Faculty and Staff News
School experts enable clinicians to fight opioid epidemic
A new program will empower health care providers in rural and underserved areas throughout the state to improve treatment for opioid-use disorder by offering tele-access to addiction experts at Indiana University School of Medicine.
The Department of Psychiatry at IU School of Medicine received funding through the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration as part of the state’s integrated strategy to combat Indiana’s opioid crisis.
The project is one of several state initiatives supported by the federal 21st Century Cures Act. Through a partnership with the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Institute in Albuquerque, NM, IU School of Medicine will lead a team, including colleagues from Indiana University School of Public Health and IUPUI Fairbanks School of Public Health, to offer an opioid-use disorder ECHO program for Indiana clinicians and health workers.
The ECHO model was developed more than a decade ago at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center to help improve access to care for complex chronic health conditions--such as substance abuse--by building capacity through virtual education and training of local primary care and other providers who wish to improve their skills in managing and treating complex health conditions.
“Participating as part of Project ECHO will allow us to give clinicians the tools they need to provide excellent care to patients affected by the opioid epidemic,” said Thomas McAllister, MD, program director for the opioid-use disorder ECHO program. “It’s a chance to improve communication amongst Indiana’s health care professionals and bring life-saving treatments to rural areas.”
Former environmental engineer set sights on pediatric ophthalmology
IU School of Medicine-trained physician Charline Boente, MD, didn’t always have her sights set on a career in medicine. After receiving both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering, she moved across the country to work as an engineer at a large wastewater system in California before deciding to pursue her medical degree. Now as an assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at IU School of Medicine and practicing ophthalmologist at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Dr. Boente is working to improve the lives of little ones through pediatric ophthalmology. Read more about Dr. Boente and her passion for helping children improve their sight.
Plan to attend student research symposium on April 21
The inaugural IU School of Medicine Student Research Symposium will take place from noon-3 pm, Saturday, April 21, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building Atrium. A student-led effort, the event will showcase students’ research and scholarly projects.
The April 1 deadline for abstract submissions has passed, but questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need your CrimsonCard? Get it by June 30
The June 30 deadline to replace your current IU School of Medicine ID card with IU’s university-wide CrimsonCard is approaching. All current IU School of Medicine students, faculty and staff (part time and full time), and affiliates, including residents and fellows, must obtain a CrimsonCard before June 30. All current JagTag and IU School of Medicine ID cards will stop working on this date.
Still need to get yours? All the details you need to know are included in a list of frequently asked questions, including information for colleagues at regional campuses.
TBI Model System supports valuable brain injury research
Flora Hammond, MD, project director of the Indiana Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model System, is making strides in brain injury research, specifically in the area of patient rehabilitation. Dr. Hammond, who is also chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, highlights in this Q&A how her own interests intertwine with the national research effort of the model system, a designated center conducting research and comprehensive rehabilitation care for TBI patients.
Faculty and Staff News
Applications being accepted for psychologist
IU School of Medicine Mental Health Services is now accepting applications for a psychologist. School psychologists provide direct clinical care to medical trainees through the mental health services program at IU School of Medicine. Direct clinical care includes initial assessments, crisis counseling, crisis intervention, individual and couples’ psychotherapy, and psychological testing. Clinical care also encompasses teletherapy services when appropriate for medical trainees at the school’s regional campuses, as well as facilitating the referral process as needed for trainees to obtain services on their own campus.
This position may be eligible for an adjunct assistant professor of clinical psychology appointment in clinical psychiatry depending on interest and eligibility. A PhD in psychology or counseling psychology, or PsyD is required. Applicants must be licensed or license eligible in the state of Indiana, as well as have at least five years of related experience.
This position is part of the IU Employee Referral Incentive Program. Employees who refer a successful candidate in this position can receive an incentive payment of 5 percent of the position's base salary, with a maximum of $2,500. To participate, review the program’s policy and ask your referral to list your name on their application when asked how they learned about the position.
Sign up for "Night Vision" ultrasound training
“Night Vision” instruction on point-of-care ultrasound will be live-streamed to all nine campuses from 5-7 pm, Thursday, April 19. Students also may attend in person at Walther Hall C203. Join W. Graham Carlos, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, other teaching faculty and student interest groups to learn more about the physics of ultrasound, “knobology,” anatomy and clinical application. Following the live-stream event, faculty will provide hands-on training for students attending the event in person. Register for the training and learn more.
Camp and Nowaskie earn Plater medallion for civic engagement
IU School of Medicine students David Camp and Dustin Nowaskie have been awarded the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion in recognition of their commitment to the community. Plater medallion honorees are recognized for exceptional community engagement, such as service learning, volunteerism, community/social issue advocacy, community work-study and political engagement.
MS4: Complete the GQ by April 29 to be eligible for prizes
The Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) is an essential tool in improving the medical student experience. MS4s: Share your valuable opinions about your time at IU School of Medicine--and qualify for prize drawings by completing the survey by Sunday, April 29. Prizes include Amazon gift cards, an Apple watch and more.
