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Throwback Thursday: Medicine is love

Throwback Thursday: Medicine is love

Nowadays, Valentine’s Day is so focused on materialism that we often forget the most important aspect of any relationship – quality time. In 1984, Mike Tuggy and Peggy Sarjeant were taking full advantage of this concept at Baylor College of Medicine – but what are they up to today? Thirty-two years later, Mike says he … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: In one ear and…

Throwback Thursday: In one ear and…

Many forms of modern-day entertainment involve the use of our ears. The ability to hear also plays a critical role in completing daily work tasks and communicating with our families and friends, so the science of otolaryngology remains an important aspect of medicine. Take a look at this photo from the Aesculapian Yearbook, courtesy of … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Seeing double

Throwback Thursday: Seeing double

Did you know that both red blood cells and taste buds were discovered using microscopes? The all-important device continues to be a mainstay in the world of medicine. This is evident when you take a look at these two photos that were taken over 30 years apart at Baylor College of Medicine. On the left, … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: The X-ray life

Throwback Thursday: The X-ray life

Although the medical sciences are constantly evolving with the introduction of new research, many day-to-day practices have remained the same over several decades. On the left, we have a photo of a Baylor student reviewing an X-ray. Notice her documentation practices and attention to detail. Now flash forward to 1998. From the paper and pen … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Spin Urine, Get Money

Throwback Thursday: Spin Urine, Get Money

When you can see how close you are to achieving your dream, it can make day-to-day life a little frustrating. It can be so frustrating when five days and a giant project stand between you and the weekend or when your Powerball numbers are this close. This medical student from the 1974 Aesculapian Yearbook, courtesy … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Strike a pose

Throwback Thursday: Strike a pose

You’ll have to admit – people looked pretty cool when posing for photos 100 years ago. From the 1918 Baylor University Round Up yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, we see an amazing collage of young men and women striking poses and mugging for the camera. Some of the photos look like … Continue reading

A look back at 2015 at Baylor

A look back at 2015 at Baylor

Before we close the books on 2015 and start a new year, we invite you to take a look back at a year packed with achievements and celebrations. Join us as we relive the highlights in education, research, healthcare and more at Baylor College of Medicine. Comprehensive Designation Baylor’s Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: A totally normal party

Throwback Thursday: A totally normal party

Ah, yes. A few friends standing around at some function or event, enjoying some refreshments and- wait, is that a brain? Why is there a brain on that table? This photo is from the 1957 Aesculapian Yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives. It seems like a normal enough party, but… That’s not … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Conference Period

Throwback Thursday: Conference Period

Medical students don’t spend all their time studying and seeing patients. At least back in 1963, it was common for students to assist the Baylor College of Medicine faculty and staff with certain tasks during their clinical clerkships. Here we see an excerpt from a book about medical education along with a tongue-in-cheek example of … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Study Partners

Throwback Thursday: Study Partners

Since most people attend medical school at the same age that young people often start families, it is common enough for medical students to be married with children during their studies. So, it isn’t a surprise there’s more than one Throwback Thursday featuring someone far too young for medical school. But why not one more? … Continue reading

Is there sleep after menopause?

Is there sleep after menopause?

For women, sleep can be elusive at every stage of life. But perhaps none more so than the menopause years. I hear from exhausted patients all the time who would feel so much better – and be able to handle the symptoms of menopause so much easier – if they could just get some sleep. … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Food and fun

Throwback Thursday: Food and fun

We’re a week away from Thanksgiving Day, but many schools and offices are having their holiday parties now. Funny how gathering at school or work for a meal looks exactly the same 60 years later. In these 1955 photos from the Baylor University Round Up yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, we … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Three Amigos

Throwback Thursday: Three Amigos

No bones about it, anatomy is a vital part of a medical student’s education. In this 1948 picture from the Baylor University Round Up yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, we see what looks like a professor of anatomy and a colleague investigating a section of spinal cord. The pair appears to be … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: The rest of the story

Throwback Thursday: The rest of the story

Back in April of this year we featured this interesting picture and wondered what was going on. We wanted to know more about those people. Luckily, we got some information from one of our faculty members, James Frost Jr., M.D., professor of neurology-neurophysiology in the Jan & Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute. A colleague recognized the … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Old Familiar Faces?

