Faculty and Staff News
Faculty advocate for teen moms in New York Times editorial
Three IU School of Medicine faculty members shed light on the disparity in laws governing the healthcare rights of teenage mothers in an opinion article published this week in The New York Times. IU School of Medicine faculty members Tracey Wilkinson, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology, and Aaron Carroll, MD, professor of pediatrics, write, “The 17-year-old can consent to her infant’s hearing testing, vaccines and anything else the baby might need. But she cannot consent to a long-acting reversible contraceptive--such as an IUD or an arm implant--to prevent her from getting pregnant again.”
In their op-ed, “Treat Teenage Moms Like Moms, Not Children,” the IU School of Medicine authors cite a recent Guttmacher Institute report indicating that 24 states do not allow minors the right to receive contraceptives without their parents’ permission. The column addresses the dangers of “rapid repeat pregnancies” and advocates for broader consent for minors in prenatal and pregnancy-related care.
Learn more about the Walther Supportive Oncology Program
Earlier this month, the Walther Cancer Foundation announced a $14 million gift to Indiana University School of Medicine to establish the Walther Supportive Oncology Program. The National Cancer Institute defines supportive care, in part, as “care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease.” Supportive care, which is sometimes referred to as palliative care, also focuses on assisting patients with decision-making and articulating their goals.
Learn more about supportive oncology, how IU School of Medicine will use the gift and how the gift compares to other significant gifts in support of palliative care, in this Spirit of Medicine blog post. And read about the late Joseph Walther, the IU School of Medicine alumnus who established the foundation to support cancer-focused research.
Evans Fellowship in Healthcare Leadership now accepting applications
The Evans Fellowship in Healthcare Leadership is designed to provide a mid- to senior-level physician faculty member with executive education, personal leadership assessments and coaching, and structured networking and mentoring opportunities.
Named in honor Daniel F. Evans, Jr., JD, president emeritus of Indiana University Health, this program offers a two-year fellowship of leadership training including structured coursework leading to a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the IU Kelley Business of Medicine program, extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities. The program intends to equip the fellow with greater business acumen, broader organizational perspectives and deeper personal capacity to address emerging issues in the school, health care system and society.
Application deadline is Tuesday, May 1.
Faculty involved in partnership to improve patient-provider dialogue about epilepsy
Experts in academia, patient advocacy and the health care industry are partnering to improve communication about epilepsy among pediatricians, pediatric neurologists and the families of pediatric patients.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly 3.5 million Americans had active epilepsy in 2015, including 470,000 children. In a 2017 guideline, the American Academy of Neurology urged health care providers to report risks associated with the condition to caregivers of children living with epilepsy. Those risks include sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, or SUDEP, the leading epilepsy-related cause of death.
Digital Health Solutions LLC, the Child Neurology Foundation and Greenwich Biosciences Inc. are working together to design and implement a high-tech tool to automatically generate SUDEP risk screening during routine primary care visits. This will provide prompts for providers to discuss the risk of SUDEP with caregivers.
The Child Neurology Foundation and Greenwich Biosciences held exploratory conversations with Stephen Downs, MD, the Jean and Jerry Bepko Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and president of Digital Health Solutions, about joining the partnership. Digital Health Solutions commercializes software called Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation, or CHICA, to help physicians identify pediatric patients' problems earlier. The company licenses the software through the IU Innovation and Commercialization Office.
For more, read the full news release at News at IU.
Kacena Laboratory manuscripts focus on bone healing studies, orthopaedic surgery
Researchers in the laboratory directed by Melissa Kacena, PhD, professor of orthopaedic surgery, had several manuscripts either published or accepted for publication between September and December 2017. Two of the main focus areas for the manuscripts include spaceflight bone healing studies and authorship trends in orthopaedic journals. Three manuscripts outlined activities as the lab research team prepared for the launch of SpaceX-10 on Feb. 19, 2017, in which the Kacena Lab launched mice into space to study new bone healing therapies in a weightless environment.
Faculty and Staff News
Peipert to speak at Feb. 20 HER Talk
Jeffrey Peipert, MD, PhD, the Clarence E. Ehrlich Professor and chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, will share his decade-long research at the Health, Education & Research (HER) Talk from 11 am-12:30 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 409. Dr. Peipert will discuss efforts to remove financial barriers to contraception, promote the most effective methods of birth control and reduce unintended pregnancy using Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC). Registration is available.
ASPIRE applications due March 31
The IU School of Medicine Department of Medicine and the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics is recruiting applicants for the 2018 Advanced Scholars Program for Internists in Research and Education (ASPIRE). Six faculty from the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics and two faculty from other divisions within the department will be selected for this 18-month program. ASPIRE scholars receive .20 FTE salary support for a period of one year to conduct a scholarly project and .10 FTE support for an additional six months to develop the project and write up final project results.
