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.
Aaron FobianAaron Fobian, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and researcher at the UAB School of Health ProfessionsNutrition Obesity Research Center, has been elected Councilor for The Obesity Society – Pediatric Obesity Section. Her term began November 1, 2017, and she will serve for the next two years.

Fobian is one of only three Councilors serving on the prestigious TOS-Pediatric Obesity Section board. TOS-POS is a leader in pediatric obesity research, education and advocacy.

“My goal is to advocate for pediatric obesity research and encourage collaborations among researchers in order to increase our understanding of the causes and consequences of pediatric obesity,” said Fobian.

Jamie HollowayJamie Holloway defends her PhD dissertationIn a span of two weeks, PhD candidates Jamie Holloway and Byron Lai defended their dissertations for the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPhD in Rehabilitation Science program.

Holloway’s dissertation was titled Motor Abilities and Social Participation in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She defended on Monday, October 2, 2017.

In her research, Holloway looked at the relationship between gross motor skills and social function in children with autism spectrum disorder. She found that children with autism who have better motor skills also demonstrate better social function. Her research also showed that gross motor skills, especially core stability and ball skills, can be used to predict social function in this population.

Rachel Ashcraft Deek Cunningham Veronica JuanRachel Ashcraft, Deek Cunningham, Veronica Juan in Washington, D.C.Deek Cunningham, MS, OTR/L, assistant professor in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Occupational Therapy, Veronica Juan, a second-year student in the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program, and Rachel Ashcraft, an alumna of the MSOT program, spent a recent day discussing the future of their profession and the future of their clients’ care in the offices of Alabama’s congressional members.

Their efforts were part of the AOTA Centennial Hill Day and Cunningham and Juan relayed the results of their work to first- and second-year MSOT students on Monday, October 16, 2017.

“Advocating for occupational therapy and our clients was an empowering experience, and to do so by speaking with legislative assistants at the Capitol was an amazing opportunity,” said Juan. “This has sparked a fire in me to be more involved in healthcare reform and policy to ensure our clients receive the care they deserve. As students, it is our responsibility to be aware of current events and how it will affect us in the future. I definitely benefited a lot from Hill Day and will continue to use the skills and knowledge to advocate for our profession.”

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Krystle Glasgow Distinguished Service Award webGlasgow with Distinguished Service AwardKrystle Glasgow, MIS, CNMT, NMTCB (CT), NMAA, clinical coordinator and teacher in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology program, received the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging – Technologist Section (SECSNMMI-TS) 2017 Distinguished Service honor. This is not an annual award – it is only delivered when the chapter president wishes to honor an individual for above and beyond service to the Nuclear Medicine Technology profession and the society.

“The field of Nuclear Medicine is truly a passion of mine, and I feel blessed that I have been able to be a small part of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).  Because I have such a love for Nuclear Medicine, I have always wanted to play a role in pushing the field forward,” said Glasgow. “The SNMMI has allowed me to do that, and it has been a joy and a rewarding experience! I have always felt that if you truly are passionate about something, you need to get involved in order to make a difference. No job is ever too small if you truly care about something! I have seen the SNMMI do some amazing things, and it is exciting to be involved in an organization like the SNMMI.  I hope to continue giving back to our field and having the privilege of taking part in our professional society.”

Bryant JustinJustin Bryant, MSHA Class 47,
named COO, Grandview Medical Center
Justin Bryant, alumnus of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration program (MSHA Class 47), has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Grandview Medical Center. He succeeds Drew Mason who was recently named Chief Executive Officer.

In 2015, Bryant was hired as Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the medical center. In addition to serving as operations chief for patient move day, Bryant has also evaluated and acquired new technology platforms to aid in communications, information technology, productivity management, major patient care initiatives, emergency services, the development of key service lines, and management responsibility for Grandview ancillary support services.

In a news release from Grandview Medical Center, CEO Drew Mason had this to say about Bryant and his new role as COO:

Barbara Adams at CaseBarbara Adams
2017 Women in Technology - Dallas
Barbara Adams, MSHI, alumna of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Informatics program, has been named a Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Women in Technology Award winner.

Adams, the CIO of Cornerstone Healthcare Group’s IT and PMO departments, told the DBJ that working in healthcare IT is her “true passion” because you can directly impact patient care by your efforts in driving “change and adoption.”

In her profile, titled “How Cornerstone Healthcare CIO found her ‘true passion,’” Adams goes on to talk about contributions to her own company that met “front end patient care needs while consolidating our financial system” as well as the top roadblock to success for women in the tech industry.

“Lack of visible female mentors and role models in technology.” Adams told the DBJ. “When you’re a female in a male-dominated industry, you can fall into a trap and think your struggles are unique. When you hear other females share their challenges and advice, it empowers you to know you are not alone and you can pursue your technology career dreams.”

OT PTE WebThe UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Occupational Therapy inducted nine students into the Alpha Beta Chapter of the Pi Theta Epsilon Honor Society.

The nine students, all members of the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, are Emma Ashton, Mary (Kat) Estes, Liz Hoctor, Kacy Morrissette, Rachel Stefkovich, Chandler Stepp Rice, Ansley Taylor, Danny Tindall and Mollie Weaver.


The ceremony was led by OT faculty members Sarah Tucker, MS, OTR/L, assistant professor in the MSOT program and Laura Vogtle, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, professor in the OT department.