Faculty and Staff News
Traveling exhibit celebrates African American academic surgeons
In honor of Black History Month, IU School of Medicine is joining the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in recognizing past and present African American academic surgeons with a traveling exhibit. The exhibit, called Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons, features past and present IU School of Medicine surgeons, including:
- George H. Rawls, MD, former assistant dean of medical affairs and clinical professor emeritus of surgery
- Clark Simons, MD, associate professor of clinical surgery
- Brian Brewer, MD, assistant professor of clinical surgery
- Sade O. Imeokparia, MD, assistant professor clinical surgery
- Peter C. Jenkins, MD, assistant professor of surgery
- Fatuma Kromah, MD, assistant professor of clinical surgery
- Chemen Neal, MD, assistant professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology
- Brownsyne Tucker-Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS, assistant dean for diversity affairs and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology
- Abideen Yekinni, MD, assistant professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery
The exhibit, open to the public for viewing, will be on display at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library until Friday, February 21, before traveling to these locations:
Fairbanks Hall Atrium: Monday, February 24 – Friday, February 28
IUPUI University Library Atrium: Saturday, February 29 – Friday, March 6
Crispus Attucks Museum: Saturday, March 7 – Friday, March 13
(The Crispus Attucks Museum is located at 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., Indianapolis.)
For more information about the exhibit, including photos and details about a special event on Wednesday, March 4, visit the Newsroom.
Medical Student Education names director of operations; Young to join school on Monday
Kathy Young will join IU School of Medicine on Monday, February 17, as director of operations for Medical Student Education (MSE). Bringing a wealth of experience to the role, Young has held positions in acute care hospital and health systems for more than 30 years. She most recently served as president and CEO of a regional hospital system that covers 10 counties and employs 4,000 people.
“Kathy possesses a deep understanding of both clinical operations and administration,” said Bradley Allen, MD, PhD, FACP, FIDSA, senior associate dean, Medical Student Education. “Her unique skill set will greatly benefit Medical Student Education in the area of operational planning and executing, problem-solving, strategic vision and collaboration both within MSE and across all campuses.”
Young earned a Bachelor of Science in allied health from Marian College and a Master of Science in health service administration from the University of St. Francis.
Mark your calendar: Match Day is March 20
In just a few weeks, IU School of Medicine fourth-year medical students will join peers from across the nation to learn their residency details provided by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Match Day for the class of 2020 is Friday, March 20, at the IUPUI Campus Center, CE 450. Doors open at 10:30 am, and the annual “opening of the envelopes” will take place precisely at noon.
Check out the blog: Faculty member making national impact on physician leadership and development
Chemen Neal, MD, is working to improve physician wellness, growth and development, and her expertise is being utilized across the country.
“I work a lot with people who are dealing with imposter syndrome and burnout, as well as help people to develop themselves as leaders to get the tools they need to set and reach complex goals,” said Neal, an assistant professor with the IU School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
She serves in several leadership positions within the school, including co-chair of the Diversity Council. Twice a year, she leads the Woman to Woman workshop for underrepresented female medical students, residents, faculty and staff. She also travels the country leading similar workshops at other institutions and conferences.
Neal said her passion for leadership development and mentorship stems from her own experience as a first-generation college student and a woman in academic medicine. Find out more in this Faculty News blog post.
Faculty and Staff News
Stay up to date on latest IU and IU Health coronavirus guidelines
As the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) develops, Indiana University is planning ahead and closely monitoring the situation with the guidance of agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of Health.
Given the fact that the vast majority of current coronavirus infections are within China and both the CDC and the U.S. Department of State have issued travel advisories to China, IU is implementing restrictions on travel that align with this guidance. Announced in a January 31 public safety advisory, the university is suspending all travel to China for faculty, staff and students. The advisory noted the university may grant exceptions to those wanting to travel for humanitarian response to the pandemic.
In addition, effective Monday, February 3, the CDC issued new guidance for travelers returning to the U.S. on or after February 3 to determine their risk of contracting the 2019-nCoV. IU will follow this guidance in responding to the 2019-nCoV outbreak and in advising IU community members.
Of particular interest to IU School of Medicine faculty and staff is the following related information:
Visiting scholars from China:
Any scholar arriving from China is required to reach out to Graham McKeen, assistant university director, IU Environmental Health and Safety, by phone (812-325-7510) or email at email@example.com prior to physically arriving on campus. McKeen will work with each campus and/or campus health center to inform them of arriving scholars and relay any necessary information.
IU Health guidelines:
- Effective immediately, IU Health is restricting team members from working in an IU Health facility if they have traveled to mainland China in the last 14 days. While these team members will not be permitted to work on-site, they may work remotely if feasible.
- Team members who have returned from China should promptly contact both their manager and Employee Occupational Health Services (EOHS) at 317.962.7299 to coordinate their 14-day restriction from the workplace. Managers can work with these team members to determine if working remotely is feasible. Those who are unable to work remotely will be paid their scheduled hours by marking ALP (Administrative Paid Leave) on Kronos. IU Health employed physicians should work with their practice group regarding their compensation.
