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Art for a Good Cause:The Graduate Student Council hosts its 16th Annual Art Show through Friday, Nov. 17, on the first and second floors of the Alkek Lobby, main Baylor. The silent auction benefits Texas Children's Hospital Cancer and Hematology Arts in Medicine Program, which helps young patients to cope with an acute illness through creative art projects, often assisted by Baylor student volunteers.


Academic Council: President Paul Klotman and the mission leaders presented a first-quarter update on the College's fiscal year 2018 goals to chairs and center directors at the Nov. 13 meeting. The goals include catalyzing the 2020 financial improvement plan, completing the Faculty Group Practice 2.0 transformation project, developing a strategy around population science and precision health, developing the education mission strategic plan and launching SAP re-implementation.

  • Dr. Klotman also announced that the College will be initiating a strategic planning process that will involve people throughout the institution. Data analytics and informatics will be a major focus. A national search is underway for a leader in institutional advancement to direct a comprehensive fundraising campaign in alignment with the strategic plan.
  • Clinical Dean Jim McDeavitt reported on the Clinically Integrated Network, which has grown to include physicians and providers in primary care and a spectrum of specialties throughout East Texas.
  • Senior Associate Dean Nancy Moreno provided an overview of topics covered in new faculty orientation.
  • Senate Chair Oluyinka Olutoye gave a Faculty Senate update. The senator who represents your department or center can provide details.

Faculty Performance Reviews: The deadline for self-evaluations in the Faculty Performance Assessment and Development Planning process has been extended to Dec. 4. Find answers to frequently asked questions about the self-evaluation. Visit the website for additional training materials and resources.

Thanksgiving: In observance of Thanksgiving, the College will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, and will reopen for business Friday, Nov. 24. Mary O’s at Jamail Specialty Care Center will cater all or part of your holiday feast. Submit your order by Monday, Nov. 20. Faculty Commons next will publish on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Jennifer Christner, dean of the School of Medicine, recently attended the Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Meeting, one of the largest gatherings for academic physicians whose focus is medical education. She writes about her experience on the Momentum Blog.

imageDr. Nick Ettinger, assistant professor of pediatrics - critical care, and Dr. Erika Bernardo, fellow in pediatric critical care, were elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Critical Care, which works closely with the Society for Critical Care Medicine to formulate policies, priorities and guidelines for pediatric critical care specialists at a national level.

imageDr. Fabrizia Faustinella, associate professor of family and community medicine, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in recognition of her personal integrity, superior competence in internal medicine, professional accomplishment and demonstrated scholarship.

imageDr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, receives the 2017 Abraham White Lifetime Public Service Award today, Nov. 16, at the fifth annual International Symposium on Thymosins in Health and Disease at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is being recognized for his contributions to the development of vaccines to treat neglected tropical diseases.

imageDr. Fareed Khan, associate professor of family and community medicine, is featured in this week’s Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. He represents the interests of the faculty at large on the Faculty Senate.

imageDr. Alicia Monroe, provost and senior vice president of academic and faculty affairs, was honored this week by the Association for Women in Science Gulf Coast Houston for her significant contributions to science education and STEM careers promotion. She presented the Outstanding Women in Science Seminar.

College Events

Teamwork in Crisis Management: Explore the essential elements of teamwork in the context of crisis management through the eyes of those who helped shepherd the College through Hurricane Harvey. Learn about specific tools to optimize team performance across a variety of situations. This panel discussion, hosted by Team Launch in collaboration with the Offices of the Provost and Communications, will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. today, Nov. 16, in M323, main Baylor. RSVP requested to teamlaunch@bcm.edu.

On the Road to Professionalism: Dr. David Chestnut, professor of anesthesiology and director of the division of obstetric anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, discusses challenges in defining, teaching, encouraging and maintaining professionalism in the practice of medicine at 4 p.m. today, Nov. 16, in Room 306A, main Baylor. This Center for Professionalism in Medicine lecture has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and ethics and/or professional responsibility credit will be awarded. A reception follows the talk.

Compassion & the Art of Medicine: The parents of a child who died of a urea cycle disorder and the executive director of the disorder’s advocacy group discuss their efforts to raise awareness for the rare disease at noon Friday, Nov. 17, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor, to conclude the annual series.

Ask the Experts: The final BCM BeWell presentation before the deadline to qualify for the medical premium reduction is noon Thursday, Nov. 30, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Dr. Jeffrey Steinbauer, professor of family and community medicine, dietitian Roberta Anding and Meghan McKay, athletic trainer in the section of sports medicine, will lead a panel discussion to answer health and wellness questions. Complete this survey to suggest a question you would like addressed by the panel. Sign in before 12:15 p.m. to earn 200 Vitality points.

