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Award and Recognitions

Shah appointed to endowed chair

Dr. Asim ShahDr. Asim Shah has been appointed the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson Jr. Endowed Chair in Psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. This endowed chair recognizes Shah's numerous accomplishments as a leader in community psychiatry and for his enduring contributions to the missions of the department and the College. He also serves as executive vice chair and chief of the Division of Community Psychiatry and chief of psychiatry for the Harris Health System and Ben Taub Hospital.

Shetlar elected to national association

Dr. Debra ShetlarDr. Debra Shetlar, associate professor of ophthalmology, was elected as president-elect of the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists at the society’s recent meeting in Chicago. She will serve two years as president-elect, followed by a two-year term as president of the society.

Wall named to surgeon educator group

Dr. Matthew WallDr. Matthew Wall Jr., professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, was among 91 surgeons from seven countries selected as a founding member of the new American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators. Their goals include emphasizing the importance of surgical education and training, defining new trends and steering advances, fostering innovation and collaboration and supporting faculty development and recognition. The Academy’s first induction ceremony was held in October in Chicago.


Today: McNair memorial service

A celebration of life for Bob McNair will be held today, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at NRG Stadium and is open to the public. McNair, owner of the Houston Texans, was a longtime leader of the College's Board of Trustees and a champion of science and education at Baylor College of Medicine. The community also is invited to submit tributes to Mr. McNair on the McNair Foundation website.

Dec. 13: Ethics Conversation series

Join the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy for The Conversation speaker series on Dec. 13, noon-1:30 p.m., at Third Coast Restaurant. This installment of the series, led by Dr. Andrew Childress, will dive into the issue of humanism in medicine, examining how lessons learned from Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" can be applied to issues related to the patient-physician relationship, such as trust in medicine, the acknowledgment of suffering and the unintended consequences of using advanced life-sustaining technologies.

College News

School of Health Professions commencement


On Saturday, Dec. 1, the College celebrated the 2018 graduates of the School of Health Professions, including 37 physician assistant students, 24 orthotics and prosthetics students and 20 doctor of nursing practice students, pictured above. Congratulations to all of these graduates as they embark on their careers providing important patient care.

Physicians: Dispute your CMS payments

Since 2013, the Physician Payment Sunshine Act has required applicable manufacturers ("Industry") to report certain payments made to physicians and teaching hospitals. The 2017 data was published on June 30, 2018, and will be updated in January 2019 based on reports from drug and device manufacturers. Physicians should review the amounts that have been attributed to them and challenge any that may be misleading or inaccurate. The Office of Compliance has provided a Physician Sunshine Act summary to assist physicians in logging in to their account to validate and, if necessary, dispute inaccurate payment attributions. Physicians also may access the full Open Payments User Guide from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

HR news: Summer internship program; college advising webinar

-Human Resources will offer the summer internship program June 4 – Aug. 2. The unpaid professional development program is for rising high school seniors and college and graduate students. Interns are introduced to the roles that support the clinical, research and education missions of the institution; however the program does not involve lab research. Email adminintern@bcm.edu if you would like to host an intern(s) for the summer or to learn more about the program.
-Education and College Advising, formerly called College Coach with Bright Horizons, provides interactive academic support program for school-age children from experts who can help maximize your children's academic success. Upcoming educational sessions include a live webinar on Dec. 11 on PSAT scores and why they matter. Sign in using your Bright Horizons Back-Up Care user name and password or, for first-time users, use passcode BCM and complete your account profile to register. Employees who register on the program's portal by Dec. 31 could win a $25 Amazon gift card. Questions? Email ask-worklife@bcm.edu.

Share your holiday spirit on Baylor's social media

We want to see how Baylor College of Medicine is getting into the holiday spirit! Snap a photo of your office, lab or clinic decorated for or celebrating the holidays and email it to anna.kiappes@bcm.edu by Friday, Dec. 14, by 2 p.m. Don't forget to include your names and departments. Photos will be shared on Baylor's social media accounts the week of Dec. 17. Not connected to Baylor on social media? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Holiday discounts

Discounts are available for fun family holiday activities, including the "Nutcracker" ballet, "A Christmas Carol" at the Alley Theatre and Zoo Lights. Visit the perks and discounts section of the intranet for more information and to purchase tickets.

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