Top News

  • Wellness update: Initial experience and vision for the future

    Since her appointment last year as inaugural associate dean for wellness at IU School of Medicine, Jennifer Hartwell, MD, FACS, CNSC, has been busy learning about the climate of wellness for faculty, learners and staff. Hartwell, who also serves as chief wellness officer for IU Health Physicians, has met with more than 50 stakeholders to learn more about the great work that’s been accomplished and opportunities to further address the physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs of faculty, learners and staff.

    In this wellness update, she shares insights about her first months in the role, reviews the current wellness landscape and discusses the strategic plan currently being developed by the newly created Health and Wellness Advisory Council.

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  • Reminder: Trustees’ Teaching Award nominations due Monday

    The deadline to submit nominations for this year’s Trustees’ Teaching Award is Monday, January 13. Each year, the Indiana University Board of Trustees recognizes faculty excellence in teaching with this prestigious 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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  • Submit proposals by January 15 for inaugural Education Day

    Aimed at bringing fresh perspectives to medical education, IU School of Medicine will host its first Education Day on Friday, March 6. 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 Wednesday, January 15. Proposals may be submitted 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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  • Med School Night Live is tomorrow

    Don’t miss the annual tradition taking place Friday, January 10, as the IU School of Medicine Second Year Show committee presents Med School Night Live. Organized by medical students from all four years and across all nine campuses, this year’s show will feature humorous live and pre-recorded skits that focus on life in medical school. The event will take place from 7-9 pm at the IUPUI Campus Center Theater, CE002. Tickets are $5 if purchased in advance or $10 at the door.

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Research News

  • Research data management plans due March 31

    Beginning in 2019, IU School of Medicine established a requirement that data management plans (DMP) be completed by all externally funded faculty members. The school took this leadership position as the national conversation emphasizing the importance of research rigor and reproducibility began to escalate. Major funders—the National Institutes of Health being the most recent example—continue to encourage increased standards of reporting related to data management and data sharing.

    “Our new Data Management Plan Program is strengthening the integrity and usability of our data and research and strongly positioning IU School of Medicine for the changes taking place at the national level,” said Anantha Shekhar, MD, PHD, executive associate dean for research affairs.

    Externally funded faculty members are required to submit their DMPs by Tuesday, March 31. Several resources have been created to assist in creating DMPs that fit this requirement: 

    For additional assistance or an in-person presentation to be delivered at an upcoming department/faculty/center meeting, contact medlref@iupui.edu.

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  • Drug developed at IU enters clinical trial

    A drug molecule that was developed in an IU School of Medicine laboratory has just been administered to its first round of patients.

    Chondrial Therapeutics Inc., a clinical-stage biotechnology company co-founded by IU School of Medicine Professor of Pediatrics R. Mark Payne, MD, in 2011, announced earlier this month that its flagship compound is entering Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and tolerability of single ascending doses. The drug is intended to treat Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), a rare but debilitating genetic disorder for which there are no approved treatments.

    As physician scientist at the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Payne’s research provides the scientific basis for which the compound, CTI-1601, was developed.

    “Due to a genetic abnormality, patients with FA don’t produce enough of an important protein called frataxin,” said Payne. “CTI-1602 is the only frataxin replacement therapy in clinical development, and this trial will bring us closer to improved treatment for the thousands of people who are affected.”

    For more, visit the Newsroom.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Don’t forfeit your TSB dependent care dollars

    Indiana University wants every employee to receive the full benefit of their Tax Saver Benefit (TSB) Dependent Care reimbursement account contributions. To obtain the exact amount of your balance, you may contact Nyhart, the plan administrator, directly or login to your Nyhart account at iu.nyhart.com.

    In addition, take note of the following reminders: 

    • You may only submit claims for dependent care expenses incurred during the calendar year, January 1 – December 31. Expenses must be paid by the employee out of pocket, then a claim for reimbursement is submitted to Nyhart.
    • TSB dependent care claims must be submitted to Nyhart by April 15, 2020. Claims can be submitted by logging on to nyhart.com or by submitting a paper claim form (PDF) directly to Nyhart. Do not submit the claim by multiple methods.
    • Claims from your 2019 TSB dependent care account will not be reimbursed if received after April 15, 2020.
    • Any unused balance remaining in your TSB dependent care account after April 15, 2020, will be forfeited.

