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  • Direct from the Dean: Diverse educational experiences lead to strong workforce

    Editor’s note: The following message was sent by IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, to the school community on Wednesday, April 7.


    Last month, we celebrated another successful Match Day. Soon the Class of 2021 will be celebrating their graduation. And not long after, we’ll be welcoming in a new group of medical students during our White Coat Ceremony.

    After training at IU School of Medicine, you can go anywhere in the country. This year’s Match is evidence of that. In addition to our own residencies, our students matched at other prestigious residency programs across the country, including those at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Washington University, Stanford, Mayo and UCSF, to name just a few.

    Our job as an institution is to help students realize their professional goals. There is much effort on the part of our faculty, staff and, above all, our students to be competitive for the top programs in the U.S. At the same time, we have strived to make sure our residencies are positioned to recruit residents from those same top schools. Whether they train at other programs or here, we want more of our talented graduates to consider joining us when they finish their training.

    This mix of health care professionals who trained in Indiana, as well as in other parts of the country, will help us create a diverse workforce to better serve our communities as providers and researchers, and our learners as mentors and teachers.

    As a medical school, our spotlight often shines most brightly on memorable moments in the lives of our medical students. But I want you to know how much we appreciate every one of our learners—each has a critical role to play in improving health and each faces their own challenges. When I look back on my seven years at Johns Hopkins, as a medical and a graduate student, I recall it was the years I spent in the lab working toward my PhD, not in the classroom or on the wards, that were the hardest.

    At IU School of Medicine, we strive to create a challenging, encouraging and rewarding environment for all our learners—our medical students, health professions students, master’s degree students, residents, fellows and graduate students, and we follow each one’s great career with interest and pride.

    So, as we look ahead to commencement, I salute all of our graduates and offer my best wishes. Good luck on the next step of your careers—whether that is here with us at IU School of Medicine, across the country or around the globe. And please, keep in touch.


    Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA
    Executive Vice President for University Clinical Affairs
    Dean of the School of Medicine
    Indiana University

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  • Celebrating 50 years of IU’s statewide system for medical education

    IU School of Medicine is commemorating the 50th anniversary of its statewide campus system for medical education, established by the Indiana State legislature in 1971. A series of articles highlights the unique history of each regional campus and celebrates its distinctive learning environment and special programs. First in the series is the long history of medical training on the Bloomington campus. Read the Spirit of Medicine blog post to explore the current vision for IU School of Medicine–Bloomington that will help guide its next 50 years.

    Watch future issues of INScope for links to other articles in this special series focused on the regional campuses that make up IU’s national model for statewide medical education.

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  • Reminder: IU School of Medicine Education Day is April 22

    IU School of Medicine’s second annual Education Day will be held virtually from noon-5 pm on Thursday, April 22. Exploring the theme of adaptability in medical education, the event will provide a chance 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 part of the event. Register now for the event and read the Research in Medical Education blog post for more details. Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 20.

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  • Register for the All School Meeting on May 4

    The IU School of Medicine All School Meeting is less than a month away. Be sure to register for the event, which will begin at 5 pm on Tuesday, May 4. Highlights of the meeting include:

    • Update from Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie
    • School update from Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA
    • Research discoveries by IU School of Medicine faculty, presented by Tatiana Foroud, PhD, executive associate dean for research affairs
    • Recognition of IU School of Medicine Trustees’ Teaching Award recipients, presented by Paul Wallach, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs and institutional improvement
    • Results of the faculty election

    All faculty, staff and learners are invited to attend the meeting, which will include time for questions and answers. 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. 

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  • Check it out: Faculty discuss vaccine hesitancy and access on WFYI

    As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout expands in Indiana, who still isn't getting vaccinated, and why? IU School of Medicine faculty members Virginia Caine, MD, director of the Marion County Public Health Department and Lauren Nephew, MD, assistant professor of medicine, joined WFYI to talk about lingering hesitancy around vaccination and how access may play a role. Listen to the segment.

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Research News

  • Indiana CTSI Bloomington retreat is April 22

    IU Bloomington will host the virtual Indiana CTSI retreat—“Addressing mental health in Indiana: From community needs to bench science discoveries”—on Thursday, April 22. The event will be held from 8:45 am-2 pm. Presenters include IU School of Medicine faculty and representatives from the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health, Indiana University, the University of Pittsburgh and CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions. View the complete agenda and get registration details.

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  • Indiana Myeloma Registry tracks individual patient journeys, data in search of cure

    Hoosiers with multiple myeloma can provide important data to researchers at IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center who are searching for a cure. The Indiana Myeloma Registry is seeking participants throughout Indiana.

    “Myeloma is a very heterogeneous disease, meaning every patient story is unique to them—the way the disease presents itself, the way it affects them and the way they respond to the treatment,” said Mohammad Abu Zaid, MD, assistant professor of medicine and principal investigator for the registry. “It makes my clinic very interesting because it's never the same story.”

    With the Indiana Myeloma Registry, researchers believe they can learn from each of those stories to gain a better understanding of multiple myeloma. The cancer takes many years to develop and goes through stages before it may be diagnosed. Because of this, the cancer cells are not only different from patient to patient, but also within a person.

