Faculty and Staff News
IU-led study shows tourniquet-less knee replacement could signal decrease in opioid use for women
One small change during an essential part of a common surgical procedure could decrease the number of narcotic painkillers female patients use following an operation, a study conducted by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers revealed.
By going without a tourniquet during a total knee replacement surgery, doctors can minimize patient pain and cut down on the use of opioids during recovery.
Tourniquets are traditionally used during knee replacements to minimize blood flow to the surgical field. But doctors in the IU School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery who conducted the study found that using compressed, sterile carbon dioxide gas to keep the bone clean can have the same effect—and benefit patients in the process.
Learn more about the study’s findings, including insights from lead study investigator R. Michael Meneghini, MD, associate professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery, in this Spirit of Medicine blog post.
First-year students share what inspired their careers in medicine
A father who died of pancreatic cancer.
Words of wisdom from a beloved grandfather.
A commitment to community outreach.
To make a difference in people’s lives.
The reasons for becoming a physician are as diverse as the students who pursue the dream. In this IU Medicine Magazine blog post, first-year IU School of Medicine students share what inspired their choice to become a healer and their hopes for the future.
Her Story: Alumna Katherine Welch, MD, profiled for Women's History Month
IU School of Medicine alumna Katherine Welch, MD, is the kind of person who doesn't settle for second best. If she is not satisfied with the way things are going, she's not afraid to take matters into her own hands.
"I love challenges," Welch said. "I see something that's huge and I say, 'I'll take that on.'"
For almost two decades, Welch has taken on the issue of human trafficking and exploitation of men and women in Thailand and throughout Asia. Her journey began more than 18 years ago, when she traveled to work abroad in Thailand as a fourth-year medical student.
"I saw the problem, and I saw it as a challenge," Welch said. "I knew I could do something about it, and it was personal. I didn't originally go to Thailand to work on human trafficking, but when you see the refugees, you get to know these people, it becomes personal. When you hear their stories, you get fired up. So that, combined with the blessing of having an American medical education, I said, 'Let's see what I can do with this.'"
Since that time, the Fort Wayne native has dedicated her career to doing humanitarian work throughout Asia. In 2011, she founded Relentless. The nonprofit group helps organizations that lack health/medical experience develop more robust, holistic and integrated approaches to improving health and wellness for survivors of human trafficking and exploitation.
Obesity in rural Indiana is the topic of April 24 Indiana CTSI retreat in Bloomington
Experts and researchers will address ways to curb obesity in Indiana at the Indiana CTSI spring retreat, “Addressing the Obesity Problem in Rural Indiana: New Paradigms, Research, Directions and Opportunities to Improve Health Outcomes in Indiana Communities.” The retreat will be held from 8 am-3 pm, Wednesday, April 24, in Franklin Hall on the Bloomington campus.
The event will include discussion by top researchers and government officials from IU, the Indiana State Department of Health, Ohio State University, Louisiana State University and the National Institutes of Health.
Faculty aim to raise awareness of amniotic fluid embolism
It’s a dangerous condition that, while rare, is the leading cause of maternal deaths around the world, including here in Indiana. Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a serious complication in pregnant women and can threaten the lives of both the mother and baby.
It happens when the mother has an allergic-like reaction to amniotic fluid getting into her circulatory system and occurs most often before, during or soon after delivery. When a mother has this severe reaction to the fluid, she first suffers from rapid respiratory failure and cardiac arrest and then heavy bleeding.
Mary Abernathy, MD, associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology, answers some questions in this Spirit of Medicine blog post about how this dangerous reaction is impacting women around the world. Abernathy also serves as chair of the Indiana Maternal Mortality Review Committee.
2019 Memmys submission: “Thank you, next” for Step 1 prep
Step 1 is an important and stressful time for medical students. It also can be a time for creativity. Check out IU School of Medicine medical students’ 2019 Memmys submission—a fun way to give a shout out to the people and resources that prepared them for Step 1.
About the Memmys
Since 2013, the University of South Carolina has hosted the Memmys, a national competition in which students from various medical fields produce music videos that combine popular songs with student experiences. The videos are a platform for student creativity and provide a glimpse into the lives of health professions students.
Editor’s note: This parody of “Thank you, Next” by singer Ariana Grande provides full credit to the original creators.
