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  • Over 90 percent of students complete IUSM Report Card; Dean Hess recognizes effort with video

    IUSM students came out in full force over the past few months to design and complete a comprehensive questionnaire about the medical student experience. The survey, called the IUSM Report Card, is required for the school’s reaccreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. The overall response rate to the survey across all nine statewide campuses was 90.7 percent, surpassing the student team’s goal.

    Dean Jay Hess responded to the impressive student effort with a special tribute video, which is being widely shared and viewed via social media.  

    “We would like to thank all students who participated, student leaders for their dedication and creativity, and faculty and staff who made it possible for students to complete the survey,” co-leaders Janice Farlow, M.D., Ph.D. candidate; Ben Ulrich, MS2; and Dessi Moneva, MS3 and Medical Student Council president, said. 

    The IUSM Report Card team reported these additional final results after the survey closed on April 16:

    • Response rates for all campuses were over 85 percent. Every campus had 100 percent completion for at least one class.  
    • Three campuses (Lafayette, Muncie and Terre Haute) achieved 100 percent response rates for all four class years. Two campuses (Evansville and South Bend) had 100 percent completion for first through third years.
    • At Indianapolis, 100 percent of first-year students completed the survey, and all but one second-year student completed the survey.
    • Statewide, second-year students achieved a 99.7 percent response rate, just above the first-year response rate of 99.4 percent.

    Students will now begin analyzing the data in preparation for the submission that supports IUSM's pursuit of reaccreditation. For more information, visit IUSM Road to Accreditation or IUSM Report Card.

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  • Newhouse chosen to lead IU School of Nursing

    IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz recently announced that Robin P. Newhouse has been named dean of the IU School of Nursing. Newhouse’s appointment is effective July 1, and she succeeds Michael Weaver who has served as interim dean since August 2014.

    Newhouse is a nationally recognized researcher and nursing leader, chairing the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. An experienced researcher, she currently serves as chair of the University of Maryland Baltimore’s Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, which has more than 50 faculty members. She also has authored nearly 100 articles and publications.

    Newhouse earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Maryland Baltimore County; master of government administration in health care administration from the University of Maryland University College; master of science in nursing administration from the University of Maryland Baltimore and a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Maryland Baltimore.

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  • Abstract submission deadline for Cancer Research Day is April 24

    The IU Simon Cancer Center is accepting abstracts for posters to be presented at Cancer Research Day, which is Thursday, May 21.

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

    Abstracts should be submitted for one of the following research categories:

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

    In addition, one of the following categories must be selected by the submitter:

    • Clinical nurse
    • Graduate student
    • Medical student
    • Post-doctoral/medical fellow
    • Research technician
    • Faculty (not eligible for cash award)

    A panel of judges will be assigned to review and score qualifying submissions. Monetary awards will be provided to the best abstract/poster within each group for each research category. (Faculty are not eligible for monetary awards.)

    Individual laboratories may submit multiple abstracts; if space becomes limited, each laboratory will be asked to identify representative posters. All abstracts must be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, April 24. Complete the Cancer Research Day application and abstract template

    Cancer Research Day is an annual event that aims to increase understanding and awareness of IU Simon Cancer Center research endeavors and encourage collaboration with other cancer research institutions in Indiana. 

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  • Eskenazi Health Farmers? Market opens May 5

    The Eskenazi Health Farmers’ Market will kick off its eighth season Tuesday, May 5. The market provides fresh and local produce, fresh baked goods, plants and other market items to the public. This year’s market incorporates new elements as well, including yoga, music, cooking demonstrations, free food samples and more.

    Every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., The Commonground in front of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital will transform into a farmers’ market with several vendors, local farmers, meditation classes and fitness demonstrations. The market runs throughout the summer months and ends Tuesday, Sept. 15. The event will occur rain or shine.

    While the market’s aim is to attract Eskenazi Health employees and others on the IUPUI campus, all visitors and guests are encouraged to stop by and visit the farmers’ market. The Eskenazi Health Parking Garage is accessible for patrons and is located just west of the market on Dr. Harvey Middleton Way. For more information, call 317-880-3300.  

