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  • Registration reminder: All School Meeting is Tuesday, May 4

    The IU School of Medicine All School Meeting is next week, so be sure you’ve registered to attend. The spring meeting, open to all faculty, staff and learners, will be held online via Zoom at 5 pm, Tuesday, May 4. 

    The featured speaker is outgoing IU President Michael A. McRobbie, who is retiring on June 30 after 14 years as university president and 24 years in senior positions at IU. In addition, you won’t want to miss important school updates by IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA. Other meeting highlights include: 

    • 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

    Hosted by the Faculty Steering Committee, the All School Meeting is held twice a year in the spring and fall.

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  • Search underway for chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

    IU School of Medicine has launched a search for chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The department conducts research programs on degenerative neurological diseases, cancer, tissue injury, inflammation and infection, metabolic disturbances and stem cells. Faculty are internationally recognized pathologists and scientists who are dedicated to education at all levels.

    The school seeks a transformational leader who can build on the department’s existing clinical, educational and research strengths.

    More information about this leadership opportunity, including minimum qualifications and application information, is available. Priority review deadline is Monday, May 31.

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  • Graduate recognition for Class of 2021 is in two weeks

    Celebrate the stellar achievements of the IU School of Medicine Class of 2021 at a special online event at 2 pm (EDT), Friday, May 14. The graduate recognition will be livestreamed on the school’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

    Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, a physician, scientist and activist, is the keynote speaker for the event. Hanna-Attisha, who exposed the Flint water crisis, is the author of “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.”

    The graduate recognition will also feature: 

    • Student speakers from the Class of 2021
    • Remarks from medical school leaders, including Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs Paul Wallach, MD, and Executive Associate Dean for Research Affairs Tatiana Foroud, PhD
    • All graduate names read along with a personalized slide
    • Announcement of student award winners

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  • On the blog: Med student, cancer survivor connects with former physician for unique experience; read the story

    Carly Chapman doesn’t look back on her time battling osteosarcoma with too much sadness. While there were multiple surgeries and months-long, chemo-filled stays at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, she chooses to remember with fondness the colorful hallways and afternoons spent in the activity rooms doing crafts and playing.

    And the doctors who cared for her, of course, she said—they’re firmly planted in her memory as well. So, when the time came to choose a career, and her ambitions and interests led her to become a doctor herself, she knew she wanted to study alongside the man she credits with saving her life.

    During her final year at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chapman completed a special clinical rotation alongside orthopaedic oncologist L. Daniel Wurtz, MD, chair of the IU School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, who cared for her during her time with cancer. He performed more than a dozen surgeries on Chapman’s leg following her diagnosis, including several procedures to help lengthen her prosthetic that were considered experimental for their time.

    Working with Wurtz felt like she’d come full circle, Chapman said.

    “I wanted to see how Dr. Wurtz put people back together,” she said. “I wouldn’t be here without him.”

    For more on Chapman’s educational experience with her former physician, read the Spirit of Medicine blog post.

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Research News

  • In the news: Study says reopening schools helped spread virus, but less than expected

    A study conducted by IU School of Medicine researchers and collaborators shows that while schools did contribute to the spread of COVID-19 last fall, the impact was very small considering the overall spread of the virus. The study, recently featured in The Indianapolis Star, aimed to quantify the risk of in-person school during the pandemic.

    “Opening schools—we knew would have risk,” said Gabriel Bosslet, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine, in the article. “People would be infected, and people would spread the virus. No one knew the extent of that risk.”

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  • Remote genetic counselors uncover how patients prefer to receive genetic information

    Genetic counselors empower patients and their families with information, guidance and emotional support to help them understand their family history, evaluate genetic testing options and make informed choices based on test results.

    These professionals are becoming increasingly prevalent healthcare providers, as science evolves to identify the genetic component of even more diseases and the presence of those changes within genes that cause or contribute to certain diseases. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to work virtually to slow the spread of coronavirus, the awareness and availability of licensed and remote genetic counselors have become even more valuable.

    Jennifer Verbrugge, a certified and licensed remote genetic counselor with the IU School of Medicine Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, and her colleagues were recently selected to conduct research as part of the nationwide PD GENEration study based upon their expertise in providing genetic testing and counseling specific to Parkinson’s disease.

    The PD GENEration study is a first-of-its-kind study that offers genetic testing for medically relevant Parkinson's-related genes and genetic counseling at no cost for people with a confirmed diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Specifically, the study is looking into the changes within seven key genes which may cause Parkinson’s disease.

    One of Verbrugge’s roles in PD GENEration was to study a subset of nearly 300 people with Parkinson’s disease to understand the patients’ overall satisfaction with, knowledge of and the psychological impact of receiving their genetic testing results either remotely via a genetic counselor or in person via a doctor or genetic counselor.

    Read the Research Updates blog post for more on the study and its findings.

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  • Mobile app that monitors premature babies advances at innovation conference

    NeoRoo, an integrated mobile app to improve care for premature babies in Kenya, was a finalist for the Innovation Prize at the 2021 Global Health and Innovation Conference. Sherri Bucher, PhD, IU School of Medicine associate research professor of pediatrics, presented on behalf of the NeoInnovate Collaborative Consortium. Although NeoRoo was not selected for the top prize, she said the process was instructive.

    “It was great to be one of the six finalists for the Innovation Prize,” Bucher said. “Developing the final pitch was an iterative, months’ long process. I learned a lot about how to design a five-minute presentation for a social entrepreneurship audience.”

