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Top News

  • IU School of Medicine expects to learn reaccreditation status late this year

    IU School of Medicine’s Road to Accreditation culminated with last week’s site visit by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) survey team. Capping off more than 24 months of preparation, faculty, staff and students had the opportunity to share the school’s successes and progress with the survey team in a variety of areas critical to the delivery of high-quality medical education.

    The survey team is preparing a report, which will be shared with the LCME. IU School of Medicine expects to receive the LCME's determination late this year. Until that time, the significant progress made in Continuous Quality Improvement efforts will advance, with feedback from the LCME and students, guiding the work.

    “Thank you for your support over the past many months as we anticipated this time in the spotlight,” said IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, in an email to the school community last Friday. “For many of you, it meant additional work hours, putting other priorities aside. Your efforts were recognized and greatly appreciated.”

    More information is available in this reaccreditation FAQ. Watch INScope and email in the coming months for reaccreditation updates.

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  • White named IUPUI Chancellor’s Professor

    Kenneth White, PhD, David D. Weaver Professor of Genetics and professor of medical and molecular genetics, IU School of Medicine, has received the prestigious appointment of Chancellor’s Professor from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar.

    The Chancellor's Professor appointment recognizes senior faculty members with an extensive record of accomplishment and leadership in teaching, research and service. Recipients retain the title throughout their appointments at IUPUI and comprise a special group of mentors and advisors for colleagues. Chancellor's Professors are faculty members who have consistently contributed at a high level and in concrete, demonstrable ways to the development of IUPUI as an academic community of exceptional quality and integrity and to their disciplines through the creation and application of knowledge.

    For more about Dr. White and the other 2017 Chancellor’s Professor recipient, Benzion “Ben” Boukai, from the IUPUI School of Science, visit news.iu.edu.

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  • Commencement countdown: 9 days

    It’s nearly time to celebrate commencement for the IU School of Medicine class of 2017. This year’s commencement will be held Saturday, May 13, in the Sagamore Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center from 10 am until approximately noon. IU School of Medicine alumnus and Indianapolis tech entrepreneur Don Brown, MD, will give the 2017 commencement address.

    Tickets for the ceremony are not required, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved seating is not permitted. Students should plan to arrive at the Convention Center at 8:30 am for registration and meet outside of the Sagamore Ballroom. Graduates must be lined up in their designated area no later than 9 am.

    For more information on discounted hotel rates, parking and hooding, visit the Commencement page on MedNet. All students are also invited to participate in the school-wide IUPUI Commencement ceremony at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, May 14.

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  • Graduate Medical Education receives continued accreditation from ACGME

    The Graduate Medical Education division of IU School of Medicine recently received continued accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The Institutional Review Committee reviewed the school’s information, with reference to the policies and procedures of ACGME, before awarding continued accreditation.

    IU School of Medicine was also commended by the review committee for its demonstrated substantial compliance with the ACGME’s Institutional Requirements without any new citations. The Office of Graduate Medical Education, led by Senior Associate Dean Michelle S. Howenstine, MD, in collaboration with its affiliated hospitals, provided administrative guidance and professional expertise toward fulfilling national requirements of ACGME.

    “Not only have Dr. Howenstine and the entire Office of GME maintained its legacy of excellence, together they have delivered this most recent institutional accomplishment in an era of higher expectations. It affirms our confidence to further expand GME programs across Indiana through IU School of Medicine’s proven expertise,” said Peter Nalin, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs.

    IU School of Medicine sponsors 86 ACGME-accredited residencies and fellowships in a broad range of specialties. IU School of Medicine is also the sponsoring institution for the accredited School of Dentistry residency and fellowship programs.

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Research News

  • Researchers awarded $2.9 million to study chemo-induced neuropathy

    IU cancer researchers have been awarded $2.9 million to study the debilitating side effects caused by chemotherapy that affect a significant number of cancer patients.

    Mark R. Kelley, PhD, the Betty and Earl Herr Professor of Pediatric Oncology Research at the IU School of Medicine and a researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, received the grant from the National Cancer Institute to study chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN).

    Although cancer treatments are becoming more effective and people are consequently surviving cancer in increasing rates, many patients report neuropathy--a nerve problem that causes pain, numbness, tingling, swelling or muscle weakness. As many as 30 percent to 60 percent of cancer patients say they experience neuropathy. Neuropathy can become severe enough for some patients that their treatment needs to be reduced or stopped. The effects can also linger well beyond the course of the treatment.

