Caruthers_KaraKara Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C, received a “Faculty Appreciation Award” from the Black Student Awareness Committee at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The award is given to a faculty member who has gone above and beyond to ensure the needs of others and promoting lifelong learning.

Caruthers is an assistant professor in the Physician Assistant program in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. She joined the faculty in February 2010. She works clinically in the Emergency Medicine department at UAB Hospital/UAB Highlands.

Respiratory Therapy Sputum Bowl winnersRespiratory Therapy Sputum Bowl winners Sterling Wimbish, Devon Fall and Jordan Unlap.The Alabama Society for Respiratory Care (ASRC) annual Sputum Bowl Championship competition came down to UAB vs. UAB, and UAB won. Seven teams of respiratory therapy students from across Alabama competed for the state championship on March 5, 2012 during the ASRC Annual Conference in Birmingham.

The winning UAB team included Jordan Unlap, Devon Fall and Sterling Wimbish. The Sputum Bowl is similar to a Scholars Bowl. Two teams are asked random questions in several categories related to respiratory care. The first team to buzz in and get the correct answer receives a point. The two teams with the most points in the end compete for the championship game. In keeping with the spirit of what respiratory therapists do, the bowl is called sputum which is mucus from the lungs.

The group will have the opportunity to respresent the state of Alabama in the 2012 National Sputum Bowl competition in New Orleans in October.

Jamison Beek wins graduate research dayGenetic Counseling student Jamison Beek with his mentor Christina Hurst. Jamison Beek, a second year Genetic Counseling student, took home first place in the annual UAB Graduate Research Day on March 2, 2012. He won in the category of “Public Health and Social & Behavioral Sciences” for his research titled, “Are Health Care Professionals Ready and Willing to Incorporate Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test Results Into Patient Care?”

2012 OT race organizersWhat started as just an idea by a couple of OT students has turned into a huge success. On Feb. 4, 2012, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Occupational Therapy students not only instituted its inaugural fundraiser but also raised awareness about the importance and purpose of occupational therapy.  The “Run, Walk, or Roll with UAB OT,” consisted of a 5K Race at Heardmont Park. The race netted $3,500 that will help support the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) to provide students with scholarships for books, help support their community organizations and enable students to attend the OT national conference.  

Geoffrey BeekGeoffrey Beek, a first year genetic counseling student in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, received a summer internship with the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The program gives students who are currently enrolled in a master’s degree genetic counseling program direct exposure to the genetic counseling role in clinical genetic laboratories.

Michelle Cardel-Diversity_AwardMichelle Cardel is congratulated for her UAB President's Diversity Award by Jose Fernandez who nominated her.Nutrition Sciences doctoral student Michelle Cardel received the UAB President’s Diversity Graduate Student Award for her commitment and contributions to diversity on campus. UAB President Carol Garrison recognized outstanding leadership in five categories: faculty and staff plus professional, graduate and undergraduate students.

Combating childhood obesity is Cardel’s passion. “Children are still learning dietary habits,” said Cardel. “I felt there was more of an opportunity to make a positive and permanent change that they could use throughout their life.”

Sarah DudleySarah Dudley was recently promoted to the position of Assistant Administrator at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham. She previously served in the role of Director of Operations and Business Development.

Dudley, an Auburn native, graduated from Auburn University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences and a Minor in Business. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UAB in 2010 with a Master of Science in Health Administration.  After completing an internship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas in 2008, she completed a one year administrative residency under the preceptorship of the hospital president at Princeton Baptist Medical Center from 2009 - 2010.

UAB Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation alumni Lucy Lowe, MS, OTR/L was featured in an Opelika-Auburn News article regarding low vision and Adult Macular Degeneration. Lowe, an occupational therapist at RehabWorks in Opelika, treated a patient who was highlighted in the story. Read the article here.

Surgical physician assistant examining a patientIf you are interested in the health care industry, you might want to take a new course being offered this spring called, “Introduction to Medical History and Physical Examination” (CDS 550). Students will learn the proper way to obtain a comprehensive medical history, perform a physical examination and report the findings in a systematic and concise format.