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Jeopardy! The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery hosted Surgical Jeopardy on Jan. 21. This annual team-based, game show-style competition between surgery residents and faculty members helps residents prepare for the upcoming American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination. The faculty team, pictured here, has yet to win against the residents.

Coronavirus Update: In response to the Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, an important advisory on precautions related to this virus may be found here. The advisory has been developed in consultation with Baylor College of Medicine infectious disease experts and the clinical leadership team.

College Events

CRNA Week: The College recognizes this week as National CRNA Week, a celebration of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Baylor CRNAs practice at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Ben Taub Hospital, the McNair Campus, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Texas Children’s Hospital. Thank you for your dedication to your profession, commitment to patient safety and diligence in advancing the College's mission and vision.

Cocoa with Ayco: Join the Human Resources Retirement Team for Cocoa with Ayco, where you will have the opportunity to ask Ayco representatives how financial coaches can help you balance life priorities, get the most out of your Baylor benefits and stay on track to meet goals like buying a house, building an emergency fund, paying off student debt and saving for retirement. Conversation and light continental breakfast will be available on a first come, first served basis, from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at the following locations:

  • Main Baylor - E Hallway (outside of Rayzor Lounge).
  • McNair Campus - first floor of the hospital building near the faculty/staff elevators.

Faculty Resources

LCME Self-Study: The School of Medicine commences its Liaison Committee on Medical Education self-study with “LCME Kick-Off,” a school-wide presentation by Dr. Barbara Barzansky, LCME co-secretary and director of Undergraduate Medical Education with the American Medical Association, at noon Friday, Feb. 7, in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor. Faculty members are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Read more about the accreditation process in the monthly LCME Newsletter.

Bank of America Benefits: Employees can receive a special bundle of no-fee banking services by setting up a Baylor payroll direct deposit into an eligible existing or new personal Bank of America checking or savings account. The service bundle includes no monthly maintenance fees, no ATM fees and no domestic wire transfer fees. Direct questions to ask-retirement@bcm.edu.

Virtual Office Visits: UnitedHealthcare offers virtual physician visits for minor ailments. No appointment is necessary to see and talk to a board-certified physician on your mobile device or computer. A Virtual Visit can provide a diagnosis and prescriptions for colds, flu, urinary tract infections, sore throats, stomach aches and rashes. Find out more online.

Faculty Opportunities

Macy Scholars: The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation seeks applicants for its 2020 Macy Faculty Scholars program, which is designed to identify and nurture the careers of promising educational innovators in medicine and nursing. Scholars receive up to $200,000 in salary support over two years to implement a new educational innovation at their institutions. The application deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 5.

Mock Interview Volunteers: The Diversity Admissions Symposium needs faculty from all departments to help conduct mock admissions interviews from 8 to 10 a.m. April 18 on campus. This fifth annual symposium is a free event for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented in medicine and science, first-generation, non-traditional and non-conforming minority groups, to consider pursuing medical, biomedical sciences or health professions training at Baylor. Please contact Dr. Erik Malmberg if you are interested in volunteering.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Surgery Grand Rounds: “Vein Graft Disease: What have we learned about making a vein into an artery?” is the topic for Dr. Michael Conte’s presentation at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Room N315, main Baylor or via Zoom. He is professor and chief of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

Brody Lecture: Holly Fernandez Lynch of the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, delivers the inaugural Baruch A. Brody Lecture in Bioethics on “Conflicts of Conscience and Implications for Physicians’ Gatekeeping Authority” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in the Houston Methodist Institute Auditorium or via Zoom.

Ethics UnConference: “Evolving Clinical Ethics: A Working UnConference” is a forum for practicing clinical ethicists to collaborate in advancing the field through peer-to-peer solution sharing, lightning talks, fishbowl discussions and the marketplace of ideas. Hosted by the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, the UnConference is set for Feb. 5-7 at Houston Methodist Research Institute. Register online to attend.

Clinical Note

Alpha Omega Alpha: The Baylor College of Medicine Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha is pleased to announce a call for nominations for faculty and alumni inductees into AOA. A lifelong honor, membership in the society confers recognition for a physician's dedication to the profession and art of healing. The nomination period is open through 11:59 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, with nomination information available online. Please direct any questions to Dr. Daniel Chelius, BCM AOA chapter councilor and assistant professor of otolaryngology.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

THINC Seminar: Dr. Fangyuan Ding, a biology fellow at California Institute of Technology, discusses “RNA regulation at the single molecule level: from nuclear organization to molecular activity” as the Therapeutic Innovation Center seminar at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in Room 187A, main Baylor.

Physiology: “Targeting BCL-2 Family in Malignancy” is the topic of a talk by Dr. Joseph Opferman, associate professor of cell & molecular biology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Room 409B, main Baylor.

RNA Group: Dr. Hagen Tilgner, assistant professor of neurogenetics at the Brain and Mind Institute, Weill Cornell Medicine, presents “Isoform biology across thousands of single brain cells” at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Room N315, main Baylor, with a reception to follow.

Research Resources

CCM User Survey: The College has partnered with Charles River Labs to assess the user experience of those who utilize the services and facilities of the Center for Comparative Medicine. It is part of an larger effort to assess services, experiences and engagement to provide a candid and comprehensive picture of how CCM can better serve you or if it already is meeting your needs. This survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and will be anonymous unless users choose to include personal identifying information in the fields or comments. Please complete the survey by Friday, Feb. 7.

Pfizer Grants: Growth hormone deficiency education is the focus of the 2020 Pfizer Global Medical Grants, which support research, quality improvement and education initiatives to improve patient outcomes in areas of unmet medical need. The grants have a budget of $300,000. Download complete details and apply by Monday, Jan. 27.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Dongsu Park, assistant professor of molecular & human genetics and pathology & immunology, uncovered a new mechanism that has potential therapeutic applications for adult bone healing in this week’s post. Receive From the Labs via email by entering your email address in the box at the end of any article and clicking the "subscribe" button.

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