Faculty and Staff News
Still time to join: Final diversity town hall is today at 4 pm
The final event in a series of diversity town halls will be held today from 4-5 pm on Zoom. Addressing 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. Hosted by Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, today’s session will use the same format and cover the same content as the two events held last month. There will be opportunities to participate during the virtual town hall.
Register for today’s event. After registration, you will receive an email with the Zoom link.
Recognizing National Physician Suicide Awareness Day
Today is National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. Three years ago, medical organizations, led by the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD), joined together to designate September 17 as a day to raise awareness of this important issue. The theme of this year’s national awareness day is “Shine a Light. Speak its Name.” (For more on the annual observance, visit the CORD website.)
In an email message sent this morning to the IU School of Medicine community, Samia Hasan, MD, director of mental health services, and Jennifer Hartwell, MD, associate dean and chief wellness officer, wrote:
“This year, we mark this day in the midst of a period of great unrest as our nation continues to grapple with the pandemic and racial injustice, along with economic, social and environmental turmoil. As we face these challenges, levels of mental distress have risen. There is a significant concern that this distress may translate into greater numbers of mental health disorders and suicides.
…Physicians and physicians-in-training battle the issues of mental illness and suicide personally (in families, friends, ourselves) and professionally (in colleagues, patients). We often try to be stoic and manage on our own, and the issue remains a painful secret. We do not easily seek help from others.
Today is an opportunity to reflect on how we might bring about change for ourselves and our community. It provides a reminder to consider how we’re doing personally and to consider how others around us are doing. While working remotely, maintaining social distance, and meeting via Zoom all make it more difficult, it’s imperative that we continue to connect with and reach out to others.”
For support, consult the following mental health and wellness resources:
24/7 hotline available to faculty and staff
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.
IU School of Medicine, partners receive $1.3 million to deploy collaborative statewide dementia care model
Supported by a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living in the Department of Health and Human Services, IU School of Medicine and its partners have launched a 36-month venture to enhance, strengthen and expand supports for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers in 34 Indiana counties.
Managed by the IU Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science, the goal of the Alzheimer’s Disease Programs Initiative (ADPI) is to build upon existing home and community-based social supports to maximize the ability of people with ADRD to remain independent in their communities, said project director Steven R. Counsell, MD, professor of medicine at IU School of Medicine and medical director for the Division of Aging in the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.
“At IU School of Medicine, we have proven that collaborative dementia care reduces caregiver stress and improves the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers. The opportunity to work with community and state partners to expand these innovative services to reach more vulnerable Hoosiers and their families is a dream come true,” said Counsell.
Visit the Newsroom for more on the ADPI and the care model.
School committee clarifies policy for students to support voting in 2020 election
The IU School of Medicine Curriculum Council Steering committee recently approved clarifications to the Schedule Conflicts and Time Away form to specify procedures for voting for students. The purpose of this clarification is to support students’ right to vote. Previous studies have shown that doctors vote less often than the general population.
“Medical training is incredibly rigorous. Our hope is that these policy clarifications will ensure that an IU School of Medicine education provides opportunities for students to exercise their rights,” said Paul Ko, MD, MEd, associate dean for curricular development and oversight.
In addition to these efforts, Niki Messmore, program director of community and civic engagement, recently launched the IU School of Medicine Voter Outreach Coalition to support nonpartisan voter registration and education efforts. She also created a General Election Voter Guide to provide guidance for students on the democratic process.
“Although we’ve seen increases in graduate and professional students voting at our university, most of this happens on Election Day,” Messmore said. “This will be challenging in a pandemic and due to schedules during medical training. Our efforts will especially focus on encouraging early voting if possible.”
For more on the policy clarification, read the MD Student News blog post.
News at IU: Meet the top doctors leading IU’s COVID-19 health and safety efforts
As home to the largest medical school in the country, as well as leading voices in medical research and clinical care, Indiana University didn't have to look far for expert guidance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the request of IU President Michael A. McRobbie, the university formed its Medical Response Team for COVID-19 over the summer to plan and implement ongoing health and safety strategies to protect students, faculty and staff, and to help campus leadership make decisions informed by expert analysis and knowledge of clinical care and public health.
With the fall semester now in full swing, the team meets daily and regularly reviews data and reports on a multitude of factors—including testing results, contact tracing efficiency and response, outbreak mitigation efforts and logistical concerns—that help IU take swift action to limit the spread of COVID-19 among students, faculty and staff.
IU School of Medicine faculty members Cole Beeler, MD, Aaron Carroll, MD, and Adrian Gardner, MD, are leading the university’s COVID-19 health and safety efforts. Learn more about their specific roles in this News at IU article.
Researchers discover gene that could decrease a person’s likelihood of developing alcoholic cirrhosis
Researchers at IU School of Medicine are learning more about how a person’s genes play a role in the possibility they’ll suffer from alcoholic cirrhosis with the discovery of a gene that could make the disease less likely.
Based on U.S. data, alcohol-associated liver disease is on the rise in terms of the prevalence and incidence and it is happening more often in younger patients,” said Suthat Liangpunsakul, MD, professor of medicine, dean’s scholar in medical research for the Department of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and one of the principal investigators of the study. “There’s a real public health problem involving the consumption of alcohol and people starting to drink at a younger age.”
