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  • Michael House, MD, named interim chair for Department of Surgery

    Michael G. House, MD, FACS, FSSO, division chief of surgical oncology, will serve as interim chair of the IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery, effective January 1, 2022. He will succeed Gary Dunnington, MD, who will step down as department chair at the end of the year.

    House is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his General Surgery Residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He completed Complex General Surgical Oncology and Hepatopancreatobiliary Fellowships at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he served as chief administrative fellow.

    Joining IU School of Medicine in 2008, House now serves as professor of surgery for IU Health Physicians Surgical Oncology. His clinical interests in surgical oncology include the management of primary and secondary hepatic neoplasms, bile duct tumors, benign and malignant diseases of the pancreas, gastric cancer and sarcoma.

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  • First-generation medical students gain support network

    Lauren Henninger grew up in a working class community on the south side of Chicago. Her mom worked at a department store; her dad worked in maintenance at a manufacturing plant.

    “College was never a conversation that was in my house,” she said.

    Now Henninger holds a master’s degree in student affairs administration and is a lead advisor at Indiana University School of Medicine. She has a special place in her heart for helping first-generation students—those whose parents did not have college degrees.

    About 9 percent of IU medical students identify as “first gen.” If they felt out of place as undergrads, it’s even less common to come from an uneducated family in medical school. Now there’s a way for first-gen med students to connect.

    Inspired by an Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) conference session on supporting first-generation students, Henninger spearheaded the effort to form the First Generation Committee at IU School of Medicine in 2018 with support from Emily Walvoord, MD, associate dean for student affairs, and the help of several first-gen medical students. The committee aims to foster a network of IU School of Medicine students, faculty and staff who identify as first-generation.

    “The First Generation Committee helps students understand they’re not alone coming from a first-generation background,” said Henninger, who serves as co-advisor with Niki Messmore, MS, director of medical student education—another proud first gen. “We’re creating space for students to feel comfortable.”

    For more on first-generation students’ experiences at IU School of Medicine, read the Student Life blog post. Members of the First Generation Committee at IU School of Medicine will share their stories during an Instagram Takeover on Monday, November 8.


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  • Emerging Leaders program nominations due Friday; see the criteria

    IU School of Medicine is accepting applications for its Emerging Leaders program—a leadership development initiative for staff. The purpose of the program is to promote professional growth and leadership skills to promising leaders within the school.

    Program nominees should be staff members who lead others and exhibit the potential to advance into higher leadership roles. Faculty members, department chairs and supervisors are encouraged to nominate individuals they feel meet the selection criteria outlined in the Emerging Leaders program overview.

    The deadline to nominate a staff member is November 5. More information about the program is available on the MedNet Emerging Leaders program page. Interviews for the new cohort will be held December 1-3.

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  • IU School of Medicine Education Day is April 28; proposals due January 14

    Mark your calendar for IU School of Medicine’s third annual Education Day, which will be held on Thursday, April 28. The theme of this year’s event is “Building Bridges in Medical Education.” Proposals for the event are now being accepted and may be submitted by faculty, staff, residents, fellows and students from all departments and campuses. Submissions related to the following topics are encouraged:

    • Assessment and evaluation
    • COVID-related educational initiatives
    • Cultural competence
    • Critical thinking and clinical reasoning
    • Curriculum development
    • Diversity, equity and inclusion
    • Effective feedback
    • Instructional techniques, including online tools
    • Innovation in education
    • Point of care ultrasound
    • Preclinical instruction
    • Procedural competence
    • Professional identity formation
    • Professionalism
    • Simulation
    • Teaching development for residents and faculty
    • Wellness 

    Session formats will include oral platform presentations, small group discussions and workshops. The deadline to submit proposals is 5 pm on January 14. Questions? Contact Komal Kochhar, MD, MHA. Event registration information will be announced in the coming weeks.

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  • Take note of INScope’s year-end schedule

    The end of the year is approaching, and that means INScope will temporarily change its publication schedule beginning later this month. The e-newsletter will not publish on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25. Weekly publication will resume on December 2, with the last issue of the year distributed on December 16. Publication will resume in the new year on January 6.

    Have a news item for INScope? Email the information to

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Research News

  • School announces 2021 Showalter Scholars

    IU School of Medicine recently announced the 2021 Showalter Scholars. The Showalter Scholar program supports and recognizes faculty who have used their scientific expertise and productivity to make significant contributions to the school and the field of scientific research. This year’s scholars are:

    Learn more about the scholars’ work in this Research Updates blog post.

