Faculty and Staff News
Fall All School Meeting is October 29; register today
There’s no time like the present to register for the upcoming All School Meeting. Open to faculty, staff and learners, the event will be held on Zoom from 4:30-6:30 pm, Thursday, October 29. Be sure to attend to hear the latest school updates from Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, and the executive associate deans. There will be opportunities to ask questions, and award recipients will also be announced. After you register, you will receive an email with a unique Zoom access link.
Nominate a staff member for Emerging Leaders Program
For staff members with leadership potential, the IU School of Medicine Emerging Leaders program provides professional growth and the skills to lead and be successful. Program nominees should be individuals who have the ability to lead others and exhibit what it takes to advance into higher leadership roles.
Faculty members, department chairs and supervisors are encouraged to nominate individuals they feel meet the selection criteria. More information, including the criteria and nomination form, are available at MedNetHR Emerging Leaders Program. Nomination deadline is Friday, November 6. Interviews for the new cohort will take place December 1-3.
Still need your flu shot? See campus updates
As part of Indiana University's pandemic response, all staff, faculty and students whose work or class schedule requires them to be regularly present on campus will be required to get an annual flu vaccination this fall. Flu vaccination clinics are currently scheduled on the IUPUI, IU Bloomington, IU Northwest and IU South Bend campuses; other campuses will be available soon. If you’d like to receive a flu vaccine at a campus clinic, make an appointment here.
If you choose to receive a flu vaccination somewhere other than an IU flu clinic or campus health center, you will need to fill out the Flu Vaccine Reporting Form to let IU know you have received a vaccination. Flu shots are available at most retail pharmacies and at local health care providers’ offices. In addition, many of IU School of Medicine’s clinical partners, including IU Health, are offering flu shots.
Faculty, staff and students who are unable to get the vaccine due to a medical condition, or who have a religious or other ethical reason, may request an exemption. Employees and students who will not be present on campus between Tuesday, December 1, 2020, and Monday, March 1, 2021, can also request an exemption. If you're requesting an exemption, use the exemption request form.
Faculty, staff and students who do not request an exemption must obtain a flu vaccination by Tuesday, December 1. Medical students are encouraged to get flu shots before Friday, October 30, as this is the deadline set by some of the clinical facilities where students work.
Important reminder: The on-campus clinics are for current faculty and staff and enrolled students only; they are not open to dependents or spouses of employees, or to retired faculty or staff.
IU researchers in nationwide network to study rare forms of diabetes
IU School of Medicine researchers are participating in the Rare and Atypical Diabetes Network (RADIANT), a nationwide study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study seeks to discover new forms of diabetes, identify their causes, and understand how they differ from more common types of diabetes.
“A person with atypical diabetes could easily be misdiagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes,” said Carmella Evans-Molina, MD, PhD, lead investigator of the study. “But because their disease is fundamentally different, they may respond differently to standard treatments. Our goal is to understand those differences so that we can better help these patients and the care teams that treat them.”
Investigators in the RADIANT study will screen about 2,000 people with unknown or atypical forms of diabetes—forms that do not fit the common features of Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Their goal is to build a comprehensive resource of genetic, clinical and descriptive data on previously unidentified forms of diabetes. Learn more about the study and the IU research team in the Newsroom.
Faculty and Staff News
Get an email about mitigation testing? You must apply for exemption
While clinical educators who do not teach regularly in a classroom setting are exempt from Indiana University’s COVID-19 mitigation testing program, faculty must apply for the exemption. If you receive an email requesting your participation in mitigation testing and you meet the criteria for exemption (teach in a clinical setting and not a classroom setting), refer to the email for instructions on applying for the exemption.
IU School of Medicine seeks mental health clinician to serve learners, trainees
The IU School of Medicine Department of Mental Health Services is accepting applications for a mental health clinician to join the school and provide clinical care to medical learners and trainees. Based in Indianapolis, this role supports programming and outreach, as well as advances the delivery of mental health services across IU School of Medicine by provision of triage services, communication with faculty and other referral sources, and psychoeducational programming. A vacancy in this department requires that this position be backfilled. View the complete job description, which includes application information.
Ask Me Anything office hours ongoing; check upcoming dates
Ask Me Anything office hours are an open, dedicated time to ask questions and provide feedback to school leaders in Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, and Student Affairs. These special office hours are monthly on the first Tuesday from 1-2 pm and the second Thursday from 10-11 am. Upcoming dates include:
Tuesday, November 3: 1-2 pm
Thursday, November 12: 10-11 am
Tuesday, December 1: 1-2 pm
Thursday, December 10: 10-11 am
Any member of the IU School of Medicine community may participate. Check the information page for a tentative list of the deans who will be attending each session.
Promotion and tenure events begin soon
IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity (FAPDD) has scheduled several events focusing on the school’s promotion and tenure process. All events will be held via Zoom.
