BCM Family NewsLink, Nov. 18, 2011

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Awards and Recognitions

Scholars program honors Mitch

William E. MitchThe American Society of Nephrology will launch the William E. Mitch, III, MD, FASN, International Scholars Program in 2012. Mitch, professor of medicine – nephrology at BCM, is a former ASN president and recipient of the society's John P. Peters Award. The program reflects his commitment to a diversified workforce in nephrology and to making ASN's educational opportunities more accessible to trainees throughout the Americas.

Holmes receives heroes award

Dr. Sally Ann Holmes, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at BCM, and executive of the Spinal Cord Injury Care Line at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center received the Operation American Heroes Foundation Founder's Award at a ceremony Nov. 10.

The award is given annually to honor local heroes, veterans and first responders who have gone above the call of duty to serve their country and community. Holmes, who has a congenital neuromuscular disorder, oversees medical care for more than 400 VA patients who are in rehabilitation from spinal cord injuries.

Events

Plastic surgery interest group to meet Nov. 29

BCM plastic surgery resident Dr. Chuma Chike-Obi and his colleagues will speak to the Plastic Surgery Interest Group about the specialty. They will share their insights on how to best prepare for residency applications, how to fully utilize time and resources as a medical student and most importantly why they think plastic and reconstructive surgery is so exciting. The presentation and discussion will be held Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in room M323. Refreshments will be provided.

CME credit event with Jankovic

Dr. Joseph JankovicDr. Joseph Jankovic, professor of neurology and director of the Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, is among the faculty from across the country taking part in the upcoming 5th Annual Johns Hopkins Dystonia & Spasticity Practicum Dec. 10 at the JW Marriott Houston, 5150 Westheimer Road. The purpose of this event is to educate residents and fellows in neurology and physical medicine and rehabilitation as well general neurologists, physiatrists and physical and occupational therapists on the science and clinical issues related to management of patients with dystonia and spasticity. For more information, including other locations and times, log onto John Hopkins.

College News

Nominations open for BCM‘s top educator award

Nominations are still being accepted for BCM's highest educator award, the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education. Active faculty members who have made stellar and enduring contributions to the educational mission of the college may be considered for nomination. For more information about the award and how to submit a nomination, visit the Presidential Award website or contact Wendy Fitzgerald, 713-798-7703 or wmfitzge@bcm.edu. Nominations will be accepted until Dec. 15 at 5 p.m.

BCM nurse trains Parkinson's advocates

Christine HunterChristine Hunter, a registered nurse with the Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorder Clinic at BCM, recently helped train 27 new members of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation's national advocacy network, Parkinson's Advocates in Research. Hunter was among a group of medical professionals training the new members so they may be able to return to the community and work as advocates for research-related activities, including serving on research advisory boards, teaching others about clinical research and taking part in supports groups. New members consist of people who are in some way touched by Parkinson's disease, so they may be able to include a unique perspective to research decision and implementation.

Faculty in the News

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