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COVID-19 Updates: Baylor College of Medicine is committed to vaccinating employees and learners as quickly as possible. Eligible groups now include healthcare workers, people age 50 and above, people age 16 and above with chronic health conditions, and K-12 school and licensed early childcare workers. If you have not already done so, please complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Survey. This is your pathway to receive the vaccine from Baylor, to log your vaccination or to opt out.

  • Baylor Medicine is providing care for long-haul COVID-19 through the Post-COVID Care Clinic, where patients can receive treatment for lingering symptoms or new side effects after having the virus. Dr. Fidaa Shaib, associate professor of medicine - pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine and a faculty senator, leads the multidisciplinary clinic located at the McNair Campus hospital building. Make an appointment by calling 713-798-2400.

Elder Care: The College has joined more than 1,900 hospitals and healthcare practices nationwide working to improve care for older adults. Family Medicine clinics at Upper Kirby, River Oaks and Texas Medical Center, Baylor Medicine’s General Internal Medicine Clinic and Stratos Integrated Health are participating in the Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative to implement a set of evidence-based interventions around medication, mentation, mobility and “What Matters” for senior patients.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Bryan Burt, associate professor of surgery and chief of the section of general thoracic surgery, was awarded a five-year, $2.5 million MERIT Award from the National Cancer Institute for his study to identify biological markers predictive of mesothelioma response to immunotherapy.

image Dr. Corrie Chumpitazi, associate professor of pediatric emergency medicine, and Dr. Deborah Hsu, associate professor and section head in the department, were appointed to the new Women in Pediatric EM subcommittee of American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Emergency Medicine. Both are involved in career development activities on the subcommittee. In addition, Hsu serves as chair-elect of the AAP Section on Emergency Medicine Executive Committee.

Dr. Michael Lee, professor and chair of physical medicine & rehabilitation, was elected as a member-at-large to the Association of Academic Physiatrists at the organization's 2021 conference, held virtually last month. The association is the largest membership society for academic physiatry.

Dr. Maria Redondo, professor of pediatrics – endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism, has received a $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, for a multicenter, international project using genetics to diagnose type 1 versus type 2 diabetes in children.

College (Virtual) Events

Biology Seminar: Dr. Demet Arac, assistant professor of biochemistry & molecular biology at the University of Chicago, speaks on “Cellular Communication via Adhesion” at 4 p.m. today, March 18, via Zoom, meeting ID: 924 5528 3665, passcode: 947793.

Match Day festivities for fourth-year medical students take place on Friday, March 19. The event is only open to students participating in the match and speakers, but the speeches will be livestreamed starting at 10:20 a.m.

Civil Scientist Talk: Dr. Neil Shubin, professor of biology and anatomy at the University of Chicago and the best-selling author of “Your Inner Fish,” discusses “Evolution, COVID-19 and Communicating Controversial Science to the Public” at 3 p.m. Monday, March 22, in a webinar sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program at Rice University. Register to attend.

Alford Lecture: Dr. Michael B. Kastan, professor and executive director of the Duke Cancer Institute, presents “DNA Damage Responses: Canonical to Non-Canonical, Bench to Bedside” as the Bobby R. Alford, M.D. Grand Rounds Distinguished Lecture at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, via Zoom, meeting ID: 713 798 6037, passcode MCB@BCM. The lecture is endowed by Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Medical Research Foundations.

CVRI Lecture: “Programming and Reprogramming: What Does It Take to Make a Cardiomyocyte?” is the topic of a talk by Dr. Li Qian, associate professor of pathology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, at noon Wednesday, March 24, via Zoom, meeting ID: 971 3352 0678, passcode: 210552.

Taub & Alexander Symposium: The Henry J.N. Taub & James K. Alexander Medical Student Research Symposium starts at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 25. Dr. Teri Lee Turner, professor of pediatrics and Martin I. Lorin Endowed Chair in Medical Education, gives the keynote address, “Make Every Mile Count: Lessons Learned by an Educational Researcher on the Road Less Traveled” at 12:15 p.m. via Zoom, passcode: 041933, in conjunction with Medicine Grand Rounds.

Faculty Opportunities

Nominations Open: Make your voice heard on an institutional committee. Nominations are open for new members on the Faculty Committee on Awards, Institutional Committee Governance and Student Services Committee through Friday, April 2. This is an opportunity for you to gain collaboration skills and log service hours for your performance review and C.V. while participating in the civic life of the College. See Faculty Opportunities online for committee information and the nomination form.

PPS Director: The School of Medicine seeks an innovative clinical faculty member to serve as course director for the Patient, Physician and Society I/II course for first-year students. This is a year-long, required course focused on introductory history gathering, physical exam and communication skills in ambulatory care patient encounters and non-pathological physical exam findings. The position comes with 30% FTE support. See Faculty Opportunities for more information and apply by April 12.

SWPDC Grants: Pediatric Device Seed Grant Awards are now open for submissions by Baylor faculty members. The Southwest National Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium supports this program to promote the innovation and development of devices specifically designed for children. Four awards of $25,000 each are available for use in fiscal year 2022. Please see the application form and FAQs for more information and submit your materials by 5 p.m. April 16.

Call for Abstracts: The Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Research and Training is conducting a nationwide call for abstracts for its May 20 Summer Research Summit on the following topics: Innovative research in health equity or health disparities in one of eight thematic areas and "Strengthening Our Commitment to Racial and Social Justice to Improve Public Health." See the website for additional information.

Faculty Resources

Research Mentoring: Dr. Sandra Haudek, associate professor and director of Peer Coaching for Educators, presents “Improving Research Mentoring Relationships” at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, via Zoom, meeting ID 387 923 767, passcode: 831342, for Hematology & Oncology Grand Rounds.

Mental Health Training: Join faculty from Family and Community Medicine for a presentation on mental health awareness at noon Monday, March 22, via Zoom. The training is open to the public; register to learn more about common mental health disorders and ways to address them.

Alumni Reunion: Save the date for Alumni Reunion, a free virtual event April 22–23 for all alumni from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Health Professions. Alumni will hear from Baylor leadership on the latest clinical, research and education advances and get continuing education credit.

LCME Update: The School of Medicine's March LCME Newsletter features upcoming events and an overview of Element 3.3 — Faculty & Staff Diversity/Pipeline Programs and Partnerships and Element 7.5 —Societal Problems.

Race in Medicine: The School of Medicine’s Race in Medicine Task Force (RMTF) fosters discussion about race, racism and racial inequality; implements strategies to optimize recruitment of a diverse student body; and incorporates anti-racism curriculum for medical students. Read more about its goals and activities in the RMTF newsletter.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Chad Creighton, professor of medicine and co-director of Cancer Bioinformatics at the Dan L Duncan Cancer Center, identified proteomic signatures associated with clinical measures of aggressive disease for breast, colon, lung, renal, ovarian, uterine and pediatric glioma cancers 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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