Faculty and Staff News
Diversity in our community: A message of support from Dean Hess
The rise in acts of violence against people of Asian and Asian-American descent over the past year has been made all the more horrifying in light of the recent murders in Atlanta.
We pride ourselves on the diversity of the IU School of Medicine and strive to be a place where everyone is welcomed and can be at their best. We stand with the victims, and with Asian and Asian-American members of our school community, in solidarity and support.
Understandably these hateful attacks may be a source of anxiety, anger and fear. We need to know if this is occurring so that we can act. If you experience a threat or incident of bias, immediately report this by using these online tools:
- For students, report a bias incident here.
- Faculty and staff who experience a bias incident should contact the Office for Institutional Equity.
For access to support services:
- Faculty and staff: hr.iu.edu
- Students: medicine.iu.edu/mental-health-services
Now is the time for compassion and kindness. I ask that everyone in our school community show their support for our Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander colleagues.
Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA
Dean, IU School of Medicine
Match Day is tomorrow; here’s how to view the virtual event
Tomorrow is residency Match Day—when IU School of Medicine fourth-year medical students join peers from around the nation to find out where they will spend the next phase of their medical careers. The virtual celebration will begin at 11:40 am EDT, Friday, March 19. The first nine minutes will feature a slideshow of student photos from the past four years. Faculty, staff and mentors are welcome to register now for the Zoom event. Match Day also will be livestreamed on the IU School of Medicine Facebook page.
The Class of 2021 is ready to take this next important step, overcoming unique challenges during their last year of medical school that included an unprecedented all-virtual residency recruitment. Share your support and extend words of encouragement on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #IUSMmatch2021.
Match Day is an annual event when fourth-year medical students learn their residency details from the National Resident Matching Program. More details are available on MedNet.
Your voice matters: Highlights from the Diversity Town Hall series
The IU School of Medicine community gathered virtually last month for the second round of Diversity Town Hall events. More than 360 faculty members, staff and learners attended, providing insight and feedback to the diversity, equity and inclusion task forces formed last fall.
Insights and ideas shared during the town halls are highly valued and will be considered as the diversity task forces continue their important work. Read the Strategic Voices blog post for full details, next steps and highlights from the following task forces:
- Honor Code Task Force
- Faculty, Staff and Learner Training Task Force
- Data and Climate Task Force
Indiana expands vaccine eligibility to 45+
If you’re 45 or older, it’s your turn. Earlier this week, Indiana extended COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to Hoosiers age 45-49. Individuals can schedule a vaccine appointment on ourshot.in.gov or by phone at 211.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccination, including those who are eligible to receive it in Indiana, visit coronavirus.in.gov. For the latest COVID-19 information from Indiana University, visit covid.iu.edu.
Reminder: All School Meeting is May 4
Register today for the spring All School Meeting, which will be held Tuesday, May 4. All IU School of Medicine faculty, staff and learners are invited to attend the virtual event, which will begin at 5 pm. The meeting will include important school updates from Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA.
The IU School of Medicine All School Meeting is held twice a year in the spring and fall. Visit the Faculty Steering Committee webpage for more details.
On the blog: Student Council President Maria Khan advances student advocacy
When Maria Khan started her surgery rotation at IU School of Medicine, she noted surgery hoods were available along with regular scrub caps, and she did not have to ask. Scrubbing in for a surgery requires multiple steps including decontaminating hands, donning a sterile surgical gown and wearing a surgical cap and sterile gloves.
For aspiring Hijabi physicians like Khan, a surgery hood makes scrubbing in easier and allows her to fully cover her hijab and focus on her training. It also permits her to train in alignment with values core to her beliefs and reduces barriers to entering the field.
“Having systems and structures built in that support diversity is really important,” Khan said. As Medical Student Council president at IU School of Medicine, one of Khan’s main missions is to reshape the structure of the student governing body to elevate more voices. The Medical Student Council governs the IU School of Medicine student body, in close collaboration with the Wellness Coalition, Service Learning Coalition and Diversity Coalition.
“We have a large school with many different opportunities,” Khan said. “I want to take this moment and lead Medical Student Council into becoming a strong peer advocacy group.”
For more on Khan’s vision for the council, read the Student Life blog post.
IU Center for Bioethics launches new “gathering place” for researchers
Bioethics is a hot topic these days as more researchers grapple with ethical questions raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The university-wide IU Center for Bioethics, formed in 2001, launched a new website to provide researchers with valuable resources, including classes, talk series, workshops and more. These are resources that have traditionally been shared in person, however the pandemic has brought all these valuable tools online. The new and improved website shares information about what bioethics is, who is involved, bioethics education that’s offered at IU—and within the last year, a spotlight on the COVID-19 pandemic and the role bioethics has played in overcoming this challenge.
Peter Schwartz, MD, PhD, director of the IU Center for Bioethics at IU School of Medicine, said he hopes this website serves as a “gathering place” for people to talk about ethics.
“Bioethics is prominent in the news right now, and researchers are interested in ethics issues in their research,” Schwartz said. “Our new and improved website went live in late November, and we are finding new ways to engage with the deepest medical issues in health care and society.”
For more information about the website, as well as how to connect to the center’s social media, visit Indiana CTSI.
Indiana CTSI’s MTAP featured in Journal of Clinical and Translational Science
An article written by several faculty and staff members of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) was recently published in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science.
The paper, “Advancing medical technology innovation and clinical translation via a model of industry-enabled technical and educational support: Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s Medical Technology Advance Program,” explains how the Indiana CTSI’s Medical Technology Advance Program (MTAP) provides technical and educational assistance to scientists looking to boost these aspects of their research.
