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Awards and Recognitions

Reuters Top 100: The World's Most Innovative Universities 2018

Baylor College of Medicine ranked among the top 100 most innovative universities in the world by Reuters for the fourth year in a row. At number 43, the College is the highest ranked free-standing health sciences university and one of only two institutions in Texas to make the list. This ranking is based on numerous indicators including patent filings and research paper citations.

Foster named to AAP committee

Dr. Jennie FosterDr. Jennie Foster, assistant of pediatrics – hematology/oncology at Baylor and Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers, was appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs. The committee reviews all aspects of pediatric pharmacology and advises the AAP Board of Directors on drug labeling, safety and efficacy for both prescription and over-the-counter drugs; monitors federal legislation related to the drug approval process; and promotes the need for expanded pediatric drug trials.

NIH grant news

Dr. Jason HeaneyDr. Mary DickinsonDr. William Lagor-Drs. Jason Heaney, Mary Dickinson and William Lagor, along with colleagues from Rice University, have received a five-year, $2 million National Institutes of Health grant to create mouse model resources for testing the therapeutic potential of novel genome editing approaches. The project is part of the larger effort of the NIH’s Somatic Cell Genome Editing program. Read more.
Dr. Jeffrey RogersDr. Tim StoutDr. Rui Chen-As part of a new $6 million grant from the NIH National Eye Institute, Drs. Jeffrey Rogers, Tim Stout and Rui Chen, along with colleagues at UC Davis, will study naturally-occurring ocular diseases in nonhuman primate models of human retinal disease, and use those models to develop therapies for the loss of photoreceptor cells in the retina. Read more.


Oct. 19-20: Career development conference

Baylor will host the Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians regional career development conference on campus Oct. 19-20, geared toward medical and graduate students and residents who are underrepresented in medicine and interested in careers in academic medicine. Topics will include diversity and inclusion in the workplace, exploring careers to fit individual interests, finding a residency and an academic position after residency and more. Register online.

Apply by Oct. 21 for quality and safety conference

Apply by Oct. 21 for the Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety: QI Jumpstart, an intermediate-level training course for healthcare providers. Email CCIT-mgmt@bcm.edu for more information.

Oct. 23: Cochlear implant information session

The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery is hosting a free educational session on cochlear implant technology Oct. 23 at the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center on the McNair Campus. An open house from 2 to 5 p.m. will offer one-on-one communication with cochlear implant manufacturers, followed by the seminar from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. led by the Baylor cochlear implant team. To RSVP, email ears@bcm.edu.

Oct. 24: DocTalk

Join DocTalk Wednesday, Oct. 24, at noon in Cullen Auditorium for a discussion with Dr. Karen Lawson, assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, on "Living Life to the Fullest." DocTalk is a series of informal health talks with Baylor experts; eligible employees who attend may earn BCM BeWell Vitality points.

Oct. 24: Music therapy sessions

Clinical providers and trainees are invited to music-assisted relaxation sessions on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Wallace Tower third floor large conference room, presented by the Texas Children's Hospital Medical Humanities Group. There are four 30-minute sessions starting at 3 p.m.; space is limited so please attend only one of the four. Questions? Email dpmahone@bcm.edu or musictherapy@texaschildrens.org.

Oct. 25: Team Discovery

The first Team Discovery session of this academic year, "Team Launch Bootcamp," is Oct. 25, 3:30-5 p.m. in rooms M321 and 323. This interactive session will be led by Dr. Kathryn Jones, associate course director of Team Discovery and assistant professor of pediatrics - tropical medicine. Team Discovery sessions are part of Team Launch, which provides trainees, faculty and staff opportunities to learn and apply team skills within the context of solving contemporary problems in healthcare and biomedical science.

Oct. 26: Phillips retirement party

A celebration in honor of the retirement of Dr. James Phillips will be held Friday, Oct. 26, 5-6:30 p.m. in Alkek Lobby at main Baylor. Phillips served as senior associate dean for diversity and community outreach and was a longtime leader at the College of efforts focused on those underrepresented in medicine.

College News

Open enrollment ends Oct. 22

Open enrollment ends Monday, Oct. 22. Watch this video of an open enrollment information session to learn more about benefits for 2019.

Ask me about my research!

Ask Me about My ResearchBaylor faculty members are being joined by some special guests for conversations about their research to demonstrate the importance of scientists and researchers talking with others about their work. Watch the video series, then pick up an Ask Me about My Research button in suite 176B at main Baylor to jump start your own conversation!

HCMS hospital survey for physicians

Practicing physicians, please complete the Harris County Medical Society's hospital survey by Oct. 21. The 10-minute survey seeks feedback on greater Houston-area hospitals regarding quality of medical care, hospital policy and administration, medical staff issues and electronic medical records. Complete the survey online. Questions? Contact Ahuva Terk at Ahuva_terk@hcms.org or 713-524-4267.

Students needed for curriculum committee

Two first-year medical students are sought for appointment to the School of Medicine Curriculum Committee. Responsibilities including attending twice-monthly committee meetings and quarterly meetings with curriculum leadership, gathering input from peers, communicating the work of the committee back to classmates and other activities. To be considered, interested students must first email Traneshia Parker by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, with a summary of relevant experience and/or leadership experience. Select applicants will be invited to participate in a focus group before final appointments are made.

Celebrating PAs and MAs!

Medical Assistants

The College recognized the importance of physician assistants and medical assistants during National PA Week, Oct. 6-12, and National MA Week, Oct. 15-19 (some of whom are pictured above). Thanks to all of these medical professionals for the care they provide our patients, and thanks to the educators and leaders in Baylor's PA Program who are training our future healthcare providers!

Faculty in the News

Dr. Sharon Plon was quoted in the New York Times about genetic testing. Read this week's Baylor 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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