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IUSM faculty, students accept ALS ice bucket challenge

Aug. 28, 2014

The ice bucket challenge, an online phenomenon that's thus far raised more than $88 million for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, has struck the IU School of Medicine.

On Aug. 22, Peter Nalin, M.D., executive associate dean for educational affairs at the IU School of Medicine, accepted the challenge, which requires participants to be doused in frigid water or donate money to the cause.

In the video, Dr. Nalin also challenged Patrick J. Loehrer, Sr., M.D., director of the IU Simon Cancer Center and H. H. Gregg Professor of Oncology at the IU School of Medicine, who accepted.

Other IU School of Medicine administrators to accept the challenge include the Office of Medical Student Affairs, who in turn challenged the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education. Antwione Haywood, Ph.D., assistant dean for medical students affairs; Sherly Allen, M.D., associate dean for medical student affairs; and Abigail Klemsz, M.D., assistant dean for academic advising and career mentoring and president of the IUSM Faculty Steering Committee, received their douse Aug. 25: 

Mark Seifert, Ph.D., assistant dean for curriculum in the foundational sciences; Sara Jo Grethlein, MD, associate dean for undergraduate medical education; and Aloysius (Butch) Humbert, M.D., assistant dean for curriculum in the clinical sciences, responded on Aug. 27:

In addition, IU School of Medicine students are also accepting the challenge, including members of the first- and second-year classes and members of the IU School of Medicine-Terre Haute:

IUSM Class of 2018

IUSM Class of 2017

IUSM-Terre Haute

Also, Robert Pascuzzi, M.D., chair and professor of neurology at the IU School of Medicine, accepted the ice bucket challenge on Aug. 20. The video is not available on YouTube but may be viewed on the Indianapolis Star website.  

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