Faculty and Staff News
Tips for working remotely: When to use VPN
If you’re working remotely and experiencing issues with VPN, this IU Knowledge Base webpage offers guidance not only for using VPN, but also valuable strategies for colleagues working from home.
Quick tips for using VPN
Use VPN only when:
- You are trying to access a service you can't get to another way (such as a shared network drive).
- You do not trust the internet connection you are using.
- Your IT professional has told you that you need to use VPN.
You don't need a VPN connection to:
- Use learning tools, such as Canvas, Zoom or Kaltura.
- Read your IU email over the web.
- Work with your files in Box.
Reminder: Wellness resources are available
The emotional impact of COVID-19, including unprecedented challenges in professional and personal lives, can take a toll on personal well-being. For IU employees, there are resources to help cope during this time.
- Employees enrolled in an IU-sponsored Anthem medical plan can schedule time to speak with a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist from the privacy of their home through LiveHealth Online, the plan’s telemedicine option.
- A list of counseling resources, including national, statewide and IU campus-specific resources, is available at the Healthy IU website.
- Check out the resources available through IU’s new employee assistance program provider, SupportLinc, including 24/7 telephonic counseling with licensed clinicians, expert referrals, and comprehensive content and tools. (See Faculty and Staff News in this week’s INScope for details on the new provider.)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides self-care tips to support well-being and overall health.
In addition, the American Psychiatric Association offers specific information related to coronavirus and mental health, including tips for both providers and patients/patient families. For providers on the front lines of the outbreak, the association recommends:
- Meeting basic needs by eating properly, staying hydrated and getting regular sleep.
- Taking breaks.
- Staying connected with sources of support, including family, friends and colleagues.
- Self-monitoring for signs of increased stress.
- Reminding yourself and those around you of the important work you’re doing; recognizing colleagues for their service whenever possible.
Also for providers, the CDC offers guidelines for identifying burnout and secondary traumatic stress, as well as self-care strategies. For details, visit Emergency Responders: Tips for taking care of yourself.
Match 2020: “They don’t have what IU has.”
After completing medical school at IU School of Medicine, incoming urology resident Ruben Vasquez knew he wanted to stay at IU for residency. Despite visiting 16 different schools during the match process, he says he always thought the same thing at each interview: “They don’t have what IU has.”
“There was just always something missing,” Vasquez said. “I liked the programs at the schools I visited, but I just always liked IU more.”
Find out what Vasquez has to say about IU’s urology residency and the reasons he chose the specialty in this Match Day 2020 Spirit of Medicine blog post.
Postponed, canceled, moving to Zoom: Events calendar has updates
Many IU School of Medicine events in the coming weeks have been canceled, postponed or are transitioning to virtual access. Be sure to check the school's events calendar for the latest event details. Organizers are reminded to update the calendar if changes or cancellations occur or to add virtual access information.
Remember, for university-wide updates related to COVID-19, check coronavirus.iu.edu.
NIH guidance and funding opportunities related to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has created numerous opportunities for researchers to contribute potential solutions to help stop and prevent spread of the disease. Specifically, NIH is posting funding opportunities in support of COVID-19 research. Check Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding for guidance on proposal submission and award management during this time, and to apply for opportunities where IU School of Medicine research and expertise can help make a difference. (Funding opportunities specific to COVID-19 are listed under the FAQs on the cited webpage.)
Faculty and Staff News
IU buildings now require card access
Until further notice, all Indiana University buildings will require card access for entrance, similar to weekend operations. As a reminder, faculty members and staff who can work from home are encouraged to stay at home.
SupportLinc is IU’s new EAP provider
Beginning Wednesday, March 25, Indiana University is transitioning its employee assistance program (EAP) from IU Health EAP to SupportLinc. SupportLinc offers 24/7 telephonic counseling with licensed clinicians, expert referrals, comprehensive content and tools, and more—all at no cost to eligible employees and family members.
Benefit-eligible employees, IU residents, graduate appointees, fellowship recipients, and their spouses and dependent children living in the same household are eligible for SupportLinc’s services at no cost.
About the transition
To ensure a smooth transition between vendors, IU Health EAP will continue to provide services through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. If you or a family member are currently receiving counseling through IU Health EAP, you may continue that counseling at no cost through the completion of your treatment plan or until June 30, 2020, whichever comes first.
Check the IU EAP benefit webpage for information about SupportLinc, including ways to access services.
Deadline extended: Apply for RSFG internal grants by May 1
The deadline to apply for Research Support Funds Grant (RSFG) internal grants has been extended to Friday, May 1. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research moved the deadline to accommodate the faculty’s immediate need to focus on their online classes. RSFG information is available (IU login required). Questions? Contact Alicia Gahimer at email@example.com.
Apply by April 30 for PLUS career development program
Academic medicine faces ongoing challenges in recruiting, retaining and advancing faculty from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. PLUS (Program to Launch Underrepresented in Medicine Success) is designed to support the career development of underrepresented faculty in academic medicine. PLUS helps units retain and promote high-talent faculty from underrepresented groups who have the expertise and skills to enhance IU School of Medicine’s institutional mission.
PLUS is a two-year cohort program structured around the two pillars of leadership and scholarship, and bolstered by networking, advising, career coaching and wellness programming that is tailored to meet the needs of faculty underrepresented in medicine.
Application deadline is Thursday, April 30.
IU expands childcare benefit through the Care@Work program
Indiana University provides childcare resources through the Care@Work program to assist IU employees in benefit-eligible positions. Earlier this month, the university enhanced this benefit to include using a caregiver or childcare center from your personal network and being reimbursed for a portion of the cost, in addition to other services provided by the Care@Work program. Employees can access Care@Work benefits by creating an account at iu.care.com or by downloading the Care.com app on an Apple or Android device. Program details are available at iu.care.com.
Critical need for blood donations: Here’s how you can help
The American Red Cross is currently facing a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations related to the coronavirus outbreak.
Blood donation is safe for people in good health who are feeling well. Appointments can be made through Versiti Blood Center of Indiana (Indiana Blood Center) or the American Red Cross. Coronavirus information, including safety details, are posted on both websites.
Core pilot research funding deadline extended to April 6
The Indiana CTSI Pilot Funding program promotes the use of technologies and expertise afforded by the Indiana CTSI core facilities available at all partner institutions. Successful proposals will demonstrate outstanding scientific merit that can be linked to generating extramural funding or novel intellectual property (IP). Success of the program will be viewed, in part, by the fostering of new funded grants or providing significant contributions to grant renewals. Proposals will be judged with equal measure on scientific merit and the likelihood of generating new IP or extramural grant support.
IU Health launches COVID-19 testing
Last week, the IU Health Molecular Diagnostics Lab launched internal testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The milestone greatly accelerates the ability to identify COVID-19 patients, provide appropriate care and isolation measures, protect team members and manage personal protective equipment.
Currently, the number of people who can be tested is limited, with priority given to high-risk, seriously ill patients and healthcare workers who may have been exposed to the virus.
Check the IU Health COVID-19 resource page for frequent updates
IU Health provides COVID-19 updates, critical information, tools and guidance on a resource page on the IU Health team portal. Available to IU School of Medicine faculty and staff with access, the resource page was updated this week with a few new categories:
Information for all team members
- Patient appointments
- Restrictions and operational changes
- Working remotely and working differently
- Team member support
- Hot lines
There are also links and information for team members in patient care that includes PPE, testing and care guidelines. A section for leaders was also added this week.
IU School of Medicine faculty and staff with access can find the page on the IU Health team portal: team.myiuhealth.org/covid-19.