ASPIRE fosters professional development in a close-knit community of colleagues, facilitates regional or national recognition in a chosen area of scholarship and supports career goals such as academic promotion. Each scholar is paired with a nationally recognized faculty mentor from the school of medicine, IUPUI, the VA or Regenstrief Institute and participates in a specially designed professional development curriculum.
Indianapolis: Daly Center update and after-hours study spaces
As previously reported, the Daly Center sustained extensive water damage due to cold weather-related flooding in early January. Contractors are working around the clock, and the IU School of Medicine facilities operations team is planning to begin reopening parts of the Daly Center in stages as soon as this week. More details on after-hours study spaces are available in this MD Student News blog post.
Monday mail: Check out the all-campus student newsletter
The new IU School of Medicine Student News e-newsletter launched in late January. Delivered to email inboxes weekly on Monday, the newsletter provides timely information for students in all years on all nine campuses. Have a news item for the weekly newsletter? Use this form to submit information for consideration.
Fourth-year medical students: Provide your feedback via GQ and qualify for prizes
Congratulations MS4s – you did it! You achieved more than 90 percent participation in the Student Satisfaction Survey (S3), meaning IU School of Medicine will cover $2,500 in expenses for Match, Senior Banquet, Commencement or other related activities. The question is: can you do it again?
The AAMC Graduate Questionnaire, a survey for all senior medical students nationwide, is an important tool for medical schools to use in program evaluation and to improve the medical student experience. This year’s survey opened on Wednesday, Feb. 14 (look for an email invitation from AAMC to take GQ). Reach 80 percent participation by midnight on Friday, March 16 – that’s right, Match Day – and IU School of Medicine will cover another $2,500 in graduation expenses to make your big day even better.
Read the blog post to learn more about how you can qualify for prizes such as commencement VIP packages, Amazon gift cards and even an Apple Watch!
MD student summer research opportunities
Several summer research opportunities, including laboratory-based fellowship programs, are available for medical students in years one through four. Research experiences are available in Indiana and in other cities and states, including St. Louis, Missouri, and the Carolinas. Check out the list of available opportunities.
Learn more about March 13 FIRM Conference to address burnout
The Finding Resilience in Medicine (FIRM) Conference will be held from 8:30 am-4:15 pm, Tuesday, March 13. Since its inception in 2014, the FIRM Conference has made overcoming burnout its highest priority. The conference has explored the signs, symptoms and prevalence of burnout, in addition to potential remedies and prevention strategies. This year’s conference, From Burning Out to Burning Bright, is sponsored by IU School of Medicine and Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and will be held at Marian University, 3008 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis.
Registration is free.
Don't miss this presentation about PCORI research at Indiana University
Don’t miss a presentation from 1:30-2:30 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Regenstrief Institute about resources related to PCORI-funded research. IU and the Regenstrief Institute are hosting leadership of a nationwide study called Aspirin Dosing: A Patient-centric Trial Assessing Benefits and Long-term Effectiveness (ADAPTABLE) to discuss progress and best practices. ADAPTABLE is the first large-scale demonstration project to be conducted through PCORnet, a PCORI-funded initiative designed to improve the nation's capacity to conduct comparative clinical effectiveness research.
Drs. Matt Roe, co-principal investigator of ADAPTABLE, and Holly Robertson, lead project manager of ADAPTABLE, of the Duke Clinical Research Institute will present about the three-year pragmatic clinical trial, which plans to recruit 15,000 people across more than 30 sites. ADAPTABLE will compare the effectiveness of two different daily doses of aspirin widely used to prevent heart attacks and strokes in individuals living with heart disease.
Any investigator who currently engages in PCORI-funded research is encouraged to attend this event to learn more about the exciting capabilities of PCORnet and better understand how this resource can support YOUR research. Registration is available.
Apply by March 30 for spring pilot funding for research use of core facilities
The Indiana CTSI pilot funding program is intended to promote the use of technologies and expertise afforded by the Indiana CTSI core facilities available at all partner institutions. Successful proposals will demonstrate outstanding scientific merit that can be linked to generating extramural funding or novel intellectual property. Success of the program will be viewed, in part, by the fostering of new funded grants or providing significant contributions to grant renewals. Proposals will be judged with equal measure on scientific merit and the likelihood of generating new IP or extramural grant support.
Applications to this program should have a maximum requested amount of $10,000 and are typically two years in duration. Full submission deadline is Friday, March 30, and more information and application details are available.
Late March deadline to apply for core equipment grant program
The Indiana CTSI seeks proposals from CTSI-designated IU School of Medicine cores requesting support for the purchase of equipment that will enhance the research environment and contribute to the research mission of the school and the CTSI. Proposals requesting $5,000-$10,000 will be accepted. Submission deadline is Friday, March 30. More details and application information are available.
