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  • It’s time to get your CrimsonCard; deadline is June 30

    The deadline for replacing current IU School of Medicine ID cards with IU’s university-wide CrimsonCard is June 30, 2018. The distribution process for new cards that provide access to both IU and IU Health facilities through a single CrimsonCard is now complete. This means all current IU School of Medicine students, faculty and staff (part time and full time), and affiliates, including residents and fellows, must obtain a CrimsonCard before June 30. All current JagTag and IU School of Medicine ID cards will stop working on this date.

    A list of frequently asked questions outlines the details you need to know, including information for colleagues at regional campuses.

    Here are the basics to help you get started on the Indianapolis campus:

    Step 1: Visit the CrimsonCard (formerly JagTag) office in the IUPUI Campus Center or Informatics & Communications Technology Complex to get a CrimsonCard. Be sure to tell the representative you need the IU School of Medicine multi-function card (also called the triple-technology card).

    Step 2: If you use your ID to access IU Health facilities, email your CrimsonCard information to IU Health. (Read FAQ for specifics.)

    Step 3: Hold onto your old ID, because access to IU Health buildings will not immediately transfer to your CrimsonCard.

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  • Match Day is next Friday

    Fourth-year IU School of Medicine students will join peers across the nation to open their Match Day envelopes on Friday, March 16, at precisely noon (EDT). The envelopes contain residency details provided by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for students to learn where they will spend the next part of their journey in medicine.

    Match Day 2018 will take place in the IUPUI Campus Center, CE 450, on the IU School of Medicine-Indianapolis campus. Doors open at 11 am, and the program will begin at approximately 11:30 am. Visitor parking is available at the Vermont Street Garage.

    The program will be streamed live via Facebook Live on IU School of Medicine’s Facebook page with additional information available on the IU School of Medicine Match Day site.

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  • Alpha Omega Alpha inducts 2018 class

    The Indiana Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society hosted its 2018 induction ceremony last month at the Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Fifty-five students were inducted, along with housestaff, faculty and alumni.

    Election to AOA recognizes scholarship, service and leadership. Since 1902, more than 150,000 physicians have joined the organization, including 50 Nobel prize winners. Alpha Omega Alpha annually awards more than $575,000 to medical students, residents and faculty for awards and projects that promote excellence in medicine.

    Class of 2018 inductees: Sameerah T. Alkhairy, Loor Alshawa, Mary J. Andrews, Danielle T. Bain, Anna M. Bakas, Jason T. Boyle, Erran D. Briggs, Victoria M. Brocksmith, Jack E. Burgeson, Brent E. Cleveland, Jade K. Davis, Averie L. Dowell, Anna C. Filley, Kyle Grassel, Harini Gurram, Tyler E. Heavin, Stephanie J. Iden, Andrew J. Johnson, Ryan Kabir, Cassandra N. Kelly, Kevin Kessler, Carole C. Kounga, Alex J. Lancaster, Luke N. Lauridsen, Kelsey P. Lipking, Paul J. Martin, Ryan J. McGuire, Adrienne E. Ng, Andrew R. Piropato, Michael Rice, Jarod A. Richards, Emily E. Ross, Mohamad Z. Saltagi, Luke S. Tilmans, Nathan Timm, Katherine M. Wehlage, Ting Wei, Michael J. Ye, Aamir M. Zariwala and William A. Zuke

    Class of 2019 inductees: Allison M. Crone, Alexander J. Elias, McKenna Furgurson, Christopher E. Goyne, Kyle D. Hardacker, Jason Hoard, Ryan Louer, Lauren M. Schmidt, Adam Z. Stepanovic, Michael Stolarczyk, Joseph C. Thomas, Jessica Wehr, Emily Wichern, Austin E. Winiger and David I. Zimmer

    Housestaff inductees: James Butler, MD, General Surgery; Elyse Shaw Ellis, MD, Pediatrics; Eric Groh, MD, General Surgery; Naveed Nosrati, MD, Surgery; Carlo Rosati, MD, General Surgery; and Panos Vardas, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Faculty inductees: Samir Gupta, MD, MS, Medicine; Suthat Liangpunsakul, MD, Medicine; Richard Mangus, MD, MS, Surgery; Rick Nelson, MD, PhD, ENT; Jennifer Schwartz, MD, Medicine; and Dorota Szczepaniak, MD, Pediatrics

    Alumni inductees: Mark E. Bauman, MD, Pathology; Richard H. Bernhardt, MD, Pediatrics; Ryan D. Nagy, MD, Anesthesia; John J. Parent, MD, Pediatrics; and James Steigmeyer, MD, Pediatrics

    Special award winners: Scott Beckman, MD, of Jasper Obstetrics and Gynecology, received the Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award, and fourth-year medical student Peter Coleman earned the Harikiran Vasu, MD, Award.

