of Medicine’s overall preparation for re-accreditation that culminates with a 2017 site visit by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation. Faculty participation and support are needed for these important mock visits.

    Overview of three mock visits

    With the overarching goal of increasing IUSM’s readiness as part of each effort, Mock Visit I, April 18-19, will focus on information gathered for the LCME’s Data Collection Instrument (DCI), the Independent Student Analysis (ISA), and the findings of the self-study. Mock Visit II in September will emphasize IUSM’s preparation for questions most likely to be posed by LCME surveyors and areas that may present compliance vulnerabilities. Finally, Mock Visit III, Feb. 5-11, 2017, will duplicate -- as closely as possible -- the actual LCME visit and serve as the school’s final point to make adjustments prior to the April 23-27, 2017, site visit.

    First priority: Mock Visit I

    Two consultants who served as LCME surveyors at other medical schools will join IU School of Medicine for both days of the April 18-19 mock visit. The visit will be organized by accreditation topic, with the consultants offering feedback on what the DCI and Self-Study Summary Report convey about gaps in accreditation compliance and IUSM data. It will also include meetings with key leadership groups similar to what the actual survey will require.

    Faculty will receive more details about their specific role as part of one or all of these three important visits.

    Mock visit schedule

    Mock Visit I: April 18-19, 2016
    Mock Visit II: Sept. 11-15, 2016
    Mock Visit III: Feb. 5-11, 2017
    LCME Site Visit: April 23-27, 2017

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  • IUSM selected to be part of AAMC residency prep program

    IU School of Medicine is one of 30 medical schools selected by the Association of American Medical Colleges to be part of the entrustment group for Phase II of the Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency.

    The CEPAER learner community aims to improve the transition from medical school to residency by identifying a list of integrated activities that all M.D. graduates should be able to perform on day one of residency, without direct supervision and regardless of specialty. These core activities, Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA), are designed to be a subset of all the graduation requirements of medical school.

    IU School of Medicine will work with other medical schools within this program to initiate faculty development in the assessment needed for the EPA activities and begin the work to validate these tools for use across all medical schools. 

    For more information, contact Michelle Howenstine at  or Melissa Alexander at melalexa@iu.edu.

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  • Match Day reminders for students, faculty and staff

    Match Day is a significant milestone for medical students; at noon ET on this day, fourth-year med students are officially notified where they’ll continue their training as resident physicians. To avoid Match Day violations, IU School of Medicine faculty, staff, and students must observe some important do’s and don’ts.

    For matched students, please note that the match is binding. If a student is unsatisfied with his or her match, please contact Medical Student Education (317-278-2850) to be counseled on options. Even if you’re aware of an opening where a student may be more satisfied, please contact Medical Student Education. Under no circumstance should school faculty or staff contact the student or the program on behalf of the student.

    For unmatched students, faculty members may not contact any program on behalf of an unmatched student until that program has first responded to the student’s electronic application first. If you have questions about SOAP (Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program®), please contact Michael McKenna, M.D., assistant dean, Career Mentoring (, 317-278-2850, MS 119).

    For details on Match Day events, visit mse.medicine.iu.edu.

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  • Don’t forget: IUSM’s Evening of the Arts is April 9

    Showcasing the creative talents of IUSM students, faculty, and staff, Evening of the Arts: A Night with the IUSM Stars will be held at 5 pm on Saturday, April 9, at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet School.

    A beloved IUSM tradition since 1991, this year’s event is the 25th anniversary celebration.

    Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for the general public. Ticket price includes the show, dinner, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit local health care clinics, including the IU Student Outreach Clinic. To learn more, purchase tickets, or view a preview video, visit iusmeota.com

    The 2016 Evening of the Arts Committee

    Jeeha Hussain, MS4

    Priyanka Parekh, MS4

    Revathi Kollipara, MS3

    Sonia Phadke, MS3

    Christen Salyer, MS3

    Zachary Walker, MS3

    Wendi Li, MS2

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Frankel to deliver IUPUI Last Lecture April 1

    Richard M. Frankel, Ph.D., professor of medicine and geriatrics, IU School of Medicine, will reflect on a 35-year personal and professional journey as a health services researcher as this year’s “Last Lecture” speaker. The IUPUI Last Lecture will be held at 2 pm, Friday, April 1, in the IUPUI Campus Center Theater.

