Faculty and Staff News
Alumna Kristina Box, MD, selected as Indiana State Health Commissioner
This week Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb named IU School of Medicine alumna Kristina Box, MD, as Indiana State Health Commissioner. Dr. Box, an obstetrician-gynecologist, has worked in medicine for more than three decades, focusing on the health needs of women and babies. In her position with Community Health Network, she has led efforts to help low-income women receive free health screenings. Dr. Box has also served on a state task force formed to decrease the number of babies exposed to opioids in the womb.
Dr. Box succeeds Jerome Adams, MD, former IU School of Medicine associate professor of clinical anesthesia, who resigned as state health commissioner to accept the post of U.S. surgeon general.
For more on Dr. Box and her appointment, visit IndyStar.
Video highlights community impact of diabetes research
IU School of Medicine faculty member Linda DiMeglio, MD, was recently featured in IU Communications’ new video series, “Changing Lives Through Research.” Since 1996, Dr. DiMeglio has been co-medical director of the local American Diabetes Association camp in North Webster, Indiana. As a medical director, Dr. DiMeglio helps children with diabetes attend summer camp without worrying about whether they will have access to proper medical care and treatment while they are away from home. She and her research team also use the camp as an opportunity to screen campers’ family members for Type 1 diabetes as part of her work with international Type 1 diabetes research network, TrialNet, to help scientists better understand the disease.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery receives $200K grant for state-of-the-art simulator
The IU School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery received a $200,000 grant to fund a new state-of-the-art training tool, allowing faculty, fellows and residents to establish proficiency in surgical techniques in a low-risk environment. The VirtaMed arthroscopy simulator provides hyper-realistic simulation for the advancement of surgical skillsets in arthroscopy and endoscopy procedures. These procedures are used to diagnose and treat conditions of a joint body cavity through the minimally invasive insertion of a fiberoptic camera with the projection of a real-time imagery monitor. Read more about this new technology on the Blogs Hub webpage.
Stephan Viehweg co-chairs IUPUI’s United Way campaign
Stephan Viehweg, MSW, assistant research professor of pediatrics and associate director of the IUPUI Center for Translating Research into Practice, is the co-chair of IUPUI’s United Way campaign for the second year.
Marking its 100th year, United Way of Central Indiana has persisted in serving those most in need through four core tenets: basic needs, education, health and financial stability. As a top contributor, the IUPUI campaign supports 85 service agencies through service, leadership, donations and advocacy.
“I see my role as co-chair as an ambassador to get people aware and excited about the work that we're doing,” Viehweg described. “I'm a social worker, and as such, part of me is about giving back and participating.”
Along with co-chair, Christine Fitzpatrick, who also serves as chief of staff for IUPUI’s chancellor’s office, Viehweg believes that their efforts can help support the connections between United Way agencies and how they benefit students, staff, faculty and patients.
IU Center for Interprofessional Health Education and Practice launches TEACH!
Faculty, staff and learners from Indiana University joined stakeholders from across the state to celebrate the launch of the TEACH! curriculum on Sept. 13.
TEACH!, Team Education Advancing Collaboration in Healthcare, provides learners with opportunities to work in interprofessional groups. As part of the IU Center for Interprofessional Health Education and Practice, professions learn with, from and about each other in order to improve the quality of patient-centered care.
The event honored those who helped lead the initiative across Indiana University.
In his address, IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, vice president for university clinical affairs, called the program one of the biggest of its kind in the country. Andrea Pfeifle, EdD, executive director of the IU Center for Interprofessional Health Education and Practice, thanked those involved, “This is really a celebration of our schools and multiple universities coming together for the benefit of our students.”
Zach Weber, PharmD, an advisor to TEACH! and honorary member at the event, offered insight on the curriculum: “In the first event of the curriculum, students from many different professions are required to attend a three-hour workshop in which they participate in team-building exercises and learn the different roles of those around them.”
Approximately 900 students attended the first event in Indianapolis last week.
Faculty and Staff News
Faculty: How to update your profile
IU School of Medicine faculty members are asked to review and update their profile on the school’s faculty database. Follow these directions to review and revise your profile, as needed.
- Access the IU School of Medicine faculty database.
- Login with your CAS credentials.
- Select "Directory" from the top menu.
- Search for your profile by last name.
- Enter edit mode by selecting the person icon on the top left side of the screen.
- Make updates as needed.
