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  • Evening of the Arts is Saturday

    Enjoy an evening of great entertainment at the IU School of Medicine’s annual Evening of the Arts this Saturday, April 14. The variety show features performances by IU School of Medicine students, faculty and staff, and will be held at the Madame Walker Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. A cocktail and silent auction begin at 7 pm, followed by the variety show at 8 pm. Proceeds from the event benefit local nonprofit health clinics. 

    Tickets may be purchased online. Student tickets are $8 ($10 at the door) and non-student tickets are $10 ($12 at the door). Donations are also accepted.

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  • IU Day is April 18

    Indiana University celebrates its third annual IU Day on Wednesday, April 18. The worldwide, social-sharing, IU-wearing, gift-giving day of engagement kicks off at midnight, uniting students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the university in a 24-hour celebration of all things IU.

    Follow IU School of Medicine’s Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram for special IU Day posts and information about how you can get involved. 

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  • ?Night Vision? student ultrasound training is April 19

    Night Vision is a live, statewide, point-of-care ultrasound training for medical students to learn about ultrasound techniques and view a demonstration from experienced physicians. After the demonstration, students also will have the opportunity to take part in hands-on ultrasound training. The main event will take place in Indianapolis at Walther Hall C203 from 5-7 pm, Thursday, April 19, and be live streamed to students at all nine campuses.

    Why students should attend Night Vision
    Ultrasound is becoming an everyday part of exams. More and more clinicians are using ultrasound to supplement physical examinations and make quick diagnostic decisions at the bedside. Night Vision will ensure that students are prepared to begin using this increasingly important technology.

    Check out this Q&A blog post with Graham Carlos, MD, to learn about the event, and register by Monday, April 16.

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  • Family medicine physician addresses LGBTQ healthcare

    Individuals within the LGBTQ community often face societal and personal challenges related to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, including barriers to accessing proper health care. This is caused by many factors, an important one being a shortage of healthcare providers who are knowledgeable and culturally competent to address the unique needs and health disparities of these patients. Juan Carlos Venis, MD, MPH, assistant professor of clinical family medicine, offers insightful perspective on providing care to LGBTQ patients.

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  • IU School of Medicine orchestra to perform annual spring concert Sunday

    Join the Orchestra at Indiana University School of Medicine for its annual spring concert at 2 pm, Sunday, April 15, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. Selections will include music across the generations from 1817 to 2004. The concert will conclude with a medley of music from John Williams, the genius behind the soundtracks for blockbusters like Star Wars and Harry Potter. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. Free parking also is available at the Indiana History Center.

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  • Don?t forget: CrimsonCard transition deadline is June 30

    All current IU School of Medicine students, faculty and staff (part time and full time), and affiliates, including residents and fellows, must replace current school ID cards with IU’s university-wide CrimsonCard before June 30. All current JagTag and IU School of Medicine ID cards will stop working on this date.

    Need to know how to get yours? All the details are included in a list of frequently asked questions, including information for colleagues at regional campuses.

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Research News

  • Researchers discover new link between muscle signals and bone loss

    Exercise causes muscles to produce a chemical signal that helps prevent bone damage, but as bones age they start losing their ability to understand that signal, a research team led by IU School of Medicine scientists has found.

    The discovery may help explain why people are more susceptible to bone loss as they age. It may also lead to interventions that work around, or even prevent, older bones' inability to recognize the signals the muscles are sending--one of which might just be more exercise.

    The research team, led by Lynda F. Bonewald, PhD, director of the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health, discovered that a metabolite produced by muscles during exercise--known as L-BAIBA--helps protect osteocytes, the bone cells that oversee bone health, repair and renewal. But, the researchers reported in a recent edition of the scientific journal Cell Reports, as the osteocytes age they lose their ability to respond to L-BAIBA.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Iseminger departing as dean?s chief of staff

    Diane Iseminger, chief of staff for IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, has accepted a position with Furman University in South Carolina in order to be closer to family. Her last day at IU School of Medicine is Friday, May 4.

    “Diane has been an extraordinary chief of staff and will be greatly missed,” said Dean Hess. “She has been vital to several major initiatives across the school, including enterprise realignment, reaccreditation and, more recently, strategic planning. Please join me in thanking Diane for her service, and in wishing her the very best in her new endeavor.”

    Iseminger came to IU School of Medicine in September 2014 after serving Indiana University Health in various leadership roles within human resources.

    A search for chief of staff is being initiated. Additional details will be available soon.

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  • Remembering Connie Gordon

    Long-time IU School of Medicine-South Bend staff member Connie Gordon died on March 27 after a courageous battle with cancer. Gordon was an administrative specialist and worked for IU School of Medicine for more than 30 years.

    “Connie Gordon was a dynamo,” said Mark Fox, MD, PhD, MPH, associate dean and director, IU School of Medicine-South Bend. “She was one of those people who could master systems and all technologies with intelligence and humor. She provided support for faculty, staff and students and has been missed by all since she went on medical leave.”

    “One of her joys, during her illness, was to be treated by physicians who had been students at the South Bend program and who returned here for practice,” Dr. Fox added. “She was proud of every one of them.”

