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  • Ting named chair of otolaryngology

    Jonathan Ting, MD, MS, MBA, will assume the role of chair, Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, effective Sunday, December 1, and will have oversight and responsibility for the department’s clinical, education and research programs. He has served as interim chair since March 1. 

    Ting is himself a product of the department he will now lead. He came to IU School of Medicine for his residency after earning a medical degree from the University of Western Ontario. While at IU, he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship and earned a master’s degree in clinical research. Though he left Indiana for fellowship training at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, he returned to IU School of Medicine in 2012 and joined the faculty. He continued to bolster his credentials by earning an MBA in finance from IU’s Kelley School of Business in 2015.

    He is the first fellowship-trained rhinologist in the state of Indiana and cares for patients with nose and sinus disorders, as well as skull base and orbital tumors. His research involves the management of sinus and skull base disorders, and innovative approaches to skull base and orbital lesions. He has held a number of leadership positions within the school and health system, including chief of otolaryngology at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

    “Jonathan Ting is an exemplar of a physician-leader,” said IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA. “Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a commitment to medical education, research and patient care, and he understands that we must advance all of those missions to successfully provide patients with life-enhancing and lifesaving care. I am confident that, under his leadership, our Department of Otolaryngology will continue to expand clinical offerings across Indiana and emerge as one of the nation’s top programs in the treatment and understanding of ear, nose and throat disorders.”

    “It is a great honor to be selected to lead the department into the future,” Ting said. “I originally chose to train at IU School of Medicine for the opportunity to learn from giants in the field of otolaryngology. We continue to be home to extraordinarily talented physicians and scientists, and I am excited about the opportunity to expand our work to continue improving the lives of patients in Indiana and beyond.”

    For more on Ting’s appointment, visit the Newsroom.

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  • Memorial services for Dr. Austrom are Friday and Saturday

    Two memorial services will take place this week to celebrate the life and legacy of Mary Guerriero Austrom, PhD, IU School of Medicine associate dean for diversity affairs and longtime faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry. The IU School of Medicine community is invited to attend both services for Austrom, who passed away on October 23.

    The IU School of Medicine celebration of life will take place on Friday, November 22, in the Goodman Hall auditorium. The program will be held from 3-4:30 pm, with a reception immediately following from 4:30-5:15 pm. Parking is available for a nominal fee in the IU Health Neuroscience Center parking garage, 362 W. 15th St.

    The memorial service planned by Austrom’s family and open to colleagues and friends will be held from 1-2:30 pm, Saturday, November 23, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Drive, Indianapolis.

    In lieu of flowers, Austrom’s family has asked that donations be made to the IU School of Medicine Diversity Recruitment Scholarship and Village of Merici. For more on Austrom’s life, read the INScope feature or view her obituary.

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  • IU open enrollment ends tomorrow

    Still need to make your changes for 2020 benefits? Don’t delay; open enrollment for IU employees concludes Friday, November 22. Once a year, 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.

    Even if you’re happy with your elections from last year, it’s always a good practice to review and confirm that you’ve signed up for the right plans for you and your family. Once open enrollment closes on Friday, employees will have to wait until next year’s open enrollment period to make changes, unless there is an IRS-defined qualified life event (such as getting married or having a baby).

    Learn more online and visit News at IU for a list of what’s new in benefits for 2020.

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  • Next issue of INScope is December 5; take note of upcoming schedule

    INScope will take a one-week break due to the Thanksgiving holiday and will not be distributed on Thursday, November 28. Check your inbox on Thursday, December 5, for the next issue. The final issue of 2019 will be published on Thursday, December 19, with weekly publication resuming in the new year on January 9.

    Still have news to share in 2019? Submit news items for the December issues as soon as possible to scopemed@iu.edu. For more information, refer to the INScope page on MedNet.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Check your e-mail for year-end payroll and PTO information

    As 2019 draws to a close, the IU School of Medicine Dean’s Office Payroll Team is sending reminders to faculty and staff about year-end payroll and paid time off (PTO). Check your inbox for emails from IUSM Payroll for the latest information. Questions or need clarification? E-mail IUSMPay@iu.edu.

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  • CUPID summer oncology program needs faculty and lab mentors

    Clinical faculty, laboratory mentors and lecturers are needed to participate in the Cancer in the Under-Privileged Indigent or Disadvantaged (CUPID) program, a summer translational oncology program jointly administered by IU School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Ohio State University College of Medicine.

    Now in its fourth year at IU School of Medicine, CUPID aims to cultivate an interest in cancer treatment and research among medical students who have not yet fully defined their career goals. Students interested in both research and health care disparities (rural and urban) and who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to community service are invited to apply. The 10-week, laboratory-based research experience will be held from May 25-July 31, 2020, with IU School of Medicine hosting four to six students for the fellowship. During this period, students also will attend a didactic lunchtime lecture series featuring discussion about the molecular basis of cancer, general oncologic principles, challenges in clinical oncology and approaches to relieving cancer health disparities. They will also experience the clinical side of oncology through participation in half-day clinical rotations. Students will present research findings at a closing symposium. 

