Faculty and Staff News
$14 million gift to focus on symptom management, mental and spiritual health of cancer patients
A $14 million gift to IU School of Medicine will transform cancer care in Indiana by serving as the catalyst to build a comprehensive approach that helps patients and their families manage the symptoms, pain and stress that often accompany a cancer diagnosis.
The gift from the Walther Cancer Foundation will create a supportive oncology program that goes beyond standard therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, and seeks to care for a patient’s overall physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The program will be named the Walther Supportive Oncology Program in recognition of the foundation’s generosity.
It is believed to be the largest gift in the country to support a program of this kind. As part of For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign, the gift will receive matching funds from Indiana University, dramatically increasing the depth and breadth of what researchers, physicians and other caregivers are able to accomplish.
“More than 35,000 Hoosiers are diagnosed with cancer each year, and the disease affects each of them in complex and unique ways,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. “This magnificent gift will dramatically improve the lives of these individuals and their families and have far-reaching impacts beyond Indiana by enabling IU faculty experts to build a supportive oncology program that others will emulate. We are extremely grateful to the Walther Cancer Foundation for its remarkable generosity and continued support for the innovative teaching, research and clinical care that is a hallmark of our acclaimed School of Medicine.”
Dr. Paul Wallach, new executive associate dean, joins IU School of Medicine
Paul Wallach, MD, a nationally recognized leader in academic medicine, joined IU School of Medicine this week as executive associate dean of educational affairs and institutional improvement. Dr. Wallach, who was instrumental in the school’s Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) reaccreditation last year, most recently served in academic affairs leadership positions with Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, which has four regional campuses and is the nation’s eighth largest medical school.
Learn more about Dr. Wallach and his role at IU School of Medicine in this Q&A.
Strategic Planning Town Halls begin Feb. 14
IU School of Medicine faculty, staff and students are invited to provide input on the school’s strategic priorities and goals at two interactive Strategic Planning Town Hall meetings in February. Join the school’s Strategic Planning Committee at the first meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Details on both town hall meetings are included below. Registration is not required.
Share your opinion: Internal Communications Survey deadline is Feb. 13
The IU School of Medicine Office of Strategic Communications is gathering feedback from learners, faculty and staff to plan future internal communications initiatives. Take 5-10 minutes to complete the Internal Communications Survey before it closes on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Faculty and Staff News
Feb. 26 is the deadline to recover broken links in Canvas courses
After IU retired Adobe Connect in late December, UITS received reports from faculty with broken links to videos and Adobe Presenter content in Canvas courses. The links were broken because the content was stored on the Adobe Connect server, which is no longer available. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to check Canvas courses containing videos or narrated PowerPoints for broken links, especially if they are not sure where this content is stored.
Adobe Connect and Presenter content is recoverable through Monday, Feb. 26, by completing the Adobe Connect Recovery Form. Recovering content will no longer be possible after Feb. 26.
Canvas Course Link Validator tool available
Faculty should also check for missing content in current courses and past courses that they intend to use again (e.g. Summer 2018, Fall 2018). To quickly identify any broken links in Canvas courses, consider using the Canvas Course Link Validator. This tool will search content and return a list of links that are invalid or unresponsive. To learn more, watch the Link Validator in Canvas Tutorial.
For help with replacing broken course links or with the Canvas Link Validator tool, contact your local campus and teaching and learning center.
Register for IUPUI Day Camps by Feb. 14 to receive discount
IUPUI Day Camps offers a variety of camp programs for children ages 5-12. Options include Spring Break Camp, Summer Day Camps and individual Sports Camps--all with the mission to create a safe and encouraging environment for children to develop healthy habits while engaged in activities designed to support success at any age, skill and ability level. Register for IUPUI Day Camps before Wednesday, Feb. 14, and receive a 20 percent discount.
Library adds study stations while Daly Center repairs continue
As work continues in the Daly Center to repair damage from the cold weather-related flood last month, the IU School of Medicine facilities operations team has prioritized repairs to the center’s student spaces, including the fitness center, 179 Student Study room and B070 Student Lounge. These student areas sustained extensive water damage, and while contractors are working around the clock, the repairs are expected to take at least four weeks to complete.
To provide alternate accommodations for students during this time, several double-screen study stations have been relocated to the first floor of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library. In addition, IU School of Medicine students with Daly Center fitness memberships are able to use the Fairbanks fitness center with their existing school ID cards.
The facilities operations team has not yet set a re-opening date for the Daly Center student areas, but students will be notified when re-opening is scheduled.
Career Fair Friday is Feb. 23
Plan to attend Career Fair Friday at 11 am on Feb. 23 to meet residency directors, chairs and other representatives from all IU School of Medicine clinical departments. This casual event is designed to help students explore interests to determine which specialty areas they want to pursue, and optimize their application and preparation for residency. The career fair will be held in the Medical Science Building Atrium on the Indianapolis campus.
While open to all students, the optional event focuses on information of particular interest to MS1, MS2 and MS3 students. Free boxed lunches and giveaways will be available.