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  • IUPUI street projects to begin next month

    Plans to convert both New York and Michigan streets into two-way traffic on the IUPUI campus are scheduled to begin in May when work starts on New York Street, and will continue until November 2017 when changes to Michigan Street are expected to be complete.

    By the time the projects are finished, both of IUPUI’s primary east-west thoroughfares will become two-way streets between West Street (on the eastern edge of campus) and White River Parkway (on the west side of White River).

    The project is part of IUPUI’s master plan and offers multiple benefits, including:

    • Improvements to vehicle and pedestrian safety.
    • Facilitated traffic movement.
    • Increased travel options for drivers, transit and cyclists.
    • Creating a sense of place on campus.

    The project was announced last July as part of a long-range partnership with the city of Indianapolis and IUPUI, including upgrades to the IU Natatorium and other changes to westside neighborhoods near campus. The improvements will be financed by the Indianapolis Downtown tax-increment financing fund and supervised by the city’s Department of Public Works.

    The project will provide landscaping changes along both streets as well as new and safer bicycle lanes and safer crosswalks for students, employees and guests as they visit the campus.

    The project includes two phases: New York Street changes will be made from May of this year to May 2016. Michigan Street will be revamped beginning in the summer of 2016, ending in November 2017.

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  • Save the date: Eskenazi Health Stride coming May 30

    The Eskenazi Health Foundation will host the fifth annual Eskenazi Health Stride on Saturday, May 30. This year’s event features both a 5K and five-mile course that begins and ends at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus.

    The Eskenazi Health Stride supports community health through awareness and education, emphasizing the importance of exercise, wellness and living healthfully. Highlights for this year’s event include a downtown course, timing and scoring system by IPICO Sports and group awards by age. A shirt, food and drink will be provided to each participant. Walkers and beginning runners are welcome and encouraged to take part. Free parking will be available on the Eskenazi Health campus for all participants.

    The event will begin with registration and packet pick-up at 6:30 a.m., with the opening ceremony and race events starting at 7:45 a.m. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

    Pre-race registration is $23 per person, and same-day registration is also available for $28. For more information, contact Ollie Hairston, manager of donor relations and special events for the Eskenazi Health Foundation, at or 317-880-4910.

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Research News

  • Grants and awards -- March 2015

    IU School of Medicine researchers earned nearly $1.9 million in grants and awards -- excluding commercial  projects -- in March 2015.

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Chandrashekhar A. Kubal, M.D. Indiana University Health New Altered motility, microflora and inflammation in intestine/multivisceral transplants 6/1/14 5/31/15 $50,000
    Shanxiang Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. Indiana University Health New Identification of miRNAs for a unique subset of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma with better prognosis 6/1/14 5/31/15 $50,000
    Khalid S. Mohammad, M.D., Ph.D. University Of California, San Francisco New The mechanistic control of bone extracellular matrix material properties by TGFb 8/1/14 7/31/15 $39,000
    Todd O. McKinley, M.D. Johns Hopkins University New The Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium - METRC 2 9/15/14 9/14/15 $120,346
    Richard L. Bell, Ph.D. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Renewal Preclinical Medications Screening in P and HAD Rats 9/29/14 9/28/15 $354,571
    Stephanie D. Davis, M.D. Seattle Children's Research Institute New Saline Hypertonic in Preschoolers (SHIP) 11/1/14 10/31/15 $58,322
    David C. Delgado, M.D. National Marrow Donor Program New Natural History and Biology of Long-Term Effects Following Hematopoietic Cell Transplant for Childhood Hematologic Malignancies. 12/1/14 11/30/15 $27,500
    Teresita M. Bellido, Ph.D. National Osteoporosis Foundation New Oat avenanthramides and protection from oxidative stress in bone cells 2/12/15 2/11/18 $37,500
    Cynthia D. Brown, M.D. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation New CFF Second Year Fellow 3/1/15 2/29/16 $61,250
    Theodore R. Cummins, Ph.D. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke New FHF2A and FHF2B in sensory neurons: potential regulators of resurgent currents 3/1/15 8/31/16 $26,903
    Lyne Racette, Ph.D. Glaucoma Research Foundation New Early detection of glaucoma progression using structural and functional data jointly 3/1/15 2/29/16 $40,000
    Sarah E. Wiehe, M.D. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality New Identifying Opportunities to Reduce STI/HIV Disparities among Recent Offenders 3/1/15 2/29/16 $249,946
    Andy Q. Yu, M.D., Ph.D. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases New Targeting latently infected Tfh cells to achieving a functional cure of HIV-1 3/1/15 2/29/16 $386,305
    Momoko Yoshimoto,, M.D., Ph.D. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases New Embryonic origin and self-renewal of B-1a cells 3/10/15 2/29/16 $390,000

