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Annual Report

2020 Year in Review

Dean's Message

Mission Critical

A tumultuous year tested our resolve, but IU School of Medicine continued to find a way to train healers and transform health.

For most of us, the year 2020 will be remembered for its difficulties, human tragedies and hardships that were a direct result or related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yet, it would be an oversight and a disservice to overlook the courage, creativity and dedication shown by so many here at IU School of Medicine in response to the challenges we faced.

2020 Annual Report

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We began 2020 hopeful that we could continue the school’s upward trajectory in research, medical education and innovation. Abruptly, we realized that everything we hoped to accomplish would be directly impacted by the rising threat of the pandemic.

Faced with a new threat unlike any the school had seen in a century, our medical education team quickly shifted gear in March to redesign the curriculum so it could be delivered exclusively online.

Our clinical faculty were confronted by the challenge of facing a new, deadly disease of which so little was initially known. Their sacrifices—in time apart from family, in serving at personal risk to themselves—epitomized the very definition of courage, and of public service.

Our student body responded with initiative and great character. In the spring, about one-third of the Class of 2020 volunteered to graduate early so they could be available to serve on the frontlines of the pandemic. By year’s end, our student volunteers were administering the vaccine.

But perhaps our greatest achievement of 2020 was how IU School of Medicine, with our colleagues in public health, channeled its considerable expertise to the task of keeping all of Indiana University safe.

Despite these challenges, the School of Medicine had another record year in research productivity, even with temporary interruptions. We kept the pipeline of physicians flowing with another stellar graduating class while enrolling a new class. Importantly, we also took steps to ensure we have a more inclusive environment for our learners, faculty and staff.

In short, we nimbly adapted to the circumstances and created a new template for our research, our study and our public service. In a year of great challenges, IU School of Medicine rose to meet them all.

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Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA
Executive Vice President for University Clinical Affairs
Dean of the School of Medicine
Indiana University

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Indiana Health

Engaging the Threat

IU School of Medicine helped formulate and implement plans for a safe return to campus, and confronted COVID-19 in the lab and clinic.

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Research Updates

Growth in the Lab

The bold and groundbreaking work of physicians and scientists propelled IU School of Medicine to a record year in external support.

IU School of Medicine  |  Mar 15, 2021

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Student Life

Passion Projects

Scholarly concentrations enable medical students to mold their training in a way that fits their interests—and become the physicians they aspire to be.

IU School of Medicine  |  Mar 15, 2021

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Strategic Voices

Diversified Approach

With an advisor to the dean and other steps, IU School of Medicine strives to be a welcoming environment for all.

IU School of Medicine  |  Mar 15, 2021

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Spirit of Medicine

Healthy Dose of Generosity

Loyal friends helped infuse funds to support the work of faculty and scholarships for a new generation of physicians.

IU School of Medicine  |  Mar 15, 2021

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Student Life

Built to Succeed

Plans for new medical campus tightly intertwine education, research and clinical care.

IU School of Medicine  |  Mar 15, 2021

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Indiana Health

Institutional Knowledge

Umbrella entities between IU School of Medicine and IU Health will maximize expertise in cancer, cardiology and neurology.

IU School of Medicine  |  Mar 15, 2021

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MD Student News

Closing the Gap

A major grant empowers IU School of Medicine to tackle health disparities.

IU School of Medicine  |  Mar 15, 2021

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