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  • Direct from the Dean: New Scholarly Concentrations more than just academic

    From IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA:

    One of our obligations as a medical school--and a priority of our strategic plan--is to maximize the success of our learners. Certainly, that means preparing medical students for step exams, exposing them to diverse clinical experiences and ensuring they are poised to excel in residency. But it also means helping students find joy in the practice of medicine and equipping them with skills they need to make medicine better throughout their careers.

    With that in mind, I am excited to use my column this month to announce the establishment of our new Scholarly Concentrations program and to explain a little about how it will help achieve those aims.

    Spearheaded by Executive Associate Dean Paul Wallach, the Scholarly Concentrations program is designed to allow students to pursue an area of interest or passion that goes beyond the standard medical school curriculum. The opportunities being offered draw upon the expertise of faculty on our campuses throughout the state and include important topics such as Ethics, Equity and Justice; Care of Hispanic/Latino Patients; and Health Information Technology, to name a few.

    Read the dean’s monthly column for more on Scholarly Concentrations: how they’re structured, how they contribute to student competitiveness in applying for residencies and why they are a good investment.

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  • Focus on lab modernization: Upgrade your research program with electronic notebooks

    Editor’s note: In 2019, IU School of Medicine will share recommendations and resources to help researchers update their labs as part of a schoolwide plan to be implemented throughout the year. This article (and blog post) is the first in a series about how researchers can use new tools and best practices to improve data quality and management, reduce risk, increase efficiency, and address health and safety issues in their labs.

    It’s a new year, and some are using the calendar change as motivation to improve different aspects of their personal lives. Why not apply the same thinking to your research lab?

    As part of the IU School of Medicine’s lab modernization project, school leadership has begun a limited rollout of new resources and processes that focus on research information management, including the school-funded training and use of electronic laboratory notebooks to help researchers improve the safe and efficient organization, security and share-ability of their lab’s content.

    Electronic laboratory notebooks–--especially when compared to paper notebooks–--provide many advantages for researchers, such as more efficient data entry via laptops, desktop computers or iPads and reducing the need for printing out, cutting and taping various paper graphs and images that can clutter some labs. The content entered into an electronic laboratory notebook is searchable and remotely accessible, which can save researchers time when finding information for grant applications, journal articles or patents. Additionally, as more IU School of Medicine researchers transition to electronic lab notebooks, critical results are kept available to both the principal investigator and the school, allowing for the appropriate movement of information during career transitions.

    Read the full Faculty News blog post for insights from IU School of Medicine researchers about the advantages of electronic notebooks and find out how to tap into resources for support and training.

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  • Remembrance service for Tony Frimpong set for February 6 in Indianapolis

    A service will held be in early February on the Indianapolis campus 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, Wednesday, February 6, in Ruth Lilly Learning Center Conference Rooms A&B, 705 Riley Hospital Drive.

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

    A celebration of life service was held on January 22 in West Lafayette--Frimpong’s home campus.

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  • IU School of Medicine using grant to boost Hoosier mental health

    For Hoosiers, finding reliable access to mental health care is too often an uphill battle. More than 50 percent of Indiana counties are without a single practicing psychiatrist. Statewide, the number of psychiatrists is half the national average.

    Indiana University School of Medicine is bridging this divide in services by significantly increasing the number of psychiatrists it trains per year.

    The school is growing its Indianapolis programs by a third, with support from more than $4.7 million in grant funding from North Central Health Services. It is also adding a new program to train four psychiatrists a year in southwest Indiana, in collaboration with Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes.

    “There is a very clear and pressing need for more psychiatrists in many areas of the state. We recognize how important access to this care is for all Hoosiers, and one of our primary goals is to lead the way in filling that gap,” said Thomas McAllister, MD, chair of the IU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. “Along with training more psychiatrists, we also appreciate the need to dispatch this care to communities in a way that works for people--taking a common-sense approach to cut down on wait lists and make trips to the doctor more convenient and practical.”

    For more on the grant’s benefits, read the Newsroom post.

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  • Know where to find an AED on campus? Here’s the list

    Automated External Difibrillators (AEDs) save lives. According to the American Heart Association, nine out of 10 victims of cardiac arrest who receive a shock from an AED within the first minute survive. That’s why IU School of Medicine–Indianapolis has joined the growing number of businesses, schools and public buildings installing AEDs onsite. Take a moment to review this list of easily accessible on-campus AED locations:

    Biotechnology Research & Training Center: First floor elevator lobby
    Daly Center: Basement fitness center
    Emerson Hall: Second floor elevator lobby
    Fesler Hall: First floor lobby
    Gatch Hall: Second, fourth and sixth floor elevator lobbies
    Glick: Third floor elevator lobby
    Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS): First, third and fifth floor elevator lobbies
    Medical Library: First floor main lobby; third and fifth floor elevator lobbies
    Medical Science: First, third and fifth floor South elevator lobbies
    Neuroscience: First and fourth floor elevator lobbies
    Riley Research: First floor elevator lobby
    Rotary: First floor lobby next to main entry
    R2: First and third floor elevator lobbies
    R3: Second, fourth and sixth floor elevator lobbies
    R4: First and third floor elevator lobbies
    Innovation Center: First floor across from elevator

    Important tips: Based on American Heart Association standards, the optimal time to use an AED is within three to five minutes of the onset of cardiac arrest. Placement of AEDs on the Indianapolis campus is based on time studies using this standard. All AEDs are located in elevator lobbies with the exception of the Daly Center where the AED is located inside the fitness center. If you do not find an AED in an elevator lobby, one will be located on the floor above and below. 

    Check Emergency Response for steps on using an AED and the full list of campus locations.

