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  • Mock Site Visit 2 concludes; watch for details later this month

    Throughout this week, IU School of Medicine hosted three mock evaluators as part of a second mock site visit designed to closely replicate the April 2017 site visit. A key step in preparation for reaccreditation, the visit concluded on Wednesday with a summary session of the evaluators’ key impressions and recommendations.

    The three evaluators came from medical schools with regional campuses. Two of the evaluators’ medical schools just recently went through successful reaccreditation efforts, making their insights particularly valuable.

    “This isn’t just about compliance. While successful reaccreditation is critically important, this is about much more than that,” explained Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean, IU School of Medicine, and vice president for clinical affairs, Indiana University. “We are preparing the next generation of healers, who will impact the lives of countless patients and impact the culture of medicine for decades to come. Leading up to and continuing after reaccreditation, the school will build on our insights to ensure that we have uniform excellence in education across all nine campuses and a continuous quality improvement system that ensures year-over-year excellence in the future.”

    Look for more details about the mock site visit and the Road to Accreditation later this month.

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  • New health systems science course focuses on care delivery

    Heeding the national call for changes in medical school curricula, IU School of Medicine is focusing its curriculum on practice issues that are patient centered rather than disease centered. As part of this emphasis, a new course, "Health Systems Science: Teamwork and Communication to Facilitate Patient Care," is being introduced into IUSM’s curriculum. The HSS course will be offered to MS3 students between Oct. 27 and March 23, with the objective to help students gain knowledge and expertise about working in multi-professional groups to improve health delivery to patients.

    Student input played a key role in developing this course. Feedback from last year's MS2 students on the Quality Health Delivery module shaped the design of the course. In addition, MS2 and MS3 students were actively involved in the development of the HSS course curriculum.

    The health systems science course includes longitudinal experience of providing patient care through a multidisciplinary approach. It helps students understand the roles of other healthcare team members by allowing medical students to consult with volunteer student resource persons from other programs in nursing, pharmacy, and public health. The course will enable students to take a closer look at -- and gain appreciation for-- the healthcare issues they will encounter during their careers.

    The new course consists of six separate sessions. Part of the first and last sessions will be delivered in person, while the other four sessions will be online.  

    “The activities for each of the six sessions will give students deeper insight into what it takes to provide outstanding patient care in a modern healthcare environment,” said Ken Lazarus, MD, senior academic content specialist.

    This new course is facilitated through the American Medical Association-Accelerating Change in Medical Education grant.

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  • McRobbie highlights major progress at university

    Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie reported yesterday on a record-setting year for the university as it continues to strengthen its commitment to student success, world-class research and scholarship, as well as service to the civic, cultural, economic and social life of Indiana.

    During his annual State of the University address, his 10th since becoming IU president, McRobbie also announced several new initiatives designed to preserve, recognize and strengthen IU's heritage and legacy as the university moves forward with planning for its bicentennial celebration in 2020.

    "Indiana University remains steadfastly committed to providing an environment in which students have every opportunity to succeed -- by ensuring that an IU education remains affordable, that we adopt practices and policies that encourage students to persist to graduation and complete their degrees on time, and that the university’s schools and programs provide a relevant education of lasting value," McRobbie said.

    To learn more, read the full Inside IU article. For an archived broadcast of the State of the University, go to

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Fall Faculty Meeting is Sept. 27

    The Indiana University School of Medicine Fall Faculty Meeting will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Walther Hall Auditorium, R3 C203.

    Faculty meetings are held twice a year to discuss issues of importance to IU School of Medicine. Topics for this meeting include:

    1. IU School of Medicine 2016 award-recipient recognition
    2. New curriculum update -- Bradley Allen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for medical student education 
    3. Grand Challenge Award -- Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, executive associate dean for research affairs
    4. LCME update -- Peter Nalin, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs
    5. Dean’s update -- Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean, IU School of Medicine, and vice president for university clinical affairs, Indiana University
    6. Question and answer -- Submit questions prior to the meeting at

    The Faculty Steering Committee encourages all faculty to attend the meeting in person. For those unable to attend, the meeting will be available via live web stream and teleconference. Instructions for participating remotely are posted on the Faculty Steering Committee webpage. After the meeting, a video recording will be posted on the same webpage.

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  • Richardson promoted to assistant dean

    Jennelle Richardson, PhD, has been promoted to assistant dean of medical student education in foundational sciences (Phase 1).  Since 2010, Dr. Richardson has served IU School of Medicine as a clinical assistant professor of pharmacology, course director of medical pharmacology, and curriculum coordinator for the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. She is trained in neurobiology with a PhD from the University of Minnesota and postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. 

    “We’re delighted to benefit from Dr. Richardson’s expertise, recognized widely among faculty who are teaching and leading our statewide curriculum,” said Peter Nalin, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs and associate professor of clinical family medicine.

