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Ice Cream Social: First-year medical students were treated to an ice cream social and a wellness-focused event. The event was part of the Medicine Learning Community program and marked the students’ largest gathering as a class since the pandemic.

Unsanctioned apps to be blocked in Teams: Beginning Thursday, July 1, third-party applications (apps) in Microsoft Teams that do not have the necessary contractual agreements and/or Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) in place will be blocked by default. Third-party apps constitute those applications that are developed by vendors other than Microsoft, such as Box, Adobe Sign, Smartsheets, etc.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Nadia Ismail, associate professor, general internal medicine - Smith Clinic, will now serve as senior associate dean for currciulum in the School of Medicine. Dr. Ismail received her M.P.H. and M.D. degrees at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and then completed her M.Ed. at the University of Houston. She completed advanced doctral training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Ismail’s academic interests focus on curriculum and redesigning curriculum for future learners. Her previous roles in the School of Medicine have included medicine clerkship director, assistant dean and associate dean for curriculum.

Dr. Hugo Bellen, professor of molecular and human genetics, has been elected as an associate member of the European Molecular Biology Organization, or EMBO. He joins a community of more than 1,800 leading life scientists. New members will be formally welcomed at the annual EMBO members' meeting in October.

Dr. Asim Shah, executive vice chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Baylor and chief of psychiatry at Ben Taub Hospital, was appointed as board chair to the Houston Recovery Center. His term, which expires in Sept 2024, was confirmed at the June 2 City of Houston City Council Meeting.

Dr. Lee Poythress, associate professor, general internal medicine, will now serve as the associate dean for student affairs. Dr. Poythress is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine and fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine. His academic interests include medical student mentorship and learning community programs. Poythress has served the School of Medicine in many roles, most recently as an assistant dean for student affairs.

Faculty Opportunities

Pilot Projects: The Gulf Coast Center for Precision Environmental Health (GC-CPEH) is providing funding to support Pilot Projects related to Veterans’ Environmental Health. Pilot Projects will be funded for one year, with budgets commensurate with the scope of work but not to exceed $50,000, with the possibility of support for up to $75,000 for appropriately justified studies involving human subjects. The letter of intent (LOI) package should be emailed to Tracie Albritton no later than 5 p.m. on June 28. Additional details related to this funding opportunity can be found at GC-CPEH webpage.

Subsitute Learning Community: The Office of Student Affairs is conducting interviews for a Substitute Learning Community (LC) Advisors/Patient, Physician, Society (PPS) facilitator for AY 2021 - 2022. The FTE is 0.1 and requres availability on Wednesday afternoons. Interested physician faculty should submit a one page statement of interest and CV to Dianne Ohnstad by 5 p.m. July 2.

Call for Applications: The Research and Populations in Medicine (RPM) team are looking to fill a Team Based Learning (TBL) Facilitator role for 2021 – 2022. Learn more. The deadline is Friday, July 16. For additional questions, please contact Dr. Nadia Ismail.

Applications now open: The Fall 2021 Ql Jump Start Intermediate Training Course is open to BCM and affiliated faculty, staff, and trainees at no charge. This course is eligible for CME credit and space is limited. Deadline is July 11. Get more details. For questions, contact I-QIPS.

Harris Health MBA Information Session: Harris Health System is offering Baylor physicians and staff at the level of manager and above, who work at Ben Taub or Harris Health clinics the opportunity to earn an executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. The Leadership Development program is being offered to a total of 30 people at three institutions – Harris Health, Baylor and UT-Houston. The program is three years and includes both online and six weekend sessions a year, in person, in Houston. Financial support is offered by the institutions with participants paying a portion of the tuition. Learn more. If interested, the first step is to submit a Letter of support from your Department Chair or Center Director to Lorie Tabak by July 14, 2021. Questions? Contact Kim Nugent.

Male surgeons needed for fertility and fatherhood study: Researchers in the Scott Department of Urology are studying patterns and opinions about fatherhood among male surgeons through an upcoming study. If interested in participating, please fill out this anonymous questionnaire. For questions regarding this survey or study, contact Dr. Larry Lipshultz at (713) 798-4001.

Call for Abstracts: The Academy of Distinguished Educators hosts a virtual annual Showcase of Educational Scholarship Sept. 17. Faculty, staff and learners are invited to submit an abstract for presentation as a virtual poster display by Aug. 2. Areas of interest include content development, instructional design/delivery, learner assessment and educational leadership.

Call for Nominations: Nominate an outstanding BCM Physician Assistant Program alumnus or BCM Physician Assistant for the Carl E. Fasser Visionary Leadership Award. This award recognizes those PA professionals who demonstrate leadership in research, education, clinical practice, administrative and/or service. This award was established in honor of Carl Fasser for his sustained demonstration of visionary leadership toward the physician assistant profession. The deadline for nominations is July 30. See more information.

Baruch A Brody Lecture in Bioethics: Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 Baruch A. Brody Award & Lecture in Bioethics. This award, a $10,000 and named lectureship in Baruch Brody's honor, will recognize junior and mid-level scholars who have made important theoratical contributions to the field of bioethics. The awardee will embody the values and virtues that were central to Brody's scholarly life and work. Learn more. Deadline is July 30.

Vaccine Studies: Baylor investigators at the Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit are looking for volunteers who are age 18 and older, with no past history of COVID-19, to participate in vaccine studies. Please call (713) 798-4912, email COVID-VAX@bcm.edu or register online to get involved.

  • Volunteers who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine can participate in COVID-19 vaccine studies.
  • Volunteers who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can participate in COVID-19 booster vaccine studies.

Alumni Mentors: Many of Baylor's graduating medical students are seeking mentorship to help navigate the next phase of their medical career. The Office of Alumni Affairs seeks alumni mentors who can help guide these recent graduates. For any questions, please contact Nate Church.

Faculty Resources

Registartion open: Clinical investigation courses: Registration is open through July 16 for the Fundamentals of Clinical Investigations (Aug. 2 - 19) and Responsible Conflict of Interest for Clinical Investigators (Aug 23 - 26) courses offered by the Clinical Scientist Training Program. Registration forms and more information are available on the CSTP courses website.

Education Grand Rounds: "Telesimulation, Teledebriefing, Telementoring, Tele-what?" is the topic of a presentation by Dr. Rami Ahmed, professor of emergency medicine and simulation division chief, Indiana University School of Medicine, at noon July 7, via Zoom. Passcode: 383992. Sponsored by the School of Health Professions and Office of Faculty Affairs & Faculty Development.

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