University of Alabama at BirminghamCandice Riggs Jason Bains Sue FeldmanCandis Riggs, Jason Bains and Sue Feldman students Jason Bains, Jeffrey DeGarmo and Candis Riggs placed third in the inaugural Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Student Case Competition. All three students are first-year students in the School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in Health Informatics program.

HIMSS designed the competition for teams to demonstrate proficiency and understanding of the broad knowledge that encompasses health information technology. Every team received a HIMSS-supplied case study to analyze and asked to “design the future” of transformative care.

The Bains-DeGarmo-Riggs team provided suggestions on the future state of health information technology for the organization, why those changes need to occur, and they provided insights into how to achieve the goal of future organization success.

Joni Wyatt Beyond the HJoni Wyatt, president, Alabama Chapter of HIMSSThe Alabama Chapter of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has established a travel award for students in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsGraduate Programs in Health Informatics.

The Alabama Chapter of HIMSS Sponsored Travel Award will provide support for registration fees, travel and lodging for UAB HI students attending the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition or HIMSS International Conference. There will be an emphasis placed on those students who have had posters selected to present at either conference.

“A key goal of Alabama HIMSS is to encourage advancement in the field of health care management systems,” said Joni Wyatt, president, Alabama Chapter of HIMSS. “Support of the UAB HI students not only allows us to meet that goal, but also ensures that our next generation of Health IT professionals will be more prepared to enter a rapidly evolving field.”

william featheringillWilliam W. Featheringill, a key contributor to Birmingham’s ascent as an internationally recognized center for health care, has been honored by one of his former companies with a UAB scholarship in his name.

The William W. Featheringill Scholarship in Health Informatics, established by his daughter Elizabeth Pharo, was endowed by SuccessEHS to honor Featheringill’s legacy as a visionary in health informatics.The endowment will support students in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Informatics program.

“My dad and I always thought it was unreal to have a school in Birmingham with the perfect graduates for our business and for years we relied on the UAB MSHI program graduates to fill positions with highly trained people that could help us be first to market with new health IT products,” said Elizabeth Pharo, daughter of William Featheringill and chair of Momentum Telecom. “I knew he would want to give back to the place that provided us people like Tiffani Collins – who is the solutions director at PointClear Solutions – and so many others that were perfect for the support we needed and who were a match for our company mission.”

Family PhotoMary Henderson Caruthers with her daughtersAs a 22-year-old med school student, Kara Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C, failed anatomy. But that is the last time she failed anything academically.

In her 30s, Caruthers became an alumna of the UAB School of Health Professions’ Physician Assistant Studies program. In her 40s, she is a doctoral candidate in the School’s PhD in Nutrition Sciences program.

Caruthers’ unending drive to learn more comes from someone who never had the opportunity to learn more – her mother.

And that is why she has created the Mary Henderson Caruthers Sponsored Scholarship in Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Mary Henderson Caruthers, who passed away in 2011, only attended one semester of college her entire life. Yet her lifelong focus was to make sure all her daughters understood the importance of attending and graduating college.

Neeysa BiddleNeeysa Biddle is the first female
to endow an HSA scholarship
Neeysa Biddle, longtime healthcare leader of Ascension and St. Vincent’s Health Services, becomes the first female to endow a scholarship in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Health Services Administration with the establishment of the Neeysa Davis Biddle Endowed Scholarship in Health Administration.

Biddle is a double alumna having earned a B.S. in Allied Health (currently Health Care Management) and an M.S. in Health Administration (MSHA Class 26).

“I have been incredibly fortunate throughout my career to have worked for really great organizations, and one reason for that was the foundation of quality knowledge to navigate and succeed in the healthcare industry that I received at UAB,” said Biddle. “I am delighted to give back to the programs that helped me, and even more so, I feel strongly about helping future generations of health administration students.”

