BCM Family NewsLink, Jan. 11, 2013
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The Office of Diversity and Community Outreach will host the 13th Annual Houston Premedical Academy Research Symposium Thursday, Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge and Cullen Auditorium. Posters will be on display starting at 9 a.m. in Rayzor Lounge followed by student oral presentations and a keynote address delivered by Dr. Glenn Flores, director of the division of general pediatrics at UT Southwestern and Children's Medical Center Dallas starting at noon in Cullen Auditorium. Flores' presentation is titled "Dreams, Goals and Secrets to Success: One Physician's Journey from Jungle Lizards to Insuring Uninsured Children." All students, staff, residents and faculty are welcome to attend. Learn more about the premedical academy online.
The Center for Globalization will host a luncheon Jan. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in Kleberg Auditorium. Dr. Bobby Kapur, director of the center, will give an introduction, and there will be presentations from the Global Scholarly Grant Activity awardees. In addition, information will be offered on international opportunities, the Global Health Track, grants, the Travel Medicine Clinic and more. Pizza will be provided. The event is open to medical, graduate and allied health students as well as residents and fellows.
Flu season is under way but it's not to late too get your flu shot. The Occupational Health Program continues to offer flu shots to BCM staff, faculty and trainees on a walk-in basis. Dependents who are covered on their insurance and are established patients of the Baylor Clinic can also get shots on a walk-in basis. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. The Occupational Health clinic is located in the Baylor Clinic, suite 1375. Flu shots are free of charge for BCM employees and students; insurance will be billed for dependents. The BCM website includes important information on the flu and is being updated periodically.
BCM's Section of Emergency Medicine has added Dr. Spencer Greene to its faculty as director of medical toxicology. As the only board-certified medical toxicologist in the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Greene is available for phone and/or bedside consultation for a variety of toxicological emergencies at Ben Taub Hospital. He was most recently the medical toxicology fellowship director at the University of Arizona. Dr. Greene's areas of interest include alcohol withdrawal, rattlesnake bites, salicylate toxicity and anticonvulsant toxicity.
Do you use glasses or contact lenses for vision correction? If so, you may be eligible for a LASIK study being offered at BCM. To qualify, you must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have healthy eyes and be seeking LASIK as an alternative to glasses or contact lenses
- Have nearsightedness over 8 or astigmatism over 4
- Be willing to participate in regular follow-up visits for at least 24 months
The study uses a new system to create wavefront-guided LASIK treatments with the STAR S4 IR® Excimer Laser System from Abbott Medical Optics, Inc. For more information, contact Annika Joshi at 713-798-3176.
Faculty in the News
BCM's experts were featured in the media about this season's flu epidemic. Check out this coverage as well as other BCM faculty featured in the media in this week's Faculty in the News.