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Award and Recognitions

Johnson honored with state nursing award

Kimberly JohnsonKimberly Johnson, a registered nurse and assistant professor of medicine – geriatrics, will receive the 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence for Texas. The award is given to an individual nurse practitioner in each state who has demonstrated excellence in clinical practice. It will be presented at the AANP National Conference in June in Indianapolis.

Ma and Merlo certified in lifestyle medicine

Dr. Xin MaDr. Gia MerloDr. Xin Ma, adjunct assistant professor of pathology and immunology, and Dr. Gia Merlo, assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, both were recently certified as diplomates of the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine/American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. They are part of only the second group of U.S. medical professionals to earn this certification. Lifestyle medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as diet, physical activity and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat and potentially reverse chronic disease.

Sedgwick earns Press Ganey Physician of the Year

Dr. Emily SedgwickDr. Emily Sedgwick, associate professor of radiology and part of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, was honored with the Press Ganey Physician of the Year Award in recognition of her compassionate commitment to the patient experience, including developing and leading the same-day breast biopsy program that has reduced wait times for breast imaging and biopsies and greatly enhanced patient experience. She received the award earlier this month at Press Ganey’s 2018 Client Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Anesthesiologists edit book chapters

The second edition of "Clinical Pediatric Anesthesia: A Case-base Handbook," has been published with four pediatric anesthesiologists at Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital serving as editors: Dr. Erin Williams, assistant professor; Dr. Toyin Olutoye, professor; Dr. Catherine Seipel, assistant professor; and Dr. Titilopemi Aina, assistant professor. Other Baylor faculty served as chapter editors.


World AIDS Day events

The Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity and the student groups Pride and Spectrum are observing the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day with two events today. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., HIV screening will be offered in conjunction with Harris Health System in Rayzor Lounge at main Baylor, then Dr. Daryl Shorter, assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Jeffrey Campbell, HIV program manager for the Houston Health Department, will lead an HIV Educational Forum from 4 to 6 p.m. in room M323. On Dec. 4, stop by Axelrad Beer Garden, 1517 Alabama St., to bid on silent auction items benefiting the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children's Hospital.

Dec. 1: School of Health Professions Commencement

The School of Health Professions commencement ceremony is tomorrow, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Stafford Centre. The 2018 graduating class includes 20 Doctor of Nursing Practice Program students, 24 Orthotics and Prosthetics Program students and 37 Physician Assistant Program students. The commencement address will be delivered by Dr. Ronan Tynan, a former physician who now is a member of the Irish Tenors and also has represented Ireland in the Paralympics, winning several gold medals. Congratulations to all the graduates!

Dec. 5 events: Gender-based research and DocTalk on elderly caregiving

-Grand Rounds, 11 a.m., Cullen Auditorium, "How the Evolution of Sex and Gender Based Research Impacts the Practice of Medicine" with Dr. Alyson McGregor, founder of the Division of Sex and Gender in Emergency Medicine at Brown University. Hosted by the Department of Emergency Medicine with the Center for Space Medicine, Translational Research Institute for Space Health and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.
-DocTalk, noon in Cullen Auditorium, on "Caring for Your Elderly Family Members," with Dr. Angela Catic, assistant professor in the Huffington Center on Aging. Eligible employees who attend can earn BCM BeWell Vitality points.

Dec. 6: Team Discovery session on teamwork

Join the next Team Discovery Session, which will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 6 in rooms M321 and 323. Ellen Friedman, M.D., F.A.C.S, F.A.A.P., director of the Center for Professionalism, will speak on "Nourishing Your Team with the Gift of Feedback." Team Discovery is part of Team Launch, a College-wide initiative focused on providing opportunities for everyone at BCM to learn and apply team skills.

Dec. 7: Epidemiology and Population Sciences open house

Stop by the Epidemiology and Populations Sciences open house Friday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., Suite 600D in the Jewish Institute building at main Baylor, to check out its new space and view the "Cancer Below the Belt" portrait series promoting cancer awareness, screening and prevention. RSVP at Lucia.Hernandez@bcm.edu or 713-798-2871.

College News

Applications open for proposals to support strategic plan

The Office of the President seeks project proposals for funding up to $30,000 through its Precision Medicine/Population Health Initiative, which supports the strategic plan to position the College as a learning health system. Proposals must include clinical and basic/translational research team members and a faculty supervisor and must be relevant to population-based clinical care, leveraging large data sets. Applications are due Dec. 14. See project guidelines, and email strategicplanning2020@bcm.edu with additional questions.

HR news

-The Internal Revenue Service has announced that some of the benefit limits for retirement plans for 2019 have changed. Review the updates for the 2019 Plan year, and visit Fidelity online or call 1-800-343-0860 to enroll and make changes to investments or contribution levels. Changes to your 403(b) Plan contribution must be made through Fidelity, even if you have chosen TIAA as your investment vendor. For more questions, email ask-retirement@bcm.edu.
-Take a moment to complete the 2018 BCM BeWell Year End Survey to evaluate your wellness experience over the past year and provide input on enhancing the College’s wellness program. By completing the survey you also can help select BeWell's biggest success story of 2018. Questions? Email wellness@bcm.edu.

Family Medicine news

Acute healthcare services previously provided by the Express Care Clinic are now being offered by primary care physicians in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Same-day and next-day appointments are available at Baylor Clinic and Kirby Clinic for health issues such as cold and flu, pink eye, seasonal allergies, minor injuries and more. Two new family and community medicine physicians, Dr. Knic Rabara and Dr. Rajani Amin, are seeing patients at the Kirby Clinic and Baylor Clinic to handle acute and primary care healthcare needs. See more information about the Family Medicine team. To make an appointment with Family and Community Medicine, call 713-798-7700.

Space health research opportunities

Opportunities are available in the Translational Research Institute for Space Health at Baylor College of Medicine to engage in research related to health during human exploration of deep space. Learn more about the visiting data scientist opportunity, and the two-year postdoctoral fellowships.

Volunteer science fair judges needed

Judges are needed for middle school science fairs at the Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan and Baylor College of Medicine Biotech Academy at Rusk. Judges will score student projects and should have first-hand experience in developing and conducting scientific or engineering research. Volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of one hour, which generally amounts to judging six projects. Sign up and view available judging dates and times. For questions, email Beatriz Perez-Sweeney at Ryan or Katherine Harris at Rusk.

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