Faculty and Staff News
Spring Faculty Meeting is April 30
The IU School of Medicine Spring Faculty Meeting will be held from 4:30-6 pm, Tuesday, April 30, in Walther Hall (R3), room C203, on the Indianapolis campus. Faculty meetings are held twice a year to discuss issues of importance to IU School of Medicine. Agenda items for the spring meeting include:
- Faculty Steering Committee update: Brittney-Shea Herbert, PhD, president of the faculty
- 2019-2020 Faculty election results: Rafat Abonour, MD, president-elect of the faculty
- Trustees Teaching Award recognition: Paul Wallach, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs and institutional improvement
- Update from the Dean: Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, executive vice president for university clinical affairs, and dean, IU School of Medicine
- Question and answer session
Search underway for cardiology leader
The IU School of Medicine Department of Medicine and Indiana University Health are looking for a cardiology leader to serve as cardiology division chief at the school and vice president of the IU Health Cardiovascular Institute (CVI). The individual will lead the newly formed IU Health CVI to implement and oversee cardiac services. The successful candidate will have a strong background in academic leadership across the tripartite clinical, education and research missions. Additional qualifications include a national reputation in cardiology, a record of scholarship in the discipline and documented success in strategic initiatives.
Priority application review deadline is Monday, April 22. Position description and additional information are available.
Time is running out: Submit nominations for staff awards by April 19
Just three weeks remain to nominate colleagues for the Deb Cowley Staff Leadership Award and the Lynn Wakefield Unsung Hero Staff Award. Nominations are due Friday, April 19.
- The Deb Cowley Staff Leadership Award honors a professional staff employee who demonstrates a contribution to faculty assistance, coaching and/or development.
- The Lynn Wakefield Unsung Hero Staff Award recognizes staff employees who demonstrate outstanding reliability in the execution of duties without expectation of recognition.
Application details and the names of past recipients are available at the links above.
Resource offers tips for avoiding bias in recommendation letters
Did you know that the average recommendation letter for men is 16 percent longer than letters for women? Or that comments about women in reference letters are seven times more likely to mention personal life?
For faculty and staff who are asked to write letters of recommendation for students, IU School of Medicine Medical Student Education has developed an informational tool for avoiding bias in reference writing. After clicking the link, scroll down to “Avoiding Bias in LOR Comments and Other Reference Writing.”
Gender pay gap is topic of April 9 “Negotiating the Divide” event
Gender disparities in pay and promotion inspire the annual “Negotiating the Divide” event for women in medicine and science. This year’s event will be held from 5:30-8 pm, Tuesday, April 9, in Fairbanks Hall, (FS), Room 1110. The discussion brings together industry professionals, established physicians, faculty, residents, students and scientists to discuss pay discrepancies, negotiation skills and to empower female leadership in medicine and science.
This annual event is held each year near Equal Pay Day—the day women must work into the new year to make the same as their male colleagues. This year’s guest speaker is Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech and former lieutenant governor of Indiana. The event is sponsored by the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at IU School of Medicine. Registration is available.
Annual Resident Quality & Patient Safety Day is April 12
The IU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education and the Resident/Fellow Quality & Patient Safety Council will host the fourth annual Resident Quality & Patient Safety Day on Friday, April 12, from 8:30 am-1 pm. The event is dedicated to advancing quality improvement and patient safety efforts by facilitating a collaboration between clinical leaders, providers, educators, trainees and students across multiple health care disciplines.
Morning events will be held in Walther Hall Auditorium and afternoon events will take place in Emerson Hall Auditorium. Advance registration is not required, but RSVPs are appreciated. Call IU School of Medicine GME at 317-274-8282.
April 13 opioid workshop is designed for future prescribers
The Indiana University Interprofessional Practice and Education Center will host “Are you ready for this? Opioid Workshop for Future Prescribers” on Saturday, April 13, from 8am-12:30 pm at the IUPUI Campus Center. The workshop is designed to help prepare future prescribers to screen, recognize and safely address opioid addiction and overdose. Space is limited; register today.
First Excellence Through Diversity lecture is April 17
Patricia Treadwell, MD, emerita professor of pediatrics, will be the featured speaker at the inaugural Excellence Through Diversity lecture, Wednesday, April 17, from noon-1 pm, at the Glick Eye Institute, Room 103. The lecture series will highlight physicians from communities underrepresented in medicine who inspire excellence and the lessons from their experiences that can foster a more diverse and inclusive environment. The event is free; registration is requested.
April 15 is the deadline for Cancer Research Day abstracts
The IU Simon Cancer Center is now accepting abstracts for posters to be presented at the Wednesday, May 15, Cancer Research Day. 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.
Visit Cancer Research Day for all of the details and to complete the online abstract submission form. The deadline to submit the form is Monday, April 15, at 5 pm.
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.
Elrod named chancellor of IU South Bend
Susan Elrod has been named chancellor of the Indiana University South Bend campus effective July 1, subject to formal approval by the IU Board of Trustees. Elrod currently serves as the provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a nationally recognized leader and scholar in STEM higher education programs and institutional change.