Faculty and Staff News
Services next week to celebrate life and legacy of Mary Guerriero Austrom, PhD
The IU School of Medicine community is invited to celebrate the life of Mary Guerriero Austrom, PhD, the school’s associate dean for diversity affairs and longtime faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry. Austrom, who passed away on October 23, will be remembered for her empathy, tenacity and dedication.
Two memorial services will take place next week—one hosted by IU School of Medicine and another planned by Austrom’s family that is open to colleagues and friends.
The IU School of Medicine celebration of life will be held on Friday, November 22, in the Goodman Hall auditorium. The program will be held from 3-4:30 pm, with a reception immediately following from 4:30-5:15 pm. Parking is available for a nominal fee in the IU Health Neuroscience Center parking garage, 362 W. 15th St.
The memorial service planned by Austrom’s family will take place from 1-2:30 pm, Saturday, November 23, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Drive, Indianapolis.
In lieu of flowers, Austrom’s family has asked that donations be made to the IU School of Medicine Diversity Recruitment Scholarship and Village of Merici. For more, read Austrom’s obituary.
IU open enrollment continues through November 22
There’s just about one week left to make changes for 2020 benefits through IU’s open enrollment, which ends Friday, November 22. Once a year, IU employees can make changes to their medical and dental insurance, add or remove eligible dependents, determine their needs for their Health Savings Account contribution, decide whether to save money through the Tax Saver Benefit plans and more.
Even if you’re happy with your elections from last year, it’s always a good practice to review and confirm that you’ve signed up for the right plans for you and your family. Once open enrollment closes on November 22, employees will have to wait until next year’s open enrollment period to make changes, unless there is an IRS-defined qualified life event (such as getting married or having a baby).
Riley introduces new guest management process; check out the changes
On Monday, November 11, Riley Children’s Health introduced new steps to identify and manage all hospital and outpatient center visitors, making it easy to visually identify if people are where they should be, especially on patient units.
With the aim of creating the safest possible environment for everyone, a Riley work team customized a guest management system that:
- Creates a building check-in process for all families, visitors and guests
- Issues identification stickers and badges to those authorized to be in inpatient or outpatient areas
- Establishes visual touchpoints at key locations for safety and security
- Gives families a defined process to manage visitors during hospital stays
Here are the changes that took effect earlier this week:
- Guest check-in is required at main entrances (Riley Outpatient Center and Simon Family Tower).
- Outpatient families will receive identification stickers that give them access to all outpatient care areas and the first floor of Riley Hospital.
- Inpatient families and authorized guests will receive either a caregiver badge (24-hour access for parents and guardians) or a visitor sticker that gives them access to specific inpatient areas.
- Patients going off unit will be required to have a special identification band or sticker.
- All discharged patients and their parent/guardian will receive discharge stickers.
- Team members will be asked and coached to look for appropriate stickers and badges throughout the hospital, and help guide families, guests and visitors to the correct location.
- Leaders and guest management experts will be on call and rounding on and after Nov. 11. Police and Riley leaders will work closely with team members and visitors to help everyone successfully navigate the new system and ID process.
The guest management system will allow Riley to identify exactly who is in the facility at all times, and why. When fully implemented with the addition of sticker/badge technology by mid-December, the system will track visitors and guests, address safety concerns, help minimize behavior alerts and reduce safety related concerns on patient units.
Reminder: First Education Day is March 6
IU School of Medicine will host its first Education Day on Friday, March 6. Aimed at bringing fresh perspectives to medical education, the all-day event offers the opportunity for faculty, students, residents and fellows from all departments and campuses to showcase their medical education research through oral presentations, workshops, poster sessions and small group discussions.
Proposals may be submitted until Wednesday, January 15, on a variety of topics, including:
- Assessment and evaluation
- Cultural competence
- Critical thinking and clinical reasoning
- Curriculum development
- Effective feedback
- Instructional techniques including online tools
- Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS)
- Pre-clinical instruction
See the blog post for a complete list of topics and more information. The IU School of Medicine Education Day will be held at the Riley Outpatient Center. Registration is available. CME credit will be available. Questions? Email Komal Kochhar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical students statewide train with virtual-reality ophthalmoscope
New technology available to all IU School of Medicine medical students should help professors better ensure future doctors properly understand the complexities of the eye and the diseases that can affect it.
