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  • Strategic Planning Town Hall is Dec. 19

    IU School of Medicine will host a Strategic Planning Town Hall from 12:30-1:30 pm, Tuesday, Dec. 19, in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450A. The town hall is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to review and comment on the drafted strategic priorities and goals for the future of IU School of Medicine. The session will be highly interactive. Registration is not required; more information is available. 

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  • Steering the mission: Steve Bogdewic, PhD

    As one of the largest medical schools in the nation, IU School of Medicine is a leader in medical education and research. The driving force behind the school’s continuum of medical advancement is a multidisciplinary team of student, faculty and staff leaders who make up the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC). At the forefront of this committee is Steve Bogdewic, PhD, executive vice dean for IU School of Medicine.

    Dr. Bogdewic’s professional experience in academic medicine spans more than 30 years. In his current role as executive vice dean, he is responsible for school-wide strategic planning, departmental reviews and the school’s strategic alignment with the health care system. In addition, Dr. Bogdewic holds faculty appointments in the departments of family medicine and pediatrics, as well as the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI).

    Learn more about Dr. Bogdewic and the SPSC in this Q&A.

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  • Scoring points for cancer research

    Three years ago, Cassidy “Cass” Satterfield and Alana “Cookie” Cook were introduced to one another by their hometown hero, Ali Patberg, the 2015 Indiana Miss Basketball.

    At the time Cass was a freshman at Columbus North High School and Alana was in sixth grade. They bonded over their shared loved of basketball. Little did they know how much of a team they would become over the next few years.

    Cass has a sensory disorder and developmental disability, and Alana has always made sure to look after her. In October 2015, Cass returned the favor. She stayed by Alana’s side when her friend was diagnosed with and underwent treatment for a rare brain tumor.

    Alana was cared for by IU School of Medicine faculty member Chie-Schin Shih, MD, and members of the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. She endured a grueling regimen of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. It worked. In July 2016, a scan showed that the cancer was gone.

    Read more in this blog post to learn about how Cass and Alana gave back by organizing a 5K to raise funds for Dr. Shih’s research. 

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  • Buy tickets now for the Second Year Show on Jan. 12

    IU School of Medicine’s Second Year Show (2YS), led by MS2 students, will be held at 7 pm, Friday, Jan. 12, at the Madame Walker Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. This year’s show focuses on “Ashleigh” and her difficulties adapting to the stressful environment of medical school.

    Tickets for the show are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Support this student-run initiative by buying a pre-sale ticket or making a donation. The IU School of Medicine Office of Diversity Affairs will sponsor a pre-show mixer with food and drinks.

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  • Next issue of INScope is Jan. 4; Visual Media holiday hours

    This week’s INScope is the final issue of 2017. Publication will resume Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. In addition, IU School of Medicine Visual Media will be closed Monday, Dec. 25-Monday, Jan. 1. The team will resume regular office hours, 8:30 am-5 pm, on Tuesday, Jan. 2. The INScope editorial team wishes all IU School of Medicine students, faculty and staff an enjoyable holiday break.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • IPEC to host TEACH! learning event Jan. 24

    Indiana University’s commitment to improve the health and health care of Indiana continues to build momentum as TEACH! (Team Education Advancing Collaboration in Healthcare), the university’s cross-school curriculum, moves into 2018. Several interprofessional learning events are scheduled, and these represent opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to get involved.

    The TEACH! Curriculum includes interprofessional learning events that progressively dive deeper into team science and address the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) competencies of values and ethics, roles and responsibilities, interprofessional communication, and interprofessional teamwork.

    The first TEACH! experience is “Introduction to Interprofessional Teamwork,” Anchor #1 and will be held from 6-9 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 24. Learners from nursing, occupational therapy and public health will work in interprofessional teams to explore the roles and responsibilities of multiple professions involved in caring for someone suffering from multiple conditions, including diabetes, depression and isolation. 

    Training and development sessions are great ways to get information and share your input and feedback. These sessions are provided regularly for new and experienced facilitators with sessions available for each anchor, as well as virtual modules available in Canvas. Questions? E-mail to learn more about how you can get involved. 

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  • Faculty, lab mentors, lecturers needed for summer oncology program

    Laboratory mentors, lecturers and clinical faculty are invited to participate in a joint summer translational oncology program among IU School of Medicine, IU Simon Cancer Center and Johns Hopkins. Now in its third year at IU School of Medicine, the program--Cancer in the Under-Privileged Indigent or Disadvantaged (CUPID)--is designed to promote the field of oncology to medical students interested in addressing both rural and urban health care disparities. Fellows selected from IU will be assigned to laboratories and clinics in Indianapolis.

    IU School of Medicine will host four to six students for the program, which will be held May 28 to Aug. 3. Faculty conducting cancer-related research are encouraged to consider hosting a student in their labs, giving a lecture related to oncology or providing a shadow experience in their clinics. Faculty mentors hosting a summer student in their labs will receive $1,000 to cover lab-related expenses.

    With questions or to volunteer, contact Joe Dynlacht, PhD, at, or Richard Zellars, MD, at

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  • Gichoya earns Shah Global Health Education Fund award

    Judy W. Gichoya, MD, a resident in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, received the first Shah Global Health Education Fund award. Recently established by Angela Shah and Himanshu Shah, MD, the fund supports IU School of Medicine’s radiology residents in global health initiatives. With over six years of informatics experience, Dr. Gichoya will use the funding for an upcoming research project in Kenya working with Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) leadership. 

