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  • Funds approved for new academic medical center in Evansville

    On Wednesday Indiana Governor Mike Pence approved up to $42 million in funding for the Indiana Economic Development Coalition's Great Southwest Regional Development Plan, which encompasses 19 projects. The plan includes approximately $9 million in planned funds for expanding the IU Academic Medical Education and Research Center in downtown Evansville. Steven Becker, M.D., associate dean and director of IUSM-Evansville, helped develop this regional plan. For more information, view the governor's office news release issued yesterday.

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  • National headlines feature expert insights from IUSM faculty

    The work and expertise of IUSM faculty members were highlighted by top national media outlets this week. Here’s a recap:

    Those seeking alternatives to ER care advised to conserve resources
    In her U.S. News & World Report column, Elaine Cox, M.D., IUSM professor of clinical pediatrics, examines why so many patients seek care from the ER, stating these visits “are very costly in terms of both time and money.” According to Dr. Cox, “Other more optimal options exist for care,” such as urgent care centers, and “as a society, we must ensure that ERs are functional and affordable when our time comes” by choosing appropriate alternatives in order to “conserve our health care resources.”

    Frankel provides commentary on computer use in exam rooms
    Based on an article published last month in JAMA Internal Medicine, the Wall Street Journal reported that patients gave lower care ratings to doctors who spent a lot of time looking at a computer screen during examinations. The article mentions that Richard Frankel, Ph.D., IUSM professor and Regenstrief Institute investigator, developed the POISED model, identifying best practices for computer use in exam rooms.

    Carroll: Politics affects even basic health decisions
    Writing for the New York Times “The Upshot” blog, IUSM professor of pediatrics Aaron Carroll, contends that “Like it or not, someone other than your doctor is in the business of recommending your medical treatments.” He explains the “increasing controversy” around the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendations, which in some cases have been “specifically ignored” by regulators while, in other cases, Congress has moved to “overrule them with legislation.”

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  • Happy holidays from InScope; Next issue is Jan. 7

    The InScope editorial team wishes all IUSM students, faculty, staff and friends a safe and joyful holiday season. The next issue of InScope will be distributed Thursday, Jan. 7. News items, announcements, events and story ideas may be submitted to Also, please note: The editors frequently check IUSM entity web pages for story ideas, so be sure to keep information on your pages up to date. Happy holidays!

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Meslin to lead Council of Canadian Academies

    Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D., FCAHS, who joined the IU School of Medicine in 2001 as the founding director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics, will be the next president and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies.

    Dr. Meslin will start Feb. 1 at the council, an independent, not-for-profit organization established in 2005 to support independent, authoritative and evidence-based expert assessments that inform public policy development in Canada. It is located in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.

    A native of Canada who received his doctorate at Georgetown University, Dr. Meslin came to IU after serving from 1998 to 2001, by appointment of President Bill Clinton, as executive director of the U.S. National Bioethics Advisory Commission. Previously he was director of bioethics research for the ELSI program at the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute.

    Dr. Meslin regularly advises national and international health and bioethics organizations and was appointed a Chevalier de l’Order nationale du Mérite (Knight of the National Order of Merit) by the French Ambassador to the United States for contributions to French bioethics policy in 2007, and inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2015.

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  • Two directors join IUSM Graduate Division

    Patti Holt and Lauren Easterling joined the IU School of Medicine Graduate Division in November.

    Holt, the division’s new director of fiscal affairs and HR services, has more than 15 years of fiscal, administrative and human resources experience on the IUPUI campus, most recently in the mathematics department. She has experience in organizational leadership and supervision, fiscal management of departmental and university grant and foundation accounts, team development, and training. She earned a BS in organizational leadership and supervision from Purdue University, Indianapolis, and will complete a MS in adult education from IU this month.

    Easterling is the division’s first director of trainee services. She has worked on the IUPUI campus for three years, most recently as an instructional technology consultant in the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning. Easterling is a doctoral candidate in Instructional Systems Technology at the IU School of Education in Bloomington. She has experience teaching at the graduate, undergraduate and K-12 levels in fields of educational technology, statistics and mathematics.

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  • Backup child and elder care is now available

    Backup child and elder care is now available through for full-time academic and staff employees, residents, fellows, and graduate students at IU School of Medicine and throughout the IU system. This service is available in the event of school closings, severe weather and illness. If you don’t have a trusted emergency backup care provider, you can look for one using this free resource available to IU employees. With questions, contact IU Human Resources at

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Student News

  • Medical student Sutterer shares profound experience in blog post

    This month during his Internal Medicine rotation, Brian Sutterer, MS3, was reminded through one special experience why he wants to become a doctor—and what that means beyond diagnosing disease and formulating treatment plans.