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Join the CCSC’s Elective Subcommittee
The Elective Subcommittee of the IU School of Medicine Curriculum Council Steering Committee (CCSC) is expanding and currently has openings for six new members. The committee reviews existing electives and new proposals for all electives, and provides recommendations to the CCSC. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 pm with remote video options.
To ensure broad representation on the committee, faculty from the foundational sciences and from campuses other than Indianapolis are encouraged to take part. If interested, send an email to Neelum Safdar at firstname.lastname@example.org. With questions, contact ESC co-chairs Scott Renshaw, MD, at email@example.com, or John (Jack) Buckley, MD, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall faculty meeting is Sept. 26
The Faculty Steering Committee (FSC) invites all IU School of Medicine faculty to the fall faculty meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 4:30-6 pm. The meeting will be held in Walther Hall Auditorium, R3 C203; for those who can’t attend in person, the meeting will be available via live web stream and teleconference. Submit questions prior to the meeting. The FSC will host a reception immediately following the meeting. Faculty receiving awards or promotions will be recognized.
For more information, visit facultysteering.medicine.iu.edu.
MyVoice@IU employee engagement survey opens Sept. 26
Indiana University Human Resources has partnered with an industry leader in employee engagement surveys, The Gallup Organization (Gallup), to launch a university-wide staff employee engagement survey: MyVoice@IU. The MyVoice@IU survey is a quick, anonymous, online survey to collect feedback from staff about their contributions at work, the level of pride in their work and their engagement with their work. The results will help the university understand the needs of employees, what IU is doing well and where there are opportunities to improve.
Employees should have received an initial welcome email from Gallup this week. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, staff will receive an email invitation from Gallup, with a survey link and unique access code. The survey is open 24/7 from Sept. 26-Oct. 10.
Vidal named Luella McWhirter Martin Professor of Clinical Alzheimer’s Research
Ruben Vidal, PhD, has been named the first holder of the Luella McWhirter Martin Professorship in Clinical Alzheimer’s Research. In addition to this new title, Dr. Vidal will retain his current faculty title of professor of pathology & laboratory medicine.
This professorship was established in 2001 by Wesley P. Martin in honor of his wife who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1991. It is the donor’s intent for the holder of this professorship to be a full-time IU School of Medicine faculty member working in the field of clinical Alzheimer’s research.
Econs named ASBMR president
Michael Econs, MD, director for the Division of Adult Endocrinology and Metabolism and professor of endocrinology, has been named president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), the world’s leading scientific organization for bone health research.
“My career is focused on doing research on and taking care of patients with metabolic bone diseases. I have benefitted greatly from my involvement with the ASBMR. The society connects me with other leaders in the field and I am honored to take on the role of president for the coming year,” said Dr. Econs. “I look forward to continuing this growth with my colleagues in leading our organization and advancing the field of bone, mineral and musculoskeletal research.”
For more, visit medicine.iu.edu/blogs.
Benjamin awarded GPEG grant
Chanelle Benjamin, a third-year medical student, has received the Graduate and Professional Education Grant (GPEG) to attend next month’s Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Region V conference. The annual conference serves as a platform for pre-medical students, medical students, residents and attending physicians to network, learn new skills, share research and commit to community service.
Benjamin is also co-author of a paper that was recently published in the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Journal.
Fort Wayne students raise funds in annual heart walk
Medical students from the Pediatric Student Interest Group at IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne participated in the 2017 Northeast Indiana Heart Walk fundraiser on Sept. 16. This is the second year that medical students have participated in the one-mile walk.
“The walk is a great opportunity to get involved with the community while promoting health and fitness,” said Shanique Ries, MS-II, who organized the group for the walk. “I hope that we continue to participate in the walk in the future and help raise more funds for the American Heart Association.”
The event raised a total of $134,000 for the American Heart Association.
Apply for CTSI postdoctoral research training awards by Nov. 22
The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) seeks applicants for special postdoctoral training awards in translational research. In biomedical terminology, translational research refers to what is popularly termed as “bench to bedside;” the process by which research in the lab translates into patient treatment. Translation may involve applying discoveries made during research (in the lab, through animal studies, etc.) to the development of clinical trials and studies in humans or carrying out research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices, or both. To be eligible, candidates must have received a PhD or equivalent degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution.
