2013 EXPO Posters GroupTwenty four respiratory therapy (RT) students presented their service learning posters at the 2013 UAB Summer Research Expo. The event, held at the Edge of Chaos, featured students from across UAB and across the country.

The RT students attend one of two asthma camps this summer, either Camp Wheezaway or Children’s Hospital Asthma Camp, as part of their capstone and service learning course. To cover the costs of Camp Wheezaway and to pay the cost of camp for one or two campers, they held fundraisers throughout the year.

Dave Figliuzzi Courtesy Cigna CorporationDavid Figliuzzi, Masters of Science and Health Administration (MSHA) Class 28, is the new executive director of the Cigna Foundation. Figliuzzi, who has been with Cigna for 19 years, will be responsible for guiding the foundation in its effort to support charitable organizations or programs that work to help improve people’s health, well-being and sense of security.

“Philanthropy and service to others is a part of Cigna's DNA,” Figliuzzi said in a company news release. “In my work on our corporate side, I’ve seen personally the tremendous difference Cigna has made in improving individual health. It’s exciting to now be part of the Cigna Foundation’s efforts to help build healthier communities too.”

The Cigna Foundation is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2013 and has assisted more than 100 charitable organizations since the October 2012 anniversary date.
stephanie mcgilvrayStephanie McGilvray, MMSc, PA-C, an assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Health Professions Physician Assistant Program has been named to the Physician Assistant Foundation (PAF) board of trustees. The PAF, the philanthropic body of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), provides support to the physician assistant community through scholarships and grants.

“As an instructor at UAB, my objective is to help our students succeed; and by serving on the PAF Board, I see this is an invaluable opportunity to directly impact the success of an even larger number of students from across the nation,” said McGilvray, a member of the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. “I’m excited for the possibilities, and I see this as directly impacting the future of the physician assistant profession.”

McGilvray, who also sits on the AAPA Reimbursement Work Group, will serve a three-year term for the PAF effective immediately. She is also currently serving as a board member at large for the Alabama Society of Physician Assistants (ASPA) and previously served as their president.
dna genetic counselingThe UAB Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences (CDS) announces the creation of a new course that will introduce students to the field of medical genetics. CDS 520: Competencies in Genetics for Health Professionals will examine how genetics impact all aspects of the health industry. The course will also take a look at potential applications of advancements made in the field and how that can affect modern health care.

“The course is designed to give students a distinctive look at the many ways genetics influences lives and show the many applications of genetics across health care,” said Lynn Holt, MS, CGC, assistant professor in the UAB School of Health Professions. “UAB has the only genetic counseling program in the state so this is a unique opportunity that students will not find anywhere else in Alabama.”

The course is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. For more information on the new course call 205-975-4237 (4CDS) or email AskCDS@uab.edu. You can also visit the CDS homepage at www.uab.edu/cds. The last day to register for the fall course is August, 15, 2013.
Wyatt RonaldBecker’s Hospital Review recently named two UAB Executive Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) program graduates among their “50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient Safety.” Dr. Leigh S. Hamby, MHA, and Dr. Ronald M. Wyatt, MHA, (pictured, right) were chosen for their efforts to reduce harm and ensure safety.

Hamby (E 34, 2000) is CMO and chief quality officer at Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta where he has worked since 2001. He is responsible for oversight of quality, medical staff governance, patient safety and research for the five hospital system with 900 physician physician-hospital organization (PHO).

Wyatt (E 41, 2007) completed a fellowship at the IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement) and is currently medical director in the Division of Healthcare Improvement at The Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. Wyatt, according to The Joint Commission website, is their lead information and education resource for patient safety; and he works closely with public policy and legislation promoting improvements in patient safety.

The Executive MSHA program is designed to provide comprehensive understanding of health care organizations and prepare students for senior management positions throughout the health field. It is part of the UAB master’s degree program in Health Services Administration which is ranked fifth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Andrew MetzlerAndrew Metzler, an 18-year-old health care management major from Oneonta, was elected as UAB’s school representative at the Alabama YMCA Collegiate Legislature Conference. Students from across the state, including several from UAB, converged in Montgomery to draft bills and debate legislation.

Metzler was one of six students from UAB who was elected to leadership roles for year’s convention or received an honor. Students interested in participating in next year’s conference or learning more about UAB’s Undergraduate Student Government Association, go to https://www.uab.edu/usga/.

Mariano Ashley lowAshley Mariano, 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. This is the second year a UAB student from the genetic counseling program has been selected.

The program, which only selects a few students a year, 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. The two-week internship will include experience in cytogenetics, molecular genetics and biochemical genetics with a primary experience in one of these areas. Students will work directly with genetic counselors employed in a genetic laboratory. Within each laboratory, board-certified directors and genetic counselors work closely with health care providers and laboratory staff to ensure that accurate, reliable and timely results are available to patients.

After completing the internship, Mariano will receive a Certificate of Completion from Mayo School of Health Sciences, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

jessicahartlineNuclear Medicine Technology student Jessica Hartline was on a team of five UAB students that won the Innovation Award at the Emory Global Health Case Competition on March 23, 2013. Twenty-four universities across the U.S. and three international countries competed in the weekend competition. This is the second year in a row UAB has won this award.

Granger WesWes Granger, Ph.D., RRT, FAARC, is one of six people chosen to serve on the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Ad Hoc Workgroup on strategies for 2015. Granger is an associate professor in the Respiratory Therapy program.

The group will be working on plans to move the profession forward and assure that future Respiratory Therapists receive adequate training to prepare them for the competencies identified in the published reports for Workforce preparedness for 2015 and beyond.