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  • LCME site visit kicks off this weekend

    The survey team representing the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) arrives this weekend to conduct IU School of Medicine's reaccreditation site visit. Highlights of the four-day visit include:                        

    • Evaluative sessions covering a variety of topics, including educational program objectives; curriculum management; school finances; admissions and selection; financial aid and debt management; academic, career and personal counseling; student health; learning environment; diversity; and student research opportunities
    • Meetings with pre-clerkship students, clerkship students and residents
    • Tours of Indianapolis educational facilities and partner hospitals 
    • Meetings and tours at the Fort Wayne, Muncie and West Lafayette regional campuses

    IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess will welcome the survey team and provide a leadership perspective of the school on Sunday evening, April 23. The visit will conclude Thursday afternoon, April 27. The school is expected to learn the outcome of the site visit late this year. For more information, visit Medical School Accreditation.

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  • Eskenazi Health Foundation gives $2 million to support public health

    A $2 million gift from the Eskenazi Health Foundation will help emergency physicians at IU School of Medicine develop innovative ways to serve the city's most vulnerable residents and address public health problems that drive patients to the emergency room.

    The gift is endowed and will provide ongoing funding for an IU faculty member to conduct research, design community outreach programs and train future emergency physicians. The faculty member will be an emergency medicine physician who practices at Eskenazi Health, one of the nation’s largest safety net health systems.

    "Particularly at Eskenazi Health, we know that our patients have needs that extend well beyond acute care," said Cherri D. Hobgood, MD, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and a practicing emergency medicine physician. "This gift will not only allow us to improve treatment in the ED, but it will also enable us to find effective ways to connect patients with essential services once they are discharged and facilitate the delivery of care outside the walls of the emergency department."

    IU School of Medicine-affiliated emergency physicians across the state see more than 400,000 patients a year, more than 90,000 of whom are at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis. They have a long record of collaborating with hospital, government and community partners to address an array of public health concerns.

    “IU School of Medicine and Eskenazi Health have partnered to improve health care in Central Indiana for more than 100 years. As we explored how to broaden this relationship, the Eskenazi Health Foundation looked for ways we could help enhance research, community outreach and train the next generation of emergency medicine physicians,” said Ernest Vargo II, CFRE, president and CEO of the Eskenazi Health Foundation.

    For more on the gift, visit the IU School of Medicine Newsroom.

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  • IU to provide paid parental leave for staff

    Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has announced that IU will begin offering fully paid parental leave for all staff employees of the university.

    The new program, endorsed last week by IU's Board of Trustees at its April meeting on the IU East campus, will go into effect July 1 and provide up to six weeks of paid leave for parents after a birth or adoption. The leave will be available to both mothers and fathers whose child is born or adopted on or after July 1, regardless of their marital or relationship status.

    “This major new policy underscores the value Indiana University places on the well-being of its employees, and it is one that will help IU continue to attract and retain outstanding staff employees as the university prepares to enter its third century of service to the state, nation and world,” McRobbie said.

    Paid parental leave will be available to all staff employees at IU who are in non-temporary positions of 30 hours or more per week and have been continuously employed in a benefits-eligible position for at least 12 months before the date of the birth or adoption of a child. If both parents are IU staff employees, each is entitled to take six weeks of paid leave. Staff employees will be able to use their leave on an intermittent basis, though it must be completed within six months following the birth or adoption.

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  • Nominate a colleague for new Exemplar of Professionalism Honor Roll

    IU School of Medicine has an extraordinary community of colleagues, and the Exemplar of Professionalism Honor Roll is an exciting new award to recognize those at the school who embody the core values of excellence, respect, integrity, diversity and cooperation. Celebrating positive role models who uphold the IU School of Medicine Honor Code in their daily interactions, the Exemplar designation is designed to recognize faculty, residents, fellows, students and staff members.

    Recipients will receive an accolade from Dean Jay Hess, a lapel pin signifying their membership in the Honor Roll, a feature on the learning environment website, and will be honored annually at the White Coat Ceremony.

    Nominations are reviewed by a variety of school leaders, which may include representatives of the Office of Medical Student Education, Office of Graduate Medical Education, Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and Human Resources.

    To nominate a colleague for this award, complete and submit the online form.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Faculty award nominations due July 28

    Honoring outstanding teaching, research and service is an important part of IU School of Medicine’s culture. Nominations for faculty awards are accepted in the following categories: Scholar-Educator Award, Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Awards, Outstanding Community Engagement Award and Inspirational Educator Award. Submit nominations to by Friday, July 28. For award category descriptions and details, visit

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  • Learn about career development consults

    A career development consultation (CDC), offered through the IU School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, is a free, one-time meeting in which a senior faculty consultant assists a more junior faculty member with targeted guidance on career goals and plans. This guidance is based on a review of the faculty member’s career development plan and CV, as well as conversations that emerge during the meeting.

