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  • Indiana honors the late Kevin Rodgers, MD, with highest civilian award

    Prominent Indianapolis physician and Indiana University School of Medicine professor Kevin Rodgers, MD, who died tragically in a homicide in November 2017, was honored posthumously with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana’s highest civilian honor. Accepting the award on Dr. Rodgers’ behalf was his wife Ruth Rodgers, vice president for student development and dean of students at Marian University.

    The Sagamore of the Wabash Award is a tribute given to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state or to the governor. Dr. Rodgers’ award was presented on behalf of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb by Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, during the annual Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) meeting on Wednesday, May 16. Dr. Rodgers was also the posthumous recipient of the SAEM Hal Jayne Excellence in Education Award, which honors outstanding contributions to the field of emergency medicine through the teaching of others and the improvement of pedagogy. 

    A well-respected faculty educator at IU School of Medicine, Dr. Rodgers was heavily involved in the emergency medicine residency training program for 25 years. At the time of his passing, he was residency director emeritus for the Department of Emergency Medicine.

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  • IU School of Medicine seeks chief of staff

    IU School of Medicine is accepting applications for chief of staff to serve as assistant and advisor to Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, and the Office of the Vice President of University Clinical Affairs. This critical role provides the opportunity to coordinate heavily with senior leaders and support planning, directing, monitoring and implementing the school’s strategic agenda. Opportunities to support the school’s mission in this position are dynamic and diverse and include responsibilities and projects such as enterprise alignment, reaccreditation, strategic planning, high-profile special events and leadership meetings, HIPAA privacy and security and strategic communications for the dean’s office.

    The school community is encouraged to share this opportunity within their networks, and qualified candidates are encouraged to express interest. More details about the opportunity are available. Interested applicants should submit a resume, curriculum vitae and letter of interest describing their key accomplishments and impact on strategic, organizational initiatives. Applications submitted before Thursday, May 31, will receive priority consideration. With questions and referrals, contact Britt Booram at or Craig Pelka at

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  • Nominate a colleague for the Exemplar of Professionalism Honor Roll

    The IU School of Medicine Exemplar of Professionalism Honor Roll is an award to recognize the school’s  extraordinary community of colleagues--those who embody IU School of Medicine’s core values of excellence, respect, integrity, diversity and cooperation. Celebrating positive role models who uphold the school’s honor code in their daily interactions, the Exemplar designation is designed to recognize faculty, residents, fellows, students and staff members.  

    Recipients will receive an accolade from IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess and a lapel pin signifying their membership in the honor roll. Honorees also will be featured on the learning environment website and recognized annually at the White Coat Ceremony.

    Nominations are reviewed by a variety of school leaders, which may include representatives of the Office of Medical Student Education, Office of Graduate Medical Education, Office of Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, and Human Resources.

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  • Applications now being accepted for associate dean position

    IU School of Medicine Medical Student Education is now accepting applications for associate dean of curricular development and oversight. This position is responsible for leadership and oversight of ongoing clinical and foundational science curricular design, implementation, management and supervision of program and course evaluation, and assessment of student learning outcomes for the statewide, integrated and competency-based curriculum. Applicants must have a terminal degree (PhD, MD, EdD, MD/PhD) and extensive experience in curriculum management, educational assessment, educational research and program evaluation. 

    Interested applicants should assemble and submit one PDF file containing a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and contact information for six references.

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  • Plan ahead for summer INScope schedule

    INScope will begin its abbreviated summer publication schedule following the May 24 issue. During June and July, INScope will be published on the following Thursdays:

    June 14
    June 28
    July 12
    July 26 

    Weekly publication will resume on Thursday, Aug. 9. As reminder, the deadline for news item submissions is Wednesday at noon for each Thursday’s issue. For more information, visit the INScope page on MedNet. News submissions should be emailed to

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  • CrimsonCard countdown: Be sure to update by June 30

    In less than 45 days, all current IU School of Medicine identification cards will be deactivated, denying access to both IU buildings and IU Health facilities (if applicable in Indianapolis). All IU School of Medicine students, faculty and staff (part time and full time), and affiliates, including residents and fellows, must obtain a CrimsonCard, IU’s university-wide identification card, by June 30.

    How to obtain your CrimsonCard

    Indianapolis: Review these quick instructions on replacing your current ID and transferring IU Health access to your new CrimsonCard. This is a multi-step process and may take several days to complete. 

    Bloomington: Bring your current IU ID (or a government-issued ID) to a CrimsonCard office, Indiana Memorial Union M090 (main level) or Learning Commons 106. When obtaining your CrimsonCard, be sure to tell the card representative you need the IU School of Medicine multi-function card (also called the triple-technology card). Walk-in hours for Bloomington card offices are available.

