Physician Assistant Alumni Chapter event 11/20

PA reception 10-14-2014The UAB Physician Assistant Alumni Chapter invites all PA studies alumni to a reception and networking event on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at 6 p.m.

The event, being held at 41st Street Pub and Aircraft Sales at 130 41st Street South in Avondale, is hosted by:

Wendy Cornelius '02, President, UAB PA Alumni Chapter

Sheryll Coleman '87, President, Alabama Society of Physician Assistants

Brad Cantley '12, President-Elect, Alabama Society of Physician Assistants

Kara Caruthers '09, UAB Assistant Professor

John Hurt '02, UAB Assistant Professor

The first drink is on us! And the food is being catered by Post Office Pies.

Please RSVP to 205-975-8415 or shpevents@uab.edu if you wish to join the festivities.

HCM Alumni Chapter Kickoff Event

2014 10 23 HCM Alumni Chapter Page 1The UAB Health Care Management program, formerly Health Sciences and Allied Health Administration, is the newest UAB Alumni Chapter!

To celebrate that achievement, the chapter hosted a kickoff event at The Summit Club on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. More than 50 alumni of the program attended.

To see photos from the big night visit the UAB School of Health Professions Flickr page.

Since 1982, more than 900 individuals have graduated from UAB's Health Care Management program! And with the new HCM Alumni Chapter you will not find an easier way to stay connected and enjoy all the benefits of your UAB HCM education.

PT alumna Sherer honored by The Smart Party

Carolyn-ShererCarolyn Sherer, Smart Party 3.0 honoreeCarolyn Sherer, UAB Physical Therapy alumna, has been named one of Birmingham's smartest women by Smart Party. She will be honored at the Smart Party 3.0 event in October 2014.

Sherer, a former UAB School of Health Professions faculty member, is currently using the arts as an advocacy tool for social justice issues. She is perhaps best known for her series of photos titled Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South. This exhibit was the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s first LGBTQ-themed exhibition. She also put together the sequel Family Matters: LGBTQ Youth Perspectives.

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Hester receives promotion at USA Medical Center

Joshua HesterJoshua Hester, USA Medical CenterJoshua Hester, alumni of the UAB Health Care Management program, has been promoted to Administrative Projects Coordinator and Manager at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. In his new role, Hester will work on projects spanning the entire health system including the Mitchell Cancer Institute, USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, The USA Health Services Foundation and the USA Medical Center.

“Our health system focuses on a ‘patient-centered’ approach, meaning that we think of the patient and their families in every decision we make. It will be imperative, in my new role, to bring that mentality to the forefront of all new projects and departments I may be assigned,” said Hester, who also serves as a member of the UAB School of Health Professions Junior Advisory Board. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to grow as a healthcare professional and to be a member of the USA Health System.”

Projects Hester will oversee may range from medical staff oversight and development, operational efficiency, ambulatory care, education or governance.

USA is also increasing his duties in committee membership at the Medical Center. His most recent placement is with the Performance Improvement Committee where he is co-chair of the End-of-Life sub-committee. Hester is also the Director of Safety and Security for USA Medical Center.

Breakfast with Blazers - UAB OT

Breakfast at Childs PlayBreakfast with Blazers at Child's Play Therapy CenterThe latest Breakfast with Blazers event was hosted by UAB Occupational Therapy alumna Kerri Bailey. She brought four alumni and three students to her business, Child's Play Therapy Center, for a very intimate networking session.

Attending the event were UAB OT alumni Bailey, Rachel Ashcraft, Laura Vickers and Michelle Henderson along with OT students Megan McCarley, Keaira Gunn and Anna Jones.

The UAB School of Health Professions has implemented the Breakfast with Blazers series this year in order to better connect UAB alumni and students. The mentoring sessions have been a huge success so far.

If you are a UAB alumni or student interested in participating in future Breakfast with Blazers sessions please contact Amanda Sherman in the SHP Dean's Office at asherman@uab.edu.

BMD Open House set for Oct. 22

New BMD Area DebutsBMD Open House is Oct. 22, 2014Are you interested in a flexible and unique major that will prepare you to become a competitive 21st century health professional?

Do you plan to pursue a career in medicine, physician assistant studies, dentistry, physical therapy, biotechnology, clinical laboratory sciences or other health related professions?

If so, plan to attend the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences program Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the School of Health Professions Building room 424.

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to bmd@uab.edu.

Inaugural DSc graduate McWhorter returns to lead DSc class

John McWhorter podiumDr. McWhorter leads DSc classJohn McWhorter, president of Baylor University Medical Center and Senior Vice President Hospital Divison at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas, returned to the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus to teach students in the Executive Doctoral Program in Administration-Health Services.

McWhorter was a member of the first cohort and one of the first eight people to graduate from the Executive Doctoral program in December 2012. This week, he shared his wealth of experience and knowledge in health systems leadership with a new group of 21 students from across the country.

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MSHA Golf Classic delivers $5,250 to Glenwood

MSHA check presentationBroussard, Franklin, Guillot, Van Pelt, WillinghamStudent leaders from the University of Alabama at BirminghamMaster of Science in Healthcare Administration program presented a $5,250 check to Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center. Earlier this year, the center was named the beneficiary of 9th annual MSHA Golf Classic.

“They have been involved with us over the past year for several volunteer projects including painting a residential home and helping with our Big Top event from start to finish,” said Sherri Van Pelt, vice president of development and communications. “These students represent the best of the best and I can’t begin to say how much we appreciate having their support and friendship. I think they are so far ahead of the game in understanding the value of giving back to the community.”

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Genetic Counseling alumni gather in New Orleans

UAB Genetic Counseling Alumni Faculty Dean JonesUAB Genetic Counseling Alumni Faculty Dean JonesThe UAB Genetic Counseling program hosted an alumni gathering in New Orleans as part of the National Society of Genetic Counselors 33rd Annual Education Conference. The alumni event had at least one representative from each of the three Genetic Counseling graduating classes.

UAB School of Health Professions' Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., joined nine alumni and current faculty members at the Court of Two Sisters restaurant.

The GC program prepares students to work with patients and families who are learning about and coping with the risk genetic disease may have for themselves and their relatives. It combines scientific and clinical education to prepare students for the evolving field of genetic counseling and to work with a variety of patients.