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  • Carlos takes pulmonary medical education to all nine campuses

    Nine campuses. 11 days. 364 second-year medical students. This is what Dr. W. “Graham” Carlos’ schedule looked like in October. Dr. Carlos, associate professor of clinical medicine, accomplished this feat by teaching a different pulmonary grand rounds session on every IU School of Medicine campus in just 11 days. He also live streamed each session’s footage to simultaneously teach medical students across the state.

    “The advantage of teaching this way is that students in the Class of 2020 received the same teaching, the same content at the same time,” Carlos said.

    Pulmonary grand rounds is an experience embedded in the second-year medical student course, Understanding Disease and Organ Systems. During pulmonary grand rounds, Dr. Carlos posed real clinical cases to a panel of specialists. This panel included a physician, pharmacologist, pathologist and physiologist--even a respiratory therapist and radiologist during some sessions. Dr. Carlos provided students with the best education possible by featuring topic experts from each campus on the panels.

    “The pulmonary grand rounds panels demonstrated to me the many gifted educators we have across the state,” said second-year medical student Evan Zehr. “Seeing that instructors from all nine campuses were invested in my education helped me feel more connected to the IU School of Medicine family.”

    For more on this statewide medical education experience, read the Spirit of Medicine blog post.

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  • Wallace joins Department of Ophthalmology

    David Wallace, MD, MPH, joined IU School of Medicine earlier this month as chair for the Department of Ophthalmology and director of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute. A native Hoosier and IU School of Medicine-trained physician, Dr. Wallace most recently served as professor of ophthalmology, vice chair for clinical strategic planning, and director of clinical research for the Duke University Department of Ophthalmology. His clinical specialties include pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus, and he currently leads the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group, a national clinical trials network focused on conducting multi-center studies on eye diseases affecting children, such as amblyopia, intermittent exotropia, and retinopathy of prematurity.

    Get to know Dr. Wallace and his plans for ophthalmology at IU School of Medicine.

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  • Alpha Omega Alpha inductees named

    The Indiana Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society has announced this year’s inductees. Each year, the organization recognizes top medical students based on leadership activities, ethical standards, fairness in dealing with colleagues, potential for achievement in medicine and record of service to the school and community. Forty students from the IU School of Medicine Class of 2018 and 15 students from the Class of 2019 will be honored. Alpha Omega Alpha also is recognizing six residents, six faculty members and five alumni. The new members will be inducted at a banquet on Friday, Feb. 16.

    Founded in 1902 by medical students, Alpha Omega Alpha is the world’s oldest honor medical society. The organization has more than 50,000 members, including 50 Nobel prize winners. Alpha Omega Alpha annually awards more than $575,000 to medical students, residents and faculty for awards and projects that promote excellence in medicine.

    Class of 2018 inductees: Sameerah T. Alkhairy, Loor Alshawa, Mary J. Andrews, Danielle T. Bain, Anna M. Bakas, Jason T. Boyle, Erran D. Briggs, Victoria M. Brocksmith, Jack E. Burgeson, Brent E. Cleveland, Jade K. Davis, Averie L. Dowell, Anna C. Filley, Kyle Grassel, Harini Gurram, Tyler E. Heavin, Stephanie J. Iden, Andrew J. Johnson, Ryan Kabir, Cassandra N. Kelly, Kevin Kessler, Carole C. Kounga, Alex J. Lancaster, Luke N. Lauridsen, Kelsey P. Lipking, Paul J. Martin, Ryan J. McGuire, Adrienne E. Ng, Andrew R. Piropato, Michael Rice, Jarod A. Richards, Emily E. Ross, Mohamad Z. Saltagi, Luke S. Tilmans, Nathan Timm, Katherine M. Wehlage, Ting Wei, Michael J. Ye, Aamir M. Zariwala and William A. Zuke

    Class of 2018 students who were elected last year: Bryce C. Biberstein, Peter Coleman, Caleb A. Cooper, Lee-Wei Kao, Amber L. Lichtenbarger, Brian M. McGowan, Peter J. Nicksic, Cory M. Powers, Daniel L. Robinson, Christopher A. Schneble, Abhijit Seetharam, Alex G. Sieg, Sydney M. Spagna and Joseph E. Thomas

