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New Senators: The Faculty Senate welcomed 19 new senators and 14 returning ones at its Aug. 8 orientation. Provost Alicia Monroe highlighted the shared governance relationship between the Senate and College leadership. Chair Laila Woc-Colburn and Chair-Elect Christie Lincoln encouraged new senators to foster two-way dialogue with their constituents and to join Senate committees.

Faculty Senate: Dr. Jim McDeavitt, SVP & dean of clinical affairs, presented the Faculty Group Practice Compensation Plan FY2019 Year End Summary at the Aug. 8 meeting, fulfilling commitments to maintain direct communication with faculty and to conduct a detailed analysis of the comp plan’s impact on faculty engagement across mission areas, in response to Faculty Senate resolutions.

  • He reported that 75% of comp plan participants earned more compensation in FY19. The FGP turnover rate remained stable with seven faculty members leaving the FGP during the year. Protected time for education activities averaged 6.8% of effort for participants. The comp plan for hospital-based services in the FGP will be implemented this fall.
  • The Administrative Operations Committee is planning a special meeting of senators who are researchers to discuss ongoing compliance concerns identified by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
  • The Curriculum & Educational Mission Committee voted to endorse the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences plan to eliminate the GRE requirement for admissions.

Academic Council: President Paul Klotman and McDeavitt gave an update on the McNair Campus at the Aug. 12 meeting. Work is underway to build out the 6th floor of the hospital building as clinic and office space. Planning continues for the new O’Quinn Medical Tower at McNair, expected to be complete in early 2022, as well as Tower 2 — the replacement hospital for Baylor St. Luke’s — expected to be complete by early 2024.

  • CBO Kim David added that the College is continuing its involvement with UT Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Texas A&M to build a collaborative facility on the TMC3 campus adjacent to the McNair Campus.
  • Monroe alerted chairs and center directors to the Sept. 17 start of the annual faculty evaluation process. Faculty members have until Oct. 21 to complete self-evaluations; meetings with evaluators must be completed by Dec. 18.
  • COO Joe Doty and Jennifer Tessin, AVP for SAP reimplementation, reported on the successful launch of the human resources tool, Success Factors, last week. Defining Pathways and Possibilities, the administrative staff component, will be implemented Sept. 1.

Faculty Kudos

The Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees appointed outstanding faculty members to two departmental chairs and four endowed chairs at its August session:

Dr. Sandeep Agarwal, associate professor and chief of the Section of Immunology, Allergy & Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine, was appointed to the Cullen Trust for Health Care Endowed Chair in Immunology. A rheumatologist, educator and researcher in autoimmune fibrotic diseases, he has served on the faculty since 2011.

Dr. Edward Buchanan, associate professor and chief of the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery in the Department of Surgery, was appointed to the Melvin Spira, M.D. Endowed Chair in Plastic Surgery. An authority in craniofacial surgery, he also has written a series of children’s books to help patients and their families cope with medical conditions since joining the faculty in 2011.

Dr. Michael Lee, has been named chair of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation after serving as interim chair since March 2018. He is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Association for Physician Leadership and the International Society of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine.

Dr. Allen Milewicz, associate professor and chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery in the Department of Surgery, was appointed to the William J. Pokorny, M.D. Professorship in Pediatric Surgery. A faculty member since 2006, he implemented a quality improvement project focused on patient communication and satisfaction at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.

Dr. Joseph Petrosino, has been named chair of the Department of Molecular Virology & Microbiology. Interim chair since January 2017, he is the director of the Alkek Center for Metagenomics & Microbiome Research and a nationally recognized leader in metagenomics research with extensive funding.

Dr. Brian Smith, professor and chief of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery in the Department of Surgery, was appointed to the Dr. L.E. Simmons Chair in Orthopedics. His interests are in spinal deformities surgery and physician satisfaction. A faculty member since 2018, he has served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Orthopedics and the American Academy of Pediatrics – Orthopedic Section.

A team of researchers led by Dr. Wesley Lee, professor of obstetrics & gynecology, received a $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to detect and monitor fetal growth restriction. The team will develop an improved way to evaluate umbilical venous blood flow using 3D and Doppler ultrasound techniques.