    Focused on understanding how empathic communication affects the quality of care outcomes -- on both sides of the stethoscope, Dr. Frankel will address questions such as, “What can be said for the role of human emotions in health care and in everyday life?” and “Are we losing the ability to respond to the suffering of others with genuine empathy?”  

    The Last Lecture offers the university community an opportunity to hear reflections on life’s lessons and meaning from a current or retired IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit. The lecture is sponsored by the IUPUI Senior Academy, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and IU Foundation. For more information, visit academicaffairs.iupui.edu. To attend, RSVP online by Friday, March 25, or call 317-274-4500. 

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  • GME seeks applicants for new assistant dean position

    The IUSM Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) is accepting applications for the position of part-time assistant dean for graduate medical education. The person selected to fill this newly created positon will lead a professional faculty and support staff to manage GME educational programs and provide oversight for the development and implementation of the educational programs within the clinical learning environment review (CLER) program and the integration of GME with IUSM hospital affiliates.

    For the full position description, visit medicine.iu.edu. This part-time position requires a 0.20 FTE commitment. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and CV by Friday, April 8, to Michelle S. Howenstine M.D., senior associate dean for graduate medical education, Fesler Hall 318, or email in care of Linda Bratcher at .

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  • Promotion dossiers due July 1

    Faculty dossier materials for promotions effective July 1, 2017, are available online at faculty.medicine.iu.edu. Dossiers are due to the dean's office no later than July 1, 2016. Departments will have an earlier due date that should be available from the department chair or regional medical director’s office. Email Lynn Wakefield at no later than June 15 to inform the dean’s office of your intent to submit a dossier for promotion. With questions about dossier preparation, contact Deb Cowley at . Sample dossiers are available here

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  • Complete IronJag half-triathlon in April

    IronJag is a month-long half-triathlon sponsored by IUPUI Campus Recreation and the Office of Health and Wellness Promotion. Participants have the month of April to accumulate the following totals: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run/walk. All totals equal a half Ironman triathlon.

    Registration is open to students, staff, and faculty ($20 for students; $40 for staff and faculty). Participants will receive a t-shirt, blender bottle, and three training workshops. Finishers will receive a medal. Take the IronJag challenge and register today. For more details, visit studentaffairs.iupui.edu or call Campus Recreation at 317-274-2824. 

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  • March 24 session on concussions to feature IUSM’s McAllister

    From Hollywood to high school sports, concussions related to participation in sports and recreational activities have received increased public awareness. Thomas McAllister, M.D., Albert Eugene Sterne Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and chair, IUSM Department of Psychiatry, will participate in an expert panel to discuss the issue at the next Frameworx session, sponsored by BioCrossroads, on Thursday, March 24. Registration and networking begin at 8 am, followed by the session from 8:30 to 10 am at D’Amore on the 48th floor of the Chase Tower on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis. Visit this site for more information and registration. 

