News to Use

  • IUSM has lead role in Academic Health Center of the Future steering group

    Leaders from Indiana University School of Medicine and Indiana University Health are actively working to plan the "Academic Health Center of the Future" as part of a steering team formed last year.

    Information provided by working groups, which make up the broader steering team, are supporting key decisions regarding the delivery of high-quality adult care in downtown Indianapolis. Central to the working groups' work is a conviction that a strong AHC must not only support patient care but also excellence in research and education.

    While media reports are expected to continue to speculate on a potential new hospital facility, it is important to emphasize that no decisions related to a new facility, or its location, have been made.

    Watch for future updates regarding the AHC in InScope.

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  • IUSM alumnus endows over $3 million to school for medical scholarships

    Ralph Eugene Faucett, an IU School of Medicine alumnus and U.S. Navy officer who passed away Jan. 17, has provided more than $3 million through his estate to establish the Ralph E. and Elizabeth C. Faucett Scholarship to support future generations of IU medical students.

    The only requirement of the scholarship -- one of the 10 largest at the IU School of Medicine -- is that the recipient be a native of Indiana.

    Born in 1916, Dr. Faucett grew up working alongside his father in the fields on the family farm near Milton, Ind. After earning a bachelor’s degree in physiology and medicine, he enrolled in the IU School of Medicine, graduating in 1942, embarking on a 32-year career as a Navy physician.

    Dr. Faucett served with the 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division as a surgeon during the height of World War II. He crossed the South Pacific during some of the most intense fighting of the war, caring for soldiers throughout the Mariana Islands and Okinawa campaigns as well as the post-war occupation of Japan. His unit was deployed to Nagasaki after the atomic bombings to serve as peacekeeper forces.

    Dr. Faucett returned to Japan in 1962, serving as the chief of medicine for the naval hospital in Yokosuka and  as senior medical officer for a submarine squadron. He was later named director of submarine medicine at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Laboratory.

    He retired from active duty in 1974 with the rank of rear admiral. 

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  • Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0 approved

    Indiana received approval from the federal government Jan. 27 to implement a new version of the Healthy Indiana Plan, also known as HIP 2.0, which will offer healthcare access to 350,000 uninsured individuals in the state.

    Indiana becomes the 28th state, along with the District of Columbia, to expand Medicaid, and the fifth to receive a waiver. Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania also received permission to waive some federal rules for their programs. Indiana's waiver is currently approved for three years.

    HIP 2.0 includes several differences from Medicaid, including a required monthly contribution of $1 to $27 based on income into a personal health savings account. The program also contains a two-year test phase in which participants may be charged up to $25 for using an emergency room for a non-emergency service. Eligibility is based upon income, ranging from 255 percent of the poverty level for children to 24 percent of the poverty level for adults with children. The federal government will cover the cost of HIP 2.0 through 2016, declining to 90 percent by 2020.

    The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) will begin taking applications immediately, and coverage will begin February 1.

    For more information on HIP 2.0, visit

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Inaugural Department Administrator Awardees named

    Two IU School of Medicine administrators have been named recipients of the inaugural IUSM Department Administrator Annual Awards.

    The Department Administrator Annual Awards recognize department administrators who go above and beyond in their commitment to their profession and to the school.  There were 19 nominations for the inaugural award.  The recipients of the inaugural awards are:

    • Marsie Harrington, director of finance and administration in the Departments of Ophthalmology and of Orthopedic Surgery
    • Deborah Stombaugh, vice chair for finance and administration in the Department of Medicine

    "Department administrators are critical to the efficient management of the administrative systems upon which faculty depend," said Kathy Peck, executive associate dean for finance and administrative services at the IU School of Medicine. "Department administrators bring expertise in strategic and financial planning as well as analytical tools for decision making to the department. The school’s administrative systems and strategic decision making are dependent on their competency and professionalism."

    Harrington and Stombaugh received their award Jan. 9 during a luncheon with IUSM department administrators and Jay L. Hess, M.D., Ph.D., MHSA, dean of the IU School of Medicine and associate vice president for university clinical affairs.

