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  • Community raises funds to create Chuck and Tina Pagano Cancer Research Fund

    The Indianapolis community paid tribute to Chuck and Tina Pagano on April 20 by raising more than $700,000 to create a cancer research fund in their names at Indiana University School of Medicine.

    The Chuck and Tina Pagano Cancer Research Fund will ensure researchers will have funding to support their work early in their careers. In the same way that Pagano, former head coach for Indianapolis Colts, mentored young football players as they launched their careers, this fund will support promising junior researchers at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

    “Chuck selflessly shared his personal journey with the public while he fought a rare form of leukemia,” Patrick Loehrer, MD, director of the IU Simon Cancer Center, said. “His impact, whether privately visiting other cancer patients or publicly helping to raise money, has been immeasurable. Through his leadership, more than $5 million has been raised for cancer research. He has said to cancer patients, ‘Nobody fights alone.’ He has put those words into action. This fund will serve as a legacy reminding researchers and patients alike that the Paganos know how to fight. All of us at the IU Simon Cancer Center and all of our patients are indebted to Chuck and Tina.”

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  • Update to CrimsonCard; current school IDs will stop working soon

    Current IU School of Medicine ID cards will not work after June 30, so if you haven’t replaced your ID with IU’s university-wide CrimsonCard, plan to do so soon. 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 the details you need to know are included in a list of frequently asked questions, including information for colleagues at regional campuses.

    Here is how to get started on the Indianapolis campus:

    Step 1: Visit the CrimsonCard (formerly JagTag) office in the IUPUI Campus Center or Informatics & Communications Technology Complex to get a CrimsonCard. Be sure to tell the representative you need the IU School of Medicine multi-function card (also called the triple-technology card).

    Step 2: If you use your ID to access IU Health facilities, email your CrimsonCard information to IU Health. (Read FAQ for specifics.)

    Step 3: Hold onto your old ID, because access to IU Health buildings will not immediately transfer to your CrimsonCard.

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  • IU School of Medicine honors outstanding physician mentors

    IU School of Medicine honored 24 physician mentors during a special recognition event on April 18. John T. Finnell, MD, associate professor of clinical emergency medicine, received the Physician Mentor of the Year award, the school’s highest honor for a physician mentor. 

    “Dr. Finnell always sets up dinners with me and his other three mentees,” said fourth-year medical student Melanie Wiseman. “He is always available if one of us has a concern or problem we need help with or just to talk through future plans. He is kind and compassionate to his patients, coworkers and students. He takes the time to get to know all his mentees, our family life, our hobbies, things outside of medical school and what residency we want to pursue.”

    The Physician Mentor Program began in 2015 to connect medical students with a positive role model who supports them through medical school, provides one-on-one mentoring and a social connection to IU School of Medicine. All IU School of Medicine students are assigned a physician mentor during their first year and continue to connect with their mentors during the entire four years of medical training.

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  • Nominate colleagues by May 18 for new annual staff awards

    IU School of Medicine has established two new staff awards honoring long-time staff members Deb Cowley and Lynn Wakefield, who retired from the school earlier this year. These annual awards--the Lynn Wakefield Unsung Hero Staff Award and the Deb Cowley Staff Leadership Award--recognize IU School of Medicine staff members for exemplary performance in key areas. Descriptions and submission guidelines for these and other school-wide faculty and staff awards are available. The deadline to nominate colleagues for the Cowley and Wakefield awards is Friday, May 18.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Plan to attend the Spring Faculty Meeting next Tuesday

    The IU School of Medicine Spring Faculty Meeting will be held from 4:30-6 pm, Tuesday, May 1, in Walther Hall (R3) Auditorium, Room C203. Faculty meetings are held twice a year to discuss issues of importance to the School of Medicine. Topics that will be covered at this meeting include:

    A question and answer session will follow; submit questions prior to the meeting. The FSC encourages all faculty to attend in person. For those who are unable, the meeting will be available via live web stream and teleconference. Instructions for participating remotely are posted on the Faculty Steering Committee webpage. A video recording will be available on the webpage after the meeting.

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  • May 3 Wellness Symposium to address physician well-being

    Learn ways to find balance and build resiliency while working in medicine at the 2018 Wellness Symposium on Thursday, May 3, in Hine Hall on the IUPUI campus. Featured presentations include:

    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 News

  • Fort Wayne students? MedExpo promotes diversity in health care

    The student-led Diversity Committee at IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne hosted its second annual MedExpo event on Saturday, April 14. The event connects high school students from rural and inner-city schools in the Fort Wayne area with educational activities that promote careers in medical professions.

