Leadership and Administration

Office of Strategic Communications

The IU School of Medicine Dean’s Office of Strategic Communications provides internal and external communications services, including public and media relations, marketing, and branding. The team also oversees digital communications for the School, including platform strategy and stakeholder management for the IU School of Medicine website, social channels, email messaging and more.

This office seeks to unify communications for IU School of Medicine and deliver clear, consistent messages at a statewide level for all core audiences, including current and prospective faculty, students, staff, alumni, donors, community members and industry partners.

To improve communications and make schoolwide information easily accessible on a digital platform, the Office of Strategic Communications initiated and oversaw the production of IU School of Medicine’s first limited-scope intranet, MedNet, which launched in the spring of 2016.

Communications Initiatives

The Office of Strategic Communications is responsible for developing, implementing and providing resources that enable consistency in digital, print and promotional materials that support the IU School of Medicine brand. These guidelines and resources are detailed in the IU School of Medicine Identity and Style Guide.

The IU School of Medicine Office of Strategic Communications manages media relations for the school and shares announcements, arranges interviews and facilitates other work with media and the School’s medical education and research experts. Media should contact Holly Vonderheit, Director of Strategic Communications, IU School of Medicine, at 317-278-3676 or by email at hvonderh@iu.edu.

The Office of Strategic Communications at IU School of Medicine is in the process of consolidating the various legacy websites containing information about the school, its work and programs. The website consolidation and rebuild project is expected to improve content discovery and user experience to audiences seeking information about the school and provide a more integrated and modern digital experience. With bold images of school faculty and students, the new website also conveys a collaborative working and learning environment at IU School of Medicine. Until the full migration is complete, the IU School of Medicine website will feature both new pages and legacy site pages.

As part of the Office of Strategic Communications, the Visual Media team provides graphic design, medical illustration, photography, and poster production services.

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The Office of Strategic Communications oversees school-wide internal communications, including InScope, the school’s internal weekly newsletter; a schoolwide calendar system; and MedTV  an internal digital signage system at the IU School of Medicine Indianapolis campus.