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  • New initiatives, services aim to support learner wellness

    Providing support to help learners deal with the challenges of medical school is an important priority for Indiana University School of Medicine. Earlier this year, the school began comprehensively exploring student needs related to wellness and mental health on all nine campuses with the goal of developing robust offerings in key areas such as culture and environment, health and wellness, and crisis response. Inclusion of Connections Days--designated time built into the curriculum schedule for students to take care of health and personal matters--and changes to student misconduct policies are two significant developments so far.

    “Stress and other issues affecting students’ well-being begin nearly from day one of medical school and continue throughout the medical career,” said Stephen Bogdewic, PhD, executive vice dean, IU School of Medicine. “Part of our responsibility in providing a quality medical education is helping our students become more aware of how to reduce and manage stress and offering resources to support them in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

    Several IU School of Medicine departments--graduate medical education, academic records and promotion, academic advising and others--along with IU Student Health Services and IU Counseling and Psychological Services, collaborated to review wellness needs, target key areas of concern and recommend solutions. Input and feedback from students also informed the work.

    As efforts to address wellness and mental health among students continue, key areas of progress since May include:

    • Hiring of a part-time psychiatrist to provide additional services for students
    • Development of an instrument to assess mental health services and capabilities on each IU School of Medicine campus
    • Implementation of a Pass/Fail grading system for Phase 1
    • Launch of a Wellness Task Force to conduct an evaluation, make recommendations and lead programming

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  • Veterans Day celebration underway on Indianapolis campus

    Veterans Day is Friday, Nov. 11. In conjunction with the occasion, InScope editors asked a few veterans at IU School of Medicine what it means to serve in the armed forces. For Christopher Sinsabugh, MD, a resident in the IU School of Medicine Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, it is about trying to make a better community.

    “It is about doing something important – with a capital I,” says Dr. Sinsabaugh, a former Marine, who is currently serving in the National Guard. His overseas experience while in the U.S. Marine Corps significantly influenced his decision to go to medical school. “If I hadn’t been in the Marine Corps, I would not have gone to med school,” he says.

    Jason Hoskins, MD, an Interventional Radiology Fellow, has served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. Inspired by several family members in the Air Force, Dr. Hoskins enrolled in the United States Air Force Academy. After 11 years in active duty as an air traffic controller, he made the decision to attend medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

    “Initially, I just wanted to fly. Later, I figured that I didn’t want to remain in air traffic control 10 years from now. Going to medical school was a good switch. I like what I am doing,” he says. At the end of his fellowship, Dr. Hoskins will become deployable and owes seven more years of active service.

    Veterans Day celebrations on the Indianapolis campus got an early start on Nov. 7, with events scheduled through Nov. 11. Today’s events include the Chancellor’s Diversity Lecture by Wes Moore, a U.S. Army combat veteran, who is now a youth advocate, business leader, author and public speaker. Moore was a White House Fellow in 2006-07 and a special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. A schedule of events is below and also available on the IUPUI calendar.

    Public Events -- Nov. 10

    Chancellor's Diversity Lecture
    6 pm
    Hine Hall Ballroom

    Public Events -- Nov. 11

    IUPUI Flag Raising
    7:30 am
    Cavanaugh Hall flagpole

    Faculty and Staff Professional Development Workshop on Military
    9:30 am
    Campus Center 268

    Residential Life for Veterans event
    11 am
    University Tower, Dean's Room

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  • InScope year-end publication schedule

    InScope will not be distributed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. Publication will resume on Thursday, Dec. 1. The last 2016 issue of InScope will be published on Thursday, Dec. 15, with the first issue of 2017 distributed on Thursday, Jan. 5.

    News items for the remaining 2016 issues should be submitted as soon as possible to

