Key Personnel

Baylor College of Medicine/University of Texas-Pan American HCOE Program



Many physicians, faculty and staff from Baylor, UTPA and Rice University have devoted time and effort to help assure the success of this project. Following is a listing of key personnel.

        William A. Thomson, Ph.D.
        Associate Professor of Community Medicine
        Head, Division of School-Based Programs
        Baylor College of Medicine
        Telephone: (713) 798-8200
        Fax: (713) 798-8201
        e-mail: wthomson@bcm.tmc.edu
Dr. Thomson is director of the Baylor-UTPA Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) project. He is responsible for assuring that project activities and plans are implemented and maintained as the project progresses. He oversees project planning and development, fiscal management, personnel decisions, quality control and all other issues related to project operation.

        Cindy M. Wedig, Ph.D.
        Program Coordinator
        Department of Biology
        The University of Texas-Pan American
        Telephone: (210) 316-7025
        Fax: (210) 316-7040

Dr. Wedig is project coordinator for the Premedical Honors College component of the HCOE project at UTPA. She is responsible for assisting in developing and implementing the Premedical Honors College (PHC) curriculum, for program recruitment, for monitoring student progress and taking steps to remediate any potential academic and/or personal problems arise, and for serving as an interface, along with Dr. Thomson, between Baylor and UTPA.


        Judith H. Dresden, M.S.
        Assistant Professor of Community Medicine
        Baylor College of Medicine
        Telephone: (713) 798-8200
        Fax: (713) 798-8201
        e-mail: jdresden@bcm.tmc.edu

Mrs. Dresden is the program evaluation/documentation director. She is responsible for developing and implementing the project's documentation/evaluation plan, including data collection, analysis and reporting.

        Nancy P. Moreno, Ph.D.
        Assistant Professor of Community Medicine
        Baylor College of Medicine
        Telephone: (713) 798-8200
        Fax: (713) 798-8201
        e-mail: nmoreno@bcm.tmc.edu

Dr. Moreno is the program science education coordinator. She is responsible for assisting in developing and implementing the PHC curriculum, working with Dr. Wedig to coordinate academic and non-academic program activities, and assisting in faculty development initiatives for UTPA faculty.

        Bernice Ochoa-Shargey, Ph.D.
        Assistant Professor of Community Medicine
        Baylor College of Medicine
        Telephone: (713) 741-8923
        Fax: (713) 746-5223
Dr. Ochoa-Shargey is the project coordinator for student recruitment and counseling. She is responsible for developing recruitment materials for the PHC and for visiting South Texas high school administrators, counselors, teachers and students to increase program awareness and expand the program applicant pool.

        Valory Pavlik, Ph.D., M.P.H
        Assistant Professor of Community Medicine
        Baylor College of Medicine
        Telephone: (713) 798-4906
        Fax: (713) 798-3644
        e-mail: vpavlik@bcm.tmc.edu
Dr. Pavlik is the program minority health instruction coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating the project's faculty and student curricular research activities and clinical clerkships related to minority health issues. In addition, she has been working with faculty and staff at Rice University in the development and implementation of this WWW server.

        James P. Denk, M.A.
        Administrative Associate and Editor
        Baylor College of Medicine
        Telephone: (713) 798-8200
        Fax: (713) 798-8201
        e-mail: jdenk@bcm.tmc.edu
Mr. Denk is the project's senior administrative assistant. He is responsible for assisting Dr. Thomson in overall project management. He also serves as a liaison between project faculty and staff in Houston and South Texas, maintains the project data base, produces reports and disseminates information about program developments and assists in the evaluation and selection of students applying for admission to the program.