News to Use

  • New website supports 'Road to Accreditation'

    Every eight years, medical schools in North America begin a process of reflection and preparation, with the anticipated conclusion of renewed accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting body of U.S. medical schools. The IU School of Medicine has already begun the nearly two-year process of preparing for its LCME accreditation survey team visit in November 2016.

    Because every IUSM faculty and staff member will play an important role in this effort, a special website has been established to provide students, staff and faculty with information regarding the process and progress toward preparation.

    Visit the Road to Accreditation website to find answers to frequently asked questions about accreditation and to see pictures from a recent student event in support of the effort.

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  • IUSM orchestra to perform free concert April 19

    The IU School of Medicine Orchestra will present its spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., in Indianapolis.

    The concert is free and open to the public and will feature more than 40 talented medical and dental students, medical residents, faculty and staff of the IU schools of medicine and dentistry. 

    Musical selections will include Beethoven's "Fidelio Overture Op. 72," "Mothership" by Mason Bates, "Micaela's Aria" from "Carmen" by Georges Bizet, featuring Maria Solis, MS4, as vocal soloist, and Mozart's "Violin Concert No. 2" featuring soloist Phil Palermo of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. David Schurger is conducting. A coffee and cookie reception will follow the performance. 

    This event is sponsored by the IU School of Medicine Office of Medical Service Learning. For more information about this or other service learning initiatives, contact Lisa Christy at

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  • Donate used textbooks to support global health outreach program

    Students can donate textbooks year-round to fund medicine and supplies for the Enhancing Latin American Care Experiences project, a global health outreach program of the IUSM Department of Family Medicine. Books can be dropped off at the following campus locations:

    • ES 2129B, Study Abroad Office; contact Stephanie Leslie a
    • MS 166, Office of Medical Service Learning; contact Lisa Christy at
    • MS 158, Office of Financial Aid; contact Jose Espada at
    • LO 200, Department of Family Medicine; contact Elly Elmessoussi at

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  • Register for spring EndNote x7 courses

    Ruth Lilly Medical librarians will present courses on EndNote x7 on the following dates:

    • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8.
    • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21.
    • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 6.

    Class sessions will take place in the Ruth Lilly Medical Library. EndNote is a software tool for publishing styles with bibliographies and storing the full-text documents. The classes are useful for staff, researchers and medical writers throughout the IU School of Medicine. To register for a class, contact Sherry Kieper at

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  • 'Tech Talks' workshop series begins March 31

    The IUPUI Office of Women is collaborating with IU Women in Technology and UITS to present a new series of workshops -- Tech Talks -- to help learners get the most out of technology. The first workshop is at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 305. Michele Kelmer, IT Community Partnerships, UITS, is the workshop leader. Register online.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Haut named interim president of Riley at IU Health

    IU Health has announced that Paul Haut, M.D., IU School of Medicine associate professor of pediatrics, will serve as interim president of Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health beginning April 17. Dr. Haut will assume this position as Jeff Sperring, M.D., departs to become CEO of Seattle Children's Hospital. 

    Dr. Haut is currently chief medical officer at Riley Hospital, which has 430 beds and approximately 11,000 overnight stays each year. He became chief medical officer in early 2012, after the position was vacated by Dr. Sperring when he became CEO. Dr. Haut has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He specializes in pediatric hematology and oncology.

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  • Caine, Allen honored by Center for Leadership Development

    Virginia Caine, M.D., associate professor of medicine, and Sheryl Allen, M.D., associate dean of medical student affairs and associate professor of clinical emergency medicine and clinical pediatrics, are recipients of the Center for Leadership Development's Minority Achievement Awards.

    Dr. Caine, director of the Marion County Public Health Department, received the 2015 Mme. C.J. Walker (Outstanding Woman of the Year) Award. Dr. Caine is one of the nation's premier public health practitioners and has worked to promote and advance public health locally, nationally and internationally through innovative programs and unprecedented collaborations. For example, Dr. Caine was chair of the Indiana State Board of Health's AIDS committee that established the first HIV/AIDS school guidelines in the nation to allow Ryan White to attend school. As co-director of the Indianapolis Healthy Babies Initiative, Dr. Caine was instrumental with community leaders in efforts that reduced the black infant mortality rate to its lowest level in the history of Indianapolis.

