Faculty and Staff News
IU School of Medicine celebrates Match Day
The wait is over for 337 IU School of Medicine students who learned their residency futures during a virtual Match Day event on Friday, March 19.
Unable to gather in person, for what is typically an energetic occasion, due to COVID-19, the group of fourth-year medical students gathered via Zoom during a time of renewed hope and optimism for Hoosiers—with coronavirus cases on the decline and vaccinations continuing to accelerate in the state.
“While we see the light at the end of this tunnel, we must stay vigilant. That is why, like most medical schools, we held our Match celebration virtually again this year,” said Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine and IU’s executive vice president for university clinical affairs. “The past year has shown how critical health care systems are to our country. With this class we are contributing 337 physicians to that workforce who will not only provide care, but also lead us through future health care challenges. I am so proud of how they have navigated this year with grace and courage and wish them my very best in their careers.”
From the IU School of Medicine Class of 2021, 86 future physicians will enter residency programs affiliated with IU School of Medicine or IU Health, along with 285 additional graduates from other medical schools. Their training will begin in late June in more than 30 distinct residency programs, including internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, anesthesiology, psychiatry, surgery, OB-GYN, emergency medicine and neurology.
Other highlights from IU School of Medicine Match Day include:
- 42 percent of students will enter primary care residencies, helping to fulfill a significant need for primary care physicians in Indiana and across the country
- Graduates will complete residency in 32 states
- The top five specialties IU School of Medicine students matched into are: internal medicine, family medicine, anesthesiology, pediatrics and emergency medicine
Tews named new leader of IU School of Medicine–West Lafayette
Matthew Tews, DO, MS, has been named the next associate dean and director for IU School of Medicine–West Lafayette.
The Midwest native currently serves as professor of emergency medicine and associate dean for educational simulation at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, providing leadership for their simulation, clinical skills, standardized patient, and research and evaluation programs. He is also a practicing emergency medicine physician.
Tews is an accomplished leader and educator with 15 years of experience in the planning, development and implementation of educational initiatives across the spectrum of medical education. He is experienced in curriculum design, faculty development, simulation and regional campuses. He has received numerous awards for medical student and resident clinical teaching, curriculum advancements and innovation in medical education, and has published and presented extensively on simulation and education topics.
“IU School of Medicine is fortunate to have such an experienced and accomplished medical educator join us as our West Lafayette regional campus leader,” said Paul Wallach, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs and institutional improvement at IU School of Medicine. “Dr. Tews has significant experience in medical simulation, telehealth and ultrasound and is a terrific teacher and caring leader. His expertise in technology integration and scholarly concentrations will be vital to the continued expansion of the Biomedical Engineering and Applied Medical Technology Scholarly Concentration on the West Lafayette campus—he is ready to pick up where Dr. Regina Kreisle left off, and we are grateful to her for her years of excellent leadership.”
Regina Kreisle MD, PhD, who has served as leader of the West Lafayette campus since 2015, announced her intent to retire last fall and will continue in a teaching capacity.
For more on the leadership appointment, visit the Newsroom.
COVID-19 vaccination status: What you need to know
Although vaccination provides promise of nearing the end of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s important to remain vigilant to control the spread of infection.
If you’ve been vaccinated for COVID-19, what will stay the same?
Research is ongoing as to whether those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine can still pass the virus on to others. Although the chance of getting COVID-19 after vaccination is very minimal, the chance still remains.
Because of these unknowns and the circulation of new, more contagious strains of the virus that cause COVID-19, if you’ve been vaccinated, you must continue the following behaviors:
- Wear a mask, practice physical distancing and wash your hands often.
- Report if you've been identified as a close contact outside of IU and participate in daily symptom monitoring through IU COVIDcheck.
- Keep your circle small, and do not participate in high-risk activities.
There is no change to who is allowed on campus:
- University and school-wide task forces are actively working to determine the best approach for returning all employees to campus. For now, employees who have been working remotely should continue working remotely until further direction is given and should anticipate returning to campus no earlier than mid-summer.
- Students outside of IU (e.g., summer program participants) and unpaid volunteers with no prior IU affiliation are not allowed in research labs. At regional campuses, students from host institutions may be permitted in research labs; refer questions to local leadership.
If you’ve been vaccinated, what changes?
If you've reported your vaccination to IU, you will not need to quarantine if you are identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the only change.
Visit covid.iu.edu for more information on testing, vaccination and medical guidance.
Hoosiers 16 and older can register for vaccines starting March 31
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced earlier this week that Indiana residents age 16 and older will be able to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations beginning Wednesday, March 31. As a reminder, Hoosiers age 40 and older can now schedule their vaccine appointment at ourshot.in.gov or by phone at 211.
On the blog: Student reflects on how mentoring made the match
Areisa Peters grew up in a family that encouraged her love of science and medicine every step of the way. In high school, when Peters wanted to start an initiative called “Shontelle’s Science Center,” she and her mom bought all the supplies needed including petri dishes, graduated cylinders, baking soda and a lab coat. They trekked up to Camp Wagner, a summer camp in Michigan, lab materials in tow, and Peters led experiments for Black and brown students interested in science.
