Highlights of 2015: School of Medicine year in review

December 17, 2015

Progress toward reaccreditation, advancements in the curriculum renewal process, and achievements in medical research made InScope headlines in 2015, but the year was marked by successes in a number of other areas as well. Here is a monthly recap of the year’s highlights.

IU School of Medicine contributed to advances in medical research in 2015 and made headway toward re-accreditation and curriculum renewal. | Photo By Indiana University School of Medicine


  • The inaugural Second Year Show, a MS2 class-wide production focusing on the insider’s view of medical school life, entertained with a broader purpose of helping to create a new tradition at IUSM.
  • Four IUSM residency training programs—anesthesiology, diagnostic radiology, pediatrics, and urology—were recognized for excellence in the first regional residency rankings by Doximity.


  • Eli Lilly and Co. committed $1 million to IU School of Medicine's partner program AMPATH in Kenya to help equip a new oncology center, hire more staff and train local healthcare providers.
  • The IUSM Global Health Student Interest Group raised more than $5,600 at the seventh annual Hunger Banquet.


  • Former IU Bloomington basketball standout Victor Oladipo donated $15,000 to breast cancer research at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.
  • Steven G. Becker, M.D., associate dean and director of IUSM-Evansville, received the community Visionary Award during the annual Celebration of Leadership in Evansville.


  • Nearly 120 IUSM medical students and their families turned gardeners-for-a-day March 28 during the 20th annual Spring House Calls, the oldest service-learning project at the IU School of Medicine.
  • Bryan Yamamoto, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert on the impact of drugs of abuse on the brain, was named chair of the IUSM Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
  • IU, IU Health and IU Health Bloomington Hospital reached agreement to create the state’s first regional academic health campus outside Indianapolis on the IU Bloomington campus.
  • Mark W. Geraci, M.D., a pulmonologist and lung cancer researcher from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, joined IUSM as chair of the school's Department of Medicine.
  • The CHUCKSTRONG Tailgate Gala on April 24 set a record, raising more than $720,000 for cancer research at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.


  • IUSM awarded diplomas to 404 physicians, scientists and researchers at the 2015 commencement ceremonies. Kent Brantly, M.D., IUSM alumnus and Ebola survivor, was the keynote speaker.
  • Forty-eight IUSM faculty were honored with Trustee Teaching Awards.
  • Mark Fox, M.D., Ph.D., was named associate dean and director of IUSM-South Bend.


  • IUSM announced the new Mentorship and Advising Program.
  • IUSM faculty members Diane Janowicz, M.D., and Janet Arno, M.D., traveled to southeastern Indiana to help battle the worst HIV outbreak in the state’s history. Dr. Janowicz penned an article about the experience that appeared in TIME magazine.


  • The school announced the formation of College and House, a set of house-based learning communities supported by the Medical Student Council to address student engagement and wellness.


  • Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D., a nationally recognized researcher at the IU School of Medicine and director of Indiana's largest statewide research organization, agreed to lead IUSM's $300 million research enterprise.
  • The IUSM Curriculum Council Steering Committee unanimously endorsed a plan to roll out the school’s new curriculum in the fall of 2016.
  • IU School of Medicine welcomed the largest incoming class in the school’s 112-year history, officially making IUSM the largest medical school in the United States.


  • IUSM selected to lead a five-year, $12 million national research project to develop new treatments for pediatric cancers.
  • IU Student Outreach clinic celebrated its seventh year of service.
  • Tatiana Foroud, Ph.D., accepted chair position for the IUSM Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics.
  • The Navari Student Outreach Clinic, run by students at IUSM-South Bend, received the Serve Indiana 2015 Award for Excellence in Service Learning.


  • IUSM was selected to lead a $46.4 million federally funded, multi-state program to transform clinical practice and lower healthcare costs.
  • IUSM announced that its scientists received a record $302 million in biomedical research funding, a 17 percent increase over 2014.
  • The Indiana State Budget Committee approved funding for the Multi-Institutional Academic Health Science and Research Center in downtown Evansville.


  • Indiana Governor Mike Pence appointed Peter Nalin, M.D., IUSM executive associate dean for educational affairs, and Steven Becker, M.D., director and associate dean, IUSM-Evansville, to serve on the Graduate Medical Education Board.
  • The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust awarded an IU-led team, directed by Linda DiMeglio, M.D., M.P.H., IUSM professor of pediatrics, a $5 million grant from to develop and test interventions to help families with young children with type 1 diabetes better manage the disease.


  • IUSM acknowledged the passing of colleague David A. Flockhart, M.D., Ph.D., internationally renowned researcher and physician who transformed care for patients by personalizing treatments and making medications safer.
  • Himanshu Shah, M.D., was named permanent chair of the IUSM Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences. Dr. Shah had been serving as interim chair since June 1, 2014.
  • The IU Center for Global Health and AMPATH received the Celebrating American Ideas award from the Sagamore Institute at the Indiana Conference on Citizenship.

Find details on these stories and more on the IU School of Medicine Newsroom.