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Bowling for a cause: Event supports Houston-area nonprofits

Bowling for a cause: Event supports Houston-area nonprofits

As a first-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine, I’ve had the opportunity join my classmates in volunteering at the H.O.M.E.S. Clinic. Entirely student-run since 1999, the clinic provides healthcare services and social resources to the homeless population of Houston. The clinic is a collaborative effort between Baylor, UT Health Science Center at Houston, the … Continue reading

A gut feeling: Unlocking the mysteries of autism

A gut feeling: Unlocking the mysteries of autism

Autism spectrum disorders are one of the true medical mysteries of our time. From the scientists trying to discover the underlying cause, to the parents trying to find the best treatment plan, there is still so much that we don’t know. Even with the wide array of symptoms associated with autism, gastrointestinal issues remain a … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Man on a mission

Throwback Thursday: Man on a mission

February is American Heart Month, a time to put taking care of your heart at the top of your mind. Today we’re looking back at the father of modern cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, who made many advances in caring for the human heart.

Contributing to new standard of global health service

Contributing to new standard of global health service

With advances in technology and the force of globalization, the face of global health is changing. At the recent Baylor College of Medicine Global Health Symposium, Dr. Michael Merson, founding director of Duke University’s Global Health Institute, focused his keynote address on the challenges of global health today. 

Gates annual letter highlights neglected tropical diseases

Gates annual letter highlights neglected tropical diseases

Today, Bill and Melinda Gates released their annual letter in which they identified goals for what the world will look like in 15 years. They see a world in which the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than in any other time in history.

Doing good on #GivingTuesday

Doing good on #GivingTuesday

We’ve celebrated Thanksgiving, braved (or avoided) the crush of holiday shoppers on Black Friday and checked out the deals online during Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to philanthropy, volunteering and giving, now in its third year, aims to celebrate “the power of giving in all its forms,” according to the United Nations Foundation, which … Continue reading

Day in the life: Maintaining the integrity of the student record

Day in the life: Maintaining the integrity of the student record

Meet Latoya Whitaker, Baylor College of Medicine’s registrar. Whitaker says she enjoys helping students, alumni and staff with their various needs throughout the day. Learn more about Whitaker’s work. Interested in joining the Baylor family? Check out career opportunities and follow our Office of Human Resources job postings on Twitter. -By Audrey M. Marks

Twenty-one days: Reflecting on Ebola, healthcare

Twenty-one days: Reflecting on Ebola, healthcare

After returning from Nigeria, Dr. Sarah Bezek reflected on her experience as a member of Baylor College of Medicine’s team that traveled to train healthcare providers and non-medical personnel in the basic facts about Ebola. She shares her thoughts while monitoring her health since returning and waiting for the 21-day mark for incubation to pass. Twenty-one days – … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Our building blocks

Throwback Thursday: Our building blocks

In the early days of the College, when we were still Baylor University College of Medicine in Dallas, the kindness of Mrs. L.P. Ramseur of Paris, Texas helped us build part of our first home. In this photo, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, found in the Baylor University 1929 yearbook, Ramseur Hall … Continue reading

Strutting for a cure

Strutting for a cure

The Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine is fortunate to have a dedicated group of advocates – many of whom are breast cancer patients, survivors or have been touched by the disease – who volunteer their time to aid in the ongoing battle to find a cure, helping to provide critical … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Candid in the classroom

Throwback Thursday: Candid in the classroom

More than 60 years ago classrooms and labs at the College had a different look. Maybe it’s the uniform haircuts or the black and white photos, but this week’s trip into the Baylor College of Medicine Archives feels like more than six decades ago when you consider the equipment our students use today, like the … Continue reading

Ward off flu, get vaccinated

Ward off flu, get vaccinated

Want to avoid the flu this year? Dr. Simon Whitney, associate professor of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine offers this advice: Get vaccinated. The flu vaccine is now recommended for everyone over 6 months old, including pregnant women, he said. Last flu season hit middle-aged people especially hard, so no one … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: A new way to lounge

Throwback Thursday: A new way to lounge

Kick back and relax, or study. Our students had a new space to do both during the 1953-1954 academic year. This photo, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, comes from the 1954 Round Up yearbook, the official yearbook of Baylor University when we were still called Baylor University College of Medicine. According to … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: DeBakey the student

Throwback Thursday: DeBakey the student

We’ve explored many of Dr. Michael E. DeBakey’s accomplishments and contributions here at Momentum. But this Throwback Thursday we take a look at Dr. DeBakey as a student. As an undergraduate at Tulane University in New Orleans, La., he started taking medical course in his second year of school. As a result, he received his … Continue reading

Going gold in Africa: Treating pediatric cancer

Going gold in Africa: Treating pediatric cancer

Each September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month shines a light on pediatric cancer treatment and research. More than 10,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States every year. However, most children who develop cancer are in parts of the world where there is no access to modern diagnostic tests and treatments. Forget MRI scans and … Continue reading

Missed Opportunities: HIV in Houston

Missed Opportunities: HIV in Houston

Gloria is an 18-year-old adolescent who recently became sexually active and visited her doctor for contraception. She was given birth control pills, and her doctor ordered tests to check for gonorrhea and chlamydia, both sexually transmitted infections; the test results came back negative. Maya is a 19-year-old who married one year ago and is now … Continue reading

