The Program to Launch Underrepresented in Medicine Success (PLUS) at Indiana University School of Medicine is designed to support the career development of faculty who come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in academic medicine (URiM). Launched in 2018, PLUS helps promote and retain high-talent faculty from minoritized and historically marginalized backgrounds, who have the expertise and skills to become the next generation of leaders in academic medicine and health research.
Many healthcare practices employ an interdisciplinary care team to provide holistic care for their patients. As a member of one of these teams, Rabbi Justin Kerber, a board-certified staff chaplain and rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom, provides insight on spiritual care for Jewish patients.
Cultivating environments and communities that nurture innovation, leadership and advocacy is the mission of Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (oSTEM) Incorporated, a national organization that empowers LGBTQ+ people in STEM to succeed personally, academically and professionally. Indiana University School of Medicine and IUPUI School of Science brought a chapter of the national organization to the Indianapolis campus in 2018, called Graduate Out in STEM (GoSTEM).
Thomas Vidic, MD, adjunct clinical associate professor of neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend and practicing physician at the Elkhart Clinic, has impacted the South Bend community for nearly four decades.
Clint Cary, MD, MPH, associate professor of urology, and David Hains, MD, Byron P. & Frances D. Hollett professor of pediatric nephrology, were selected as the 2021-22 Evans Fellows in Health Care Leadership.
Founded in 2019 by medical students Seungyup Sun, Class of 2022, and Lily Suh, Class of 2023, the Indiana University School of Medicine chapter of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) recently held elections for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Focusing on holistic treatment for all patients within hospitals and other medical facilities, spiritual care addresses the emotional and spiritual needs of patients with various belief systems. Sangeetha Kowsik, a designer / artist, spiritual life advisor at New York University and founding member of the North American Hindu Chaplain Association (NAHCA), provides insight on spiritual care for Hindu patients.
Many racial and ethnic communities are often underrepresented in the medical profession. IU School of Medicine is committed to closing the gap by offering focused programs aligned with three foundational pillars: representational diversity, inclusive working and learning environment, and cultural competence.
Spiritual care can contribute to the treatment for all patients, assisting them through a health crisis. Hospital chaplains focus on each patient’s preferred spiritual traditions, rituals and practices. Sondos Kholaki, a board-certified staff chaplain at Hoag Hospital in Irvine, California and Muslim chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California, provides insight on spiritual care for Muslim patients.
Heidi Lakanen, MD, director of IU Health Ball Memorial Physicians Internal Medicine Residency Center and adjunct clinical assistant professor of medicine, has been a key mentor to many learners in Muncie for more than a decade.