The team describes their findings in a new paper published in Hepatology.
“Our key finding is a gene called Fas Associated Factor Family Member 2, or FAF2,” said Tae-Hwi Schwantes-An, PhD, assistant research professor of medical and molecular genetics and the lead author of the study. “There’s this convergence of findings now that are pointing to the genes involved in lipid droplet organization pathway, and that seems to be one of the biological reasonings of why certain people get liver disease and why certain people do not.”
The researchers are anticipating studying this gene more closely and looking at its relationship to other, previously discovered genes that can make a person more likely to develop alcoholic cirrhosis.
For more on the study, visit the Newsroom.
Hundreds attend virtual Indiana CTSI Annual Meeting last week
With more than 500 registrants at the start of the event, hundreds of people attended the virtual 2020 Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Annual Meeting on Friday, September 11. The event had two plenary speakers and was completely online, utilizing both Zoom and Microsoft Teams to connect participants with the presenters.
Visit Indiana CTSI for details, including presentation summaries and poster session award winners.
Indiana CTSI Access Technology Program featured in prominent journal
A paper written by several members of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) has been published in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science.
The article, “The Access Technology Program (ATP) of the Indiana Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI): A model to facilitate access to cutting-edge technologies across a state,” highlights how the Indiana CTSI has provided Indiana researchers with access to new and innovative technologies. The peer-reviewed journal article also details how the ATP has succeeded in making technology available across a three-university Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute that spans four campuses.
One of the highlights of the paper is the ATP’s Core Pilot funding. The Core Pilot program is an investigator-initiated grant program that provides up to $10,000 for core technology services at any Indiana CTSI-designated core. The program was designed to help researchers fund studies to generate preliminary data for external grant applications. The paper also describes how Core Pilot funding has resulted in hundreds of peer-reviewed publications and funded grant awards, spanning all translational research stages.
Read more in this Indiana CTSI post.
Faculty and Staff News
Kreisle to retire as associate dean and director of West Lafayette campus
Regina Kreisle, MD, PhD, will retire from her role as associate dean and director of IU School of Medicine–West Lafayette at the conclusion of the academic year.
“I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to acknowledge Dr. Kreisle’s contributions to the educational mission of the school,” wrote Paul M. Wallach, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs and institutional improvement, in an email announcing Kreisle’s retirement. “She joined our faculty in 1991, and since her appointment in 2015, she has been an integral part of the planning and implementation of the new curriculum.”
A search for a new campus dean will launch in October. With questions or to submit a nomination for the position, contact Senem Guler.
Fall All School Meeting is October 29
The IU School of Medicine Fall All School Meeting will be held from 4:30-6:30 pm, Thursday, October 29. The event will be held on Zoom, and all faculty, staff and learners are invited to attend. 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.
Practice your PoCUS skills in medical library practice room
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 through rooms.iu.edu.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Watch this “how-to” video to create your rooms.iu.edu account.
- New accounts may take 24 hours to activate.
- Once your account is activated, reserve the room. This video shows you how.
- You may reserve the PoCUS practice room for a one-hour time slot during regular library hours.
- Show your reservation notification to the circulation desk at the time of your reservation. You will receive one Lumify device and one Butterfly PoCUS device.
- Return the devices to the circulation desk promptly at the end of your reservation time so others using the room will have access.
- Volunteer student “patients” must sign the Ultrasound Education Information Sheet and Consent form available through 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.
Get Ready: New Zoom security measures coming September 27
Beginning Sunday, September 27, Zoom will 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 later this month, 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.
MBA students offering project management assistance to research cores
The Indiana CTSI, jointly with the IU Kelley School of Business, is providing opportunities for business management assistance by teams of Kelley MBA students for any research cores, resources, programs and units that provide a central service to CTSI investigators. Learn more and check out the program details. Application deadline is Monday, November 23.
FYI: IU Libraries expands its titles on race, ethnicity, justice
Indiana University Libraries added to its extensive research collections covering race, justice, history, ethnicity, diversity and oppression by purchasing more than 50 related titles through the Herman B Wells Professorship. Find out more at News at IU.
Funding available for spinal cord and brain injury research
The objective of the Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research program is to foster and encourage research for the prevention, treatment and cure of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, including acute management, medical complications, rehabilitative techniques and neuronal recovery. Collaborations are encouraged between Indiana-based researchers, as well as with researchers located outside Indiana, including researchers in other countries. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 1. Find out more.
Watch party: Regenstrief to debut 50th anniversary documentary on September 22
Regenstrief Institute will debut its golden anniversary documentary in a virtual gathering at 3 pm on Tuesday, September 22. Tune in to hear from special guests as the institute celebrates Sam and Myrtie Regenstrief’s incredible legacy of improving human health. Join the Facebook Live event at regenstrief.in/live or watch at regenstrief.in/documentary. Get more details on the Regenstrief Institute Facebook page.
Check out the latest IU, IUPUI rankings in U.S. News & World Report
Indiana University Bloomington ranks 31st among public universities in new rankings released this week by U.S. News & World Report. IUPUI ranked highly for best undergraduate teaching, tied for 49th among national universities. The rankings reflect upward movement for both IU Bloomington and IUPUI in overall rankings. Visit News at IU for more.