Throwback Thursday: Old Familiar Faces?

Today’s Throwback Thursday goes out to all the folks who were actually there at the time. This set of pictures comes from the 1966 Aesculapian Yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives. Dear readers: Were you a member of the class of 1966? If so, you may recognize some these people – or … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Killer Bs

Throwback Thursday: Killer Bs

The Houston Astros’ time in the postseason is over, for this year. But during their wildcard bid for the postseason spot, fans across Baylor College of Medicine decorated their offices and wore Astros gear in support of the team. We did the same the last time the Astros made it this far in 2005. Ten … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Where are they now?

Throwback Thursday: Where are they now?

Yearbooks are usually a look back at the year’s events. But occasionally, they look forward. You know the stereotypical scene at the end of high school / college movies where it shows (sometimes comically) what becomes of the characters after graduation? It looks like the 1979 edition of the Aesculapian Yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: The Quiz Master

Throwback Thursday: The Quiz Master

These days, if someone tells you that they’re a quiz master you might think they host a pub trivia game, or perhaps like to play along from home with the contestants on Jeopardy. Not so 100 years ago. As we see from the 1913 Baylor University Round Up yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Serious Business

Throwback Thursday: Serious Business

Sometimes, Throwback Thursday features some goofy fun, some great hair or a look at some silly art. But sometimes, we’re serious business. Today we have a pair of doctors from the 1967 Aesculapian Yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, adopt some serious faces while working on medical science. Sometimes, we wish Snapchat … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Nap Time

Throwback Thursday: Nap Time

Hey, dear readers. How are you doing? Probably ready for a break, huh? As the year marches on and the promise of some nice winter holidays looks to be just over the horizon, it can be easy to start to feel the need to have a rest.

Remembering Katrina: Our time shared with Tulane

Remembering Katrina: Our time shared with Tulane

Katrina – for most people the name evokes images of immense flooding in New Orleans and evacuees desperately seeking help in Houston at the Astrodome.  For me, it brings the image of what happened next…. the move of the Tulane University School of Medicine to Houston assuring that all of their students completed their academic … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Technological!

Throwback Thursday: Technological!

Technology moves at brisk pace, especially at a health sciences university. And while five years isn’t that far in the past, it is still interesting to see how (or if) things have changed. In this 2010 photo from the Aesculapian Yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, we see students making funny faces, … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Cutting Corners

Throwback Thursday: Cutting Corners

Sometimes, when a job is hard, people think of little shortcuts to make things easier. In this 1963 photo from the Aesculapian Yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, the yearbook staff uses the captions to make jokes on the subject of working less. Rest assured, our new students aren’t finding ways to cut … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: The Freshmen Class

Throwback Thursday: The Freshmen Class

The first day of school is coming up soon for most kids in Texas, but we’ve already started classes here at Baylor. In this 1957 photo from the Aesculapian Yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, a group of freshmen work over a table with an instrument and what appears to be an … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Made Men and Women

Throwback Thursday: Made Men and Women

There’s lots of perks about coming to study or work at Baylor College of Medicine. The Medical Center is pleasant to walk around, there’s excellent culture and diversity and Baylor’s cafes have a great soup selection. And apparently, one of the lesser-known perks is the ability to ask for a special favor from a select … Continue reading

What academic medical centers can learn from Lippi

What academic medical centers can learn from Lippi

What does this 15th century Renaissance painting have to do with a 21st century academic medical center? Painted by Fra’ Filippo Lippi (a monk of some questionable repute) in about 1465, I selected this image as an analogy for our two broad challenges in building a successful academic medical enterprise in the rapidly changing healthcare environment. … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Fun in the sun

Throwback Thursday: Fun in the sun

How are you celebrating the Fourth of July? If you’re heading to the beach you’ve got something in common with these freshmen students from the 1954 the Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives.

