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Caption: On March 17, 50 Baylor College of Medicine employees volunteered for more than 200 combined hours at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo through Rodeo Acts of Kindness.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, associate dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine, received the League of United Latin American Citizen's (LULAC) National Service Award for her exceptional and innovative work to develop and distribute COVID-19 vaccines to people around the world. On March 17, she was honored with the award at the 25th LULAC National Legislative Awards Gala, which highlighted critical legislative issues affecting Hispanic Americans and recognized key leaders who have served the Hispanic community well. LULAC is the nation's oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization with members nationwide and in Puerto Rico.

The National Institutes of Health's All of Us Research Program has released the first genomic dataset of nearly 100,000 whole genome sequences as part of an effort to build one of the most diverse health databases in history. Baylor's Human Genome Sequencing Center is one of the genome centers generating this genomic data from program participant samples. The data will enable researchers to address yet unanswerable questions about health and disease, leading to new breakthroughs and advancing discoveries to reduce persistent health disparities. Learn more.

The Department of Education, Innovation & Technology sponsored its first Education Hackathon, culminating with a Project Pitch Event on March 2. Nine teams presented novel solutions to educational challenges. The top three projects and teams are listed below.

First place recipient of $25,000 Education Hackathon grant
"UME Introduction to the Practice of Telemedicine"
Dr. Farzad Soleimani (emergency medicine); Dr. Sarah Bezek (emergency medicine); Dr. Roxana Khozein Carrera (emergency medicine); Dr. Anisha Turner (emergency medicine); Dr. Katie Fisher (emergency medicine); Dr. Chris Brann (internal medicine); Benjamin Solder (School of Medicine); and Anjay Batra (School of Medicine).

Second Place
"HIPPO: Revolutionizing Healthcare Education for Patients and Providers"
Dr. Lindsey Minter (career services); Dr. Lee Poythress (medicine); Ashley Hayden (molecular and cellular biology); Reggie Black

Third Place
"Neuroverse: Immersive Neurology Experience"
Dr. Fernando Cuascut (neurology); Dr. Doris Kung (neurology); Dr. Corey Goldsmith (neurology); Dr. Alexander Sellers (neurology); Dr. Catherine Garcia (neurology)

Coming Up

Cardiovascular Spring Seminar Series: On March 30, Baylor's Cardiovascular Research Institute will host Dr. Hesham Sadek, the J. Fred Schoellkopf, Jr. chair in cardiology from UT Southwestern. The virtual event is from noon to 1 p.m. Email CVRI@bcm.edu for a calendar invite. Use Zoom meeting ID: 999 3803 4645 and password: 495463.   

National Walking Day: On April 6, Join BCM BeWell and BCM LIFE to celebrate National Walking Day. After registering, you will receive a virtual packet April 4 with resources, including walking routes, Zoom presentations and walking group opportunities. Also register to join Meghan McKay, senior athletic trainer from orthopedic surgery, as she discusses how to prevent common walking and running injuries. Topics that will also be addressed include proper footwear and local walking events. Email wellness@bcm.edu for more information.

Sound of Well-Being: BCM BeWell and BCM LIFE will collaborate with the Center of Professionalism and the Texas Medical Center Orchestra to bring a series of musically inspired presentations on April 7, April 13, April 20 and April 27. Each week, presenters aim to take you on a musical journey of well-being. Register for more details. Email wellness@bcm.edu for more information.

Faculty Opportunities

EIT grants available: The Department of Education, Innovation and Technology has made pilot grant funding available for Baylor faculty members engaged in educational research or program development and evaluation. Education, Innovation and Technology Faculty Pilot Grants provide funding of up to $50,000 for projects for no longer than two years. Up to five awards will be made at the beginning of fiscal year 2023. The submitting principal investigator (PI) must be a Baylor faculty member appointed in the Department of EIT. Submit applications by May 16. Find eligibility criteria and more information.

Collaborative research: Dr. Manish Shah, associate professor of pediatrics in emergency medicine, is leading a collaborative research project, which aims to improve the usage of anti-seizure medication dosages by paramedics in emergency situations that involve pediatric patients. The study, the Pediatric Dose Optimization for Seizures in Emergency Medical Services (PediDOSE), requires exception from informed consent (EFIC) and is in need of feedback from the community. You are invited to learn more about the Houston area collaborators, study procedures and give feedback.

TEACH-S Educational Symposium: On May 12, the Texas Educator's Academies Collaborative for Health Professions - Southeast will hold its annual Educational Symposium on "Learning Environment of the Future." Dr. Alice Fornari from the Barbara & Donald Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell will deliver the keynote address: "The Power of the Learning Environment: When You Jump from Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces." The keynote interactive discussion will be on "Faculty Development 2030: Critical Skills and Tools for Optimal Learner Engagement." Register and find abstract submission guidelines Register and find abstract submission guidelines.

Open Positions

CTAPS Faculty Facilitator: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (CTAPS) is presented during the fall semester of the MS1 year. The course teaches skills related to self-regulated learning, problem solving and critical thinking like a physician. This candidate must have an M.D. or D.O. and board certification or eligibility in their specialty. See eligibility criteria. Please send application by close of business on April 6 to Jazmin.Martinez@bcm.edu. For more information, email Dr. Sarah Bezek at bezek@bcm.edu.

Assistant Dean for Admissions, M.D. Program: The Senior Dean of the Schools of Medicine and Health Professions is seeking applications for assistant dean for admissions for the M.D. program. The assistant dean oversees the operation of the admissions office, recruitment, admissions committee, and development and implementation of the admissions policies, processes and procedures.
The ideal candidate must have an M.D. and board certification in their specialty. Interested applicants can view the full job description. Applicants should complete the SOM Education Leadership Role Application and include all required documents listed above into the application's "File Attachment" section by the close of business April 8. For more information, please email medschool@bcm.edu.

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