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Awards and Recognitions

CHoSA faculty honored as community leaders

Dr. Jonathan CrewsDr. Ruchi KaushikDr. Jonathan Crews and Dr. Ruchi Kaushik, both assistant professors of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, have been honored with the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award. The awards recognize community leaders who are expected to make an impact in the city for years to come. They will be honored at a ceremony Feb. 11 along with the other award recipients. Baylor is the academic partner of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.


DocTalk with Roberta Anding Jan. 11

The next DocTalk is Monday, Jan. 11, at noon at Baylor Clinic, 11th floor conference room, with Roberta Anding, registered dietitian at Baylor, on healthy habits to get you back on track for the new year. DocTalk is an informal series of lunchtime health talks led by a member of the Baylor faculty, followed by a Q&A. Eligible employees will receive BCM BeWell Vitality points.

Narrative medicine workshop

Dr. Kathy Kirkland, professor of medicine – palliative care at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, will present two workshops on narrative medicine on Jan. 10 and 11 at Texas Children’s Hospital. Narrative medicine is the practice of medicine informed by the ability to “recognize, absorb, interpret, and be moved to action by the stories of illness.” Clinicians who have narrative competence can use patients’ stories to make diagnoses, select effective therapies aligned with patient preference and develop healing relationships with patients. The same workshop will be presented twice:
- Jan. 10, 4 to 6 p.m., Pavilion for Women, fourth floor conference room D.
- Jan. 11, 9 to 11 a.m., West Tower, sixth floor, neonatology conference room
The conference is free to attend but an RSVP is required by emailing Jennifer Aguillon at jxaguill@texaschildrens.org.

Communication as a Clinician presentation Jan. 14

The Center for Professionalism in Medicine will offer a Communication as a Clinician presentation Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4 to 5 p.m. in rooms M.321 and M.323 in the DeBakey Building at main Baylor. The presentation will be a cross-generational interactive discussion between students and faculty. Ethic CME credits available. For more information, contact Andrea Croft at 713-798-4553 or email ProfessionalismMatters@bcm.edu.

RSVP for You FIRST celebration by Jan. 15

The You FIRST program will host a casino-themed celebration for employees only on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road, Houston, 77045. RSVP online by Friday, Jan. 15, at 5 p.m.

Discussion on mental health Jan. 19

Dr. Stuart Yudofsky, retired chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Dr. Sanjay Mathew and Dr. Diane Treadwell-Deering, both associate professors of psychiatry, will discuss mental health issues in both adults and children, including depression, substance abuse and disorders such as autism and ADHD, at The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine’s Jan. 19 educational luncheon at the Junior League of Houston. Register online.

Diabetes symposium for primary care physicians Jan. 23

The Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center will host the sixth annual DERC Diabetes Symposium, “Diabetes and Its Complications: An Update,” on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Marriott Medical Center. The symposium is for primary care, internal medicine and family practice physicians, as well as endocrinologists, fellows, residents, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians and physician support staff. It will focus on disease pathogenesis, identifying treatment options and preventing complications. CME credits available. Find more information and register online.

College News

Hoverboards prohibited on campus

Baylor has prohibited all self-balancing scooters, more popularly known as hoverboards, from use and/or storage on campus, because of recent safety concerns raised by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the potential impact the associated risks of fire and falls might have on BCM campus safety. Offenders may face disciplinary action.

Summer internship program

Human resources will offer its summer internship program from June 6 - Aug. 5 (some flexibility in dates allowed). The unpaid program is for rising high school seniors and college and graduate students to enhance their personal development and their understanding of BCM and its affiliates. Interested departments should establish goals that meet their own needs and the interests of the intern. HR will provide learning opportunities outside of the host department between June 20 and July 29. Email Bonnie Weisman or Melanie Gregory at adminintern@bcm.edu if you would like to host an intern(s) for the summer.

Asthma study enrolling

Baylor’s Environmental Health Service is seeking participants for an asthma study designed to improve the health of African American adults who have poorly controlled asthma and to better understand why African Americans tend to have more severe asthma than other groups. Participants must be African American, live in Harris County and be 18 years or older with asthma that is not well controlled. The study will provide free help in reducing asthma triggers and tools to make the home healthier, and compensation for time and parking will be provided. For more information or to enroll, contact 713-798-1082 or environmentalhealth@bcm.edu.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Pedro Piedra was quoted in a Baltimore Sun story about RSV. See this and Baylor's other news media mentions in this week’s Faculty in the News.

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