The Beat - Spring 2015

GME Resident Council

Election Results!

Please welcome the newest members of the GME Resident Council!

Sanket Borgaonkar (IM)

John Allison (IM)

Savitha Bonthala (PM&R)

Jeff Khan (Psychiatry)

Jennifer Carpenter (General Surgery)

We're excited to have fresh faces from various programs advocating for Baylor residents! Please extend a congratulations to the new members and contact any of the GME council members for additional information!

Updated E-mail!

We are excited to announce that our Resident Council e-mail is up and running! Please send any issues or concerns directly to

Please remember that this e-mail address is controlled by GME Resident Council members and executive committee members so keep it professional!

BCM Survey

Thank you for your participation in the BCM Survey! We had 338 responses for the various sites including TCH, Ben Taub, St. Luke's, and VA. The majority of responses were from residents (95%) and approximately 5% from fellows.

We are planning to present the information to the GME Executive council this month and create focus groups to help improve your work environment.

Remember, change is a process and we now have objective data to determine what issues can be addressed! Please continue to provide feedback to your chief residents and program directors so that we can continue to receive feedback in regards to area for improvement!

Chief Residents Meeting

On November 14th, the GME Resident Council organized a Baylor-wide meeting with various chief residents from programs. 34 leaders were in attendance, and this was the first time that inter-department collaboration on the chief resident level had occurred!

The goal of this meeting was to improve communication and hear the major issues within each department. Major concerns that came up were various parking issues, protected learning time, and paid time off policies.

The GME Resident council will be in discussion wtih the Executive Committee about whether GME can help play a role in improving any of these aspects of resident work life.

Gold Humanism Service Project

The GME Resident Council wanted to give a special thanks to everybody that helped make the Ben Taub Gold Closet drive a success! Special shout out to General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Ob/Gyn and Emergency Medicine for their department-wide efforts. For everybody else who donated directly to the closet or anonymously to the Medicine Chief's office thank you!

Special thanks to Colleen Keough, PGY-3 for organizing these efforts through the Gold Humanism Society.

For those who are unaware, Ben Taub has a specific closet accessed by social workers that provides clothing and shoes to those patients who do not have any on discharge (i.e trauma patients, homeless patients, etc.).

It's efforts like these that make us amazing!