    For more information about AOA and its programs, contact Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, councilor of the Indiana chapter, at

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  • Save the date: Evening of the Arts is April 14

    Plan now to attend the 27th annual IU School of Medicine Evening of the Arts on Saturday, April 14, at the Madame Walker Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. The variety show performed by students, faculty and staff begins with a cocktail hour and a silent auction at 7 pm, followed by the variety show at 8 pm. Proceeds from the event benefit nonprofit health clinics in the area.

    More information is available, and tickets may be purchased online. Student tickets are $8 ($10 at the door) and non-student tickets are $10 ($12 at the door). Donations are also accepted.

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Research News

  • Meet Dr. Stephanie Davis, leading researcher in rare pediatric lung diseases

    IU School of Medicine’s Stephanie Davis, MD, is nationally known for developing specialized tools to detect and measure early lung and airway disease in children, allowing physicians across the U.S. to assess the effectiveness of treatments for conditions like cystic fibrosis and primary ciliary dyskinesia. CF is a progressive, genetic disorder impacting approximately 30,000 Americans. It causes chronic lung infections, ultimately limiting an individual’s ability to breathe. PCD is characterized by the defective functioning of one’s cilia lining in the respiratory tract and is marked by chronic coughing, and sinus and ear infections. Fewer than 20,000 Americans have been diagnosed with PCD.

    “Little is known about any rare disease because it is just that--a rare disease,” explained Dr. Davis. “While exploring the unknown is exciting, there are definitely several challenges we face as investigators, the biggest of which being funding.”

    Read more about Dr. Davis’ groundbreaking work to diagnose and treat these rare diseases.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Nominate colleagues for faculty awards

    Honoring outstanding teaching, research and service is an important part of IU School of Medicine’s culture. Help the school recognize faculty in these areas by nominating colleagues in these IU School of Medicine Faculty Award categories: Scholar-Educator Award, Exemplar of Professionalism, Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award, Outstanding Community Engagement Award and Inspirational Educator Award. Award descriptions are available. Submit nominations by Friday, June 1, to

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  • April 10 session to focus on appreciative inquiry teaching approach

    Physicians and scientists are traditionally taught to be problem-solvers--to identify what is going wrong and develop a plan to solve the problem. An alternative approach in medical education is Appreciative Inquiry (AI), which adopts a strengths-based approach to identify “what is going well” with a situation and how those strength areas can help learners overcome challenges.

    Plan to attend an informative session about AI from 3-5 pm, Tuesday, April 10, in Fairbanks Hall, Room 5005. Registration is available. The session is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

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  • “Academic life hacks” offers time management tips

    Faculty life at an academic medical center often means managing clinical duties, academic scholarship and personal life. For tips and shortcuts for juggling the various aspects of an academician’s life, attend “Academic life hacks” from 5-7 pm, Tuesday, April 24, in Fairbanks Hall, Rooms 1109/1111.

    Registration is available. The session is part of the Faculty Enrichment Education Development (FEED) series and is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

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Student News

  • Tomorrow is deadline to apply for SAGES summer research awards

    The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) is accepting applications for the Medical Student Summer Research Award. Two medical students will be awarded a $2,000 stipend to support a summer research proposal. Applicants must have a designated SAGES member mentor to supervise their planned research, but students do not have to be a SAGES member. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 9. Application details are available.

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  • MS3: S3 survey deadline moved to March 22

    MS3 students can have an impact on their educational experience at IU School of Medicine by completing the Strategic Student Survey (S3). To accommodate busy clerkship schedules, the survey completion deadline has been extended to Thursday, March 22. In addition to taking the survey at any time from a desktop, laptop or mobile phone, MS3 students will have the opportunity to take the S3 during their Health Systems Science (HSS) course on March 22.

    If 80 percent of MS3 students complete the survey by  March 22, the school will contribute $2,500 to the class’s expenses for Match Day, Senior Banquet or commencement. Currently the response rate is 44 percent. For more information read the MD Student News blog post.

    Take the survey now.

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  • MS4: Complete GQ by March 16 to earn class incentives

    Congratulations to the fourth-year medical students for already reaching 35 percent completion on the GQ. If MS4 students achieve 80 percent participation by Friday, March 16--Match Day--IU School of Medicine will contribute $2,500 to cover class graduation expenses.

    This blog post provides more information about how fourth-year medical students can qualify for prizes such as commencement VIP packages, Amazon gift cards and an Apple watch by taking the GQ.

