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.

Johnathan Crayton headshotJohnathan Crayton recipient of Gates Millennium Scholars.Only 1,000 students across the United States receive the Gates Millennium Scholars, an all-expense paid scholarship by Bill and Melinda Gates as well as the United Negro College Fund. Norman E. Bolus, MPH, CNMT, was pleasantly surprised when he found out he had not only one but two scholars in the UAB Nuclear Medicine Technology program. 

“After learning more about the scholars program, my thought was this is a very selective group,” said Bolus, the NMT program director. “We are a small program that is fortunate enough to have two scholars interested in us as a possible pathway for completion of their degree and future careers.”

Veeradej PisprasertVeeradej Pisprasert, a current doctoral student in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences, has been invited to participate in an international lecture series related to his specialization in clinical nutrition. The lecture series will focus on nutritional aspects and disease risk and prevention, and will be hosted at hospitals throughout his native country of Thailand, where he is a member of the medical staff of Khon Kaen University.

Bill DraceBill Drace, MA, PA-C, was selected by the UAB Graduate School for the 2012 Graduate Dean's Excellence in Mentorship Award. Drace has been an assistant professor in the Physician Assistant program since 2003.

Prior to his teaching position, Drace spent 25 years with Birmingham-based Cardiothoracic Surgical Practice. It was during his last five years at the company that he precepted senior Physician Assistant students. That interaction motivated him to accept a full-time faculty position.