For more details and a link to the paper, visit Indiana CTSI.
Faculty and Staff News
April 1 GME town hall to address pandemic’s first year
Join leaders from IU School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education (GME) and hospital affiliates to reflect on the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic during a GME town hall from noon-1 pm EDT, Thursday, April 1. Leaders will acknowledge contributions from members of the GME community and look ahead to the future of GME training in a post-pandemic world.
All GME residents and fellows, program leadership and faculty are encouraged to attend. Register for the event.
Call for members: COVID Vaccine Diversity and Equity Advisory Council
There is growing evidence that Black, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native individuals are most seriously affected by COVID-19 and are more likely to have higher infection and mortality rates.
To help ensure equity in access to COVID-19 vaccines and encourage vaccination among these minority groups, the IU Health Academic Health Center is establishing a COVID Vaccine Diversity and Equity Advisory Council. This group of faculty members, clinic team members and students aims to:
- Advance important issues related to diversity and inclusion
- Provide consultation and leadership on current and new initiatives related to the COVID vaccine and COVID vaccine clinic
- Advise on the best approaches to attract and retain a diverse COVID vaccine clinic leadership team
- Recommend approaches for community outreach and engage communities with low vaccine uptake in and around Marion County
Physicians interested in volunteering on the council should email AAHCcovidvaccine@iuhealth.org.
IU changes COVID-19 quarantine guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated
Following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Indiana University is updating its quarantine guidance for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Under the new guidelines, anyone who is fully vaccinated and has reported their vaccination to IU will not have to quarantine after being identified as a close contact or exposed to COVID-19. "Fully vaccinated" means the person has received all doses of the vaccine at least two weeks prior.
Check News at IU for more information.
Register for upcoming IU School of Medicine Education Day
IU School of Medicine’s second annual Education Day will be held from noon-5 pm on Thursday, April 22. With the theme of “Adaptability in Medical Education,” the event offers an opportunity for students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff from all departments and campuses to showcase their medical education research. Oral presentations, small group discussions, workshops and poster sessions will be featured. Registration is now open for the virtual event, and check out the Research in Medical Education blog post for more details.
Virginia Caine, MD, to speak at April 20 Stepping Stones event
Virginia Caine, MD, director of the Marion County Health Department, will be the featured speaker at the next Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership event on Tuesday, April 20.
Caine, who is also Bicentennial Professor of Medicine at IU School of Medicine, leads COVID-19 response efforts in central Indiana, working with public officials and health care teams to care for local citizens in the midst of the pandemic. Register for the lunchtime virtual event.
Take part in COVID-19 survey to measure virus’ impact
COVID-19 has affected everyone, but it’s hard to discern its true physical, emotional and financial impact. To better understand how the pandemic has impacted Hoosiers, researchers at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University are conducting a survey.
Information collected in the survey will be used to help researchers, policymakers and local communities develop practical solutions aimed at those in the community who have been most affected.
Interested in participating? Access the Indiana COVID-19 Registry survey. Participants can view a summary of the collected information on the study’s website.
Save the date: Rock for Riley virtual 5k is April 24
Rock for Riley, an IU School of Medicine student organization that sponsors fundraising events for Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, is hosting a virtual 5k event on Saturday, April 24. A livestream kickoff will be held at 10 am, but participants can run the 5k at their convenience and upload their times to the website to compete in the race.
The fee to participate is $20, which includes a T-shirt and snacks to recharge after your run. More details and registration are available.
Global Health Scholars Day is next month; poster and photo submissions due April 5
Each spring the IU Center for Global Health convenes Global Health Scholars Day to showcase the university’s work to improve the care of patients worldwide, research the complexities of global health and educate learners about the care of local and global populations. In addition to networking opportunities, the event features a global health poster competition and photo contest.
This year’s event will be held virtually from 8-9 am on Thursday, April 15. All are welcome to attend. More information and registration are available in the calendar entry and on the Center for Global Health webpage.
Posters and photos will be judged, and monetary prizes awarded for the top three submissions. The deadline to submit is Monday, April 5. Email submissions and questions to Jenny Baenziger, MD.
Eskenazi Health amends visitor restrictions
As of Monday, March 15, visitors may now access the first and second floors of the Eskenazi Health Fifth Third Bank Building between 7 am and 5 pm to visit Starbucks, Café Soleil Express, Fifth Third Bank and Bell Flower Clinic. All other building operations remain limited, and the gym remains closed. The skywalk will remain badge-access only when going from the Fifth Third Bank Building to the Sandra Eskenazi Outpatient Care Center, but visitors will be able to access the skywalk to go to the Fifth Third Bank Building from the Sandra Eskenazi Outpatient Care Center.
Visitors can enter and exit the Fifth Third Bank Building from the north and east entrances on the first floor and can leave the building through the second-floor garage exit. Visitors are still required to access the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Sandra Eskenazi Outpatient Care Center from the approved entrance points located in the hospital.
Medical student Sean Buehler earns Excellence in Public Health Award
Rising fourth-year medical student Sean Buehler was recently awarded the 2021 Excellence in Public Health Award from the United States Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee (USPHS). This award recognizes medical students across the country who advance public health and exemplify the USPHS’ mission to protect, promote and advance the health and safety of the nation.
Buehler was recognized for his work as founding director of the Monroe County Isolation Shelter, which provides safe shelter for members of the homeless population, group homes and those recovering from substance use disorder in southern Indiana who have either been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, he volunteered for five years at Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County and serves on the board of the Shalom Community Center in Bloomington.