April 12, 2013
Dean Gmoser, president of the BCM Pediatric Alumni Association, called the meeting to order. He welcomed all the attendees, thanked the co-directors of the Postgraduate Symposium, and presented the previous year’s minutes. The three winners of the 2013 Reba Hill Scholarship were then announced-Joseph Spinner for the relationship of congenital heart disease and future developmental and neurologic outcomes, Chris Broda for the biophysical interaction of reprogrammed cells with cardiac application, and Jacquelyn Burnett for educating healthcare professionals on warning signs of human trafficking. A moment of silence was observed for our recently deceased alumni.
Dr. Gmoser then presented this year’s alumni contributions to Dr. Mark Kline, head of the Department of Pediatrics. The Reba Michels Hill Scholarship received $3000, the Blattner lectureship $4000, the Feigin lectureship $4000, the BCM Medical Student Car Seat Program $1000, and a special 50th anniversary gift of $1000. Dr. Kline then presented his pediatric department update.
Baylor now has the largest pediatrics department with 841 faculty members. New department heads have been appointed to the Global TB Center, Allergy/Immunology/Rheumatology, Emergency Medicine, Community Pediatrics, and Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Baylor ranks 3rd in NIH funding for pediatric research and also has received increases in general grants. The new Global Child Health residency is now four years old, employs five residents who get board-eligibility in pediatrics and a diploma in tropical medicine. There were 803 applicants for 40 residency positions (44 percent of all pediatric applicants) and 178 for the five global health resident positions. Of the accepted 40 residents, there were 25 medical schools represented with somewhat less emphasis on Texas schools. Dr. Kline discussed the success of the HIV/AIDS program overseas and the expansion to other diseases. He mentioned the agreement with Christus, BCM, and Texas Children's Hospital to manage and staff the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio as well as establishing a pediatric residency program there. Texas Children’s and The Methodist Hospital are also in the running to acquire St. Luks Episcopal Hospital and will find out later this month. Lastly, plans are being drawn up for a Texas Children's-The Woodlands although there is no definite funding for this project.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Dean J. Gmoser, M.D.