Faculty and Staff News
Leaders sought for new school positions addressing health care disparities in underserved populations
A $7 million grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration known as PRIME—Primary Care Reaffirmation for Indiana Medical Education—will allow IU School of Medicine to address inequities in health care which have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic and current events highlighting systemic racism. Several new leadership opportunities are available aligning with the school’s efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion. These positions will help IU School of Medicine build curriculum designed to help our future physicians recognize and address bias and provide better care for the underserved.
7th Competency Director—health equity, diversity and inclusion
The competency director over the area of health equity, diversity and inclusion will work closely with the associate dean for curricular development and oversight and will contribute to the curricular development, oversight and individual student monitoring in areas pertaining to this component of the competency-based curriculum.
Thread Leaders for two new curricular threads:
Care for the Medically Underserved and Vulnerable Communities
Health Equity and Care of the Underserved: Education on the impact of systemic racism and caring for Indiana’s Black communities
The Telehealth Director will create and implement an integrated telehealth curriculum that spans all curricular phases. Curriculum will focus on the competencies necessary for students to participate in innovative practices in their clerkship rotations, with an emphasis on primary care and medically underserved communities.
Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) Educator
The PoCUS Educator will work closely with the established PoCUS team and leaders of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) and Graduate Medical Education (GME) in the curricular development, implementation, assessment and evaluation of the Primary Care PoCUS curriculum for both UME and GME while assisting in faculty development and training for these efforts.
Interested in applying?
Those interested in applying for these positions should email a one-page letter of interest and their curriculum vitae to Bradley Allen, PhD, MD, senior associate dean for medical student education, by Wednesday, September 23.
Read more about these new leadership positions in Faculty News.
Pang named chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine
IU School of Medicine has promoted one of its own to serve as the next leader of the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Peter S. Pang, MD, MS, will assume the role of department chair, effective October 1, and will have oversight and responsibility for the program’s clinical, education and research programs. He has served as interim chair since October 2019.
“Peter Pang is an exemplar of a physician-leader,” said IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA. “He has demonstrated a commitment to medical education, research and patient care to advance emergency care in Indiana and beyond. His leadership has been instrumental to the COVID-19 pandemic response, and I am confident that he is the best choice to lead the department through such a time as this.”
Pang graduated from Brown University and attended medical school at the University of Texas-San Antonio. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital before earning his Master of Science in clinical investigation from Northwestern University. His first faculty appointment was at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where he held various positions during his 10-year tenure, including associate chief and the associate director of experimental therapeutics within the Center for Cardiovascular Innovation. His academic interest is acute heart failure.
He joined the IU School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine in 2014, and in 2018 was appointed to the newly created role of vice chair for strategic innovation to facilitate cross-collaboration across the department’s education and research missions. He was named vice chair for operations and clinical strategy in 2019 before taking the helm as interim chair in October. In addition to chair, Pang will hold the title of Rolly McGrath Professor.
For more on Pang’s appointment, visit the Newsroom.
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
In observance of National Suicide Prevention month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies and community members are banding together to promote suicide prevention awareness. Join the IU School of Medicine Department of Mental Health Services to promote suicide prevention this month:
- Wear a suicide prevention ribbon this month. (Email Michael Trexler, MD, to get one.)
- In social media posts, use the hashtags #iusmwellness and #BeThe1To, which stands for “Be the One to Help Save a Life.” With this message, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline shares actions individuals can take to prevent suicide. The Lifeline network and its partners work to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, to actions that can promote healing, help and give hope. Learn more.
- Use the suicide prevention ribbon as your Zoom profile image. Visit Mental Health Services to download the ribbon image.
24/7 hotline available to faculty and staff
Are you struggling with increased family and relationship stress, irritability, substance abuse, grief or burnout? IU School of Medicine and IU Health team members and their families can receive rapid access to a full range of confidential services by calling 317-963-2200 to be connected to the services that are right for you. This includes services through the Department of Psychiatry’s Stress, Trauma and Grief Emotional Supports (STAGES) program and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Know how to help trainees
Are you working with a trainee who may need well-being support? The Department of Mental Health Services (DMHS) offers individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, group counseling and psychiatric services. All services are currently available via telehealth. IU School of Medicine trainees statewide can contact DMHS at 317-278-2383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the DMHS Crisis Line, 317-278-4357 (HELP), is available 24/7. Calls are answered by a licensed mental health clinician who can provide assistance and contact the on-call IU School of Medicine DMHS clinician for urgent situations. Anyone can call the crisis line on behalf of a trainee, and calls can be made anonymously.
