Rafat Abonour riding his bicycle

Going the Extra Mile

Rafat Abonour's commitment to curing multiple myeloma is unwavering. Each year, he leads a ride for a cure—a ritual that binds him closer to his patients.  

Body of Knowledge

Matthew Harris - April 8, 2020

A resident at IU School of Medicine practices communication skills.

Art of Hard Conversation

Chelsea McClellan - April 8, 2020

A child rests in an iron lung

A Tale of Two Viruses

Daly Walker - Oct 16, 2020


Medical Education

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'I'm proud of the school for stepping up'

This spring, more than 120 medical students offered to graduate early and join the frontline of a health care system grappling with a surge of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who served, their experiences in the clinic provided lasting lessons.

Bobby King  |  Jul 10, 2020

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Gracious Hosts

Indiana University School of Medicine connects alumni with students doing residency interviews in their area, helping students save money on lodging and forge connections during a stressful process.

Chelsea McClellan  |  May 28, 2020

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'It Was A Call of Duty'

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 100 students from IU School of Medicine graduated early to help Indiana mount a response. 

Bobby King  |  Apr 29, 2020



Kathy Miller smiling in a lab coat in front of a silver wall.

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Why Does Kathy Miller Hate Pink?

For the breast cancer researcher, the color reminds her of the work IU School of Medicine still must do to turn breakthroughs in the lab into treatments for patients.

Katie Duffey  |  Jan 06, 2020

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After Early Success, IU Poised to Grow CAR T Program

The Tilley family’s experience shows the life-saving potential of immunotherapy—and underscores why Indiana University School of Medicine wants to scale up its staff to treat more patients.

Matthew Harris  |  Feb 19, 2020

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Rebuilding Health

VICTOR RIGDON CAN fix just about anything. A carpenter at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, he repairs buildings, restores benches and flower boxes—anything. But three years ago, Rigdon found something he couldn’t fix.  His cough. Rigdon didn’t hack. He didn’t ache. It was just a light cough. When he left a walk-in medical clinic with a prescription for antibiotics, Rigdon figured the cough would soon be gone.  Ten days later, Rigdon sat in an exam room and stared as his physician […]

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Fall 2019

Not Your Average Joe

JOE MAMLIN is a storyteller.  It’s a consequence, perhaps, of growing up a “poor hillbilly” (his words) in western North Carolina. He tells stories about going out west as a young man to work as a lumberjack; about making money for college by selling Bibles—and being good at it; about meeting tobacco scion R.J. Reynolds Jr., who founded the scholarship that paid for Mamlin’s medical school. He talks of being in the Peace Corps, teaching at a fledgling medical school […]


Fall 2019

Mission: Unfulfilled

AFTER HIS near-fatal encounter with Ebola on a medical mission in Liberia, few people would question Kent Brantly, MD, if he contented himself with a stateside medical career, one where he put down roots with his wife and kids in the suburbs, and confined his adventures to storytelling. That’s not anything close to what Kent Brantly has in mind. Five years after contracting Ebola while treating patients in the worst outbreak of one of the world’s deadliest diseases, Brantly and […]


Fall 2019

Truly Healed

THE PAIN pulsing in James Mikesh’s lower back was so bad it shook him from his sleep. When it hit, Mikesh—then a senior at the University of Minnesota—would trudge into his bathroom, turn on the knobs in his bathtub and slip into warm water, searching for relief. For a while, that was enough. Then the pain spread to his groin, and Mikesh sought help. It took little time for an oncologist to diagnose the problem: Testicular cancer, stage 3. At […]

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Fall 2019

Helping the Healers

ADAM B. HILL was deep in the woods. Hill, MD, had battled depression since his days as a student at Indiana University School of Medicine, when he was overwhelmed by the course load, the gravity of his chosen profession and the humbling reality that, unlike most of his life, he was no longer the smartest person in the classroom. Still, Hill continued to “grind,” as he describes it. He graduated medical school in 2007, moved on to a residency in […]