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  • IUSM Department of Family Medicine seeks to fill two positions

    The IU School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine is seeking applicants for two available positions: curriculum director and executive director of Indiana Area Health Education Centers Network. Both positions carry the title of assistant or associate professor of family medicine.

    Curriculum director -- Major responsibilities of the curriculum director include developing, implementing and managing multiple curricular components within the department’s Medical Student Education division; assessing needs from various stakeholder groups and providing faculty development on educational technology and changes to the curriculum. The incumbent will develop a comprehensive plan to assess student outcomes and program effectiveness, and will provide leadership for and management of the instructional and administrative information technology and distance learning services used as part of the education mission. Full curriculum director job description and qualifications are available.

    Executive director of Indiana Area Health Education Centers Network -- The executive director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of IN-AHEC, a statewide health workforce development initiative with a mission to improve health by recruiting, training and retaining health care professionals in underserved communities through academic-community partnerships. The executive director is responsible for oversight of the IN-AHEC Network and the major components: strategic planning, community-based needs assessment, board maintenance, advocacy, effective public and governmental relations and developing/maintaining an evaluation system that achieves key health workforce outcomes. Full executive director job description and qualifications are available.

    Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Qualified applicants should send letter of interest, complete academic curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to: Department of Family Medicine - Faculty Recruiter, 1110 W. Michigan St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5102.

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  • New IU certificate program trains health care innovation leaders

    A new IU School of Medicine program offers the nation's first graduate certificate in health care innovation and implementation science. The pioneering hybrid program -- online plus one weekend a month on campus in Indianapolis -- is targeted to clinicians and health care administrators who aspire to be catalysts for improved health care outcomes at lower cost.

    The training will provide working clinicians -- doctors, nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and others -- plus health care administrators such as clinic or practice managers and program directors with the skills to become effective change agents. The certificate will give participants applied knowledge on how to successfully identify, implement, localize, evaluate and scale up evidence-based practices, as well as innovate and invent new models of care and processes when evidence-based practices do not exist. 

    "This certificate will provide working professionals at all levels with the skills needed to become transformational change agents and disruptive innovators capable of delivering, sustaining and constantly improving their health care systems and the care they deliver," said Malaz Boustani, M.D., the chief operating officer of the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science and a nationally known authority on innovation and on implementation science. "Program graduates will be prepared to help the health systems for which they work drive improvement and innovation efforts." 

    The graduate certificate program is offered by the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science at the IU School of Medicine. In addition to health care, the center has expertise in health economics, operations management, project and team management, industrial engineering, biostatistics, implementation science and innovation.

    Students in the program are required to have at least two years of health care work experience and a bachelor’s degree. Details on the graduate certificate program and application materials are available.

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  • Register for HANDS in Autism summer trainings for families, school personnel

    This summer HANDS in Autism is offering weeklong intensive trainings that focus on hands-on experience and coaching with varied instructional methods to meet the needs of all participant learners. There are sessions for both families and caregivers and school and service personnel.

    Traditional lecture and discussion, as well as hands-on application with children with autism spectrum disorder, foster learning of practical behavioral and educational strategies that support effective implementation and appropriate programming decisions for students with ASD and all neurodevelopmental disorders. 

    Intensive Week-Long Training for Families and Caregivers:
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 6 to 10
    Register for family and caregiver training session.
    Apply for caregiver training scholarship opportunity.

    Intensive Training Week for School and Service Personnel:
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 20 to 24 (elementary school focus)
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 27 to 31 (middle and high school focus)
    Register for school and service personal training sessions.
    Apply for school training scholarship opportunity.

    For more information, e-mail or call 317-274-2675.

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