BCM Family NewsLink, March 18, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Jarriel named to health care information technology society

Jenifer Jarriel, vice president for information technology at BCM, was voted chair-elect for Healthcare Information and Management System Society for 2012 and chair for 2013.

HIMSS is a cause-based not-for-profit organization focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology and management systems for the betterment of health care. It represents more than 30,000 individual members, of which more than two-thirds work in health care provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 470 corporate members and more than 85 not-for-profit organizations that share its mission of transforming health care through the effective use of information technology and management systems.

Moyer appointed new chair of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Dr. Virginia Moyer Dr. Virginia Moyer, professor of pediatrics at BCM and chief quality officer for medicine at Texas Children's Hospital, has been appointed new chair of the United States Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel of health care quality experts that reviews and makes recommendations for clinical preventive health services for Americans.

Moyer served as a member of the Task Force from 2002 - 2008. As chair, Moyer will serve a three-year term and oversee the 16-member committee.


Center on Aging forum and luncheon

The Huffington Center on Aging at BCM will present a spring forum and luncheon April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr.

Tickets are $40. Reservations can be made by contacting Zineera Seth at zseth@bcm.edu or 713-798-3802. The event is sponsored by the Isla Carroll Turner Friendship Trust.

Presentations will include "You Only Die Once," Margie Jenkins, an author and expert on end-of-life issues; "What Does it Mean to Grow Old,"Dr. Thomas Cole, the Beth and Toby Grossman Professor and director of the McGovern Center for Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit at The University of Texas Health Science Center; and "Tatters in Our Mortal Dress: Summoning the Spirit in the Aging Process," Dr. James Hollis, author of several books, including "Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life."

College News

Match Day 2011

Match Day was held March 17, with 170 medical students participating. Match Day culminated the annual national Residents Matching Program, which pairs fourth-year students with residency programs across the country.

Eighty-six of the BCM students in this year's match are entering primary care residency programs in the fields of family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, medicine/pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology or emergency medicine. This represents more than 50 percent of the students participating in the match. Forty-eights students matched with programs at BCM, and 85 matched with residency programs in Texas.

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Match Day 2011

Rider raising money for annual MS-150

John Eakin Fourth-year medical student John Eakin took his fund-raising efforts public, pedaling his bicycle in the hall in front of the cafeteria to raise money for his ride in the annual BP MS 150 April 16 and 17. His donation link is at the National MS Society. He is one of many Baylor College of Medicine students, faculty and staff who will take part in the annual event.

Faculty in the News

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