BCM Family NewsLink, March 9, 2012
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Awards and Recognitions
On Wednesday, March 14, at 1 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium 27 fourth-year medical students will be inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society Baylor Chapter. These students exhibit the highest characteristics of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy in their practice of medicine. They were nominated by their peers and then selected by a faculty review committee. Only the top 15 percent of the class is selected for induction into the society. The event is open to the public.
Long-time faculty member and ophthalmology chair Dr. Dan B. Jones was honored last week with an endowed chair in his name, established by the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation. The Danny B. Jones Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology honors Jones for his 30-year commitment as chair of the department and 40 years with BCM.
Smith honored by community group
Dr. Peggy Smith, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Baylor Teen Health Clinic, was selected as a 2012 Our Choice Honoree by the Missouri City Chapter of The Links Inc. She was chosen for her commitment to treat and advocate for the health and welfare of minority women and for professional and community leadership. She will be honored at a lunch in April. The Links Missouri City chapter is a group of professional women committed to community service and leadership in greater Houston.
DOD funding for Agarwal
Dr. Sandeep Agarwal, assistant professor of medicine – immunology, allergy and rheumatology, received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense for scleroderma research as part of the DOD's Fiscal Year 2011 Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program. The program is committed to identifying and funding the best medical research that will influence or change the diagnosis and treatment for a wide-range of diseases. Scleroderma is a chronic, often progressive, autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own body.
Alex's Memorial 5K and Kids 1K EGGstravaganza will be held Friday, April 6, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Pavilion 6 in Bear Creek Park to honor the life of Alex Jamrich, son of Milan Jamrich, professor of molecular and cell biology. The event will raise money for the Avondale House and Autism Speaks. Alex died unexpectedly in May 2010, just one month shy of his 18th birthday, likely of complications from autism. Registration for the event is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1K if completed by March 28. Event-day registration is also available. Registration includes food and drinks (meat and vegetarian options). Children registered for the 1K can also participate in an egg hunt. Race and sponsorship information is available at Alex5k.
Match Day will be held Friday, March 16, at the courtyard outside of Luby's cafeteria. Brief remarks will be given by Dr. Paul Klotman, the 2012 class president and others starting at about 10:45 a.m. Fourth-year students will open their envelopes notifying them of their residency match promptly at 11 a.m. Approximately 167 fourth-year students at BCM are participating in Match Day, which is the culmination of the national program that pairs fourth-year medical students with residency programs throughout the nation. Faculty and staff are encouraged to drop in on the festivities.
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