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Excellence in Health Equity: The Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Research and Training Research Summit on June 18 included a keynote address by American Medical Association President Patrice Harris on “Physician Leadership in Shaping the Future of Healthcare in America.” She is shown here with COE Director Hamsu Salihu, Associate Provost Toi Harris and COE junior faculty scholars.

Faculty Senate: Joanne Romano, MLS, head of resource management at the Texas Medical Center Library addressed Baylor users’ resource access issues brought to the attention of the Senate Administrative Operations Committee at the June 13 meeting. She encouraged users to go to the TMC Library portal on the Baylor intranet site to get to the library website and to make use of the library's online help desk to troubleshoot issues. A frequently asked questions document on common access issues will be available in July.

  • Dr. Frederick Pereira, associate professor in the Huntington Center on Aging and chair of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, presented ongoing compliance concerns noted by the National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. The Administrative Operations Committee will work with IACUC to help improve communications with faculty members.
  • Dr. Carolyn Smith, associate dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, discussed a proposal to drop the Graduate Record Examination requirement for GSBS admissions. Many peer biomedical Ph.D. programs already have dropped the GRE; keeping the requirement may put GSBS at a competitive disadvantage.
  • Senate Chair Oluyinka Olutoye announced that 13% of Baylor full- and part-time faculty voted in the 2019 elections, electing 17 new senators and returning 14 incumbents to their seats. The following will represent the faculty at-large in the Senate: Dr. Jonnae Atkinson, Family & Community Medicine; Dr. Jennifer Chen, Ben Taub Hospital; Dr. Kimberly Davis, Pediatrics; Dr. Nicola Hanania, Ben Taub Hospital; Dr. Frené LaCour-Chestnut, Family & Community Medicine; Dr. Efua Leke, Obstetrics & Gynecology; Dr. Uma Munnur, Ben Taub Hospital; Dr. Brandon Smaglo, Medicine; Dr. George Van Buren, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center; Dr. Thomas Wheeler, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center; and Dr. David Young, Anesthesiology. Their three-year terms begin July 1.

Congratulations TCH! Our affiliate Texas Children’s Hospital ranks No. 3 in the U.S. News & World Report 2019-20 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals. TCH tied with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for third place on the national Honor Roll. Texas Children’s also ranks No. 1 in the nation for pediatric cardiology/heart surgery and pediatric pulmonology/lung surgery, while cancer, gastroenterology, nephrology and neurology services all rank in the top 5.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Wendy Allen-Rhoades, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology, was one of two physicians selected as an American Society of Clinical Oncology 2019-2020 Health Policy Leadership Development Program Fellow. She will receive training in leadership, communication and advocacy to shape policies that directly affect clinical care.

Dr. William Decker, associate professor of pathology & immunology, and his cancer immunotherapy research group have secured Investigational New Drug clearance through the Food and Drug Administration to perform phase 1 clinical studies in adult patients newly diagnosed with glioblastoma. Diakonos Research, Ltd., has commercialization rights.

Dr. Heather Haq, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology, was selected to participate in the highly competitive American Academy of Pediatrics Young Physicians Leadership Alliance training program, designed to develop leaders and build a community of early career pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.

Dr. Mark Kline, chair of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital, received the International Humanitarian and Global Health Leadership Award from the U.S. Cooperative for International Patient Programs last week in recognition of his exceptional contributions to global health and international humanitarian initiatives.

Research led by Dr. Brendan Lee, professor and Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair in Genetics, has resulted in a U.S. patent for FX201, an osteoarthritis gene therapy candidate licensed by Flexion Therapeutics. The degenerative joint disease affects more than 30 million people in the United States alone.

image Ashley Mullen, assistant professor in the School of Health Professions, has been appointed director of the Orthotics and Prosthetics Program as of July 1. She was the program’s associate director for almost three years. Jared Howell, assistant professor and founding director of the O&P program, is taking on new responsibilities in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where he will develop strategies and a clincal care model for patients needing orthotics and prosthetics.

College Events

Rare Disorders: The National Organization for Rare Disorders hosts for the first time in Houston the Living Rare, Living Stronger NORD Patient & Family Forum starting Friday, June 21, at Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar St. The forum brings the rare disorders community together with physicians, medical students and allied health professionals for a program of learning, sharing and connection in an atmosphere of support and understanding. Register online to attend.

