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Caption: Have you put together a skin safety plan? In an ongoing series on skincare, Baylor doctors have given tips on how to protect your skin, including how to stave off wrinkles, where to find real natural products and the best care for your particular skin type. Read the whole series.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Jim Walker, associate professor in the Doctor of Nursing practice program-nurse anesthesia, was voted the Chair of the Advanced Practice Nursing Advisory Committee for the Texas Board of Nursing.

Dr. Joslyn "Joey" Fisher, associate professor of general medicine, has been selected to serve as the section chief of general internal medicine. Since 2020, Fisher has served as interim chief of GIM.

Dr. Alana Newell, assistant professor in the department of education, innovation, and technology, has been named assistant director of the department's Center for Educational Outreach. Dr. Tyson Pillow, associate professor of emergency medicine, has been named vice chair of the department of education, innovation and technology.


Four $25,000 SWPDC-BCM-TCH Pediatric Device Faculty Seed Grants were awarded for the 2022-'23 academic year. Baylor's Office of Research sponsors the seed grants to support Baylor and Texas Children's faculty members with development or pilot clinical studies. Grantees (pictured above in order) include:

  • Dr. Pamela Petersen, assistant professor pediatrics – critical care, will conduct a clinical study to test the VITLS platform against gold standard inpatient monitoring devices in children with congenital heart disease.
  • Dr. Parag Jain, assistant professor of pediatrics – critical care, and Dr. Craig Rusin, assistant professor pediatrics-cardiology, will conduct a pilot non-inferiority study in children with pneumonia with the use of the E-Tattoo device.
  • Dr. Samuel McClugage, assistant professor of neurosurgery, and Dr. Howard Weiner, professor of pediatrics – neurosurgery, will conduct a pilot clinical study in pediatric hydrocephalus patients with the Rhaeos FlowSense device.
  • Dr. Stanley Spinner, clinical associate professor of pediatrics, Dr. Matthew Wilbur and Dr. R. Brandon Hunter, pediatrics at Texas Children's, will conduct a postmarket clinical study to evaluate the clinical office workflow impact of the PhotoniCare Otosight device.

Coming Up

Pride Palooza: At 3:30 p.m. June 19, BCM Pride will host Pride Palooza, the group's first drag and talent show, which will raise funds for Covenant House Texas, a Houston shelter that serves unhoused youth, including LGBTQ+ teens. The show will be at the Montrose Center, 401 Barnard St., on the second floor. Admission is donation-based.

Building Your CV: The Office of Faculty Affairs and Development will host "Building and Refining Your CV" at 4 p.m. June 13. The workshop will be virtual and will provide an overview of Baylor's CV guidelines and expectations. Register by emailing Debbie Fernandez at faced@bcm.edu. For questions, contact Fernandez by email or by calling 713-798-7285.

Title IX session: At noon June 9, Baylor's Title IX Office will host a question-and-answer session for community members to ask questions related to Title IX protocol. June's topic will be bystander intervention. Join the meeting.

Faculty Opportunities

Hackathon: The Human Genome Sequencing Center is hosting its fourth annual bioinformatics hackathon Oct. 9-12. This year's event will focus on structural variants, complex disease, precision medicine and genomic analysis. Options are available for both in-person and virtual attendance. Applications are due by 3 p.m. Sept. 23. Find more information and apply here.

Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP): The Human Resources and Service Administration Health Workforce's application cycle is now open and will close at 7:30 p.m. ET June 30. An application assistance webinar will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. ET June 16.

The FLRP is open to individuals who meet the following eligibility criteria

  • Disadvantaged background based on environmental and economic factors
  • Eligible health professions degree or certificate
    • Allopathic medicine
    • Osteopathic medicine
    • Podiatric medicine
  • Faculty member at an approved health professions school, and who have signed a contract for two years or longer
  • Faculty at a health professions school located in the U.S. or U.S. territory at an eligible public or private non-profit school

POCUS Curriculum Faculty Instructors: The School of Medicine is instituting a longitudinal, competency-based point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) curriculum, which will be incorporated into the foundational sciences and clinical years by completion of AY 2024. The goals of faculty instructors are to facilitate a student's POCUS knowledge and psychomotor skills through blended curriculum, asynchronous didactics and standardized patient workshops and to foster a learner-centric POCUS curriculum to create synergy between gross anatomy and PPS courses. Faculty instructors are supported by 2.5% FTE. Read the full job description. Please send an electronic version of materials to Richelle Lopez at richelle.lopez@bcm.edu by June 15. For questions, email Dr. Alan Riley at afriley@bcm.edu.

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