    Dr. Allen was chosen as the recipient of the Center for Leadership Development's Minority Achievement Award for Achievement in Education, Postsecondary. In her role as an academic physician, Dr. Allen has served as a mentor to pre-medical and medical students, as well as pediatric and emergency medicine residents. Serving as associate dean for medical student affairs, Dr. Allen is focused on improving the services available to students and has expanded programming by increasing the number of staff in the office.

    "Dr. Allen is interested in improving the quality and approach of medical education, promoting cultural sensitivity, and she encourages students to participate in service-learning projects to expand their experiences with patients from all walks of life," wrote Peter Nalin, M.D., IUSM executive associate dean for educational affairs, in nominating Dr. Allen for this honor.

    The Center for Leadership Development is a non-profit organization with the mission to foster the advancement of minority youth in central Indiana as future professional, business and community leaders by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment. 

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  • Faculty promotion dossiers due July 3

    Faculty promotion dossier materials for promotions effective July 1, 2016, are now available. Dossiers are due in the dean's office (Academic Administration) no later than July 3, 2015. Some departments may have an earlier due date, which can be obtained from the department chair or regional center director's office.

    Contact Lynn Wakefield at no later than June 15, 2015, to inform the dean's office of intent to submit a dossier for promotion. Advice on dossier preparation is available from Deb Cowley at Sample dossiers are also available.   

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Student Showcase

  • 20th annual Spring House Calls is Saturday

    Nearly 120 medical students, their families and friends will pull on their gardening gloves and head to three inner city Indianapolis neighborhoods Saturday for the 20th annual Spring House Calls, the oldest service-learning project at IUSM.

    The volunteer crews will fan out in Haughville, Blackburn and a near-eastside neighborhood to perform yard work and landscaping at 35 homes and the Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 E. 10th St., home of the IU Student Outreach Clinic, a free clinic opened by the students nearly eight years ago.  

    The student-led event targets the homes of elderly, disabled or minority homeowners or fellowship halls to lend a helping hand.

    The students will begin the day at 8:30 a.m. at the Christamore House Family and Community Center, 502 N. Tremont St., Indianapolis. From there, the students will go to their appointed homes to remove weeds, plant flowers, mulch and perform other landscaping tasks. At 12:30 p.m., the volunteers and homeowners will gather at the Christamore House to enjoy lunch and a chance to connect and celebrate.

    This annual event is coordinated, managed and conducted by medical students with support from the IU School of Medicine’s Office of Medical Student Affairs. 

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  • IUSM service-learning group to distribute bike safety helmets

    The IUSM Boys and Girls Clubs service-learning group, in collaboration with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, will host a bike safety helmet distribution from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday April 9, at the LeGore Boys and Girls Club, 5228 W. Minnesota St., Indianapolis.  

    During the event, IUSM students will measure the heads of children to ensure proper helmet fit. Safety stations and other activities also are planned. Thanks to funding from the student group faculty advisor, Richard Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D., through the AOA Medical Student Service Leadership Project grant, the students, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs, will be able to provide 600 helmets to children at various clubs in Indianapolis.  

    To participate or learn more, contact the student chairs, Samer Kawak and Daniel Hinds, at . For information on any of the medical student service-learning groups, contact Lisa Christy at .

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  • Grants and awards -- February 2015

    IU School of Medicine researchers earned nearly $5 million in grants and awards -- excluding commercial projects -- in February 2015:

