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Ask Me About My Research: Dr. Amy McGuire, professor and director of the Center for Medical Ethics & Health Policy, joins eighth grader Samuel McGuire to show the importance of talking with laypeople about your work in this episode of Ask Me About My Research. You can pick up your own “Ask Me” button in the Office of Communications & Community Outreach, Room 176B, main Baylor.

Hospital Rankings: Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and the College’s affiliated hospitals made a great showing in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center was ranked No. 3 hospital in the state, behind Houston Methodist and UT Southwestern Medical Center. BSLMC was ranked No. 2 in Houston, with Houston Methodist in the top spot.

  • Baylor St. Luke’s was ranked nationally in four adult specialties – Neurology & Neurosurgery, No. 18; Cardiology & Heart Surgery, No. 21; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, No. 22; and Cancer, No. 36. This is the first time cancer has been ranked and is reflective of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center's relationship with the hospital. See additional service line rankings.
  • Menninger Clinic was ranked No. 5 in the nation in Psychiatric Care and Memorial Hermann TIRR was ranked No. 4 in Rehabilitation. Texas Children’s Hospital was ranked No. 3 in the country and listed on the Honor Roll of U.S. News' Children’s Hospitals rankings.

PA News: Congratulations to the Physician Assistant Program for achieving continued accreditation for the maximum 10 years, through 2029. School of Health Professions Dean Robert McLaughlin credited the successful renewal effort to founding Director Carl Fasser, Program Director Kathy Erdman, PA faculty and staff and the Provost’s Office. The PA program hosted the site visit by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant the same week U.S. News & World Report released rankings naming the program No. 1 in Texas and No. 3 in the nation.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Nicola Hanania, associate professor of medicine – pulmonary and a faculty senator, recently was recognized as an Expertscape World Expert in spirometry, a pulmonary function test that helps identify asthma, COPD and other conditions. Those listed by Expertscape have demonstrated their expertise and knowledge of a field through their scholarship published in the medical literature.

Dr. Holly Lindsay, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology, recently was appointed to serve as the American Academy of Pediatrics representative to the Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for Children Steering Committee. In this role, she will advocate for the inclusion of pediatric and adolescent patients in adult clinical trials to increase the therapies available for these patients.

Dr. Paul Minifee, associate professor of surgery, will represent his department as a faculty senator following a special election. He has served on the faculty of Baylor and Texas Children’s Hospital for more than 20 years and was a Baylor resident. In addition to his hospital service, Minifee participates on the American Pediatric Surgery Association Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Sarah Scollon, assistant professor of pediatrics – oncology, has received the Diane Baker Alumni Award from the University of Michigan Genetic Counseling Program, where she earned a master's degree in genetic counseling. The award honors genetic counselors who display the same vision and commitment to the field as its namesake. Scollon will deliver the annual Diane Baker Alumni Lecture in September.

Dr. Jennifer Stinson, assistant professor of neurology, was elected a faculty senator by her department in a special election. In addition to her clinical work, she is president-elect of the Houston Neuropsychological Society Board of Directors and is a member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Neurodegenerative Disease Networking Group and Multiple Sclerosis Task Force.

College Events

Liver Health: Drs. Norman Sussman and John Vierling co-lead the 20th Annual Hot Topics in Liver Disease Conference, Saturday, Aug. 3, at Marriott Marquis Houston, offering the latest information on management and treatment through plenary sessions, a keynote talk, exhibits and more. Register online for this CME-eligible conference.

The Spino-Plastics Reconstruction Conference, Saturday, Aug. 3, Baylor College of Medicine Medical Center on the McNair Campus, focuses on the latest in spine surgery and plastic surgery technologies to treat patients with spine-related problems. CME credit offered; learn more and register for free.

DocTalk: Dr. Eric Storch, professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences, talks about mental health in hurricane season at noon Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Bring your lunch, join the conversation and earn BeWell points.

Faculty Resources

New HR Process: Success Factors, the new application for the College's human resources functions, including time management and self-service updates, will launch Monday, Aug. 5. Look for training tools, multi-factor authorization information and other helpful resources on the Mosaic website, where you also will find the SuccessFactors system login that will be activated Monday. Your department sponsor can assist you with your setup or contact sap-mosaic@bcm.edu.

New Password Process: Beginning Monday, Aug. 5, you will manage your Baylor password through the Password Manager website, which replaces the old Password Self-Service website. You will have to set up new security questions and answers, as well as a special code word or phrase for the Help Desk to verify your identity if necessary. The link to the new Password Manager and instructions on how to complete the setup will be emailed Monday.