    “Our hope is that this program plays a part in increasing the number of future health care professionals from diverse backgrounds,” says Jaymin Patel, second-year medical student at IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne and Diversity Committee secretary. “Increased diversity in medicine will not only broaden perspectives in the medical field but also will improve the quality of care that is administered.”

    Thirty high school students attended MedExpo this year. This MedExpo blog post includes more details on the event.

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  • Medical students present at student-run free clinics conference

    More than two dozen IU School of Medicine students from the Indianapolis, Terre Haute and West Lafayette campuses joined colleagues from the Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic at the 2018 Society of Student Run Free Clinics Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, earlier this year. The medical students presented nine posters, completed one oral presentation and participated in two workshops and two panels. All received high praise from students, faculty members and researchers. The student group was accompanied by Javier Sevilla, MD, assistant dean for diversity affairs, and founder and medical director of the IU Student Outreach Clinic.

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  • MS4: Senior Awards Program registration deadline extended

    End-of-year events and commencement are fast approaching. The registration deadline for the Senior Awards Program has been extended to Wednesday, May 2! Check out the year-end event guide for information on how fourth-year students can qualify for free parking at commencement on Saturday, May 12. Details about last-minute rental of commencement apparel and a commencement tutorial video are also available.

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  • MS4: GQ completion could mean free commencement parking

    If 80 percent of the Class of 2018 completes the Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) by Wednesday, May 2, every student in the class will receive a parking pass to use for the Saturday, May 12, commencement. Get more details on current completion rate and how to qualify for other great prizes. The GQ is an important tool for improving the medical student experience, so take time to register your opinions.

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  • Apply by May 1 for biomedical research grant

    Tuesday, May 1, is the deadline to apply 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.

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  • Research Enhancement Program applications due May 1

    The deadline to apply for an IU School of Medicine Research Enhancement Grant is Tuesday, May 1. The program, designed to stimulate research productivity at the statewide Centers for Medical Education (regional campuses) including the Bloomington Medical Sciences Program, is open to 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. 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.

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  • Plan to attend the May 9 Women in Medicine and Science Symposium

    This year’s IU School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science 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. 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. Registration is available.

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  • June 1 is deadline to apply for addiction care technologies funding

    Applications are now being accepted for funding to support the development of addiction care technologies. Indiana University School of Medicine and the Purdue University College of Engineering aim to develop addiction care technologies that are well suited not only for the deterrence and monitoring of vulnerable patient populations in clinical settings, but also the rapidly increasing opioid epidemic on the streets. 

    Program eligibility is limited to faculty from IU School of Medicine and the Purdue College of Engineering with a total budget of $100,000 ($50,000 per campus). Eligibility requirements and application details are available. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 1.

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  • Apply by June 1 for funds to advance surgical and interventional care

    Friday, June 1, is the deadline to apply for funds to develop potential devices in the broad areas of surgery and surgical intervention. Investigators are encouraged to propose innovative ideas that can result in a device that improves human health. Successful collaborations will involve at least two investigators from two different Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute campuses and will represent surgical and/or interventional expertise with human patients and device expertise. 

    Application details are available.

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Partner News

  • One IU Health Annual Meeting is Monday

    Dennis Murphy, IU Health president and CEO, and David Ingram, MD, president, IU Health Physicians, will update physicians and team members on accomplishments and the vision for the future at the One IU Health Annual Meeting from 7-8 am, Monday, April 30, in Fairbanks Hall, 1110/1112. Physicians and team members will have an opportunity to ask questions and share feedback during the meeting. Registration is available.

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  • Eskenazi Health recognized for LGBTQ health care equality

    The Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus has been recognized as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational branch of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. Eskenazi Health is one of only two health care systems in Indianapolis receiving top recognition by the HRC. The other is the VA Richard L. Roudebush Medical Center.

    The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2018, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBTQ Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

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  • Internal medicine residents win prestigious Osler Cup

    Tony Saliba, MD, Fatima Ezzeddine, MD, and Tony Wood, MD, represented IU School of Medicine at the National American College of Physicians Doctor’s Dilemma, a Jeopardy-style quiz competition at the annual American College of Physicians meeting in New Orleans. 

    Fifty-two teams from the U.S. and four other countries participated. After two brutal rounds of competition, the IU residents faced off against the University of Washington (Washington), Saint Francis (New Jersey), Johns Hopkins University (Maryland) and the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa (Oklahoma) in the final round. Leading going into the final question, they were asked “What is the most common cause of mixed cryoglobulinemia” and correctly answered Hepatitis C to claim the prestigious Osler Cup. This was IU’s third consecutive year in the finals, but the team’s first win.  

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  • Kutkut earns top research poster award at ACP meeting

    Issa Kutkut, senior resident in the internal medicine residency program, received the top award for research poster presentations at the recent American College of Physicians (ACP) annual meeting in New Orleans.

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