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  • IU School of Medicine participating in GME Day of Action to support substance abuse training programs

    Representatives from IU School of Medicine are encouraging members of Congress to support the Opioid Workforce Act of 2019 at a briefing today in the nation’s capital.

    The Senate bill, co-sponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives by Indiana Congresswoman Susan Brooks, would increase Medicare support for graduate medical education (GME) training programs related to substance abuse and chronic pain care.

    “The bill would lead to the expansion of existing training programs and the creation of new ones in these critical areas,” said Bradley Allen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for medical student education. Allen is participating in a congressional briefing hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Congressional Academic Medicine Caucus (CAMC) to discuss the importance of increased training for students, residents and fellows to better care for patients struggling with substance abuse and chronic pain.

    “As practitioners, we see patients who struggle with addiction and the health problems that come with it,” Allen said. “It’s a huge problem in the primary care field, so we have to make sure all of our cadres of trainees realize the need to treat the whole person. We can’t treat someone’s heart valve infection related to use of intravenous drugs unless we also treat their addiction and address any chronic pain or mental health issues.”

    IU School of Medicine already is taking steps to provide more training in this area. Medical students are receiving more focus on pain management and substance abuse screening in the first year of school. They learn ways to treat pain without opiates, the role of medication-assisted therapy for addiction and how to determine mental health needs related to substance abuse. The school is also home to the state’s only addiction fellowship program.

    For more on the hearing and the push for more substance abuse training programs, visit the Newsroom.

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  • The future of health care: Check out IU School of Medicine’s annual report

    As the largest medical school in the United States, IU School of Medicine bears great responsibility for the future of health care in Indiana, throughout the country and around the world. The school made important progress during the 2018-19 academic year, which saw record research funding and the introduction of innovative new education programs.

    The school recently published its 2018-19 annual report, celebrating those accomplishments and chronicling ways the school’s faculty, staff and learners are improving lives. Learn more and download the report for details on how IU School of Medicine is innovating in education, leading through research, expanding residencies, and healing and caring.

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  • Take note of INScope’s year-end schedule

    Coinciding with holiday and semester schedules, INScope will not be distributed in late December and early January. The last issue of the year will be published on Thursday, December 19, with distribution resuming in 2020 on Thursday, January 9.

    Submit INScope news items to scopemed@iu.edu. Editorial guidelines are available on MedNet.

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Research News

  • Leaders of Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Discovery Center laser-focused on plans

    The IU School of Medicine-Purdue University Alzheimer's Disease Drug Discovery Center held a kickoff workshop in November, bringing together researchers for the first time to set expectations for the next several years. Alan Palkowitz, PhD, principal investigator for the center, said the meeting went very well.

    "We're putting plans into action and also creating the right team dynamic that will lay the foundation for success," said Palkowitz. "These kinds of meetings are important to make sure members of our diverse team get to know each other, and also at the same time, begin to see the overarching plan and all the different elements that need to come together as we implement the strategy and make progress toward our goals."

    In October, the National Institutes of Health awarded a grant expected to total $36 million over five years to launch the center, with the goal of accelerating development of treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Formal recruitment for key positions is underway and will go on for the next few months, in addition to purchasing needed equipment and research tools. 

    Read more about plans for the center in Precision Health.

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  • Study: Molecule could be key to healing diabetic wounds

    Researchers at the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering at IU School of Medicine are looking to a molecule to help wound healing in patients with diabetes.

    Symptoms of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes include increased thirst and urination, increased hunger, fatigue, blurred vision, numbness or tingling in the feet or hands, unexplained weight loss, or sores that do not heal. Sores that don’t heal can lead to what is known as a diabetic foot ulcer. The condition may cause patients to be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complications and may lead to amputation.

    Kanhaiya Singh, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in surgery, is first author in a research study that identified a molecule that could be responsible for the cause of slow and improper healing in those who suffer from diabetes. Learn more in this Q&A blog post.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Faculty: Apply for IU Kelley School of Business partnership programs

    In response to a growing demand for greater business acumen among physician leaders, IU School of Medicine has partnered with IU Kelley School of Business to provide a series of leadership development programs. These programs optimize faculty’s extensive medical expertise with insight into business and leadership, as they relate to health care.