    The Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) survey is an important tool for IU School of Medicine to use to improve the medical student experience. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) administers the survey nationally and sends links directly to fourth-year students across the country to complete the survey.

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  • Chen elected to American College of Physicians student council

    Steven Chen, a student in the IU School of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD), has been elected to serve as a representative on the Council of Student Members of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Chen’s three-year term begins in April.

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  • Indianapolis: Daly Center fitness center to reopen next week

    All classrooms, study rooms, seminar rooms and offices closed as a result of the flooding are now completely restored and open. Student lounge B070 and locker room B072 are open with no hourly restrictions. The fitness center in the Daly Center is scheduled to reopen early next week.

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  • Nominate graduating students, faculty for diversity awards

    Students, faculty and staff may nominate outstanding graduating students and faculty members for a number of diversity-related awards, including the Outstanding Service Award (for graduating students), Excellence in Research Award (for graduating students) and the Commitment to Diversity Award (for faculty). Nominations are due Friday, March 30, and award winners will be announced at the Senior Banquet. Questions? Email

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  • Next Generation Researcher Resource Fair is March 27

    Are you an IU School of Medicine graduate student, post doc, research scientist and/or early-career faculty member? Do you have questions about resources and support to get you to that next stage of your career? If so, plan to attend the Next Generation Researcher Resource Fair from 11 am-2 pm, Tuesday, March 27, in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450B.

    IUPUI units and groups will be on hand to discuss services specific to early career researchers, as well as opportunities at IU School of Medicine and IUPUI for professional and research development.

    Registration is available. Questions? Contact Erin Foster at or 317-278-1511.

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  • March 15 Culture & Conversation series addresses advocacy

    On Thursday, March 15, the Office of Diversity Affairs is sponsoring Advocacy in Our Changing Political Climate with featured speaker Katherine W. McHugh, MD, assistant professor, clinical obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. McHugh will host an empowering session for participants to learn how to focus their frustration, maximize the success of advocacy activities and influence real change. The event will be held from noon-1 pm in Walther Hall (R3) 303. Registration and more information are available.

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  • Apply for two CTSI Community Health Partnerships awards

    Indiana CTSI Community Health Partnerships (CHeP) is accepting proposals for two awards programs--the Trailblazer Award and Firestarter Award.

    Trailblazer Award projects should:

    • Implement research that has the potential to identify or reduce health care inequities or
    • Perform a needed evaluation of an existing health-related program that has the potential to affect health equity.

    Firestarter Award projects should include short- and long-term goals for co-designing collaborative initiatives to address health, health equity or social determinants of health.

    Letters of intent for both awards are due Monday, April 23, and the full submission deadline for both programs is Friday, May 25.

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Partner News

  • Riley to begin new safety enhancements on March 12

    New safety and security measures at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health begin next week and may affect how faculty, students and visitors enter and exit the hospital. Effective Monday, March 12, Riley will begin using manned metal detectors with video monitoring in lobbies at the Simon Family Tower and Riley Outpatient Center. On Monday, March 19, the hospital will restrict access by locking the Atrium Lobby entrance and requiring a badge to enter. Safety enhancements also include adding more police staffing throughout the hospital. New badge readers at certain locations will be added throughout the year to provide secure access to authorized staff.

    In an email distributed today to hospital leadership, Riley at IU Health leaders stated, “One of our top priorities at Riley is the safety and security of our patients, families, visitors and team members. While we strive to provide the safest possible environment for all who walk through Riley’s doors, there is always room for improvement.”

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  • Jay County Hospital joins IU Health

    Jay County Hospital officially joined the Indiana University Health system on March 1, becoming IU Health Jay Hospital. The hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital located in Portland, Indiana. It becomes the third IU Health hospital located in East Central Indiana, bringing the total number of IU Health hospitals in Indiana to 16. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has managed Jay County Hospital since 1998.

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  • One IU Health Annual Meeting is April 30

    Plan to attend a One IU Health Annual Meeting event with Dennis Murphy, IU Health president and CEO, on Friday, April 30, from 7-8 am. The visit will include updates on accomplishments and the organization’s vision for the future. The event will be held in Fairbanks Hall, 1112/1110. Watch email for invitations and more information.

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Around Campus

  • West Lafayette: CAMP enrolling high school students for summer experience

    Applications are now being accepted for the third annual Clinical Applications for Future Medical Professionals (CAMP), an overnight summer camp for high school junior and seniors interested in the medical field. The camp, presented by IU School of Medicine-West Lafayette and the Purdue College of Health and Human Science, will be held July 23-25 on the West Lafayette campus. Campers take part in a variety of hands-on activities, including suturing, heart dissections and medical simulations. Learn more and apply.

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