- During the 14-day restriction period, team members will monitor their health and report any symptoms of the virus to EOHS immediately. EOHS and Infection Prevention will connect any symptomatic team members to public health services for evaluation if needed. After 14 days without symptoms, team members will report to EOHS for clearance to return to the workplace.
These restrictions will remain in place until further notice as IU Health actively monitors the situation. Watch for continued updates.
Evaluation of patients who may be ill with or exposed to coronavirus:
Refer to the Flowchart to Identify and Assess 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Review the February 1 Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Visit the Protect IU website for more tips, information and frequently asked questions about the coronavirus. This News at IU article also offers more information about how IU is monitoring the situation.
Faculty election ballot open until February 28
The faculty election ballot for the 2020-2021 academic year is open until Friday, February 28. Those who are eligible to vote received an email with a link to the ballot on Thursday, January 23.
Annual faculty elections to committees and for department representatives and offices signify an opportunity to participate in IU School of Medicine’s important work. During this time of great change, it’s especially vital that your voice be heard.
Questions about the election? Contact Jessica Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Search underway for Department of Anesthesia chair
IU School of Medicine is now accepting applications for chair of the Department of Anesthesia. The successful candidate for this position must be board certified in anesthesia with outstanding academic credentials and a demonstrated ability and clear vision to lead a prominent and multi-faceted clinical research and education program. More details about the position, including application instructions, are available. Priority application review deadline is Friday, April 3.
Questions? Contact Senem Guler, assistant director of faculty recruiting, at email@example.com.
Reminder: PoCUS equipment available for short-term checkout
Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) equipment is now available for short-term checkout by both faculty and students at each campus using the rooms.iu.edu reservation site.
The first step is to create a PoCUS account in the rooms.iu site prior to reserving equipment. Follow the instructions carefully for successful account creation and to complete the reservation process.
Important reminder: Per IU School of Medicine policy, students may use this equipment for educational purposes only. Student use in the clinical setting without direct faculty supervision is strictly prohibited.
Event highlighting advancement of women in academic medicine is next Wednesday
The upcoming presentation, “Promotion and Tenure: Advancing Women in Academic Medicine,” will address promotion to associate professor and full professor, what it takes and why it matters. Participants will also learn tips for the dossier and gain a better understanding of the barriers to advancing in academic medicine and how to overcome them. Mary Dankoski, PhD, executive associate dean for faculty affairs, professional development and diversity, and Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS, assistant dean for diversity affairs, will be the presenters.
The event will be held from 8-9:30 am, Wednesday, February 19, in the Daly Center, Room 186. More details and registration are available.
Download the new shuttle tracker; last day for DoubleMap is tomorrow
To make catching a ride on the downtown shuttle easier, IU Health has launched a new real-time shuttle tracking system. The new tracker provides a map of the downtown and express routes, real-time location of the shuttles and estimated arrival times. The new service, along with its back-end technology, aims to help shuttle operators space the shuttles more efficiently, leading to shorter wait times.
Access the new shuttle tracking system online or download the tracking system app on your smart phone by searching for “IU Health shuttle” in your app store.
If you’re currently using DoubleMap, the original shuttle tracking system, it will be discontinued Friday, February 14.
Project ECHO documentary to air on WFYI next week
Project ECHO, which began at University of New Mexico, allows subject-matter experts to mentor primary care providers throughout the state through the use of telecommunications.
IU School of Medicine and IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health have created seven unique Project ECHO models that focus on areas like Hepatitis C, opioid use disorders, HIV, cancer prevention and survivorship, LGBTQ+ health care, child and adolescent mental health, and integrated pain management. Each Project ECHO is free to access, offers continuing medical education and enables primary care providers in rural Hoosier communities to gain knowledge and become experts in their own neighborhoods.
Tune in to WFYI 3 at 8 pm on Tuesday, February 18, to watch “Project ECHO: A Democracy of Knowledge,” which features Project ECHO programs around the world and their impact on rural communities.
Riley Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Symposium is March 7
Register now to attend the Riley Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Symposium on Saturday, March 7, from 7 am-2:30 pm at the Ruth Lilly Auditorium in the Riley Outpatient Center.
Many patients with refractory seizures are referred either too late or to other epilepsy centers outside of Indiana. The symposium is a regional event describing the resources and treatment options within the Riley Hospital for Children Surgical Epilepsy Program. The symposium targets patient caregivers and local caregivers, including primary care doctors, community neurologists and advanced practice providers.
More details and registration are available.
RESPECT Center palliative care conference is March 6
Register for the IUPUI RESPECT Center’s 2020 conference, “Let’s Talk Palliative Care: Sharing Our Collective Wisdom,” which will be held on Friday, March 6. The conference brings together clinicians and researchers interested in evidence-based palliative and end-of-life care to help enhance clinical practice and foster new partnerships for translational research. Registration and more details are available.
One IU Health Annual Meeting with Dennis Murphy is next Thursday
Plan to join IU Health President and CEO Dennis Murphy at the One IU Health Annual Meeting for IU Health Physicians team members and leaders on Thursday, February 20, from 7-8 am, at Fairbanks Hall, Room FS 1111. The meeting is part of Murphy’s annual One IU Health tour—statewide meetings with team members to share goals and objectives and celebrate accomplishments. Register for the February 20 meeting.