BCM Family NewsLink, Jan. 18, 2013

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Awards and Recognitions

Emergency medicine news

Dr. Cameron DeckerDr. Cameron Decker, resident in the section of emergency medicine at BCM, was sworn in as president of the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association, the world's largest independent resident organization, after being elected president-elect in October 2011. Decker is the chief spokesperson for the organization, which has nearly 12,000 members and represents residents in approximately 95 percent of emergency medicine residency programs.

Dr. Greg Buehler, assistant professor of emergency medicine, was named a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. This designation recognizes contributions to ACEP and highlights members' commitment to emergency medicine.


Assistant surgeon general to speak on immunization

The TMC Library will host the lecture "Immunization in the U.S. – the Best or Worst in its Class?" by Dr. Anne Schuchat, assistant surgeon general, U.S. Public Health Service, Thursday, Jan. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. at the auditorium of the University of Texas Medical School, MSBM 3.001, located at 6431 Fannin. Schuchat will discuss immunization patterns across the lifespan, vaccine-preventable disease trends and analysis of where and why the U.S. is failing.

Lunch will be provided on a first-come first-served basis. Attendees will be eligible to enter a drawing to win a Kindle by completing a short interactive quiz on National Library of Medicine databases such as PubMed. The event is part of the Medical Ethics Lecture Series.

College News

Rodeo tickets on sale

Dr. Wehrens and Dr. McNallyIt's almost rodeo time, and tickets to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are on sale in the BCM Office of Communications, suite 176B in the Cullen Building. Tickets are available for the barbecue cook-off (Feb. 21-23) and the livestock show (Feb. 25 – March 17). Livestock show tickets include entrance to the carnival and exhibit halls but do not include entrance to the rodeo/concert. Carnival ride packs are also for sale. Cash and checks accepted; tickets must be purchased by Feb. 22.

Volunteer/outreach opportunity

A volunteer orientation for BodyGuards, a program that offers various opportunities to participate in cancer prevention and diabetes outreach and education, will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Baylor Family Medicine, 3701 Kirby Drive, rooms 151/152. For more information on the program and the orientation or to RSVP, contact volunteer coordinators Lizette Rangel at 713-798-9052 or mlrangel@bcm.edu, or Anedny Laubscher 713-798-1124 or anedny.laubscher@bcm.edu.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Paul Klotman and UT Health Science Center President Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo penned an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle about the need for more funding to train Texas doctors. Check out this coverage as well as other BCM faculty featured in the media in this week's Faculty in the News.