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Research News

  • October research awards total nearly $6.8 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Elliot J Androphy Brigham And Women's Hospital New Development of a Drug to Increase SMN2 Transcription 7/1/2016 6/30/2017 5,000
    Fredrick Chite Asirwa Duke University New EPITOMISE: Enhancing Preventive Therapy Of Malaria In Sickle Cell Anemia in East Africa 6/1/2016 2/28/2017 89,962
    Clint Cary National Cancer Institute New Understanding Barriers to Single-Dose Intravesical Chemotherapy in Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer 9/14/2016 8/31/2017 145,163
    Peng-Sheng Chen National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute Renewal (not prev committed) Neuromodulation for Atrial Fibrillation Control 9/15/2016 8/31/2017 460,890
    Molly Duman Scheel U.S. Agency For International Development New Field Assessment of Yeast Interfering RNA Larvicides Targeting Zika Vector Mosquitoes in Belize 10/3/2016 10/2/2018 875,756
    Carmella Evans-Molina National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Renewal (not prev committed) Mechanisms of Beta Cell Function in Health and Disease 9/30/2016 8/31/2017 439,905
    Carmella Evans-Molina City Of Hope New Human Islet Research Network (HIRN) Coordinating Center 7/1/2016 6/30/2017 54,744
    Tamara S Hannon Purdue University New DASH-Sodium Trial in Adolescents 8/1/2016 5/31/2017 16,265
    Michelle S Howenstine University Of Wisconsin New Early Childhood Diet, Growth, Gut Microbiome and Lung Health in Cystic Fibrosis 9/1/2016 8/31/2017 49,555
    Leslie Ann Hulvershorn Indiana Family And Social Services Administration New Riley Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Clinic and Assertive Outreach for School-Based Screening and Intervention 7/1/2016 6/30/2018 400,000
    David A. Kareken National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism New Alcohol-seeking Behaviors and Dopaminergic Function 9/5/2016 8/31/2017 563,529
    Mark R. Kelley American Cancer Society, Incorporated Renewal (not prev committed) IU Simon Cancer Center ACS Institutional Research Grant 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 360,000
    Heiko Konig Leukemia And Lymphoma Society New Delineating Signaling Pathways that Coordinate the Cytotoxic Response of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Cells in the Presence of Hypoxic Gradients. 10/1/2016 9/30/2017 75,000
    Richard J. Kovacs University Of Wisconsin New Influenza Vaccine to Effectively Stop Cardio Thoracic Events and Decompensated Heart Failure 7/1/2016 1/31/2017 17,000
    Patrick J. Loehrer Walther Cancer Foundation, Inc. New Center Directors Developmental Funds Award 10/12/2016 10/11/2017 100,000
    Todd Owen McKinley Johns Hopkins University New REPAIR: Rehabilitation Enhanced by Partial Arterial Inflow Restriction 3/1/2016 9/29/2017 252,783
    Marc S. Mendonca Radiation Research Society Renewal (not prev committed) Radiation Research Society Journal at IUSM 1/1/2017 12/31/2021 1,674,713
    Karen Marie Moody Indiana University Health New NICU IMPACT: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Integrative Medicine & Palliative Care Team: Integrating Palliative Care into Treatment Decisions for High Risk Newborns 9/1/2016 8/31/2018 100,000
    Eric Scott Orman National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Unplanned Early Readmissions of Hospitalized Patients with Cirrhosis 9/15/2016 8/31/2017 181,179
    David B. Pisoni Ohio State University New Family Processes in Developmental Outcome of Pediatric Hearing Loss 8/1/2016 7/31/2017 189,033
    Paris Roach American Medical Association New AMA-DOEDOM Patient Activation Study 10/8/2016 12/31/2017 30,000
    I-Wen Wang Methodist Health Foundation New Cardiac Transplant Translation Lab 3/22/2016 3/21/2019 600,000
    Sarah Elizabeth Wiehe Indiana State Department Of Health New 2016 Community Health Engagement Program Community-Based Research Pilot Projects 11/1/2016 10/31/2017 105,000

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Coming soon: Required two-step IU login

    A two-step login to help keep financial, academic and personal data secure will be required for all Indiana University employees by the end of the year. The new requirement pertains to faculty, staff, student employees, retirees, volunteer faculty and affiliates. Adding a second layer of security to IU logins, the new procedure combines a verification step with IU username and password to ensure only the “user” is able to log in.

    For more information, including face-to-face support events and digital signatures, read this Q&A with Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for information technology and chief information officer.

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  • Emerging leaders program nomination deadline is Friday

    The deadline to nominate a colleague for the IU School of Medicine Emerging Leaders Program is Friday, Nov. 11. Faculty members, department chairs and supervisors are encouraged to nominate individuals with the potential to lead IU School of Medicine in the future. The program’s curriculum runs for one year with the group meeting monthly. Goals of the program include empowering staff members to take on leadership roles; building career plans and progression; and providing concrete tools for members to put into action.

