Faculty and Staff News
Nominate faculty members for the Trustees’ Teaching Award
Each year, the Indiana University Board of Trustees recognizes faculty excellence in teaching through a program known as the Trustees’ Teaching Awards. Excellence in teaching is the primary factor for selection, and it’s anticipated that approximately 50 outstanding IU School of Medicine instructors will receive the award this year.
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. 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 to be eligible (appointed on or before July, 1, 2016).
Search underway for associate dean for graduate medical education
IU School of Medicine is now accepting applications for associate dean for Graduate Medical Education. The individual selected for this part-time position will work closely with, and report to, the senior associate dean for Graduate Medical Education.
The associate dean will develop, implement and assess programs and services to meet the strategic goals of the Office of Graduate Medical Education and achieve high-quality outcomes for IU School of Medicine residency and fellowship programs. This individual will design and implement various professional development activities for faculty and staff to support the leaders of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited and non-ACGME-accredited IU School of Medicine GME programs to assist them in meeting their goals, as well as internal and external benchmarks for excellence.
The associate dean will work closely with the school’s hospital system affiliates to accomplish mutual goals of excellence in graduate medical education.
The person selected for this position must be an IU School of Medicine faculty member with a medical doctorate degree (MD). Leadership experience in GME settings and demonstrated excellence as a clinician are also required.
Those interested in applying should send a letter of interest and CV to Carol Thompson, director, Graduate Medical Education, Fesler Hall, Room 318. Materials may also be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is Friday, November 15. A position summary is available, and the job will be posted later this week on Jobs at IU.
Carroll addresses the diet soda myth
Aaron Carroll, MD, associate dean for research mentoring and professor of pediatrics, offers five reasons why studies about diet soda’s link to an increased risk of early death aren’t going anywhere. Read his latest New York Times blog post for insight into why “repeated studies on a health bogeyman help explain wider problems with food research.”
Plan ahead for INScope’s year-end schedule
Have news for a November or December issue of INScope? Take note that the e-newsletter will alter its publication schedule during the holiday season. INScope will not be distributed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, with publication resuming on Thursday, December 5. The last issue of 2019 will be published on Thursday, December 19, with publication resuming in the new year on Thursday, January 9.
Precision genomics as a way to treat breast cancer: Watch the video to learn more
IU School of Medicine clinical researchers are using personalized medicine to treat patients through the Precision Genomics Program. The goal? Find drugs that work well on a patient's tumor, while also having fewer side effects.
For decades, researchers have characterized cancer based on where it starts, calling a disease "breast cancer" because it starts in the breast. Now they can take a closer look at the disease and find that it may actually be a different kind of cancer that has spread to the breast. This individualized approach can lead clinical researchers to look at various kinds of cancer differently.
"Every cancer has its own unique fingerprint," said Milan Radovich, PhD, associate professor of surgery and co-leader, IU Health Precision Genomics Program. "I think the future of drug development is taking that individualized, unique fingerprint, developing drugs that are designed for each particular patient, and being able to attack cancer on an individual level."
Watch the video as Radovich and program co-leader Bryan Schneider, MD, Vera Bradley Professor of Oncology and professor of medicine and medical/molecular genetics, explain more about this innovative approach.
Second phase of Hoosier Moms Cohort study launched this summer
Phase II of the Hoosier Moms Cohort study of gestational diabetes started this summer. This part of the study focuses on preventing Type 2 diabetes after women have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. In this phase researchers work with women to created personalized treatment options, such as Weight Watchers or a nutrition coach. Gestational diabetes is one of the five diseases of focus within IU’s Grand Challenges Precision Health Initiative. For more on the study, visit Precision Health.
Faculty and Staff News
Indy Eleven playoffs to impact IUPUI parking on October 26
Indy Eleven will host a playoff game at Carroll Stadium on the IUPUI campus on Saturday, October 26, at 7:30 pm. As a result, parking lots 59, 63 and 80 will be used for fan parking beginning at 3:30 pm on game day.
EM permits will grant access to both the Vermont Street and Barnhill garages beginning Friday, October 25, at 10 pm. Permit holders must exit the garages by 10 pm, Sunday, October 27, to avoid paying visitor parking rates.
If Indy Eleven wins, there may be additional games on campus on Saturday, November 2, Sunday, November 10, and Sunday, November 17. The IUPUI Parking and Transportation Services website will be updated with parking information should additional games occur.