Additional personal well-being resources are available for IU faculty and staff on the Healthy IU website, which includes campus-specific programs and resources.
Reminder: Last event in diversity town hall series is next Thursday
The last of three diversity town hall events will be held from 4-5 pm, Thursday, September 17, on Zoom. Aiming to address diversity, equity and inclusion at IU School of Medicine, the town halls are an opportunity for the school community to share concerns, feedback and ideas for improvement. The town hall series began last month and is hosted by Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA. The September 17 session will use the same format and cover the same content as the previous town halls.
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.
Save the date: Fall All School Meeting is October 29
Faculty, staff and learners are invited to attend the Fall All School Meeting from 4:30-6:30 pm, Thursday, October 29. The event will be held on Zoom. IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, and the executive associate deans will provide critical updates on respective mission areas. In addition to opportunities to ask questions, recipients of various honors and awards will be announced. Watch future issues of INScope for more details.
Current event Q&A: Rising colon cancer rates in young adults
Douglas Rex, MD, an internationally recognized gastroenterologist, focuses his research on colorectal cancer screening and colonoscopy. He recently answered some questions about the rising number of colorectal cancer rates among younger adults in light of the death of “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman. Boseman died on August 28 at the age of 43.
“The reasons for the increase in persons under age 50 for the past decade are not clear, but may be related to factors such as increasing obesity, changes in gut bacteria, or the introduction of processed foods in the 1970s,” Rex said. “In general, risk factors for colorectal cancer include age, positive family history, cigarette smoking, diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome.”
For more on colon cancer causes, screening and prevention, read the full Q&A.
August research awards and grants total more than $15 million
August research awards Investigator Sponsor Type Project Title Begin Date End Date Awarded Dollars Bradley L Allen American Medical Association New Communication in Telehealth Environments (CITE): Developing a Competency Framework and Assessment Tool 9/1/2020 8/31/2021 $30,000 Bradley L Allen Health Resources And Services Administration New Value Based Medical Student Education Training Program 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $1,750,000 Robert L Bacallao Indiana University Health New Testing Hydrodynamic Isotonic Saline Delivery Effects on Kidney Cellular Integrity 10/1/2019 9/30/2021 $147,026 Taeok Bae National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New The mechanism of the beta-lactam resistance in Staphylococcus aureus 8/1/2020 7/31/2021 $396,250 Michael A. Bushey Kaiser Foundation Research Institute New PATIENT-CENTERED TEAM-BASED PRIMARY CARE TO TREAT OPIOID USE DISORDER, DEPRESSION, AND OTHER CONDITIONS 6/1/2020 5/31/2021 $914,546 D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation New Pediatric Health Services Research & PACER Support 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $1,100,000 D Wade Clapp Riley Children's Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Wells General Fund 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $5,828,000 Timothy W Corson National Eye Institute New Targeting the Ref-1 signaling node for treating ocular neovascularization 8/1/2020 6/30/2021 $374,878 Daniel Corson-Knowles American Medical Association New Student Success Committee: A coaching program for the learner in need 9/1/2020 8/31/2021 $10,000 Kenneth W. Dunn Vanderbilt University Medical Center New Prostaglandin E2 Actions and enhanced susceptibility to skin infection in diabetic mice 4/1/2020 1/31/2021 $79,174 Carmella Evans-Molina Baylor College Of Medicine Renewal (not prev committed) Center for Identification and Study of Individuals with Atypical Diabetes Mellitus (Planning Grant) 6/1/2020 5/31/2021 $97,756 Carmella Evans-Molina University Of South Florida Renewal (not prev committed) Data Coordinating Center for Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $14,076 Benjamin Gaston Harrington Discovery Institute New Rapid completion of Sudaxine development for ventilator weaning during the COVID-19 pandemic 6/15/2020 6/15/2021 $150,000 David M Haas National Institute Of Child Health, Human Devl. New Machine learning approaches towards risk assessment and prediction of adverse pregnancy outcomes 8/1/2020 7/31/2021 $481,588 Jeffrey Allen Kline Human Animal Bond Research Institute New Canine-Assisted Anxiety Reduction In pediatric Emergency Care (CANINE III) 2/4/2021 3/1/2022 $45,000 Troy A Markel Koret Foundation New General operating support for the research of Troy A Markel 6/30/2020 6/30/2021 $50,000 Rebecca McNally Keehn National Institute Of Mental Health New An innovative model of early ASD diagnosis in the primary care setting: Integrating clinical evaluation and biomarkers to improve diagnostic accuracy. 