Making forensic analysis history

Making forensic analysis history

On television crime dramas, DNA evidence can make it seem like a sure fire open and shut case. The narrative is so pervasive it’s hard to believe more than 25 years ago DNA evidence wasn’t used in criminal court proceedings. That changed in Texas in 1988. Houstonians Rusty Hardin and Dr. Tom Caskey – famed experts in … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Hands-on learning

Throwback Thursday: Hands-on learning

A group of our students gather around to get first-hand experience with patients. This photo from 1967 comes courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives collection of Aesculapian yearbooks. Like their predecessors, our students get a hands-on education early. Students studying at Baylor today have contact with patients within weeks of starting medical school. … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: A careful eye

Throwback Thursday: A careful eye

Don’t mind the concerned look on his face. He’ll get the hang of it. This Throwback Thursday we catch a glimpse of one of our students helping a nurse with an IV drip. The photo, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, originally appeared in the 1976 Aesculapian yearbook. Recognize the man in the … Continue reading

Why I Ride Tour de Pink

Why I Ride Tour de Pink

About 11 years ago, while a Baylor College of Medicine employee, I started working in the Breast Oncology Clinic at Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital, which serves a large uninsured and underinsured population in Harris County. I had previously been a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia, so my interest was that of helping others … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Emergency response

Throwback Thursday: Emergency response

Last week we welcomed our new students to medical school. This week we travel back to 1974. This image, courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine Archives, found in the 1974 Aesculapian yearbook has our students taking a tour of the emergency rooms in one of our affiliate hospitals at the time. Did you train with Baylor … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Our graduate students

Throwback Thursday: Our graduate students

Scientific training is hands-on work. In this 1982 photo, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, our graduate students flex their muscles in the lab and show off their handiwork for the camera. Ranked the best in Texas by the U.S. News and World Report and among the top 20 in funding from the … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: In the classroom

Throwback Thursday: In the classroom

It was the year that saw the introduction of the Chicken McNugget at McDonalds, and Drug Abuse Resistance Education, better known as D.A.R.E, was founded to teach kids to avoid drugs and violence. Michael Jackson first did the “moonwalk” and the Price is Right unveiled their classic game Plinko. Automobile manufacturer Dodge debuted the caravan and … Continue reading

The Art of Baylor: Sculptures

The Art of Baylor: Sculptures

Students come to Baylor College of Medicine to learn the art of medicine, but if they look closely they may get an art education as well. Today we’re taking a look at a pair of sculptures that can be found on the main Baylor College of Medicine building at One Baylor Plaza. Pranayama Found outside … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: 71 years and counting

Throwback Thursday: 71 years and counting

For nearly 71 years, Baylor College of Medicine has called Houston home. This Throwback Thursday we travel back to the 1940s, to explore the transformation of Baylor as we arrived in Houston. At the invitation of the MD Anderson Foundation, the College moved from Dallas to Houston in June 1943 to become part of the … Continue reading

Camp puts smiles on faces of patients at cleft clinic

Camp puts smiles on faces of patients at cleft clinic

Summer camp is a rite of passage for kids, a place where they forge friendships, develop independence and participate in new activities and interests. For patients at the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital, camp has proven to be especially important, says Dr. Laura Monson, an assistant professor of plastic surgery at Baylor … Continue reading

Advancing innovative research for Baylor scientists

Advancing innovative research for Baylor scientists

This feature is part of a series that focuses on VIICTR, highlighting clinical and translational research at Baylor College of Medicine. The Advanced Technology Core Labs at Baylor College of Medicine provides faculty, trainees, and students with every possible resource to pursue their research objectives. Established in 2010, the ATC consists of 19 labs that offer specialized … Continue reading

Online resource helps connect researchers, resources

Online resource helps connect researchers, resources

With the goal of connecting researchers, clinicians and resources in mind, Baylor College of Medicine launched the Virtually Integrated Institutions for Clinical and Translational Research in 2013. The platform, commonly referred to as VIICTR, was developed to foster innovation, collaboration and data sharing across a multi-institutional network of scientific investigators, clinicians and community leaders to … Continue reading

The Art of Baylor: Dr. Michael E. DeBakey

The Art of Baylor: Dr. Michael E. DeBakey

Students come to Baylor College of Medicine to learn the art of medicine, but if they look closely they may get an art education as well. Today we’re taking a look at the art commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, the father of modern cardiovascular surgery. These pieces can be found … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Moving season

Throwback Thursday: Moving season

This week we look back to the 1960 Aesculapian yearbook at Baylor University College of Medicine to highlight how we came to Houston. One of the themes of the 1960 yearbook was a retrospective of the College’s time in the Bayou City. The photos take a look back to the summer of 1947, when the … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Ready to cross the stage

Throwback Thursday: Ready to cross the stage

We’re five days away from graduation. As our students reflect on their time at Baylor College of Medicine, this Throwback Thursday we take a look back at the graduates who came before the class of 2014. In this 1957 Aesculapian yearbook photo from Baylor University College of Medicine, a bird’s eye view of commencement exercises. Flash … Continue reading

Celebrating the end of chemo

Celebrating the end of chemo

Claire Nguyen, a patient at Baylor’s Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, signed up for the 39-mile, two-day Houston Avon Walk because she wanted to help other breast cancer patients receive life-saving care and treatment. But the walk ended up being even more significant for Nguyen – it occurred the weekend before her last round of chemotherapy. Nguyen … Continue reading