“I really wanted to teach them that science can be cool. You can learn and grow, and it’s exciting to discover new things through science,” Peters said. “You can be all the things you like about yourself as a little Black girl or boy and still be a scientist, if you want. No limitations.”
Now, Peters, a first-generation medical student, is approaching her own career milestone and will graduate with her doctorate in medicine from IU School of Medicine. She’s also celebrating her match into an OB-GYN residency at the University of Florida, which is one of the top 50 OB-GYN residency programs in the nation.
Mentoring makes a difference
Peters has grown significantly over the past five years, having earned a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in addition to her doctorate in medicine. She credits one of her mentors, dean of IU School of Medicine Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, with instilling confidence that she could do both. Hess provided critical advice to Peters as she progressed through medical school, particularly when she experienced an academically challenging time.
“Some of the best advice Dean Hess gave me was that the ones who fail are those that don’t ask for help,” Peters said.
Hess deeply values the mentoring relationship, especially as students push toward growth and excellence.
“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve as a mentor for Areisa,” Hess said. “She will be a caring, empathetic physician committed to improving women’s health and well-being. I will be watching her career with great interest and can’t wait to see the impact of her work.”
Read more about Peters and her journey in medicine in the Spirit of Medicine blog post.
In the news: Faculty member answers parents’ questions about COVID-19, the vaccine and kids
In this week’s online issue of The Conversation, James Wood, MD, FAAP, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, explains what doctors know about COVID-19 and kids, including the latest on when the vaccine will be available for children. See his responses to these five questions:
- Do kids really need to get the COVID-19 vaccine?
- Are kids spreading the virus?
- When can kids get vaccinated?
- What’s different about the vaccines kids will get?
- How can parents create safe playdates for kids?
Faculty and Staff News
Rusk and Henry earn IUPUI women’s history month leadership awards
Debra Rusk, MD, and Jill Henry have been named outstanding IUPUI woman leaders as part of the campus’ 2021 Women’s History Month Leadership Awards. Rusk, assistant dean for career mentoring, was chosen in the part-time faculty category. Henry, a staff member at the IU Simon Cancer Center, received the IUPUI Inspirational Staff Woman award.
Each year in March, as part of the National Women’s History Month observance on campus, the IUPUI Office for Women and the Division of Student Affairs recognize woman-identified faculty, staff and students for their achievements and contributions.
Rusk and Henry will be honored, along with the other winners, during a virtual awards ceremony from 3-4:45 pm, Thursday, March 25. Register to attend.
All School Meeting is May 4; register now
The IU School of Medicine spring All School Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 4, beginning at 5 pm. All faculty, staff and learners are invited to attend the virtual event, which will include important school updates from Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA. Register for the meeting.
The school’s All School Meeting is held twice a year in the spring and fall. Visit the Faculty Steering Committee webpage for more details.
Sign up for IU School of Medicine Education Day on April 22
IU School of Medicine’s second annual Education Day will be held from noon-5 pm on Thursday, April 22. Highlighting “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.
Apply by June 1 for CHeP trailblazer award
Indiana CTSI Community Health Partnerships (CHeP) is seeking proposals for collaborative, community-engaged research projects focused on topics that have potential to improve health equity in Indiana. Examples of work that meet the criteria include substance misuse, tobacco use, obesity prevention, infant mortality, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as disparities in rural areas and topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. CHeP encourages and prioritizes projects that have outlined a sustainability plan using existing Indiana CTSI infrastructure (i.e., Connections IN Health, Monon Collaborative) and/or connections to statewide health initiatives.
Learn more and apply. Deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, June 1.
Pediatric surgery workshop is April 10
IU School of Medicine General and Community Pediatrics will host “What’s New in Pediatric Surgery” on Saturday, April 10. The online event will be held from 7:45 am-noon. Workshop topics include minimally invasive general surgery, scoliosis, gait problems in children, hernias and biliary colic, and pediatric chest wall anomalies. Continuing medical education credits are available. Register and learn more.
Riley Children’s Health pediatric conference is May 12-13
Riley Children’s Health will host its 56th annual pediatric conference on Wednesday, May 12, and Thursday, May 13. The theme of this year’s virtual conference is “Learning from 2020 to Shape the Future of Children’s Health.” View the conference website for details and registration.
IU Health partners with ISDH, IMS to host multi-day vaccination event
IU Health, in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will host a multi-day mass vaccination clinic at the Speedway next month. The clinic will provide the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and will be held from 9 am-7 pm on the following days:
- April 1-3
- April 13-18
- April 24-30
Eleven IU School of Medicine students receive Elite 50 honors
Each year IUPUI recognizes 50 graduate and professional students who demonstrate excellence beyond the classroom. The IUPUI Elite 50 honors achievements in a variety of areas, including campus leadership, scholarly work and community engagement. Eleven IU School of Medicine students earned spots in this year’s Elite 50: