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  • Residency expansion increasing physician footprint in Indiana

    Efforts to expand graduate medical education--necessary to help address Indiana’s statewide physician shortage are moving forward with the new Indiana University School of Medicine Arnett Family Medicine Residency Program training its first medical school graduates in Lafayette. In total, 15 positions were approved for IU Health Arnett with the first five residents starting their three-year program in 2018.

    Indiana ranks 43rd nationally in the number of medical trainees (residents and fellows) in programs approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The national average for the number of medical trainees per 100,000 population is 28, with Indiana trailing most other states with just 22. In comparison, states with large numbers of medical schools—like New York and Massachusetts—have as many as 80 trainees per 100,000 population.

    Lower numbers of residents correlate to shortages in the number of practicing physicians, a situation the Indiana General Assembly aimed to address when it created the Indiana Graduate Medical Education Board in 2015. Comprised of leaders in medical education (including Indiana University School of Medicine), representatives from Indiana physician groups and health care systems, and Indiana State Medical Association leadership, the board funds and supports the addition of new residency programs across the state. With Indiana currently lacking 424 trainees to reach the national average, the board’s initial goal is to reduce the gap to 234 by 2024.

    Learn more about how the new residency program in Lafayette--and other programs approved to begin training residents this year--are designed to help boost the number of practicing physicians in Indiana. 

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  • Remembering Tony Frimpong: West Lafayette campus to hold celebration of life service on January 22

    A service will be held next week to celebrate the life of Tony Frimpong, a fourth-year medical student who passed away in December. The service will take place at 5 pm, Tuesday, January 22, in Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 1160, 715 Clinic Drive, in West Lafayette--Frimpong’s home campus. A remembrance is also being planned in Indianapolis; details will be shared when finalized.

    Faculty are asked to support students who wish to attend the services by excusing them from required classes and clerkships. 

    "Tony touched the lives of members of the IU School of Medicine community across the state, and we believe this is an important time to come together to support one another and remember our colleague and friend," said Bradley L. Allen, MD, PhD, senior associate dean for medical student education.

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  • CME launches unique online course on newborn cystic fibrosis screening, diagnosis

    Physicians across the United States are learning more about how to accurately diagnose cystic fibrosis (CF) in newborns thanks to a national education course designed and launched by the IU School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education (CME). Funded and endorsed by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, IU School of Medicine’s CME offering is the first nationwide online course focused on CF newborn screening and diagnosis. 

    Authored by CF experts from around the country, the course leverages new diagnosis guidelines published in early 2017 in response to discrepancies in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Registry, which is used to track prevalence, clinical features and short-term outcomes of infants screening positive for CF. The data helps inform treatment and management protocols.

    “A study in 2015 revealed that a significant number of CF diagnoses entered into the foundation’s national registry are inaccurate, and while it’s not known if errors are related to diagnosis or actual entry into the registry, it uncovered a need to provide additional clinical education to care teams about how to correctly diagnose CF,” said Michelle Howenstine, MD, IU School of Medicine senior associate dean for graduate medical education and CME, and physician expert in pediatric cystic fibrosis. “We owe it to families of infants screening positive for CF to deliver the correct diagnosis.”

    For more about how the course was developed and what it aims to accomplish, read this Spirit of Medicine blog post.

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  • Phishy emails in your inbox? Here’s what you need to know

    Did you get an urgent email from the Dean to go Phishing? Hopefully not, but unfortunately bad actors continue to invest substantial time and resources in business email compromise and email account compromise. According to an FBI 2018 report, scams have reached $12.5 billion worldwide. Email fraud attacks impact everyone and in busy daily lives have become much more than inconvenient.

    Rob Lowden, MS, IU School of Medicine executive associate dean and chief information officer, offers some email fraud protection tips in this Strategic Voices blog post.

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  • IU Center for Global Health releases annual activity report

    The IU Center for Global Health seeks to develop academic partnerships across disciplines, schools and countries that improve health and achieve health equity for all people worldwide. The center also strives to promote the outstanding work of faculty, staff and leaders both within IU School of Medicine and across the many campuses and schools of Indiana University.

    The 2017-18 activity report highlighting many of these global health activities is now available. To share any IU global health activities not featured in this report, contact the IU Center for Global Health so these efforts can be added to ongoing communications and included in next year’s report.

    In addition, the center is now on Twitter. Be sure to follow @IUGlobalHealth and tag the center when communicating news about global health activities at IU.


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Research News

  • Early losses inspire IU School of Medicine cancer researcher

    Recently promoted within the Department of Pediatrics, Melissa Fishel, PhD, is focused on exploring molecular targets in difficult-to-treat cancers such as pancreatic cancer, glioblastoma and pediatric leukemia. The early loss of loved ones in Fishel’s life inspired her to pursue a career in cancer research. Learn more about her journey and the sense of purpose she found along the way.

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  • Explore health care technologies at Indiana CTSI Purdue retreat

    Researchers across the state are invited to explore emerging health care technologies at the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s annual retreat at Purdue University on Friday, January 25, in West Lafayette.

    Aimed at highlighting Indiana CTSI programs and services, the retreat will be held from 8 am-3 pm, in Purdue’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, 1201 W. State St. The event will also offer valuable opportunities to network with research colleagues and connect with potential collaborators.

    The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to register in advance for planning purposes. More details are available.