Grab your garden gloves: Spring House Calls is April 14
Spring will definitely arrive in time for Spring House Calls, IU School of Medicine’s longest running service event. During this annual day of service, medical students help beautify urban neighborhoods by planting flowers, spreading mulch and performing yard work for area residents. This year’s event will take place at 8:30 am, Saturday, April 14, near Christamore House, 502 N. Tremont St. Get to know fellow Student Interest Group members, enjoy some free food and contribute to beautifying Indianapolis. Sign up for Spring House Calls today. Questions? Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 10 AMS meeting to discuss health care in African-American community
IU School of Medicine Diversity Affairs will host the April meeting of the Aesculapian Medical Society from 6-8:30 pm, Tuesday, April 10, in Fairbanks Hall, 1112. AMS is the Indianapolis chapter of the National Medical Association, the national organization for Black/African-American physicians. The meeting will include dinner and a discussion of issues related to the medical professions and health care in the African-American community. Registration is available.
Indiana CTSI Bloomington Retreat is April 25
Addressing “Science as a Solution to Indiana’s Opioid Crisis,” the Indiana CTSI Bloomington Retreat will be held on Wednesday, April 25, on the IU Bloomington campus. Speakers from IU, the state of Indiana, Johns Hopkins, Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health will be featured. The retreat, which is free and open to the public, offers valuable opportunities to network with investigators from across the state and learn more about research resources and services available through the Indiana CTSI. Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 18.
Submit abstracts by April 13 for Cancer Research Day
The deadline to submit abstracts for this year’s IU Simon Cancer Center Cancer Research Day is Friday, April 13. 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, which is a two-day event this year on May 2 and 3.
Abstracts should be submitted in one of the following research categories:
- Basic science
- Population science/epidemiology
- Translational/clinical research
Visit Cancer Research Day for details and to complete the online abstract submission form. Cash awards will be given for best poster(s) in each research category, by group.
Cancer Research Day is an annual event that aims to increase understanding and awareness of IU Simon Cancer Center research endeavors and encourage collaboration with other cancer research institutions in Indiana.
Biomedical research grant applications due May 1
Applications are being accepted until Tuesday, May 1, for the Biomedical Research Grant program. These grants are open to all IU School of Medicine faculty who are full time, regardless of tenure status, with an appointment of assistant/associate/full professor and assistant/associate/full scientist. In general, the program is most beneficial for 1) research projects of investigators new to IU School of Medicine who do not yet have extramural funding and who need support to acquire the preliminary data necessary to compete for extramural funding; and 2) research projects of established IU School of Medicine investigators who are between funding periods from extramural sources. Applications are considered small grants and should have a maximum requested amount of $50,000 and be limited to one-year duration.
Deadline to apply for Research Enhancement Program is May 1
Consider applying for an IU School of Medicine Research Enhancement Grant--a program designed to stimulate research productivity at the statewide Centers for Medical Education (regional campuses) including the Bloomington Medical Sciences Program. All full-time Center/Medical Sciences faculty, regardless of tenure status, with an appointment of assistant/associate/full professor or assistant/associate/full scientist at time of submission, are eligible to apply. Primary appointment must be in IU School of Medicine. Faculty in visiting ranks are not eligible for funding through this program.
Applications are considered small grants and should have a maximum requested amount of $50,000 and be limited to one-year duration.
Free skin cancer screenings available May 7
IU School of Medicine Department of Dermatology is offering free skin cancer screenings on Monday, May 7, in recognition of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The event will be held from 7-9 am at IU Health University Hospital, Eskenazi Health Dermatology Clinic and Coleman Hall. Appointments are needed. Call 317-916-3525 to schedule.
Apply for Indiana Drug Discovery Alliance funding by June 4
The Molecular Therapeutics Program within the Indiana CTSI created the Indiana Drug Discovery Alliance as a mechanism to foster and encourage collaboration across the Indiana CTSI partner institutions (IU, Purdue, Notre Dame and IBRI) and to initiate or continue translational research projects that have strong and immediate potential to develop into larger, externally funded research programs, or generate novel intellectual property. Critical research proposal feedback will be provided from the team of experienced industry and academic experts, including the organization’s internal advisory committee and ad hoc, project-specific pharmaceutical expert reviewers. Applicants must be full-time researchers--tenure, tenure-track, research faculty or postdoc (will require letter of support from the primary faculty mentor and the department chair)--within Indiana CTSI-member institutions. Funds are available up to $15,000 per project, but budget and budget justification are not required at the time of submission. Application deadline is Monday, June 4. Questions? Email Padma Portonovo at email@example.com.
Look for construction-related traffic changes at Riley
To prepare for the Riley Maternity and Newborn Health strategic building project, construction crews will begin erecting temporary walls to protect visitors and patients the week of April 9. As work begins, foot traffic pattern changes and temporary signage are expected, along with these changes:
- Circle driveway on Barnhill Avenue will close to all traffic, including drop-offs and deliveries.
- Riley Atrium Lobby entrance and glass elevators will no longer be accessible.
- Entry from the People Mover will be rerouted to the cafeteria hallway.
Riley cafeteria, Nature’s Table and Copper Moon will remain open and accessible during construction. Questions? Email the Riley Maternity and Newborn Health project team at RMNHproject@iuhealth.org.
Fortin honored with AMWA Exceptional Mentor Award
Congratulations to Saura Fortin, MD, assistant professor of clinical family medicine, on being honored with the Exceptional Mentor Award by the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). Dr. Fortin was nominated by colleague and fellow faculty member, Nydia Nunez-Estrada, MD. This award celebrates those who have made an impact on the lives of students in medicine. An exceptional mentor goes above and beyond what is required and actively reaches out to those around him/her to help guide them in a career path. Dr. Fortin was recognized at the AMWA’s 103rd Anniversary Meeting on March 24 in Philadelphia.