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  • IU School of Medicine launches Bicentennial Scholars program

    In honor of Indiana University’s bicentennial, IU School of Medicine will recruit and recognize 10 highly accomplished students with four-year scholarships and inclusion in a leadership development program involving the school’s top executives and esteemed faculty.

    The Bicentennial Scholars will matriculate in 2020, the year IU celebrates its 200th anniversary. Each scholar will receive a four-year scholarship that covers the cost of in-state tuition, with an estimated value of approximately $150,000. Students who are not Indiana residents will also receive a $10,000 annual supplement to help offset their higher tuition.

    “Indiana University School of Medicine has a distinguished history of preparing skilled and compassionate physicians who go on to serve as national health care leaders,” said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine and IU’s executive vice president for university clinical affairs. “The Bicentennial Scholars program will help us attract exceptional students who will continue that tradition of leading for the betterment of all.”

    More than half of IU-trained physicians practice in the state, with retention rates among the nation’s best.

    For more on the program, visit the Newsroom.

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  • Proposal deadline is January 15 for upcoming Education Day

    On Friday, March 6, IU School of Medicine will host its first Education Day aimed at bringing fresh perspectives to medical education The daylong event offers the opportunity for faculty, students, residents and fellows from all departments and campuses to showcase their medical education research through oral presentations, workshops, poster sessions and small group discussions.

    The deadline to submit proposals for Education Day is less than a month away. Proposals may be submitted until Wednesday, January 15, on a variety of topics, including:

    • Assessment and evaluation
    • Cultural competence
    • Critical thinking and clinical reasoning
    • Curriculum development
    • Effective feedback
    • Instructional techniques including online tools
    • Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS)
    • Pre-clinical instruction
    • Wellness

    See the blog post for a complete list of topics and more information. The IU School of Medicine Education Day will be held at the Riley Outpatient Center. Registration is available. CME credit will be available. Questions? Email Komal Kochhar at kkochhar@iupui.edu.

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  • Department of Ophthalmology developing new diabetic care program

    Damage to the eyes is a common side effect of uncontrolled blood sugar in a person with diabetes. The condition, called diabetic retinopathy, can lead to blindness and is one of the most common complications of diabetes. Approximately 4 million people in the United States are living with the disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

    In addition to its commitment to researching diabetic retinopathy, the IU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology is working to establish a Diabetic Eye Care Program, which would offer specialized treatment for those who suffer from the disorder.   

    This program is a “collaborative unit involving a multidisciplinary approach in treating patients with diabetic eye disease and improving clinical outcomes,” said ophthalmology faculty member Denis Jusufbegovic, MD, who is leading the charge toward the program’s creation.  

    The Diabetic Eye Care Program would allow doctors to work more closely while managing patients’ diabetes, have diabetic educators present on site in the clinic, provide social and psychological support to patients and lead IU telemedicine screening programs. 

    To learn more, read the Spirit of Medicine Q&A with Jusufbegovic.

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  • Submit Trustees’ Teaching Award nominations by January 13

    Each year, the Indiana University Board of Trustees recognizes faculty excellence in teaching with the Trustees’ Teaching Award. Exceptional 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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  • On the blog: Medical student draws on personal experience with cancer

    In the first month of the first year of medical school at IU School of Medicine, Sandi Jones walked into a room where a patient with advanced cancer waited.

    “I was so nervous going into that room—for him, for his wife, for me as someone who could go back into having a PTSD relapse,” Jones said. “And it didn’t happen. And the next patient I saw, I was able to hear them, to see them, as a person.”

    Jones knows better than most what it feels like to receive a life-changing diagnosis. This Christmas Eve, she will celebrate her six-year survivorship from acute myeloid leukemia. And now, as a third-year medical student in the Class of 2021 with aspirations to become an oncologist, she can sit beside a patient and offer true understanding in a space where few have traveled or can comprehend.

    In this Spirit of Medicine blog post, read about how Jones’ cancer journey, which included treatment at IU Simon Cancer Center, inspired her decision to become a physician.

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  • Next INScope issue is January 9

    Coinciding with the holidays and semester break, INScope will take a two-week hiatus from publication. Check your inbox on Thursday, January 9, for the first issue of 2020 when weekly publication resumes.

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Research News

  • Scientists link behavioral problems to malaria-related kidney injury

    Earlier this year, researchers determined that a common complication for children recovering from severe malaria is linked to long-term cognitive impairment. Now, they’ve worked to define how those impairments translate to behavioral outcomes for the thousands of children affected—especially in sub-Saharan Africa, where they are at high risk for parasite exposure.

    In a study published in PLOS One, IU School of Medicine scientists Andrea Conroy, PhDChandy John, MD, and their partners at Makerere University of School of Medicine in Kampala, Uganda, performed behavioral analyses on hundreds of Ugandan children between the ages of 1.5 to 12 years old who were recovering from severe malaria.