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Gustavo Arrizabalaga, Ph.D. National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Dissecting the role of Toxoplasma CDPK3 in parasite propagation and virulence 2/2/15 1/31/16 $195,000
    Fredrick Chite Asirwa, M.D. Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center Renewal (not prev committed) AMPATH Non-Malignant Hematology Program 1/1/15 12/31/15 $232,500
    David Patrick Basile, Ph.D. National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Renewal (not prev committed) Long-term effects of acute renal failure 2/1/15 1/31/16 $339,300
    Alan Breier, M.D. Health And Hospital Corporation Of Marion County New The Prevention and Recovery Center (PARC) for Early Psychosis Coordinated Specialty Care Program 9/1/14 8/31/15 $94,071
    John W. Brown, M.D. Riley Children's Foundation New Pediatric congenital heart datacenter and outcomes 7/1/14 6/30/15 $310,000
    Sara K. Custer, Ph.D. Families Of Spinal Muscular Atrophy New Transcriptional changes in an NSC-34 cell model of SMA 1/15/15 1/14/16 $70,000
    Stephanie D. Davis, M.D. Seattle Children's Research Institute New SHIP (Saline Hypertonic in Preschoolers) Study 11/1/14 10/31/18 $85,053
    Linda A. DiMeglio, M.D. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Internationa New Targeting Polyamines using DFMO in Persons with T1D 12/1/14 11/30/15 $367,488
    Tatiana M. Foroud, Ph.D. Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinsons Research New PPMI Widespread Recruitment Initiative GBA Study 12/1/14 11/30/15 $129,428
    Julianne Marie Giust, M.D. American Academy Of Pediatrics New Teen Leadership Council 2/4/15 8/3/15 $2,000
    Haitao Guo, Ph.D. National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Development of Novel Drug Candidates that Inhibit Hepatitis B Virus Covalently Closed Circular DNA Establishment 12/1/14 4/30/15 $681,531
    Rajash K. Handa, Ph.D. University Of Washington New Strategies to improve single-session success in nephrolithiasis 9/16/14 6/30/15 $564,951
    Debra Hickman, D.V.M. Johns Hopkins University New Effects of Music Enrichment on Individually Housed New Zealand White Rabbits 2/1/15 1/31/16 $4,386
    Michelle S. Howenstine, M.D. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Inc. New Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Development Network 2015 1/1/15 12/31/15 $146,691
    Katherine J. Kelly, M.D. Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (dci) New NOVEL MEANS OF GENE DELIVERY IN POLYCYSTIC KIDNEY DISEASE 12/1/14 11/30/15 $60,000
    Tim Lahm, M.D. Indiana University Health New National Biological Sample and Data Repository for PAH 3/1/14 2/28/15 $2,340
    Troy A. Markel, M.D. Thrasher Research Fund New Human mesenchymal stem cell therapy as a surgical treatment for necrotizing enterocolitis 1/1/15 12/31/15 $26,750
    Thomas W. McAllister, M.D. Massachusetts General Hospital New Lurie Family Autism Center Research Fund 10/1/14 3/31/15 $9,887
    Todd Owen McKinley, M.D. Johns Hopkins University New Streamlining Trauma Research Evaluation with Advanced Measurement (STREAM Study) 10/22/14 8/31/16 $17,000
    Todd Owen McKinley, M.D. Johns Hopkins University New OXYGEN: Supplemental Perioperative Oxygen to Reduce Surgical Site Infection After High Energy Fracture Surgery 1/26/15 9/29/15 $48,000
    Samy Meroueh, Ph.D. Indiana State Department Of Health New Small-Molecule Inhibition of RhoA Signaling Following Spinal Cord Injury 7/1/14 6/30/15 $120,000
    John I. Nurnberger, M.D., Ph.D. Duke University New A Phase 2A Study to Evaluate the Kappa Opioid Receptor as a Target for the Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Spectrum Disorders by Evaluating Whether LY2456302 Engages Key Neural Circuitry Related to the Hedonic Response 8/29/13 6/28/15 $465,081
    Irina Petrache, M.D. National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute Renewal (not prev committed) IU Training Program in Molecular Physiology and Clinical Mechanisms of Lung Disease 2/1/15 1/31/16 $270,766
    Mark D. Rodefeld, M.D. The Children's Heart Foundation New Cavopulmonary assist device development for Fontan circulatory support 1/1/15 12/31/15 $100,000
    Jie Sun, Ph.D. National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New IRF4 and immunity to influenza infection 2/10/15 1/31/16 $413,342
    Jeffrey B. Travers, M.D., Ph.D. U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs New IPA-Treana Porter 10/1/14 9/30/15 $10,054
    Michael R. Vasko, Ph.D. National Institute Neurological Disorders & Stroke New DNA damage and repair in inflammation-induced peripheral sensitization 2/1/15 1/31/16 $234,000

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  • Applications now being accepted for VA Young Investigators Awards

    The VA Medical Research Service at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center is accepting applications for small research grants as part of the VA Young Investigators Awards. A maximum of two awards of $20,000 to $30,000 each will be distributed from funding provided by the Indiana Institute for Medical Research. Applicants should be:

    • Qualified VA investigators (M.D, D.O., or Ph.D./RPh) with academic ranks not exceeding assistant professor and no current or prior history as principal investigators or awardees of NIH or VA funding.
    • 5/8 compensated employees and should not be IPA/WOC unless the applicants have the intention of becoming 5/8 compensated VA.

