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  • All School Meeting is today at 4:30 pm

    The IU School of Medicine All School Meeting will be held this afternoon—Thursday, October 29—beginning at 4:30 pm. Attend the virtual meeting to hear the latest school updates from Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, and the executive associate deans. Award recipients will be announced, and there will be opportunities to ask questions. Register and receive an email with a unique Zoom access link.

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  • Emerging Leaders Program nominations due November 6

    Know a staff member 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, is available at MedNetHR Emerging Leaders Program. Nomination deadline is Friday, November 6. Interviews for the new cohort will take place December 1-3.

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  • IU begins using its own labs for COVID-19 mitigation testing

    As part of ongoing efforts to manage and control COVID-19 on its campuses, Indiana University has started operating its own labs for COVID-19 testing. Since the university first started mitigation testing with its students, faculty and staff in August, tests were completed on campus and then sent to a third-party lab for analysis and results.

    Processing the tests at the university means students, faculty and staff will see much faster turnaround times for test results—generally within 24 hours.

    The new labs, in Bloomington and at IU School of Medicine on the IUPUI campus, will be able to run the tests and provide this analysis. IU has been doing about 15,000 tests per week since the fall semester started. With the new labs online, the university will be able to complete 35,000 tests per week with the ultimate goal of doing 15,000 tests per day.

    "We know the mitigation testing we've been doing on all IU campuses is a key piece of keeping cases low in our campus communities and maintaining the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff," said Aaron Carroll, MD, director of mitigation testing, and professor of pediatrics and health outcomes research leader at IU School of Medicine. "With these new labs, I'm excited to be able to further enhance our mitigation testing with more frequency and including a larger number of people in each week's sample group."

    IU School of Medicine faculty members Aaron Ermel, MD, and Gail Vance, MD, are overseeing the labs, along with IU Bloomington faculty member Craig Pikaard. 

    For more, visit News at IU

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  • On the blog: Bonewald blazes trail for researchers in musculoskeletal field

    As a woman in the male-dominated field of science in the 1970s, Lynda Bonewald, PhD, was already a maverick. Bucking all her colleagues’ advice, her curiosity led her to study osteocytes—a type of cell within bones for which no one knew the function.

    “She has dominated the field of osteocyte biology for 30-plus years. You cannot find an article on this cell type that does not cite one of her published works,” said Alexander Robling, PhD, professor of anatomy, cell biology and physiology and professor of biomedical engineering at IU School of Medicine.

    For more on Bonewald and her research, read the Women in Medicine blog post.

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  • Still need your flu vaccination? Here’s how to get one

    With the threat of COVID-19, flu vaccinations are even more important this year. Still need yours? Here are details about how to schedule a flu shot and the forms required to report your vaccination or file an exemption.

    Schedule on campus: Make an appointment to get your flu shot at a campus clinic

    All campus reporting form: Flu shots are available at most retail pharmacies and local health care providers’ offices. If you receive your flu vaccination outside of IU, use this Flu Vaccine Reporting Form.

    All campus exemption form: If you request an exemption from receiving the flu shot this year, fill out the exemption 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

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Research News

  • Genomic medicine key to treating aggressive breast cancers disproportionately affecting African American women

    Compared to white women, the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is slightly lower for African Americans; however, the risk of dying from the disease is higher for African American women. For years, the medical community thought these disparities could be solely attributed to socioeconomic factors, but current research tells a much more complex story. Biology and genomics are also at play.

    “We have seen for decades that African American women have lower incidence of breast cancer but a higher mortality rate. For a long time, we thought that difference could all be attributed to access to care. Several studies tried to control for socioeconomic factors, and when you do that, the differences in mortality get smaller, but they don’t completely go away,” said Kathy Miller, MD, Ballvé Lantero Professor of Oncology at IU School of Medicine and associate director of clinical research at IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The socioeconomic factors are certainly important and need to be addressed, but there are biologic factors as well.”

    Miller is among several IU School of Medicine researchers studying why African American women are more likely to develop aggressive types of breast cancer and how treatments can be tailored to fight these cancers more effectively.

    Visit the Breast Cancer Research blog to learn more.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Remembering Chaniece Wallace, MD

    Chaniece Wallace, MD, chief resident in the IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, passed away on Monday, October 26, following postoperative complications.

    In an email sent to the school community, D. Wade Clapp, MD, chair, Department of Pediatrics, shared the following:

    “Chaniece was anticipating the birth of her daughter and unexpectedly delivered at 35 weeks. While her baby is recovering well, sadly Chaniece suffered from a significant complication. This morning [Monday, October 26], her family, friends and colleagues paid their respects with an honor walk, as Chaniece was taken for organ harvest.”

    A native of Alabama, Dr. Wallace completed her pediatric residency at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in June and continued there as chief resident.

    IU School of Medicine offers support for the school community. Available resources include Mental Health Services for MD Students, Residents and Fellows; the SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program for IU Employees; and IU Health Chaplaincy Services. (For IU Health Chaplaincy Services, contact Deborah Butt at 317-403-7962 or Joe Colquitt at 317-270-8609.)

    Editor’s note: Arrangements for Dr. Wallace were not available when INScope was distributed.  

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  • Open enrollment ends next week

    IU faculty and staff are reminded that open enrollment for 2021 benefits concludes Friday, November 6. Open enrollment is an annual opportunity to fine tune your benefits package to meet the needs of you and your family.

