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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

Throwback Thursday: First-year lessons

Throwback Thursday: First-year lessons

While graduation looms for our fourth year students, our first-year students just started their final block of classes in the pre-clinical program this month. Since vacation is still a couple months off, this Thursday we take a look back to our students from 1957 mid-lesson. By the looks on their faces, we can only guess what the … Continue reading

Be a well woman: Follow these recommendations

Be a well woman: Follow these recommendations

National Women’s Health Week is May 11-17, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a message for women everywhere: Be a well woman. The first recommendation is for every woman to have regular visits with a health care professional. Women should meet with their health care provider to discuss healthy habits, schedule … Continue reading

Dear BCM: Sitting through class

Dear BCM: Sitting through class

While technology keeps revolutionizing the way students learn, one thing in education hasn’t changed: Classroom lectures. Students in the photo from 1980 attend lecture in Kleberg Auditorium. Now, 34 years later, there have been improvements and changes but it’s still home to learning. What classes did you have in Kleberg Auditorium? Share your memories with … Continue reading

Biking to work? Join us May 9

Biking to work? Join us May 9

Baylor College of Medicine’s Recycling and Sustainability Program will join the City of Houston in celebrating Houston’s Bike to Work Day Friday, May 9 with its own Bike to BCM Day.  The ride will be in honor of Baylor’s chief science writer and cycling enthusiast, Ruth SoRelle. The event encourages riders to ditch their daily … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Genetics, the early years

Throwback Thursday: Genetics, the early years

The study of genetics had a different look 50 years ago, and so did the researchers. This Throwback Thursday we take a look back in the careers of Dr. Thomas Caskey, professor of molecular and human genetics, and Dr. Art Beaudet, the Henry and Emma Meyer Chair in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, through … Continue reading

Baylor focuses on sustainability

Baylor focuses on sustainability

For more than eight years, Baylor College of Medicine has been committed to conservation efforts on campus. Students, trainees, faculty and staff alike join forces with our partners in the Texas Medical Center to help make the College’s Resource Stewardship and Sustainability Program a success.   This Earth Day, we highlight the program’s achievements. Throughout … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Make a splash

Throwback Thursday: Make a splash

All good things must come to an end. And in the case of these Baylor College of Medicine students, the end means a swim in Alkek Fountain.   In this 1986 Aesculapian Yearbook photo, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, our students make a splash. An old tradition where the “end of basic … Continue reading

Day in the Life: Managing the Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic

Day in the Life: Managing the Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic

Meet Armenthia Marie Prescott, manager of the Skeletal Dysplasia Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine. With more than 13 years of experience at Baylor, follow Prescott as she shares her favorite aspects of her job and what it’s like working with bones. Interested in joining the Baylor family? Check out career opportunities. -Audrey M. Marks

The volunteer effect: Making an impact

The volunteer effect: Making an impact

Baylor College of Medicine teams up with many different local non-profit health organizations for events throughout the year, including the upcoming Houston Avon Walk April 12 – 13 – marking the seventh year in a row Baylor will serve as the official medical sponsor. As the medical sponsor, Baylor oversees all health care for the … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: One of the guys

Throwback Thursday: One of the guys

In this 1933 image from the Baylor University Round Up yearbook, the members of Alpha Pi Alpha chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha, the “honorary scholastic medical fraternity,” pose with their cap and tassels. The chapter was formed in 1930 and exists today at the College. The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society was founded in … Continue reading