    Applicants should focus their proposals on discrete projects intended to produce preliminary data in support of future applications for VA Career Development Awards or VA Merit Review grants.  

    Intent to submit is due by Monday, May 4, and full applications must be submitted by Monday, May 18. Full application guidelines are available, as well as instructions for submission

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  • Poster abstracts for Cancer Research Day accepted through April 17

    The IU Simon Cancer Center is currently accepting abstracts for posters to be presented at Cancer Research Day Thursday, May 21. Abstracts should be submitted for one of the following research categories: 

    • Basic science.
    • Behavioral.
    • Population science/epidemiology.
    • Translational/clinical research.

    Abstracts will be divided and compared by the following groups within each research category: clinical nurse, graduate student, medical student, post-doctoral/medical fellow, research technician and faculty (not eligible for cash award).  

    Students, fellows and faculty conducting cancer research at IUPUI, Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University, and the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration of the IU School of Medicine and the University of Notre Dame, are eligible to present at Cancer Research Day.

    Cash awards will be given for best posters in each research category, by group. A panel of judges will be assigned to review abstracts and posters by research category and group. 

    Complete the registration and download the abstract template. Deadline to submit is 5 p.m. Friday, April 17. The IU Simon Cancer Center Cancer Research Day will take place at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., Room CE 450. 

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  • Evening of the Arts scheduled for April 11

    The 24th annual Evening of the Arts will be Friday, April 11, at Crispus Attucks High School. EOTA is a variety program and fundraiser that showcases the talent of medical students, faculty, residents and community members.

    The event's mission is to provide financial assistance to medical clinics working to meet the health care needs of the homeless and working poor of Indianapolis and surrounding areas. Funds are raised at each year's performance through ticket sales, a visual art auction, and by donations from area businesses and individual sponsors. Proceeds are donated to medical clinics that provide care to the underserved population of Indianapolis. The four clinics receiving benefits this year are Genessaret, Saint Thomas, Wheeler Mission and IU Student Outreach Clinic.   

    The silent auction begins at 5 p.m., followed by the variety show at 6 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the door. Cost for student tickets is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Non-student tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. 

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  • Save the date: Annual Neonatology Symposium is Aug. 7

    "New Approaches to Neonatal Liver and GI Disease" is the topic of a symposium to be presented by The Makenna Van Laeken Pediatric Liver Disease Endowment and the Fourth Annual Neonatology Symposium. The event will take place Friday, Aug. 7, on the IUPUI campus.

    Keynote speaker is Peter F. Whitington, M.D., Sally Burnett Searle Professor of Pediatrics and Transplantation, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Course topics include:

    • Neonatal Nissen/G-tube surgery.
    • Total parenteral nutrition and neonatal liver disease.
    • Necrotizing enterocolitis.
    • Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, rare causes and management.
    • Neonatal liver disease.

    For more information, view the symposium brochure or call 317-274-4782.

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  • IU faculty author clinical research handbook

    IU Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation faculty Flora M. Hammond, M.D.; James F. Malec, Ph.D.; and Ralph M. Buschbacher, M.D., have written "The Handbook for Clinical Research: Design, Statistics and Implementation." Published by Demos Medical Publishing, the book provides practical insights and expert tips for successful research design, analysis and implementation.  

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  • Rosario receives IUSM-Evansville distinguished service award

    Peter Rosario, M.D., was named the 2015 recipient of the Gordon T. Herrmann Distinguished Service Award at the recent IU School of Medicine-Evansville Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet. Dr. Rosario has been a volunteer clinical associate professor of medicine since 1991 at IUSM-Evansville. Before retiring, he practiced pulmonary medicine at St. Mary's Pulmonology Care Associates.

    Each year, members of the IUSM-Evansville faculty nominate volunteer clinical faculty members for distinguished service. The annual award honors physicians who work closely with IUSM-Evansville students and whose work in community engagement and excellence in practice exemplifies the physician-teacher. 

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  • Shreve receives AMA Foundation seed grant

    Jacob Shreve, a first-year medical student in the Schwarz Lab at IUSM-Notre Dame, received a 2015 Seed Grant from the American Medical Association Foundation for $2,500 on his project titled "Investigating Novel Therapies for Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia through Pathway Differential Expression."

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