    Any IU School of Medicine faculty member who is interested in leadership and gaining greater business skills may apply. Programs include:

    Business of Medicine Leadership Program (BMLP) — This program is designed to provide physician faculty and emerging leaders with a professional development opportunity that increases business acumen, leadership skills and expertise.

    Physician Leadership Course in Business Acumen — This six-month (six credit hours) program is targeted to physicians in leadership positions (e.g. residency and fellowship program directors, vice chairs) and promising future leaders. 

    Evans Fellowship in Health Care Leadership — The fellowship provides full tuition for the two-year Physician MBA Program, along with extensive coaching, networking and mentoring opportunities.

    Learn more and apply. Application deadlines vary. Refer to program links for details.

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  • Learn strategies for pursuing DoD funding at December 16 workshop

    The IU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is hosting a presentation on best practices and strategies for pursuing Department of Defense (DoD) funding. Opportunities offered through the DoD are a less understood and often under accessed source of research funding. Targeted to faculty working in health and life sciences, STEM and informatics, the presentation will provide:

    • An overview of the DoD funding landscape
    • Best practices for DoD grantsmanship
    • Available resources for developing and submitting a DoD proposal

    Participants will hear from external Washington DC-based experts from Cornerstone Government Affairs and The Conafay Group who have extensive experience working with the Department of Defense.

    More information and registration are available.

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  • Recent e-mails include 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 e-mails from IUSM Payroll for the latest information. Questions or need clarification? E-mail IUSMPay@iu.edu.

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  • Upcoming FEED event to offer insights on personal finances for physicians

    Brian Wagers, MD, will present the next Faculty Enrichment and Education Development (FEED) session, exploring basic personal finance concepts and offering a basic foundation to confidently manage finances and speak intelligently with a financial advisor.

    The presentation will be held from 8-9:30 am, Thursday, January 9, in Fairbanks Hall, Room 5005. More information and registration are available.

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  • Faculty and lab mentors needed for CUPID summer oncology program

    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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  • IU’s Whelan explains how HR strategic plan benefits employees

    In a recent “From the Desk” message, John Whelan, IU vice president for human resources, explains how the HR2020 strategic plan is benefiting university employees. Whelan addresses the staff employee engagement survey, Four Simple Actions and enhanced employee benefits in this News at IU post.

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Opportunities

  • December 31 is deadline to submit poster abstracts for LGBTQ health conference

    Time is running out to submit poster abstracts for the 2020 LGBTQ Health Care 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 by Tuesday, December 31.  

    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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  • Stepping Stones women’s leadership series kicks off January 15

    Highlighting women in leadership, the spring semester Stepping Stones series begins Wednesday, January 15. The lunchtime workshops are hosted by IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity and the school’s Women’s Advisory Council. The events are open to all faculty, staff and students. More details and registration links are available for the upcoming programs and speakers:

    Wednesday, January 15: Jo Ann Matory, MD

    Thursday, February 13: Linda DiMeglio, MD

    Wednesday, March 4: Julie Welch, MD

    Wednesday, April 22: Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD

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Partner News

  • Fortin Erazo named Eskenazi Health chief medical officer

    Saura Fortin Erazo, MD, MBA, has been named chief medical officer (CMO) for Eskenazi Health Center. In addition to serving as CMO, she will also serve as vice president of Eskenazi Medical Group. She succeeds Ken Klotz, MD, who is retiring from the CMO position this month.

    Specializing in family medicine, Fortin Erazo joined the Eskenazi Health team in 2010 as a primary care outpatient staff physician with Eskenazi Medical Group. She has served as the chief physician executive for Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care since June of this year and was previously in that role with Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care-Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. Fortin Erazo is an assistant professor of clinical family medicine at IU School of Medicine and also has an MBA from the IU Kelley School of Business.

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Kudos

  • Bonewald elected 2019 AAAS fellow

    Lynda Bonewald, PhD, professor of anatomy, cell biology and physiology and professor of orthopaedic surgery, is a newly elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The honor recognizes her distinguished contributions to the field of anatomy and cell biology, particularly for studies of the role of the osteocyte in muscle-bone interactions. Bonewald is among nine IU faculty elected AAAS fellows this year.

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