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  • In the news: IU Precision Health Initiative highlighted in Missouri

    The outcomes, impact and efforts made by the IU Precision Health Initiative resulted in a multimedia news crew traveling to Indianapolis from Columbia, Missouri, to talk with several leaders about precision health.

    The University of Missouri’s Nextgen Precision Health Institute opened in October, and IU’s Grand Challenge is mentioned multiple times in their proposals as an example for what the Nextgen Institute will idealistically become. Visit Precision Health for links to the media coverage, some of which included interviews with Tatiana Foroud, PhD, executive associate dean for research affairs, and faculty members Erin Conboy, MD, and Kathy Miller, MD.

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  • Encouraging student success through the Indiana CTSI

    The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) K-12 STEM Program instills success by giving high school students the opportunity to explore careers in science while participating in research at businesses and universities. Aishat Aidu and Anna Martin participated in the program while they were in high school. They were both accepted to IU School of Medicine and started classes this fall. Watch their success story video. 

    The Indiana CTSI is a statewide partnership among Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame and numerous life sciences businesses, government entities and community organizations. Learn more about the Indiana CTSI.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Diversity scholars fund honors memory of Chaniece Wallace, MD

    To honor the life of Chaniece Wallace, MD, her colleagues and family, in partnership with Riley Children’s Foundation, have established the Diversity Scholars Fund in Pediatrics. Wallace, who passed away in October 2020, was chief resident in the IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. For more on Wallace’s career and life, as well as details about the scholars fund, visit

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  • DEI resource series: Driving change in the workplace and anti-racism

    When it comes to fostering anti-racism in the workplace, how do you make meaningful changes? The webinar, “Driving Change and Anti-Racism” offers tools for identifying what needs to change, driving accountability, maintaining focus and overcoming emotion. The presentation is available through LinkedIn Learning, offered to IU faculty, staff and learners free of charge through One.IU (search “LinkedIn”).

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  • IUPUI: Flu, COVID-19 vaccine clinics scheduled this month

    IUPUI Campus Health is hosting vaccine clinics in November for faculty, staff and students. A flu vaccine clinic will be held on Tuesday, November 9, and two COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be held later in the month. Take note of the specific details and schedule an appointment.

    IUPUI Campus Health
    Flu vaccine clinic only
    Campus Center, Room 450
    Tuesday, November 9; 9 am-3 pm
    Schedule an appointment

    IUPUI Campus Health
    COVID-19 vaccine clinic only (Pfizer)
    Campus Center, Room 450
    Wednesday, November 17; 8-11 am
    Schedule an appointment

    IUPUI Campus Health
    COVID-19 vaccine clinic only (Pfizer)
    Campus Center, Room 450
    Tuesday, November 30; 11 am-2 pm
    Schedule an appointment

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  • Wells Center educational program seeks applications from high schoolers

    Applications for Molecular Medicine in Action (MMIA) are now open. MMIA is a two-day educational program for Indiana high school students (grades 10-12) interested in exploring careers in science and medicine. Hosted by the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, the free program includes discussions with IU experts and hands-on learning in IU labs. The program is generously support by Riley Children’s Foundation and the Lilly Endowment. To learn more, visit the Molecular Medicine in Action website.

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  • Phase 3 students: Medicine in Kenya information session is November 18

    Medicine in Kenya is a two-month elective in Eldoret, Kenya. As part of the program, IU School of Medicine Phase 3 students participate in the AMPATH partnership between IU, Moi University and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. Students are involved in learning any combination of internal medicine, pediatrics, OBGYN and general surgery. All expenses are paid for by the student.

    Interested in the elective? Plan to attend the information session at 5 pm on Thursday, November 18. Register for the session. With questions, contact Victoria Eder.

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  • Watch: Kendi’s October presentation at IUPUI now available

    Did you miss leading racism scholar and bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi speak on "How to Live as an Antiracist" last month? The presentation is now available for viewing.

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  • Joe and Sarah Ellen Mamlin named Indiana Living Legends

    IU School of Medicine Professor Emeritus Joe Mamlin, MD, and Sarah Ellen Mamlin were honored as Indiana Living Legends by the Indiana Historical Society. Dr. Mamlin is one of four IU physicians who formed a partnership in Kenya with Moi University which later became AMPATH. Sarah Ellen Mamlin was the founder of Sally Test Child Life Program and many other initiatives for women and children in western Kenya. The Mamlins lived and worked in Kenya for more than two decades.

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