Faculty and Staff News
Medical students share their Simulation Center experiences
The Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall was recently accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. This accreditation in the area of Teaching/Education applies through Dec. 31, 2022, and signifies that the center demonstrates regular, recurring simulation educational activities with clearly stated objectives in the areas of knowledge, psychomotor skills and behaviors, and provides evidence of ongoing improvement of educational activities.
The Simulation Center is a successful collaboration among IU Health, IU School of Medicine and IU School of Nursing to annually provide state-of-the-art simulation education and innovation to thousands of professionals and students in a multitude of medical events and scenarios.
Read the Spirit of Medicine blog post for insight on how IU School of Medicine MD students take advantage of learning experiences at the Simulation Center.
January Diversity Month events to feature topics specific to academic medicine
Cultural competence, women in leadership and unconscious bias are just some of the topics to be addressed during Diversity Month at IU School Medicine. Various events and programming will explore different dimensions of diversity, including topics specific to diversity and inclusion in academic medicine. Learn more and register for these events:
Monday, Jan. 8: Diversity Council and Open Forum
Friday, Jan. 12: Diversity Affairs Social Hour
Friday, Jan. 19: Department of Medicine Grand Rounds: Moving Beyond Cultural Competence Toward Equitable Patient-Centered Communication
Monday, Jan. 22: Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership (with Emily Walvoord, MD)
Monday, Jan. 22: Unconscious Bias Presentation at IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne (Dinner session)
Thursday, Jan. 25: Cultural Awareness Town Hall: Fourteen Years Later--On Barriers to Healthcare Faced by the Hispanic/Latino Community of Indianapolis
Mark your calendar: IU School of Medicine Second Year Show is Jan. 12
An annual tradition celebrating statewide unity and wellness, IU School of Medicine’s Second Year Show (2YS), led by MS2 students, will be held at 8 pm, Friday, Jan. 12, at the Madame Walker Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. A talent and musical/comedy sketch that satires life in medicine, this year’s show focuses on “Ashleigh” and her difficulties adapting to the stressful environment of medical school. After developing nightmares from her trials and tribulations, she continues to persevere through school with the help of her friends.
Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Support this student-run initiative by buying a pre-sale ticket or making a donation. The IU School of Medicine Office of Diversity Affairs will sponsor a pre-show mixer with food and drinks.
Donor profile: The race to save memory
Dave Roberts is all about speed. The North Carolina-based businessman cultivated a love of racing at an early age and has amassed a collection of autos that would make any fan jealous. There’s the 1978 Indy car that ran in the 500. A coveted ’16 Porsche and an ’08 Corvette. And the ’69 yellow-and-blue Camaro he partnered with Indy Car driver Alex Lloyd to race in the 2016 pro-am Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The multinational company he led for nearly a decade even sponsors Indy Car drivers, including 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya. But Roberts’ obsession with moving fast doesn’t end at the race track.
He and his wife, Susan, are providing much-needed fuel to Indiana University School of Medicine to accelerate research related to Alzheimer’s disease. Among other gifts, the couple gave $2 million that was used to recruit a highly respected Alzheimer’s researcher from the Cleveland Clinic and another $1 million to purchase high-tech equipment necessary for his work.
“My goal is to make Indiana University front and center in the fight against this disease,” said Bruce Lamb, PhD, who bears the title of Roberts Family Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research in recognition of the family’s generosity.
Read the blog post to learn about Dr. Lamb’s research and the motivation behind the Roberts family’s gift.
Study finds surrogate decision makers experience psychological stress
Nearly half of the 13 million older adults hospitalized annually in the United States are unable to make their own medical decisions and rely on surrogates, usually close family members, to make decisions for them. However, little is known about how these surrogates respond to the demands put upon them. A new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute explores predictors and frequency of surrogate decision-maker distress and has found high levels of both anxiety and depression.
The researchers report that provision of high levels of emotional support to surrogates during their family member's hospitalization was associated with more effective decisions and lower surrogate anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress.
For more on the study, visit the IU School of Medicine Newsroom.
Faculty and Staff News
Postdoc jobs moving to PeopleAdmin
The current Postdoc job posting website was retired on Nov. 30. Any positions listed on this site with an expiration date after Nov. 30 should be reposted to PeopleAdmin as no new positions will be added to the current website. Effective immediately, postdoc positions may be posted to IU School of Medicine’s applicant tracking system, PeopleAdmin.
- Faculty will need to work with their Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) to get the positions posted. If you do not know who your HRBP is, contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.
- Postdoc jobs will be searchable on the jobs.iu.edu website, and candidates will be able to apply online.
- Postdoc job postings are reachable from the Jobs at IU website and linked directly from the IU School of Medicine website.
For more information, a PeopleAdmin user guide is available.
Gichoya and Shea honored at RADxx radiology awards
RADxx, a networking group for the advancement of women in imaging informatics, recently announced award winners for Outstanding Leadership in Medical Imaging Informatics, and two IU School of Medicine residents were recognized. The awards aim to honor individuals who have helped lead the way, or are emerging fresh voices, in imaging informatics.
Judy W. Gichoya, MD, was awarded the Rising Star award, which recognizes the next generation of women leaders in imaging informatics. Dr. Gichoya has more than six years of informatics experience and has worked for global health initiatives in several countries. Lindsey Shea, MD, a diagnostic radiology resident, was also recognized as an honorable mention for this award.
The winners were announced on Nov. 29 at the annual Radiological Society of North America conference.
