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  • IU School of Medicine designated a center of excellence in Parkinson’s disease

    Indiana University School of Medicine is one of three new institutions to be named Centers of Excellence by the Parkinson’s Foundation, joining a global network of 48 medical centers providing expert care to people with the disabling disease.

    “The center designation is a recognition of the high-quality multidisciplinary care that we provide, including neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, psychiatry, art therapy and genetic counseling for people with Parkinson’s disease,” said S. Elizabeth Zauber, MD, associate professor of clinical neurology and the center director.

    IU School of Medicine becomes the only Center of Excellence in the state of Indiana and one of 35 based in the United States.

    A Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence is a medical center with a specialized team of neurologists, movement disorder specialists, rehab professionals, mental health professionals and others with deep expertise in the latest Parkinson’s disease medications, therapies and research to provide the best care. The Center of Excellence network is a key part of the Parkinson’s Foundation goal to ensure everyone living with Parkinson’s has access to expert care so they can live better lives. Every center must recertify after five years to ensure the required standards of care.

    For more on the designation, read the Faculty News blog post.

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  • Nominate a staff member for school’s Emerging Leaders Program

    Know a staff member who demonstrates an ability to lead? Consider nominating her or him for the IU School of Medicine Emerging Leaders program, established to promote professional growth and leadership skills to emerging leaders within the school.

    Program nominees should be staff members who have the ability to lead others and exhibit potential to advance into higher leadership roles. Faculty members, department chairs and supervisors are encouraged to nominate individuals they feel meet the selection criteria outlined on the Emerging Leaders Program overview.

    Nominations should be emailed to drodney@iu.edu no later than Friday, November 1. More information and the nomination form are available at MedNetHR Emerging Leaders program. Interviews for the new cohort will take place December 2-4.

     

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  • Wools-Kaloustian to serve as director of research for IU Center for Global Health

    Kara Wools-Kaloustian, MD, MS, has been named director of research for the Indiana University Center for Global Health. Wools-Kaloustian’s involvement with global health at IU stretches back to the early days of AMPATH, the university’s signature partnership in Eldoret, Kenya. She has worked with underserved and marginalized populations throughout her career and been at the forefront of international research program and infrastructure development.

    Wools-Kaloustian was in the first IU School of Medicine residency class to complete rotations at Moi University and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya in 1991 and the first fellow to conduct research as part of the partnership in 1992.

    Her research portfolio is focused on HIV in resource-limited settings and includes clinical trials, implementation science and epidemiology. She has conducted research related to both adults and children with HIV, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and HIV complications that have improved the treatment and care of patients around the world.

    Read more about Wools-Kaloustian and her appointment.

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  • Jea named this year's Evans Fellow in Health Care Leadership

    Andrew Jea, MD, professor of neurological surgery, has been selected as the 2019-2020 Evans fellow. The Evans Fellowship in Health Care Leadership provides funding for the full tuition and fees to complete the Business of Medicine Physician MBA program from IU Kelley School of Business, along with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities.

    Named in honor of Daniel F. Evans, Jr., JD, president emeritus of Indiana University Health, the Evans Fellowship program is designed to provide a mid/senior physician faculty member with executive education, personal leadership assessments and coaching, and structured networking and mentoring opportunities. The fellowship supports participants in developing a broader institutional perspective, expanding the vision of their role within the academic health center and enhancing leadership effectiveness and their ability to lead organizational change.

    More information is available on the fellowship’s webpage. The application period for next year will open in December.

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  • State of the Cancer Center address is October 17

    Patrick Loehrer, MD, director of the IU Simon Cancer Center, will present the annual State of the Cancer Center address at 3 pm, Thursday, October 17, in the auditorium at Walther Hall. A reception will follow the presentation.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Dean’s Grand Rounds to focus on careers in academic medicine, private practice

    Residents and fellows are invited to attend the Dean’s Grand Rounds, “Pursuing a Career in Academic Medicine vs. Private Practice,” which will be held Wednesday, October 16, at the Ruth Lilly Medical Research Library, Room 317. Presented by the Graduate Medical Education Dean’s Council, the Grand Rounds will include engaging panel discussion at one of two sessions:

    Panelists will represent diverse specialties, including dermatology, family medicine, neurological surgery and orthopaedic surgery. Breakfast/lunch will be provided. Register by Wednesday, October 9.

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  • Join a faculty community to produce more education scholarship

    Faculty Learning Communities on Educational Scholarship consist of small groups of faculty who meet virtually and engage in individual or group research project(s) related to medical education. The communities offer a great opportunity to network formally and informally with other IU School of Medicine faculty interested in education, with the goal of producing conference presentations, MedEd Portal submissions and/or scholarly manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals. 

    Questions or want to learn more? Visit Faculty Learning Communities.

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  • Save the date: IU open enrollment is November 11-22

    Mark your calendar for IU open enrollment, which will take place from Monday, November 11, through Friday, November 22. Watch your campus mail for your printed open enrollment guide, as well as upcoming editions of INScope, for more information and resources.

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  • IU introduces new system for job openings

    Indiana University Human Resources is introducing a new applicant tracking system for Jobs at IU.

    Effective Tuesday, October 1, PeopleSoft Talent Acquisition Management (TAM) replaced PeopleAdmin as IU’s job posting and applicant tracking system for all staff and temporary recruitment needs. Academic jobs are not included in this change. 

