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DeBakey Research Awards: The 2019 Michael E. DeBakey, M.D., Excellence in Research Awards recognized five faculty members whose recent research demonstrates the breadth and depth of basic science at the College. The May 15 event honored Dr. Robert A. Britton, professor of molecular virology & microbiology, Dr. Aleksandar Milosavljevic, professor of molecular & human genetics, Dr. Christie M. Ballantyne, professor and vice chair of research in medicine and holder of the J.S. Abercrombie Chair, Dr. Carl Allen, assistant professor of pediatrics – oncology, and Dr. Marco Sardiello, assistant professor of molecular & human genetics. Read about their research in From the Labs.


Excellence in Patient Care: The College showcased its faculty leaders in patient care at the annual Faculty Awards Day May 16. President Paul Klotman established the Early Career Award, Star Award and Master Clinician Award for Excellence in Patient Care to recognize faculty for clinical excellence and expertise, professionalism, leadership and community service. Pictured are Master Clinicians Dr. Horacio Adrogue, Dr. R. Paul Guillerman, Dr. Judith Margolin, Dr. Uma Munnur, Dr. Venkat Ramanathan, Dr. Jose Rivers, Dr. Jeffrey Starke, Dr. C. Philip Steuber, Dr. Carlos Javier Campos and Dr. Kimberly Guo Yen. Read about all the clinical award winners.

Dr. Biykem Bozkurt, professor of medicine – cardiology and the Mary and Gordon Cain Chair of Internal Medicine in the Winters Center for Heart Failure Research, accepted the Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism at the event. She is pictured with Senior Vice President and Dean of Research Adam Kuspa, the genial master of ceremonies for the Faculty Awards and DeBakey Research Awards.

Educational Excellence: Faculty Awards Day also served as the opportunity to honor the College’s top educational leaders with Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Awards, John P. McGovern Outstanding Teaching Awards and the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education. Pictured are Robertson Award winners Dr. Glen Levine, professor of medicine – cardiology, and Dr. Barbara Trautner, professor of medicine – health services research and surgery, with Mr. Robertson. Read about all the educational award winners.

Community Service: The Clark Faculty Service Award spotlights exemplary service to the College with professionalism. Dr. Joanna Jankowsky, professor of neuroscience and a faculty senator, Dr. Mary Majumder, associate professor in the Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy and a faculty senator, Dr. George Mandy, associate professor of pediatrics and a faculty senator, Dr. Debra Murray, instructor in the Human Genome Sequencing Center, and Dr. Adriana Strutt, associate professor of neurology, were recognized with Clark Awards on Faculty Awards Day.

College Events

Baylor Holiday: The College will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day.

Commencement 2019: The ceremony for graduating M.D. and Ph.D. students starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. Doors open at 5 p.m. Commencement speaker and Prairie View A&M president Dr. Ruth Simmons, Howard Hughes Medical Institute president Dr. Erin O’Shea, Dr. Marla Guerra, former South Texas Independent School District superintendent, and Liz Scott, co-executive director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, will receive honorary degrees at the event. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Brunch starts the celebrations at 10 a.m. in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor.

Medical Ethics & Health Policy: Dr. Savitri Fedson, associate professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, presents "Raising Consciousness? Minimally Conscious States, Brain Death and Our Growing Understanding of Disorders of Consciousness," 6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Damian’s Cucina Italiana. Register online to attend.

Wellness Fair: BCM BeWell and the student wellness program, BCM Life, will host the annual Wellness Fair, Thursday, May 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the courtyard, Rayzor Lounge and Cullen Auditorium at main Baylor. Stop by to enjoy interactive wellness activities including yoga, meditation, games and more, and earn BCM BeWell Vitality Points. RSVP online to receive your ticket to the event.

Faculty Opportunities

Learning Community Advisors: The Medical School is recruiting additional learning community advisors for academic year 2020. The positions have 10% FTE support. Interested M.D. faculty should submit a one-page statement of interest, a CV, and a letter of support from their department chair to coordinator Dianne Ohnstad by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 30. Read more about the position in Faculty Opportunities.

Respiratory Course: The Medical School seeks nominations for a foundational sciences course director and associate course director for the MS2 Respiratory course. At this time, the course is scheduled for four weeks in September with daily 8 to 10 a.m. sessions. Faculty members with board certification in pulmonary disease and an interest in innovation in medical education are encouraged to apply by June 20. See Faculty Opportunities for more information.

