PT Alums ALAPTAJno-Finn, Gilbert, Johnson
at ALAPTA installation
The Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association (ALAPTA), the statewide professional organization for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and physical therapy students, installed three University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Therapy alumni to their leadership team.

Andrea Johnson will serve as president of the ALAPTA for 2016 - 2018. She replaces UAB PT alumna Ellen Strunk who is now in the role of past-president.

Fred Gilbert has been named PT Representative-at-Large. Gilbert is no stranger to APTA or to serving. In 2014, he was the first UAB PT student elected president of the APTA Student Assembly.

Miral Patel IMiral Patel, a student in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Biotechnology program, won “3rd Place – Poster Presentation” and his abstract was selected as one in four “best abstract - for oral presentation” at Summer Institute 2016 sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

Patel’s poster was titled “Expression of p16INK4A in Cervical Precancerous Lesions Unlikely to be Preventable by HPV Vaccines” and he worked with researcher Suguna Badiga, Ph.D., in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences under guidance and lab of Chandrika Piyathilake, Ph.D.

The UAB Biotechnology program teaches students how to take scientific ideas from the bench top to business in just 365 days. This one-year program offers a viable alternate path for graduates of science programs into practical and lucrative job tracks rather than into programs that take much longer to complete and are often too narrowly focused in specific disciplines.
Marshmallow Challenge 02Student leaders in the UAB School of Health Professions' Biomedical Sciences program held their annual retreat this weekend.

The BMD Student Organization Executive Council team members, including Seema Abu-Khajeel, Chris Burton, Carol Lin, Kelsey Maclin, Asia Michael, Leena Patel, Julia Pham, Makayla Ramsey, Cody Roberts and Ashlyn Swaney, met together for the first time in the BMD Suite on the 4th floor of the School of Health Professions Building.

In addition to mapping out strategies and goals for the 2016 - 2017 academic year, the Executive Council split into two groups for the "Marshmallow Challenge". In this challenge each team has 18 minutes to build a free-standing tower using only 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape and one yard of string - the catch is that the structure must hold the marshmallow at the top.

The winning team (pictured above) included Abu-Khajeel, Burton, Patel, Ramsey, and Swaney.

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Neerav Jadeja and John Kueven, alumni of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program, have been named to Becker’s Hospital Review annual “Rising Stars: 50 Healthcare Leaders Under 40.”

Neerav Jadeja, MSHA Class 36

Neerav JadejaNeerav Jadeja, MSHA Class 36Jadeja serves as administrator of Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California. His Becker's profile talks about a car accident he survived that led him to a career in health care.

As a student at the UAB School of Health Professions, Jadeja was president of MSHA Class 36. He started his career as COO of Shands Lakeshore, based in Lake City, Florida, in 2002. Beginning in 2008, he served as COO of Southwest Healthcare System’s Inland Valley and Rancho Springs Medical Centers.

Jadeja was also a member of Becker's Hospital ReviewRising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40” in 2014.

BMD Welcome Week 2016Getting back into the grind...

...doesn't have to be a grind.

How about FREE FOOD!

How about EVERYDAY!


The UAB School of Health Professions Biomedical Sciences program will feed you for free everyday the first week of school, August 29 - September 2, 2016.

Show up at 11:30 a.m. in SHPB 424 (for you newcomers that is the School of Health Professions Building, room 424) and get ready to chow down! Everyday has a new theme and the food to go along with it. Click the photo for more details.

OT PT OH IIIOT students experiential learningWe know you. You want to impact lives. You want to make a difference. You want to help others.

OT - PT Open House

Learn how we can help you do all of that and more at our OT - PT Open House.

  • DATE: August 19, 2016
  • TIME: 9 a.m. - Noon
  • PLACE: Room 125, School of Health Professions Building
  • (1705 University Blvd)

About OT & PT

UAB Occupational Therapy, ranked #25 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, has graduates who post board pass rates consistently above the national average.

UAB Physical Therapy, ranked #20 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, has offered outstanding educational programs in physical therapy for 50 years.


You Deserve More

OT PT OH IIPT students hands-on learningMeet current students and faculty. Have all your questions about admissions and the program answered. Tour the facility. Enjoy light refreshments.

You deserve more. More enrollment opportunity. More career opportunity. More earning opportunity.

Choose UAB OT or PT and you will have access to more!

RSVP to MSOT@uab.edu by August 12, 2016, to reserve your spot.

McFarland LLS WoYErin Lee McFarland (pictured on left)Erin Lee McFarland, an alumna of the UAB School of Health Professions' Physician Assistant Studies program, has been named Woman of the Year by the Virginia chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The 2009 UAB graduate raised $104,000 for blood cancer research to earn the honor. Her efforts were part of a two-month competition in Virginia that helped the chapter raise a record $467,000 this year. She was honored at a gala event in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

McFarland has worked as a PA for the Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, Virginia, since graduating from the UAB PA program.
Sweatt Cheaha Alabama Backroads FacebookKat Sweatt, Top 100-miler at Cheaha ChallengeKat Sweatt, a student in the Nutrition Sciences PhD program, made history as the first female to finish the Cheaha Challenge as the top overall 100-miler. The UAB graduate student finished the mountain bike ride in five hours, 15 minutes and 55 seconds – nearly 45 seconds ahead of the top male 100-miler.

When asked by a reporter with the Anniston Star about the historic finish, Sweatt said with a shrug, “It’s pretty cool.”

Today, she has this to say about the accomplishment.

“It was a tough but memorable ride. Over 600 cyclists participated, the event staff was great, and we couldn’t have asked for a prettier day,” said Sweatt who is scheduled to finish the UAB PhD program in 2017. “I also have to mention that I rode the first 87 miles with a group of guys who went on to do the 124-mile Ultra.  Many of who would have finished well ahead of me if they had just done the 100 mile option – so kudos to them!”

Chris JettChris Jett, new administrator at USA Children's & Women's HospitalChris Jett, an alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions Master of Science in Health Administration, has been named the new administrator of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.

In his new role, Jett will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 1,100-employee hospital which serves as the leader in births for Mobile and is dedicated to helping people lead longer, better lives.

Jett’s appointment follows the recent promotion of former administrator Owen Bailey to the chief operating officer position at USA Health. Bailey is also an alumnus of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program which is currently ranked #2 in the nation, graduating with MSHA Class 22 in 1988.

"Chris is a talented, committed and caring leader, and I know he will do a great job in this new role,” Bailey said. "I value his integrity, his commitment to excellence, and his ability to inspire people."