    The new mobile-friendly system makes it easier to search for jobs, submit applications and stay up to date with the status of current job applications. This improvement is part of IU HR’s ongoing efforts to enhance the recruitment process and the candidate experience at IU.

    More information about the change is available or visit jobs.iu.edu.

     

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  • Weight Watchers Reimagined now available for IU employees

    Benefit-eligible employees enrolled in an Indiana University-sponsored medical plan and their covered spouses can now take advantage of the WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) program at no cost. No matter what your goal is—to lose weight, move more, develop a more positive mindset or all of these—WW will bring you science-based programs and tools that work.

    Two WW options are available: digital only (e-tools) and digital plus workshops. Visit the WW site for more details and to enroll, or read the frequently asked questions.

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  • Clinical teaching workshop for residents and fellows is October 30

    The IU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education is hosting “Clinical Teaching—Beyond the Basics,” a workshop for residents and fellows, from 1-4 pm, Wednesday, October 30, at the Medical Research & Library, Room 317. 

    Using facilitated discussions, application and practice, this workshop will provide residents and fellows with the incremental knowledge and tools necessary to be an effective educator in the clinical learning environment. Topics include: 

    • Expectations (student and resident) that come with clinical teaching
    • Teaching procedures
    • Structure to clinical teaching – SPIT, SNAPP, One-Minute Preceptor
    • Providing feedback to learners – It’s easier than you think
    • Horizontal learning
    • Simulation debriefing
    Registration is available, and refreshments will be provided.

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Opportunities

  • Nobel Prize winner to speak at IUPUI Campus Center tomorrow

    Thomas Sudhof, PhD, a professor in the Department of Cellular Physiology at Stanford University, and the 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine, will speak from 3-4:30 pm, Friday, October 4, in the IUPUI Campus Center Theater, CE 002. Sudhof shared his Nobel honor with two other researchers for their work on vesicle trafficking. Sudhof is a world leader in his study of synaptic transmission.

    Sudhof was invited to campus by the medical neurosciences graduate students from Stark Neurosciences Research Institute.

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  • IU Student Outreach Clinic open house is Saturday afternoon

    Plan to attend the IU Student Outreach Clinic’s (IUSOC) annual open house from 1-3 pm, Saturday, October 5. The clinic is located at Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 E. 10th St., Indianapolis.

    For the past 10 years, the IUSOC has served as a hub for compassionate and interprofessional care for individuals and families on Indianapolis’ east side. Founded in 2009, the clinic provides free health care to those in need and is operated by hundreds of students from 13 IU disciplines.

    In addition to celebrating another successful year, the open house offers a chance to learn more about the clinic and ways to get involved.

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  • Roll up your sleeve: IUPUI Staff Council blood drive is next Wednesday

    The IUPUI Staff Council fall blood drive will be held from 10 am-4 pm, Wednesday, October 9, at the Riley Outpatient Center, Lower Level, Conference Room A. Visit donorpoint.org to sign up online, and use sponsor code 8576. Donors must be at least 17 years old, be in good health and present a photo ID at registration.

    Donate blood and receive a $5 electronic gift card with valid email address. Gift card retailers include Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Domino’s Pizza, Papa Johns, Target and Walmart.

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  • Diabetes researcher and IBRI fellow Eizirik to speak on October 17

    Decio Eizirik, MD, PhD, world-renowned diabetes researcher and senior research fellow at the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI), will share his novel research approaches to prevent the progressive loss of beta cell mass in diabetes at a Scientific Frameworx event from 8-10 am, Thursday, October 17. The presentation will be held in Walther Hall (R3). More details are available. 

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  • Beering award lecture is November 6

    The 2019 Steven C. Beering Award winner George R. Stark, PhD, a cancer biology researcher from the Cleveland Clinic, will present his lecture, "The two faces of interferon: Is our major antiviral defense mechanism a friend or a foe in cancer?," at 9 am, Wednesday, November 6, in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203. Registration is available.

    The IU School of Medicine Steven C. Beering Award honors an internationally recognized individual for outstanding research contributions to the advancement of biomedical and clinical science. Established in 1983, the award honors the important contributions Beering made to the school as its dean from 1974 to 1983.

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  • November 13 Culture and Conversation event to explore veterans’ health

    Join a discussion exploring issues of concern for the veteran population in the United States, which include chronic homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health needs. This next Culture and Conversation event will be held from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, November 13, in Fesler Hall, Room 319. Levi Funches, MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, will lead the discussion with representatives from IU School of Medicine, the VA Hospital and IUPUI Veterans Affairs. Registration is available.

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Partner News

  • IU Health awarded $1 million to address workforce housing

    IU Health was selected as one of four Indiana companies to receive $1 million to address a housing shortage for workers. The funding comes from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA). IU Health will work with the IHCDA to create a plan for affordable, quality housing for IU Health team members near the health system’s downtown Indianapolis facilities.

    Read more in Inside Indiana Business.

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Kudos

  • Broxmeyer honored with lifetime achievement award

    Hal Broxmeyer, PhD, distinguished professor, received the Cord Blood Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the association’s annual meeting in Miami Beach last month. The association recognized him for “his pioneering studies in cord blood-derived hematopoietic stem cells and advancement of the field of clinical cord blood transplantation and human umbilical cord therapies.”

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