For 2020, the School of Health Professions will be hosting a virtual awards week leading up to commencement. Activities are planned daily Monday, Nov. 30 - Thursday, Dec. 3, with commencement on Saturday, Dec. 5. Please see below for a description of daily activities.
Monday, Nov. 30: Leadership Awards
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
J. David Holcomb, Ed.D. Achievement Award
This award is given annually to a health professions educator who has provided a sustained record of leadership in health professions education, research, faculty development and scholarship. The award was developed by faculty and students of the School of Health Professions.
Dean's Excellence Award
Dean’s Excellence Awards are conferred on behalf of the School of Health Professions at the discretion of the dean and with the endorsement of school and program leaders. Recipients are honored for merit in any domain of service benefiting the mission of the School of Health Professions.
Physician Assistant Visionary Leadership Award
This award was established in honor of Carl Fasser for his sustained demonstration of visionary leadership toward the physician assistant profession through education, research, clinical practice, and service. The enduring award will be given annually to a Baylor College of Medicine physician assistant or program alumnus who demonstrates exceptional leadership in these same domains.
Alumni Association Lehmann Student Award
The BCM Alumni Association Lehmann Outstanding Student Awards is in honor of ophthalmology resident alumnus and active alumni volunteer, Dr. Robert P. Lehmann. In April 2011, Dr. Lehmann made a donation to establish a permanent endowment. It is the earnings from this endowment that now allow us to present three scholarships yearly for the School of Health Professions.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: Teaching Excellence Awards
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
At the end of their didactic phase of classroom instruction, students in each program scheduled to graduate the following year nominate and select recipients of awards for excellence in didactic instruction.
Members of the graduating class who are concluding their clinical instruction nominate and select recipients of awards for excellence in clinical instruction.
- Physician Assistant Didactic Instructor
- Orthotics and Prosthetics Didactic Instructor
- Doctor of Nursing Practice Program - Nurse Anesthesia Didactic Instructor
- Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor
- Orthotics and Prosthetics Clinical Instructor
- Doctor of Nursing Practice Program - Nurse Anesthesia Clinical Instructor
This award is given to the physician assistant graduate who, in the opinion of the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, demonstrated outstanding knowledge and skills in the practice of psychiatry.
Thursday, Dec. 3: Research Awards
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
As a graduation requirement, each health professions student conducts a research project and reports the results through a Master’s Paper. The purpose of this activity is to develop students’ abilities to identify questions that may be answered through investigation. Furthermore, the research process develops students’ knowledge in the subject area being studied and the health research methods and statistical analyses being applied. Preparation of the Master’s Paper also enhances students’ skills in written communication.
Each student has a primary and secondary faculty mentor with the expertise needed to nurture the student’s ability to conduct a research project. The mentors are responsible for the overall guidance, supervision, and evaluation of the student’s work on the research project.
- Physician Assistant Research Day 3rd Place
- Physician Assistant Research Day 2nd Place
- Physician Assistant Research Day 1st Place
- Orthotics and Prosthetics Research Day 3rd Place
- Orthotics and Prosthetics Research Day 2nd Place
- Orthotics and Prosthetics Research Day 1st Place
Orthotics and Prosthetics Product Pitches
Students in the O&P Program have the option to pursue a product development project as their master's thesis. This project involves identifying a need, analyzing the market, developing a prototype, and testing the prototype. Students completing a product development project present a product pitch to faculty, students, and program stakeholders at the end of their academic term. This pitch is designed to enhance a student's ability to communicate the need for and benefits of their product should they seek institutional licensing or external funding.
O&P RIITE Values Award
This award is given in honor of the contributions of Earl Fogler, founding lab manager in the O&P Program. Students in the first year of the program spend the vast majority of their time working in the orthotics and prosthetics lab, a place which Earl ensured was a home for all students. The award is given annually (as of 2020) to a second-year orthotics and prosthetics student who demonstrated respect, integrity, innovation, teamwork, and excellence during the first year of the program. Recipients embody the spirit of teamwork and community through their willingness to support members of their cohort.
Joan Wilson Appel Award for Excellence in Clinical Research
The Joan Wilson Appel Award for Excellence in Clinical Research is established to encourage Physician Assistant (PA) students at Baylor College of Medicine to broaden their knowledge of translational medical science and to consider clinical research as part of their future careers. This competitive award aims to encourage PA students to pursue academic careers where scholarship, clinical research and discovery will be part of their ongoing medical practice. The award recognizes superior work by a graduating student as embodied by a final draft manuscript and supporting documentation.
Saturday, Dec. 5: Commencement
Time: 11 a.m. – Noon
Other Student Awards
Doctor of Nursing Practice Program - Nurse Anesthesia Awards
The Alice Magaw Award
This award is given annually to the graduate who achieved the highest clinical ranking during the clinical phase of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in Nurse Anesthesia.
The award honors Alice Magaw, CRNA (1860–1928), bestowed the recognition as “the Mother of Anesthesia” by Dr. Charles H. Mayo, cofounder of the Mayo Clinic. Miss Magaw was considered a “peerless” scholar in the drop technique of ether/chloroform anesthetic administration. She was the first nurse anesthetist to publish her vast experiences in anesthesia serving to profoundly advance the art and science of anesthesia.
The Helen Lamb Award
This award is given annually to the graduate who achieved the highest scholastic ranking during the didactic phase of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program in Nurse Anesthesia.
The award honors Helen Lamb, CRNA (1900–1979), the founder and director of Barnes Hospital School of Anesthesia from 1929 to 1951. She chaired the AANA Education Committee from 1931-1939 that established the curriculum and minimum standards for schools of nurse anesthesia. She performed the anesthetic for the world’s first successful pneumonectomy. She served as AANA president from 1940 to 1942.
The Spent Bullet Award
This award is given annually to the graduate who, in the opinion of the faculty of the Division of General and Trauma Anesthesiology at Ben Taub Hospital, demonstrated outstanding clinical expertise and leadership skills required of the Trauma Nurse Anesthetist.
The award honors the countless and stressful hours that the faculty and students spend providing life-saving care to the victims of violence in our community.
The Virginia Apgar Award
This award is given annually to the graduate who, in the opinion of the faculty of the Division of Obstetric Anesthesiology at Ben Taub Hospital, demonstrated outstanding knowledge, skills, motivation, and dependability in the provision of obstetric and gynecologic anesthesia services.
The award honors Dr. Virginia Apgar, one of Columbia University's first female medical doctors and Columbia's first-ever full Professor of Anesthesiology. Dr. Apgar specialized in anesthesia and childbirth. She invented the Newborn Scoring System, also called the Apgar score, that assessed the health of newborns. The Apgar scoring method is widely utilized today.