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Phoebe Cha, a pre-professional master’s degree student in the Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology, passed away unexpectedly last month.

Remembering Phoebe Cha

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Phoebe Cha, a pre-professional master’s degree student in the Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology, passed away unexpectedly last month.

Cha was a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry (with department honors) in 2020. During her undergraduate years, she was an editor for the Indiana University Journal of Undergraduate Research, worked as a teaching assistant and volunteered at a hospice facility and a domestic violence shelter. In the year that followed her graduation from IU, Phoebe worked as a chemist for the Indiana State Department of Health before joining the pre-professional master’s degree program in 2021.

A funeral service was held on Friday, June 17, 2022. For more details, read the full obituary.

Need to talk? The following information and resources may be helpful for those going through the grieving process.

For trainees:
The Department of Mental Health Services at IU School of Medicine is available to provide mental health and personal counseling services to all students, residents and fellows. There are two ways to access services:

In an emergency, call 317-278-HELP (4357) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A licensed clinical health specialist will provide an assessment and help direct you to appropriate treatment options based on the situation. You may also call on behalf of a trainee if you are a family member, friend or colleague concerned about their well-being. You may call anonymously, if desired.

To request an appointment with the Department of Mental Health Services, send a secure message via the department’s online portal at or call 317-278-2383 during normal business hours.

For IU Health employees:

Indiana University Health Physicians Employee Assistance Program, 317-962-8001
IU Health Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services, 317-962-8611

For IU employees:

IU Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides 24/7/365 access to licensed mental health counselors via SupportLinc or 888-881- LINC (5462) for IU School of Medicine team members and their households.

For all IU School of Medicine community members:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 800-273-8255, available 24/7

You don’t have to go through this experience alone. If your reactions are overwhelming or persistent, please seek professional help. As a reminder, if you need support in processing stress, fear or other emotions you may be feeling, please call the EAP at 1-888-881-LINC (5462) for in-the-moment assistance or visit the portal for stress management tips, resources and videos to help you manage.

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