    The Indiana CTSI is a statewide research partnership among Purdue University, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame. The institute, which has been continuously funded since 2008 by multi-million-dollar grants from the National Institutes of Health, brings together the state’s brightest minds to accelerate scientific discovery and improve health in Indiana.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Faculty Election Ballot opens on January 22

    The 2019 Faculty Election Ballot will be open from Tuesday, January 22, through Sunday, February 24, for IU School of Medicine faculty members who are eligible to vote. On the 2019 ballot there will be questions regarding changes to the school’s Faculty Constitution. For information regarding changes to the constitution, view these resources online:

    Description of the IU School of Medicine Faculty Constitution Revision Referendum

    PowerPoint summary of the key changes

    Previous faculty constitution document and new proposed document

    Submit questions via the Faculty Steering Committee’s submission page.


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  • Radiologists Choplin and Rydberg named emeritus professors

    Robert Choplin, MD, and Jonas Rydberg, MD, have both been approved for the emeritus title of professor of clinical radiology and imaging sciences.

    Choplin has provided years of dedicated clinical leadership in musculoskeletal computed tomography (CT) and hip prosthesis at IU School of Medicine and IU Health. For more than 25 years, he also has generously provided, and was considered a star legacy donor, to the Research and Education Foundation at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), which hosts the world’s largest radiology conference.

    Rydberg came to IU School of Medicine from Sweden and specializes in abdominal imaging, including spiral CT. He served as the medical director of radiology at IU Health Methodist Hospital and spearheaded the development of a cloud-based image transfer system in 2012.

    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." Both physicians’ emeritus titles were approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Choplin and Rydberg and appreciates their contributions to the school and university.

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  • Couch departing for leadership position at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    Marion Couch, MD, PhD, will step down as chair of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery on Friday, March 1, to assume a senior leadership role with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

    In a memo to colleagues announcing Couch’s departure, Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine and executive vice president of university clinical affairs, wrote: “Marion joined IU School of Medicine in June 2014 and has been a wonderful leader and colleague. She has championed all aspects of our mission and leaves the Department of Otolaryngology in a very strong position. We will continue to build on the strong foundation Marion created well into the future.”

    At CMS, Couch will serve as a senior medical advisor and will work with both the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and the Center for Clinical Standards & Quality.

    A transition plan is being developed with information forthcoming in the near future.

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  • January 31 presentation to focus on creating a harassment-free workplace

    Most Americans report they are neither sexist or racist. Most also say they believe the workplace playing field should be level, inclusive and fair. However, translating these beliefs into behaviors is a constant struggle for many. Plan to attend an interactive session focused on these topics from 2-3:30 pm, Thursday, January 31, in Petticrew Auditorium at IU Health Methodist Hospital. The guest presenter is Dennis Davis, PhD, a noted expert who develops and implements training programs designed to minimize the risks associated with inappropriate workplace behaviors. Registration is available.

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  • Funding available from Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center

    The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center seeks proposals for pilot projects from investigators who want to develop research on Alzheimer disease, frontotemporal dementia or other neurodegenerative dementias. Applications related to basic mechanisms of memory, learning and cognition are also welcome, as are proposals related to the delivery of health care services. The pilot grant allows an investigator to obtain preliminary data leading to extramural funding. Previous experience in research on neurodegeneration is not required. Letters of intent are due Friday, February 1, and the full application deadline is Monday, March 4. More information is available.

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  • Internal medicine networking event is February 23

    The American College of Physicians (ACP) Indiana Resident Council will host a General Internal Medicine Networking Event from 6-10 pm, Saturday, February 23, at Smash Social, 600 E. Ohio St., in downtown Indianapolis.

    Open to all local internists, residents and medical students, the event offers an opportunity to meet and discuss career opportunities in general internal medicine. Food, drink and ping-pong (Smash Social’s featured activity) will be provided. This event is funded by a #ProudtobeGIM grant from the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Indiana Chapter of ACP. Registration is available.

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  • Neurosciences undergraduate summer research program seeks applicants

    The IU School of Medicine Stark Neurosciences Research Institute is accepting applications for its Medical Neurosciences Undergraduate Summer Research Program. The program, which runs from May 31 to July 31, is an intense, nine-week program designed to provide a strong foundation for developing and fostering research skills in neuroscience. More than 75 faculty members serve as research mentors with a wide range of expertise, including neuroimmunology, pain and sensor systems, spinal cord and brain injury, as well as a number of developmental, affective, mood, movement, neurodegenerative and addictive disorders. Application details are available.

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  • Save the date: Inaugural Global Health Scholars Day is May 2

    Plan now to attend the first Global Health Scholars Day, a gathering and poster session open to all members of the Indiana University community. The event will be held in the atrium of the Rotary building on the IUPUI campus.

    Poster submissions from students, residents and faculty are now being accepted. Graduating residents in the Global Health Residency Track will present posters about their scholarly project; however, submissions from schools across the IU campus are encouraged. Posters will be judged and there will be prizes for the top three posters.

    With questions and to obtain submission information, contact Jenny Baenziger, MD, at


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  • NIH workshop explores technologies to manage critically ill patients

    “Innovations in Technologies to Extend the Golden Hour” is a two-day conference focused on managing critically ill patients. Hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other organizations, the workshop will be held on March 21 and 22 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Roundtable discussions will cover five topics, including:

    • Extracorporeal organ support technologies
    • Radiation exposure/burn and wound healing
    • Hemostatic medical devices
    • Portable imaging technologies
    • Wearable biosensors
    Registration is free, but closes on Wednesday, March 20.

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