HCMSA Helps Build Habitat for Humanity Home

HCMSA HabitatPictured L/R: (Top Row) Madeline Patterson, Tiffanie Jenkins, Noelle Cheeks, Gabriel Welch, Kenric Duncan (Bottom Row) Courtney Bibb, Aaliyah EdwardsThe UAB Healthcare Management Student Association participated in a Habitat for Humanity project in early 2013. Madeline Patterson, Tiffanie Jenkins, Noelle Cheeks, Gabriel Welch, Kenric Duncan, Courtney Bibb and Aaliyah Edwards worked from 8 a.m. - Noon on the house located in the west Birmingham neighborhood of Ensley. The group was responsible for priming and painting the inside of the house, putting siding on the outside of the house and placing shingles on the roof.

“Before that day I only knew one of the people in the group picture but we were all laughing together by the time we were done and even went out for pizza afterwards,” said Duncan. “It was a great bonding experience for us as a group. Some of those in my group are still my good friends today and the workday made me want to get more involved with my major's student organization.”

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Respiratory Therapy Students Walk for a Buddy

2013 Buddy Walk 02The University of Alabama at Birmingham Respiratory Therapy Class of 2015 participated in the Alabama Buddy Walk for Down syndrome on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. The students, along with family and friends, walked in honor of Cornelius “Neal” Spencer, the cousin of Class of 2015 student Ashley Johnson. Down Syndrome Alabama’s mission is to promote awareness, acceptance and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages.

Pictured in the group shot to the right L/R: Katie Floyd, UAB; Amy Atkinson, UAB; Kristin Woodard, UAB; Ashley Johnson, UAB; Toni Spencer, Neal’s mom; Neal Spencer, walk honoree; Nyralon Johnson, UAB; Rhiannon Carroll, UAB; Marissa Wicker, UAB; and Emily Cherry, UAB. Walkers not pictured in the group shot from UAB are Casey Skorowski and Kelly Parker.

2013 Buddy Walk 01The event, established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society, is held every year to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October. The walk was held at the Hoover Met and included a Line Dance Party with up and coming country singer Dylan Scott and his band. The money raised at the walk goes to the Down Syndrome Alabama supported programs including the UAB Adult Down Syndrome Clinic. The top group in the local walk raised $18,000. Nationally, the Buddy Walk has raised more than $11 million since its inception.

Vice receives Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals highest honor

Jon ViceJon Vice, associate professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions, recently received the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Founder’s Award. Each year, CMN cofounders Marie Osmond, John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joe Lake recognize and award one individual whose time, talents and contributions help children. Vice has been a member of the CMN board of trustees for nearly 20 years combined including serving as chairman from 2000-2002.

Vice, director of professional and industry relations in the Department of Health Services Administration, formerly served as CEO of Children’s Hospital and Health System, Milwaukee. From 1977-79 he served as administrator of what is now known as Children’s of Alabama. He is an alumnus of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA Class 7) program.

Physician Assistant students receive white coats

2013 PA WhiteCoatCeremony web2013 PA White Coat CeremonyThe University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Program held its White Coat Ceremony for the Class of 2015 on Oct. 4, 2013, at the Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium. In front of family, friends, faculty and students, 58 first-year PA students were presented the traditional short white coat by members of the Class of 2014.

The PA Program Director Rick Kilgore, Ph.D., told the class, “We are celebrating the next step in your career that in most cases will define your future. The White Coat Ceremony has many meanings but does symbolize the conversion of a lay person into a member of the healthcare profession.”

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PA students collaborate to serve community health needs

PA DentaQuest 2013Five UAB Schools Collaborate for DentaQuestEvery month students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Program participate in a health screening as part of an interdisciplinary program at UAB. The School of Dentistry, in partnership with the schools of Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Optometry, received a renewal grant through the DentaQuest Foundation to continue a program designed to train healthcare students to work with other professions.

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Six affiliated with SHP earn scholarships

Garvey Zhang NAS Scholarship 2013Tim Garvey, chair of Nutrition Sciences, and Wei ZhangThe University of Alabama at Birmingham National Alumni Society awarded six scholarships to students affiliated with the School of Health Professions. They were recognized at the NAS Scholarship Reception on Oct. 1, 2013.

Amy Clair Grisham, Department of Nutrition Sciences; John R. Hardisty, Physician Assistant Program; and Michael L. Tran, Nuclear Medicine Technology Program; each earned the Dean’s Scholarship. The awards, ranging from $1,000 to $1,500, are for students with a strong academic record who also perform community service.

Caitlyn Mullane, Health Care Management, and Wei Zhang, M.D., graduate student in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, earned the License to Learn Scholarship. The $3,000 award is for undergraduate and graduate students who are Alabama residents with at least a 3.0 GPA.

M. Elizabeth Hendrix, Ph.D., the doctoral program director in the Department of Health Services Administration, was awarded the BBVA Compass Bank Mortgage Graduate Student Scholarship as she works on a master’s in Public Administration. The $2,500 award is given to a graduate student who carries at least a 3.2 GPA and demonstrates solid academic achievement.

The reception was held at the National Alumni Society House.

RT students participate in AIDS Walk

RT 2013 AIDS walk 01Students in the School of Health Professions Respiratory Therapy Class of 2015 recently participated in the 22nd Annual Magic City AIDS Walk and 5K Run. In addition to walking the event, some members of the class volunteered at the registration table to make sure the sign up process went smoothly.

Pictured walking (from left to right) are Jerrica Knight, Lillyvette Ostenson, Ashley Johnson, Jolanda Diggins, Kanesha Thompson.

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UAB Students Highlighted in National Newsletter

The September edition of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Student Academy newsletter featured a first-hand story about the volunteer efforts of some UAB Physician Assistant students. The article, written by second year PA student Amy McCormick, highlights the work done and the lessons learned. Our thanks to Amy for letting us reproduce her article for the SHP website. Here is their story:

McCormick SAAAPA 03Photo Courtesy: Amy McCormickThis summer, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Physician Assistant Class of 2014 shifted their focus outside the classroom and into the community by donating time to the Jimmie Hale Mission’s Shepura Men’s Center in Birmingham, AL. The class served six meals to homeless men living at the mission, many recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

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School of Health Professions Honors Hiett, Shmerling

Jones Hiett Shmerling webL/R Dean Jones, Tee Hiett, Debbie and Jim ShmerlingThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Health Professions dedicated the Debbie and Jim Shmerling Endowed Scholarship in Honor of Tee Hiett at a special ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. The Shmerling’s $25,000 gift created the permanent endowment scholarship which will assist deserving students entering or enrolled in the Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) Program with preference shown to applicants formally enrolled in the MSHA/MSHI (Master of Science in Health Informatics) dual degree option.

"Debbie and I have discussed how do we want to give back to the people that helped us the most and Tee was the most influential person on me not only when I was in graduate school but also in my career," said Mr. Shmerling, UAB MSHA alumnus (Class 14) and president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado. "He was one of the most demanding faculty members I had at UAB. It didn't feel so good at the time, but it was a good thing because it was important in terms of discipline."

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