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NewsLink, July 20, 2018
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Trainee News

Welcome new residents and fellows; read tips on first year!


Welcome to Baylor College of Medicine's newest trainees who started this summer. They include 329 residents and 276 fellows representing 137 departments and fellowship programs at the College (residents in pediatrics-emergency medicine are shown in this photo). The new interns can find a helpful article, "The New Doc on the Block: 7 Lessons from My First Year of Being a Doctor," published by Dr. Tracey Isidro, a resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Awards and Recognitions

Ballantyne named to cardiology board

Dr. Christie BallantyneDr. Christie M. Ballantyne, professor of medicine and chief of the sections of cardiology and cardiovascular research at Baylor, was named to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology for the 2018-2021 term. The national society of healthcare providers and researchers is dedicated to the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the dissemination of evidenced-based information to clinicians and patients.

Kaochar receives prostate cancer grant

Dr. Salma KaocharDr. Salma Kaochar, assistant professor of medicine – hematology/oncology, received a three-year $225,000 Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award for her research on prostate cancer in African Americans. Kaochar also recently received a 2018 Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award from the American Association of Cancer Research.

Margolin honored for patient care

Dr. Judith MargolinDr. Judith Margolin, associate professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology at Baylor and Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers, was named the 2017-18 recipient of the biennial Founder's Award from the Lymphangiomatosis and Gorham's Disease Alliance. The award recognizes a physician for extraordinary medical professionalism, critical care, treatment and support to children and their families affected by Gorham-Stout disease and other lymphatic disorders.

Petersen honored by VA

Dr. Laura PetersenDr. Laura A. Petersen, professor of medicine – health services research and associate chief of staff for research at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, has earned the 2017 Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research, the highest honor for a VA health services researcher. Petersen was recognized for her work to understand the factors that affect the health of veterans and the quality of their care, contributing to the future of VA health services research by inspiring and training a new generation of investigators, and enhancing the visibility of VA research through national recognition within the research community.


July 23: TMC Library blood drive

The TMC Library and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will host a blood drive at the library, 1133 John Freeman Blvd., in the street level conference room, Monday, July 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each donor will receive a Commit for Life beach towel.

July 28: Patient symposium on autoimmune encephalitis

AE Family Day of Hope: Navigating Autoimmune Encephalitis, will be held Saturday, July 28, 11:30am – 5:10pm, at the Texas Children's Pavilion for Women. Autoimmune Encephalitis is a rare condition that disrupts normal communication in different areas of the brain. The free symposium features experts in the field, including Dr. Eyal Muscal, associate professor of pediatrics, and special guest speaker Amobi Okoye, an NFL player with the condition. Parking will be validated. For more information, email Monica Guevara or call 832-824-1206 or register online (password: family). The symposium is hosted by Texas Children's Pediatrics, Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology Service.

Aug. 1: Recycling event and Market Days

A recycling collection event and Market Days will be held Aug. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge at main Baylor. Items being accepted for recycling include lab coats, computers and printers, cell phones and other electronic devices and accessories, batteries and more. For more information, email Amanda Clark or call 713-798-1044.

Save the date: Grand Rounds & VA Quality Scholars Summer Institute

-Join Dr. Eric Coleman, professor and head of healthcare policy and research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award for his work on transition of care and its impact on Medicare policy, for Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Tuesday, Aug. 14, at noon in room N315 in the Alkek Building, on "The Interface between Transitional and Primary Care."
-Dr. Anne Sales, professor of learning health sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Michigan, will present a second grand rounds, Thursday, Aug. 16, at 12:15 p.m. in room M112 in the DeBakey Building, on "Implementation Science: How it Can Support Healthcare Research." Sales is an expert in implementation science and patient outcomes.
-Sales also will speak on "Thinking about the Science of Improvement and Implementation," at the VA Quality Scholars 2018 Summer Institute, VA Care in the Community: Ensure Quality and Value," Aug. 16, at 4 p.m. at Onstead Auditorium. Her talk will be preceded by the VA Quality Scholars and BCM faculty and fellows' poster session from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Onstead foyer.
These events are hosted by the Department of Medicine Vice Chair Group for Quality Improvement and Innovations in conjunction with the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt). Questions? Email Jacquelene.shahin@va.gov.

College News

Discounts for summer fun

Stop by the Office of Communications and Community Outreach, suite 176B at main Baylor, to get discounted tickets to Wet 'n' Wild Splashtown, Fiesta Texas and other attractions. Some tickets also may be purchased online through the perks and discounts intranet page.

Faculty in the News

Check out Baylor's news media mentions in 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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