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Are you tuning into the Paralympic Games in Tokyo? If so, keep an eye out tonight for Raymond Martin, a first-year School of Health Professions student in the Physicians Assistant Program at Baylor. He will be competing in the 100-, 400-, and 1500-meter races. This is his third Paralympic Games. Find out how many gold and silver medals he has earned and how he trained while preparing for his first year at Baylor in BCM Family and the Houston Chronicle.

Message from Dr. Paul Klotman and Dr. Christie M. Lincoln: To ensure compliance with LCME standards, the College is involved in a review of all standing institutional committees. Three committees were selected by the Institutional Committee Governance to complete the process, which includes expanding their membership with at-large faculty members. If you would like to learn how to nominate yourself and run for general election for committee positions with Faculty Appointments and Promotions, Faculty Research and Fellowship Support, and Patent and Copyright Committees head to InTouch and click on Institutional Committee Nominations. Deadline is Sept. 1.

COVID Boosters: Severely to moderately immunocompromised faculty, staff and learners who received the Pfizer vaccine can get a COVID-19 booster shot at the Baylor Vaccine Clinic. Schedule an appointment online. In addition, See BCM's Gathering Guidance, updated due to the current prevalence of COVID in the community.

Attestation: Almost all of the Baylor community has attested in regard to COVID-19 vaccinations; less than 500 Baylor folks are still unaccounted for. If you are vaccinated, make sure you also attested through the Vaccine App. If you are not vaccinated, the deadline to request exemptions is Sept. 1, and the deadline to be vaccinated is Sept 15. You will still need to attest at that time. Remind members of your department to do so today!

Mental health support: BCM has developed options to assist its learners, trainees, staff and faculty with coping during the COVID pandemic. Read more about the services available on the Coronavirus Response website mental health section. Call 713-798-0292 for more information.

Support group via Zoom: The Psychiatry Service at Harris Health is offering a daily 8 a.m. support group through Zoom through Sept. 30. Open to all healthcare professionals at BCM and Harris Health, it is designed to provide support for healthcare professionals dealing with pandemic-related stress and may include psychological first aid if applicable and referral to professional help when needed. Healthcare providers can access the support group through Zoom.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Ashley Butler, associate professor of pediatrics, has been selected for the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award funding for her project, "Building Capacity in Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Patient-Centered Outcomes: Research/Comparative Effectiveness Research focused on Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19." The project will help develop a skilled community of patients and other stakeholders from across the healthcare enterprise and involve them meaningfully in every aspect of PCORI's work.

Dr. Karen Riggins, instructor of medicine - hematology and oncology, was awarded Most Engaging Presentation and Most Innovative Research for her presentation titled "Epigenetics in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer" at the 2021 Professional Development Workshop and Mentored Mock Review, hosted virtually by the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. Read more about the event.

Dr. Xiang Zhang, professor of molecular and cellular biology at the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, and Dr. Han Xiao of Rice University, have been awarded a $2.3 million Department of Defense grant to expand their efforts to halt bone cancer metastasis. The three-year grant is a Level 2 Breast Cancer Research Program Breakthrough Award. Zhang is the William T. Butler, M.D., Endowed Chair for Distinguished Faculty and a McNair Scholar at Baylor.

College Events

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will take place Saturday, Oct. 2. Sign up and start training for the in-person race at Sam Houston Park. You can also participate in a virtual race from your own neighborhood. Interactive events will be available online. Donate to or join the Baylor College of Medicine team here. Find more race details here.

Writing about race and ethnicity in scientific publications: The AMA Manual of Style recently released updated guidance on the reporting of race, ethnicity in medical and science journals. The goal of this guidance is to provide recommendations and suggestions that encourage fairness, equity, consistency and clarity in use and reporting of race and ethnicity in medical and science journals. The document is available in JAMA.

Faculty Opportunities

Webcast Audio Seminar: The Fall 2021 IAMSE Webinar Series, Back to the Future: Maximizing Student Learning and Wellbeing in the Virtual Age, will explore ways to improve and successfully teach the next generation of healthcare professionals as virtual learning and healthcare continue. The series begins Thursday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m. and will continue until Sept 30. Please clink on the IAMSE registration  to sign up for the weekly zoom links to join the sessions, handouts and special materials from the speakers, as well as the archive link to each session.

Applications accepted: Applications for assistant dean of student affairs are being accepted for the position of assistant dean of student affairs. The assistant dean of student affairs will be cross trained on all elements of the student affairs operations but will have special competency in and focus on the Learning Community Program. It is a 0.5 FTE position; applications are due by Sept. 7. Learn more and see application guidelines on the Faculty Opportunities page.

Faculty needed for mock interviews: Faculty members are needed to serve as mock interviewers and mentors for medical students preparing for residency interviews. Most mock interviews will be conducted by Zoom with a few in-person opportunities for students. Both formats will consist of a 20-minute interview followed by a 10-minute debrief/feedback session with the student. A minimum two-hour commitment from faculty is required for this year's mock interview program, which will run from Sept. 13 – Nov. 11. Learn more and sign up online.

Career Advancement Series: Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development, the Baylor College of Medicine Career Advancement Series provides tools to enhance leadership skills and assist with professional and personal goals for advancement for BCM early and mid-career faculty in four categories: instructors, assistant professors, associate professors and assistant professor women faculty group. Learn more and apply for the program by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.

Portfolio preparation: The Baylor Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development is pleased to announce a Norton Rose Fulbright portfolio preparation workshop to be held on Sept. 2, 2021  from 2 p.m. - 3:30 pm. The workshop will provide an overview of this award, due dates and strategies to complete a successful educational portfolio. Please RSVP to faced@bcm.edu. Questions? Contact Debbie Fernandez at faced@bcm.edu or at 713-798-7285.

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