Steven C. Beering Award Lecture is Oct. 11
The 2017 Steven C. Beering Award Lecture, "Cystic Fibrosis--from Pathophysiology to Therapy," will be presented by Michael J. Welsh, MD, director of the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute at the University of Iowa, on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The lecture will be held from 4-5 pm, in Walther Hall (R3) 203 on the IUPUI campus. A reception will follow in the Walther Hall atrium.
Rustbelt RNA Meeting is Oct. 13-14
The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is supporting the upcoming Rustbelt RNA Meeting (RRM) on Oct. 13-14 in downtown Indianapolis. The RRM is a regional scientific meeting that gathers scientists from throughout the Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic United States to discuss RNA-related biomedical research. The meeting is designed to encourage the sharing of ideas and the development of new collaborations.
For more information and registration details, visit rustbeltrna.org.
Live streaming now available for medical library classes
IU School of Medicine medical library classes, including EndNote, Tableau, NIH Public Access Compliance and more may now be viewed live stream via Zoom. In addition, check out the library’s October class schedule for in-person offerings in the Medical Research and Library Building on the IUPUI campus:
Thursday, Oct. 5; 3:30-4:30 pm; IB 227
Thursday, Oct. 19; noon-1 pm; IB 226
Intro to Medical Library Resources
Tuesday, Oct. 3; 10-11 am; IB 227
Thursday, Oct. 26; noon-1 pm; IB 226
Using MyBibliography for SciENcv
Thursday, Oct. 11; noon-1 pm; IB 226
Apply for Transitions II positions by Friday
Applicants are being sought for nine key positions in Medical Student Education (MSE) that are dedicated to establishing high-quality clinical and scientific education at IU School of Medicine.
The positions, one statewide course director and eight course site leaders, will collaborate in assisting students in the two-week Transitions II Course which will advance students’ knowledge and clinical skills, but will also emphasize the professionalism, communication and systems-based practice that is needed to provide comprehensive patient care. This introduction will serve to build upon the previous foundational knowledge allowing students to effectively integrate as a member of the healthcare team as they begin their mandatory clerkship rotations.
Statewide Course Director for Transitions II
Working with campus directors and department chairs, the statewide course director is responsible for final determination of all IU School of Medicine student learning activities. By implementing competency assessments of students, assisting in LCME accreditation document preparation and recruiting faculty that are dedicated to the education of medical students, the statewide course director will provide leadership to course site leaders and students.
Course Site Leader
These eight new roles provide administrative and educational leadership of campus delivery of a statewide course, provide assistance for students with academic difficulty in need for remediation and serve on the course management team.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Jennifer Schwartz, assistant dean for Medical Student Education, Phase 2. Application deadline is Friday, Sept. 22.
Career mentoring assistant dean position open; apply by Sept. 28
Applications are now being accepted for the position of assistant dean of career mentoring and professional development in the IU School of Medicine Office of Medical Student Education. The assistant dean will focus on assisting students with choosing a career path that aligns with their skills and interests, and ultimately matching into a residency position to meet their goals. Cultivating relationships statewide and nationally through networking with center directors, residency directors, teaching faculty and students, the assistant dean will focus on developing processes and programs to enhance the opportunities and standardize the approaches to career mentoring across all campuses and all specialties. This person will also help provide a professional development blueprint to contribute toward the leadership, service and career development portfolio of each student.
The person selected for this position must be an enthusiastic, organized and student-focused leader. The assistant dean should have previously demonstrated excellence in medical education, with leadership experience in MSE and/or GME settings preferable. Attributes would include the ability to implement effective statewide programs, lead change and work with multiple stakeholders. This position will be part time and require a 0.4 FTE commitment.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and CV to Bradley Allen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for medical student education. Application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 28.
Apply for Technology Enhancement Awards by Oct. 16
The Indiana Center for Biomedical Innovation (ICBI), in partnership with Indiana CTSI and IU School of Medicine, supports the development of technologies originating from academic research through the Technology Enhancement Award. Awardees will receive funding up to $50,000 and mentorship support through the ICBI advisory council and SPARK-Stanford partnership.
IUPUI DACA town hall is Sept. 25
Have questions about the future of DACA? Plan to attend a town hall meeting focusing on what the change in DACA policy means. The meeting will be held from 4-5 pm, Monday, Sept. 25 in Hine Hall Auditorium on the IUPUI campus. Students, faculty and staff are welcome. With questions, call 317-278-3820 or email email@example.com.