    CDC goals:

    • Empower faculty to develop their own realistic career development plan
    • Assist faculty with defining their career path, setting goals and timelines, developing scholarship, planning for promotion/tenure
    • Grow professional networks to facilitate opportunities for mentoring and collaboration

    For more details and to register, visit

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  • Submit promotion dossiers by June 30

    Faculty dossiers for promotions effective July 1, 2018, are due in the deans’ office (Academic Administration) no later than June 30, 2017. Dossier materials are available online at Promotion and Tenure @ IUSM.

    Departments will have an earlier due date that should be available from the department chair or regional campus director’s office. Email Lynn Wakefield at no later than June 1, 2017, to inform the dean’s office of your intent to submit a dossier for promotion. With questions about dossier preparation, contact Deb Cowley at Sample dossiers are available. A more concise list of documents is available for department or regional campus administrators.

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Student News

  • Register for senior banquet by April 28

    The Senior Banquet and Awards Ceremony for the IU School of Medicine Class of 2017 will be held Friday, May 12, in the Grand Ballroom at the JW Marriott-Indianapolis. Students, family, friends, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate their achievements. A cocktail hour begins at 6 pm, followed by a three-course dinner and awards program at 7 pm.

    Graduating students are invited to attend as a guest of the class at no charge, but must RSVP. Additional tickets are available for $50 each. Payment and reservations must be received no later than Friday, April 28, at this link.

    For more information, visit the event page on the Medical Student Education website.

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  • Wiseman honored as outstanding IUPUI campus leader

    IU School of Medicine student Melanie Wiseman was honored as an outstanding campus leader by the IUPUI Office for Women and the Division of Student Affairs as part of the office’s celebration of National Women’s History Month.

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  • Students help young soccer players get a healthy start

    Several IU School of Medicine students and faculty helped kids get ready for a healthy soccer season during the early April kick-off ceremony for SCORE, a local soccer club. Blood pressure and body mass index readings were obtained for the more than 80 children who registered with the hope of gathering the same information at the end of the season for comparison. SCORE uses soccer as an avenue to teach children the guiding principles of respect, integrity, courage, perseverance, humility, excellence and service. The program is sponsored by Eskenazi Health.

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  • Need info on computer requirements? Consult the policy

    If you use a PC or Mac, the Computer Requirements policy outlines the minimum computer requirements for coursework at IU School of Medicine. The policy is now available online in the IU School of Medicine student handbook. The handbook, which includes a wide variety of updated policies, is housed 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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  • Friday is deadline to submit Cancer Research Day abstracts

    Tomorrow, Friday, April 21, is the deadline to submit abstracts for the May 17 IU Simon Cancer Center Cancer Research Day. 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 the 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.

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  • Eli Lilly?s Cruz-Burke to speak at May 17 women?s leadership event

    Diane Cruz-Burke, JD, chief operations officer, legal, Eli Lilly and Company, is the featured speaker at the next Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership event at 11:45 am, Wednesday, May 17, in Fairbanks Hall, Room 5005, in downtown Indianapolis. The series creates a space where all faculty and students can learn about professional development by hearing the personal career journeys of successful women.

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  • COMET conference is June 26-28

    The 15th annual international Communication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET) Conference will be held June 26-28 on the IUPUI campus. The conference brings together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds involving various health care specialties and the human and social sciences. Special emphasis is placed on disseminating ongoing research in language/discourse/communication studies in relation to health care education, patient participation and professional ethics. To register, visit

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  • Carlos and Khan honored with AIM awards

    W. Graham Carlos, MD, assistant dean for Medical Student Education, Phase 3, and assistant professor of clinical medicine; and Babar Khan, MD, assistant professor of medicine, have received Achievement in Medicine (AIM) awards from the St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild and the Indiana Blood Center.

    The AIM award honors management-level members of the Eskenazi Health team who uphold the tradition of excellence in health care. Dr. Carlos is section chief of pulmonary/critical care at Eskenazi Health and Dr. Khan serves as medical director of the Eskenazi Health Critical Care Recovery Center.

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  • Gardner receives early career award

    Stephanie Gardner, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of cellular and integrative physiology at IU School of Medicine-West Lafayette, has received a Purdue University 2017 Exceptional Early Career Award.

    Dr. Gardner is an instructor of cardiovascular physiology in the Phase 1 course, Fundamentals of Health and Disease. She is also an assistant professor in Purdue University's Department of Biological Sciences.

    The Exceptional Early Career Award recognizes outstanding undergraduate teaching among Purdue's early career, tenure-track faculty. Recipients of the award will receive a $5,000 award with additional funds for a department business account.

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Partner News

  • IU Health partners with DaVita Kidney Care

    IU Health recently announced a collaborative partnership with DaVita Kidney Care, the second-largest provider of dialysis services in the United States. DaVita operates more than 70 dialysis centers in Indiana (18 within 25 miles of Indianapolis).

    As of June 1, the outpatient centers at IU Health University Hospital, the Chronic Outpatient Center in downtown Indianapolis and the Home Unit on the north side of Indianapolis will be owned and operated by DaVita, under the medical direction of IU Health Physicians nephrologists. IU Health is earmarking $3 million of the proceeds from the sale of the centers for dialysis education and research at IU School of Medicine.

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