Faculty and Staff News
Fall All School Meeting is Tuesday
If you haven’t registered for next week’s IU School of Medicine All School Meeting, now is the time. The fall meeting will be held via Zoom from 4:30-6 pm, on Tuesday, September 28. All faculty, staff and learners are invited to attend the meeting, which will include important school updates from IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA. There will be opportunities to ask questions. Register for Tuesday’s meeting.
On the blog: Admissions director provides compassionate guidance to applicants from underrepresented communities
As a first-generation college student, Karen Smartt had enthusiastic parental support but little working knowledge of how to apply for admission into a university or for specific programs and scholarships. Her ambition and perseverance paid off as she went on to earn not only a bachelor’s degree, but also two master’s degrees and a Doctor of Education in organizational leadership.
As assistant dean and director of admissions at IU School of Medicine, Smartt carries those memories from early adulthood with her as she helps applicants navigate the medical school admissions process.
“I have a strong interest in students who have similar experiences from the standpoint of needing that extra help or direction. That’s why I think I am so passionate about trying to reach out as much as I can to students who are members of the first-generation population and have backgrounds in underserved communities,” Smartt said. “One of the responsibilities we carry in admissions is that we want to make sure students feel like they have an equal opportunity to gain admission to their program of choice.”
Under Smartt’s leadership toward implementing IU School of Medicine’s recruitment goals, underrepresented in medicine (URM) admissions have gone from 8 percent to 23 percent—representing a higher minority population at the medical school than in the general Indiana population. This is significant progress in moving toward a future physician population that is more representative of the patients they serve in Indiana and nationally, Smartt said.
For more on Smartt and her work to further improve URM recruitment at IU School of Medicine, read the Women in Medicine blog post.
Indiana CTSI Annual Meeting is tomorrow
The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Annual Meeting is Friday, September 24. The virtual meeting features keynote speaker Nancy J. Brown, MD, dean, Yale School of Medicine. Brown is also the recipient of this year’s August M. Watanabe Prize in Translational Research. Her research helped inform the focus of this year’s annual meeting, “Preventing the Smoldering Pandemic of Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome.”
View the full agenda and register for the meeting.
Embí to depart for Vanderbilt University
Peter Embí, MD, president and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., will leave the institute in December to assume the position of chair of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Biomedical Informatics. He also will serve as senior vice president for research and innovation, a newly created position.
In addition to his position at Regenstrief Institute, Embí is the Leonard Betley Professor of Medicine and serves as the associate dean for informatics and health services research at IU School of Medicine, associate director of informatics at the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and as vice president for learning health systems at Indiana University Health.
During his five years at Regenstrief, Embí has grown the institute’s faculty, overseeing a 50 percent increase in funded research, and, in collaboration with longtime partners and new collaborators, expanded the institute’s local, national and international impact in health and health care.
Study: COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing hospitalizations, emergency visits
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine involving data from nearly 200 hospitals across the United States shows that two-dose COVID-19 vaccinations are highly effective at preventing hospitalizations, emergency department visits and intensive care admissions due to the virus. The real-world evidence gathered from electronic health records (EHRs) demonstrates that the vaccines provide high levels of protection for populations disproportionately affected by the virus, including older adults and minorities.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated with six U.S. health care systems, plus the Regenstrief Institute, to create the VISION network to assess COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness. Regenstrief, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, HealthPartners, Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Kaiser Permanente Northwest and University of Colorado all contributed hospitalization and ICU data for patients older than 50 from a total of 187 hospitals, in addition to data from emergency departments and urgent care clinics. The data covered 45,000 medical encounters.
“This real-world evidence corroborates the results of clinical trials and provides even more confidence in the vaccines,” said paper author Shaun Grannis, MD, Regenstrief vice president for data and analytics and IU School of Medicine professor of family medicine. “This study is an excellent example of how EHR data can be leveraged for public health and how collaboration between health entities can provide new and beneficial insights.”
For more details on the study, visit regenstrief.org.
Faculty and Staff News
IU School of Medicine, IU Health open search for Department of Surgery chair
IU School of Medicine and Indiana University Health are partnering with Korn Ferry to conduct a national search for a distinguished academic leader to serve as chair of the Department of Surgery. The ideal candidate will be a nationally recognized, clinically active academic surgeon with strong leadership skills, a reputation for surgical excellence and a record of achievement in clinical work, education, research and administration.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated a leadership style that is focused on the success of faculty in all their endeavors; commitment to the chair’s role in institutional, as well as departmental leadership; deep understanding of the role of culture in organizational success; and a willingness to be both strategic and tactical in achieving department objectives. The chair will have a demonstrated track record of translational and/or clinical research. Candidates with current or past National Institutes of Health funding are preferred. More information is available. Priority review deadline is Wednesday, October 27.
Maxey and Caine appointed to new Public Health Commission
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has appointed two IU School of Medicine faculty members to serve on the new 12-member Public Health Commission.
Hannah Maxey, PhD, associate professor of family medicine and director of the Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy; and Virginia Caine, MD, Bicentennial Professor and director, Marion County Public Health Department, will serve on the newly formed commission. The commission will review Indiana’s public health system and make recommendations to the governor. WTHR reported the announcement; more details are available at in.gov.
