Faculty and Staff News
All School Meeting: Check out the highlights
In a year defined by unprecedented challenges, the faculty, staff and learners at IU School of Medicine near the close of 2020 with much to celebrate. From rising to meet the new challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic to addressing diversity, equity and inclusion head-on, the persistence of the school community to continue the mission of world-class research and education has shined a bright spotlight on the important work happening at the school.
During the Fall 2020 All School Meeting on October 29, faculty, staff and learners joined together over Zoom to hear important updates from Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, and the executive associate deans and to celebrate faculty award winners.
IU School of Medicine Education Day proposals due January 15
IU School of Medicine is now accepting proposals for the second annual Education Day. The theme of the April 22 event is “Adaptability in Medical Education.” Proposals may be submitted electronically by 5 pm, Friday, January 15. Submissions are encouraged, with particular interest in topics related to:
- Graduate biomedical education
- Assessment and evaluation
- COVID-related educational initiatives
- Cultural competence
- Critical thinking and clinical reasoning
- Curriculum development
- Diversity, equity and inclusion
- Effective feedback
- Instructional techniques, including online tools
- Innovation in education
- Point-of-care ultrasound
- Preclinical instruction
- Procedural competence
- Professional identity formation
- Teaching development for residents and faculty
IU School of Medicine Education Day will be held virtually via Zoom from noon-5 pm, Thursday, April 22. Read this blog post for full details and the link to submit proposals. Questions? Email Komal Kochhar, MBBS, MHA.
Tomorrow is last day to nominate staff for Emerging Leaders Program
Designed for staff members, 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.
Trustees’ Teaching Award nominations now open; deadline is January 27
Each year, the Indiana University Board of Trustees recognizes faculty excellence in teaching with this prestigious award. Exceptional teaching is the primary factor for selection, and it’s anticipated that approximately 50 outstanding IU School of Medicine instructors will receive the award this year.
Tenured and tenure-track faculty and librarians engaged in teaching are eligible, as are full-time clinical faculty and full-time lecturers whose primary duties are teaching. Award recipients must have demonstrated a sustained level of teaching excellence in the form of documented student learning and must have completed at least three years of service to be eligible (appointed on or before July 1, 2017).
Take note of INScope’s year-end schedule
As 2020 draws to a close, INScope will change its distribution schedule beginning this month. The e-newsletter will not publish on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26. Weekly publication will resume on Thursday, December 3, with the last issue of the year distributed on Thursday, December 17. Publication will resume in the new year on Thursday, January 7.
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Fever scans may not be helping to stop the spread of COVID-19
Many schools and businesses are requiring people to have their temperature checked before they're allowed inside, a precaution aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19. A recent study conducted by Natalie Lambert, PhD, questions whether that may be giving people a false sense of security.
After surveying about 4,000 people who have experienced COVID-19 symptoms, Lambert found that less than eight percent (7.7 percent) of survey respondents reported having a fever within the first 10 days of getting sick. When factoring in the 40% of people who are asymptomatic, the survey results suggest that only 4.6% of people infected with COVID-19 are likely to have a fever while contagious.
Visit Precision Health to learn more, including what Lambert has to say about the results.
Research consent team finding new ways to connect with patients during pandemic
When the IU Precision Health Consent Program started in 2018, research assistants met with patients in person to ask if they would be willing to donate an extra vial of blood as part of a regularly scheduled blood draw. That blood would be made available to researchers who are working to find treatments and cures for diseases through the Indiana Biobank. In March, the IU Precision Health consent team learned they would need to connect with patients in a different way, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“It all came to a screeching halt overnight and we could no longer have research assistants in the clinics,” said Brooke Patz, program manager of the Indiana Biobank. “We had to regroup and decided to start consenting remotely.”
The Indiana Biobank team collaborated with IU Health to start calling patients who had upcoming visits, with the goal of obtaining their consent to participate in the IU Precision Health Consent Program before their appointment. The Indiana Biobank and IU Health teams worked together to figure out how to overcome logistical challenges and develop a streamlined process.
For more, visit Precision Health.
