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  • Ombuds representatives serve as valuable resources for faculty, learners

    Ombuds? No, it’s not a new type of earbud. Or something that sprouts when planted. An ombuds is a designated person—an impartial third party—with whom to discuss concerns, complaints and issues in a safe environment. Formed in 2016, the IU School of Medicine Ombuds Office is a resource for learners and faculty to talk about and explore options for resolving conflicts or addressing sensitive issues, such as breakdowns in communication, fairness, lapses in professionalism or allegations of mistreatment. 

    “I always tell people that it’s never a wrong decision to come and talk with us,” said Marly Bradley, MD, JD, FAAP, IU School of Medicine ombuds representative. “We’re a great point of first contact, especially if someone doesn’t know where to go.”

    Bradley and Joseph DiMicco, PhD, also an ombuds for the school, are available to faculty and learners on all nine campuses. Learn more about the confidential services they provide in this MD Student News blog post.

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  • School now accepting applications for Emerging Leaders Program

    For staff members with leadership potential, the IU School of Medicine Emerging Leaders Program provides professional growth and the skills to lead and be successful. Program nominees should be individuals who have the ability to lead others and exhibit what it takes to advance into higher leadership roles.

    Faculty members, department chairs and supervisors are encouraged to nominate individuals they feel meet the selection criteria outlined in the Emerging Leaders Program overview. More information and the nomination form are available at MedNetHR Emerging Leaders Program. Nomination deadline is Friday, November 1. Interviews for the new cohort will take place December 2-4.

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  • IU School of Medicine Orchestra to perform November 10

    Enjoy an afternoon of classical music as the IU School of Medicine Orchestra presents its fall concert at 2 pm, Sunday, November 10, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., in downtown Indianapolis. Featuring the musicianship of IU School of Medicine faculty, learners and staff, the orchestra is scheduled to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra Overture.

    Admission and parking are free. For more details, visit the orchestra’s Facebook page.

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  • Sevilla-Martir honored for community impact

    Javier Sevilla-Martir, MD, assistant dean for diversity affairs and founder of the Enhancing Latin American Care Experiences (ENLACE) project, is the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Community Engagement Award presented by the IU School of Medicine Faculty Community Relations Committee.

    Raised in the small historic town of Trujillo, Honduras, Sevilla-Martir grew up in a nurturing community. For as long as he can remember, he dreamed of becoming a physician—inspired by the compassionate surroundings of his childhood home to provide health care to those who desperately needed it.

    “The village raised us,” said Sevilla-Martir. “I grew up in a community that was very supportive. It was pretty amazing.”

    Sevilla-Martir completed his residency and a fellowship at IU School of Medicine before joining the faculty. Since 2002, more than 300 medical and public health students have traveled to Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador for training as part of the ENLACE program.

    For more on Sevilla-Martir’s contributions and commitment to serving the community, read the Faculty News blog post.

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  • Miles for Myeloma cyclists complete annual fundraising ride

    Fifteen years ago, Rafat Abonour, MD, inspired by his patients, started Miles for Myeloma, a 200-mile cycling challenge to raise funds to fight the rare, incurable form of blood cancer. This past weekend, Abonour and a group of about 60 cyclists finished the two-day journey, starting from Angola, Indiana, along a route through Churubusco, Kendallville, Roanoke, Marion and Pendleton, before finishing at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis.

    Since 2005, the annual events have covered 2,500 miles, and Abonour and supporters have raised $6 million for both multiple myeloma research at IU and enhanced patient care at IU Health.

    Check out the Miles for Myeloma Facebook page to see posts from this year’s challenge, including the cyclists’ arrival in Indianapolis on Saturday, October 12.

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  • Get your flu shot yet? Vaccination deadline is November 14.

    All IU School of Medicine faculty, house staff and students who provide clinical care at Indiana University Health or Eskenazi Health, perform clinical research at these facilities or whose primary office is in an IU Health or Eskenazi Health hospital are required to receive a flu vaccination before Thursday, November 14.

    On the IUPUI campus, free flu shots are available at Campus Health (Coleman Hall, Suite 100) or at a Campus Health flu shot outreach clinic. Students (only) also may obtain a flu shot at Campus Center Student Health. There are no out-of-pocket costs for flu shots. IU School of Medicine staff are also eligible to receive flu shots at no cost.

    Dates, times and locations of Campus Health flu shot outreach clinics are listed on the IUPUI Events Calendar. Use the “Health and Wellness” filter to find flu shot clinics quickly.

    Flu shot locations for other IU campuses are available.

    Other details to know for flu vaccinations on the Indianapolis campus:

    • No appointment is necessary to receive a flu shot.
    • You must present a valid university picture ID.
    • Students will be asked to present a health insurance card but will be able to receive a free flu shot regardless of insurance.
    Individuals requesting a waiver due to an evidence-based medical contraindication to the vaccine must submit a flu vaccine medical exemption request by Thursday, October 31. Those requesting a religious exemption can use the same form and note they are requesting a religious exemption. Email for information about exemptions.


    IUPUI Campus Health tracks flu shot compliance for IU School of Medicine house staff and students. Flu shots received from Campus Health will automatically be tracked. House staff and students who opt to receive flu shots from IU Health, a personal physician or elsewhere must submit their flu shot consent form to IUPUI Campus Health at The consent form should be sent from the individual’s IU email account and include “Flu Shot [Secure Message]” in the subject line. After receiving the vaccine, individuals may take a photo of their flu consent form with their smartphone and email it to

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Riley Atrium door to be secured 24/7 beginning Monday

    Effective Monday, October 21, access to/through the pedestrian door located directly across from the Riley Cafeteria will be secured 24/7 with a camera, intercom and Honeywell card reader for use by anyone with an authorized ID card.