Take note of road closures near IU Health Methodist Hospital
Extensive underground utility work for IU Health’s new hospital in downtown Indianapolis kicked off this week, resulting in road closures near IU Health Methodist Hospital. A road closure map and more information are available at iuhealth.org.
Additional items of note:
- A temporary emergency department access road has been built to connect Senate and Capitol avenues with the Methodist Emergency Department. That road opened to vehicles earlier this week.
- A pedestrian walkway will follow the ED access road providing a safe walkway across 16th Street.
- As this work continues, Parking Garage 3 remains open and free to new and existing parkers.
Work will be completed in three phases and is expected to run until March 2022.
Holley named associate director of Academy of Teaching Scholars
Matthew Holley, PhD, assistant professor of clinical family medicine, has been named associate director for the Academy of Teaching Scholars. The academy is designed to help IU School of Medicine faculty build and share their skills as educators. In addition, the program encourages members to become educational leaders and facilitators of positive change.
In his new role, Holley will work with IU School of Medicine Medical Student Education and Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity to build an infrastructure that integrates inclusive practices into all aspects of teaching and learning. Read the Faculty News blog post for more about Holley and his vision for the role.
It’s time to schedule your flu shot
Believe it or not, flu season is here again. This year, IU is strongly encouraging all staff, faculty and students to get a flu vaccine. With rates of COVID-19 infection high across the country, it’s especially important to get a flu vaccine this year to help keep everyone healthy and reduce the strain on the health care system.
Flu shot clinics are being held on the IUPUI and Bloomington campuses in October:
Faculty, staff and students on regional campuses should check their local campus news sources for flu shot information. If you can’t attend an on-campus flu shot clinic, check with your local retail pharmacy for flu shot availability. Many primary care providers also administer flu vaccines.
Wednesday is deadline to nominate staff for bonus program
The IU School of Medicine staff discretionary bonus award is a special one-time payment awarded to selected exempt, non-exempt and temporary staff members for extraordinary contributions to the school’s strategic priorities.
Nomination requests will be evaluated by a review committee using the criteria in the discretionary bonus guidelines. The deadline to submit nominations is Wednesday, September 29. Complete details, including the guidelines and nomination form, are available on the MedNet Human Resources website. Questions? Contact Gretchen Dennis, human resources director.
AMPATH Fireside Chat to highlight dermatology care expansion in Kenya
Join the next fireside chat at noon on Tuesday, September 28, to learn how AMPATH dermatology is harnessing the power of technology to expand clinical care across western Kenya. Using a teledermatology system, approximately 65 percent of patients can be treated by their primary care providers without having to make a long and expensive journey to see a specialist in person. The telederm system has also led to the creation of Kaposi Sarcoma Centers of Excellence in Chulaimbo and at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. Toby Maurer, MD, IU School of Medicine professor of clinical dermatology, will be one of the presenters. Find out more and register.
September 30 discussion to focus on Latinx health equity issues
Providing a platform for researchers, practitioners and leaders to discuss topics affecting underrepresented populations, the IU School of Medicine Fall Diversity Keynote Speaker event will feature discussion about health equity in the Latinx community. The event will be held via Zoom from noon-1 pm, on Thursday, September 30. Keynote speakers include:
- Ruben Hernandez, MD, a native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, moved to Indianapolis in 2005 for family medicine training at IU-Methodist Family Medicine Residency. He is currently involved with global health medicine in Latin America. He is an assistant professor of clinical family medicine and vice chair of education for the Department of Family Medicine.
- Marlene Dotson, MPA, is the president and CEO of Indiana Latino Institute. As a bilingual executive-level public service and nonprofit professional, Dotson has experience in a wide range of roles, both in the public and nonprofit sectors. For the past 17 years, she has dedicated her time to working with the Latino community of Indiana, focusing on education, women’s issues and immigration policy.
Find out more about the event and register.
October 7 events to focus on global health
The Women in Global Health–Midwest Chapter will host its annual meeting virtually from noon-3 pm, on Thursday, October 7. The meeting will follow the Midwest Universities for Global Health Conference (hosted by IU), which will be held from 9 am-noon. Both events feature many IU School of Medicine faculty members and partners. Learn more and register for both virtual conferences.
Apply by November 1 for Sarah Roush fellowship in Alzheimer’s research
Through a generous donation from James R. and Nancy E. Carpenter and a matching contribution from the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center established the Sarah Roush Memorial Fellowship in Alzheimer’s Disease Research, an annual postdoctoral fellowship supplement that will enhance current research in the field of Alzheimer’s disease or other neurodegenerative dementing illnesses. The application can be focused on clinical, neuropsychological, basic or other specific type of research on Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The opportunity is open to postdoctoral fellows at any IU School of Medicine campus and provides $22,500 for one year.
Deadline to apply is Monday, November 1.
Funding available for spinal cord and brain injury research
The Indiana Traumatic Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research program fosters and encourages research for the prevention, treatment and cure of spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, including acute management, medical complications, rehabilitative techniques and neuronal recovery.
Priority will be given to:
- Junior investigators (within five years of their last training period at the time of submission)
- Researchers embarking on a new research direction
- Returning investigators whose prior awards have resulted in demonstrable movement along the translational spectrum (e.g., from in vitro to in vivo) and/or led to extramural research support
- Early commercialization research that is reasonably expected to lead to future funding (SBIR/STTR, private investment)
Application deadline is Monday, December 13. Learn more and apply.