Open enrollment begins November 11; learn what’s new, different
Indiana University open enrollment will run from Monday, November 11, through Friday, November 22. During the annual event, IU employees can make changes to their medical and dental insurance, add or remove eligible dependents, determine their needs for their Health Savings Account contribution, decide whether to save money through the Tax Saver Benefit plans, and more.
Informational emails were sent to all benefits-eligible employees on Tuesday, October 15. Information booklets began arriving in campus mail on Wednesday, October 16, and additional information is available from IU Human Resources. Learn more by attending any campus information session or webinar. Times and locations are available on the HR open enrollment website and in open enrollment booklets.
Visit News at IU for a list of what’s new in benefits for 2020.
Reminder about forwarding emails and patient privacy
IU School of Medicine, IU Health Physicians and IU Health are committed to working together to protect patient privacy. In response to recent questions about forwarding emails to/from iu.edu and iuhealth.org accounts, as well as to/from external accounts like gmail, the organizations are providing the following reminders and clarifications:
- iu.edu and iuhealth.org emails should never be forwarded to personal accounts such as Hotmail, Gmail, Mac, etc.
- Users may forward their iu.edu and iuhealth.org emails to each other as outlined in policy P-10 below. This policy contains the complete list of “safe” accounts for forwarding.
- If either organization discovers that emails are being forwarded to an external account, the ability to forward those accounts may be suspended.
Use of electronic mail
Email and phishing scams: Don’t take the bait
IU Knowledge Base on mail forwarding
HIPAA – P10 Electronic Communication and PHI Including Emails and Text Messages (co-authored with IU Health)
Riley Atrium door secured 24/7
Access to/through the pedestrian door located directly across from the Riley Cafeteria is now secured 24/7 with a camera, intercom and Honeywell card reader for use by anyone with an authorized ID card. The pedestrian door is next to Copper Moon and across from the cafeteria.
Since foot traffic has dwindled due to maternity tower construction and the People Mover closure, the police officer who previously monitored the pedestrian door has relocated to the Simon Family Tower to support security and guest management.
Enroll in integrated pain management ECHO launching on November 1
Enrollment is now open for the new Integrated Pain Management (IPM) ECHO Program that launches Friday, November 1. The IPM ECHO will meet virtually using Zoom videoconferencing every first and third Friday from 8-9:30 am ET. Those interested in the program are invited to join as their schedules permit.
The primary goal of ECHO is to build capacity to best respond to the needs of diverse patients across Indiana, increase access to care and improve health outcomes while reducing disparities. Practitioners who participate in the IPM ECHO will join a learning community of providers engaging in case-based discussions, building a peer network and gaining mentorship from a team of subject matter experts.
Save the date: “The Spectrum of Letting Go” staged reading is November 20
“The Spectrum of Letting Go,” a play by Angeline R. Larimer, tells the story of a Vietnam War veteran who wants to spend time with his family at a lake house before revealing his decision to go into hospice. A staged reading of the play, presented by IU School of Medicine, IUPUI Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program and IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, will be held at 6 pm, Wednesday, November 20, in Emerson Hall, Room 304/404, on the IUPUI campus. The performance is free, and a panel discussion will follow. Ticket information is available on Facebook.
Apply by November 25 for the IU Health Values Fund for Education grant
IU Health is now accepting applications for 2020 Values Fund for Education grants. This grant program focuses on curriculum development for point-of-care ultrasound or areas of scholarly concentration that support the IU Health strategic and enterprise goals. Funding is limited to a maximum of $50,000 per year for two years. More information and list of scholarly concentrations are available. Application deadline is Monday, November 25.
Indiana CTSI now accepting applications for postdoctoral training awards
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 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.), development of clinical trials and studies in humans or carrying out research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices. Eligible candidates must have received a PhD or equivalent degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Competition guidelines and full eligibility criteria are available. The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 12.
Northwest-Gary – Students share their community garden efforts on PBS
IU School of Medicine – Northwest-Gary students and other volunteers are generating some buzz for their work in a thriving community garden in Gary. Last week, PBS Lakeshore produced a news segment on the garden, which provides vegetables and herbs for nearby residents, boosts the gardeners’ well-being, improves the health of the soil and fosters a robust ecosystem.
“I would like to thank Indiana University School of Medicine for providing the resources for this community garden,” said Ruth Osborne, a second-year medical student who helped revitalize the garden with a grant from the Medical Student Council. “It has been a privilege to help address food scarcity and health disparities in underserved communities.”