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Awards and Recognitions

Abbas leads conference session

Dr. Ume AbbasDr. Ume Abbas, assistant professor of medicine – infectious diseases, chaired a session, Great Expectations: The Impact of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), at the HIV Research for Prevention Conference in Madrid, Spain, held Oct. 21-25. The conference is the leading global scientific meeting dedicated exclusively to biomedical HIV prevention research.

Cohen earns career recognition

Dr. Helen CohenDr. Helen Cohen, professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, received the Award of Merit from the Texas Occupational Therapy Association in recognition of her clinical service, research and mentoring to occupational therapists. She provides vestibular rehabilitation services and conducts research on the vestibular system.

Sheehan helps design trial network

Dr. Vivien SheehanDr. Vivien Sheehan, assistant professor of pediatrics - hematology/oncology at Baylor and Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers, assisted in the design of the American Society of Hematology Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Trial Network, which is focused on advancing development of new and more effective therapeutics for individuals with sickle cell disease. She recently was invited to be one of four members of the oversight committee that will identify, recruit and evaluate sites and interface with industry and federal agencies to promote this Network.

Ben Taub among top in quality program

Baylor's affiliate Ben Taub Hospital was one of 83 hospitals that achieved meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2017 through the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and then analyze their results. These results direct patient safety initiatives within the hospital and impact the quality of surgical care delivered to patients.


Next week: Graduate Student Art Show

The 17th annual Graduate Student Council Art Show is Nov. 12 – 16 on the first and second floors of the Alkek Building. Come by to view the artwork and photography contributed by the Baylor community, then bid online through noon on Nov. 16. A portion of proceeds benefit the Arts in Medicine Program at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers.

Events to honor veterans

The TMC Orchestra, which includes members of the Baylor family, and the Medical Musical Group of Washington, D.C., will perform a musical salute to veterans, Saturday, Nov. 10, 7 to 10 p.m. at Miller Outdoor Theater. Free tickets are available (four per person maximum) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute any remaining tickets. Free open seating on the hill. On Nov. 9 - 13, the Cullen Building will be lighted green as a symbol of appreciation and support of veterans. Learn more about the Greenlight a Vet initiative.

Nov. 14: Off Script storytelling event

Hear faculty, trainees and others reflect on gratitude at Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine, Thursday, Nov. 14, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at McGovern Medical School, room 2.135. Off Script is a storytelling project organized by Baylor's Narrative Medicine Program in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy and UT Health's McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics.

Nov. 17: Get Your Rear in Gear!

Join the Baylor Booty Shakers for Get Your Rear in Gear, Nov. 17, at the Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center on the McNair Campus, benefiting the Colon Cancer Coalition. Includes kids' fun run.

College News

Financial Wellness Week: Nov. 12-15

Stay on track with your financial and retirement goals at seminars hosted by HR - Benefits. Topics include making the most of retirement savings, student loan and debt refinancing, investment skills and more. Earn up to 300 BCM BeWell Vitality points for attending, or call in via Zoom in if you're unable to make it in person (points not available for Zoom). See the full schedule. Complimentary Fidelity retirement consultations also available by appointment; eligible employees will earn 200 Vitality points for consultation. For more information, contact ask-retirement@bcm.edu or call 713-798-1500.

Submissions open for faculty awards

Nominations are open for the 2018-2019 faculty awards for excellence in education, patient care and service, including the College's preeminent award, the Barbara and Corbin Robertson Presidential Award for Excellence in Education. See award guidelines. For more information, contact Debbie Fernandez in the Office of Faculty Development at 713-798-7285 or faced@bcm.edu.

Support Alzheimer's research and care

Dr. Mark Kunik, professor of psychiatry research, chaired last weekend's Houston Walk to End Alzheimer's and led Baylor's team, the Memory Walkers. Donate online to help him reach the goal of raising $40,000 for Alzheimer's research, care and support.

Faculty in the News

Physician assistant Isabel Valdez was on Houston Public Radio discussing how and when to make difficult health decisions. Read this and Baylor's other 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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