- General overview: Tuesday, October 27
- Documenting your work: Monday, November 9
- Personal statement: Wednesday, November 11
- Preparing your CV: Wednesday, November 18
In addition, FAPDD offers promotion and tenure office hours (currently available only on Zoom) from 9-11 am on the third Tuesday and the fourth Wednesday of each month.
Coming in November: Biostatistics short course for researchers
The IU School of Medicine Department of Biostatistics and Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health are hosting a three-session short course in biostatistics designed for health care researchers in the health sciences. The first two sessions cover basic principles, design of medical research studies, standard statistical tests and data analyses, and data management. The third session focuses on more advanced topics, including multiple linear and logistic regression, survival analysis, longitudinal data and genetic analysis. The sessions will be held via Zoom from 1-5 pm, November 10, 11 and 12. More information and registration are available. Questions? Email Dan Vogel or call (317) 278-5428.
Tomorrow on Zoom: Eli Lilly’s Ricks to discuss diversity and inclusion
On Friday, October 9, David A. Ricks, chairman and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company, will lead a candid discussion about what it takes to be an inclusive leader and how embracing differences is driving business success. The virtual event, hosted by the IU Kelley School of Business Physician MBA Program, will be held at 6 pm ET. The Zoom presentation is free, but registration is required. Read the Kelley blog for more.
Join IU School of Medicine Fitness Days on October 16 and 17
Members of the IU School of Medicine community are invited to 60 minutes of fitness and fun. In collaboration with Naptown Fitness, the school is hosting two fitness days—Friday, October 16, at 2 pm, and Saturday, October 17, at 11:30 am. The events will be held at Naptown Fitness, 916 N. Capitol Ave., in Indianapolis. All levels of fitness are welcome; space is limited.
(Please register for only one day.)
“Dark Archives” book event is October 26
Librarian and author Megan Rosenbloom will discuss her new book, “Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin," during a virtual book event hosted by the Ruth Lilly Medical Library. Open to the public at no charge, the event will be held via Zoom at 6 pm, Monday, October 26. Find out more and register.
MedSTAR accepting applications for medical student research fellowships
MedSTAR (Medical Student Training Applied to Research) provides clinical and translational research opportunities for medical students to strengthen and increase the number of physician-scientists in the workforce. The fellowship allows IU School of Medicine medical students to be immersed in research support for one year of full-time mentored training. The program, sponsored by IU School of Medicine and the Indiana CTSI, is open to four students each year. Application deadline is Thursday, December 31. Full details are available.
Apply by November 2 for NPGH Global Health Fellowship Program
The Northern/Pacific Global Health (NPGH) consortium (of which Indiana University is a member) is accepting applications for the Global Health Fellowship Program, a 12-month clinical research training program for postdoctoral trainees and doctoral students in the health professions. The program is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center in partnership with several NIH institutes and offices. Learn more. Application deadline is Monday, November 2.
David Ingram, MD, MS, named chief medical executive for IU Health
After an extensive national search, David A. Ingram, MD, MS, president of IU Health Physicians and executive associate dean for clinical affairs, IU School of Medicine, has been named chief medical executive for IU Health. Ingram succeeds Jonathan Gottlieb, MD, who retired in July.
“David’s values-driven leadership, knowledge both of the system and IU School of Medicine, and his success leading our largest physician group will make our executive team and our relationship to the school even stronger,” said Dennis Murphy, president and CEO, IU Health. “His personal and professional record for advancing clinical excellence, system-based practice, leadership development and health care equity give me great confidence that he is the right leader to serve as the CME.”
Ingram will begin his new role on January 1. A national search to select a new president for IU Health Physicians will be conducted.
PhD students earn prestigious awards
Several IU School of Medicine doctoral students have recently received awards for outstanding research and scholarly work. Congratulations to the following students:
Erica Daniel Kepner Award for Scientific Achievement
Yongyao Fu (Microbiology & Immunology)
Agnes Zybura (Medical Neuroscience): Honorable mention
2020-2021 Cagiantas Scholar
Andy Tsai (Medical Neuroscience)
Spring 2020 graduate student travel grant winners:
Emily Atkinson (Anatomy & Cell Biology)
- Conditional Loss of Nmp4 In Mesenchymal Stem/Progenitor Cells Enhances PTH-Induced Bone Formation
Roy Choi (Anatomy & Cell Biology)
- Very Low Doses of Sclerostin and Dkk1 Neutralizing Antibody are Strongly Anabolic if Administered at the Optimal Ratio
David Sohutskay (Biomedical Engineering)
- Design and Simulation of Engineered Collagen Scaffolds for Treatment of Difficult-to-Heal Wounds
Makayla Anderson (Medical & Molecular Genetics)
- Investigation of the Tissue-specific Pathogenic Mechanisms of Sucla2 Deficiency
Alyson Essex (Anatomy & Cell Biology)
- Beyond the Brain: Neurodegeneration Risk-factor TREM2 R47H Mutation Causes Distinct Bone Phenotype in the Absence of Neuropathology
Emily Seiden (Anatomy & Cell Biology)
- Professional Development Award to attend the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research