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More than $2,000 was raised by Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers for Baylor College of Medicine's Teen Health Clinic in a recent fundraiser. Next week, the fast-food restaurant will donate a prize basket worth $500 and a year's worth of food to celebrate BCM's Resident Appreciation Day. The Teen Health Clinic celebrated its 50th anniversary in October. The nine clinic locations routine checkups, screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, family planning, sports physicals, immunizations and counseling and therapy programs. As of today, the clinic's pregnancy rates have dropped to less than 3 percent, and its services have been extended to adolescent and young men.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Ourania Preventza, professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, was recently elected to the council of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (STSA) as a member at-large. In November, Dr. Preventza served as the program committee co-chair for 68th annual meeting, which was held in Atlanta.

Dr. Jeannie Chin Medina, associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience, received the Lombroso Lecturer Award from the American Epilepsy Society. On Dec. 6, Chin Medina delivered the Lombroso Lecture: "Seizure-induced Epigenetic Regulation of Cognition in Alzheimer's Disease" at the AES 2021 annual meeting.

This Week

Presidential Award for Excellence in Education: The Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2022 Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education. Please submit nomination packets on or before Dec. 10 to Deborah Fernandez at dfernandez@bcm.edu. For information regarding details of eligibility, criteria and the nomination and selection process, visit the award website. For questions, call (713) 798-7285.

Mentor training workshop: Registration is open for the Optimizing Mentoring Relationships Research Mentor Training Foundations Workshop. Two sessions are available at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 10. The workshop is designed to help you become a more effective research mentor through case study discussion, activities and small groups. The workshop qualifies as evidence-based mentor training for National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation interests. To register, visit the event website.

Population Sciences Biorepository Core: At 1 p.m. Dec. 14, PSB's Corer Director Michael Scheurer will deliver a webinar to discuss the core's various projects. PSB offers subject recruitment from all BCM-affiliated clinics, risk-factor questionnaire development and clinical data abstraction, specimen collection, processing, shipment and long-term storage. Services are available for individually funded investigators and clinical centers that require prospective banking of specimens from patients for future research projects. In addition, the PSB has a banked collection of annotated samples from a variety of cancer types that are available for individual investigator use. PSB is located at the Alkek Building for Biomedical Research, One Baylor Plaza, Suite R531E.

Faculty Opportunities

Seeking Associate Director: The School of Medicine is seeking a faculty member to serve as the associate director for the Henry J.N. Taub & J.K. Alexander Research Symposium, which will be held March 10, 2022. Each year, BCM holds the symposium, which provides a formal mechanism for students to showcase their research projects. Responsibilities may include assisting with recruitment for reviewing and judging submissions, communicating with educators and students and administrative planning and implementation. If hired, you will receive a formal letter of thanks from the symposium director and the School of Medicine curriculum leadership to acknowledge your participation. Interested faculty should email a CV and brief statement of interest to curriculum@bcm.edu by Jan. 3, 2022. For more information, please email curriculum@bcm.edu or shaudek@bcm.edu.

Patient Safety Course: The Office of Curriculum is actively recruiting clinical faculty to serve as small-group facilitators for a patient safety course, which will meet Thursdays at 3 p.m. Jan. 6-Feb. 24. Each facilitator will be assigned 9-10 MS2 students to work through a clinical case. In addition, a facilitator orientation and training session will be offered Jan. 4. Small groups meet on Jan. 13, 20, Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24. Facilitators should attend all of sessions; however, a limited number of substitutes will be available for a scheduled absence. Faculty may co-facilitate a group with a colleague, resident or fellow. Register online. For more info, contact Dr. Sara Andrabi at sandrabi@bcm.edu or Dr. Maryam Nemati Shafaee at shafaee@bcm.edu.

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