Faculty and Staff News
Loehrer earns two prestigious awards
Patrick J. Loehrer, MD, director of the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, recently earned the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor that Indiana’s governor can bestow upon a civilian. Loehrer also received the President’s Medal for Excellence, the highest honor an IU president can bestow, in recognition of his exceptional service to Indiana University. Visit the cancer center website for details.
IU open enrollment ends Friday
Friday, November 6, is the final day of open enrollment for 2021 benefits. IU faculty and staff can visit the open enrollment website to prepare for enrollment decisions. The site includes details on plan changes and premium amounts, an open enrollment guide and more.
Faculty: Submit your committee preferences by tomorrow
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 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 email@example.com.
Goodbye Research Connect, hello Scholars@IU: Get the details
IU School of Medicine will discontinue Research Connect at the end of November. The IU Office of the Vice President for Research has a new tool to find collaborators at IU. Built on the Pivot platform, Scholars@IU features faculty profiles from all IU campuses, including all existing profiles on Research Connect.
Take ownership of your Pivot profile and populate your public presence on Scholars. While you are updating your profile in Pivot, refresh your external funding alerts or build new ones.
Learn more about the Pivot Platform:
- Visit pivot.proquest.com (may ask for single-sign on to login; be sure to select “Indiana University School of Medicine” under the “Use login from my institution” drop down menu)
- Find a Quick Guide and sample funding searches
- Watch videos on how to get the most out of Pivot
With questions or for assistance with Pivot funding and profiles, email Alicia Gahimer in the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. Contact Craig Vetor with questions about Research Connect.
IU Staff and Faculty Clinic offers primary and preventive care
Through a special arrangement between Indiana University and IU Health, the IU Staff and Faculty Clinic offers immediate and primary care services for IU employees and their dependents age 16 and older covered by an IU-sponsored medical plan. The clinic, located near the IUPUI campus and staffed by nurse practitioners, offers care for illnesses that are not life threatening. The clinic also offers preventive care and other services, including adult immunizations and screenings for cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and sexually transmitted diseases.
For hours, a list of services, and information about transportation and parking, visit IU Staff and Faculty Clinic.
Medical Miles Fun Run & Walk goes virtual; there’s still time to sign up
The Medical Miles Fun Run & Walk scheduled for Saturday, November 14, has been changed to a virtual event to protect the health and safety of participants, volunteers and team members. Sponsored by the IU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine, the event will kick off via Zoom from 8:30-9 am. Participants may then run or walk at a location of their choice.
There’s still time to register and more information is available. A portion of the proceeds from the run/walk will benefit the IU Student Outreach Clinic.
New IPE Center podcast features Willis
The IU Interprofessional Practice and Education Center has launched a new podcast. Focusing on interprofessional collaboration, the IPE 10x10 podcast breaks down concepts of interprofessional education into digestible pieces and features interviews with health professionals in a variety of fields. Each season includes 10 episodes lasting about 10 minutes each.
Deanna Willis, MD, professor of family medicine, was a recent guest, speaking on the topic of creating an interprofessional clinic. Check out the Season 1 episodes. IPE 10x10 is available through all major podcast distributors and directly through Anchor.fm.
Health care and the economy in 2021 is focus of November 11 webinar
What does 2021 have in store for health care and the economy? A free webinar hosted by the Kelley Graduate Certificate in Medical Management considers that question. Kyle Anderson, Kelley professor and economist, will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic, the recession and the election will influence the economic forecast for 2021. Specifically, he’ll address a timeframe for recovery and how the economy will affect health care and health care-related organizations.
“Business, Healthcare, and the Economy: Outlook for 2021” will be held at 12:15 pm, Wednesday, November 11. Register for the webinar.
Virtual hiring event aims to fill critical roles at IU Health
IU Health is hosting a statewide hiring event, primarily targeting nurses and medical assistants, from November 9-11. The virtual event will take place from 8 am-4 pm each day. All interviews are virtual, and positions are available at IU Health hospitals and facilities across the state. Interested applicants can register online now for an interview with a hiring leader.
Janney named IBJ Woman of Influence
Michelle Janney, chief operating officer for IU Health, has been recognized as a “woman of influence” by the “Indianapolis Business Journal.” Each year, the business publication honors Indianapolis businesswomen who have demonstrated professional excellence and leadership in their careers and in the community.