Dr. Sharon Plon, professor of pediatrics - oncology and her Texas Children’s Cancer Center colleagues Drs. Will Parsons, Michael Scheurer and Philip Lupo, participated in the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative (CCDI) symposium at the National Cancer Institute July 29-31. The CCDI is calling for an additional $500 million to be allocated to NCI’s budget over the next 10 years focused on efforts to collect, analyze and share data to make it easier for researchers and oncology care teams to learn from every child, adolescent and young adult with cancer.

College Events

Career Advancement Workshops: The Office of Faculty Development offers professional development courses to kick off the new season; RSVP to attend.

  • Get an introduction to building your portfolio for academic promotion and awards with The Educational Portfolio, 1-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, in Room M423, main Baylor.
  • Develop and strengthen your Curriculum Vitae with Building and Refining Your CV, 3-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, in Room M423, main Baylor.
  • Learn best practices to orient and assess learners during clinical interactions in Teaching at the Bedside, 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in Room N311, main Baylor.

Hurricane Harvey Get an update on the state of environmental research and community disaster response activities two years after Hurricane Harvey at a day-long symposium Thursday, Aug. 22, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. The event is hosted by the Section of Epidemiology and Population Science in the Department of Medicine and the Gulf Coast Center for Precision Environmental Health, with additional support from the Environmental Health Service in Medicine. See the full agenda online.

Faculty Opportunities

Team Launch seeks enthusiastic faculty, research and clinical fellows and residents to serve as Team Launch instructors beginning in October. As an instructor, you will assist Team Launch master facilitators with the Launch Pad course for students across all schools and programs. This unique teaching opportunity will help you to develop your skills in teamwork, active learning and educational assessment. The experience also may serve as a valuable addition to your professional portfolio. Learn more and apply online by Friday, Aug. 30.

Health Equity Scholars: The Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research is recruiting its 2019-2020 cohort of scholars. The program enhances the training of junior faculty members from populations underrepresented in medicine to increase the number of diverse and highly qualified medical professionals pursuing careers in academic medicine. It includes online activities, ten months of formal face-to-face sessions (through May 2020) and a one-day research summit in June. For more information and the application form, visit the website.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Compassion Series: “Eyes – Windows to the Soul” is the first lecture in this year’s Compassion & the Art of Medicine series hosted by the Department of Family & Community Medicine. Dr. Linda Chiou Epner, assistant professor of ophthalmology, speaks at noon Friday, Aug. 23, in Cullen Auditorium.

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 Dr. 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.

Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Christopher Caldarone, professor and chief of congenital heart surgery, presents "How the Witch Changes the Lions into Seals: Insights into the Evolving role of the Surgeon," 7 a.m. Sept. 11 in Room N315, main Baylor, or via Zoom, meeting ID: 517 471 817.

Latino Health Summit: The Latino Health Summit, sponsored by the Hispanic Health Coalition, convenes Sept. 19 at the TMCx Innovation Institute, McGovern Campus. The event brings together experts in the fields of health, education and policy to engage in a conversation about challenges and opportunities in the Latino community, with the goal of improving the health and wellbeing of the 4.5 million Hispanics in the greater Houston area. Register online.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Resources

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.

Lurie Prize: The Foundation for the NIH is accepting nominations for its annual Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, a $100,000 award recognizing outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research. Nominations are due Sept. 12. More information is available online.

Surgical Research: The Research Training Program in Cardiovascular Surgery is accepting applications from M.D. surgical residents and Ph.D. post-doctoral fellows interested in academic careers in cardiovascular research through a highly structured, collaborative surgeon-scientist research experience. The program offers tracks in bioengineering & biodesign, basic & translational research and clinical & outcomes research and supports two trainees per year for two years. Applications are due Jan. 3.

From the Labs: Read how Research Dean Adam Kuspa, professor of biochemistry & molecular biology, and his lab discovered that amoebae can protect their colonies from specific bacterial attacks and in doing so gain other benefits that contribute to their survival 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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