    NeoRoo is the latest digital health innovation co-developed by multidisciplinary partners from the United States and Kenya. It works in combination with NeoWarm, a patented, wearable biomedical device for premature and low birthweight babies. It includes a self-warming pouch and carrier, as well as a system to monitor vital signs and alert caregivers if the newborn’s body temperature fluctuates from a normal range.

    For more on the NeoRoo app’s development, visit Indiana CTSI.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Tomorrow is the deadline to apply for PLUS

    Faculty interested in participating in PLUS (Program to Launch Underrepresented in Medicine Success) must apply by Friday, April 30. Designed to support the career development of underrepresented faculty in academic medicine, PLUS is a two-year cohort program structured around the two pillars of leadership and scholarship. The program is bolstered by networking, advising, career coaching and wellness programming that is tailored to meet the needs of faculty underrepresented in medicine. Learn more and apply.

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  • Apply for Learning Health System Young Investigator Awards

    The Indiana Learning Health System Young Investigator Awards program aims to train faculty to improve patient care and health system operations through the systematic generation, adoption and application of evidence. Trainees are on track to implement data-driven change alongside a team of world-class leaders in health services research, informatics and implementation science. Through this young investigator awards program, trainees will receive salary support, research funding, research career development and more.

    Interested candidates must email their CV to Aaron Carroll, MD, as soon as possible for eligibility determination prior to submitting a full application. After eligibility determination, final application is due Friday, May 14.

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  • Resident as Teacher Workshop to offer tips for creating a culture of feedback

    IU School of Medicine residents and fellows can learn strategies for creating a culture of feedback and evaluation at the Resident as Teacher Workshop at 1 pm, Thursday, May 20. Featured topics and speakers for the online event are:

    Hosted by the Office of Graduate Medical Education, the workshop is open to all residents and fellows. Chief residents, senior residents/fellows and those interested in an academic career are encouraged to attend. Registration is available.

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  • Reminder: IU Box retires May 10

    Box is now read-only, and all files must be removed before Monday, May 10. Visit the IU Box retirement FAQ for more information. To learn more about IU's individual and institutional storage options, IT Training offers live or recorded webinars on Google at IU My Drive or Microsoft OneDrive at IU.

    To ensure institutional data is secure and to give colleagues access to the information even if you leave IU, use the institutional storage request form.

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  • Roos named emerita professor

    Karen Roos, MD, John and Nancy Nelson Professor of Neurology and professor of neurological surgery, has been named professor emerita of neurology and neurological surgery, effective with her retirement from IU School of Medicine on May 1.

    A valued member of the IU School of Medicine Department of Neurology since 1985, Roos is well known for her outstanding clinical skills and focus on education. During her time at IU School of Medicine, she served as neurology residency director and chair of the neurology department’s promotion and tenure committee for many years.

    Emerita and emeritus designations may be awarded upon retirement from IU School of Medicine to faculty members and others as recognition of “substantial contributions to the university in the fields of teaching, research and/or service.” Roos’ emerita status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates Roos and appreciates her contributions to the school and university.

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Opportunities

  • Supporting faculty productivity during the pandemic: View last week’s webinar

    On Wednesday, April 21, Linda DiMeglio, MD, MPH; Sylk Sotto, EdD, MPS, MBA; and Heather Kelker, MD, hosted a webinar to explore the impact of COVID-19 on academic productivity. The speakers discussed ways to reframe these challenges in the context of promotion and tenure, and wellness.  

    Find a recording and additional resources from this event:

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  • Webinar on May 5 addresses lessons learned from COVID-19

    When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, Gabriel Bosslet, MD, and Amy Martin, doctor of bioethics, focused their ethical and clinical knowledge on the difficult strategies that would need to be implemented if the IU Health system reached full capacity. Attend the lecture at noon on Wednesday, May 5, to learn about the decisions that were faced when examining the ethical and operational complexities of a pandemic in a large health care system. Registration is available.

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  • May 18 Culture and Conversation focuses on policing and health care

    Biases inform how people interact with the world around them. The upcoming Culture and Conversation event at noon on Tuesday, May 18, explores how implicit bias, often shaped by media, affects the health outcomes and quality of life of minoritized populations, especially in relation to police interaction. Guest presenters are Cullen Merritt, PhD, associate professor in the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Doug Johnson, chief of police at IUPUI. Register for the event.

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  • Learn about innovation/implementation science certificate program on May 7

    For people passionate about improving health care, IU School of Medicine offers a 12-month graduate certificate in Innovation and Implementation Science (IIS). Through IIS coursework, students build a foundation to improve processes of care, shape patient and clinician behaviors, and lead effective and sustainable change in their organizations. Assignments help students practice the tools of agile implementation, such as confirming demand and implementing a termination plan, alongside business skills like networking and pitching to stakeholders.

    Attend a virtual open house from 1-3 pm EDT, on Friday, May 7, to learn more about the program. To register for the event, email CHIIS@iu.edu.

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  • Tomorrow: Medical student to present lecture on Indianapolis’ early Black physicians

    Jamel Hill, fourth-year medical student, will present “Disappearing heroes: A look into early Black physicians in Indianapolis and how the disappearance of Black male physicians affects our society today,” at 4 pm on Friday, April 30. Presented via Zoom, the free lecture is sponsored by the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society, the IU School of Medicine History of Medicine Student Interest Group, the IUPUI Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program and the Ruth Lilly Medical Library. More details and registration are available.

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