IU School of Medicine recently acquired two Eyesi Direct Ophthalmoscopes—educational equipment that uses virtual reality to teach essential diagnostic skills. One device will be set up and stationed at the Indianapolis campus; the other will travel the state with stops at each of the university’s nine campuses, ensuring all IU medical students are properly trained.
All doctors should be proficient in eye examinations, said Chi M. Yung, MD; but it’s always been difficult for professors to tell who has mastered this part of their medical education.
Yung—a professor of ophthalmology and head of the Department of Ophthalmology’s medical student education program, who spearheaded efforts to acquire the Eyesi Direct devices—said teachers have historically had to rely on their students to be honest about what they’re seeing during practice eye exams.
For more on the new training tool, read the Spirit of Medicine blog post.
October research awards total more than $19.7 million
October 2019 research awards Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars Allen, Matthew R Texas A&m University New Inflamm-aging and bone loss in a rodent model of spinal cord injury 7/31/2019 7/30/2020 $48,232 Alpini, Gianfranco National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Growth Regulation of the Intrahepatic Biliary Tree 9/1/2019 11/30/2019 $475,414 Alpini, Gianfranco Psc Partners Seeking A Cure New Treatment of primary sclerosing cholangitis using extracellular vesicles 8/1/2019 7/31/2020 $48,419 Breier, Alan Health And Hospital Corporation Of Marion County New Human Connectome Project for Clinical High Risk (HCP-CHR) 8/1/2019 2/28/2022 $64,680 Brown, John W Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Pediatric congenital heart datacenter and outcomes 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $260,000 Callahan, Christopher M. Brown University New NIA AD/ADRD Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory 9/1/2019 6/30/2020 $103,025 Chalasani, Naga P. National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney Renewal (not prev committed) Collaborative Clinical Research in Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis 9/20/2019 6/30/2020 $331,538 Clapp, D Wade Riley Children's Foundation New Wells Center Bridge Funding 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $500,000 Clapp, D Wade Riley Children's Foundation New Wells Center Replacement Faculty 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $2,250,000 Clapp, D Wade Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Haddad Scholars Program 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $100,000 Clapp, D Wade Johns Hopkins University New Evaluation of CP-137401 in Plexiform Neurofibroma using a Pre-clinical Mouse Model of Neurofibromatosis Type 1 9/1/2019 8/31/2020 $61,222 DiMeglio, Linda A University Of South Florida New Data Coordinating Center for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet (UC4) 10/1/2019 12/31/2019 $94,935 Eugster, Erica A. Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Edwin Letzter Chair of Pediatrics - Endocrinology and Diabetes 7/1/1998 6/30/2020 $72,322 Evans-Molina, Carmella National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New The Role of Pancreatic ß-cell Store-Operated Calcium Entry in Fatty Acid Metabolism 9/9/2019 9/8/2020 $29,016 Fishel, Melissa L University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill New Thrombin-dependent mechanisms of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma disease 6/1/2019 5/31/2020 $54,166 Francis, Michael Matthew Brain & Behavior Research Foundation New Interactions of Fronto-Parietal High Frequency Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on Anterior Cingulate Cortex Activation in Schizophrenia 1/15/2020 1/14/2022 $70,000 Francis, Michael Matthew National Institute Of Mental Health New Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a Probe of Episodic Memory Neurocircuitry in Schizophrenia 9/17/2019 8/31/2020 $198,125 Gaston, Benjamin National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Personalized small molecule therapy for severe asthma and cystic fibrosis 9/10/2019 6/30/2020 $2,043,237 Hanson, Eric Paul Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Suzanne L. Bowyer, MD Endowment Fund for Pediatric Rheumatology 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $8,082 Hensel, Devon J National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Ecological