    The winners also received a certificate for travel to the Association of American Medical College Group on Business Affairs/Group on Institutional Planning’s Spring Meeting in New York, NY, including registration, transportation, hotel costs and other expenses.

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  • AMWA meeting to showcase IUSM involvement

    Early registration for the centennial celebration conference of the American Medical Women's Association in Chicago ends Feb. 10.

    IU faculty, staff and learners will be well represented at the event, which is April 23-26, including

    Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, M.D., associate professor of clinical pediatrics and clinical medicine, who will be named president of the AMWA.

    In addition, IUSM community members holding national offices are: 

    • Chemen Tate, M.D., assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology, a member of the national board
    • Dana Bonaminio, M.D., a fourth-year radiology resident, chair for awards of the resident division
    • Kate O’Connor, a fourth-year medical student, director of the Region 6 Student Division
    • Kimberly Seidel, a fourth-year medical student, chair of the student division for the national conference

    Last year, over 30 students and residents attended the AMWA conference, with nearly all presenting research. The IUSM Office of Continuing Medical Education is also serving as the official CME provider for this year’s conference. 

    "The AMWA conference is an excellent opportunity for IU to demonstrate its commitment to advancing women in medicine and promoting women’s health," said Julie Welch, M.D., associate professor of clinical emergency medicine and co-advisor of the AMWA SIG.  "I am consistently impressed with our students’ and colleagues’ commitment to these important issues."

    Locally, AMWA hosts a number of professional development sessions open to all learners and faculty, including mentoring mixers, women’s history month programming and social events. Also active is the IUSM AMWA Student Interest Group, which includes chapters at the medical education campuses in Indianapolis, South Bend, Terre Haute and Evansville, as well as a partnership with Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Erin Ketchem and Carissa May, both fourth-year medical students, are co-presidents of the IUSM AMWA SIG chapter in Indianapolis.

    "IUSM has the largest representation of abstracts at the AMWA annual meeting for the last couple of years and last year swept the awards for the student division in clinical cases, as well as won two of the three awards for the resident division,” said Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber.  "I offer my sincerest congratulations to our students for their work and to the faculty and residents who inspire them."

    For more information on the AMWA at IUSM, visit the Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development website.    

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Student Showcase

  • Seventh annual Hunger Banquet set for Feb. 27

    The IU School of Medicine Global Health Student Interest Group will present the seventh annual Hunger Banquet from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the IUPUI University Tower Ballroom.

    Tickets are $10 for students, $15 general admission. Hunger Banquet t-shirts will also be on sale at the event for $12.

    Hunger Banquet is a fundraiser that raises awareness about global hunger issues that includes dinner, entertainment, a keynote speaker and a silent auction. This year's keynote speaker is Gary Burniske, managing director at the Purdue University Center for Global Food Security, who will discuss his international experiences with food security.

    Auction items at this year's event include an autographed copy of "The Fault in Our Stars" by Indianapolis author John Green and a year's supply of Panera bagels.

    All IUSM students, family and friends are encouraged to attend. All proceeds from the seventh annual Hunger Banquet will support the Tumaini Children's Drop-In Center in Eldoret, Kenya, and the AMPATH Orphan and Vulnerable Children's Fund.

    Donors and sponsors are still being sought for this year's event. For tickets, or for more information on becoming a donor or sponsor, visit the IUSM Hunger Banquet website.

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  • HANDS in Autism Training Sessions -- first session starts Feb. 10

    Join the HANDS in Autism Team for a three-day intensive training that focuses on providing hands-on experience and coaching in a simulated classroom/work environment. Individuals on the spectrum participate, facilitating a rich learning environment for all.

    While the program includes traditional instructional methods such as lectures and discussion, the emphasis of training is building increased knowledge and skill of the process of making appropriate programming decisions for each student, classroom, workplace, and/or intervention team through hands-on application and learning.

