Kilgore CAP Kilgore promoted to Lt. ColonelJames R. Kilgore, Ph.D., director of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPhysician Assistant Studies program, has been promoted to Lt. Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, the official Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.

Kilgore, who serves as director of Administration and Personnel for the Southeast Region of the CAP, was promoted on December 1, 2016. The Southeast Region Command supports more than 8,000 members in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Byron Moffett Boger AwardDonald Lein, Ph.D., presents award to Byron MoffettByron Moffett, DPT, alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDoctor of Physical Therapy program, is the 2016 recipient of the UAB Loretta R. Boger Award for Excellence in Clinical Education. Moffett, who is a physical therapist with Focus Physiotherapy in Huntsville, received the award for his “outstanding, identifiable contribution to clinical education for the UAB Department of Physical Therapy.”

Here is our Q&A with Moffett about the Boger Award honor, his work and what he calls the “most coveted currency on the planet.”

Scholarship Class of 2016

Ten students from the UAB School of Health Professions were named UAB National Alumni Society 2016 Scholarship Recipients including four who received the License to Learn Scholarship.

McKinley Barnett and Kaitlyn Thompson, students in the Health Care Management program, Danielle Winston, a student in the Biomedical Sciences program, and Menet-Allah Elbahrawi, a student minoring in Nutrition Sciences each earned the License to Learn Scholarship.

Other scholarship recipients included:

Rebecca ShapiroRebecca Shapiro, Genetic Counseling Class of 2017Rebecca Shapiro, UAB Genetic Counseling Class of 2017, traveled 140 miles for her undergraduate degree (Detroit to Kalamazoo) and 718 miles for her graduate degree (Kalamazoo to Birmingham). But to do her summer rotation, she chose to travel more than 11,000 miles. Where did she go? Why did she go? And why is she going again? The answers to that and much more in our latest UAB School of Health Professions student profile.

Name: Rebecca Shapiro
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Undergraduate Institution: Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Michigan)
Graduate Program: UAB Genetic Counseling, Class of 2017

UAB SHP: Why did you choose UAB Genetic Counseling?

Christian Service Mission 1Students in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Doctor of Physical Therapy program coordinated local service events in honor of the 2nd annual Global PT Day of Service which saw nearly 50 volunteers from Alabama State University, Samford University join UAB students and faculty serve others across the Birmingham.

Volunteers supported:

  • Special Equestrians (helping with horse therapy sessions)
  • Grace House's 3rd annual Pumpkin Festival (working game stations)
  • Christian Service Mission (organizing food donations in food pantry and equipment in workshop)
  • AMBUCS (organizing supplies, restoring adaptive trikes)
  • Athleta at the Summit (fitness screenings and talking with people about the #ChoosePT campaign)
  • UAB Hill Center (collecting clothing for patients in need at UAB's Spain Rehab's Inpatient Department)

PA ChildStudents in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Physician Assistant Studies program spent a portion of their summer on a medical mission in Guatemala. The second-year students served more than 700 patients in the rural village Chiquimula. For many of the patients, their encounter with the UAB PA students will be their only healthcare check up this year.

“Their village is very remote and there are no clinics or hospitals nearby so their access to health care is extremely limited,” said Bellamy Hawkins, a student in the Physician Assistant Studies program. “Plus, the families struggle to find work which keeps them impoverished and leaves them unable to afford to travel or pay for healthcare.”

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Billie and Marvin Racowsky (pictured left)Billie and Marvin Racowsky (pictured left)Marvin Racowsky developed an interest in medicine while serving in the air force. After service, he was looking for opportunities in medicine and discovered UAB’s PA program in LIFE magazine.

At this time, UAB PA was one of only two programs in the United States so Marvin moved to Birmingham where he met his wife Billie (who also became a PA) and gained invaluable support and experience from the faculty team at UAB.

Marvin and Billie have been practicing PA’s for more than 40 years, with their first 10 years of practice in rural areas. In that time they established eight thriving urgent care facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised two wonderful children, Samdon and Layme.

Welcome to SHP Justin Kirk No SignHometown: Jacksonville, Alabama
Program: Doctor of Physical Therapy

SHP: What attracted you to your program?

Justin: I was attracted to the Physical Therapy program because it gives meaning and purpose to my interests and skills. It takes who I am and makes it less about me, and more about bettering others. I think it’s attractive and unique that Physical Therapists get to spend a lot of time with our patients and are given the opportunity to build relationships with them.

SHP: Why did you choose UAB?

Justin: I came to UAB for undergrad because I knew I wanted to be a physical therapist, and my ultimate goal was to go to UAB’s Physical Therapy program. I chose UAB due to its stellar reputation. Now an alumnus and graduate student, I can say I thoroughly love UAB and Birmingham, and I would choose this university and this city over and over again. Both have provided countless opportunities for personal growth and professional development.
  

SHP: Who inspires you?

Justin: My parents inspire me to work hard and care deeply. My dad has a steadfast work ethic and a humble wisdom. My mom is the most caring, sacrificing person I know. Together they inspire me to be the best I can be, and all I want out of life is to make them proud. I owe everything to my mom and dad.

Welcome to SHP Joshua Rocha No SignHometown: Mobile, Alabama
Program: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

SHP: What attracted you to your program?

Joshua: The primary thing that attracted me to this field is the unique holistic approach OTs take toward healing. They focus on making individuals functional mentally and physically. These health care professionals use creative thinking to solve problems and improve functionality. They are only limited by their minds.

SHP: Why did you choose UAB?

Joshua: I chose to attend UAB due to the outstanding reputation credited to the health care professionals that have come from this institution.
  

SHP: Who inspires you?

Joshua: I draw inspiration from my family, and the fact that I am the first person in my family to receive a college degree and pursue a professional degree. I have goals that I have set for myself which motivate me to get up every day and continue to work toward bettering myself.