Terre Haute


Campus News and Events

Year-round, the Terre Haute campus community offers a growing list of cultural events as well as fun-runs, festivals and other recreational experiences. The medical school also hosts a series of popular events for students and the community. A popular event series for medical students is Enrichment Hour.

Enrichment Hour

Enrichment Hour is a weekly speaker series for medical students in Terre Haute. Meetings for Enrichment Hour programs are held weekly on Tuesdays (noon until 1 pm) at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education (LCHE) or Holmstedt Hall (HH). Confirmed speakers and topics for each program will be provided here as the calendar continues to fill up throughout the semester.

  • March 14: Spring Break (no meeting)
  • March 28: Community Health Project Presentations
  • April 11: Dr. Michael Lannoo (MS1) How Physicians Think at Holmstedt Hall
  • April 18: Dr. Michael Lannoo (MS1) The Art of The Diagnosis, Part 1 at Holmstedt Hall
  • April 25: Dr. Michael Lannoo (MS1) The Art of The Diagnosis, Part 2 at Holmstedt Hall

Rural Student Interest Group (RSIG)

Rural Student Interest Group is another weekly speaker series for rural medical students in Terre Haute. Meetings for the RSIG program are held weekly on Thursdays (noon until 1 pm) at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education (LCHE) or Holmstedt Hall (HH). Confirmed speakers and topics for each program will be provided here as the calendar continues to fill up throughout the semester.

  • March 23: CHP presentations
  • March 28: CHP presentations (Enrichment Hour)
  • March 30: CHP presentations
  • April 6: Dr. Joan Duwve -addiction, the HIV outbreak and the public health departments response
  • April 13: Lindsay Wenning-sexual health in rural areas
  • April 20:  Dr. Hilton-mental health in rural areas
  • April 27:  Jim Miller-business of health care
  • May 4: Jim Miller business of health care

Community Health Fair

Each year, the Terre Haute Community Health Fair, organized by medical students at IU School of Medicine–Terre Haute, invites leaders of the Terre Haute community to gather to educate area residents and other attendees about their health and how they can improve it. The growing event is held at the Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club (924 N 13th St) and offers many programs and services, including educational exhibits about personal health, fitness classes, massage therapy and free health screenings such as vision, hearing, blood sugar, body mass index and blood pressure. Popular educational exhibits focus on diabetes, nutrition and osteoporosis as well as fun children’s activities related to health and wellness.

Mini Medical School

The Mini Medical School program (free) provides an interactive public forum to discuss medical training, medical procedures, current medical news and medical concerns. Speakers for each session include physicians and/or other health care specialists typically involved in the diagnosis and treatment of the symptom or condition under discussion. For this year’s program, speakers will focus on wellness and prevention of chronic diseases.

Following a 40- to 50-minute presentation and a refreshment break, a moderator will present questions from the audience about the evening’s topic. The forum is not intended to provide diagnosis of specific disease concerns of the public but to suggest paths needed for consumers to resolve their medical questions. All sessions will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Landsbaum Center for Health Education located at 1433 North 6 1/2 Street, Terre Haute, Indiana. Free blood pressure, BMI, depression and glucose screening are provided at each session, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. There is no charge for the Mini Medical School. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. To reserve a space, call Extended Learning at Indiana State University at 812-237-2345 or register online. At https://isu-aceweb-001.indstate.edu/ShowGroups.awp, click Continuing Education.

March 7
Heart Health
Heart health problems include coronary heart disease, an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia), heart valve disease, as well as cardiomyopathy and aorta problems, such as aortic aneurysm, and aortic valve problems. This session is for people interested in heart health who want to know the best ways to talk to and work with their healthcare team so they can build a successful treatment plan. The goal is to know how to talk with your providers so you can share in making decisions about your treatment plan and improve your day-to-day life. The presenters at this session will provide information concerning the basics of heart failure – from symptoms to management, why it’s important to start and stay on your treatment plan,  how to talk with your providers: what information to share and more.