momentary assessment to understand the impact of daily urinary and fecal incontinence on well-being among adults with spina bifida 9/15/2019 6/30/2020 $234,895 Jacob, Seethal A Purdue University New A Pilot Study of Imatinib in Patients with Sickle Cell Disease and Recurrent Vaso-occlusive Pain 10/16/2019 10/15/2024 $75,948 Jin, Xiaoming Us Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity New Homeostatic plasticity in the mechanism and treatment of posttraumatic epilepsy 8/1/2019 7/31/2022 $775,751 Jin, Xiaoming University Of Miami New Brain system to transmit or receive magneto-electric signals (BrainSTORMS) 4/5/2019 3/24/2020 $75,000 Kaplan, Mark H Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Billie Lou Wood Chair of Pediatrics - Pulmonology 94-A2 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $72,322 Kapur, Reuben Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Freida and Albrecht Kipp Chair - Wells Center 94-A12 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $72,322 Katz, Barry P. University Of Michigan New Predicting Caries Risk in Underserved Children, from Toddlers to the School-Age Years, in Primary Healthcare Settings 8/1/2019 7/31/2020 $104,103 Katzenellenbogen, Rachel Adria Seattle Children's (hospital) Renewal (not prev committed) HIV integration-mediated modulation of immune regulation in HPV-associated cancers 9/1/2019 8/31/2020 $18,900 Kelley, Mark R. Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Betty and Earl Herr Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research 7/1/2008 6/30/2020 $94,700 Khan, Babar Ali National Institute On Aging New Decreasing Delirium through music (DDM) in critically ill older adults 9/15/2019 5/31/2020 $410,220 Kroenke, Kurt Mayo Clinic, Rochester New Enchanced, EHR-Facilitated Cancer Symptom Control (E2C2) Pragmatic Clinical Trial 9/21/2018 9/20/2019 $59,357 Lahm, Tim National Heart, Lung And Blood Institute New Mechanisms of Right Ventricle Adaptation to Pulmonary Hypertension 9/1/2019 6/30/2020 $366,490 Magee, Lauren A National Institute Of Child Health, Human Devl. New Identifying Victims of Firearm Assault: A Population Health Approach 11/1/2019 10/31/2020 $63,554 McNally Keehn, Rebecca Purdue University New From Cell Cultures to Community Cultures: Bringing Precision Health to Autism 9/12/2019 7/31/2021 $21,505 Mendonca, Eneida A. University Of Wisconsin Renewal (not prev committed) Children¿s Respiratory and Environmental Workgroup (CREW) 9/1/2019 8/31/2020 $202,645 Meng, Fanyin National Institute On Alcohol Abuse And Alcoholism New Regulation of cellular senescence by non-coding RNAs in alcoholic liver injury 9/15/2019 8/31/2020 $157,263 Metzger, Corinne E National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Mechanisms of chronic kidney disease-induced cortical porosity 9/25/2019 9/24/2020 $61,591 Mohammad, Khalid S. National Cancer Institute New Molecular Mechanisms of Chemotherapy-Induced Cognitive Dysfunction 9/9/2019 8/31/2020 $151,204 Molitoris, Bruce A. Indiana University Health New 20141001-SP-IU Health 9/1/2019 12/31/2019 $7,862 Natoli, Roman M University Of Maryland Renewal (not prev committed) A Pragmatic Randomized trial Evaluating Pre-operative Antiseptic skin solutions in fRactured Extremities (PREPARE) 9/30/2017 9/29/2020 $47,880 Nowak, Thomas V Purdue University New High Resolution, Noninvasive Measurement and Functional Classification of Vagal Nerve Response Patterns in Relation to Gastroparesis Symptom Management using Gastric Electrical Stimulation Therapy 7/24/2019 6/30/2020 $215,366 Nowak, Thomas V Purdue University Renewal (not prev committed) Mapping Stomach Autonomic Circuitry and Function for Neuromodulation of Gastric Disorders 8/1/2018 7/31/2020 $209,888 Palkowitz, Alan National Institute On Aging New IUSM Alzheimer's Disease Drug Discovery Center 9/30/2019 8/31/2020 $5,774,436 Renbarger, Jamie L Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Stem Cell Transplant Chair - Wells Center 91-A6 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $72,322 Renbarger, Jamie L Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Eric Metz "Win This Battle" Endowment Fund 7/1/2012 6/30/2020 $27,360 Robling, Alexander G National Institute Arthritis Musculoskeletal Skin Renewal (not prev committed) Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Training Program 9/20/2019 6/30/2020 $454,388 Rowan, Courtney Marie Nationwide Children's Hospital New PediAtric