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Research News

  • February IUSM grants and awards total more than $3.4 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Bobbi J Byrne March Of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation Ind Chapter New Promotion of Birth Equity in Preterm Infants through Continued Targeted Neonatal Resuscitation Simulation Education 4/1/16 3/31/17 18,105
    C Max Schmidt Lustgarten Foundation For Pancreatic Cancer Res New Detection of Early Pancreatic Neoplasm 1/1/13 12/31/13 19,980
    Clinton D Bahler Indiana University Health New Investigating A Novel Modifiable Factor Affecting Renal Function After Partial Nephrectomy: Cortical Renorrhaphy 1/1/16 12/31/17 50,000
    D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation New Research Scholars, Department of Pediatrics 7/1/15 6/30/16 500,000
    David G. Marrero National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Renewal (not prev committed) 14/22 Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS) Phase 3 ? Research Project 2/24/16 1/31/17 351,000
    Jesus Delgado-Calle American Society Of Hematology New Targeting Notch in multiple myeloma 7/1/16 6/30/19 100,000
    Kara K Wools-Kaloustian University Of British Columbia New HIV Outbreak, Austin Indiana 6/1/15 2/29/16 50,007
    Karen E. Pollok Riley Children's Foundation New Epigenetic-based combination therapies for relapsed Ewing?s Sarcoma 2/1/16 1/31/17 5,000
    Keith L March University Of Tennessee Health Science Center New Vascular and Neuronal Repair with Adipose Stromal cells in Retinopathy 7/1/15 3/31/16 138,032
    Kimberly Quaid De Cordon Huntington's Disease Society Of America Renewal (not prev committed) 2016 Huntington's Disease Centers for Excellence 1/1/16 12/31/16 26,250
    Mark W Geraci National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Pulmonary Hypertension Breakthrough Initiative 2/10/16 6/30/16 564,952
    Michelle S Howenstine Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Inc. Renewal (not prev committed) Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics, Inc. (CFFT) Therapeutics Development Center2015 Policies and Guidelines Governing Renewal 1/1/16 12/31/16 168,721
    Michelle S Howenstine Cystic Fibrosis Foundation New IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY: AWARD FOR A MENTAL HEALTH COORDINATOR 1/1/16 12/31/18 54,000
    Myda Khalid Nationwide Children's Hospital New CureGN - Cure Glomerulonephronephropathy 1/1/15 12/31/18 10,500
    Naomi B Swiezy Riley Children's Foundation New HANDs in Autism? RBC Foundation - HANDSmade Program 15-A32 1/1/16 12/31/16 10,000
    Sarah Elizabeth Wiehe Indiana State Department Of Health New 2015 Community Health Engagement Program Community-Based Research Pilot Projects 12/1/15 10/31/16 78,647
    Sarah Morsbach Honaker Indiana University Health New Infant Behavioral Sleep Intervention: Efficacy of a Novel Approach and Implementation into Primary Care 1/1/16 12/31/17 82,534
    Tarek Maurice Ashkar Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (dci) New Understanding the Function of Tamm-Horsfall Protein in Acute Kidney Injury. 3/1/16 2/28/17 100,000
    William J. Sullivan National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Translational control during stage conversion of Toxoplasma, an opportunistic infection of HIV/AIDS 3/1/16 2/28/17 386,080
    William Kinne Barnett University Of Kansas Medical Center Research Insti New Clincal Data Research Network ? Greater Plains Collaborative 2/9/16 9/4/18 362,264
    Yan Liu Children's Leukemia Research Association, Inc. New Targeting PRL2 in Pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia 1/1/16 12/31/16 30,000
    Yang Sun National Eye Institute New The role of primary cilia in glaucoma pathogenesis 3/1/16 2/28/17 312,000

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Student News

  • Come on down: IUSM student appears on iconic game show

    While Chad Tuchek, MS4, didn’t win a car, he had a great time competing last fall on the iconic game show The Price is Right. In Los Angeles for a neurosurgery interview in November, Tuchek had a few hours to kill before his pre-interview dinner so he took in some sights. His adventure led him to the line of people waiting for tickets to the show. Gaining successful entry, Tuchek was invited to “come on down” and eventually scored a chance to compete for the car. Tuchek’s Price as Right episode aired this week. Not as exciting as upcoming Match Day on March 18 -- but close.  

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  • IUSM-Fort Wayne students introduce kids to careers in health care

    Several IUSM-Fort Wayne students volunteered at Science Central’s annual Doctor’s Day on Saturday, March 5.  The free program -- now in its 21st year -- educates children about general health topics and careers in health care. 

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Opportunities

  • Submit a poster for the Indiana Musculoskeletal Symposium by April 18

    On June 1-2, the Indiana CTSI and IU School of Medicine will host the inaugural Indiana Musculoskeletal Symposium at Hine Hall on the IUPUI campus. Poster submissions are being accepted now through Monday, April 18.