    Their goal was to determine whether there were differences in behavior, or behavioral outcomes, between children with and without acute kidney injury (AKI).

    The study is the first to identify a relationship between AKI and long-term behavioral outcomes in children surviving a critical illness complicated by kidney injury. They found that children over 6 years old who experienced malaria-related AKI had an increased risk for exhibiting problematic behavior—including aggression, rule-breaking, impulsivity and poor emotional control—for up to two years after hospital discharge.

    “This study provides insight into clinical complications that may impact long-term development in children following severe malaria,” said Conroy, who is a global leader in understanding AKI in children with severe malaria. “In order to reduce the long-term consequences of severe malaria and children’s neurodevelopment, behavior and quality of life, we need effective interventions to promote recovery.”

    Learn more about the study in the Newsroom.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Winter’s here: Check out the adverse weather policy

    This week’s snowfall is a reminder of what typically accompanies winter in Indiana—slick roads and potentially hazardous weather conditions. IU School of Medicine staff are reminded to check the university’s Adverse Weather Policy HR-11-20.


    Reminders for faculty, staff and students on the Indianapolis campus: 

    • While IUPUI generally does not close due to adverse weather, the primary concern is the safety of our faculty, staff and students. When the campus is open during adverse weather, employees are expected to use their best judgement to determine if the conditions create an extreme travel hazard when commuting to and/or from the workplace. Employees should not endanger themselves and heed any travel advisories announced by local or state officials. While advance notice requirements for use of time off will be waived, employees must make every effort to notify their supervisor if they are unable to get to work or wish to leave early. 
    • If adverse weather conditions are widespread and extremely severe, IUPUI Chancellor Nasser Paydar may cancel classes and/or close the campus. The cancellation of classes does not necessarily mean the campus is closed; they are separate and distinct actions authorized by the chancellor.
    • Employees should monitor Indianapolis-area media outlets for class cancellation(s) or campus closure, as well as visit iupui.edu or protect.iu.edu, or follow IUPUI on Facebook or Twitter. To receive notification of class cancellations and/or campus closings via IU Notify—the university’s emergency notification system—employees must update their emergency contact information through One.IU by searching “IU Notify” and clicking on Emergency Notification Settings.

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  • E-mails outline year-end payroll, PTO details

    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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  • Redman named emeritus professor

    Kent L. Redman, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, has been approved for emeritus status, effective upon his retirement from IU School of Medicine on December 31.

    A faculty member for 25 years on IU School of Medicine’s Fort Wayne campus, Redman served as course director for both medical biochemistry and medical genetics in the former curriculum and currently serves as IU School of Medicine–Fort Wayne site director for the courses Molecules to Cells to Tissues (MCT), and GI and Nutrition. He was heavily involved as a member of the MCT course and exam development teams during the creation of the new curriculum. Redman received the campus’ Excellence in Medical Education Award in 2019 and has contributed significantly to the teaching mission of the Fort Wayne campus. His dedication to teaching has been greatly appreciated by his students.

    During his career, Redman contributed to the school’s research efforts by publishing in the area of formation and role of 5-methylcytosine in RNA. He also mentored many medical, undergraduate and graduate students in his laboratory and contributed to the school’s annual student education and research fellowship program.

    Emeritus designation may be awarded upon retirement from IUPUI to faculty members and others as recognition of "substantial contributions to the university in the fields of teaching, research and/or service." Redman’s emeritus status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Redman and appreciates his contributions to the school and university.

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Opportunities

  • Tickets available for Med School Night Live on January 10

    Med School Night Live is coming up, and tickets are now on sale. Presented by the Second Year Show committee, the event will take place from 7-9 pm, Friday, January 10. The show is organized by medical students from all four years and across all nine IU School of Medicine campuses. Inspired by Saturday Night Live, this year’s show will feature humorous live and pre-recorded skits that focus on life in medical school. Purchase your tickets.

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  • Apply for diabetes and metabolic diseases pilot grant; LOIs due January 17

    A primary research-related activity of the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) program is to foster the development of new diabetes-related investigators and provide seed support for innovative, high-risk projects. The P&F program has two different grant mechanisms:

    Full P&F Grants: This mechanism will fund up to $50,000. If the awardee is a researcher at IU School of Medicine, IU Bloomington, IUPUI or Purdue Engineering, their award will be supplemented with $10,000 for a larger total award of $60,000.

    Core P&F Grants: This mechanism will fund up to $5,000 for IDRC core usage. These “core bucks” will allow both new and established investigators to obtain key preliminary data for a developing area of diabetes-related research.

    Applications are being accepted for both mechanisms from investigators at Indiana University (IU School of Medicine, IU Bloomington, etc.), IUPUI, Purdue University, Ball State University, University of Notre Dame and the Indiana Biomedical Research Institute.

    More information and application details are available. Letters of intent (LOIs) are due Friday, January 17, and the application deadline is Tuesday, March 17.

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