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  • Match Day is next Friday

    Excitement is building for Match Day 2017. On Friday, March 17, fourth-year IU School of Medicine students will join their peers from across the nation to learn where they will complete their medical residencies. The simultaneous nationwide opening of the envelopes with details from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) will take place at precisely noon EST.

    Match Day festivities will be held in the Van Nuys Medical Science Atrium on the IU School of Medicine-Indianapolis campus. Limited seating is available, with students and families receiving preference on the first floor of the atrium. IU School of Medicine faculty and staff are encouraged to support the students from the second and fourth floor balconies.

    IU School of Medicine will promote Match Day via its social media channels, and the NRMP is asking participants to use the hashtag #Match2017 in social media posts. For the event timeline and information on visitor parking, visit Medical Student Education.

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  • IU School of Medicine ID cards valid until June 2018

    Although Indiana University is rolling out the new CrimsonCard this spring, IU School of Medicine ID cards will remain valid and continue to work until at least June 30, 2018.

    Current IU School of Medicine students, faculty and staff, including part-time and student workers, should disregard the timing indicated in the IU-wide promotion and wait until early August 2017, to secure a replacement card.

    Reminders and updates will be shared throughout the summer in INScope and via MedTV.

    What about newly hired IU School of Medicine faculty and staff and new students?

    CrimsonCards will be issued beginning the week of Monday, March 13. (Please call the card services office at 317-274-5177 before arrival to confirm availability.)

    What about newly hired IU School of Medicine faculty and staff and new students in Indianapolis who need IU Health facility access?

    Those hired now through May who require IU Health facility access in Indianapolis will be given a companion card. Since all cards issued after May will offer single card access, those issued this companion card will need to get a replacement.

    Questions?

    A detailed FAQ, including information about varying processes at each IU School of Medicine campus, will be available next week. Immediate questions should be directed to Vince Sheehan at vsheehan@iu.edu.

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  • OPTIMISTIC reduces unnecessary hospital stays for nursing home residents

    Indiana University’s OPTIMISTIC initiative is improving care and cutting costs by reducing unnecessary hospital stays for long-term nursing home residents. According to a new study published in Health Affairs, the OPTIMISTIC care model reduced potentially avoidable hospitalizations of long-stay nursing home residents by nearly 40 percent and total hospitalizations by 25 percent.

    “Unnecessary hospital transfers are poor quality care,” said OPTIMISTIC director Kathleen T. Unroe, MD, MHA, IU Center for Aging Research scientist, IU School of Medicine assistant professor, and Regenstrief Institute investigator. “OPTIMISTIC is about systems change, about supporting nursing homes to provide excellent care, care that matches what patients and their families want.”

    For more details on this initiative, view the news release on regenstrief.org.

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  • Tickets on sale for 26th annual Evening of the Arts

    Plan to attend IU School of Medicine’s annual Evening of the Arts--a variety show performed by students, faculty and staff--on Saturday, April 8, at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis. Dinner and a silent auction begin at 5 pm, followed by the variety show at 6 pm. Proceeds from this annual event benefit local nonprofit health clinics.

    Tickets for the dinner and show are now on sale and may be purchased at iusmeota.com. Student tickets are $8 ($10 at the door) and non-student tickets are $10 ($15 at the door). Questions? Email the Evening of the Arts Committee at iusmeota@gmail.com.