    Currently, a police officer staffs and monitors the door that leads from the sky walk to the hallway near the Riley Atrium. Since foot traffic has dwindled due to maternity tower construction and the People Mover closure, the officer will redeploy to the Simon Family Tower to support security and guest management. 

    The pedestrian door is next to Copper Moon and across from the cafeteria.

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  • October 25 FEED event to explore cultural issues in life and at work

    Explore “cultural humility” at the upcoming Faculty Enrichment and Education Development (FEED) event at 8 am, Friday, October 25, at the Glick Eye Institute, Room 103. Guest speaker Melanie Tervalon, MD, PhD, will address how increasing diversity in the United States compels medical educators to train physicians and scientists to skillfully and respectfully honor the implications of this diversity in their work. More information and registration are available.

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  • IU has new retirement plan provider

    Indiana University has selected Fidelity as the sole provider of administrative recordkeeping services to the IU retirement plans. In addition, a new, simplified investment menu was introduced. Information about the changes and enhancements has been sent to active IU employees, retirees and people who no longer work for the university but were fully vested before they left.

    Learn more about what the decision means for IU employees—including what will and won’t change—in this News at IU post.

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  • Department of Family Medicine anniversary town hall is next Thursday

    The IU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine will continue its 45th anniversary celebration with a town hall and cocktail reception from 4:30-6 pm, Thursday, October 24, at Goodman Hall in the IU Health Neuroscience Center. A video, featuring former and current faculty and staff, will be shown, highlighting milestones achieved over the past 45 years. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Register to attend this event.

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  • Residents and fellows: Plan to attend upcoming clinical teaching workshop

    A workshop for residents and fellows, “Clinical Teaching—Beyond the Basics,” will be held from 1-4 pm, Wednesday, October 30, at the Medical Research & Library, Room 317. Using facilitated discussions, application and practice, this workshop will provide participants with the incremental knowledge and tools necessary to be an effective educator in the clinical learning environment. Topics include:

    • Expectations (student and resident) that come with clinical teaching
    • Teaching procedures
    • Structure to clinical teaching – SPIT, SNAPP, One-Minute Preceptor
    • Providing feedback to learners – It’s easier than you think
    • Horizontal learning
    • Simulation debriefing
    Registration is available, and refreshments will be provided. The workshop is presented by the IU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education.


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  • RESPECT Center seeks presentations for March 6 palliative care conference

    The IUPUI RESPECT Center has issued a call for presentations for its 2020 conference, “Let’s Talk Palliative Care: Sharing Our Collective Wisdom,” which will be held on Friday, March 6. Until Friday, November 15, the center is accepting applications to present innovative clinical models, quality improvement projects and evidence-based research. More information is available. Conference registration will open on Sunday, December 1.

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  • Save the date: LGBTQ Health Care Conference is March 23-24

    Plan now to attend the 2020 LGBTQ Healthcare Conference on Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24, at the IUPUI Campus Center. The two-day conference is designed for nurses, physicians, physician assistants, psychologists, speech pathologists, social workers and others 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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  • Apply for IIMR research enhancement program funding

    The Indiana Institute for Medical Research (IIMR) is accepting applications for its Research Enhancement Program (REAP), which includes four application types: early career investigators, translational research, pilot project and group application. Funding is for up to $15,000 per year. Letters of intent are due Sunday, November 17, and the application deadline is Friday, January 31. More details and application information are available.

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  • Predoctoral training award applications due November 21

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is seeking applicants for special predoctoral training awards in translational research—"bench to bedside" research in the lab that translates into patient treatment. Funding is for two years, and benefits include a stipend, as well as health insurance and partial coverage of tuition and fees. Application details are available. Deadline to apply is Thursday, November 21.

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  • IU Health Values Fund now accepting applications; LOIs due November 1

    Indiana University Health is accepting applications for the IU Health Values Fund for the Integration of Spiritual and Religious Dimensions in Health Care. Focus areas include projects that seek to foster the “whole person perspective,” enhance the ethical treatment of patients, and address issues of meaning and purpose in the lives of patients, families, clinicians and other IU Health team members. Applications to this program are limited to a maximum of $50,000 per year for two years. Letters of intent (LOIs) are due Friday, November 1, and application deadline is Monday, November 25. Application details are available.


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  • Veterans’ health is topic of November 13 Culture and Conversation event

    Explore issues of concern for the veteran population, which include chronic homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health needs, at the next Culture and Conversation event from noon-1 pm, Wednesday, November 13, in Fesler Hall, Room 319. Levi Funches, MD, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, will lead the discussion with representatives from IU School of Medicine, the VA Hospital and IUPUI Veterans Affairs. Registration is available.

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Partner News

  • Bates named to new IU Health human resources role

    Mandy Bates, vice president of human resources and chief of staff, IU Health Physicians, has accepted the newly created role of vice president, IU Health Human Resources Leadership. In this new role, Bates will continue to provide strategic direction and oversight to the IU Health Physicians HR team, in addition to the health system’s statewide HR teams, including the adult academic health center, Riley Children’s Health, System Clinical Services, Indy Suburban Region, West Central Region, East Central Region and South Central Region.

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