AMEC 2011: “Bringing Medicine Full Circle in the Circle City”

Tameka Jones, M.S.
SNMA Indianapolis Chapter, Marketing and Correspondence Chair
2012 M.D. Candidate, Indiana University School of Medicine

There’s a lot to explore within the Circle City. Upon flying into the city, you’ll be impressed by the ease of airport navigation, check-in/baggage delivery, security check, and terminal facilities at the number one ranked small international airport by J.D. Power Associates in the 2010 North America Airport Satisfaction Study. Within walking distance of the hotels in the downtown area, you’ll find plenty to do and see no matter your budget. Convenient local site attractions include the Indianapolis Zoo (rated in the top ten zoo list by TripAdvisor in 2008), the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indiana and Western Art, and the oldest surviving pathology facility in the nation, the Indiana Medical History Museum.

Downtown dining offers a diverse range of food choices from traditional American steakhouses to the more exotic flavors of Asian, Indian, Greek, Italian and Spanish cuisines. If you’re in the mood for some local flavor, visit Maxine’s Chicken and Waffles for an array of soul food entrees.

For those wanting to shop, the Circle Centre Mall has you covered with its anchor stores Nordstrom and Carson Pirie Scott along with four stories of fantastic shopping. If you’re looking for the higher end retail stores, go no further than Indianapolis’ Fashion Mall at Keystone to find such stores as Saks Fifth Avenue, Banana Republic, Burberry, Cole Haan, and BCBG. For an overall good time with games and food in one spot, consider Jillian’s Billiards Club which offers bowling, pool, arcade games, great food  and music. Downtown nightlife is diverse and includes pubs, cafes, taverns, upscale ultra-lounges, and cigar bars to name a few.

While Indianapolis has a lot to offer for entertainment, the Circle City is also noted for its pioneering strides in medicine. Wishard Memorial Hospital is the county hospital and serves the underserved and uninsured of Indianapolis through its main hospital and comprehensive, community health care centers located throughout the city. Wishard Hospital (Diabetes Clinic) is also credited with the nation’s oldest inpatient and outpatient information system. The system was developed by the Regenstrief Institute in 1972 which itself was established on the campus of the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1968. The Wishard Hospital-Regenstrief partnership is also credited with being the first emergency medical services (EMS) agency in the world to be equipped with electronic medical record technology. This allows paramedics and emergency medical technicians the ability to obtain vital patient health history by accessing their hospital medical records. Such phenomenal accomplishments as these improve patient care and allow for decreased cost and preventative care by allowing physicians within the system access to all aspects of the patient’s care, not just the care that they provide individually.

Apart from Wishard Health Services, Indianapolis is also home to HealthNet, a not-for-profit corporation that provides community-based, comprehensive primary care to the medically underserved through health centers. Booker Thomas, a prominent African-American businessman in Indianapolis, is HealthNet’s CEO and President. Under his direction, HealthNet’s patient population has expanded from 19,000 to 45,000 in 1999 and their budget has increased from $12.9 million to $38 million. HealthNet takes on a pivotal role in preventative medicine through programs that provide prenatal care for homeless moms, health care for the homeless, home health care visits, child wellness and family strengthening program, and a school-based health care program.

There is much more to share about the host city for the 47th Annual Medical Education Conference. Be sure to look to SNMA’s Progress Notes and President’s Newsletter for additional interesting facts about Indianapolis, IN and more information for AMEC 2011.


Convention Memories:
Coming to conference is for more than academic growth, it’s about networking, making new friends, having a good time and making lasting memories. Read below for special memories shared by your fellow SNMA members.

“Attending conference enables me to see my Xavier family and college friends. The event reminds me of a family reunion.”
Emmary Butler, Region V
Indiana University School of Medicine
Class of 2012

“The regional meetings at conference have always been a time to build camaraderie amongst members in our region. Every year, I find myself looking forward to the Board of Director’s Banquet to ’Rep my Region!’”
Helen Flippin, Region V
Indiana University School of Medicine
Class of 2011

“I never had the opportunity to intubate until I went to conference! Practicing various clinical skills like intubating, suturing, starting lines, and LPs was a great experience and has made me more comfortable in performing these tasks on my patients.”
Shaylar Padgett, Region V
Indiana University School of Medicine
Class of 2012

“During the national conference in Atlanta in 2006, I was MAPS president at Smith College and was attending our fourth conference. I remember one of the speakers asking all of the MAPS presidents to stand up. It was the first time I received praise for all my hard work. I was able to stand back and appreciate all that I had accomplished with MAPS for the first time. It was incredible.”
Mary Banks, Region V
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Class of 2010

“The clinical skills workshops were extremely fun. I really enjoyed having hands on experience so early during my first year of medical school.”
Crystal Higgs, Region V
Indiana University School of Medicine
Class of 2013

Join us in Indianapolis for our 47th Annual Medical Education Conference, April 20 – 24, 2011!

Figure 1 Indianapolis, IN- The State Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument (more commonly called “The Monument”) on Monument Circle was built in 1902 as a dedication to veterans of the War for the Union. It arises from a circular plaza standing 284 feet tall and 342 feet in diameter. Visitors to the Monument can enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of the city from the top of the Monument or visit the Civil War exhibit at the lower level.

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