Faculty and Staff News
Diversity Town Hall series begins Tuesday
Don’t miss your chance to participate in this month’s IU School of Medicine Diversity Town Hall series. The first event will be held at 8 am, Tuesday, February 9. Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, will host the virtual discussions, which will include updates from the diversity, equity and inclusion task forces. After months of meeting, the task forces—made up of a wide range of participants including faculty, learners and staff—have shared the first quarterly update of the initiative.
All three town hall events will be the same format and will cover the same content. There will be opportunities for the school community to share concerns, feedback and ideas for improvement. Register for one session:
Tuesday, February 9: 8-9 am
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Monday, February 15: noon-1 pm
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Thursday, February 25: 4-5 pm
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As a community, each person’s voice and contribution impacts the advancement of systemic change. If you have specific questions or topics you’d like addressed, or if you’d like to provide feedback, suggestions or ideas before the meeting, you can share them in advance. If you do not wish to submit questions or ideas in advance, there will be an opportunity to participate through breakout sessions during the town hall sessions.
State lowers COVID-19 vaccination eligibility to 65+: Get the latest on vaccines
Earlier this week, the State of Indiana announced new eligibility guidelines for the COVID-19 vaccine, allowing people age 65 and older to sign up for vaccination. Individuals currently able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine include:
- Individuals age 65 or older.
- Those who work or volunteer in health care and have (physical or close) contact or face-to-face interactions with patients. Examples include:
- Inpatient, outpatient, provider office setting, nursing homes, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, in-home services
- This includes all clinical and non-clinical positions: clinicians, dietary, environmental services, administrators who have direct contact with patients, clergy who see patients in the healthcare setting, non-clinicians who assist in procedures, transportation staff, etc.
- This also includes local health department staff who interact with patients at test sites, health clinics or provide direct patient care
- Those who have exposure to COVID-19 infectious material. Examples include: cleaning of rooms or material from COVID-19 patients, performing COVID-19 testing, other exposure to infected tissue, performing autopsies or other post-mortem examinations of COVID-19 patients
Faculty election ballot now open
The faculty election ballot for the 2021-2022 academic year opened on Monday, February 1. Those who are eligible to vote received an email in their IU email accounts with a link to the ballot.
Annual faculty elections to committees and for department representatives and offices signify an opportunity to participate in IU School of Medicine’s important work. During this time of great change, it’s especially vital that your voice be heard.
Deadline to submit the ballot is Friday, March 5. Questions about the election? Contact Jessica Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Bloomington Health Sciences Building ready to welcome students
The Bloomington site that once held Indiana University’s driving range is now the proud home of IU's Regional Academic Health Center, which includes a state-of-the-art academic building for many of IU Bloomington's health sciences programs, including IU School of Medicine–Bloomington, as well as a new hospital built for the future of health care.
IU School of Medicine–Bloomington moved into its new home in the Health Sciences Building in December and is preparing for the start of in-person classes on Monday, February 8.
Announced in 2015, construction started on the project in 2018. Over the past four years, the site has transformed into a health care campus that will serve not only as a space for teaching, learning and research, but also for hospital and trauma care for Indiana's south-central region.
For more, visit News at IU.
Faculty and Staff News
Lee begins cancer center directorship
Kelvin Lee, MD, joined IU as director of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center on February 1. Last fall, IU School of Medicine named Lee, a world-renowned medical oncologist and multiple myeloma researcher, as director of the cancer center. His appointment was bolstered by a $15 million fund established by the Walther Cancer Foundation. Lee succeeds Patrick Loehrer, MD, who will continue to see patients with gastrointestinal and thymic malignancies and carry on his work focused on global oncology and health equities.
Lee’s office is in Walther Hall, room 132.
School recruiting facilitators for Mind Body Medicine elective
The popular Mind Body Medicine elective at IU School of Medicine teaches medical students a variety of mindfulness exercises to promote overall well-being, stress management, empathy, self-awareness and self-care. While the elective has been offered since 2018, the school aims to expand the number of trained facilitators across the state so that the elective can be offered to all medical students.