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Research News

  • February research awards total more than $12.1 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Nicholas Anton Society For Simulation In Healthcare New Implementation of Mental Skills to Enhance Medical Students' Performance 2/27/2017 2/26/2018 10,000
    Richard L Bell National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism Renewal (not prev committed) Rat Animal Models & Gene Testing Core (RAM-GTC) 2/1/2017 1/31/2018 370,500
    Peng-Sheng Chen American Heart Association Incorporated New Studying cardiac fibrosis in arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy with patient specific iPSCs 9/1/2016 6/30/2017 77,000
    Ann H Cottingham Indiana University Health New Caring for Congregants in Health and Illness: Conversations with Community Clergy in Marion County, Indiana 1/1/2017 12/31/2017 25,647
    Stephanie D Davis Seattle Children's Research Institute Renewal (not prev committed) Saline Hypertonic in Preschoolers (SHIP) 11/1/2016 10/31/2017 52,411
    Linda A DiMeglio Johns Hopkins University Renewal (not prev committed) IMPAACT is a NIH-defined Phase III Clinical Trial with human subjects 12/1/2016 11/30/2017 3,900
    Michael J Econs National Institute Arthritis Musculoskeletal Skin New Mechanistic and Therapeutic Studies of Autosomal Dominant Osteopetrosis 2/1/2017 1/31/2018 345,125
    Loren J Field National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Cardiomyocyte cell cycle activity in injured hearts 2/6/2017 1/31/2018 390,000
    Anthony B Firulli National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Morphogenesis and growth of the ventricular wall in development and disease 2/15/2017 1/31/2018 2,365,858
    Melissa L Fishel University Of Toronto New Efficacy of novel STAT3 inhibitors in a pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) animal model 1/1/2016 12/31/2017 7,644
    Maria Bartolomeo Grant JDRF New Novel Insights on the Link Between Diabetic Retinopathy and the Splenic Clock 4/1/2017 3/31/2018 95,000
    Maria Bartolomeo Grant National Eye Institute Renewal (not prev committed) Human iPSC for repair of vasodegenerative vessels in diabetic retinopathy 2/1/2017 1/31/2018 570,991
    Maria Bartolomeo Grant JDRF New Novel Insights on the Link Between Diabetic Retinopathy and the Splenic Clock 4/1/2019 3/31/2020 95,000
    Maria Bartolomeo Grant JDRF New Novel Insights on the Link Between Diabetic Retinopathy and the Splenic Clock 4/1/2018 3/31/2019 95,000
    Diane Mary Janowicz Health And Hospital Corporation Of Marion County Renewal (not prev committed) Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC) Program 7/1/2016 6/30/2017 10,416
    Babar Ali Khan National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Mobile Critical Care Recovery Program (m-CCRP) for Acute Respiratory Failure (ARF) Survivors 1/10/2017 12/31/2017 698,186
    Bruce Timothy Lamb National Institute On Aging New The IU/JAX Alzheimer's Disease Precision Models Center 9/30/2016 5/31/2017 5,000,000
    Debra K Litzelman Indiana State Department Of Health New WeCare Plus: An Innovative, Community-Based Collaborative Initiative to Decrease Infant Mortality 1/1/2017 12/31/2018 769,539
    Raghu G Mirmira Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust 12/6/2016 8/31/2017 25,000
    Thomas V Nowak Purdue University New Mapping Stomach Autonomic Circuitry and Function for Neuromodulation of Gastric Disorders 9/24/2016 7/31/2017 72,988
    Karen E Pollok Riley Children's Foundation New Stetzel Family 12/1/2016 11/30/2017 3,000
    Susanne Ragg Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Broadwater Funds for Osteosarcoma Research 12/1/2016 12/31/2017 15,000
    Jamie L Renbarger Riley Children's Foundation New Maddy Justice Keep on Shining Fund and Claire and Patrick Mackey Fund 12/1/2016 11/30/2017 38,733
    Richard B Rodgers University Of Miami New Systemic Hypothermia in Acute Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: A Prospective, Multi-Center Case Controlled Study 9/30/2016 9/29/2017 87,711
    Richard B Rodgers Purdue University New GestureClean: A Touchless Interaction Language for the Operating Room 9/1/2016 8/31/2017 12,837
    Andrew J Saykin State University Of New York New Novel Strategies for Blood-based Biomarkers for AD: Role of Genetic Variation in a Multivariate Framework 11/1/2016 4/30/2017 10,100
    Angela M Tomlin Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Riley Maternity and Newborn Health - Newborn Follow-up Operational Expenses 7/1/2016 6/30/2017 367,000
    Angela M Tomlin Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Riley Maternity and Newborn Health - Performance Engine Implementation and Operation 7/1/2016 6/30/2017 227,000
    Ronald C Wek Rutgers University New Homeostatic Responses to Amino Acid Insufficiency 9/20/2016 6/30/2017 197,572
    Michael AJ Zieger Purdue University New A Flexible Smart Wound Dressing with Integrated On-Demand 02-Release and Sensing Capability 7/1/2016 6/30/2017 100,000

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Student News

  • Fort Wayne students teach children about health at Doctors Day

    IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne students helped area children learn the importance of taking care of their health at the annual Doctors Day on Saturday, March 4. The free community event at Science Central in Fort Wayne provided opportunities for families to meet with area health care providers and participate in hands-on activities while learning about resources available in the community.

    IU School of Medicine students displayed tissue samples to demonstrate how activity and food choices affect overall health.

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  • What constitutes cheating? Read the full policy online

    Several policies including Academic Dishonesty and the Professional Conduct Policy are now available in the student handbook, which is housed on the IU School of Medicine website.

    Feedback from learners and faculty played a key role in encouraging the Curriculum Council Steering Committee (CCSC) to consider policy updates. As policies are approved, they are tagged and indexed in preparation for housing on MedNet. Ultimately, all policies will be available within a single verified official portal on MedNet, which will be linked from the student handbook and other online locations.

