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.

JNMT coverNuclear Medical Technology (NMT) students Jessica Hartline and Miriam Van Dyke were published in the March issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology. The students discussed the role NMT’s can play in theranostics, a key part of personalized medicine. UAB’s NMT students have been learning about the process during their clinical rotations at UAB Hospital.

Read the full article here.

Van Dyke MiriamNuclear Medicine Technology student Miriam Van Dyke was one of six researchers named to the 2013 Charles Barkley Health Disparities Investigators Awards. Van Dyke, Bill Gates Millennium scholar, poster presentation was for "Rare Histologic Subtypes, Race, and Survival in the UAB Breast Consortium Study."

The researchers, who received the honors at the annual UAB Health Disparities Research Symposium, receive cash awards of $200 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third from an endowment to UAB from the NBA Hall of Fame basketball player and Leeds native.

RT 2013 Sputum BowlFor the second year in a row, a UAB respiratory team won the annual Sputum Bowl at the Alabama Society for Respiratory Care conference on March 6, 2013. Ten teams from across the state competed for the state title.

Four of the student teams represented UAB. The winning team included Jordan Unlap, Katie Jones, Julie Goggins and Caleb Watson who will now be able to compete in the national competition at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) International Congress meeting in Anaheim, Calif, Nov. 16-19, 2013.

uab excellence biz awardThe “UAB Excellence in Business Top 25” award winners have been announced and four of them graduated from the School of Health Professions. The UAB National Alumni Society partnered with the Birmingham Business Journal to present the awards.

SHP alumni that made the Class of 2013 include:

Christopher HurtChristopher Hurt, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physical Therapy, is one of two postdoctoral scholars chosen nationwide to be the first trainees on an institutional training program grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health. The grant aims to train future leaders in translational rehabilitation research.

Andrea PerkinsHealth Information Management alumna Andrea Perkins, RHIA, who graduated in May 2009, recently received the 2012 American Health Information Management Association Foundation Diversity Graduate Scholarship. She is one a few recipients across the nation to receive the scholarship.

“The foundation I received from UAB’s HIM program provided me with the skills and confidence to apply and receive such an amazing recognition,” said Perkins.

Students who have a strong and compelling answer to the diversity essay in the scholarship application were awarded. Perkins is in graduate school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center earning a master’s degree in health informatics and information management.

CSM2013Several UAB Department of Physical Therapy faculty members presented at the 2013 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. As chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS), John Lowman, PT, Ph.D., CCS, gave welcoming remarks and introductions for the opening night.

PT faculty members that presented at the conference include:

  • C. Scott Bickel, Functional Electrical Stimulation: Health and Fitness Benefits for People With Spinal Cord Injury
  • David Brown, PhD Program Director's Dialogue
    • Short-Term Effects of Hyperrisistance Exposure on Gait Velocity and Muscle Activation in Individuals Post Stroke
    • Learning by Losing Balance: Improvement with a Step-Up Task in Stroke Survivors
  •  Jennifer Christy, Linking Structure to Function: Muscle, Bone and Brain
  •  Diane Clark, Applications of Team-Based Learning in Physical Therapy Education
    • PTJ Symposium: Rehabilitation of Patients With Critical Illness
  • Cecilia Graham, Applications of Team-Based Learning in Physical Therapy Education
  • Donald Lein, Applications of Team-Based Learning in Physical Therapy Education
  • John Lowman, Applications of Team-Based Learning in Physical Therapy Education
    • Enhancing Professional Development Through ABPTS Certification
  • David Morris, Aquatic Physical Therapy to Improve Balance Dysfunction in Older Adults


Several PT alumni were recognized for becoming board-certified clinical specialists in their field including two in geriatrics (GCS) and two in orthopedics (OCS):

  • Linda Capps Bloodworth, PT, MS, GCS (1985)
  • Mary Doherty Riebesell, PT, DPT, GCS (2009)
  • Shaun Burke Adams, PT, OCS (1998)
  • Amanda Suzanne Crouse, PT, DPT, OCS (2005)

There are 8 physical therapy clinical specialties recognized by the ABPTS: Cardiovascular and pulmonary, Clinical electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Sports, and Women’s Health.