    Class of 2019 inductees: Allison M. Crone, Alexander J. Elias, McKenna Furgurson, Christopher E. Goyne, Kyle D. Hardacker, Jason Hoard, Ryan Louer, Lauren M. Schmidt, Adam Z. Stepanovic, Michael Stolarczyk, Joseph C. Thomas, Jessica Wehr, Emily Wichern, Austin E. Winiger and David I. Zimmer

    Housestaff inductees: James Butler, MD, General Surgery; Elyse Shaw Ellis, MD, Pediatrics; Eric Groh, MD, General Surgery; Naveed Nosrati, MD, Surgery; Carlo Rosati, MD, General Surgery; and Panos Vardas, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery

    Faculty inductees: Samir Gupta, MD, MS, Medicine; Suthat Liangpunsakul, MD, Medicine; Richard Mangus, MD, MS, Surgery; Rick Nelson, MD, PhD, ENT; Jennifer Schwartz, MD, Medicine; and Dorota Szczepaniak, MD, Pediatrics

    Alumni inductees: Mark E. Bauman, MD, Pathology; Richard H. Bernhardt, MD, Pediatrics; Ryan D. Nagy, MD, Anesthesia; John J. Parent, MD, Pediatrics; and James Steigmeyer, MD, Pediatrics

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  • Plan ahead for year-end INScope issues

    Coinciding with holiday and semester breaks, INScope will publish less frequently in November and December. This month, the e-newsletter will not be distributed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23. Publication will resume on Thursday, Nov. 30. The last 2017 issue of INScope will be published on Thursday, Dec. 14, with the first issue of 2018 distributed on Thursday, Jan. 4.

    News items for the remaining 2017 issues should be submitted as soon as possible to INScope editorial guidelines are available on MEDNet

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Research News

  • October research awards total $4.3 million

    Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars
    Andrea Bonetto V Foundation For Cancer Research New Mechanisms and treatment of chemotherapy-induced cachexia and muscle weakness 11/1/2017 11/1/2019 200,000
    Caitlin Bernard Society Of Family Planning New Post-FFP Salary Support 12/1/2017 12/31/2018 59,999
    David Patrick Basile National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Renewal (not prev committed) Long-term effects of acute renal failure 9/20/2017 7/31/2018 516,769
    Grzegorz Nalepa Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Barth Syndrome Research Fund 6/1/2014 6/30/2018 3,330
    J. Dennis Fortenberry Cardinal Health Foundation New Improving Diabetes Self-Management Safety in Adolesscents and Young Adults with Diabetes Mellitus 9/1/2017 8/31/2018 32,000
    Jingwu Xie American Gastroenterological Association New Molecular mechanisms underlying drug resistance in gastric cancer 10/15/2017 11/30/2019 100,000
    Kacy Lynn Allgood University of Iowa Renewal (not prev committed) Outreach Librarian Services 5/1/2017 4/30/2021 18,800
    Katie Lane University of Vermont New Delirium Evaluation in the Emergency Department for Seniors (DEEDS) 6/13/2016 3/31/2019 54,014
    Keith L. March American Heart Association Incorporated New Adipose Stem Cell Secretome Provides Novel Functional and Molecular Cardiac Preservation 1/1/2017 12/31/2018 150,000
    Matthew R. Allen National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Bone vascular alterations in chronic kidney disease 9/30/2017 9/29/2018 32,945
    Michael S. Sturek Northwestern University New Diabetic wound healing in Ossabaw pigs 8/1/2017 2/28/2018 31,668
    Peng-Sheng Chen National Center for Advancing Translational Science New Subcutaneous nerve stimulation for arrhythmia control 8/1/2017 6/30/2018 676,548
    Sara Kay Quinney University of Illinois at Chicago New Understanding botanical-drug interactions through physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling 9/1/2017 6/30/2018 39,375
    Seethal A. Jacob Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative New Sickle Cell Graduated Education and Maintenance (Sickle GEMS) 8/1/2017 6/30/2019 15,852
    Sharon M. Moe National Institute Arthritis Musculoskeletal Skin New Indiana Core Center for Clinical Research in Musculoskeletal Health 9/19/2017 7/31/2018 805,495
    Simon J. Conway Nationwide Children's Hospital New Mechanisms of cardiac and pulmonary fibrosis in relation to TGF? signaling and miR-145 function 8/1/2017 7/31/2018 217,680
    Tarek Maurice Ashkar National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Understanding the Function of Tamm-Horsfall Protein in Acute kidney Injury. 9/15/2017 5/31/2018 304,422
    Tatiana M. Foroud Columbia University Renewal (not prev committed) The National Institute on Aging (NIA) Late Onset of Alzheimer's Disease (LOAD) Family Based Study (FBS) 8/1/2017 5/31/2018 94,500
    Timothy W. Corson Gachon University New Development of a preclinical candidate targeting ferrochelatase for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (2017M3A9C8027781) 9/1/2017 12/31/2017 32,000
    William A. Truitt Indiana State Department of Health New Mechanisms and rehab strategies for social and psychological impairments induced by mTB 7/1/2017 6/30/2019 160,000
    William J. Sullivan University of South Florida New Developmental switches regulating tissue cyst formation 8/1/2017 7/31/2018 143,015
    Xiao-Ming Xu National Institute Neurological Disorders & Stroke New Modulation of lumbar motor circuitry after an above-level SCI and NT-3 gene therapy 9/30/2017 8/31/2018 404,799
    Yan Liu National Institute on Aging New Mutant p53 rejuvenates aged stem cells through modulating epigenetic regulators 9/15/2017 8/31/2018 255,000

