New course examines medical genetics impact on modern health care

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.

2 Executive MSHA grads recognized as leading experts

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.

Health Care Management student elected to represent UAB

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/.

Genetic Counseling student earns Mayo Clinic internship

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.

NMT student helped UAB team win international award

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.

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Respiratory Therapy faculty member named to national ad hoc

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.

NMT students published in national journal

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.

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NMT student named Charles Barkley Health Disparities Award

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.

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UAB Respiratory Therapy wins Sputum Bowl…again

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.

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