    Read Gordon’s obituary for more.

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  • Reminder: Complete COI-C Disclosure Form

    IU School of Medicine and IU Health Physicians have collaborated on a single portal for capturing and updating conflicts of interest disclosures. Faculty, as well as certain staff, should have received an email last month directing them to complete the new online Kuali Conflicts of Interest and Conflicts of Commitment (COI-C) Disclosure Form. Those who have not already completed the form should submit their disclosure as soon as possible. Additional reminders will be directed to individuals and units over the coming weeks. 

    Individuals are reminded to use the latest version of their preferred web browser for the best experience. Additionally, it is important that all applicable roles are selected when completing the form.  For example, if a faculty physician is a researcher and also employed by IU Health, then the roles of university employee, researcher and IU Health should all be selected in order for the proper questions to populate and the annual disclosure requirements to be met.

    A conflicts of interest disclosures webpage has been developed with additional information, FAQs and instructions with a link to the disclosure form. Questions? Contact the University Compliance Office at or 317-274-2667.

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  • Wellness Symposium is May 3

    Learn how to find balance and develop resiliency while working in medicine at the 2018 Wellness Symposium on Thursday, May 3. The event will take place in Hine Hall on the IUPUI campus and will feature these presentations:

    Finding Meaning, Balance and Personal Satisfaction in the Practice of Medicine
    11:30 am-1 pm, Hine Hall Auditorium
    A pioneer in research focused on physician burnout, Tait Shanafelt, MD, chief wellness officer, Stanford Medicine, will review the literature on physician satisfaction and burnout, discuss data on the repercussions of physician distress, and highlight personal and organizational approaches to promote physician well-being. Register for this presentation. 

    Creating a Professional Toolkit for Resilience and Well-Being: An Experiential Session
    1:30-3 pm, Hine Hall (IP) 132
    Hedy Wald, PhD, will discuss resilience and well-being-enhancement strategies, including mindful awareness, reflective writing as a “resiliency workout,” cognitive restructuring, positive psychology principles and meaning-making/purpose. Register for this presentation. 

    The Wellness Symposium is sponsored by the IU School of Medicine Department of Medicine; Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity; and IU Health Physicians.

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Student Showcase

  • Spring House Calls is this Saturday

    Grab your garden gloves and pitch in for Spring House Calls, IU School of Medicine’s longest running service event. Medical students will gather this Saturday, April 14, to help beautify urban neighborhoods by planting flowers, spreading mulch and performing yard work for area residents. The event begins at 8:30 am 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 or

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  • Student research symposium is April 21

    Plan to attend the first IU School of Medicine Student Research Symposium 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. Questions? Email

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  • MS4: More prizes available for completing the GQ

    Class of 2018: You already know the Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) is an essential tool in improving the medical student experience. Share your valuable opinions about your time at IU School of Medicine--and qualify for prize drawings (two winners this week) by completing the survey by Sunday, April 29. Prizes include Amazon gift cards, an Apple watch and more.

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  • Senior Awards Program is May 11

    Mark your calendar for the IU School of Medicine Senior Awards Program at 5 pm, Friday, May 11, at The Crane Bay in downtown Indianapolis. The event celebrates graduating students and recognizes faculty and staff for their contributions to students’ medical education. The event is free for Class of 2018 members, but registration is required. Guest tickets may be purchased for $30 each. Deadline to register and purchase tickets is Monday, April 23.

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  • Register for April 25 Indiana CTSI Bloomington Retreat

    Focusing on “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. 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. Speakers from IU, the state of Indiana, Johns Hopkins, Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health will be featured. Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 18.

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  • Friday is deadline for Cancer Research Day abstract submissions

    This Friday, April 13, is 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 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
    • Behavioral
    • 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.

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  • Deadline to apply for Wright cancer research scholarship extended

    The deadline to apply for the IU Simon Cancer Center William J. Wright Scholarship Fund has been extended to Saturday, April 14. The scholarship rewards fourth-year medical students who are strong academically and desire to pursue a career caring for cancer patients. The fund also supports second- and third-year medical students conducting cancer research with the same career ambition. Successful applicants will also have displayed strong humanitarian qualities throughout their medical school careers. 

    View the submission guidelines and application. Students with research grants already supporting their education are not eligible.

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  • Women in Medicine and Science Symposium is May 9

    The IU School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science Symposium provides a collegial and professional environment for faculty, residents and fellows, students, and staff to discuss career advancement, particularly issues of interest to women. This year’s symposium will take place from noon-4 pm, Wednesday, May 9, in the Glick Eye Institute, Room 103. Featured speaker is Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, who will speak on navigating power differentials, sexism and gender inequity in academic medicine. Registration is available.

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Around Campus

  • April 17 campus and community conversation in Indianapolis to address mental health

    IUPUI, in partnership with Baptist Minister’s Alliance and the Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis, is hosting a Campus and Community Critical Conversation on the topic of mental health. The event will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm, Tuesday, April 17, in Hine Hall auditorium on the IUPUI campus. Featured speaker is Dr. Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Public Health Department. 

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