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Community Service at the Food Bank: BCM volunteers spent the day at the Houston Food Bank last week. Faculty and staff members helped sort and fill boxes with food for families in need. Benefits-eligible employees can learn more about how to use annual paid volunteer time off to serve the community.


Faculty Kudos

Dr. Aimee Gardner, associate professor of health professions, psychiatry, surgery, and education, innovation, & technology, will now serve as associate dean in the School of Health Professions. Dr. Gardner received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial-organizational psychology at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Her academic interests focus on simulation, postgraduate selection, and education research. She previously served as assistant dean of evaluation and research for the School of Health Professions.

Dr. Alfredo Echeverria, assistant professor of radiation oncology, has received the 2020-2021 Educator of the Year Award from the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology. This award recognizes his excellence in teaching, enthusiasm, and support for residency training in this specialty. He was nominated by the radiation oncology chief resident.

Dr. Joseph Mills was elected vice president of the Society for Vascular Surgery for 2021-22 at the society's annual business meeting, held virtually on June 16. Mills is professor and chief of the division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy.

Baylor and the Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium, led by Dr. Chester Koh, professor of urology, pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology and a faculty senator, recently awarded four $25,000 faculty seed grants for novel pediatric medical device development. Winners are:

image Dr. Yi-Chun (Carol) Liu, assistant professor of otolaryngology-head & neck surgery, and Dr. Shraddha Siddharth Mukerji, assistant professor of otolaryngology, who are conducting a clinical observational study with the Novoscope device. This is a hand-held otoscope-like device that uses ultrasound technology to quickly, painlessly, and accurately diagnose the sub-types of otitis media (ear infections), which are the most common indications for antibiotic prescriptions and surgery in children.

Dr. Douglas Fishman, associate professor of pediatrics-gastroenterology, who is conducting a pediatric clinical pilot study with the TubeClear system from Actuated Medical Inc., which clears sluggish and clogged feeding tubes at the bedside while the tube remains in place in pediatric patients.

Dr. Deepak Mehta, associate professor of otolaryngology, who is developing an integrated tracheostomy tube monitoring and alerting apparatus for pediatric patients with artificial airways to allow for continuous monitoring of the airflow and carbon dioxide levels through the patient's tracheostomy tube.

Dr. Edward Buchanan, associate professor of pediatric plastic surgery, is working with Sawbones to develop NeoEar, a novel ear molding device for pediatric patients that protects against skin breakdown due to the malleable nature of the ear mold. NeoEar can be conformed to an individual patient's ear without the need to shave the child's head for use.

Faculty Opportunities
Quality improvement programs: Opportunities are available for BCM and affiliated faculty, staff and trainees in the area of quality improvement, including a six-workshop QI intermediate course and an advanced-level QI certificate program. Deadline to apply for either program is July 11; both are free of charge and offer CME. Find more information on both programs, and email CCIT-mgmt@bcm.edu with questions.

Call for Patient, Physician and Society Faculty Facilitator: The School of Medicine is recruiting for a Patient, Physician and Society (PPS) I/II Faculty Facilitator for AY 2021-2022. PPS is a foundational doctoring course teaching basic communication, history, and physical exam skills. Faculty facilitators will work with first-year students during small-group session held at the main BCM campus on Wednesday afternoons throughout the academic year. Learn more. The deadline for submissions to Richelle Lopez, is Friday, July 16. For additional questions, please contact Dr.Stacey Rose.

Call for Applications: The Research and Populations in Medicine (RPM) team is 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.

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. Interested faculty and staff should send a letter of interest, CV, and letter of support from their department chair or center director to Lorie Tabak by July 16, 2021 (note extended deadline). Those selected to move forward should complete the University of Texas at Dallas application, due by July 30 to Kim Nugent. Questions? Contact Kim Nugent.

Request for Applications Faculty Pilot Grants
Baylor College of Medicine, with the support of the Huffington Foundation, is announcing the availability of pilot grant funding for BCM faculty members engaged in educational research or program development and evaluation. Education, Innovation and Technology (EIT) Faculty Pilot Grants will provide funding of up to $50,00 per project for up to a two-year duration. Learn more. Contact Maria Lopez for additional questions. The deadline to apply is Aug. 2.

Participants needed for Alzheimer's study: Adults 18 years and older who identify as Mexican or Mexican American are needed for a collaborative study of UH and BCM to address health disparities in Alzheimer’s disease research. The study, funded by a grant from the BCM Office of the President and part of the Engaging Communities of Hispanics/Latinos for Aging Research (ECHAR) network, is called 'Mapa de Perspectivas,' the words Spanish-speaking Mexicans and Mexican Americans use to describe Alzheimer’s. Participants can receive compensation. For more information email Jamie Fong or call (713) 798-9080.

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 named lectureship in Baruch Brody's honor, will recognize junior and mid-level scholars who have made important theoretical 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
Department of EIT Educational Grants Workshop: Dr. Nancy Moreno will host a discussion on best practices for educational grant proposals, with examples relevant to the current Education, Innovation, and Technology (EIT) Faculty Pilot Grants. Thursday, July 8, at 4 p.m. Join via Zoom. Passcode: 790373.

Registration 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.

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