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  • Internship with OutCare Health helps medical student learn new skills

    An internship with OutCare Health last summer made a lasting impression on medical student Sara Garcia-Dehborzogi. In this Q&A blog post, she shares highlights of her experience, including how the internship impacted the way she thinks about being a physician. Garcia-Dehborzogi will talk about her internship experience at the upcoming LGTBQ Healthcare Conference on March 21-22 in Indianapolis.

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Research News

  • New technology enhances clinical study listings and volunteer registry

    A multidisciplinary team within the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) has been working to improve digital tools for attracting volunteers to participate in research opportunities and more efficiently connecting them to clinical studies.

    Through the CTSI, Indiana University and Indiana University School of Medicine have maintained a research and clinical studies listing since 2008, and a volunteer registry (formerly known as INResearch) since 2011.

    Over time, both the registry and number of studies in the portfolio have grown through initiatives such as Precision Health. The resources required to manually maintain these tools have also increased, while the systems’ IT infrastructure has become antiquated.

    The result is the need for thousands of more volunteers into the registry--now known as All IN for Health--and for more refined matching of potential participants to available research opportunities.

    The team conducted an assessment of software applications from multiple vendors, and a product offered by TrialX was selected for online volunteer recruitment and engagement, replacing the existing registry and clinical studies listing with enhanced features and capabilities.

    The system went “live” in December, along with an initial training cohort. In phase two, volunteer registry profiles will migrate to the new platform in early 2019. System enhancements and training opportunities will continue throughout the next several months. Watch for updates about additional features as they are implemented. Interested in the product or have questions? Contact Jessica Hall.

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  • Researchers study therapy dogs as drug-free alternative for ER anxiety

    A trip to the emergency room can be a high-stress experience for a patient. At a time when physicians are growing increasingly wary of using medications to treat anxiety, IU School of Medicine researchers think man’s best friend could be the answer.

    A team of researchers led by Jeffrey A. Kline, MD, vice chair of research, IU School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine, conducted a study to see if therapy dogs may provide an alternative solution to anxiety medication.

    While other studies have shown therapy dogs are helpful in clinical settings, this is the first study conducted in an emergency department. The findings were recently published in multidisciplinary open access journal PLOS ONE. More details on the study are available in this Spirit of Medicine blog post.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Check out the online faculty recruiting toolkit

    Designed as a resource for individuals with a role in a faculty search and screening process, the IU School of Medicine Faculty Recruiting Toolkit includes tips, resources and best practices developed through rigorous practice and research. The toolkit, available now on Canvas, is divided into three sections by audience: unit coordinator, hiring authority and search committee. Each section contains resources tailored for each role.

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  • Questions about promotion and tenure? Take advantage of monthly office hours

    IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity now offers promotion and tenure office hours from 9-11 am on the third Tuesday and the fourth Wednesday of each month. Those interested can attend office hours in person at Van Nuys Medical Science Building, Room 204, or sign on virtually via Zoom.

    Monthly office hours provide an opportunity for faculty to receive feedback and guidance about the promotion and tenure process, including review of their materials.

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  • Sign up for February medical library classes

    The Ruth Lilly Medical Library offers a wide variety of classes for IU School of Medicine students, faculty and staff. The February class schedule is now available and includes the following courses:

    • Mobile Resources
    • Tech Talks: 3D Printing in Health Care
    • Love Your Data
    • EndNote Basics
    • Introduction to Systematic Reviews
    All library classes are streamed live via Zoom.

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  • Apply for the IU Health Spirituality and Religion Values Grant program

    The Daniel F. Evans Center for Religious and Spiritual Values in Healthcare is now accepting applications for its Spirituality and Religion Values Grant program. Funding of up to $50,000 a year for two years is available. Applicants must be employees of IU Health or physicians and health professionals with staff privileges at an IU Health entity. Letters of intent are due Monday, January 28, and the full application deadline is Thursday, February 28. With questions or to request application materials, contact Kristen Fending at

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  • Register for upcoming RESPECT Center palliative care conference

    Registration is available for the IUPUI RESPECT Center 2019 conference, “Let’s Talk Palliative Care: A Holistic Approach,” which will be held from 7:30 am-4 pm, Friday, March 1, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana. Keynote speaker is national palliative care expert J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH, professor, University Washington Medical School. Sessions feature regional experts in pediatric, oncology and geriatric palliative care and end-of-life issues. More details and registration are available.

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  • Plan to attend LGBTQ Healthcare Conference on March 21 and 22

    The LGBTQ Healthcare Conference will be held on Thursday, March 21, and Friday, March 22, in Goodman Hall in downtown Indianapolis. The two-day conference is designed for nurses, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers and other allied health providers who seek to better understand the unique health considerations and barriers to health care in the LGBTQ population. More details and registration are available.

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  • Mark your calendar for Stepping Stones women in leadership workshops

    IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, in collaboration with the school’s Women’s Advisory Council, hosts an annual series of lunch workshops featuring successful women in medicine or science. Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership events offer an opportunity to hear and learn from the personal career journeys of successful women. The presentations are open to all faculty, staff and students. Both women and men are encouraged to attend.

    Upcoming Stepping Stones events and speakers include:

    Thursday, February 28: Teresita Bellido, PhD
    Tuesday, March 26: Michelle Howenstine, MD
    Tuesday, April 23: Megan Palmer, PhD

    Registration for all workshops is available.

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Partner News

  • Brian Bauer named president of IU Health Fort Wayne

    Brian Bauer has been named president of IU Health’s expanding services in Fort Wayne. He has served IU Health in a consulting role since the inception of the organization’s services in Fort Wayne in 2017.

    Bauer’s healthcare executive leadership spans more than a decade, having served as chief executive officer for Terre Haute Regional Hospital, and most recently as chief executive officer for Lutheran Hospital/Lutheran Health Network.

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