Read important Match Day updates
Match Day 2018 is less than seven weeks away. MS4 students can prepare for the big residency match event on Friday, March 16, by reading these important Match Day updates. This month, don’t forget to order your Match Day shirt. The deadline is Monday, Feb. 19.
Friday is the S3 survey deadline
Feb. 9 is the last day for MS4 students to complete the Strategic Student Survey (S3) to provide student input needed to facilitate improvements at IU School of Medicine. The online survey includes just seven questions and takes only four minutes to complete. As of Feb. 7, the completion rate was 76 percent--just four percentage points away from the class earning $2,500 for class Match Day and graduation expenses. Take the survey here.
Stressed out? Unwind during drop-in hours
IU School of Medicine is hosting Mental Health Services and Chaplain drop-in hours this month. These sessions are a time for students to talk about anything--medical school stress, Step 1, relationships, personal growth or any other topic. These confidential 15- to 20-minute chats do not require advanced sign up--simply stop in when you can.
CME launches statewide project to expand Hepatitis C care in areas of need
The IU School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education, in cooperation with the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (FSPH) and Med-IQ, has launched a new statewide initiative related to Expanding Hepatitis C Care in Critical Areas of Need, using Zoom videoconferencing.
Joan M. Duwve, MD, MPH, and her team at FSPH, along with educational peer Med-IQ is developing Expanding Hepatitis C Care in Critical Areas of Need, a CME-accredited initiative with the potential to transform health care. The initiative uses the Project ECHO (Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes) platform designed by Dr. Sanjeev Aurora at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Division of Continuing Medical Education (CME), which aims to train health care providers in underserved communities to identify risk factors and appropriately evaluate and treat patients with hepatitis C.
The project aims to improve self-efficacy, reduced disparities and expand capacity of community clinicians and health care workers in rural areas of Indiana caring for patients with the now curable hepatitis C virus (HCV) with patients who have limited health care and minimal access to specialty care. This activity will remove barriers by combining video conferencing technology with guided virtual case-based patient discussions to facilitate HCV testing and treatment, with the goal of developing existing community health workforce in the State of Indiana to serve as local consultants for HCV issues and questions.
The IU School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education is the CME Accredited Provider for this activity. To learn more about their offerings or to partner with the Division of Continuing Medical Education, visit medicine.iu.edu.
Conference on autism is March 9
“Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Update on Diagnosis and Treatment” is the topic of the 41st annual Arthur B. Richter Conference in Psychiatry, which will be held from 7:30 am-5:15 pm, Friday, March 9, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana. Issues to be addressed include psychopharmacology update, diagnostic instruments, behavioral parent training in autism spectrum disorder and measuring change in the condition. More information and registration are available.
March 7 Frew Lecture to address precision medicine in TBI
Plan to attend the 16th annual Jack and Sabina Frew Lecture on Wednesday, March 7, for the discussion “Towards Precision Medicine in Traumatic Brain Injury: State of the Science and the Road Ahead.” The lecture is from 5-6:30 pm in the Goodman Hall Auditorium in downtown Indianapolis. The speaker is David Okonkwo, MD, PhD, of the Brain Trauma Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. A reception will follow the lecture at The Alexander Hotel, 333 S. Delaware St., Indianapolis. To RSVP for the reception, contact Anna Hileman at 317-396-1283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for the Interprofessional Practice and Education Center director position
The IU Interprofessional Practice and Education Center is hiring a director of education to advance interprofessional education initiatives and leader scholarship. Established in 2014, the center aims to design, facilitate and evaluate interprofessional practice and education that translates into improved individual and population health outcomes.
The director of education will be responsible for providing strategic advice to the center director; delegating responsibilities and supervising staff; overseeing implementation of the center’s education programs; and participating in and conducting educational research related to interprofessional practice and education.
Priority review deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 26. More information is available.
Register for upcoming RESPECT Center conference on March 2
The 2018 RESPECT Center conference, “Let’s Talk Palliative Care: Caring for the Complex Patient” will be held from 7:30 am-4 pm, Friday, March 2, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana. A pre-conference workshop will take place from 12:30-4:30 pm, Thursday, March 1.
The statewide conference brings together health care clinicians and researchers to discuss best practices in palliative and end-of-life care. Tracy Balboni, MD, MPH, associate professor, Harvard Medical School, will be the keynote speaker.
Registration is now available.
Riley Children's Health accepting patients at new Fort Wayne office
Riley Children’s Health opened an office in Fort Wayne earlier this month, and physicians are now seeing patients. Physicians in five specialties--pulmonology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, urology and cardiology--are available. Riley Children’s Health plans to add more specialties in the Fort Wayne office in the future. For more details, read The Journal Gazette article.
Save the date: IU Health's Murphy schedules April 30 tour stop
IU Health President and CEO Dennis Murphy will visit IU Health Physicians as part of the second IU Health ONE Tour on Friday, April 30, from 7-8 am. The visit will include updates on accomplishments and the organization’s vision for the future. The event will be held in Fairbanks Hall, 1112/1110. Watch email for invitations and more information.