Visual Media announces holiday hours
IU School of Medicine Visual Media will be closed Monday, Dec. 25-Monday, Jan. 1. The team will resume regular office hours, 8:30 am-5 pm, on Tuesday, Jan. 2. To contact the office, call 317-274-7478 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to apply for Curriculum Enhancement Grants is Jan. 26
The IUPUI Curriculum Enhancement Grant provides faculty with technical and instructional support, time and funds to implement projects designed to improve student learning and success. The grant supports a wide range of faculty projects, including projects involving face-to-face, online and hybrid courses. It also helps faculty pursuing broader curriculum development. Grants are open to all full-time faculty (tenured, tenure track and non-tenure track) at IUPUI and IUPU Columbus. Deadline for submitting 2018 proposals is Friday, Jan. 26.
Submit IU Trustees Teaching Award nominations by Feb. 2
Excellence in teaching is recognized each year by the Indiana University Board of Trustees through the Trustees Teaching Award. Nominations for the 2018 awards are now being accepted with a deadline of Feb. 2, 2018.
Tenured and tenure-track faculty and librarians engaged in teaching are eligible, as are full-time clinical faculty and full-time lecturers whose primary duties are teaching, including IU School of Medicine faculty who may be located at medical centers or be paid by institutions other than Indiana University (e.g., IU Health Physicians, Eskenazi Health, Purdue University, VA, Ball State University, etc.).
Award recipients must have demonstrated a sustained level of teaching excellence in the form of documented student learning and must have completed at least three years of service at IUPUI to be eligible (appointed on or before July 1, 2014).
Spring semester office hours for Dr. Allen
Have a question or something to share with Dr. Allen? Bradley Allen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean, Medical Student Education, has scheduled spring semester office hours. Visit the Medical Science Building, MS 166, to talk with Dr. Allen on the following days and times:
Wednesday, Jan. 17; noon-1 pm
Wednesday, Jan. 24; noon-1 pm
Wednesday, Jan. 31; noon-1 pm
Thursday, Feb. 8; noon-1 pm
Thursday, Feb. 15; noon-1 pm
Monday, Feb. 26; 11:30 am-1 pm
Thursday, March 8; noon-1 pm
Thursday, March 15; noon-1 pm
Thursday, March 29; noon-1 pm
Wednesday, April 11; noon-1 pm
Wednesday, April 18; noon-1 pm
Thursday, May 3; noon-1 pm
Thursday, May 10; noon-1 pm
Thursday, May 17; noon-1 pm
Apply by Jan. 29 for Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship
Applications for the Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS) are now being accepted. IMPRS facilitates IU School of Medicine medical student participation in various medical research and experiential opportunities, including laboratory, clinical, health research outcomes and community health education.
The IMPRS mission is to provide a diverse array of research and scholarly options for the IU School of Medicine students and to enrich the research and scholarly education for all of the school’s medical students. To be eligible for the program, applicants must be current IU School of Medicine students in Phase 1 Year 1.
Applications are due Monday, Jan. 29.
Registration now open for the RESPECT Center conference
Registration is available for the 2018 RESPECT Center conference, Let’s Talk Palliative Care: Caring for the Complex Patient. The conference will be held from 7:30 am-4 pm, Friday, March 2, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana. A pre-conference workshop will take place from 12:30-4:30 pm, Thursday, March 1.
The statewide conference brings together health care clinicians and researchers to discuss best practices in palliative and end-of-life care. Tracy Balboni, MD, MPH, associate professor, Harvard Medical School, will be the keynote speaker.
Poster guidelines are available, and the submission deadline is 5 pm, Friday, Jan. 19.
Dec. 15 is the deadline to apply for AIDS research grants
Applications are now being accepted for a junior investigator pilot grants program sponsored by the Indiana Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). The program supports junior investigators embarking in an academic career in HIV/AIDS research. Research applications related to HIV/AIDS will be considered, including:
- HIV biology, epidemiology, pathogenesis
- HIV-related opportunistic infections or neoplasms
- Treatment of HIV and related conditions
- End-organ complications of HIV infection or its treatments
- Prevention of HIV infections
- Operations or implementation research in HIV care delivery
Applications may be laboratory-based, clinical, translational or behavioral. Applicants may request up to $12,500 for one year. See posting for eligibility requirements and application details. Completed applications should be sent as an email attachment by 5 pm, Friday, Dec. 15, to Dr. Dennis Fortenberry at email@example.com.
Applications for Showalter Research Trust Fund due in January
IU School of Medicine receives research funding through gifts from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Fund. Areas of appropriate biomedical research eligible for funding are broad and described as “the type of medical research that is most likely to permanently benefit mankind.” (Donor intent prohibits the use of Showalter Trust funds for research in psychiatry, sociology or social studies.) Current full-time faculty (non-visiting status) with a primary IU School of Medicine appointment and a rank of assistant professor or assistant scientist are eligible to apply for Showalter Research Trust funding.
Applications for funding beginning July 1, 2018, must be routed to the Office of Research Administration (ORA) by 5 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 9. ORA-approved applications should then be uploaded to the CTSI website by Tuesday, Jan. 16. Applications should have a maximum requested amount of $60,000. Questions? Email Zullymar Jimenez, sponsored programs manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New School of Health and Human Sciences approved for IUPUI
The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved a merger between two schools at IUPUI. The new School of Health & Human Sciences will strengthen the role that the campus plays in supporting the health and well-being of Hoosiers across the state and beyond.
A task force was formed earlier this year to explore the feasibility of realigning IUPUI's School of Physical Education and Tourism Management and School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. In a November vote, faculty and staff from both schools expressed overwhelming support for the merger and the opportunities it will create for members of the school.
"This restructuring enhances the current strengths of both schools while also creating new opportunities to cultivate excellence in research, student learning and student support services," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "By reducing competition and producing stronger, aligned undergraduate programs, we are providing a solid foundation for future careers in the health professions as well as emerging careers related to health and wellness."
For more, read the full news release at News at IU.