    Currently, there are no effective treatments or prevention against neuropathy because researchers don't yet understand all of the mechanisms that lead to it. It is believed that neuropathy develops over time as a cumulative effect of chemotherapy that alters functions in neurons--or nerve cells.

    However, in previous work, Dr. Kelley, also associate director of basic science research at the IU Simon Cancer Center, and colleagues discovered a clue that may eventually help eliminate or alleviate the effects of neuropathy. They demonstrated both in the lab and in mice that increasing the repair activity of the APE1 protein decreases neurotoxicity.

    "We hypothesize that APE1 is a critical protein for protecting neurons from cancer therapies and that augmenting its DNA repair activity will prevent and reverse chemotherapy-induced alterations in sensory neuronal function," Dr. Kelley explained.

    For more details, visit the IU School of Medicine Newsroom.

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  • Growing inner ear organs may lead to treatments for hearing, balance disorders

    IU School of Medicine researchers have successfully developed a method to grow inner ear tissue from human stem cells--a finding that could lead to new platforms to model disease and new therapies for the treatment of hearing and balance disorders.

    “The inner ear is one of only a few organs on which biopsy is not performed and because of this, human inner ear tissues are scarce for research purposes,” said Eri Hashino, PhD, Ruth C. Holton Professor of Otolaryngology at IU School of Medicine. “Dish-grown human inner ear tissues offer unprecedented opportunities to develop and test new therapies for various inner ear disorders.”

    The study, published online May 1, 2017, in Nature Biotechnology, was led by Karl R. Koehler, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery at IU School of Medicine, and Dr. Hashino in collaboration with Jeffrey Holt, PhD, professor of otology and laryngology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. The research builds on the team’s previous work with a technique called three-dimensional culture, which involves incubating stem cells in a floating ball-shaped aggregate, unlike traditional cell culture in which cells grow in a flat layer on the surface of a culture dish. This allows for more complex interactions between cells, and creates an environment that is closer to what occurs in the body during development, Dr. Koehler said.

    By culturing human stem cells in this manner and treating them with specific signaling molecules, the investigators were able to guide cells through key processes involved in the development of the human inner ear. This resulted in what the scientists have termed inner ear “organoids,” or three-dimensional structures containing sensory cells and supporting cells found in the inner ear.

    Dr. Hashino said these findings are “a real game changer, because up until now, potential drugs or therapies have been tested on animal cells, which often behave differently from human cells.”

    The researchers are currently using the human inner ear organoids to study how genes known to cause deafness interrupt normal development of the inner ear and plan to start the first-ever drug screening using human inner ear organoids.

    For more details on the research, visit IU School of Medicine Newsroom.

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  • IU scientists identify therapy with potential to eliminate dialysis need

    IU School of Medicine scientists have identified a therapy that could help reverse damage from acute kidney injury and eliminate the need for dialysis treatment in the future.

    Acute kidney injury commonly occurs after either cardiac surgery or prolonged vascular surgery procedures, said lead researcher Robert L. Bacallao, MD, associate professor of medicine at IU School of Medicine. It can also occur with blood loss from trauma, so it's a frequent problem for the military.

    "It's almost like a classic cable-TV problem," he said. "If you have a good cable running through your neighborhood, but then the last 10 feet going to your house doesn't work, as far as you're concerned, you have bad cable. That's what we're seeing in acute kidney injury: It's that last little bit that seems to be affected, and this procedure repairs that."

    The researchers found that in rat models delivering hydrodynamic isotonic fluid to the left renal vein within 24 hours after acute kidney injury rapidly restores blood flow in the organ, reduces the accumulation of pro-inflammatory T cells and improves overall kidney function. Their findings were published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

    "We think this procedure reestablishes enough kidney function to get urine made and eliminate some of the immune response adding to kidney damage," said Dr. Bacallao, corresponding author on the study. "So we envision this as something where you could potentially have a 30-minute procedure done and eliminate the need for dialysis."

