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  • LCME reaccreditation site visit is this month

    IU School of Medicine is making final preparations for its Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) reaccreditation site visit, April 23-27.

    Last week marked the conclusion of two key activities taking place over the past several months in preparation for the visit. On March 30, Dean Jay Hess and numerous deans and department leaders met with students from the Indianapolis campus to talk about academics, clerkships and residency programs. This was leadership's final such visit, having traveled to each of the eight regional campuses earlier this year.

    Additionally, the Continuous Quality Improvement team--with Medical Student Education, the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and several other units--submitted the last of two permitted data updates to the LCME survey team that will visit later this month. This information is in addition to the 2,400-page Data Collection Instrument (DCI) the survey team received in January.

    For more information, visit and watch your inbox on Tuesdays for weekly reaccreditation updates.

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  • IU School of Medicine Commencement is May 13

    Indiana University School of Medicine Commencement will be held Saturday, May 13, in the Sagamore Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center from 10 am until approximately noon. Tickets are not required, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved seating is not permitted.

    Students should plan to arrive at the Convention Center at 8:30 am for registration and meet outside of the Sagamore Ballroom. Graduates must be lined up in their designated area no later than 9 am.

    Indianapolis tech entrepreneur and IU School of Medicine graduate Don Brown, MD, will give the 2017 commencement address.

    For more information on discounted hotel rates, parking and hooding, visit the Commencement page on MedNet. All students are also invited to participate in the school-wide IUPUI Commencement ceremony at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, May 14.

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  • Evening of the Arts is Saturday

    The 26th annual Evening of the Arts is Saturday, April 8. The evening begins with dinner and a silent auction at 5 pm, followed by the variety show performed by students, faculty and staff at 6 pm. The event, which benefits local nonprofit health clinics, will be held at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis.

    Tickets for the dinner and show may be purchased at Student tickets are $8 ($10 at the door) and non-student tickets are $10 ($12 at the door). Questions? Email the Evening of the Arts Committee at

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  • Orchestra to present concert this Sunday

    The IU School of Medicine Orchestra presents its annual spring concert at 2 pm, Sunday, April 9, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in downtown Indianapolis. The performance features talented musicians who are part of the Indianapolis health care community. All are welcome, and there is no charge for admission.

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  • Celebrate IU Day on April 19

    Get ready for the second annual day celebrating all things IU. IU Day, Wednesday, April 19, is a 24-hour, binge-watching, social-sharing, gift-giving, IU-wearing, online celebration of Indiana University. Plan to join the fun and be part of this IU extravaganza. For more information, including official IU Day events, visit

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Callahan promotes Alzheimer?s research at Senate hearing

    Testifying before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging at a March 29 hearing, Christopher Callahan, MD, director of the IU Center for Aging Research and a Regenstrief Institute investigator, spoke on the importance of continued research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the crucial role caregivers play in the medical system.

    An experienced geriatrician and psychologist, Dr. Callahan has conducted extensive research on Alzheimer’s, its effects on quality of life and its impact on caregivers and families.

    “If we hope to assure quality care for persons living with Alzheimer’s, then we need to better support their family caregivers,” Dr. Callahan said in his remarks.

    Dr. Callahan was invited to testify with Kristine Yaffe, MD, University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco VA Medical Center; Phyllis Gallagher, a lay caregiver; and well-known journalist and activist Maria Shriver.

    For a transcript of all testimony and more information, visit the Senate committee's website.

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  • Haas named Robert A. Munsick Professor

    David M. Haas, MD, has been named the second holder of the Robert A. Munsick Professorship in Obstetrics & Gynecology. In addition to his new title, Dr. Haas will retain his current faculty titles of professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and professor of medicine. The previous holder of the Munsick professorship was Roger P. Smith, MD.

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  • Campbell-Klatte radiology oration is April 10

    The Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences will host the 42nd annual Campbell-Klatte Oration on Monday, April 10, at 12:30 pm in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium. The annual lecture series will feature a keynote address from neuroradiologist Vincent P. Mathews, MD, FACR. Attendance is mandatory for all radiology faculty and trainees, but outside disciplines are also encouraged to attend. Follow the event on social media through #campbellklatte2017 and the department handle @IUSMRadiology.

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  • Basic Essentials of Supervision Training offered to faculty and staff

    IU School of Medicine Human Resources is offering a training series--Basic Essentials of Supervision Training (B.E.S.T.)--for faculty and staff, beginning Tuesday, April 25. This training series is designed to provide supervisors with information and resources to get accustomed to the IU culture of supervising employees.