    • Feb. 10-12: Transition & Vocational Programming. This session targets vocational rehabilitation counselors; regional managers; employment service provider, employment service manager, vocational rehabilitation supervisor, BDDS counselors, job coaches, transition educators, secondary special educators, administrators, and other professionals working with students with developmental disabilities. Register online 
    • Feb. 24-26: Early Childhood Development. This session targets early childhood service providers, service coordinators, preschool teachers, primary special educators, daycare employees, administrators and other professionals working with students with developmental disabilities. Register online

    Both sessions will cover a range of instructional methods are included to provide optimal learning and application, including online modules, traditional didactic instruction, small and large group discussions, and observation of HANDS in Autism team interaction with a range of individuals representing varying functional abilities.

    The training environment will provide exposure to a variety of associated behavioral, educational, and topic-specific examples with live observation, video samples and scenario-based discussions and activities.

    Approximately 24 contact hours of continuing education credits will be awarded to those participants who attend the three days of training.

    Questions? Contact or 317-274-2675.

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  • GLUE grants seek to connect experts across campuses -- letters of intent due Feb. 20

    A new joint grant initiative between the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and Office of the Provost at IU Bloomington is currently seeking applications.

    The IU Grant Linking University-wide Expertise (GLUE) Awards will provide up to $100,000 to support the cross-campus development of multi-investigator and/or multi-project translational research teams that aim to submit multi-year extramural grant applications with annual budgets of $500,000 or higher. For example, NIH Project Planning Grants, "U series" grants, multi-PI R01s, Small Business Technology Transfer grants or Specialized Programs of Research Excellence grants. 

    Proposed projects should bring together two or more scientific teams who will develop appropriate administrative and technical "core" supports. Projects at any stage of their development will be accepted for review.

    Eligible applications must include a full-time, tenure track a primary investigator from IU Bloomington. Other team members should be from IUPUI or the IU School of Medicine. Team members from other CTSI partner institutions (Purdue or Notre Dame) also will be considered.

    Applications are due online 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20. Complete applications are due Friday, March 20. To apply, visit the Indiana CTSI website and log in using your institutional username and password.  

    Questions to Anne Nuygen (IUPUI) or Yvonne Lai (IU Bloomington) at

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  • Renal Imaging Technology Development Program applications due March 2

    Applications are sought for the Renal Imaging Technology Development Program, or RITDP, coordinated through the IUPUI Research Center for Quantitative Renal Imaging.

    Proposals should address research associated with the development of new, innovative, renal imaging-related technologies (i.e., any technology associated with the acquisition of images, display of image information, or quantitative analyses of the information contained within an image) that will enhance the diagnosis of kidney diseases and the evaluation of the efficacy of therapeutic interventions.

    A total of $45,000 from the RITDP is available to fund meritorious proposals. Although there is no specific limit for the total proposed budget (up to $45k), it is strongly recommended the maximum total budget for the submitted proposal not exceed the range of $10k to $15k. Proposed projects should not exceed one year.

    Applications are due 5 p.m. Monday, March 2. For more information on the RITDP program and complete application guidelines, visit the IUPUI Research Center for Quantitative Renal Imaging website.

    Questions to Mark Holland at .

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  • Milestones: IUSM staff retirements and service anniversaries

    Congratulations to the following IU staff members celebrating retirements and service anniversaries in October, November and December.

    IUSM staff service anniversaries in October, November and December:

    35 years 

    • Marilyn Baker, Department of Pediatrics - Chairman's Office, IUPUI

    30 years

    • Marjorie Albrecht, School of Medicine - Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Occupational Medicine, IUPUI

    25 years

    • Ada Douglas-Plummer, Support Services, IU South Bend

    20 years

    • Susan Salenda, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, IUPUI
    • Eileen Whelihan, Department of Neurology, IUPUI