    To learn more, read the full news release in IU School of Medicine Newsroom.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Two faculty recognized at IUPUI academic honors convocation

    Mark Kelley, PhD, Betty and Earl Herr Professor of Pediatric Oncology Research and professor of pediatrics; and David Burr, PhD, Distinguished Professor and professor of anatomy and cell biology and professor of orthopaedic surgery, were recognized at last month’s IUPUI Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation.

    Dr. Kelley received the Bantz-Petronio Translating Research Into Practice Faculty Award, and Dr. Burr was honored for his contributions in civic engagement with the Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., MD Experience Excellence Award.

    The convocation celebrates excellence across all areas of IUPUI’s mission: teaching and learning; research, scholarship and creative activity; civic engagement; and diversity, collaboration and best practices. The full list of honorees is available.

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  • Schilder named Mary Fendrich Hulman Chair in Gynecologic Oncology

    Jeanne M. Schilder, MD, is the fourth holder of the Mary Fendrich Hulman Chair in Gynecologic Oncology. In addition to her new title, Dr. Schilder will retain her current faculty title of professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

    Previous holders of the Mary Fendrich Hulman chair are Dr. Gregory P. Sutton, Dr. David H. Moore and Dr. Giuseppe Del Priore.

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  • Faculty promotion and sabbatical leave information available

    Information and deadlines for faculty and promotions and sabbatical leave requests is available through the IU School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

    Schedule for submitting recommendations for promotions to be effective July 1, 2018:

    June 1, 2017:  Submit tentative list to dean’s office

    June 30, 2017: Submit formal recommendations (original only) and all documentation to dean’s office

    Forms to be used for promotion recommendations are available online at faculty.medicine.iu.edu.

    Schedule for sabbatical leave requests (applicable to tenured faculty only) during 2018-19 academic year:

    Oct. 6, 2017: Submit tentative list to dean’s office

    Oct. 20, 2017: Submit applications electronically to the dean’s office (lwakefie@iu.edu)

    Visit Faculty Benefits and Leaves for instructions. Sabbatical leave information is available online at Leaves of Absence.

    Send all completed forms for the faculty actions listed above to Lynn Wakefield, Fairbanks Hall, Suite 5100.

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Student News

  • "Chat with the Dean" is this Friday

    Bradley Allen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for medical student education, will host "Chat with the Dean" from noon-1 pm, Friday, May 5, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building, Room 166.

    This week’s office hours event is an opportunity for students to ask questions regarding the LCME site visit, which concluded last week. Dr. Allen will also share his insight on the visit and information about the reaccreditation process.

    For updates and more information, click here.

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  • Dotterweich and Lombardo named IUPUI Chancellor’s Scholars

    William Dotterweich and Francesca Lombardo were recognized as Chancellor’s Scholars at the IUPUI Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation last month. Dotterweich received the honor as a member of the school’s MD program. He will graduate from IU School of Medicine this month and plans to pursue a career in orthopaedic surgery.

    Lombardo was honored as a student in the IU School of Medicine Health Professions Programs (radiologic and imaging sciences).

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  • School’s SNMA chapter earns honors

    The IU School of Medicine chapter of the Student National Medical Association received several awards at the association’s recent conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The group was named chapter of the year for Region 5, and chapter presidents Kristen Solomon and Darrian Bost were selected as Region 5 chapter presidents of the year. Chapter member Jason Powell, who is also the current SNMA national treasurer, received national board member of the year recognition. Powell will serve as chair of the SNMA board of directors next year.

    For details on what the IU SNMA chapter accomplished this year, view this Google Slides presentation.

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  • Seven IU School of Medicine-South Bend students to lead outreach clinic

    The 2017-18 leaders of the Navari Student Outreach Clinic in South Bend are:

    Miriam Thomas, president
    David Stirling, vice president
    Danielle Bly, patient communications
    Mattie White, public relations
    Emilee Larson, operations
    Katie Dorsett, finance

    Caroline Bolarinwa, research and education

    The mission of the Navari clinic is to deliver high-quality care to the uninsured and underserved in the South Bend community, while enriching the educational experiences of IU School of Medicine students.

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  • Need to know about Connections Days? View the policy

    Connections Days are designed to promote wellness and provide time for self-care. Students can learn more by reading the policy, which is now available online in the IU School of Medicine student handbook. The handbook, which includes a wide variety of updated policies, 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.