    The series also provides aspiring, new and seasoned supervisors an opportunity to learn from HR experts within IU School of Medicine and IU School of Dentistry. The training sessions offer experiential learning through case studies, focus groups and networking with colleagues on campus.

    This training is offered free of charge and runs through Aug. 8. To register for each training session, visit the faculty microsite. Registered participants will have access to webinars associated with each session.

    Schedule and location information for each session is listed below. Have questions? Contact Neelam Chand at or any of the presenters.




    Date and Time

    Basic Skills for Successfully Leading Others

    Yolonda Burbrink and Bridget Working

    Walther Hall (R3) Rm 303/305

    Tuesday, April 25

    9-11 am

    Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Leadership

    Terri Ryckaert

    Walther Hall (R3) Rm 303/305

    Tuesday, May 9

    9-11 am

    Coaching for Results

    Irma Cruz and Jessica Jarecki

    Walther Hall (R3) Rm 303/305

    Tuesday, May 23

    9-11 am

    Interviewing, Hiring and Onboarding

    Carla Ewing and Teresa Shearer

    Walther Hall (R3) Rm 303/305

    Tuesday, June 6

    9-11 am

    Navigating the Challenges: Work Schedules, Attendance and Time Off

    Neelam Chand and Theresa Martin

    Daly 186

    Tuesday, June 20

    1-3 pm

    Progressive Discipline and Conflict Resolution

    Neelam Chand and Gretchen Dennis

    Walther Hall (R3) Rm 303/305

    Tuesday, July 11

    9-11 am

    Competency-based Performance Management Process

    Neelam Chand, Theresa Martin and Ray Kliewer

    Walther Hall (R3) Rm 303/305

    Tuesday, July 25

    9-11 am

    Employee Engagement and Work-Life

    Bev Radloff and Bridget Working

    Walther Hall (R3) Rm 303/305

    Tuesday, Aug. 8

    9-11 am

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  • Complete Vitality survey by April 28

    IU School of Medicine faculty have until Friday, April 28, to complete the Faculty Vitality Survey. Sent to all full- and part-time faculty, including affiliates, the survey measures the synergy between satisfaction, productivity and engagement to increase understanding of the faculty experience, with a goal of making improvements.

    The survey has been conducted at IU School of Medicine every other year since 2006. Results of the Vitality Survey provide rich data for making changes and improvements. Examples of changes at IU School of Medicine based on the survey’s findings include lengthening the tenure probationary period from seven to nine years and the approval of a paid maternity leave policy in the multi-specialty practice plan.

    To learn more, visit the survey website.

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Student News

  • Questions about electives? Read the policy

    Several policies including Elective Policies and Procedures and the Grade Appeal Policy are now available online in the student handbook, which is housed on the on the IU School of Medicine website.

    Feedback from learners and faculty played a key role in encouraging the Curriculum Council Steering Committee (CCSC) to consider policy updates. As policies are approved, they are tagged and indexed in preparation for housing on MedNet. Ultimately, all policies will be available within a single verified official portal on MedNet, which will be linked from the student handbook and other online locations.

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  • Encore screening of Brantly?s film is April 10

    “Facing Darkness,” the story of IU School of Medicine alum Kent Brantly’s battle with Ebola, will be shown again in select theatres on Monday, April 10.

    Dr. Brantly, who graduated from IU School of Medicine in 2009, was serving as a medical missionary with Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization, in Monrovia, Liberia, from October 2013 to August 2014, when he contracted the deadly Ebola virus. Subsequently, he was evacuated to Emory University Hospital and successfully treated with the experimental drug Zmapp.

    “Facing Darkness” was produced by Samaritan’s Purse. For more details, theatre locations and to purchase tickets, visit the movie’s website.

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  • Get a free skin cancer screening on May 1

    The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has designated May as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The IU School of Medicine Department of Dermatology in cooperation with the AAD will sponsor free skin cancer screenings from 7-9 am, Monday, May 1, at IU Health University Hospital, the Eskenazi Dermatology Clinic and Coleman Hall. Appointments are necessary. To schedule, call 317-916-3525.