Faculty Opportunities

Faculty Award for Teaching: Nominations are being accepted for The Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education, Baylor's most prestigious faculty award for teaching. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 15. Learn more online.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: The Medical School seeks nominations for an associate course director for this new required course (replacing the Integrated Problem Solving course) for first-year medical students starting in fall 2018. The course uses a variety of teaching methods to develop the medical student’s metacognition, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Innovative assistant professors (or faculty of higher rank) with experience conducting patient-centered research and medical education are encouraged to apply for the 0.1 FTE supported position by Dec. 15. For more information, please see the Faculty Opportunities webpage.

Translational Research & Population Health: The Medical School seeks nominations for an associate course director for this new required course for first-year medical students starting in fall 2018. The course includes a simple project using BCM clinic data. Innovative assistant professors (or faculty of higher rank) with experience conducting patient-centered research and medical education are encouraged to apply for the 0.1 FTE supported position by Dec. 1. For more information, please see the Faculty Opportunities webpage.

Curriculum Committee: The Medical School Curriculum Committee is soliciting nominations for one faculty member position. Interested faculty members from all disciplines are encouraged to consider applying by close of business Monday, Nov. 20. The Curriculum Committee has the integrated institutional responsibility for the overall design, management and evaluation of a coherent and coordinated curriculum. For more information, please see the Faculty Opportunities webpage.

Faculty Resources

Pathways to Promotion: The Office of Faculty Development offers a workshop to provide an overview of the College’s updated promotions guidelines and a workbook tool for you to assess your individual progress and plan for your career growth. The workshop, set for noon Friday, Nov. 17, in Room M323, main Baylor, also will help evaluators provide constructive guidance to faculty during the evaluation and planning meeting. RSVP to faced@bcm.edu or (713) 798-7285.

See a Baylor Doc: The College’s health insurance plans include a custom network of Baylor and CHI St. Luke’s affiliated providers, facilities and physicians. Employees who participate in this network can receive lower copays and pay less co-insurance. A list of the participating facilities, providers and physicians is available to search by name, specialty or condition. Employees also can search a list of Baylor physicians here. For additional assistance with scheduling an appointment, please email scheduleme@bcm.edu.

For a Good Cause

Alzheimer's Walk: Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Join the Baylor Memory Walker Team at this year’s walk on Sunday, Nov. 19, at the University of Houston. Or donate online to help Baylor become the top team in Houston.

Heart Walk: Join Baylor’s Ace of Hearts team for the 2017 American Heart Association Heart Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1522 William C. Harvin Blvd. The College currently has 31 grant awardees with a total investment of more than $5.5 million from the AHA through campaigns like the Heart Walk. Details about the 5K race, parking and other frequently asked questions can be found online. For more information, please email wellness@bcm.edu.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Events

Network with PEEPSS: Professionalism and Engagement Elevating Physician and Scientist Satisfaction (PEEPSS) is a new faculty initiative that in its pilot phase is targeting the Faculty Group Practice. The program seeks FGP participants to form PEEPSS groups that will meet once a month off-campus for six months to build a network of colleagues and socialize. Interested? Learn more and sign up online.

Clinical Research

Biosimilars Survey: Doctoral students in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy, College of Pharmacy at University of Houston are conducting a survey titled “Assessment of Knowledge, Perceptions and Prescribing Behavior of Physicians for Biosimilars.” If you have five minutes to participate in the survey before Thanksgiving, please follow this link. If you have any questions please contact one of the graduate students on the research team: Ee Vien Low, (832) 217-4398, Sorochi Iloanusi, (601) 316-6119, and Swarnava Sanyal, (312) 846-0496. You also may call the faculty sponsor, Dr. Sujit S. Sansgiry, professor in the department, at (832) 842-8393.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Resources

Research Mentor Training: Faculty research mentors are invited to attend a workshop focused on skill-building activities in four mentoring competencies: Aligning expectations, maintaining effective communications, fostering independence and resilience and promoting professional development. The workshop curriculum is based on materials generated by the NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) but will be tailored to research mentors at the College. The workshop is set for 1 – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Room N317, main Baylor. If you would like to attend, please contact NRMN master facilitator Dr. Anna Marie Sokac.

MHC Tetrameter: This Advanced Technology Core lab provides customized MHC/peptide tetramers for identification of antigen-specific T lymphocytes by flow cytometry. Tetramers and/or their derivatives are provided for research purposes only; their use for commercial purposes is prohibited. For more information about any of the cores visit the ATC website.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Jennifer Spinler, instructor in pathology and immunology, identified a probiotic that might join the fight against gut bacterial infections. You can receive weekly articles on research at Baylor as they are posted in our newsletter by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the box on the right. Or get a digest at the end of the month with links to the articles posted that month by emailing science writer Ana Rodríguez with “Subscribe me to From the Labs” in the subject line.

Funding Opportunities: See the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity’s list of funding opportunities for research on healthcare disparities and social determinants of health. The Office of Research offers a list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for October.

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