8/5/2020 8/4/2022 $435,069 Kathy D. Miller Breast Cancer Research Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Finding the spark that starts the fire - exploring the role of progesterone in the initiation of triple negative breast cancer 10/1/2020 9/30/2021 $175,000 Jean P Molleston University Of Colorado Denver Renewal (not prev committed) Longitudinal Study of Cystic Fibrosis Liver Disease 1/1/2020 12/31/2020 $81,235 Paul Musey University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill New Longitudinal Assessment of Post-traumatic Syndromes 8/6/2020 6/30/2021 $760 Harikrishna Nakshatri Medical University Of South Carolina New Collagen Sequence Variants in Racial Disparities of Breast Cancer 7/3/2020 6/30/2021 $17,714 Kathy L Newell Indiana University Health New Evaluation of Olfactory Neurons for Biomarkers of Alzheimer Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Diseases 7/1/2020 6/30/2022 $300,000 Chris Lee Newman Radiological Society Of North America New Assessing Cortical Bone Porosity with Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Animals with Chronic Kidney Disease 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $29,931 Kenneth R Olson National Science Foundation New Reactive Sulfur Species: Challenging the Reactive Oxygen SpeciesParadigm 9/1/2020 8/31/2023 $521,247 Hongxia Ren Central Society For Clinical And Transnational Research New Impact of human GPR17 variants on incretin secretion in enteroendocrine cells 7/10/2020 7/9/2021 $10,000 Jamie L Renbarger Riley Children's Foundation New Jeff Gordon Children¿s Foundation Pediatric Oncology Physician Scientist Training program (Jeff Gordon Children¿s Foundation POPSTP) 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $280,323 Uma Sankar U.s. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity New Novel Therapeutic Strategies in Combating Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis 6/1/2020 5/31/2023 $1,883,054 Andrew J Saykin University Of Washington Renewal (not prev committed) National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center 7/1/2018 6/30/2021 $26,780 Mithun Sinha Rhode Island Hospital New Development of a diagnostic test for malignant (BIA-ALCL) seromas 8/1/2020 7/31/2021 $39,047 Dimitrios Stefanidis Society Of Amer Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surg Renewal (not prev committed) Guidelines Fellowship 7/1/2020 6/30/2021 $32,500 Anna Maria V Storniolo Breast Cancer Research Foundation Renewal (not prev committed) Epigenetically regulated genes promote breast cancer susceptibility 10/1/2020 9/30/2021 $175,000 Kai Yang National Institute Allergy & Infectious Diseases New Transcriptional and metabolic regulation of Treg cell specification for the control of allergic airway disease 7/20/2020 6/30/2021 $317,000
Faculty and Staff News
Important notice to faculty about COVID-19 mitigation testing
Indiana University and Indiana University Health have provided updated information about mitigation testing for IU School of Medicine faculty. Review the full guidance below:
There have been many questions about how Indiana University’s mitigation testing affects you as a member of both IU Health and Indiana University. Unfortunately, this is one of those times when your dual role causes confusion about which procedures apply to you.
Indiana University has agreed to exempt from its testing program all clinical educators (physicians, nurses, occupational therapy, physical therapy and allied health practitioners) as long as you do not teach in a classroom setting on a regular basis.
If your teaching is conducted solely in a clinical setting, you will be able to obtain an exemption from mitigation testing as long as you complete the brief waiver request form. There will be a separate “check the box” waiver available to you that says you are a health care educator and do not teach in a classroom. This will be done on an honor basis—you will not have to prove that you do not teach in a classroom setting. You can use your own judgment as to whether you teach in a classroom setting on a “regular basis.” Indiana University considers teaching at least once per week in a classroom setting to be “regular.” If you receive an email advising you that you have been selected for random mitigation testing, please take the time to complete the waiver form. You will be automatically waived, and you will not need to show up for testing.