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Student News

  • Dr. Allen spring semester office hours

    Bradley Allen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean, Medical Student Education, has posted his spring semester office hours. Visit the Medical Science Building, MS 166, to ask a question or share a comment with Dr. Allen on these days and times:

    Wednesday, Jan. 17; noon-1 pm
    Wednesday, Jan. 24; noon-1 pm
    Wednesday, Jan. 31; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, Feb. 8; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, Feb. 15; noon-1 pm
    Monday, Feb. 26; 11:30 am-1 pm
    Thursday, March 8; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, March 15; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, March 29; noon-1 pm
    Wednesday, April 11; noon-1 pm
    Wednesday, April 18; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, May 3; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, May 10; noon-1 pm
    Thursday, May 17; noon-1 pm

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  • Save date: LGBTQ health conference is March 22

    Plan now to attend the LGBTQ Healthcare Update Conference on March 22 and 23 in Goodman Hall in downtown Indianapolis. The two-day conference will address the unique health considerations and barriers to health care in the transgender and LGB populations, as well as the basic elements of transgender-specific health care. Attendees will learn to provide respectful, patient-centered, culturally competent health care to all patients, including transgender and LBG patients. This event is designed for nurses, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers and other allied health providers.

    Registration and details are available.

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  • IU Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases offers research funding

    The IU Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases seeks applications for its pilot and feasibility program, which fosters the development of new diabetes-related investigators and provides seed support for innovative, high-risk projects. Investigators at Indiana University, IUPUI, Ball State, Notre Dame, IBRI and Purdue are eligible for this funding opportunity.

    The program is particularly directed to new investigators and established investigators new to diabetes-related research. It also will consider established diabetes investigators pursuing high-impact/high-risk projects or projects that are a significant departure from their usual work.

    Application details are available. Letters of intent are due Friday, Jan. 19, and the full submission deadline is Monday, March 19.

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  • Grants available to use CTSI-designated core facilities

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) seeks proposals from postdoctoral researchers to develop translational research through the use of technologies and expertise at the Indiana CTSI-designated core facilities available at all partner institutions. Translational research refers to research in the lab that eventually translates into patient treatment to improve human health care. Translation involves applying discoveries made during research (in the lab, through animal studies, etc.) to the development of clinical trials and studies in humans.

    More information and application details are available. Deadline to submit applications is Monday, March 5.   

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  • Apply for funds to support veteran-related health research

    IIMR’s mission is to promote and enhance research efforts that will ultimately result in improved quality of life for veterans and for the greater population. To support this mission, IIMR works to encourage investigators to develop their research careers by working with IIMR, the Veterans Administration and veterans to answer important questions. To this end, IIMR sponsors the annual Young Investigator Award Program, which provides a competitive experience for investigators to explore the possibilities of VA-related research. 

    Project budgets should be limited to funds necessary to carry out the research project and should not exceed $25,000. More information and application details are available. The submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 9

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  • Mark your calendar for Diversity Month events in January

    Cultural competence, women in leadership and unconscious bias are just some of the topics to be addressed during Diversity Month at IU School Medicine. Various events and programming will explore different dimensions of diversity, including topics specific to diversity and inclusion in academic medicine. Learn more and register for these events:

    Monday, Jan. 8: Diversity Council and Open Forum
    Friday, Jan. 12: Diversity Affairs Social Hour
    Friday, Jan. 19: Department of Medicine Grand Rounds: Moving Beyond Cultural Competence Toward Equitable Patient-Centered Communication
    Monday, Jan. 22: Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership (with Emily Walvoord, MD)
    Monday, Jan. 22: Unconscious Bias Presentation at IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne (Dinner session)
    Thursday, Jan. 25: Cultural Awareness Town Hall: Fourteen Years Later--On Barriers to Healthcare Faced by the Hispanic/Latino Community of Indianapolis

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  • Applications due Jan. 29 for Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS)

    The Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS) facilitates IU School of Medicine medical student participation in various medical research and experiential opportunities, including laboratory, clinical, health research outcomes and community health education.

    The IMPRS mission is to provide a diverse array of research and scholarly options for the IU School of Medicine students and to enrich the research and scholarly education for all of the school’s medical students. To be eligible for the program, applicants must be current IU School of Medicine students in Phase 1 Year 1.

    Applications are due Monday, Jan. 29. 

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Partner News

  • Munshi joins Veterans Health Indiana as chief of staff

    Imtiaz Munshi, MD, has been named the new chief of staff of Veterans Health Indiana. His appointment was effective Dec. 10. In his new role, Dr. Munshi has direct responsibility for the clinical operations for the veterans’ health system in Indiana. As the liaison to the VA Medical Centers, Dr. Munshi will also hold the position of associate dean of veterans affairs for IU School of Medicine.

    Dr. Munshi brings a determined vision and common-sense approach to raising the VA’s clinical and academic expectations while being focused on elevating the quality, safety and value of health care to veterans. Dr. Munshi has been in clinical practice for 20 years, the last 10 at the Roudebush VAMC in Indianapolis as deputy chief of staff, director of general surgery and director of surgical intensive care unit.

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  • Eskenazi Health expands outpatient rehabilitation services

    A new outpatient rehabilitation center for the treatment of orthopedic, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions will open Monday, Dec. 18, at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. Additional rehabilitation services available at the new center include pelvic floor health, cognitive therapy, amputee rehab, specialized care for hand injuries and splinting needs. The clinic will also allow therapists to practice in a joint venture that integrates emergency and outpatient rehab. This will provide a seamless transition and continuity of care as patients move from the emergency department to outpatient care. 

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