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Laura is a senior writer with the Office of Strategic Communications. A native Hoosier, she has 25 years of experience in communications, having worked with newspapers and other media organizations in Indiana and Florida, along with small businesses, community groups and non-profit organizations. Before joining IU School of Medicine in January 2020, she was editor-in-chief of a lifestyle magazine serving the community of Estero, Florida.
Every first-year IU School of Medicine student is assigned to a physician mentor who serves as a positive role model and support person. Many physician mentors open their homes and lives to build authentic relationship.
IU School of Medicine celebrates 50 years of the regional campus system: The medical education program in Fort Wayne began with just four students. Today there are about 90 medical students at IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne.
As an executive recruiting specialist at IU School of Medicine, Crissy Quenichet is one of the first people candidates interact with and one of the last people they see when visiting the medical school for interviews. Quenichet exemplifies the core values of excellence, respect, integrity, diversity and cooperation.
The First Generation Committee at IU School of Medicine aims to foster a network of medical students, faculty and staff who identify as first-generation, meaning their parents did not have college degrees.
In 2019, Dana Mitchell, a fourth-year medical student at IU School of Medicine, was diagnosed with autoimmune encephalitis—a brain inflammation that wreaks neurological havoc. In search of a therapy that would provide lasting relief of her debilitating symptoms, Mitchell reviewed 40 years-worth of research—and discovered a drug combination, not previously used in this disease, that worked to restore her health. She exemplifies the spirit of excellence, an IU School of Medicine core value.
Community advocates are partnering with Indiana University School of Medicine to spread the word about the importance of including Black women in clinical research for breast cancer as researchers affiliated with the Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research are studying how treatments can be tailored for people of different ethnicities to fight breast cancer more effectively and with fewer side effects.
Jenny Larner Brown dreams of a day when no one would ever hear their oncologist say, "We're out of options." It's now been more than two years since Brown learned she had deadly Stage 4 triple negative breast cancer. She remains in remission today, thanks to her participation in an IU School of Medicine clinical trial called "Whac-a-Mole."