    Northwest-Gary: Bring your current IU ID (or a government-issued ID) to the CrimsonCard office, Hawthorn 108. When obtaining your CrimsonCard, be sure to tell the card representative you need the IU School of Medicine multi-function card (also called the triple-technology card). Walk-in hours for the Hawthorn card office are available.

    All other IU School of Medicine campuses: Multi-function CrimsonCards for students, faculty and staff will be delivered to your campuses before the June 30 deadline. Watch your email for information about pick-up date and location for your campus. 

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Tools to take your research to the next level

    Time is one of the most precious resources an IU School of Medicine researcher has. That’s why school leadership wants to make faculty aware of resources available to help them optimize their research processes and overall laboratory environments, so they can get the most out of their research projects.

    “From grant writing to teaching to service commitments and more, we know our researchers have a lot on their plates in addition to their research,” said Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, executive associate dean for research affairs at IU School of Medicine. “We want to help faculty maximize their time and energy--in this case, when it comes to their research labs--so they can complete more experiments, publish more papers and achieve their research goals sooner.”

    For a limited time, faculty researchers and their labs can--at no cost to them--work with an expert team of consultants to customize a strategy for increased effectiveness and productivity based on the faculty member’s and/or lab’s needs and goals. Details about the consultancy services are available.

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  • Faculty focus sessions to introduce Sony Digital Paper are May 30-31

    As part of Indiana University’s new partnership with Sony to collaborate on teaching and learning technologies, health sciences and STEM faculty are invited to two special focus sessions to learn more about Sony’s Digital Paper technology. The events are scheduled in Bloomington and Indianapolis on May 30 and 31:

    Wednesday, May 30: IU-Bloomington, Kirkwood Hall 016
    10-11:30 am (STEM faculty)
    2-3:30 pm (non-STEM faculty) 

    Thursday, May 31: IUPUI, University Hall (AD), Room 1000
    10-11:30 am (non-STEM faculty)
    2-3:30 pm (Health sciences/STEM faculty)

    With potential uses both in and out of the classroom, Digital Paper allows users to read, edit and annotate documents, just as they would on real paper; however, users also can collaborate in real time with other Digital Paper users, then collect and store individual documents for later reference and review.

    The sessions will include focused discussion and sharing of ideas, especially in the context of how a technology like Digital Paper could be used to help address instructional obstacles. Devices will be available for attendees to get hands-on experience with the technology.

    Registration deadline for the sessions is Monday, May 28. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Email

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  • Seven selected as ASPIRE scholars

    The IU School of Medicine Department of Medicine and the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics have selected members of the second cohort of Advanced Scholarship Program for Internists in Research and Education (ASPIRE) scholars. These individuals will begin the program in July: 

    Neeta Agarwal, MD
    Diane Donegan, MD, MSC
    Carrie Leathers, MD
    Kristi Lieb, MD
    Neetu Mahendraker, MD
    Maria Robles, MD
    Neshahthari Wijeyakuhan, MD

    ASPIRE is designed to foster intellectual community, the development of research, educational or other scholarly projects, facilitate regional or national recognition in the scholar’s chosen area of interest, and support eventual promotion. The program provides 0.20 FTE salary support for 12 months and 0.10 FTE salary support for six months for each ASPIRE scholar, along with a mentor panel led by a nationally recognized faculty member at IU School of Medicine, IUPUI, the VA and/or Eskenazi Health. 

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  • Dr. Dlouhy approved for emeritus status

    Stephen R. Dlouhy, PhD, who will retire from IU School of Medicine on June 1, has been approved for the emeritus title of associate research professor emeritus of medical & molecular genetics. Emeritus designation may be awarded upon retirement from IUPUI to faculty members and others as recognition of “substantial contributions to the university in the fields of teaching, research and/or service.” Dr. Dlouhy’s emeritus status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Dr. Dlouhy and acknowledges his contributions to the school, campus and university.

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Student News

  • End-of-semester celebration is Friday

    All medical students are invited to celebrate the end of the semester with Medical Student Education deans and staff on Friday, May 18, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building atrium. The event will take place from 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Come enjoy free food, ice cream and karaoke.

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  • Nuclear medicine technology students gain global experience in London

    IU School of Medicine nuclear medicine technology students traveled to London last month as part of a new Global Nuclear Medicine course. The course, offered this year for the first time, introduces students to the practice of nuclear medicine technology in another country and culminates in an international experience. While in London, the students participated in a clinic at two different hospitals, Kings College and St. Barts, and had the opportunity to observe procedures not routinely done in the United States, including Lutathera therapy, lung ventilation with technegas, Tc-DPD for cardiac amyloidosis, SeHCAT scan for bile acid malabsorption and Cr-51 EDTA for GFR calculations.

