Three years after receiving her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from UAB, LaShonda Peoples saw a need and decided to do something about it. She remembered the out-of-pocket expenses she endured as a second year OT student and in 2008 created the HOTSS Scholarship (Helping Occupational Therapy Students Succeed).
“The scholarship helps second year occupational therapy students afford and prepare for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy exam, license fees and study materials,” said Peoples. “Students tell me they are grateful for the scholarship considering there are very few available for OTs.”
“I realized I hated what I was doing and the only way to take control of my career was to go back to school and get into a field with more, and varied, career opportunities,” said McCarter.
That’s when the Danville, Va. native discovered the Biotechnology graduate program in the Department of Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences.
As an area manager for IOD Incorporated, a vendor that provides health information services to facilities including St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Jeannine Teague, RHIA, CPC-A, sees herself as a patient advocate.
“It is my responsibility to ensure that we protect the patient’s right to privacy and confidentiality by following HIPAA laws when releasing information to the different types of requesters that require information for a specific purpose,” said Teague. “In document imaging, it is my responsibility to ensure that we are operating successfully with scanning the paper medical record into the EHR accurately and completely. These two things are very important in the medical field because they can affect the level of care received by the patient if all of their information is not present or accurate when they seek additional care, or need specific information released for another purpose.”
Ellen R. Strunk knew when she graduated from the physical therapy program at UAB in 1991 she would never be bored.
“No two patients are ever the same and no two impairments are exactly alike,” said Strunk. “There are so many possibly venues in which physical therapy exists.”
Working with older adults is her love and it’s given her the opportunity to work in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies and outpatient rehab agencies.
“The profession of physical therapy is universal in a lot of ways, but it is unique in its application,” said Strunk. “That is the joy and the challenge of having my degree.”