A train-the-trainer program prepares faculty and staff to teach this elective. You do not need to be a physician or have deep knowledge in this area—just a desire to learn more and then share with students. Completing this training will equip you with these skills and prepare you to teach them to the next generation of healers.
Requirements for participation:
- Must be available for the entire eight-week training. Meeting times and dates are based on the availability of cohort members.
- Upon completion of the training, a commitment to teach the Mind Body Medicine elective to first- and second-year students.
New Indiana CTSI technology series debuts February 12
The Indiana CTSI Access Technology Program will host a new technology-based seminar series beginning this month. The series is designed to inform investigators how existing or new technologies offered by the core facilities at Indiana University, IUPUI, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame can be useful in advancing their research.
The seminar will be held the second and fourth Fridays of the month, beginning Friday, February 12, and running through the end of May. The first seminar will feature Spatial Transcriptomics by 10X Genomics and will be hosted by Yunlong Liu, director of the Indiana University School of Medicine Center for Medical Genomics.
Patricia Treadwell Women in Medicine Lecture is March 1
Marly Bradley, MD, JD, FAAP, will be the featured speaker at the 2021 Patricia Treadwell Women in Medicine lecture. Bradley, who became an IU School of Medicine ombudsperson in 2017, is as an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and associate medical director of Eskenazi Health’s pediatric urgent visit center. The online lecture will be held from noon-1 pm, on Monday, March 1.
Honoring Dr. Patricia Treadwell’s 40 years of service to the IU School of Medicine community, this lecture explores how the intersections of race and gender affect academic medicine and the health sciences professions. This annual lecture series marks the transition from Black History Month to Women's History Month.
Patricia Treadwell, MD, currently serves as special advisor to the dean and chief diversity office at IU School of Medicine.
Save the date: Indiana AHEC conference is April 16
Join a virtual experience unlike any other. Registration is now open for the 2021 Indiana Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Conference: Seeds of Change, which will be held on Friday, April 16. Conference participants will create a personalized avatar, have real-time “face-to-face” interactions with other attendees, visit a virtual exhibit hall and view community projects of the graduating Indiana AHEC Scholars cohort. The Indiana AHEC Network includes eight regional centers that work to serve the health needs of their communities throughout Indiana. The Indiana AHEC Network office is located within the IU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine. Register for the conference.
Apply by April 8 for translational public health research award
The Indiana University School of Public Health Bloomington is now accepting applications for the translational public health research award. Applications may focus on any aspect of public health, but work should ultimately lead to the improvement of human health outcomes. These applications require a partnership between an IU Bloomington faculty member and a public health liaison and/or collaborator at another Indiana CTSI partner institution. Applications are expected to have a maximum requested amount of $50,000 per year for two years for a total of $100,000. More details and application information are available. Deadline to apply is Thursday, April 8.
News from AMPATH: Technology expands access to dermatologic care
Doctors trained in dermatology are extremely rare in Kenya, but a new teledermatology (telederm) system at the IU-led AMPATH partnership allows a single dermatologist to use technology to serve patients throughout western Kenya and might soon do the same for patients in Indiana as well.
Toby Maurer, MD, professor of clinical dermatology at IU School of Medicine, worked with colleagues at AMPATH and with support from the Department of Dermatology at IU School of Medicine and IU Health to establish the system, which allows for the remote diagnosis of dermatologic conditions in Kenya.
For more on telederm, visit the Center for Global Health.
IU membership in global health consortium provides benefits
Indiana University holds an institutional membership in the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). CUGH’s mission is to support academic institutions and partners to improve the well-being of people and the planet through education, research, service and advocacy.
“Faculty members, staff and trainees engaged in global health and health equity efforts throughout the university benefit from IU’s membership in CUGH,” said Adrian Gardner, MD, MPH, director of the IU Center for Global Health. “I encourage exploration and participation in the many opportunities that CUGH provides to expand knowledge and collaboration between people working to advance health and human flourishing within our university and around the world,” he added.
More than 180 organizations in 39 countries are part of CUGH, which offers members a variety of benefits, including access to CUGH’s job opportunities board and funding opportunities board, updates on global health activities, networking with leading academic global health programs and directors, and much more. Visit the Center for Global Health for more details and links to resources.