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  • Indiana Drug Discovery Alliance seed funding support available

    The Indiana Drug Discovery Alliance (IDDA) has created a program to provide seed funds and essential consultation to support early-stage development of therapeutics. Small grants are available to support new collaborations and/or the use of core facilities that enable the translation of fundamental discoveries related to drug discovery.

    The IDDA currently seeks proposals that connect chemistry to biology through three classifications:

    • Chemical lead development
    • Biological target validation
    • Molecular design and library development

    Funds are available up to $15,000 but budget and budget justification are not required at this stage. More information is available. The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, June 30.

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  • Apply for internal grants by May 1

    Investigators interested in applying for biomedical research grants and research enhancement grants through IU School of Medicine’s internal grants program must submit proposals by 5 pm, Monday, May 1.

    Applicants seeking an administrative review of the application components to ensure compliance with the posted submission guidelines must submit the proposal to at least five business days before the deadline. If a proposal is not received five business days prior to the deadline it is assumed the principal investigator has waived administrative review rights; consequently, the proposal should be uploaded directly to the Indiana CTSI website and may be subject to administrative withdrawal if not compliant with guidelines.

    Application forms and additional information are available.

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  • Instructor positions available for Foundations of Clinical Practice courses

    IU School of Medicine Medical Student Education is now accepting applications for small group instructional positions for the Foundations of Clinical Practice (FCP) Year One and Year Two courses, which are part of the school’s new curriculum.

    Foundations of Clinical Practice (FCP) Years One and Two are an integrated series of lectures, small-group discussions and simulated patient encounters along with a clinical component. The courses provide instruction in fundamental clinical skills such as taking a patient history, documenting a patient encounter, and performing a physical examination of a normal adult and creating a differential diagnosis. Students are also introduced to social determinants of health, barriers to care, fundamentals of communication, interprofessional education and systems-based practices. Professionalism, ethics and the student’s emerging role as a health care provider are addressed throughout the course.

    Master clinician and co-instructor positions are available. For job descriptions or to apply for opportunities on the Indianapolis campus, refer to the 2017-2018 AY-FCP Small Group Instructor Interest Form. For information about opportunities on other IU School of Medicine campuses, contact the appropriate regional campus directors.

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  • Spring deadlines for IU Simon Cancer Center Wright and Hester scholarships

    Two scholarship programs sponsored by the IU Simon Cancer Center have spring deadlines:

    William J. Wright Scholarship

    This scholarship rewards third- and fourth-year medical students who are strong academically and desire to pursue a career caring for cancer patients. Successful applicants have also displayed strong humanitarian qualities throughout their medical careers. Submission guidelines and application are available. Application deadline is Friday, April 14.

    Merilyn Hester Scholarship

    This scholarship was created to assist medical and/or doctoral students pursuing degrees in biomedical sciences who have demonstrated an interest in and potential for conducting pediatric hematology or pediatric oncology research. Submission guidelines and application are available. Application deadline is Monday, May 1.

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  • Submit Cancer Research Day abstracts by April 21

    The IU Simon Cancer Center is currently accepting abstracts for posters to be presented at Cancer Research Day on Wednesday, May 17. Abstracts should be submitted for one of the following research categories:

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

    Students, fellows and faculty conducting cancer research at IUPUI, Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University, and the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between 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 poster(s) in each research category, by group. (Faculty are not eligible for cash awards.) A panel of judges will be assigned to review abstracts and posters by research category and group.

    Visit to complete the abstract submission form. The deadline is 5 pm, Friday, April 21.

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Partner News

  • Crabb named Eskenazi Health CMO

    David Crabb, MD, Joseph J. Mamlin Professor of Medicine, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, has been named chief medical officer for Eskenazi Health. Dr. Crabb will provide medical staff leadership and have senior administrative responsibility for quality and safety, clinical oversight, clinical informatics, physician engagement, graduate medical education and health care system management.

    “Highly respected for his enormous contributions to the teaching, research and clinical missions of IU School of Medicine, Dr. Crabb has also demonstrated his commitment through his steady presence at Eskenazi Health, including the introduction of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) into residency training and our primary care sites,” said Lisa Harris, MD, chief executive officer at Eskenazi Health.

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  • Kiray appointed ambulatory quality medical director for IU Health Physicians

    Gregory C. Kiray, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, has been appointed medical director, IU Health Physicians Ambulatory Quality. Dr. Kiray will continue his role as co-service line leader for IU Health Physicians Primary Care in which he helps oversee some 220 providers and is responsible for the operations of 50 offices throughout central Indiana.

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