March 14
Pain Management
Pain is truly both a physical and an emotional experience perceived and processed by the brain, it’s a real health problem as well. Chronic pain is now considered by the experts as a disease. Pain can be a debilitating condition, but there are ways to keep it under control. Whether your pain is from arthritis, cancer treatments, fibromyalgia, or an old injury, you need to find a way to get your pain under control. What’s the best approach to do that? It’s important to approach pain management the right way. Just like diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other chronic diseases, chronic pain needs to be addressed and treated as a serious condition. The presenters at this session will share about different pain management treatments and technique options.

March 21
Heroin in the Heartland
Heroin, both dangerous and deadly, is a growing problem among adults and is becoming a drug of choice for our teens. This is true even in this area. Because of the grave effects heroin has and the uptick in young adult usage, parents need to be aware of it. Heroin happens to be one of the most addictive drugs that can be abused and the effects of heroin abuse are incredibly destructive. Many teens who are addicted to heroin may not be aware of the damage that heroin is doing to their life. The presenters will address some of the effects of heroin abuse as well as treatment programs that are available to those seeking help.

March 28
Fall Prevention
Fall prevention may not seem like a lively topic, but it’s important. Falls can happen anytime and anywhere to people of any age. As you get older, physical changes and health conditions — and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions — make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Still, fear of falling doesn’t need to rule your life. Fortunately, many falls can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices, simple exercises and safety modifications in the home. The presenters of this session will share and demonstrate strategies that aid in fall prevention.

April 4
Demystifying Mental Illness
Today, even with all the Mental Health Awareness, there is still much misunderstood information regarding mental illness. Stigma, discrimination, misinformation and lack of access to medical care continue to entrap many people with mental illness, affecting their quality of life and may even endanger their lives. in this session, presenters propose to dispel myths of the different mental illnesses and educate with factual information about these illnesses and the symptoms, treatment options, recovery and the impact of mental illness on the person, family members and the cost to society and give information on promising treatments for the future.

April 11
Diabetes/Chronic Disease Management: Living a Healthy Life
Many people struggle with chronic diseases-conditions that last a year or more, which may limit what one can do and may require ongoing treatment. Successfully managing any chronic disease is about more than just taking medicine. Health care doesn’t have to be a matter of strictly following doctor’s orders. In fact, when patients set specific goals, overcome obstacles and meet objectives, it can be a powerful experience, beneficial to both their confidence and health. By taking ownership of one’s health care, whether it’s learning to cope with a medical condition or trying new strategies to improve one, patients become the CEO of their care, invested and committed to the most important business – their health. There are programs available that are critical to patients health care because they promote the patient’s central role in managing their own health. The presenters at this session will introduce resources that one might utilize for help.

April 18
Emergency Room vs Ambulatory Clinics Visitation
Got a cold? A bee sting? A sore throat? The ambulatory clinic or walk- in clinic is the place for you. Chest pains? Severe abdominal pain? Sprained your ankle? Think you broke your arm? Get to the Emergency Room for evaluation and treatment. The presenters will discuss the differences between the highly technical state-of-the-art emergency departments which are equipped to treat all types of major traumas where time is of the essence. Ambulatory clinics are equipped to treat non- life threatening illnesses and are medical facilities similar to a family practice physician office but, do not require appointments and are open late into the evening. The presenters will also talk about the differences in the cost of the ER versus Ambulatory Care.

April 25
Relaxation and Stress Management
You may feel there’s nothing you can do about stress. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you might think. Stress management is all about taking charge: of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions and the way you deal with problems. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control. Relaxation techniques are a great way to help with stress management. Relaxation isn’t just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the effects of stress on your mind and body. Relaxation techniques can help you cope with everyday stress and with stress related to various health problems, such as cancer and pain. There are several main types of relaxation techniques, including autogenic relaxation, progressive muscle relation, visualization, deep breathing, hypnosis, massage, meditation, Tai chi, yoga, biofeedback, and music and art therapy. The presenters at this session will introduce and demonstrate various relaxation techniques.

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