    The nomination form is available on SharePoint. For more information, contact Rick Patrick at Completed forms should be emailed to Dawn Wright at

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Student News

  • Psychiatrist available for IU School of Medicine learners

    As part of Indiana University School of Medicine’s commitment to learner well-being, a designated psychiatrist, Samia Hasan, MD, of IUPUI Campus Health, is available to consult with medical students and residents.

    While Dr. Hasan can provide services to learners from all campuses, initial evaluation appointments (60-90 minutes) need to be completed in person on the Indianapolis campus where she is located. To help accommodate all learners, those from regional campuses outside Indianapolis will be given priority for initial evaluations scheduled on Connections Days. Subsequent appointments (25 minutes) can be completed by phone. There is no cost for Dr. Hasan’s services, and medical records are kept strictly confidential and maintained within IUPUI Campus Health.

    Learners may contact Dr. Hasan directly by email at or phone at (317) 274-1068. Confidential information should not be included in email, but can be left on voicemail.

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  • Apply by Nov. 15 for alternative spring break in Nicaragua

    Applications for the IU Department of Family Medicine’s 2017 ENLACE Alternative Spring Break service trip to Nicaragua are due Tuesday, Nov. 15. The March 11-19 trip is open to graduate-level health professions students, including but not limited to, medical, nursing, dentistry, public health and health administration students. Participants will build composting latrines to combat childhood mortality and learn about the health system of this unique country.

    Program information and the application are available at With questions, contact student co-leaders Ellie Hansotte at or Juliet Prieto at

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  • Bloomington MS1 and MS2 students: attend curriculum forum on Wednesday

    Maureen Harrington, PhD, associate dean, medical student education in foundational sciences, will host the next new curriculum student forum on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Bloomington. The open platform sessions for MS1 and MS2 students offer students a chance to check in and give feedback on the Phase 1 and Legacy curricula. The final forum is scheduled for Nov. 30 in Muncie.



    IU School of Medicine Campus


    Nov. 16

    5:30 pm Eastern


    Jordan Hall 009

    Nov. 30

    5:30 pm Eastern


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

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  • Save the date: Second Year Show is Jan. 13

    Indiana University School of Medicine second-year students will present the third annual Second Year Show, “Jason Finds His Funny Bone,” at 7:30 pm, Friday, Jan. 13 (yes, Friday, the 13th). The event will be held at the Madame Walker Theater Center in downtown Indianapolis. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for all others.

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  • Dietzen of Timmy Global Health to speak Tuesday

    Chuck Dietzen, MD, founder of Timmy Global Health and associate professor of clinical pediatrics, IU School of Medicine, will speak on “The Mission of Healthcare” from noon-1 pm, Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Walther Hall, Room C203. The presentation is hosted by the Catholic Medical Association Student Interest Group at the IU School of Medicine. With questions, contact

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  • HANDS in Autism offers intensive workshop series

    HANDS in Autism is conducting a series of intensive three-day programming and workshop events from now until early June 2017. The intensive training, Hands Model in Practice, focuses on providing hands-on experience and coaching in a simulated work environment. Individuals with disabilities participate, facilitating a rich learning environment for all. 

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

    The HANDS in Autism Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center extends the outreach and training offered by the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

    For more information about the workshops, including dates and cost, view this informational flyer.

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  • Mamlin and Biondich to receive innovation in informatics award

    Burke Mamlin, MD, and Paul Biondich, MD, of Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute, will be honored this week with the 2016 Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics. The award will be presented by the American Medical Informatics Association, the largest international professional biomedical informatics association, at its annual symposium.

    Dr. Mamlin, associate professor of clinical medicine, and Dr. Biondich, associate professor of pediatrics, are pioneers in the development, testing and use of open source software to support the delivery of health care in developing countries.

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Partner News

  • Rawl awarded nearly $2.6 million to increase colorectal cancer screening

    Susan Rawl, PhD, professor of adult health at the Indiana University School of Nursing and a researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, has been awarded nearly $2.6 million to compare interventions to increase colorectal cancer screening among underserved patients with limited resources. Dr. Rawl received the award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

    Dr. Rawl and colleagues will compare two interventions--a mailed tailored DVD alone to a mailed tailored DVD plus a telephone-based patient navigator--to usual care to increase colorectal screening rates. The researchers will target 750 patients between the ages of 50 and 75 who were referred and scheduled to have a colonoscopy, but either cancelled or did not attend the scheduled appointment. The DVD and the DVD plus the patient navigator are designed to educate people about the importance and benefits of screening as well as provide assistance to overcome each individual’s barriers.

    For more on the project, read the full news release.

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