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Awards and Recognitions

Fordis honored as continuing education leader

Dr. Michael FordisDr. Michael Fordis, senior associate dean for continuing medical education, was honored by the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education at the group's annual meeting in May. He was recognized for outstanding contributions to the field of continuing professional development and for induction into the Academy of Fellows of the Society for Academic CME.

Wang earns research grant

Jun Wang earns grantJun Wang, a postdoctoral associate in the Human Genome Sequencing Center, has been awarded a one-year, $69,971 Career-Starter Research grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation to support her research in pediatric ophthalmology.

Wehrens awarded for contributions to cardiovascular research

Dr. Xander WehrensDr. Xander Wehrens, professor and director of the Cardiovascular Research Institute, received the 2017 Outstanding Investigator Award from the International Society for Heart Research and delivered a keynote lecture titled "Calcium Release Unit Defects: Source of Many Cardiac Evils?"at the society's annual meeting. The annual award recognizes an outstanding scientist who is making major contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science.

Emergency medicine honors

Dr. Sara AndrabiDr. Sarathi KalraDr. Jake ValentineDr. Sara Andrabi, administrative fellow in emergency medicine, received the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association Fellow of the Year Award at the annual Society of Academic Emergency Medicine meeting in May in recognition of her commitment to the field. Also at the meeting, emergency medicine resident Dr. Sarathi Kalra received the Emergency Department Directors Academy Scholarship and recent medical school graduate Jake Valentine received the EMRA Travel Scholarship.


Today: Support Homes for Animal Heroes at barbecue lunch

The Center for Comparative Medicine is hosting a barbecue competition today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge with funds supporting Homes for Animal Heroes. Lunch plates are $10. Be sure to cast your vote for the best barbecue – chefs are Darrin Shiver and Dennis Murray, both managers in the Center for Comparative Medicine. It's also not too late to join the center's virtual 5K to raise money for Homes for Animal Heroes.

Hear medical center stories at June 14 event

Hear stories from healthcare professionals and students in the Texas Medical Center at "Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine," a program of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy's Narrative Medicine Program and the McGovern Center, June 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the McGovern Medical School, room MSB 2.135.

LGBT+ Pride Month; Pride Festival June 24

Baylor College of Medicine supports LGBT+ Pride Month in June and will celebrate at the Houston Pride Festival, June 24 from noon to 7 p.m. at Hermann Square in front of City Hall, followed by the Pride parade through downtown. Members of the Baylor community are invited to the festival to visit the booth hosted by the student group BCM Pride and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. This month also reminds of us of the importance of Baylor's commitment to providing a safe and supportive environment for all community members and visitors. Learn more on Baylor's Title IX webpage.

College News

Therapy and counseling services available in Family Medicine

Dr. Monica Alzate, assistant professor of family and community medicine and a social worker and therapist, is now seeing patients at the Baylor Family Medicine Kirby Clinic, 3701 Kirby Drive, Suite 100. She provides services in English and Spanish to children 9 years old and older, adolescents, individual adults, families and couples. Her clinic hours are Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Fridays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Conditions and issues she treats include depression, anxiety, family conflict and dysfunction, career/life transitions, sexual orientation exploration, bereavement, ADHD and ADD, and more. For appointments, call 713-798-7700.

Emergency notification

Hurricane season is under way, so it's a good time to sign up for Baylor's emergency notification system to receive notice of campus delays and closings and other important information.

Men’s Health Month and Wear blue day

During Men's Health Month in June, BCM BeWell encourages employees to schedule their preventative screenings. Eligible employees can receive BCM BeWell Vitality points for completing health screenings such as colorectal cancer screenings. Join BCM BeWell at an informational table on one of the following dates to learn more about preventative screenings and healthy living. Be sure to participate in Wear Blue Day on Friday, June 16 to show support for men's health.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Rajani Katta was featured in the Houston Chronicle on sun safety. Check out this and other media mentions in this week's Faculty in the News. Interested in science news? Read the latest in From the Labs.

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