    Faculty are needed to host students in their labs (if located in Indianapolis), give lectures and provide shadow experiences in their clinics. Faculty mentors hosting a summer student in their laboratories will receive $1,000 to help cover lab-related expenses.  

    More details about CUPID and faculty volunteer opportunities are available. With questions or to volunteer, contact Jordan Holmes, MD, MPH, at jorholme@iu.edu or Antwione Haywood, PhD, at haywooda@iu.edu.

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  • Trustees’ Teaching Award nominations due January 13

    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).

    Nominate a colleague for a Trustees’ Teaching Award by Monday, January 13. More information is available. Questions? E-mail fapdd@iu.edu.

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  • Learn about IU’s new retirement plan provider, Fidelity

    Information and resources are available for faculty and staff to learn more about Fidelity, IU’s new retirement plan provider. For details:

    • Visit the Retirement Plan Enhancements site.
    • Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Fidelity representative. Appointments are available at no cost. Schedule online, call the Fidelity reservation line at 800-642-7131 or text “MeetAtIU” to 343-898*. Meetings will be available on every campus throughout the fall semester.

    As a reminder, the following changes will be introduced, effective January 1:

    • Fidelity will be the sole recordkeeper for IU retirement plans.
    • New reduced fees under the IU retirement plans will be more transparent.
    • A new streamlined investment menu will be offered. A self-directed brokerage window also will be available for investors who want access to additional options.
    • Rollovers from other plans or IRAs will be permitted into the TDA and 457(b) Plan.
    • Roth contributions will be permitted to the TDA and 457(b) Plan.

    Information about the changes and enhancements was sent to active IU employees, retirees and people who no longer work for the university but were fully vested before they left. For more information about why IU is making the change and how the new investment menu is structured, visit News at IU.

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Opportunities

  • Burnout and Spirituality in Medicine event is Friday at Riley

    The intersection of burnout and spirituality in the medical profession is the topic of a special event on Friday, November 22, from 9 am-1 pm, at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Alex Lion, DO, MPH, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, is one of the keynote speakers. Discussion will be moderated by Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, John A. Campbell Professor of Radiology. Registration for the free event, which includes lunch, and a complete list of speakers are available.

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  • Apply by February 24 for GLUE translational research awards

    Grants Linking University–wide Expertise (GLUE) awards aim to support “planning and team building across campuses to develop large multi-investigator and/or multi-project, milestone-driven, translational research teams that plan to eventually submit a multi-year extramural grant application with annual budgets of $300,000 or higher in direct costs per year.” Examples of such grants include PPGs, U series, multi PI R01s, STTRs and SPORE grants.

    Applications for GLUE grants are accepted for review at any stage of their development. It is expected that these planning/seed grants will increase multidisciplinary collaborations, institutional competitiveness, opportunities for extramurally funded training grants and overall institutional funding.

    GLUE funding is available to collaborative teams in which the principal investigator of the research team is from IU Bloomington, and the other members of the team are from CTSI affiliate campuses.

    More information and application details are available. Deadline to apply is Monday, February 24.

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  • Culture and Conversation on December 4 to focus on bias and patient mistreatment

    Addressing unconscious bias is a topic at the forefront of medical education and health care. Institutions are working to better prepare health care providers to address biases, so that patients have the best care possible. However, what happens when health care providers and trainees are the targets of bias or discrimination?

    Alvaro Tori, MD, assistant dean for diversity affairs, IU School of Medicine, will lead a discussion of the complex issues involved with addressing patient bias. The event will be held from noon-1:30 pm, Wednesday, December 4, in the Daly Center, Room 186. More information and registration are available.

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  • Submit a poster abstract by December 31 for 2020 LGBTQ Health Care Conference

    Poster abstract submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 LGBTQ Healthcare Conference, which will be held on Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24, at the IUPUI Campus Center. Poster presentations on topics that influence best practices for LGBTQ patient experiences are encouraged. Submit an abstract.

    The conference is designed for nurses, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers and others who seek to better understand the unique health considerations and barriers to health care in the LGBTQ population. Registration is available.

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Partner News

  • Regenstrief podcast returns with focus on Alzheimer’s disease

    Returning for its second season, Regenstrief Institute’s podcast, The Problem, focuses on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Episodes will explore life with Alzheimer’s from perspectives of the patient, the caregiver, the community, health systems and more. Experts in Alzheimer’s treatment and care will delve into screening and diagnostic procedures and discuss potential ways to reduce risks early in life.

    The first episode was released on November 7, with new episodes available every other week. Visit theproblem.regenstrief.org, or check out the podcast on Spotify, iTunes or other podcast apps.

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  • Eskenazi Health receives core certification for hip and knee replacement

    The Joint Commission has awarded Eskenazi Health the Core Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. Awarded for excellence in patient care, the certification is given to programs that meet certain performance standards set by The Joint Commission. According to the commission, the certification process helps identify and measure areas for performance improvement, focusing on areas such as surgical site infection rates, fall rates, enhanced patient education, length of stay, early ambulation and pain management.

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