Patient Safety: The Medical School is actively recruiting clinical faculty to serve as small group facilitators for the Patient Safety Course, which meets on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., July 30 through Sept. 17. Each facilitator will be trained and then assigned about ten MS2 students to work through a clinical case. For more information, see Faculty Opportunities.

Call for Papers: The American Medical Association Journal of Ethics seeks manuscripts exploring the ethical complexities of cancer prevention as a global public health imperative for an upcoming theme issue edited by Dr. Zachery Tabb, pediatrics resident. More information can be found online (scroll to the February 2020 issue). The deadline for submissions is May 31.

Faculty Resources

Angst Film: The Hackett Center for Mental Health and Okay to Say present a free screening of “Angst,” a documentary that explores adolescent anxiety, at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Health Museum. A panel discussion of mental health experts, parents and teens follows the film. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required.

2020 Vision on Healthcare: Dr. Vivian Ho, professor of medicine – health services research, explores how the government’s role in healthcare could be expanded under a Democratic president and the potential costs for consumers and taxpayers at noon Friday, June 7, at Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy. Purchase tickets online to attend.

Health Equity Research Summit: Healthcare providers, biomedical scientists, staff, trainees and students are invited to attend the 2019 Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research Summer Research Summit on campus June 18. The summit explores current topics in health equity research, education, clinical care and outreach and features Dr. Patrice A. Harris, president of the American Medical Association, as the keynote speaker. The event also includes a health equity research showcase. Online registration is $25. CME credit will be offered.

Listen Up: Check out the trailer for Body of Work, the new podcast exploring health topics in the news and important developments in science with faculty experts from Baylor College of Medicine.

Auto Rental: Several national firms have been selected as approved auto rental providers for the College’s business travel needs. Read about the benefits of National Car-Rental, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis and Budget on the Mosaic travel resources webpage.

Education Technology: There are a wide range of technologies available to enhance the instructional experience for Baylor faculty. The Academic Technologies team within the Office of Information Technologies supports these tools and offers training sessions. Visit the new Education Technology website to learn about all the resources available to you.

For a Good Cause

Charity Bowl: The College’s annual Charity Bowling Ball benefitting the student-run H.O.M.E.S. Clinic for homeless patients starts at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the University of Houston Games Room. Register your team online.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminar

Hereditary Cancer: The Second Annual Hereditary Cancer Symposium for Health Care Providers will be held June 8 in the Duncan Building at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. This conference is designed for those interested in training on the clinical applications of germline genetic testing in oncology care and the management of hereditary predispositions to cancer. Online registration is free for all trainees and CME credit is available.

Clinical Note

CMS Update: The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services has clarified its documentation required for teaching physicians' evaluation and management (E/M) services. For purposes of payment, E/M services billed by teaching physicians require that the medical records must demonstrate (1) that the teaching physician performed the service or was physically present during the key or critical portions of the service when performed by the resident; and (2) the participation of the teaching physician in the management of the patient. Healthcare providers will need to update language and templates to ensure documentation meets these requirements. See the CMS update and email any questions to Ashley Tohill.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Resources

Pew Scholars Program: One College nomination is allowed for the Pew Scholars Program, which supports assistant professors (appointed after June 14, 2016) of outstanding promise in science relevant to the advancement of human health. Strong proposals will incorporate particularly creative and innovative approaches. Candidates whose work is based on biomedical principles, but brings in concepts and theories from more diverse fields, are encouraged to submit materials to the internal portal by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, for the Faculty Committee on Awards’ review.

Children's Nutrition: Dr. Robert Reiher, founder and president of FutureWise, Inc., presents “New Strategies for Enhancing Health Behavior Changes” in a Children’s Nutrition Research Center webinar, 3 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Pew-Stewart Scholars: One College nomination is allowed for the Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research, which supports assistant professors (appointed after June 14, 2016) conducting innovative, cutting-edge, basic cancer research that may accelerate progress toward a cure for cancer. Read the complete program description online. If you are interested in applying, please submit a two-page letter of intent and an NIH biosketch to Danielle Gilmore by Friday, May 31.

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