    Visit the TSB plan webpage for additional information and FAQs. Questions and/or balance inquiries? Contact Nyhart at 800-284-8412 or support@nyhart.com.

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  • IU School of Medicine seeks psychiatrist to serve learners, trainees

    The IU School of Medicine Department of Mental Health Services is accepting applications for a psychiatrist to join the school and provide clinical care to medical learners and trainees. This position is based in Indianapolis and serves as part of both the Department of Mental Health Services and the Department of Psychiatry to promote psychological health, well-being and success for IU School of Medicine learners and trainees on all nine campuses.

    The primary role of this position will be to provide direct clinical care to trainees within the school, including medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows. More details are available or contact Samia Hasan, MD, at hasans@iu.edu for more information.

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  • Check out this month’s Department of Medicine Diversity Grand Rounds events

    As part of its 50/50 by 2020 equity and inclusion initiative, the Department of Medicine is encouraging 50 percent representation of underrepresented faculty and women faculty speakers. In efforts to diversify grand rounds, the department is promoting the following events in January:

    “They Have Built It, Will We Come: Diversifying STEM Through Community Partnerships”
    Crystal Morton, PhD, IU School of Education
    Friday, January 24; noon-1 pm
    Emerson Hall Auditorium, Room 304

    “Disabusing Disability: Demonstrating that Disability is Not Inability”
    Oluwaferanmi Okanlami, MD, MS, University of Michigan Medical School
    Friday, January 31; noon-1 pm
    Emerson Hall Auditorium, Room 304

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  • Communicating Science series begins February 3

    It’s back by popular demand. The three-session Communicating Science series is designed to train participants to communicate complex scientific topics more effectively to non-experts like patients, learners, lawmakers and funders. This program is free and open to all IU School of Medicine and IUPUI faculty and graduate students.

    Session 1: Connecting with your audience
    Monday, February 3; 4-6 pm

    Session 2: Distilling your message
    Monday, February 10; 4-6 pm

    Session 3: Media training for scientists and physicians
    Monday, February 17; 4-6 pm

    Session descriptions and registration are available.

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Opportunities

  • Indiana CTSI and IU Center for Global Health provide funding for reciprocal innovation

    Faculty members and researchers from Indiana UniversityPurdue University and the University of Notre Dame and other Indiana health leaders believe that strategies and solutions developed with partners in low- and middle-income countries hold promise to address not only global health challenges, but local health challenges as well.

    New grant opportunities sponsored by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and the IU Center for Global Health (IUCGH) seek to foster this intentional system of international global health collaboration called reciprocal innovation. More details about the funding opportunities are available. 

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  • Deadline extended to submit poster abstracts for LGBTQ health conference

    There’s still time 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. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to Friday, January 17. Poster presentations on topics that influence best practices for LGBTQ patient experiences are encouraged. Submit an abstract

    More information and conference registration are available.

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  • Stepping Stones women in leadership series begins January 15

    The spring semester Stepping Stones series, highlighting women in leadership, 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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  • January 23 town hall to focus on advocating for ability rights

    Angela Tomlin, PhD, professor of clinical pediatrics, and Stephan Viehweg, MSW, assistant research professor of pediatrics, will address the topic of ability rights and intellectual disabilities in health care from noon-1 pm, on Thursday, January 23. Internationally known for their impact on health disparities, Tomlin and Viehweg work with adult patients and advocates to positively change health care.

    Learn more about what drives these health professionals to advocate for ability rights in this Faculty News blog post. Register for the town hall.

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Partner News

  • IU Health Schwarz Cancer Center opens

    On Monday, January 6, the Indiana University Health Joe & Shelly Schwarz Cancer Center opened on the campus of IU Health North Hospital. The $55 million cancer center brings together a variety of cancer care services, including radiation oncology, hematology-oncology, pharmacy, laboratory and patient navigation.

    Shelly Schwarz, along with her late husband, Joe Schwarz, committed $10 million to the cancer center. Joe Schwarz passed away in March 2018 after his second battle with cancer. Shelly made the gift to honor Joe’s grateful spirit and to recognize the care he received as an IU Health patient.

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Kudos

  • Herzog named editor in chief of Molecular Therapy journal

    Roland Herzog, PhD, Riley Children’s Foundation Professor of Immunology, has been named editor in chief of Molecular Therapy, a highly regarded medical journal. A recent editorial authored by Herzog discusses the journal’s role in highlighting important research advancements in molecular medicines, and gene and cell therapies.

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