    The symposium, “Repair and Regeneration of Musculoskeletal Tissues: Academia, Industry, and the Battlefront,” will offer a forum for investigators throughout the state of Indiana in both academia and industry to present current work that is translatable and deliverable to the critical needs of soldiers at the battlefront and for all wounded warriors with acute or chronic musculoskeletal disorders.

    To submit a poster, click here.

    Registration is free, but required. To view the meeting agenda and register to attend, click here

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  • Bantz Community Fellowship applications due March 21

    To recognize the leadership and contributions of former IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz, the university has established the Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship. The goal of the Bantz Community Fellowship is to support community-engaged research and scholarly activities that:

    • reinforce and deepen campus-community engagement and research partnerships
    • leverage the knowledge, skills, and innovative talents of IUPUI faculty, students, and community partner(s) in a year-long scope of work that is of mutual value and interest
    • result in meaningful community impact

    IUPUI tenured, tenure-track, and clinical faculty are welcome to apply. Selection guidelines and the application are now available. Applications are due by 5 pm, Monday, March 21. For more information, contact Julie Hatcher, executive director, Center for Services and Learning, at

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  • Calling all artists: Submit entries for IUSM art exhibition by March 21

    Artwork submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual IU School of Medicine Art Exhibition, “Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression,” which will be held from Saturday, April 2, to Saturday, April 30, in the Cultural Arts Gallery in the IUPUI Campus Center. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni from the IU schools of medicine (all campuses), nursing, dentistry, public health, and health and rehabilitation sciences are eligible to submit entries for consideration. The exhibition is also open to associates from Roudebush VA Medical Center, Eskenazi Health, and Indiana University Health.

    Interested participants should submit proposed entries at medicine.iu.edu. Deadline for submissions is 5 pm, Monday, March 21.  

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  • Apply for IUSCC Hester and Wright scholarships

    Two scholarships are available from the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center with application deadlines in April and May.

    The IUSCC William J. Wright Scholarship Fund rewards third- and fourth-year medical students who are strong academically and desire to pursue a career caring for cancer patients. Successful applicants will also have displayed strong humanitarian qualities throughout their medical careers. 

    The expectation for this award is that the student will devote at least two months of the academic year to a project furthering the care of patients with cancer, including a formal basic, translational, or clinical science research project, quality improvement project, health outcome research, or cancer awareness program. Awardees must attend Cancer Research Day on Thursday, May 12.

    Application deadline is Friday, April 15. Submission guidelines and application are available here. Students with research grants already supporting their education are not eligible.

    The IUSCC Merilyn Hester Scholarship Fund was created to assist medical and/or doctoral students pursuing degrees in biomedical sciences and who have demonstrated an interest in and potential for conducting pediatric hematology or pediatric oncology research. Applicants must not have received any other type of scholarship or grant for the upcoming academic year. 

    Funding is up to $8,000 a year with the number of awardees determined by the quality of applications and available funds in a given year. Submission guidelines and application are available. Application deadline is Friday, May 6. 

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Partner News

  • Sood co-authors Eskenazi Health study on smoking and home oxygen therapy

    Home oxygen therapy is a regular treatment for many people with various cardiopulmonary conditions. Despite warnings against smoking while using home oxygen, many people sustain severe burn injuries that result in long stays in the hospital.

    A recent study conducted at the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Eskenazi Health found that over a five-year period, 55 people were admitted to the burn center for smoking-related home oxygen injuries. Eskenazi Health treats more than 350 inpatient burn patients each year in addition to more than 4,200 outpatient visits, which include patients from across the country.

    “This study shows a significant number of the patients we treat come to us as a result of an activity that is very avoidable,” said Dr. Rajiv Sood, medical director of the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center and division chief and professor of plastic surgery, IU School of Medicine. “Educating the public is the key to preventing many of the burn injuries we see.”

    Dr. Sood was a co-author of the study, which was conducted from 2008 through 2013. The study found that 72 percent of the burn injuries seen from smoking-related home oxygen injuries resulted in more than five percent of the total body sustaining burns, and 14.5 percent of the patients did not survive their injuries. The study also found that 27 percent of the cases involved patients with substance abuse issues, and 14.5 percent had previous history of smoking while on home oxygen.     

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