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Walthall honored as IBJ Woman of Influence

    Jennifer Walthall, MD, volunteer clinical associate professor of emergency medicine, was recently named a Woman of Influence by Indianapolis Business Journal. She was recognized for her commitment to Hoosiers as deputy health commissioner at the Indiana State Department of Health. Read about Dr. Walthall’s contributions to public health and medicine statewide. 

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  • Open enrollment for 2018 benefits underway

    From now until Friday, Nov. 17, IU employees can make changes to their medical and dental insurance during 2018 open enrollment. Information booklets were sent via campus mail, and open enrollment information also is available from Human Resources. Find out what’s new for 2018 at News at IU

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  • December info session series to address promotion and tenure

    A series of information sessions about the promotion and tenure process will begin on Thursday, Dec. 7. Each year, the IU School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development partners with the school’s promotion and tenure committee to offer these special sessions. Dates and topics include:

    Thursday, Dec. 7: General overview
    Friday, Dec. 8: Excellence in research
    Monday, Dec. 11: Excellence in teaching and service
    Tuesday, Dec. 12: Advancing to full professor
    Tuesday, Dec. 19: eDossier nuts and bolts

    Registration is available for each session. 

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  • Online seminar focusing on learner mistreatment is Dec. 13

    “Why Learner Mistreatment Matters for All Faculty” is the topic of an interactive online seminar available from 12:10-12:50 pm, Wednesday, Dec. 13. Attendees will explore definitions of student mistreatment, discuss strategies for holding students accountable in a supportive manner and identify important connections between learner mistreatment and patient safety. Participants may register for the event, which is sponsored by the school’s Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. Questions? Email or call 317-278-3089.  

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Student News

  • Research forum accepting student abstracts

    Students are invited to submit abstracts for the 49th Annual Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum (MSBRF) on Feb. 17, 2018, in Omaha, Nebraska. This successful student activity is sponsored by University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University. MSBRF participants are the rising stars of biomedical research, development and medicine in the region. More information about abstract submission is available; deadline is Friday, Dec. 1. 

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  • Apply for NIH Medical Research Scholars Program by Jan. 12

    The National Institutes of Health Medical Research Scholars Program is a yearlong research training program designed to attract creative, research-oriented medical, dental and veterinary students to the NIH intramural campus in Bethesda, MD. The program is designed for rising fourth-year students, but second-year students with strong research interests may also apply. More information is available. Application deadline is Jan. 12. 

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Partner News

  • IU Health Physicians All-Provider Networking Event is Monday

    Plan to attend the IU Health Physicians All-Provider Networking Event on Monday Nov. 13, from 5:30-7:30 pm, at the Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral, 650 N. Meridian St., in downtown Indianapolis. The event provides an informal opportunity for physicians, advanced practice providers and system executives to meet and socialize. For more information, contact Mary McDonald at

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  • Shop the Eskenazi Health Winter Market

    Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 14, and continuing until Tuesday, March 13, Eskenazi Health will host a weekly winter market in the Duke Realty Lobby of the Fifth Third Bank Building at Eskenazi Health. Continuing the summer’s farmers market tradition, the Eskenazi Health Winter Market will be every Tuesday from 11 am-1:30 pm. The only exceptions are Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 when there will be no market due to the holidays.

    Questions? Call the Eskenazi Health Wellness Assistance Line at 317-880-3300.

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