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  • Class of 2021 to participate in White Coat Ceremony Aug. 4

    Indiana University School of Medicine’s newest class will take part in a time-honored ceremony Friday when the future doctors don the traditional white medical coats and repeat in unison the Physician’s Oath as family and friends observe.

    During the ceremony, IU School of Medicine faculty assist first-year medical students into the white coats, which marks the matriculation into the medical community and serves as a symbol of the professional attitudes and ethical behaviors that all physicians in training must portray. Upon receiving their coats, students will find a note card in their pocket—a token of advice and encouragement from IU School of Medicine alumni—referred to as a Pearl of Wisdom.

    This year’s ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Hilbert Circle Theatre, located at 45 Monument Circle.

    Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine, vice president for university clinical affairs and Walter J. Daly Professor, will welcome the incoming students and their families and deliver the keynote address.

    Friday’s event wraps a week of orientation that included medical service-learning projects held Wednesday at the Salvation Army, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Outside the Box, Inc. and Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. These activities allow new students to meet their new colleagues and learn more about the institution as they enroll in the largest medical school in the nation.

    IU medical students are assigned to one of nine regional campuses where they receive their four years of training: Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Gary, Indianapolis, Muncie, South Bend, Terre Haute and West Lafayette.

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  • Become a blogger for IU School of Medicine

    Real stories humanize the learning and working environment, and blogs are an excellent platform for delivering personalized advice, insight and information for future and current members of the IU School of Medicine community. That’s why, as part of the schoolwide website rebuild work, IU School of Medicine launched a new blogs hub to feature news, stories and helpful insight about the working and learning environment.

    The blogs hub allows the school to better leverage social media to reach journalists and other influencers while activating an authentic voice about the school, its work and the student/faculty experience. Prospective students are eager to hear from enrolled students about what medical school is really like; similarly, prospective faculty care deeply about the workplace culture.

    For this reason and more, blogs are central to the IU School of Medicine website and digital strategy, and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contribute to this platform.

    To learn more about being a blogger for IU School of Medicine, visit the MedNet Blogs page. If you’re interested in writing for an existing blog or adding a new category, submit a request for access using the form on the website page of MedNet.

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Research News

  • Study examines use of computer automation to diagnose T2D

    As obesity has become much more prevalent in recent years, so too has Type 2 diabetes (T2D). Although the American Diabetes Association, among other organizations, has recommended screening for adolescents with risk factors, too few pediatricians have adopted this into practice.

    A recent study conducted by researchers in the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics examined whether the use of a clinical decision support system could make that better. The Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation (CHICA) system, developed at IU School of Medicine, has been shown in previous studies to improve adherence to guideline-based care for developmental screening, asthma care, smoking cessation, ADHD diagnosis and management, and more. This study created a Type 2 diabetes screening module to see if the system could improve pediatricians’ care of children at risk for T2D.

    Read the full post on the IU School of Medicine Research blog.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Jessica Fultz joins mental health services team

    Jessica Fultz, MSW, LCSW, has joined the mental health services  team at Indiana University School of Medicine where she will provide therapy to students and residents while managing the mental health program. Her addition is preceded by Samia Hasan, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist, who joined the program last year, and Suzanne Kunkle, PhD, a licensed psychologist, who has provided therapy to IU School of Medicine students for nearly two decades

    Fultz most recently worked as a private practitioner in Alexandria, La. She is trained to provide psychotherapy for a range of issues, including: anxiety, interpersonal dynamics, depressive and mood disorders, stress management, trauma resolution and identity development. She also is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a psychotherapy treatment designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories. In addition to providing therapy to medical trainees, Fultz will develop mental health programming, enhance the school’s crisis services, provide preventive mental health services and psychoeducational programming, and handle outreach.

    Expansion of the mental health services team is the latest step taken to improve mental health services for medical trainees who had expressed concerns in surveys about the availability and breadth of services. Other recent service enhancements include:

    • partnering with ProtoCall Services Inc. to provide an emergency phone line (317-278-HELP) to help learners in crisis
    • the hiring of Dr. Hasan last year to provide psychiatric services
    • establishing the Ombuds program to resolve conflicts
    • expanding wellness programming
    • filling lead advisor positions with professionals trained in distress recognition who can refer medical students for help

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Student News

  • Peer Mentorship Committee Indy Eleven tailgate is Aug. 5

    IU School of Medicine’s Peer Mentorship Committee is hosting a tailgate at 6:30 pm, Saturday, Aug. 5, before the Indy Eleven soccer game. The event will be held in the parking lot directly across from the soccer field (Michael A. Carroll Stadium). Tickets are $5, and snacks and drinks will be provided.

    The soccer game against Edmonton starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the game are $5 and may be purchased at this link for the east goal and end line section. Indianapolis students may use their student parking pass in the Barnhill Garage. 

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  • Dr. Allen announces fall office hours

    Beginning next week, Bradley Allen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for medical student education, will offer regular office hours for students with questions or concerns. Dr. Allen’s office hours will be held in MS 166 on the IUPUI campus during the following days and times for the fall semester:

    Friday, Aug. 10: noon-1 pm (change from Aug. 11)
    Wednesday, Aug. 16: 11 am-noon
    Monday, Aug. 21: 11:30 am-1 pm
    Wednesday, Aug. 30: 11 am-1 pm
    Thursday, Sept. 21: noon-1 pm
    Wednesday, Oct. 25: 11 am-1 pm
    Wednesday, Nov. 1: noon-1 pm
    Thursday, Nov. 9: 11:30 am-1 pm
    Thursday, Nov. 30: 11:30 am-1 pm

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Opportunities

  • Apply for program exploring spiritual and religious dimensions in health care

    Interested health professionals are invited to apply for the Integration of Spiritual and Religious Dimensions in Healthcare program sponsored by the IU Health Values Fund. The program highlights the role that spirituality plays in enhancing professional engagement at IU Health. It brings together 15 health professionals from a variety of fields for conversations around spirituality and engagement. Each applicant is expected to complete monthly readings, meet once per month in the evenings for group discussions, and develop a project to enhance spirituality’s contribution to engagement in their work environment. The program begins in September and will last for one year.

    Application deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 15. With questions, email Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, at rbgunder@iu.edu

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Partner News

  • Elaine Cox appointed chief medical officer for Riley Children’s Health

    Riley Children’s Health continues to advance in quality-driven clinical care and sound operations with the appointment of Elaine Cox, MD, IU School of Medicine professor of pediatrics, as chief medical officer. Dr. Cox has served in a variety of leadership roles during her tenure at Riley Hospital for Children, including director of pediatric antimicrobial stewardship, medical director of infection prevention, patient safety officer and the administrative lead for the cardiovascular service line.

    Dr. Cox played a key role in the development of the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease and Global Health, which she ran for 16 years. In 2012, she led the effort to change Indiana law to provide universal HIV testing for pregnant women. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and is active in numerous professional organizations, including the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Cox is widely published, including a monthly blog contributor for US News and World Report, and a reviewer for several professional journals.

    As chief medical officer, Dr. Cox will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team reporting to the chief operating officer, Paul Haut, MD. She will share accountability for patient outcomes, quality, oversight of key clinical hospital operations, patient and team member safety, and the collaboration between the chief nursing officer and physician leadership to ensure optimal outcomes for patients and an excellent practice environment.

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