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Awards and Recognitions

Chakraborty to participate in hematology research program

Dr. Rikhia ChakrabortyDr. Rikhia Chakraborty, clinical instructor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology, was one of 20 early career hematologists selected to participate in the 2018 Translational Research Training in Hematology program, a joint program of the American Society of Hematology and the European Hematology Association. The yearlong training and mentoring experience helps junior scientists build successful careers in translational hematology research.

Shorter to serve with national pediatric program

Cassandra ShorterCassandra Shorter, academic coordinator at Children's Hospital of San Antonio, was named as an at-large member of the Associate of Pediatric Program Directors Coordinators' Executive Committee. This group is dedicated to enhancing graduate medical education and promoting collaboration among coordinators and program directors nationally. Baylor is the academic partner of Children's Hospital of San Antonio.


March 13: DocTalk on girls' health

It's Women's History Month, and the focus of the next DocTalk, on Tuesday, March 13, at noon in Cullen Auditorium, will be girls' health. Dr. Jennifer Dietrich, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will speak on pediatric gynecology and provide information about the upcoming Girls Elevated health event. DocTalk is a series of informal talks with Baylor experts on a variety of health topics. Eligible employees who attend may receive BCM BeWell Vitality points.

More Women's History Month events

Women's History Month continues with the Postdoc Women in Leadership Seminar Series on March 14 – 15 addressing workplace climate, mentoring, advancement and leadership and preparing for the future. See the full seminar schedule and speakers. On March 20 at noon in Cullen Auditorium, Dr. Margaret Nosek, professor of physical medical and rehabilitation and an expert on issues affecting women with disabilities, will present the Health Equity Grand Rounds. Both events are open to all faculty, trainees and staff.

March 21: Alford Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Daniel Kastner, NIH Distinguished Investigator and scientific director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, will present the fourth annual Bobby R. Alford, M.D. Grand Rounds Distinguished Lecture on March 21 at 4 p.m. in room M112. Kastner, a Baylor alumnus, will speak on "Horror Autoinflammaticus: Cutting Gordian Knots at the Pool of Bethesda." A reception will follow in the Alkek Lobby. The lecture will serve as an appropriate tribute to the pursuit of excellence by Dr. Alford, who died Feb. 20. The event is endowed by the Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundations.

Upcoming conferences

March 22: Third Annual O.H. "Bud" Frazier Transplant Roundup, 6:45 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., Houston Marriott at the Texas Medical Center, exploring current therapies and advances in multi-organ transplant and ventricular assist devices. Register online.
March 24: Family and Community Medicine Primary Care Update, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Kleberg Auditorium at main Baylor, a one-day conference providing evidence-based advice on various primary care topics in a non-commercial setting. Register online.
April 7: Fourth Annual Neuromuscular Disorders Seminar, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center on the McNair Campus, for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, fellows and residents in the neurological sciences. Register by April 1.
April 8 – 11: Ninth International Congress on Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome, Texas Medical Center, covering cover both research and clinical aspects of SDS. Organized by Drs. Tarek Elgehtany and Alison Bertuch. Register online.
April 11: Sixth Annual Houston Venom Conference, sponsored by the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor, Texas Children's Hospital and the Houston Zoo, teaching healthcare providers about envenomations and how to treat them, including lectures and a zoo tour. Directed by Dr. Spencer Greene. Register online.

College News

Annual compliance training due this month

Over the past year, government agencies have recovered close to $5 billion through their fraud fighting activities. Learn about the important actions we can all take to avoid fraud, waste and abuse in this year's mandatory annual compliance training. Required for all Baylor employees, students and trainees, it must be completed by March 30 or disciplinary action may be imposed. To complete the training, log into AMP, review the training module and successfully pass the quiz. Awareness of the College's new and revised policies is a requisite part of the training.

Hospital Rankings vote

The U.S. News & World Report Hospital Rankings voting period has begun on Doximity. These rankings are important to hospitals - including the College's joint venture hospital, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center - and their specialty areas. Physician voting influences hospital reputation, one of the criteria used in the rankings. All physicians are encouraged to participate in the 2018-19 rankings and to vote for Baylor St. Luke's.

Young Adult Diabetes Clinic opens

Young adults with diabetes have different health needs than pediatric patients or older adult patients with the disease, and they may face new lifestyle challenges as they transition from pediatric to adult care. This patient population will now have access to a new medical home at the Baylor College of Medicine Young Adult Diabetes Clinic. Designed for patients from age 17 to 26 years, the Young Adult Diabetes Clinic is located at the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center, 7200 Cambridge St., suite 8B. For appointments, call 713-798-4736.

BeWell news: Share your success

BCM BeWell is dedicated to helping employees make healthy choices. Throughout 2018, BCM BeWell will share employees' stories of how the program has made an impact on their health. At the end of the year, BCM BeWell participants will vote on the most impactful story. Email wellness@bcm.edu with your success story before March 31 to receive a prize. Read more success stories and share your own online.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Seema Lalani was interviewed for a PBS story about diagnosing genetic diseases in newborns. Check out this and Baylor's other news media mentions in this week's Faculty in the News, and follow BCMHouston_News on Twitter to keep up with our experts in the media. Interested in science news? Read the latest in From the Labs.

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