ReseArch of Drugs, Immunoparalysis and Genetics during MODS (PARADIGM) 5/1/2019 4/30/2020 $15,356 Sadhasivam, Senthil Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Gopal Krishna, M.D. Professorship in Pediatric Anesthesia Endowment Fund 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $25,035 Sanders, Don B Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Standardizing Treatment of Pulmonary Exacerbations in Pediatrics (STOP-PEDS) 10/1/2019 12/31/2019 $38,273 Saykin, Andrew J University Of California, San Francisco New Characterizing Cognitive Decline in Late Life Depression: The ADNI-D Project 5/1/2019 4/30/2020 $20,814 Schlecht, Stephen National Institute Arthritis Musculoskeletal Skin New Natural Variation in the Growth and Development of the ACL Complex 8/1/2019 7/31/2020 $248,981 Skillman, Sarah A University Of Calgary New Pediatric Research of Management in Stevens-Johnson syndrome and Epidermonecrolysis (PROMISE cohort study group) 9/30/2019 9/29/2020 $5,000 Smith, Heather Annmarie Jaeb Center For Health Research Inc New Intermittent Exotropia Study (IXT6): A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial of Base-in Prism Spectacles for Intermittent Exotropia 8/1/2019 7/31/2020 $4,124 Srour, Edward F. National Institute Of Diabetes, Digestive & Kidney New Osteomacs and megakaryocytes interact to regulate hematopoietic stem cell function 9/15/2019 6/30/2020 $317,000 Storniolo, Anna Maria V Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) The Susan G. Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center 6/1/2019 12/31/2022 $1,975,000 Tepper, Robert S. Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Mary Agnes Kennedy & Katheryn Kennedy-Weinberger Chair of Pediatrics - Pulmonology 94-A15 1/1/1995 6/30/2020 $72,332 Unroe, Kathleen T Brown University New NIA AD/ADRD Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory 9/1/2019 6/30/2020 $18,639 Wiehe, Sarah Elizabeth Indiana University Health New The Intersection of Community and Health: Improving Indiana¿s Health through Precision Population Health 4/1/2019 3/31/2021 $150,000 Williams, Amy E Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center New Multi-site Randomized Clinical Trial of FIT Teens for Juvenile Fibromyalgia 6/1/2019 5/31/2020 $84,927 Xie, Jingwu Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Jonathan and Jennifer Simmons Professor-Hematology/Oncology 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $32,968 Zauber, S. Elizabeth Parkinson's Disease Foundation New Parkinson's Center of Excellence 7/1/2019 6/30/2020 $60,000
Researcher talks about close ties to recent Nobel winner
Mircea Ivan, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, has a strong connection to this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine, William Kaelin, Jr., MD, of Harvard University and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Ivan was a postdoctoral fellow and subsequently an instructor in Kaelin’s lab between 1998 and 2002 and first-authored the original studies on cellular oxygen sensors. Ivan’s group focuses on molecular responses to hypoxia based on noncoding RNAs and their relevance to biology. Importantly, it was Ivan’s lab in 2007 (then at Tufts Medical Center in Boston) that reported the first connection between oxygen sensing and microRNAs.
In this Cancer Research blog post, Ivan answers some questions about his groundbreaking work with Kaelin and the ongoing research of his group.
Component of IGNITE II involves sharing genetic information with patients
Testing people to understand more about their genetic information isn’t a new practice, but it’s part of a rapidly changing pharmacology field. The second phase of the NIH-funded network, Implementing Genomics in Practice (IGNITE), is underway at five locations across the country, including IU School of Medicine.
Todd Skaar, PhD, and Paul Dexter, MD, are the principal investigators of the IU site. Skaar is also the leader of the IU Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative Pharmacogenomics Program. Skaar says his main focus is to understand how someone’s genetic variability contributes to the way they respond to drugs, which involves pharmacokinetics—what our bodies do to the drugs—and pharmacodynamics—what drugs do to our body. Researchers on his team can test patients to see if they have specific genetic variants, which may affect the way their enzymes activate or inactivate certain drugs.