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  • Order discounted UWorld subscriptions by May 20

    IU School of Medicine students can sign up for UWorld 180 or 360 subscriptions for Step 1 or Step 2CK using the institutional registration and payment process. Historically, the school has not been allowed to collect money directly from students outside formal tuition and fees. The Medical Student Education team worked with IU’s Office of the Treasury and IU Conference and Event Services to create a mechanism to facilitate the subscription. The order website is available, and the deadline to order discounted subscriptions is Sunday, May 20. Fee information is included in MD Student News.

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  • Disease Diagnostics INventors Challenge is June 28-29

    The Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease is sponsoring a team competition event, Disease Diagnostics INventors Challenge, on Thursday and Friday, June 28 and 29, at the Purdue Memorial Union in West Lafayette. The two-day event seeks to catalyze the development of novel disease detection technologies through a competitive application process that incentivizes the formation of multidisciplinary teams of clinicians, life scientists, engineers and analytical chemists. Only team applications will be accepted and all team members are considered co-PIs. Teams must be composed of, but not limited to, one clinician (in human or veterinary practice) or biologist, one engineer, and one analytical chemist. In addition, this competition requires collaboration with clinicians at IU School of Medicine who have relevant disease diagnostics needs. 

    Event itinerary:
    June 28: Team Building Day will highlight investigators’ expertise and the laboratory capabilities that are available to address clinical needs presented by medical and veterinarian experts.
    June 29: Proposers Competition Day will involve teams making presentations of their technology idea to a panel of judges. Team presentations will be ranked and winners will be selected on the same day.

    Team proposals are limited to $30,000 per team for a one-year project period. It is anticipated that three teams will be funded for the 2018-2019 period. Registration for the June 28-29 event is available.

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  • May 22 HER Talk to focus on HPV

    Learn about human papillomavirus (HPV) and its impact on Hoosier health at the next HER (Health, Education & Research) Talk from 11 am-12:30 pm, Tuesday, May 22. in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room CE 370. Experts will share current information on HPV, how to protect yourself and your family from the deadly virus, new vaccination guidelines, current legislation and the challenges to raise awareness about the disease. Registration is available.

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  • June 1 is deadline to apply for IU Simon Cancer Center?s Hester scholarship

    Friday, June 1, is the final day to apply for the IU Simon Cancer Center Merilyn Hester Scholarship fund. The scholarship was created to assist medical and/or PhD students pursuing degrees in biomedical sciences who have demonstrated an interest and potential for conducting pediatric hematology or pediatric oncology research and who have not received any other type of scholarship or grant for the upcoming academic year. Successful applicants are students who have a strong academic record, have outstanding character and well-defined professional goals. One recipient will be selected this year to receive $8,000 in scholarship funding. The application includes complete guidelines and requirements.

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  • Memory University caregiver health series begins June 1

    Focusing on caregiver health and well-being, Memory University 2018, presented by the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center, opens on Friday, June 1. Continuing on Friday afternoons through June 29, the program is designed for research partners and others interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Sessions take place from 1:30-3 pm in Goodman Hall Auditorium, IU Health Neuroscience Center, 355 W. 16th St. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. For more information, call 317-963-5500 or email

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Partner News

  • Eskenazi Health establishes center for nursing excellence

    The Eskenazi Health Foundation recently announced the new St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild Center for Nursing Excellence at Eskenazi Health. Focused on recruiting and retaining high-quality nurses with an emphasis on continuing education opportunities that support nurses and enhance their discipline-specific technical skills, the new center will include a nurse residency and fellowship program to provide additional education and support to nurses as they develop clinical decision-making abilities and expertise.

    A robust nurse recognition program is also planned for the center, which will emphasize the importance of clinician-patient relationships, clinical knowledge and decision-making skills, as well as teamwork and collaboration. The center will include enhancements to Eskenazi Health’s state-of-the-art simulation lab, focusing on interprofessional teamwork and consistent communication regardless of the activity practiced.

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  • Dr. Harris receives award from the Italian Glaucoma Society

    Alon Harris, MS, PhD, FARVO, the Letzter Professor of Ophthalmology, received an award from the Italian Glaucoma Society in recognition of his significant scientific contribution and commitment in glaucoma research management. The award was presented several weeks ago at the II AISG International Conference.

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