    As an assistant dean in medical student education, Dr. Richardson will work collaboratively with the assistant deans of Phase 2 and Phase 3, and the associate deans of curriculum in the foundational and clinical sciences. She will lead a team of faculty and staff to manage the statewide basic science curriculum and provide oversight of the development and implementation of an integrated and competency-based medical student education program.

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Student News

  • Alpha Omega Alpha announces honor medical society inductees

    Nearly 60 IUSM students, two residents, three faculty and three alumni will be inducted into the Indiana Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Each year, top medical students are elected based on their leadership activities, ethical standards, fairness in dealing with colleagues, potential for achievement in medicine, and record of service to the school and community.

    Class of 2017 inductees

    Brittany M. McCoy

    Amber L. Lichtenbarger

    Kenaz Bakdash

    Brook N. Munger

    Brian M. McGowan

    Allen B. Barton

    Adam C. Murphy

    Peter J. Nicksic

    Maraya M. Baumanis

    Andrew M. Nguyen

    Cory M. Powers

    Stacy L. Blank

    Anne E. Oesterling

    Daniel L. Robinson

    Trevor Crafts

    Josue Ordaz

    Christopher A. Schneble

    Anton J. Crepinsek

    Stephen F. Overcash

    Abhijit Seetharamaiah

    Taylor A. Curry

    Kelsey J. Peters

    Alex G. Sieg

    Korbin M. Davis

    Sonia Phadke

    Sydney M. Spagna

    Romina Deldar

    Kurt Y. Qing

    Joseph E. Thomas

    Carter E. Duggan

    Stephen V. Scheller

    Mackenzie A. Eagleson

    Adam Snoap

    Housestaff (Resident) inductees

    David A. Eichenberger

    Cullen M. Taylor

    Joal D. Beane, MD, General Surgery

    Susan E. Ellsperman

    Stefani S. Tica

    Kyra D. Reed, MD, Emergency


    Brian D. Fogler

    William T. Turchan

    Christian C. Frye

    Benjamin M. Wahle

    Jeffrey R. Gehlhausen

    Peter R. Wasky

    Faculty inductees

    Lindsey N. Grabek

    Samuel I. Wilhite

    Eugene P. Ceppa, MD, Surgery

    Andrew H. Huck

    Emily K. Willey

    John C. Christenson, MD, Pediatrics

    Colin Ip

    Raquel K. Zemtsov

    Jamie L. Renbarger, MD, Pediatrics

    Aava Khatiwada


    Weston R. Kitley

    Class of 2018 inductees

    Alumni inductees

    Lindsay S. Leech

    Bryce C. Biberstein

    W. Graham Carlos III, MD, Medicine

    Amalia S. Lehmann

    Peter Coleman

    Jean A. Creek, MD, Medicine

    Nathaniel B. Linna

    Caleb A. Cooper

    Richard D. Feldman, MD, Family


    Elizabeth A. Lucich

    Lee-Wei Kao

    The new members will be inducted at a banquet at 6 p.m., Friday, March 31, at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Indianapolis. Questions about the organization and its programs should be sent to Indiana Chapter Councilor Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, at

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  • Next curriculum student forum is Sept. 21 in South Bend

    Maureen Harrington, PhD, associate dean, medical student education in foundational sciences, will visit IU School of Medicine-South Bend on Wednesday, Sept. 21, as part of a statewide tour to talk about the Phase 1 and Legacy curricula. The open platform sessions for MS1 and MS2 students offer students a chance to check in and give feedback on the curriculum. Details on future sessions at other campuses are listed below.





    Sept. 21

    5:30 p.m. Eastern

    South Bend

    1234 N. Notre Dame Ave., Raclin-Carmichael Hall

    Oct. 5

    5:30 p.m. Eastern

    Fort Wayne

    Conference Room 123 

    Oct. 12

    5:30 p.m. Eastern

    Terre Haute

    Classroom 3, Landsbaum Center for Health Education, 1433 N. 6 1/2 St., Terre Haute; parking is free in front of the building

    Nov. 2

    5:30 p.m. Eastern

    West Lafayette

    Lyles Porter Hall, Room 1160, 715 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette

    Nov. 16

    5:30 p.m. Eastern


    Jordan Hall 009

    Nov. 30

    5:30 p.m. Eastern


    E.F. Ball Med Ed Building, Room 226, 221 N. Celia Ave., Muncie

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  • Nicaragua alternative spring break info sessions are next week

    Attend an interest session to learn about the IU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine’s ENLACE Alternative Spring Break service trip to Nicaragua. Participants will build composting latrines to combat childhood mortality and learn about the health system of this unique country.