Judges needed for Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair
Judges are needed for the 30th annual Hoosier Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, March 24. The event brings together more than 200 high school students from 10 Indiana regions to compete to represent Indiana at the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh in May. The Indiana fair will be held at The Center (Heritage Research Group Corporate Facility), 6320 Intech Blvd., in Indianapolis.
Judges may include university faculty and scientists, industrial engineers and scientists, representatives of private and federal research centers and agencies, medical researchers, post‐doctoral fellows, and senior graduate students. Students overwhelmingly say that the most significant interactions they have at the fair are with the judges. Judges find their discussions with these outstanding students to be a positive and uplifting experience. The objective evaluation of projects by judges is the most important aspect of the fair and determines the distribution of prizes, awards and scholarships.
Registration for volunteer judges is now available.
Precision medicine in TBI is topic of March 7 Frew Lecture
The 16th annual Jack and Sabina Frew Lecture, “Towards Precision Medicine in Traumatic Brain Injury: State of the Science and the Road Ahead,” will be held from 5-6:30 pm on Wednesday, March 7, in the Goodman Hall Auditorium in downtown Indianapolis. The speaker is David Okonkwo, MD, PhD, of the Brain Trauma Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. A reception will follow the lecture at The Alexander Hotel, 333 S. Delaware St., Indianapolis. To RSVP for the reception, contact Anna Hileman at 317-396-1283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflections student-run creative arts journal seeks submissions
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Reflections journal, IU School of Medicine’s student-run creative arts publication. All works of self-expression are welcome, and any member of the school community can participate. Examples of creative works published in the journal include: essays, photographs, poems, drawings, paintings and digital media. Submission details are available. The deadline is April 27.
Dan O'Donnell, MD, recognized among IBJ Forty Under 40
Dan O’Donnell, MD, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, is included in this year’s Indianapolis Business Journal Forty Under 40 list. Dr. O’Donnell, one of the first to graduate from an EMS fellowship offered by IU School of Medicine, is medical director for the Indianapolis EMS, police and fire departments, while also serving on the front lines of the opioid battle.
Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, receives ASE Excellence in Innovation in Surgical Education award
The Association for Surgical Education (ASE) has honored Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD, professor of surgery, chief of minimally-invasive bariatric surgery, and vice chair for education for the Department of Surgery, with the 2018 ASE Excellence in Innovation in Surgical Education Award. This award is a testament to Dr. Stefanidis’ tremendous contributions as a surgical educator. He will be formally recognized at the ASE Banquet during Surgical Education Week this May in Dallas, Texas.
Regina Kreisle, MD, PhD, earns GRIPE Distinguished Service Award
Regina A. Kreisle, MD, PhD, associate dean, Indiana University School of Medicine, and director, Indiana University School of Medicine-West Lafayette, recently received the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE) Distinguished Service Award at the organization’s annual national conference in Las Vegas. GRIPE is an academic society of medical educators who teach pathology.
Bales, Rogers and Lawson receive Pride of Indiana recognition
Three IU School of Medicine colleagues were recently honored with Pride of Indiana recognition.
Melissa Bales, pediatric critical care, was honored based on the following from her nominator: “Melissa Bales is simply the definition of outstanding! She is the fellowship coordinator for the Section of Pediatric Critical Care, but so much more than that. She ensures accommodations are booked and itineraries are prepared for 25 candidates each fellowship cycle. She is 'mom' to six fellows, taking care of them to ensure deadlines are met, paperwork is filed and projects are completed. She assists faculty with editing of grant applications, biosketches and letters of recommendation. She coordinates countless meetings, meals and events. In addition, she mentors new coordinators. She is constantly surrounded by faculty clamoring for her help, and she always delivers with an 'I can do that' attitude!
The nominator for Christina Rogers, pediatric education, wrote: “Christina is a social worker in our department. She is dedicated to our patients and determined to do all in her power to help them through the barriers that hinder their care. Christina has had a lot go on in her own life this past year, but she still comes into work with a great attitude, a smile for her co-workers and an encouraging word. I admire her dedication and passion for the work that she does. She fights every day to help our patients' lives to be better and is willing to go above and beyond to make that happen. I am thankful to work with Christina as a part of a bigger team doing wonderful things for patients. Christina is an integral and special member of that team. She deserves recognition!"
Tracy Lawson, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, was nominated with these words: “Tracy is so helpful and kind. She is always quick to respond to my questions for scheduling help or other requests. She genuinely cares and wants to help others, and it shows in all she does. Thank you, Tracy."
Pride of Indiana is a regular Inside IU feature that allows IU faculty and staff to recognize colleagues for IU-related work that goes above and beyond job duties. Submit a Pride of Indiana nomination.