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  • First diversity town hall is Monday; register for an event

    The first in a series of town halls addressing diversity, equity and inclusion at IU School of Medicine will be held from 8-9 am, Monday, August 24. Plan to join Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, at one of three upcoming events. Held virtually, the town halls—using the same format and covering the same content—will be an opportunity for the school community to share concerns, feedback and ideas for improvement. 

    Questions or topics to be addressed can be submitted in advance. Feedback, suggestions or ideas can also be shared prior to the meetings. There will be opportunities to participate during the virtual town hall events.

    IU School of Medicine is committed to increasing representational diversity, fostering an inclusive working and learning environment, and developing culturally competent health care professionals dedicated to patient-centered care and innovative research. As a community, each person’s voice and contribution impacts the advancement of systemic change.

    Register for one of the three town hall events.

    Monday, August 24
    8-9 am (Eastern Time)

    Thursday, August 27
    12:30-1:30 pm (Eastern Time)

    Thursday, September 17
    4-5 pm (Eastern Time)

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  • Board of Trustees approves IU School of Medicine campus construction project

    The building project to create a new primary site for IU School of Medicine was among the projects approved last week by the IU Board of Trustees as part of the university’s 2021-23 legislative capital request. The new IU School of Medicine site is IU’s top priority project, planned in conjunction with the expansion by Indiana University Health at the IU Health Methodist Hospital campus in Indianapolis.

    This approximately 350,000-gross-square-foot facility will be near the expanded hospital campus and new Academic Health Center just south of 16th Street and near the IU Neurosciences Research building. The combination medical education and research facility will include interprofessional education spaces outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, classrooms, teaching and research labs, offices and related support space. State funding of $75 million will be requested, with the remainder of the $245 million total project cost funded by IU School of Medicine and private grants.

    "At IU School of Medicine, our mission is to improve the health of Hoosiers," said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine and IU's executive vice president for university clinical affairs. "The new Academic Health Center will help us recruit top talent and serve as a catalyst between education, research and clinical care. With our partners at IU Health, I am excited by the possibilities that this new facility will provide our students and physician-scientists."

    For more details, visit News at IU.

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  • Distinguished Professors awarded Bicentennial Medal

    IU School of Medicine’s 25 distinguished professors have earned the Bicentennial Medal “awarded to organizations and individuals who, through their personal, professional, artistic or philanthropic efforts, have broadened the reach of Indiana University around the state, nation and world.”

    Bicentennial Medals are uniquely made from materials salvaged from the old bells that hung in the Student Building on the IU Bloomington campus, giving each recipient a lasting piece of the university’s history.IU School of Medicine Distinguished Professors receiving the IU Bicentennial Medal include:

    Lynda F. Bonewald, PhD
    Hal E. Broxmeyer, PhD
    David B. Burr, PhD
    Michael J. Econs, MD
    Howard J. Edenberg, PhD
    Lawrence Einhorn, MD
    Harvey Feigenbaum, MD
    Loren J. Field, PhD
    Tatiana Foroud, PhD
    Bernardino Ghetti, MD
    C. Johnston, MD
    Eugene C. Klatte, MD
    Patrick J. Loehrer, MD
    Dean Maglinte, MD, FACR, FSAR
    Clement J. McDonald, MD
    Sharon M. Moe, MD
    Bruce A. Molitoris, MD
    John I. Nurnberger, MD, PhD
    Douglas K. Rex, MD
    Peter J. Roach, PhD
    David Roodman, MD, PhD
    Chandan Sen, PhD
    Michael A. Weiss, MD, PhD, MBA
    Mervin C. Yoder, MD
    Douglas P. Zipes, MD

    For more information and links to the Distinguished Professor bios, check out the Faculty News blog post.

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  • Indiana University President Michael McRobbie to retire next year

    Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will step down in June 2021 as part of his planned retirement, after 14 years as president and 24 years in senior positions at one of the nation's top public research universities. During his tenure, IU has been recognized for its leadership across a wide range of key areas, including student success, research and scholarly excellence, community engagement, international education, health sciences training and research, and economic development for all of Indiana.

    "I am immensely proud of all that has been accomplished over the period I have been president," McRobbie said. "All the change and effort has, I believe, consolidated and elevated IU's position as one of America's premier and leading research universities.

    "But all these accomplishments—and many more—are not a one-person show. They are the collective product of the hard and unremitting work of IU's outstanding senior leaders, the strong support of superb faculty who have embraced change, engaged and talented students who have and will continue to go on to become leaders in their chosen fields, and exceptional staff whose professionalism and dedication have been the linchpin of so many of our successes."

    McRobbie made the announcement in an email to faculty, staff and students, and during the Friday, August 14, IU Board of Trustees meeting. He will continue leading IU through the current academic year.

    For more, visit News at IU.  

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Research News

  • Precision Health Initiative adds value to health care curriculum

    Since its inception, the IU Grand Challenge Precision Health Initiative has not only been about discovering better treatments, cures and ways to prevent some of the state’s most devastating diseases – it's also been about educating the next generation of researchers and health care providers to use some of PHI’s most powerful tools, such as genetics, genomics, and informatics, to improve the health of patients.

    For details and insights from IU School of Medicine faculty, visit Precision Health.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Faculty award nominations due October 1

    Honoring outstanding teaching, research and service is an important part of IU School of Medicine’s culture. Nominations are now being accepted for several faculty awards. Award descriptions, criteria, past award recipients and nomination submission information are available at the links below. Nomination deadline for all awards is Thursday, October 1. 

    Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award
    Inspirational Educator Award
    Outstanding Community Engagement Award
    Scholar Educator Award
    Volunteer Faculty Teaching Award

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  • Fellows: Apply for Department of Pediatrics research grants

    The IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics is offering grants to support research projects conducted by pediatric clinical fellows in accredited fellowship programs within the sections of the Department of Pediatrics. Applicants can request funding up to $10,000. The department expects to select five to seven grant recipients. Application deadline is Thursday, October 15. More information is available.

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  • PoCUS practice room now available for faculty, students

    The Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) practice room located on the second floor of the Ruth Lilly Medical Library is now open. Faculty and students can practice PoCUS skills by reserving this room at

    Here’s what you need to know:
    • Information on the registration process and how to set up account is available
    • New accounts may take 24 hours to activate.
    • Once your account is activated, you may reserve the PoCUS practice room for a one-hour time slot during regular library hours.
    • Show your reservation confirmation to the circulation desk at the time of your reservation. You will receive one Lumify device and one Butterfly PoCUS device.
    • Please return the devices to the circulation desk promptly at the end of your reservation time so others using the room will have access.
    Important reminders:
    • Volunteer student “patients” must sign the Ultrasound Education Information Sheet and Consent form available through the Medical Student Administration System (MSAS). There are no exceptions.
    • Masks must be worn at all times in the library and the practice room.
    • Circulation desk personnel will provide gloves and disinfectant wipes when the equipment is picked up.

    Check out this video for a quick tutorial on using to reserve the practice room.

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  • Nominate staff colleagues for IUPUI Staff Council awards

    The IUPUI Staff Council is accepting applications through Friday, September 18, for a number of awards recognizing the contributions of staff members at IUPUI. Consider nominating a fellow IU School of Medicine staff member for these awards. Award descriptions and submission links are available.

    Gerald L. Bepko Spirit Award
    Submit a nomination

    IUPUI Carol D. Nathan Staff Council Scholarship
    Submit a nomination

    IUPUI Nan Bohan Community Engagement Award
    Submit a nomination

    Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., MD, Experience Excellence Award
    Submit a nomination

    Awards will be presented at the IUPUI Chancellor’s Staff Recognition Ceremony this fall.

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  • September 8 Culture and Conversation focuses on civility and political engagement

    With the 2020 election just weeks away, join members of the IU School of Medicine community for a discussion about civility and political engagement. The event will focus on ways people can engage civilly with colleagues, friends and others who have different political views.

    This first event in this fall’s Culture and Conversation series will be held on Zoom from noon-1 pm, Tuesday, September 8. Register and learn more.

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  • Funding for research use of core facilities: Apply by September 28

    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. Funding is for a maximum requested amount of $10,000; projects are typically two years in duration. Funds are for utilization of designated Indiana CTSI core facilities only. More information and applications details are available. Deadline to apply is Monday, September 28.

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  • Get skills you need to stand out, while you work, with Kelley certificate program

    Taking on something new right now might seem daunting. That’s why the Kelley Graduate Certificate in Medical Management is designed to focus on your learning and growing. No admissions test. Classroom optional—either online or in person. No busy work. Every course will give you the skills you need to lead better, right away. Learn about the program and sign up for the next Zoom information session on Wednesday, September 9.

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Partner News

  • Barbara Manz Friesth named interim director of IU Interprofessional Practice and Education Center

    Barbara Manz Friesth, PhD, RN, was recently named interim director of the Indiana University Interprofessional Practice and Education Center (IU IPE).

    Through her work at the Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall and as co-director of the IU School of Nursing Encouraging Learning, Innovation & Technology Excellence (ELITE) Center, Friesth has played a key role in ensuring learners work effectively and efficiently alongside one another to improve patient health. Among her appointments with the university, Friesth serves as a clinical professor and the assistant dean for learning resources at the IU School of Nursing.

    The IU IPE was established in 2014 by University Clinical Affairs to extend a culture of collaboration across the state and build stronger and better healthcare teams for the future. IU IPE collaborates with all IU health profession schools as well as other institutions, health and governmental organizations, and nonprofits in Indiana.

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  • Students recognized for community health improvement projects

    The Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP), part of the Intersessions curriculum occurring during the third year of medical school, helps students become more aware of issues and problems affecting populations within communities where they train, live and work—and to start thinking about solutions.

    For the project, students were assigned to groups based on location and selected a local health problem to explore. Groups were asked to choose an issue that matched up with the priorities of the Indiana State Department of Health—infant mortality, opioids, obesity, tobacco usage, HIV and others—as well as the 10 leading causes of death for Hoosiers. 

    Project submissions were reviewed by a faculty panel with special recognition awarded to the following three submissions and groups of students: 

    First Place
    HIV Testing in Recently Released Inmates authored by Brittani Bungart, Julia Behrend, Marissa Bruce, Anna Scalzo, Kevin Vega, Christopher Vincent and Jeffrey Wurtz. Community Partner: Hannah Kistler, MSW, LSW; Step-Up, Inc.

    Second Place
    A Grassroots Approach to Addressing Maternal Mental Health authored by Paige Cassidy, Brandy Boles, Chris Lee, Helen Wu Li, Nathanael Rollison, Michael Spears, Elliot Walther and Joe Wolf.  Community Partner: Jack Turman, PhD, professor, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

    Third Place
    Utilizing Prescriptions to Improve Adherence to Dietary Change authored by Luke Pryke, Stephen Hu, Ariba Khalid, Harrison Love, Sarina Masso Maldonado, Shivani Parikshak and Taylor Stevens. Community Partner: Kathleen Zoppi, PhD, MPH, Community Health Network

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