    15 years

    • Nahid Akhtar, Department of Pediatrics - Pulmonary Basic Research, IUPUI
    • Michelle Artmeier, Department of Neurology, IUPUI
    • Ingeborg Auditore, Office of Research Administration, IUPUI
    • Stephanie Fitz, Department of Psychiatry, IUPUI
    • Ying He, Department of Pediatrics - Hematology /Oncology Basic Research, IUPUI
    • Janetta Matesan, School of Medicine - Biostatistics, IUPUI
    • Karen Smartt, School of Medicine - Admissions, IUPUI
    • Julie Tomlinson, Department of Surgery - Organ Transplant, IUPUI

    10 years

    • Darnell Coleman, School of Medicine - Office of Gift Development, IUPUI
    • Christopher Corr, School of Medicine - Krannert Institute of Cardiology, IUPUI
    • Cara Fast, Department of Pediatrics - Safety Education Outreach, IUPUI
    • Gloria Fritsch, Department of Neurological Surgery, IUPUI
    • Bernetta Hartman, Department of Medicine - Chairman's Office, IUPUI
    • Shirley Henning, Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, IUPUI
    • April Maines, Microbiology and Immunology, IUPUI
    • Susan Romie, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, IUPUI

    IUSM December staff retirees:

    • Peggy B. Barnes, 15 years of service, Department of Psychiatry
    • Debra Lynn Britt, 20 years of service, Department of Surgery - Vascular
    • Mary Jo Brock, 26 years of service, Department of Pediatrics - Neonatal Medicine
    • Ann Gunnip Coon, 24 years of service, Department of Pediatrics - Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
    • Sharon Sue Dodson, 17 years of service, Department of Pediatrics - Neonatal Medicine
    • Nancy M. Gibson, 12 years of service, University Pediatrics Association
    • Ann S. Haddix, 25 years of service, Department of Pediatrics - Hematology and Oncology
    • Mary F. HIckel, 19 years of service, Department of Pediatrics - Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
    • Kathy Hood, 12 years of service, Department of Ophthalmology
    • Linda A. Jacobs, 11 years of service, University Pediatrics Association
    • Peggy Ann Knople, 28 years of service, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics
    • Sharon Sue Hadler Kress, 42 years of service, Department of Pediatrics - Neonatal Medicine
    • Elleen M. Laughlin, 28 years of service, Department of Pediatrics - Neonatal Medicine
    • Randall James Luckey, 15 years of service, Department of Radiology
    • John Randolph Scott, 10 years of service, Department of Neurology
    • Patricia Ann Severns, 26 years of service, Department of Surgery - Plastic
    • Patricia Terrell, 35 years of service, Department of Surgery - Plastic
    • David Lane Vassell, 21 years of service, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics
    • Pamela Jo Webb, 22 years of service, Department of Surgery - Cardiovascular and Thoracic
    • Esther K. Zhivov, 22 years of service, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics

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  • Cardiology donates supplies to IPS 61

    The Krannert Institute of Cardiology hosted a donation drive in December to benefit students at Indianapolis Public School 61.

    Children at Clarence Farrington Elementary School received 25 pairs of shoes and other clothes, including school uniforms, hats, gloves, socks and leggings; pillows and bedding; and school supplies such as crayons, markers and pencils.

    "We're so excited about the generous donations from the Krannert Institute of Cardiology," said Emily DeWitt, a parent involvement educator at IPS 61. "The uniforms and shoes will enable students new to IPS to feel confident and fit in right away with their peers. The household items, especially the inflatable beds, pillows and linen, will help to families experiencing tough economic circumstances or a sudden move due to emergencies. Having a bed to sleep on, clean clothes to wear and shoes on their feet can help bolsters students' self -confidence and facilitate readiness for academic achievement."

    In recognition of their efforts, Krannert Institute members who donated supplies were invited to place a snowflake on a tree in displayed in their administrative offices.

    The drive was coordinated by Casey Roell, an academic administrator for the division of cardiology, Department of Medicine, and Krystal Vaught, a research assistant at the Krannert Institute. 

    To participate in the 2015 donation drive, email Krystal Vaught at

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