“What we’re working on doing is coming up with a mechanism to return these results directly to the patient in a format they can either make sense out of or give it to their provider, so they can have it wherever they are,” said Skaar. “The ultimate goal is to have the information on a card that would have a QR code and it would link to updated recommendations, such as, ‘based on this genotype, we have these recommendations.’ We need to understand what the patients want, what information we think is clinically important and how to convey that information in a way that’s understandable to the patients and that they will use it in a safe and effective way, rather than either to not understand it and throw it away or do things they shouldn’t do.”
For more on the research, visit Precision Health.
Faculty and Staff News
January 9 FEED event to focus on personal finances for physicians
Personal finances are a tough subject. They combine two things people often don’t like to talk about—their personal situations and money. Brian Wagers, MD, will present the next Faculty Enrichment and Education Development (FEED) session, exploring basic personal finance concepts and offering a basic foundation to confidently manage finances and speak intelligently with a financial advisor.
The event will be held from 8-9:30 am, Thursday, January 9, in Fairbanks Hall, Room 5005. More information and registration are available.
School seeks associate dean for GME
IU School of Medicine is now accepting applications for associate dean for Graduate Medical Education. The individual selected for this part-time position will work closely with, and report to, the senior associate dean for Graduate Medical Education.
The associate dean will develop, implement and assess programs and services to meet the strategic goals of the Office of Graduate Medical Education and achieve high-quality outcomes for IU School of Medicine residency and fellowship programs. This individual will design and implement various professional development activities for faculty and staff to support the leaders of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited and non-ACGME-accredited IU School of Medicine GME programs to assist them in meeting their goals, as well as internal and external benchmarks for excellence.
The associate dean will work closely with the school’s hospital system affiliates to accomplish mutual goals of excellence in graduate medical education.
The person selected for this position must be an IU School of Medicine faculty member with a medical doctorate degree (MD). Leadership experience in GME settings and demonstrated excellence as a clinician are also required.
Those interested in applying should send a letter of interest and CV to Carol Thompson, director, Graduate Medical Education, Fesler Hall, Room 318. Materials may also be e-mailed to email@example.com. Application deadline is Friday, December 6. A position summary is available.
Fitzgerald named emeritus professor
John F. Fitzgerald, MD, MBA, who retired from IU School of Medicine on November 1, has earned emeritus status with the new title of emeritus professor of medicine.
Fitzgerald joined the IU School of Medicine faculty as an assistant professor of medicine in 1987 and received tenure in 1994. In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of professor. From 2007-2017, he served as the executive associate dean of clinical affairs, while serving as the CEO of IU Health Physicians. He was named senior vice president of population health in December 2017 and continues to serve in this role.
Fitzgerald has nearly 30 years of experience serving in leadership of physician group practices, managing risk bearing managed care organizations and developing population health programs. In the early 1990s, he was appointed chief medical officer of IUMG-Primary Care, which had a membership of 200 physicians. In 1999, he became the president and CEO of IUMG-PC. During this period, IU Health Plans was developed. Throughout this period, Fitzgerald was also a member of the inaugural board of directors of the Central Indiana Managed Care Organization (CIMCO). This collaborative greatly improved quality and decreased costs for Medicaid beneficiaries.
Until 2016, he continued to serve in a governance role in the successor organization of CIMCO, now named MedWise. Fitzgerald was appointed president and CEO of IU Health Care Associates, Inc. in 2006, which became IU Health Physicians in 2009 when it integrated with IU Health. IU Health Physicians increased to over 1,900 providers in 30 different specialties during Fitzgerald’s leadership.
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." Fitzgerald’s emeritus status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Fitzgerald and appreciates his contributions to the school and university.
Eskenazi winter market opens Tuesday
Beginning Tuesday, November 19, the Eskenazi Health Winter Market returns for a new season in a new location. Visit the market, located on the first floor of Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, from 11 am-1:30 pm on Tuesday each week through February 25.