Houston Pride: BCM Pride and SPECTRUM student groups along with the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity host a table at the 2019 Houston Pride Festival from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. Stop by booth A32 near the corner of Bagby and McKinney streets to say hello and pick up information and promotional items from the Teen Health Clinic. LGBT+ Pride Month serves as an important reminder that Baylor is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all community members, guests and visitors.

HR Fairs: Get ready for the August launch of SuccessFactors by attending employee fairs being held across Baylor. SuccessFactors is the new application for human resources management and part of the broader Mosaic Project. The fairs include educational materials, IT help with multi-factor authorization, ice cream and giveaways.

  • Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, in the Alford Education Center.
  • Kirby Clinic – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the Conference Center.

Faculty Opportunities

Inclusion & Excellence: Staff and faculty positions are open on the College’s Inclusion and Excellence Council. This group provides a forum for engaging trainees, faculty and staff and supporting Baylor's diversity and inclusion goals. It meets quarterly and subcommittee meetings are held monthly. Learn more about the council and apply online by Friday, June 21.

Admissions Interviewers: The Office of Medical School Admissions announces a call for nominations for the 2019-2020 Admissions Interviewing Subcommittee. Interviews are held only on Friday afternoons (August–April) at main Baylor. Faculty participants are asked to commit to 10 Friday sessions and interview a minimum of four candidates per session. If interested, please email Shannon Mendoza by Monday, June 24.

QI Coach: Interested in learning more about becoming a quality improvement coach? Join the Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety for the QI Coach Recruitment Event, 4 – 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at the DeBakey Library & Museum, main Baylor. Read about the role of a QI coach and upcoming opportunities available through the institute.

PPS Preceptors: Clinical faculty members are invited to participate as preceptors for the Patient, Physician and Society (PPS) course starting in mid-August. PPS preceptors help prepare first-year medical students to function effectively in a clinical setting by allowing them to visit their offices a few times a month to observe and practice interview and exam skills. For more information and to volunteer, please see the Faculty Opportunities webpage.

Patient Safety Course: 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.

Faculty Resources

Educator Workshop: Learn strategies to facilitate and manage learning in “Leading Small Groups,” 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, June 21, in Room N311, main Baylor. To attend, RSVP to the Office of Faculty Development.

Education Portfolio: RSVP to attend an introduction to portfolios for academic promotion and awards presented by Faculty Development from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 24, in room M423, main Baylor.

Facilities Survey: The 2019 Information Technology, Facilities and Food Services Survey for all faculty, staff and trainees is now open. Your responses will be used to improve services that make Baylor a better place to teach, learn and work. The survey is open through Friday, June 28, and should take less than 20 minutes to complete. Why not take it today?

Quality & Safety: Applications are open for the Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety's QI Jumpstart, starting Sept. 10. This intermediate-level training course to is designed for healthcare providers with an introductory knowledge of the concepts of quality improvement and patient safety but who would benefit from hands-on experience in applying the learned principles to improve their healthcare practice and to mentor trainees. There is no charge to attend the CME-eligible course but space is limited. Learn more and apply online by Sunday, June 30.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminar

Precision Health: The Center for Precision Environmental Health hosts Dr. Andrew Tee, reader in the Division of Cancer and Genetics at Cardiff University, presenting “Research on rare genetic diseases to find new therapies for cancer” at 10 a.m. Monday, June 24, in Room 187A, main Baylor.

Research Resources

Environmental Health: The Gulf Coast Center for Precision Environmental Health has pilot project funding available for projects in genetics/epigenetics, environmental health and data science to understand individual and place-based determinants of disease risk. The pilot projects are for one year and a maximum budget of $40,000. To apply, submit a letter of intent including a cover letter and a one-page summary of the research objectives to Tracie Albritton by 5 p.m. Friday, June 28. Contact Ms. Albritton for more information.

NIH Director's Grant: The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Baylor may submit two nominations for this five-year grant valued at up to $250,000 per year. Qualifications and details are online with an internal application deadline of midnight Aug. 5.

From the Labs: Read what Jay Patel, an M.D./Ph.D. student in Dr. Benjamin Arenkiel’s neuroscience lab, is learning about the basal forebrain’s effect on obesity and anorexia 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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