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Eduroam Wireless Network: The College has joined eduroam, an international service that will enable faculty, staff and trainees to connect easily to the wireless networks at other eduroam-affiliated educational institutions, Chief Information Officer Lee Leiber announced Feb. 2. This replaces the typical, and at times burdensome, process associated with traditional guest wireless access. When visiting other institutions that are part of eduroam, simply connect to the eduroam wireless network using your Baylor College of Medicine enterprise computing account (username@bcm.edu) along with your password. The eduroam service is available in nearly 90 countries. A companion app is available for the iPhone and Android that will help travelers locate institutions offering the service. In the Houston area, Rice University and the University of Houston participate in eduroam. Visitors from participating eduroam organizations can connect to Baylor's eduroam wireless network using their home institution's ID and password. Please note: Baylor's eduroam service is for visitors only. On campus, BCM employees, staff and trainees will continue to use Baylor's secure, corporate "bcm-wifi" network. For more information, contact the Office of Information Technology at (713) 798-8737.


Institutional Policy Update: The Board of Trustees approved several new and revised policies during the last quarter of 2017, including: 31.3.02 – Coding Documentation and Audit Standards; 31.3.07 - Teaching Physician Rules: Evaluation & Management (E/M) Services; 26.1.25 - Office-Based Anesthesia Policy; and 26.1.26 - Event and Complaint Reporting Policy. Additionally, at the request of senior administrators and with the approval of the appropriate functional unit leader, seven other policies were modified to clarify minor ambiguities, correct inaccuracies and delete obsolete information. Please consult Policy Updates for Dec. 31, 2017, for more information.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Suneal Agarwal, assistant professor of medicine - gastroenterology, is featured in this week's Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. He represents faculty in the Department of Medicine on the Senate.


imageDr. Anoop Agrawal, assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics and director of the internal residency and pediatrics residency program, was elected a fellow of the American College of Physicians. Fellowship recognizes a physician's excellence and contributions to medicine and to the community. The 2018 fellows will be inducted at the ACP's annual internal medicine meeting in April.


imageDr. Sophia Banu, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, recently traveled to Bangladesh to help the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Read about her experiences providing compassionate trauma care in the refugee camps and on previous aid trips in this month's BCM Family.


imageDr. Julie Kaplow, associate professor of pediatrics and psychology, has received a grant from the Greater Houston Community Foundation to partner with colleagues from Mental Health America, UNICEF and Save the Children to provide evidence-based, trauma-informed mental health care to children affected by Hurricane Harvey and training and oversight for school- and community-based clinicians.


imageDr. Bijan Najafi, professor of surgery and director of the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance, was awarded a planning center grant from the National Science Foundation's Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program for his proposal, "Center to Stream Healthcare in Place" to advance the science of telehealth, internet of things and digital wellness.


imageDr. Barbara Trautner, associate professor of medicine – health services research and a member of the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, has had her manuscript, "Walking the Dividing Line: The Challenges of Being a Doctor-Patient" published in Journal of Clinical Oncology.

College Events

Hermann Park Improvements: The park's new master plan calls for transforming the corner of Fannin and Cambridge streets into a "welcoming civic landscape with added park services and play areas." Drop by the corner from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, to learn about the Hermann Park Conservancy's plans for the "Family Commons" and provide feedback on what you would like to see in this area of the park next to the TMC.

Tacos with Teachers: The next breakfast will be with Dr. Robert J. McLaughlin, dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences, from 7 to 8 a.m. Feb. 20 in Classroom 119, Ben Taub Annex, main Baylor. Tacos with Teachers breakfasts create a casual setting to meet with illustrious faculty members for a discussion about their career paths and tips to maintain connection, meaning and joy in their work, with time for questions. The event is open to all interested BCM faculty, trainees and students. Due to the room size and the intimacy of the conversation, the first 12 who RSVP will be accepted. RSVP to InstitutionalDiversity@bcm.edu.

Preventing Partner Violence: In conjunction with the February Healthy Relationships awareness campaign, the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Title IX aindexnd Gender Discrimination program are hosting a panel discussion on intimate partner violence at noon Feb. 21 in the 4th floor conference room at Ben Taub Hospital. Mrs. Texas 2017, Ann Marie Reigrut, lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard, will share her story on the dynamics of emotional abuse, and bystander intervention will be discussed. CNE and CME credits are available.