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  • SIG spring charity book drive a success thanks to donors

    Thanks to all students and staff who generously donated books to the second annual book drive sponsored by the IU School of Medicine Literature in Medicine Student Interest Group. During March, more than 300 books were collected on the IUPUI campus and distributed to Indianapolis-area homeless shelters.

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Opportunities

  • Faculty may apply for Evans Fellowship in Healthcare Leadership

    The Evans Fellowship in Healthcare Leadership is an opportunity for mid- and senior-level faculty members to develop the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today’s complex and fast-changing academic health center environment. This program offers a two-year fellowship of leadership training, including structured coursework leading to an MBA degree from the IU Kelley Business of Medicine program, as well as extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities.

    The program is intended to equip fellows with greater business acumen, broader organizational perspectives and deeper personal capacity to address emerging issues in the school, health care system, and society.

    Learn more about the application process online. Applications are due by Thursday, June 1.

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  • May 10 webinar offers details about Greater Plains Collaborative pilot program

    The Greater Plains Collaborative (GPC) is a network of twelve leading medical centers in eight states committed to a shared vision of improving health care delivery through ongoing learning, adoption of evidence-based practices and active research dissemination. With support from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), the GPC network seeks to broaden awareness and utilization by investigators at its partner institutions to capitalize on heightened patient engagement and unique data resources.

    The purpose of the pilot program is to provide modest support that will allow investigators to develop sufficient preliminary data utilizing the GPC’s data infrastructure as a basis for a larger application for independent research support for the investigator and the network.

    To learn more, visit indianactsi.org. In addition, an informational webinar for potential applicants will be held at 9 am (CDT), Wednesday, May 10. Letters of intent are due Wednesday, May 31, and the application deadline is Friday, July 21. Due to GPC’s affiliation with Indiana CTSI, the program is open only to investigators from Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. This program is not intended to support or supplement the ongoing research project of an established investigator.

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Kudos

  • Gunderman publishes book of essays on Indiana’s heritage

    Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, Chancellor’s Professor in the schools of medicine, liberal arts and philanthropy at Indiana University, is not the typical author of a history book. In fact, his new book, Hoosier Beacons, came about serendipitously through his interactions with Indianapolis Public Schools students. Surprised by how little many students--and for that matter, many adults--know about Indiana’s rich heritage, he decided to take action.

    In celebration of the state’s bicentennial in 2016, he began profiling great Hoosiers in a regular column for the Indianapolis Business Journal. The columns were so well received that he accepted an offer to turn them into a book. Published by IBJ Press, Hoosier Beacons consists of 32 “bite-size” historical essays, each profiling a great Hoosier.

    Gunderman hopes the book will find its way into “school libraries, historical societies and state parks, where it can help bring our state’s remarkable history back to life.”

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  • Myung selected for Next Generation 2.0

    Karen Myung, MD, PhD, assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery at IU School of Medicine, has been selected as a participant of the 2017-18 class of the IUPUI Next Generation 2.0 leadership initiative.

    IUPUI Next Generation 2.0 is an intensive leadership development program designed to prepare faculty and prospective staff who are women and/or members of underrepresented populations for positions of leadership and opportunities for advancement at IUPUI and higher education. Over the course of nine months, Dr. Myung, along with the other participants of this initiative, will engage in a rigorous curriculum consisting of dialogue, case studies, skill-building exercises and lectures that encompasses all aspects of leadership in higher education.

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Around Campus

  • Indy—Mini Marathon street, parking lot closings this weekend

    Preparations for the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, as well as the race itself, will close IUPUI campus streets and parking lots Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6. IUPUI staff, faculty and students are urged to plan ahead.

    Campus traffic will be affected starting at 6 pm Friday, when setup for the race begins. Closures and congestion will continue through 4 pm Saturday, when the last runners complete the course. Specific closings and times are available.

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Partner News

  • Physicians and practices the focus of IU Health’s 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 farmers market opens for the season on May 16

    On Tuesday, May 16, the Eskenazi Health Farmers Market will kick off its 10th season providing fresh and local produce, fresh baked goods, plants and other market items to the public. In addition, this year’s market will offer a variety of music as well as resources and techniques to help reduce stress and improve mood. The event occurs rain or shine from 11 am-1:30 pm every Tuesday through Sept. 19 at The Commonground in front of Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, 720 Eskenazi Ave., in downtown Indianapolis.

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