    “It can be disappointing at times to get the diagnosis wrong or to propose an incorrect treatment plan to your team. It can make you feel like you let your patient down and you aren’t doing your job,” Sutterer writes in his latest blog post. “I felt this way a lot until an experience today showed me the invaluable role that we actually play in patient care as third-year students.”

    Read Brian’s latest blog post for more about what he calls “a valuable lesson.”

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  • IUSM student-run clinic hosts Mental Wellness Day

    Students from IU School of Medicine - Terre Haute, along with students from Indiana State University, hosted a Mental Wellness Day on Saturday, Dec. 12. The event was held in Terre Haute at the Mollie R. Wheat Memorial Clinic, which is run by students from both universities. The first-time community event offered free screenings for depression, anxiety and other conditions as well as no-cost consultations with a licensed psychiatrist.

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Research News

  • Inpatient care model reduces hospital stays, lowers costs

    An innovative inpatient care model utilizing multidisciplinary, accountable care teams reduced hospital stays and lowered costs even beyond those associated with fewer days of hospitalization, according to a new study published in the December issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

    The Accountable Care Teams model, ACT model for short, is based on three foundational domains (1) enhancing interpersonal collaboration between healthcare team members; (2) enabling data-driven decisions; and (3) providing leadership.

    The ACT model was developed at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital with consultation from the IU School of Medicine's Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science. The care model has been implemented across this urban hospital, which serves more than 30,000 patients each year.

    Almost all (95.8 percent) care providers surveyed—doctors, nurses, and other practitioners—agreed that the model had improved the quality and safety of the care delivered. More than 89 percent said it had improved communication with patients and families. About 82 percent said it had improved their engagement and job satisfaction. Three-quarters said it had improved their efficiency or productivity.

    For more information on this program, see the ACT press release on the IUSM Newsroom.

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  • Medical students: Apply for one-year translational science fellowship to earn MS

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) seeks applicants for a special research fellowship in translational research. Awarded through a competitive process, the fellowship is for students interested in taking a year off from medical school to pursue a Master of Science degree in translational science.

    CTSI will provide an annual stipend and one year of health insurance coverage for up to two IUSM students. Students are responsible for tuition, as well as contacting their loan servicer (Direct Loans, etc.) to complete the paperwork to defer their loans for the fellowship year. The Office of Medical Student Affairs – Student Financial Services can assist with this process.

    Deadline for application is March 4, and awards will begin June 1. Interested candidates should e-mail their CV to Carrie Hansel at for approval prior to applying. Eligible candidates will be contacted with information to proceed with the application. For more details, including eligibility requirements, visit To read about fellowship graduate, Mona Selej, M.D.

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  • Summer research program (cancer) available for high school students

    High-school students interested in gaining hands-on experiences in cancer research are encouraged to apply for the 2016 Summer Research Program at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center (Indianapolis).

    The annual Summer Research Program, held in partnership with the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning, places students with a mentor physician or researcher for nine weeks, June 6 – July 29. Students work with faculty who are conducting studies in the most progressive areas of cancer research.

    Each student receives a stipend of $3,200. Students are responsible for their own housing and transportation arrangements. For more information and application details, visit IUSM Newsroom.

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Around Campus

  • All: Initiative focuses on expanding IU?s global reach in education, research

    On Friday, Dec. 11, the IU Center for Global Health (CGH), part of the IU School of Medicine, hosted a delegation from the IU School of Global and International Studies (SGIS), including the inaugural dean, Ambassador Lee Feinstein. Leaders from the CGH and SGIS explored opportunities to work together to expand IU’s global reach in education and research.

    From an educational perspective, the development of IUSM interdepartmental residency and fellowship Global Health training tracks, made possible by the IU Center for Global Health, make IU's post-graduate training programs in global health unique in the United States.

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  • Indy: Activist Angela Davis to deliver keynote at Martin Luther King Jr. dinner

    Political activist, scholar, author, and educator Angela Y. Davis will deliver the keynote address during the 2016 IUPUI dinner honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Organized by the Black Student Union in partnership with the Office of Student Involvement, the annual dinner will take place at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St., in downtown Indianapolis.

    To purchase tickets, please contact or complete the Ticket Reservation form and return the form with payment (cash or check only) to the following address:

    2016 King Dinner Committee
    420 University Blvd., Suite 370
    Indianapolis, IN 46202

    With questions, e-mail or call the Office of Student Involvement at 317-274-3931.

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