    Visit this Adobe Connect link to attend one of the following online sessions:

    Tuesday, Sept. 20, noon - 1 pm (CT) for the Northwest and Evansville campuses

    Tuesday, Sept. 20, noon- 1 pm (EST) for all other IU School of Medicine campuses

    Visit the IUPUI Campus Center for more information:

    Thursday, Sept. 22, noon – 1 pm (EST); Room CE306

    Alternative Spring Break Nicaragua 2017 is open to graduate-level health professions students, including but not limited to, medical, nursing, dentistry, public health and health administration students. 

    Program information and the application are available at Questions? Contact student co-leaders Ellie Hansotte at or Juliet Prieto at

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  • Child Advocacy SIG to host Oct. 6 ?packing away hunger? presentation

    Plan to attend the Child Advocacy Student Interest Group’s presentation at noon on Thursday, Oct. 6, in the Medical Science Building, Room  326. The guest speaker is Larry Moore from Packing Away Hunger, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting hunger and malnutrition. The organization partners with The Mathile Institute to develop nutritious pre-packaged meals for distribution to local food pantries.

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  • Beering Award Lecture is next Tuesday

    Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, director, Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will deliver the 2016 Steven C. Beering Award Lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 3 to 4:15 pm in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203. Dr. Gordon’s lecture is titled “The Gut Microbiota and Childhood Undernutrition.” Registration is available at

    Dr. Gordon will also deliver the 2016 Beering Student Lecture, “A Microbial View of Human Nutrition: Opportunities and Challenges,” on Monday, Sept. 19, from 4 to 5 pm in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203.

    For more information about the lectures, contact the IU School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at 317-278-3089 or

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  • IU Student Outreach Clinic open house set for Oct. 8

    Learn how you can help further the mission of the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic (IUSOC) at the annual open house from 1 to 3 pm, Saturday, Oct. 8. The clinic is located at Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 East 10th St., in Indianapolis.

    In 2009, a group of motivated students started Indiana’s first student-led clinic in partnership with the Neighborhood Fellowship Church to provide free medical care services for a community in need. Since then, the IUSOC has secured and strengthened academic and community partnerships, leading to a tremendous growth in services. The IUSOC is not only the largest cross-disciplinary service-learning program at IUPUI, it is also nationally recognized for its strengths in interprofessional education and team-based care.

    The clinic is staffed by students from the IU School of Medicine and five other IU schools. The Butler University College of Pharmacy, the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy, and IUPUI Timmy Global Health students also participate and provide services in the clinic.

    For more information about the open house, view the event flyer.

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Partner News

  • Ingram to serve as IU Health Physicians CMO

    David A. Ingram, Jr., MD, has been chosen to serve as the chief medical officer for IU Health Physicians, effective Oct. 1. He is the Hugh McK. Landon Professor of Pediatrics and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, at IU School of Medicine.  

    As CMO, Dr. Ingram will work in concert with other IU Health Physicians leaders to establish and support strategic financial, operational, clinical, and administrative goals and policies for the organization. He will also be responsible for ensuring that IU Health Physicians aligns with the tripartite mission through actively fostering and supporting research and education in partnership with the IU School of Medicine.

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  • IU Health?s Murphy shares details about Bloomington medical campus

    The design phase of IU Health’s Bloomington Medical Campus is well underway, with groundbreaking projected for the second quarter of 2017 and about three years of construction to follow, according to IU Health President and CEO Dennis M. Murphy.

    But the impetus behind its construction, planned along 75 acres north of the Indiana 45/46 Bypass next to the IU Golf Course, is less about the buildings themselves and more about evolving models of health care and the opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship they will create, Murphy told attendees of a Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce luncheon held recently at IU’s Franklin Hall.

    For more, read the full Inside IU Bloomington article. Murphy is scheduled to deliver a lecture, “Emerging Healthcare Issues Facing Indiana,” for IU Bloomington faculty at 11 am, Friday, Sept. 16, at the School of Public Health, Room 125.

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  • IU Center for Global Health announces new assistant director of education

    Jennifer Baenziger, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics, IU School of Medicine, has been named assistant director of education for the IU Center for Global Health. Dr. Baenziger will begin her new position on Nov. 1.

    Following her residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at IU School of Medicine from 2011 to 2014, Dr. Baenziger served as the internal medicine-pediatrics chief resident. She was one of a small number of residents selected to join the inaugural group of residents in the Global Health Residency Track in 2011. Dr. Baenziger has global health experiences in India, Honduras and Kenya, as well as substantial “local-global” volunteer experience throughout central Indiana.

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  • Stahelin receives $1 million NIH grant renewal

    Robert Stahelin, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, IU School of Medicine-South Bend, has received a grant renewal valued at $1 million in direct costs for his project "Lipid-protein interactions in viral assembly and virus-like particle formation." The grant from the National Institutes of Health will run through 2020.

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