If you are a health care educator with regular classroom teaching, you will be expected to arrange for that testing. This is necessary to protect our students and to treat all classroom educators fairly and consistently.
Get ready for new Zoom security measures
Zoom will soon require all meetings to feature a waiting room or a passcode to ensure greater meeting security. For Zoom at IU, waiting rooms will be enabled as a default. If you have already added a passcode or waiting room, there will be no change to how you schedule meetings.
While this change isn’t mandatory until Sunday, September 27, faculty using Zoom for class meetings are encouraged to enable their preferred security feature now to avoid future confusion or disruption for students. Learn more.
Reminder: Faculty award nominations due October 1
Nominations are now being accepted for faculty awards honoring outstanding teaching, research and service. 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.
IUPUI Staff Council award submissions due September 18
The IUPUI Staff Council is accepting applications for 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. Nominations are due Friday, September 18.
Awards will be presented at the IUPUI Chancellor’s Staff Recognition Ceremony this fall.
Park in the Vermont Street garage? Special note about walkway access to IUSCC
Faculty, staff and students who park in the IUPUI Vermont Street Garage are asked to refrain from using the second-floor walkway entrance to the IU Simon Cancer Center as a shortcut to campus buildings other than IU Health University Hospital.
The walkway entrance is frequently used by immunocompromised patients receiving treatment at the cancer center. During the pandemic, limiting unnecessary foot traffic in this area is important to protect the health and safety of patients and staff. For updates on COVID-19 hospital visitor restrictions, visit iuhealth.org.
Part of Methodist Hospital lobby to close beginning Monday
Beginning Monday, September 14, a portion of the main lobby at IU Health Methodist Hospital will close for approximately two months for plumbing maintenance. The closure will affect the north side of the lobby between the main entrance and patient registration. Patient registration is moving to the south side of the lobby, and cashiers have been relocated to D1414 in the MPC 1 Building.
During the closure, a new layout in the main lobby will be implemented to safely control the flow of traffic. Staff members are asked to pay close attention to signage, maintain social distancing and ensure ID badges are visible upon entering the facility. Available lobby seating will be reserved for patients and visitors only.
“Picture a Scientist” virtual screening available at three IU campuses
"Picture a Scientist" is a 2020 Tribeca Film Festival entry that chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists fighting gender bias in STEM fields. These issues are particularly stark in the time of COVID with the pandemic impacting health care workers—the majority of whom are women as well as women scientists and researchers. View the film trailer.
A virtual screening of the film is available on the IUPUI, IUPUC and IUFW campuses. After signing up, participants will be e-mailed the link to screen the film on their own. "Picture a Scientist" will be available to screen from Monday, September 28, to Sunday, October 4.
After watching the film, participants are invited to a virtual post-movie discussion of IUPUI women scientists at noon on Tuesday, October 6.
The screening and discussion are sponsored by IU School of Medicine, IUPUI Office for Women, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Regenstrief Institute.
ICARE racial equity program begins October 30; learn more
The IU School of Medicine Implementing Conversations to Advance Racial Equity (ICARE) series aims to prepare members of the school community to lead action and conversations related to addressing systemic racism and race inequities. While this series is open to all members of the IU School of Medicine community, the target audience is non-minority people, seeking to reach those whose identity is connected with the larger white racial group.
The series is designed to advance the cultural competence and cultural humility of faculty, staff and learners at all levels. It also promotes an inclusive working and learning environment and works to ensure that all members of the IU School of Medicine community feel welcomed, valued, respected and encouraged to fully participate in the institution.
Participants in the cohort-style program commit to either a four-week model or a two-week model. The four-week model begins Friday, October 30, and the two-week model begins on Friday, December 4. Learn more about ICARE.
Save the date: Medical Miles Fun Run & Walk is November 14
The IU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine will host its second annual Medical Miles Fun Run & Walk from 9-11 am, Saturday, November 14, at the Indianapolis downtown canal. The fun run will begin and end on the north end of the canal at the IU School of Medicine Health Information and Translational Sciences building, located at 410 W. 10th St. Register to lock in your position on the starting line. Sponsorships are also available.
IU School of Medicine is closely monitoring all developments related to COVID-19. While the event is currently scheduled to take place in person, the event status is subject to change to protect the health and safety of participants, volunteers and team members. More details are available.