Food Allergy Day: Drs. Carla Davis, Alkaterini Anagnostou and Sara Anvari, associate professors of pediatrics, debunk myths and provide practical tools for living with food allergies at “Cocktails and Conversations,” 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at The Health Museum. The event caps a day of family activities about food allergies. Register online to attend.

Poll Everywhere: Learn how to use this classroom audience response tool to transform your teaching in an interactive workshop led by Dr. Saundra Haudek. To attend, please RSVP and bring your computer to the session, 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, in N311, main Baylor.

Career Advancement Series: Professional development opportunities for instructors, assistant professors, women assistant professors and associate professors across the campus are available this fall and winter from the offices of Faculty Development and Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. The Career Advancement Series includes sessions on mentorship and sponsorship, building your brand, networking, pathways to promotion and conflict resolution. If interested, please complete the online application and submit it by Friday, Aug. 9.

Moore Reception: Dr. David Moore, professor of molecular and cellular biology, medicine and molecular and human genetics and a faculty senator, will be honored for his election to the National Academy of Sciences at a reception at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the DeBakey Library.

Pathways to Promotion: Find out what it takes to advance your career as a faculty member with this workshop, 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, in Room N311, main Baylor. RSVP to attend.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Notes

Harris Health Training: Mandatory training sessions for faculty and trainees with clinical responsibilities at Harris Health System continue today through Saturday, Aug. 1-3, (see schedule) in preparation for an imminent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services survey. For those unable to attend an in-person session, the training can be accessed via the Learning Management System (see instructions). Compliance will be tracked. The deadline to complete the required training is close of business Monday, Aug. 5.

BSLMC News: Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center has had its “deemed” status restored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after successfully completing its CMS review process. The hospital is in compliance with the Conditions of Participation, or standards, set forth in federal regulations.

Clinical Resources

FDA & ICH Requirements: The Texas Medical Center Clinical Institute presents “Good Clinical Practice: Differences Between FDA and ICH Requirements” with Dalal Murgai, COO of GXP Quality Systems. The seminar starts at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Third Coast Restaurant, 6550 Bertner Ave. To attend, register online.

Research Methods: The Department of Family & Community Medicine offers Clinical Research Methods courses this August through October, providing hands-on training in procedures and tools used to analyze clinical research data. The two-day beginner’s and intermediate courses are directed by Dr. Hamisu Salihu, professor and vice chair of research in the department. More information and registration are online.

Clinical Seminars

Buprenorphine Waiver: The Department of Family & Community Medicine offers a free Opioid Use Disorder Training from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 7 at 3701 Kirby Drive. The training is intended for physicians who are interested in obtaining a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. This in-person training, in combination with a four-hour online session, will qualify you to apply for the Drug Enforcement Agency waiver and provide up to four hours of CME credit. RSVP to reserve a place.

GI Review: Attend an intensive review for GI and Hepatology Board Certification or Re-Certification Sept. 13-14 at Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. This update on the latest diagnostics and therapeutics is CME-eligible. Register online to attend.

Advances in Critical Care This CME-eligible course brings together all members of the multidisciplinary team caring for the critically ill patient to explore cutting edge tools, technologies and processes. Register online to hear Dr. E. Wesley Ely, professor of medicine – pulmonary and critical care at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Dr. Kenneth Mattox, Distinguished Service Professor in Surgery, deliver keynote addresses Sept. 13-14 at the Intercontinental Houston – Medical Center.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Resources

Data Science Boot Camp: Rice University offers a week-long course Aug. 12-16 to get you up to speed on skills required to start leveraging the latest data analytics tools. Participants should have some previous exposure to basic probability, statistics, linear regression, matrix and vector notation, as well as some familiarity with R and Python programming languages. For more information and registration, please go online.

Tissue Engineering: Rice hosts its 27th annual short course, Advances in Tissue Engineering, Aug. 14-17 on its campus. Dr. Michael Longaker of Stanford University School of Medicine delivers the keynote lecture on “Skeletal Stem Cells in Repair and Regeneration” during the course, which surveys the latest technologies in the world of patient-specific therapeutics, from cellular treatments to 3D printing and biofabrication of complex tissues. Online registration is open.

THINC Awards: The Therapeutic Innovation Center (THINC@BCM) announces a seed program to develop new therapies in the areas of transcription, chromatin, and RNA regulation across a variety of disease contexts. Read more about this seed program that enables investigators to develop their hypotheses towards therapeutic development by leveraging THINC platforms and capabilities. Submissions are due Sept. 6.

From the Labs: Read what Dr. Brandon Smaglo, assistant professor of medicine – hematology/oncology and a faculty senator, has learned from a clinical trial for a T-cell therapeutic approach for pancreatic adenocarcinoma 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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