    Check the online student handbook for recently approved medical education policies relating to attendance and grades. Other syllabus and faculty updates also are available in the handbook.

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  • Literature in Medicine SIG organizes book drive for the homeless

    The IU School of Medicine Literature in Medicine student interest group (SIG) is sponsoring its second annual book drive to help Hoosiers who are homeless. During March, the SIG is collecting new or gently used books for children or adults. Donation boxes are located on the IUPUI campus in University Library, the Ruth Lilly Medical Library and the IU School of Dentistry library.

    Books will be donated to Horizon House, a day shelter primarily for men, and the Julian Center, an emergency shelter for women and children. Contact Kacy Allgood at allgoodk@iu.edu with questions.

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Opportunities

  • Indiana CTSI accepting applications for CTR pilot grants

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is accepting applications for its Collaboration in Translational Research (CTR) pilot program. The program’s objective is to encourage collaborations across CTSI partner institutions and initiate or continue translational research projects that have strong and immediate potential to develop into larger, externally funded research programs or generate novel intellectual property.

    Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the proposed science, as well as each application’s strength in clarifying the plan for leveraging the award toward the achievement of CTR objectives. Funding for projects is limited to $75,000, and the duration is up to two years. Proposed projects should have at least two principal investigators/collaborators with equal contribution, from at least two of the five sponsoring affiliates for this program: IU School of Medicine, IUPUI (non-IU School of Medicine), IU Bloomington, Purdue University (West Lafayette) and the University of Notre Dame.

    Application details are available. Letters of intent are due Monday, April 3, and the application deadline is Friday, May 5.

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  • Apply for health equity Trailblazer Award

    Community Health Partnerships (CHeP) is accepting applications for the 2017 Trailblazer Award, which funds community-engaged pilot projects addressing health equity. Eligible projects should pursue one or both of the following:

    • Implement research with the potential to identify or reduce health or health care inequities
    • Perform a needed evaluation of an existing health-related program with the potential to affect health equity

    Projects will be funded up to $25,000. For more information, join the free webinar from 11 am-noon, Tuesday, March 21. Letters of intent are due Friday, May 5, and the application deadline is Thursday, May 25. Application details and the link to log in to the webinar are available at indianactsi.org.

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  • Maternal and Child Health poster reception is April 21

    Riley Maternal and Child Health Partners (MCH) in Leadership Education Excellence is hosting the seventh annual MCH and Professional Networking Reception from 3:30-5 pm, Friday, April 21, at the Cancer Research Institute, Room 101, 1044 W. Walnut St., in Indianapolis. Faculty, trainees, alumni and partners will share their research program highlights and leadership projects. Riley Maternal and Child Health Partners is a collaboration between IU School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

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Kudos

  • Kelley receives Translating Research Into Practice Award

    Mark Kelley, PhD, Betty and Earl Professor in Pediatric Oncology Research, is the recipient of the 2017 Bantz-Petronio Translating Research Into Practice Faculty Award.

    Established by former IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz and Dr. Sandra Petronio, the award recognizes outstanding faculty research that is interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary, and intentionally directed toward positively impacting people’s lives within or beyond the State of Indiana. In addition to generating knowledge through scientific inquiry or humanistic scholarship, the award recognizes faculty who actively endeavor to transform that knowledge into practices or solutions, demonstrating innovative ways to improve the lives of individuals and the communities in which they live.

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  • Einterz named Distinguished Eagle Scout

    Robert Einterz, MD, associate dean for global health and Donald E. Brown Professor of Global Health, was awarded the title of Distinguished Eagle Scout by the Crossroads of America Council. Established in 1969, the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award acknowledges Eagle Scouts “who have received extraordinary national-level recognition, fame or eminence within their field, and have a strong record of voluntary service to their community.” Dr. Einterz is director of AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) and director of the IU Center for Global Health.

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Partner News

  • IU Health’s Murphy to lead May 15 town hall

    IU Health President and CEO Dennis Murphy and system leaders will host a town hall for IU Health Physicians from 5-7 pm, Monday, May 15, in Fairbanks Hall, FS 1110/1112. Murphy is traveling to IU Health facilities across the state as part of The ONE Tour, to meet with team members, celebrate accomplishments and introduce IU Health’s new promise: The Best Care, Designed for You.

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  • Eskenazi Health listed among “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare”

    Eskenazi Health has been named one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare,” marking the second consecutive year the hospital has earned this distinction.

    The list features both health care provider organizations and health care-specific companies. Other organizations on the list include Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Center and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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