Team Discovery: Faculty, staff and trainees are welcome to join "Innovation: Getting Your Team Out of the Box," a Team Discovery session with Dr. Lance Black, TMC Innovation, Dr. Marc Willis, associate professor of radiology, and Dr. Tyson Pillow, associate professor of emergency medicine, set for 3:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 22 in M323, main Baylor.

Rare Diseases Day: The College and Texas Children's Hospital host an event to raise awareness about rare diseases and their impact on patients' lives, featuring physician seminars and 30 booths for advocacy groups, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 24 at The Health Museum. The event is free but online registration is required.

Faculty Opportunities

SAHS Course Director: The School of Allied Health Sciences is seeking an enthusiastic and dynamic faculty member to serve as course director for cultural competency. The course introduces students to issues pertaining to the diversity and uniqueness of populations to be encountered as healthcare practitioners. For more information, please see Faculty Opportunities. Applications are due by Sunday, Feb. 18.

Women of Excellence Nominations: March is Women's History Month and the College will be celebrating with programs and activities, including recognizing our own Women of Excellence. You are encouraged to nominate Baylor faculty, staff, students and trainees who exemplify excellence and Baylor's other values of respect, integrity, innovation and teamwork. Nominees should represent all areas within Baylor College of Medicine, from staff members in Facility Services who keep the College running to world-renowned researchers finding answers to diseases, and from clinicians caring for our community to student, trainee and postdoctoral role models. All nominees must be in good standing with the College; employee nominees must have worked here at least one year. Find more information online about Baylor values to guide your nomination. Please email InstitutionalDiversity@bcm.edu by Feb. 28 with the name of the woman you would like to nominate and a 100- to 300-word description of her qualifications for Women of Excellence. These women will be highlighted in campus media and at the Women's History Month lecture March 30 with Dr. Ruth Simmons, the first African-American woman to lead an Ivy League institution and now president of Prairie View A&M University. Be on the lookout for more information about upcoming events for Women's History Month.

Health Equity Scholars Program: Applications are now being accepted for the Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research Scholars Program 2018-2019 cohort of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students, clinical fellows and junior faculty. The center seeks scholars who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting social justice and health equities and leadership in addressing educational, societal and healthcare needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. The deadline to apply is March 2.

Call for Abstracts: Please consider submitting an abstract for the 2018 Texas Educators' Academies Collaborative for Health Professions Southeast Educational Symposium, set for May 11 at the Rice BioScience Research Collaborative. The symposium provides a forum for showcasing the scholarly innovations of the regional community of educators. Submission of work previously presented at national or regional meetings is encouraged. The deadline for online submissions is March 30.

Faculty Resources

Portfolio Preparation: Are you working on your Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award portfolio? Pick up tips on how best to demonstrate your sustained exemplary educational contributions to the College at a workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Room N317, main Baylor. RSVP at faced@bcm.edu.

March Madness: Tomorrow, Feb. 9, is the deadline to sign up for the BCM March Madness Basketball Challenge. All Baylor faculty, staff, students and trainees are welcome to participate; co-ed teams are encouraged. Games will be played on Thursdays and Fridays, Feb. 15 – March 9, in the Baylor gym in Garage 6. To sign up, complete the waiver/registration form, email it to Angelica Almarez or drop it off in the Career Development Center, Room 271A, main Baylor. Contact Student Success Manager Reggie Toussant for more information.

Rodeo Tickets: General admission tickets to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, barbecue contest tickets and half-price carnival packs can be purchased through 5 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Office of Communications, Room 176B, main Baylor. Concert tickets are not available. Please bring cash or a check payable to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For more information, email Rudy Lopez or call Communications at 713-798-4710.

Summer Interns: Human Resources is preparing for the fifth year of its summer internship program and seeks departments, centers and offices that would like to host an intern from June 4 through Aug. 10. The unpaid internship is geared to rising high school seniors and college and graduate students to enhance their personal development and understanding of the College and its affiliates; no wet lab activity is allowed. Please email Human Resources for a department application form before the March 31 deadline.

For a Good Cause

Komen & Spin Roundup: Thanks to your support, both Komen Houston Race for the Cure and Spin for Gyn held successful fundraising events on Feb. 27. The Baylor Komen team was 55 members strong and raised more than $7,500 for breast cancer research, education and advocacy. More than 100 cyclists participated in the spin session, raising $12,000 for Baylor Woman to Woman, the gynecologic cancer support program. See pictures from the events online.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Seminars

INSTINCT ThinkTank: Join the Department of Surgery and Joshua Mecca, president and founder of M&S Biotics, LLC., in a collaborative discussion on "Preventing Surgical Errors" at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the Jaworski Classroom, Room 187A, main Baylor.

