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Multidisciplinary Scholarly Activity Symposium

The Annual Multidisciplinary Scholarly Activity Symposium is designed to highlight scholarly activities being performed at Community Health Network and University of Indianapolis (UIndy) and to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in research activities.

Call for Submissions

Submissions now open!

Community Health Network and UIndy are proud to extend an invitation for participation in our Annual Multidisciplinary Scholarly Activity Symposium to be held May 19, 2020 at the University of Indianapolis.

Medical, nursing, pharmacy and other allied health professional team scholarly activities and projects are welcomed for submission. Participants have the opportunity to provide brief oral presentations and/or poster presentations that showcase their work being done at Community and UIndy.

We are excited to have this collegial venue to spur further discussion and multidisciplinary collaboration in future scholarly works among faculty, staff, and students at both Community Health Network and UIndy. We welcome your participation and look forward to reviewing the many great scholarly activities being pursued by you and your colleagues.

Guidelines for Submission

Of note: Submissions can be works in progress.

  1. Submissions will be accepted December 1, 2019 through February 14, 2020.
  2. Submissions must meet one of three types:
    a. Case presentation
    b. Original research
    c. Quality/Performance Improvement project
  3. Presenters cannot use any materials to market products or services.
  4. IRB process:
    All presentations must be reviewed by an IRB OR have a non-human subject’s determination letter from an IRB office prior to submitting. If you have not received written IRB approval please contact your IRB office:
    Community Health Network IRB: or 317-355-5675
    UIndy IRB: Yvonne Wakefield at or 317-781-5774
  5. For NURSING research only: The project must be reviewed by the Nursing Research Council (NRC) and have an NRC approval date. Please contact Sue Heinzman (
  6. Criteria for selection will include:
    a. Originality
    b. Significance/authenticity
    c. Use of innovation and best available evidence.
    d. Collaboration among various healthcare professionals.
    e. Impact on healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.
    f. Generalizability of the project to other settings/patients/populations.
  7. Submissions must be in a structured abstract format – IMRAD preferred (max 300 words).
    a. NIH/NLM explanation and example of structured abstracts
    b. Abstract writing and poster preparation tips: ACP Online | NIH NLM

Scoring and Acceptance

Submissions will be scored and returned with comments from reviewers. You may be asked to re-write the abstract based on the reviewers' judgment of how well the abstract meets the criteria listed above. You will have one week to complete the re-write and re-submit the abstract for consideration.

There are three forms of acceptance:

  1. Accepted
  2. Provision acceptance depending upon revisions and resubmissions - See review sheet for comments
  3. Rejected - See review sheet for comments

More information

For more information, please contact Kaylee Burget at

Mandatory Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training Instructions


If you are new to CITI:

  • Navigate to
  • Select "Register" at the top of the screen.
  • Complete the prompts to create your new account. When asked to affiliate with an institution, select "Community Health Network" from the drop-down menu.
  • Use your email address when registering to ensure your completion records are recorded in all of our systems. 
  • When asked for your role, select "investigator" to ensure you get the correct training modules.
  • Complete both the "Biomedical" and "Conflicts of Interest" modules.

If you have completed CITI training at another institution:

  • Log in to your CITI account and select "affiliate with another institution" from the home screen.
  • Select "Community Health Network" from the drop-down menu. This will allow us to have access to your records.
  • CITI training is valid for 3 years. If you have completed the required modules within that time frame, those completion reports will appear.
  • You will need to complete any course requirements that differ from those at your previous institution. These items will show as incomplete. 
  • Upon completion, please email Kate Bol at so that your CITI records can be merged with our IRB tracking system if you used an email other than your email when registering with CITI.
Instructions for Submitting to IRB Using IRIS
  • Navigate to
  • If you do not already have an account select "Request New Account." You will be emailed your account credentials within 24 hours of your request. Everyone who will be listed as key study personnel on the project will need an account and will need to complete CITI training prior to IRB review.
  • After logging into the system, select the "Study Assistant" tab from the left hand side of the screen.
  • Next, select "Add a New Study."
  • Follow the prompts to complete the application. Ensure you either attach a protocol synopsis of the study when prompted, or that you provide a complete summary in the "lay summary" section. The reviewer should have a complete understanding of the project from the application and attachments.
  • After the IRB receives a complete application (e.g., free from errors or omissions) you should receive documentation of the IRB's determination within 3-5 business days. Determination letters as well as all questions and communications from the IRB will come to the principal investigator via IRIS and accompanying email notifications.