Throwback Thursday: Living Spaces

Throwback Thursday: Living Spaces

When a medical student isn’t studying or getting hands-on training, where do they go? What does life look like at home for these aspiring doctors? From the 1978 edition of the Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, we get a look at some student living spaces. Writing desks. Bathroom. Kitchen (with … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Father’s Day

Throwback Thursday: Father’s Day

Father’s Day is this weekend. Lots of dads are probably going to spend time relaxing or doing something fun with their children. When you’re a new father, however, there’s no breakfast in bed made by your kid(s) – you’re still doing the feeding. From the 1997 Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Poolside

Throwback Thursday: Poolside

Summer is here! Schools are out, pools are open and many students are getting a well-deserved break from their studies. From the 1998 edition of the Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, these medical students enjoy a relaxing lounge by the pool. Hopefully they didn’t go swimming with scrubs and stethoscopes … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Yearbook face off

Throwback Thursday: Yearbook face off

The end of the school year often means saying goodbye to some classmates. Thankfully, things like Facebook and other social media services help keep people in touch with old friends. But before Facebook, we had yearbooks to look back to. Faces placed alongside mugshots created a permanent record of how people looked that year – … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Military Men

Throwback Thursday: Military Men

Baylor College of Medicine has a long history of working with the U.S. military. From our affiliation with the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center to the Baylor University College of Medicine’s Medical Reserve Officers Training Corps, Baylor has had close ties to our soldiers from the start. In this page taken from the … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: It isn’t a contest…

Throwback Thursday: It isn’t a contest…

National Nurses Week 2015 wrapped up this week. It was a chance to appreciate the hard work and dedication of nurses across America. Back in 1921, the Baylor University Round Up yearbook celebrated nurses in their own way. Photographed here in “glamour shots” that capture their style, Ruby Morrison was voted the Most Popular Nurse, … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Same sights, different day

Throwback Thursday: Same sights, different day

The 1978 Aesculapian yearbook praises the importance of the Texas Medical Center, but warns that “familiarity yields invisibility.” What better reason to show fresh eyes some old photos that even today look familiar? The photo caption says that the medical center “becomes everyday scenery and therefore invisible. It takes the wide-eyed marvel of a visitor, … Continue reading

Honoring our history

Honoring our history

From a virtual wilderness to the heart of the Texas Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine has played an important role in Houston’s medical and education history. On May 1, the Texas Historical Commission recognized Baylor’s place in Texas history through a dedication and unveiling of the Roy and Lillie Cullen Building as a Recorded … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: The social hour

Throwback Thursday: The social hour

When you spend enough time studying or working with the same people, you end up doing everything with them. That’s especially true on a college campus. In this photo from the 1956 Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, members of the Baylor community sit for a meal and a cup of … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: America’s pastime

Throwback Thursday: America’s pastime

The 2015 baseball season arrived in Houston this week, with the Astros taking on the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park. This Baylor College of Medicine trio, from the 1983 Aesculapian yearbook, looks ready to take part in America’s pastime.

Throwback Thursday: Match Day, 1978

Throwback Thursday: Match Day, 1978

Match Day, one of the most important days in a future doctor’s educational career, is March 20. Every year near the end of March, students across the nation discover which residency program they will join for training. And across the chasm of time, back to 1978, this eclectic group of students learned their matches as … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: The Big Screen

Throwback Thursday: The Big Screen

Baylor College of Medicine is a research leader, and you don’t get to be that way without some medical technology. In this photo from the 1963 Aesculapian yearbook, courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine Archives, our doctors sit with some lab equipment that looks like it could use an upgrade. With modern smartphones and … 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.