Esophageal Diseases: Dr. Stuart Spechler of Baylor University Medical Center and Dr. James Luketich of UPMC Pittsburgh are keynote speakers at "Current Medical and Surgical Management of Esophageal Diseases," sponsored by the College and Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center Feb. 22 – 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. CME credit is available. Register online by Friday, Feb. 16, for best pricing.

Breast & Ovarian Cancer: The 7th Annual Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer Patient Conference, hosted by Dr. Julie Nangia, assistant professor of medicine, DLDCCC member and faculty senator, and Cathy Sullivan, instructor and genetics counselor, features talks from medical experts related to the healthcare of BRCA mutation carriers. The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. Feb 24 in Conference Rooms A&B, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center McNair Campus. More information is available online.

GLOCAL 2018: The 6th Annual Houston Global Health Conference, featuring global surgery, disaster recovery, local opportunities, global health humanities, healthcare business & innovations and sustainability topics, happens March 9 – 10 at Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University. Registration is open online.

SDS Congress: The 9th International Congress on Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome is set for April 8 – 11 at the Rice BioScience Research Collaborative. Chaired by Dr. Tarek Elghetany, professor of pathology, and Dr. Alison Bertuch, associate professor of pediatrics – hematology & oncology and molecular & human genetics, the conference focuses on the latest information about this rare condition that affects the bone marrow, pancreas and skeletal system. Early registration ends March 8.

Policy Prescriptions: The 5th Annual Policy Prescriptions Symposium, directed by Dr. Cedric Dark, assistant professor of emergency medicine, is scheduled for April 20 at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center McNair Campus. It provides communities and clinicians with timely and insightful evidence-based analysis designed to shape policy governing healthcare. Online registration is open now.

Call for Abstracts

Quality & Safety: The 5th Annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference is April 26, offering health professionals and students interested in quality and safety an opportunity to present their ideas in an interactive forum. The conference highlights a peer-reviewed selection of quality and safety research projects and program innovations. Submissions involving quality and safety are encouraged, including quality improvement projects, patient safety initiatives, educational innovations and similar topics. Abstracts may be submitted online by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Neuroscience Seminar: Dr. Charles Limb, chief of the division of otology, neurotology and skull base surgery at University of California, San Francisco, discusses "Music: A Journey from the Ears to the Brain" at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in Room N315, main Baylor.

CVRI Seminar: Dr. Stephen Lehnart, professor and director of Research Cellular Biophysics and Translational Cardiology at University Medical Center Gottingen, Germany, speaks on "Super-hub Ca2+ signaling and electromechanical remodeling in atria" at noon Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Room 201A, main Baylor.

ZEISS Demos: The Optical Imaging & Vital Microscopy Core invites you to learn how the newest imaging technologies could advance your research with a hands-on demonstration of the LSM 88- Airyscan, Lightsheet Z.1, Axio Scan.Z1 and Celldiscoverer 7 through Feb. 14. Contact David Akalal for an appointment.

Call for Abstracts

CVRI Symposium: The deadline to submit abstracts for the Cardiovascular Research Institute Symposium is 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19. Abstract guidelines are available online. The 6th Annual CVRI Symposium, featuring keynote speakers Dr. Eric Olson of UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas and Dr. John Cooke of Houston Methodist Research Institute, is set for April 10. Register online.

Call for Nominations

DeBakey Research Awards: Faculty members are invited to submit nominations for the 2018 Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Excellence in Research Awards given annually to full-time College faculty who have made the most significant published scientific contribution to clinical or basic biomedical research during the past three years. The awards are funded by the DeBakey Medical Foundation. Information on the nomination process is available online. The deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 28.

Research Resources

From the Labs celebrates Heart Month with posts related to groundbreaking basic research on the human heart. You can receive weekly articles on Baylor's research and innovation highlights as they are posted by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the "Subscribe" box on the right. Or get a digest at the end of the month with links to the articles posted that month by emailing science writer Ana Rodríguez with "Subscribe me to From the Labs" in the subject line.

Funding Opportunities: See the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity's list of funding opportunities for research on healthcare disparities and social determinants of health. The Office of Research offers a list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for February.

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