    Use the resources available on the open enrollment website to prepare for enrollment decisions. The site includes details on plan changes and premium amounts, an open enrollment guide and information about virtual information sessions.

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  • Deadline is November 6 to submit faculty committee preferences

    Each year, the Faculty Steering Committee partners with Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity to solicit faculty interest in serving on school-wide committees in appointed and elected roles. Eligible IU School of Medicine faculty members received an email on Friday, October 2, with details to indicate interest and submit preferences (or nominate others) for serving on committees for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    The deadline to submit preferences is Friday, November 6. Questions? Email fapdd@iu.edu.

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  • IU Health physician? Be sure to select “team member option” for COVID-19 screening

    IU Health has a COVID-19 Virtual Screening Clinic for both team members (including physicians and providers) and Indiana residents who think they have been exposed to the virus or are experiencing symptoms. This telehealth clinic is staffed 24/7 by licensed clinicians to provide expert evaluation of the individual risk of COVID-19 and to schedule testing as appropriate.

    Because physicians, providers and other IU Health team members are prioritized by the screening clinic, you must select the “Team member COVID-19 screen” when using the Virtual Visits app. To access the hub:

    1. Download the free IU Health Virtual Visits app (Google Play or iTunes) or enroll on your computer.
    2. Enroll by creating a free login and completing your personal profile.
    3. Be sure to enter “IUHTEAM” in the Service Key field. 
    4. Connect with the virtual hub, select “Team member COVID-19 screen” and find the appropriate pathway for care.
    5. If you already have “IU Health Virtual Visits” please select “More” on the bottom right. Next, select “Service Keys” and add IUHTEAMS as the service key.

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  • Fogarty Fellowship deadline is November 2

    Indiana University’s membership in the Northern/Pacific Global Health (NPGH) Research Training Consortium provides opportunities for IU doctoral and postdoctoral trainees in a variety of health professions to engage in research at international partner sites throughout the world and also involves IU faculty to provide research mentorship to trainees throughout the consortium.

    Chandy John, MD, MS, director of the Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease and Global Health, and Kara Wools-Kaloustian, MD, MPH, director of research for the IU Center for Global Health, are mentoring trainees in the 2020-21 cohort of Fogarty Fellows as they conduct research on malaria and HIV.

    John said that the NPGH Fogarty Fellowship is unique in several ways, including “the way we prepare our trainees; our curriculum for trainees during the fellowship, which includes many opportunities to work with and learn from other fellows; and our ongoing commitment to mentorship and support after the fellowship.”

    “Mentorship is key to the continuity of science—each scientific generation builds on the foundation of the previous generation—and mentorship ensures this continuum,” said Wools-Kaloustian. The deadline to apply for the 2021-22 cohort is Monday, November 2. More information is available.

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Opportunities

  • Riley Children’s Foundation to host virtual rally in lieu of annual luncheon

    Could your heart use a burst of hope in 2020? In place of its traditional November luncheon, Riley Children's Foundation invites you to the virtual Riley Rally presented by Faegre Drinker at 7 pm, Thursday, November 18. Registration is free.

    Help pack the Riley Rally by inviting friends and family so they can see first-hand the impact Riley is having on kids' lives, meet the new Junior Champions and cheer for Riley kids.

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  • Deadline is November 12 to apply for predoctoral training awards

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is seeking applicants for special predoctoral training awards in translational research. In biomedical terminology, translational research refers to what is popularly termed "bench to bedside," the process by which research in the lab "translates" into patient treatment. Translation may involve applying discoveries made during research (in the lab, through animal studies, etc.) to the development of clinical trials and studies in humans or carrying out research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices, or both.

    More information is available. Deadline to apply is Thursday, November 12.

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  • Rock for Riley free drive-in movie night is November 6

    Rock for Riley is hosting a free opportunity for students, faculty and the community to enjoy a drive-in movie night for a good cause. The event will be held at 7 pm, Friday, November 6, at Tibbs Drive-In, 480 S. Tibbs Ave., in Indianapolis. The featured movies are “Grease” and “Dirty Dancing.” Free tickets must be reserved in advance. Donations are appreciated in lieu of ticket cost. All donations will go to support Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and the families it serves.

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  • Apply for translational research young investigator awards

    The goal of the Indiana CTSI KL2 Young Investigator Awards in Clinical-Translational Research is to move findings from basic laboratory and pre-clinical research through the various steps: toward the development of new treatment options, interventions or clinical trials; to eventual dissemination or clinical implementation; and then on to studying population health outcomes and health metrics. The phases of translational research may not necessarily be linear and can jump steps depending on the research project and the starting point. More information about these awards, including eligibility requirements, is available.

    Interested candidates must email their CV to Patricia McGuire by Wednesday, December 16, for eligibility determination prior to submission of a full application online.

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Partner News

  • Three Indiana health systems address racism in health care

    On Thursday, October 22, Indiana University Health, Eskenazi Health and Community Health Network released a joint statement pledging to do more to end health disparities and inequity in minority communities. The organizations also called systemic racism a public health crisis.

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  • Rogers named CFO and chief strategy officer for Eskenazi Health

    Sherron Rogers has been named chief financial officer and chief strategy officer for Eskenazi Health. Rogers joined the organization as vice president of business development, strategy and operational excellence in 2016. In her expanded leadership role, she will continue Eskenazi Health’s commitment to fiscal responsibility while fostering strategic growth and improvement initiatives and further enhancing partnerships between finance and clinical and operational leaders.

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