Biddle is a member of the UAB School of Health Professions “Fab 40 Alumni” which recognized the School’s Top 40 alumni in conjunction with the School’s 40th anniversary in 2011. And is an ex-officio member of the SHP Dean’s Advisory Board. She has regularly earned placement in the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Health Care” list as well as their “Most Influential Executives List.” She previously was also honored as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama.

Ken Beasley Beyond the H 01Ken Beasley at "Beyond the H"Ken E. Beasley, FACHE, an alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration program, has established the Beasley-Hall Endowed Scholarship in Health Administration. The scholarship, which honors Beasley’s family, will support students in the MSHA Residential program.

The scholarship is named Beasley-Hall to honor his entire family. His mother, Mary Lowrey Hall and his stepfather William E. Hall, as well as his father C.D. Beasley, Jr.

“My parents and grandparents did not have the benefit of college education and most did not have envious careers, yet they were unknowingly viewed as being among the most successful individuals in our community because of both their work ethic and the things they did for others,” said Beasley, MSHA Class 19. “They lived an understated life quietly espousing the values of hard-work, selflessness and often anonymous service to others, and integrity. The principles that define the Beasley-Hall family have led me to give back through the creation of this scholarship.”

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On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences’ Physician Assistant Studies program honored the top students of the Class of 2017.

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The program also delivered their Preceptors of the Year awards to the top clinical instructors as voted by the Class of 2017.

Preceptors of the Year

PA PoY BrowneBrowne's UAB PA StudentsRaymond Browne, MD
Mayfair Internal Medicine
Medical Preceptor of the Year

"He showed us how to be present with patients, giving them his full attention and working to develop relations with them," said Emily Ulloa, UAB PA Class of 2017. "He ensured that he had time for our questions and took the time to teach us. I walked away from this rotation feeling I had the best outpatient rotation possible and feeling far more equipped to handle seeing patients on my own in the near future."

PA PoY CrawfordCrawford with his UAB PA StudentsGeorge Crawford, MD
The Crawford Clinic
Surgical Preceptor of the Year

"His calming demeanor and infectious smile made us all feel welcome immediately," said Sarah Balladeres, UAB PA Class of 2017. "He would let us fall but would also be there to pick us up. He was always more confident in us and our abilities than we were in ourselves."

Dean’s Leadership Award

Deans Award Winners Anna Patterson Bellamy HawkinsDean's Award Winners
Anna Patterson, Bellamy Hawkins
The UAB School of Health Professions’ Dean’s Leadership Award is the highest honor given within the School to recognize scholastic achievement, leadership and service to the school and community.

There were only three delivered to SHP students this year and two of those were in the UAB PA Class of 2017: Bellamy Hawkins and Class of 2017 President Anna Patterson who addressed the class one final time.

"I've seen all of you face the toughest of personal challenges - weddings, babies, sickness and death - yet you still had the strength and perseverance to continue with your education and be where you are today," said Patterson. "I am absolutely amazed and proud of you and I hope you have all exceeded even your own expectations, and I hope you can see that you are clearly capable of accomplishing your goals."

Maqbool BookMuhammad Maqbool, Ph.D., associate professor in the Master of Science in Health Physics program, is editor and author of five (5) chapters in the newly published book “An Introduction to Medical Physics.”

The book begins with basic terminology and definitions and works step by step through all levels of learning to provide a good command of the field. It is designed for anyone who wants to develop a career in biomedical engineering, diagnostic radiology, health physics, medical physics, nuclear medicine technology, radiation dosimetry, radiation therapy and more.

“I wrote the book to cover fundamental ideas that are suitable for undergraduate and graduate level students,” said Maqbool. “I believe students will find the book to be an indispensable resource in preparations for their study and work in this field.”

The Master of Science in Health Physics program, the only one of its kind in Alabama, is housed in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. The Health Physics field focuses on protecting human life by balancing the risks and benefits of radiation as a whole and ionizing radiation specifically.