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White Coat Ceremony: Members of the Physician Assistant Program’s class of 2022 received their white coats on Friday, July 23, after 13 months of classroom training. Congrats to the class of 2022, and good luck on all their future endeavors.
Faculty and staff required to recieve COVID vaccine: Baylor announced all faculty and staff are required to receive a COVID vaccine by Sept. 15. Medical and religious exemptions can be requested. Please remember to attest after receiving the vaccine.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Cedric Dark, assistant professor of emergency medicine, has been selected as the next medical editor in chief for ACEP Now, the official publication of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Nicola Hanania, associate professor of medicine – pulmonary, critical care & sleep medicine, director of the Airways Clinical Research Center, and faculty senator, has been awarded the American College of Chest Physicians’ 2021 Distinguished CHEST Educator designation. The award is given to the top 4% of CHEST faculty worldwide for leadership in CHEST education programs and activities.

College Events

Pediatric Grand Rounds: Dr. Bill Gruber, the lead of Pfizer's COVID vaccine program, and a former BCM medical student, will be doing Pediatric Grand Rounds at Texas Children’s Hospital. There will be a presentation via Zoom, July 30, at 8:30 a.m. Password: 202047.

Blood Drive: Donate blood at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center drive, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., in Rayzor Lounge at main Baylor. Donors will receive a voucher for a free pint of Blue Bell ice cream. Appointments required.

Medicine Grand Rounds: Department of Medicine Grand Rounds and the Center for Professionalism present "When We Do No Harm: Medical Error and the Human Condition," by Dr. Danielle Ofri, clinical professor of medicine at New York University and attending physician at Bellevue Hospital, Thursday, Aug. 5, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Attend by Zoom; Passcode: 041933.

Hematology and Medical Oncology Presentation: “Cell Extrinsic mechanisms of FLT3 inhibitor resistance,” is the topic of a presentation by Dr. Elie Traer, associate professor at the Center for Hematologic Malignancies in the OHSU Knight Cancer Center Institute. The presentation will be via Zoom, Monday Aug. 9, at 12:30 p.m. Meeting ID: 387 923 767, password: 831342.

Faculty Opportunities
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.

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.

Pay Inequity Webinar: “Understanding Pay Inequity” is the topic of a webinar that looks at the gender pay gap in medicine and science. Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. RSVP to view.

Request for applications for 2-year T32 fellowship in cardiovascular research (2022-24): Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery T32 research training program in Cardiovascular surgery is open for application. Ideal candidates are M.D.s and Ph.D.s interested in cardiovascular research. Learn more about training curriculum, training tracks, faculty mentors list, stipend, and eligibility criteria. To apply, email coordinator Alicia Wang.

Call for Applications: The Dean of the School of Medicine is soliciting nominations for a Foundational Sciences Associate Course Director for the MS2 Nutrition Course. The 9-session course is scheduled in the spring semester from March 10, 2022 to May 15, 2022. The sessions are on Thursday afternoons from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Learn more. Please contact Dr. Nadia Ismail for additional questions.

Faculty Resources

Appointments available at new employee healthcare clinic: Scheduling is now available by calling 832-548-9775 for the new dedicated healthcare clinic for Baylor employees and their dependents covered by a BCM medical plan. The clinic opened Wednesday, July 14, in suite 1225 at Baylor Clinic. A collaboration of Baylor Medicine and Vera Whole Health, it offers personalized primary care, chronic disease management and acute medical care with no or low fees. Look for a welcome packet with more information in the mail.

Advanced Technology Cores - AIM Core: The Patient-Derived Xenograft (PDX) and Advanced In Vivo Models Core provides a unique in ovo platform that complements growth of PDX tumors in mice.  PDXs are engrafted and grown on the chicken egg chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) of live embryos as vascularized 3-D tumors or as organoids from existing cancer cell lines.  Core services include development and optimization of custom bioassays for assessing drug or other therapeutic interventions on 3-D growth, neovascularization, invasion, migration & metastasis and harvesting of tumor cells for biomarker studies. The Core also offers bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging services that complement CAM model experiments in addition to in vitro and in vivo applications using IVIS lumina III instrumentation. Key Advantages of the CAM Model include more rapid turnaround times and cost-effectiveness compared to mouse experiments, highly scalable project designs for drug screening projects and opportunity to assess effects of co-cultured microenvironment & cells.  For more information, visit AIM’s website.

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