Most items sold at the winter market are grown or made within 150 miles of the Eskenazi Health downtown campus and within the state of Indiana.
Opening day vendors include:
- 3 in 1 Restaurant – Tamales, pupusas
- Aahaa Chai – Chai drink
- Apricot Sun – Mediterranean dishes
- D & S Kettle Corn – Kettle corn
- Circle City Kombucha – Kombucha
- Creative Wandering – Soaps, popcorn kernels
- Gluten Free Creations – Gluten-free baked goods
- JohnTom's Barbecue – Barbeque sauce
December 4 Culture and Conversation to address bias and patient mistreatment
Addressing unconscious bias is a topic at the forefront of medical education and health care. Institutions are working to better prepare health care providers to address biases, so that patients have the best care possible. However, what happens when health care providers and trainees are the targets of bias or discrimination?
Alvaro Tori, MD, assistant dean for diversity affairs, IU School of Medicine, will lead a discussion of the complex issues involved with addressing patient bias. The event will be held from noon-1:30 pm, Wednesday, Dec. 4, in the Daly Center, Room 186. More information and registration are available.
Mark your calendar for Medschool Night Live on January 10
Medschool Night Live, presented by the Second Year Show committee, is a show organized by medical students from all four years and across all nine IU School of Medicine campuses. Inspired by Saturday Night Live, the event will feature humorous live and pre-recorded skits that focus on life in medical school. Plan to attend the annual event from 7-9 pm, Friday, January 10, at the IUPUI Campus Center theater.
Cultural Awareness Town Hall is January 23
Angela Tomlin, PhD, professor of clinical pediatrics, and Stephan Viehweg, MSW, assistant research professor of pediatrics, will address the topic of ability rights and intellectual disabilities in health care at a Cultural Awareness Town Hall on Thursday, January 23, from noon-1 pm.
Internationally known for their impact on health disparities, Tomlin and Viehweg work with adult patients and advocates to positively change health care. The town hall will also include (?) the Riley Child Development Center LEND program, Indiana’s interdisciplinary leadership training program focused on preparing health care professionals to provide family-centered, evidence-based services, conduct research and evaluation, offer technical assistance and training, and participate in advocacy activities.
More information and registration are available.
Get tips for writing grant proposals at February 20 workshop
Learn both conceptual and practical aspects associated with the grant writing process at an upcoming workshop, “Writing Winning Grant Proposals for NSF or General Proposals,” on Thursday, February 20, in Emerson Hall, Room 304. The all-day seminar is designed for faculty members who are contemplating a competitive application to federal or state agencies and foundations in either basic science or clinical research.
Topics to be covered include idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting a case to reviewers. Learn more and register.
IU Health Physicians names new human resources vice president
Emily Jerman-Brown has been named vice president, IU Health Physicians Human Resources, effective Sunday, November 24. Jerman-Brown will lead the IU Health Physicians HR team in delivering comprehensive HR support to physicians, advanced practice providers, leaders and staff located in 200 clinics and more than six hospitals across central Indiana. She will report to Mandy Bates, outgoing vice president of Human Resources, in Bate's new role as vice president, IU Health Human Resources Leadership.
Since 2003, Jerman-Brown has served in multiple roles within IU Health, most recently as vice president, Human Resources, where she was responsible for execution of system HR strategies across System Clinical Services and the business unit recently added in Fort Wayne.
Trauma surgeons partnering to curb youth violence in central Indiana
IU School of Medicine faculty members in the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health are working alongside a local community organization to help reduce youth violence in Indianapolis. Through a $500,000 federal grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, faculty surgeons are joining forces with Indy HeartBeat, a community-based partnership between Eskenazi Health, Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, on prevention and education initiatives. Learn more about their efforts in this Indiana Health blog post.
Thoracic surgery fellow helps deliver care across the world
In today’s news from the Middle East, one may only hear the negative stories of refugees displaced by war and civil unrest. That is something that some doctors at IU School of Medicine are working to change. In August, Mark Turrentine, MD, the John W. Brown Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, traveled to Jordan and invited Michael Kasten, MD, a fellow in thoracic surgery to come with him. Learn about Kasten’s experience in this Global Health blog post.