    The registry allows patients with myeloma and precursor conditions to provide their medical history, treatment data and saliva samples to researchers who will use the collective data to better understand the cancer.

    For more, check out the Cancer Research blog post.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • DEI learning modules available on LinkedIn: Get free access through One.IU

    LinkedIn, the online business and professional networking platform, offers two learning paths (training modules) focused on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

    How to Engage Meaningfully in Allyship and Anti-Racism

    Topics include:

    • Confronting bias: Thriving across differences
    • Inclusive mindset for committed allies
    • Advocation for change in your organization
    • Difficult conversations: Talking about race at work
    • Driving change and anti-racism

    Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging for All

    Topics include:

    • Unconscious bias
    • Diversity, inclusion and belonging
    • Confronting bias: Thriving across our differences
    • Skills for inclusive conversations
    • Communicating about culturally sensitive issues
    • Communication across cultures
    • Bystander training: From bystander to upstander

    “These videos provide the foundational skills we need to be effective allies and champions for anti-racism in our institution and community,” said Alvaro Tori, MD, associate dean for diversity affairs, IU School of Medicine. “I found the videos to be intentional, effective and engaging, and they offer a valuable training opportunity for the school community.”

    The DEI learning paths are available through LinkedIn Learning, which is offered to IU faculty, staff and learners free of charge through One.IU. (Search “linked in.”)

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  • Deadline is April 15 for two Kelley partnership programs in leadership

    In response to the growing demand for greater business acumen among physician leaders, IU School of Medicine has partnered with IU Kelley School of Business to offer a series of leadership development programs. Thursday, April 15, is the application deadline for two of the programs:

    Physician Leadership in Business Acumen

    Business of Medicine Leadership Program

    To learn more about the full array of IU School of Medicine, IU Kelley School of Business partnership programs, visit Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity.

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  • Career fair for residents and fellows is May 6

    CareerMD is hosting a socially distant, curbside career fair from noon-2 pm on Thursday, May 6. The event is designed for residents and fellows in all years of training and in all medical specialties. Career fair participants will receive a complimentary lunch from the NY Slice food truck. The event will be held in the parking lot of the Ronald McDonald House, 435 Limestone St., in Indianapolis. More details, a list of participating health care organizations and a link to register are available. Indiana University Health is a sponsor of the event.

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  • April 21 webinar to focus on supporting academic faculty during COVID-19

    A webinar focused on supporting academic faculty productivity during the pandemic will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 21. Faculty leadership will examine the impact of COVID-19 on academic productivity while exploring ways to reframe these challenges in the context of promotion and tenure. Panelists include Linda DiMeglio, MD; Sylk Sotto, EdD; and Heather Kelker, MD. After the webinar, attendees may join an optional breakout session for in-depth discussion and Q&A with panelists. Learn more about this event or register now.

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  • Be part of the effort to End Lung Cancer Now

    Are you interested in lung cancer advocacy? Are you currently an advocate for lung cancer awareness and care? Improve lung cancer research and support programs by sharing your experiences with researchers at Indiana University.

    IU researchers, in collaboration with the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, are developing a lung cancer awareness campaign called End Lung Cancer Now. Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, PhD, is conducting a study to develop and evaluate a health communication campaign designed to raise awareness of and encourage collaboration among researchers, health care professionals and community members with an interest in eliminating lung cancer. Learn more and participate. Questions? Email Darla Imhausen-Slaughter.

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  • Stepping Stones event on April 20 to feature Virginia Caine, MD

    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.

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Partner News

  • AMPATH surgery team wins $200k in international innovation challenge

    In March, AMPATH’s surgical team won a $200,000 Discovery Award from the Global Surgical Training Challenge to develop and test their proposed “AMPATH Surgical APp (ASAP).” JoAnna Hunter-Squires, MD, IU School of Medicine, and Dr. Ivan Seno, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, lead the team that also includes surgical residents from Moi and IU, several members from the IU surgical education team, as well as automated intelligence engineers, simulation experts, performance coaches and the Case Network (healthcare education). Visit AMPATH to learn more.

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  • Kressel and Smith honored with 2021 Achievement in Medicine Award

    Amy Beth Kressel, MD, professor of clinical medicine, and Joseph Smith, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, have received the 2021 Achievement in Medicine (AIM) Award sponsored by St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild and Versiti Blood Center of Indiana. The AIM Award honors an Eskenazi Health physician or professional who upholds the tradition of excellence in health care.

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  • Three medical students selected as 2021 Slemenda Scholars

    First-year IU School of Medicine medical students Cassandra Anderson, Joshua Matthews and Neal Patel have been named this year’s Slemenda Scholars. As part of the global health scholarship program, the students may spend the summer living and working with Kenyan medical students, training at Moi University and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, Kenya, and completing community research projects with the AMPATH partnership. Or they may complete global health learning experiences closer to home with connections forged in Kenya via Zoom. They are eager and ready for the experience either way. Visit Global Health to find out more.

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