Miral Patel IMiral Patel, a student in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Biotechnology program, won “3rd Place – Poster Presentation” and his abstract was selected as one in four “best abstract - for oral presentation” at Summer Institute 2016 sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.

Patel’s poster was titled “Expression of p16INK4A in Cervical Precancerous Lesions Unlikely to be Preventable by HPV Vaccines” and he worked with researcher Suguna Badiga, Ph.D., in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences under guidance and lab of Chandrika Piyathilake, Ph.D.

The UAB Biotechnology program teaches students how to take scientific ideas from the bench top to business in just 365 days. This one-year program offers a viable alternate path for graduates of science programs into practical and lucrative job tracks rather than into programs that take much longer to complete and are often too narrowly focused in specific disciplines.
Marshmallow Challenge 02Student leaders in the UAB School of Health Professions' Biomedical Sciences program held their annual retreat this weekend.

The BMD Student Organization Executive Council team members, including Seema Abu-Khajeel, Chris Burton, Carol Lin, Kelsey Maclin, Asia Michael, Leena Patel, Julia Pham, Makayla Ramsey, Cody Roberts and Ashlyn Swaney, met together for the first time in the BMD Suite on the 4th floor of the School of Health Professions Building.

In addition to mapping out strategies and goals for the 2016 - 2017 academic year, the Executive Council split into two groups for the "Marshmallow Challenge". In this challenge each team has 18 minutes to build a free-standing tower using only 20 sticks of spaghetti, one yard of tape and one yard of string - the catch is that the structure must hold the marshmallow at the top.

The winning team (pictured above) included Abu-Khajeel, Burton, Patel, Ramsey, and Swaney.

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Neerav Jadeja and John Kueven, alumni of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program, have been named to Becker’s Hospital Review annual “Rising Stars: 50 Healthcare Leaders Under 40.”

Neerav Jadeja, MSHA Class 36

Neerav JadejaNeerav Jadeja, MSHA Class 36Jadeja serves as administrator of Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, California. His Becker's profile talks about a car accident he survived that led him to a career in health care.

As a student at the UAB School of Health Professions, Jadeja was president of MSHA Class 36. He started his career as COO of Shands Lakeshore, based in Lake City, Florida, in 2002. Beginning in 2008, he served as COO of Southwest Healthcare System’s Inland Valley and Rancho Springs Medical Centers.

Jadeja was also a member of Becker's Hospital ReviewRising Stars: 25 Healthcare Leaders Under 40” in 2014.

2017 BMD Welcome Week Slide 8.15.17

Getting back into the grind doesn't have to be a grind!


The UAB School of Health Professions Biomedical Sciences program is hosting the BMD House Party from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every day during the first week of school, August 28 - September 1, 2017.

And if you show up at 11:30 a.m. - they will feed you for free!


All of this goes down in SHPB 424 (for you newcomers that is the BMD Suite in the School of Health Professions Building, room 424) and everyday has a new theme and the food to go along with it.

Along with your appetite, bring your smart phone. Use #BMDHouseParty17 to let the world know you are at the best program with the best free perks!

Make your friends jealous. Show your classmates some love.

And eat. For free. Every. Day.

OT PT OH IIIOT students experiential learningWe know you. You want to impact lives. You want to make a difference. You want to help others.

OT - PT Open House

Learn how we can help you do all of that and more at our OT - PT Open House.

  • DATE: August 19, 2016
  • TIME: 9 a.m. - Noon
  • PLACE: Room 125, School of Health Professions Building
  • (1705 University Blvd)

About OT & PT

UAB Occupational Therapy, ranked #25 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, has graduates who post board pass rates consistently above the national average.

UAB Physical Therapy, ranked #20 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, has offered outstanding educational programs in physical therapy for 50 years.


You Deserve More

OT PT OH IIPT students hands-on learningMeet current students and faculty. Have all your questions about admissions and the program answered. Tour the facility. Enjoy light refreshments.

You deserve more. More enrollment opportunity. More career opportunity. More earning opportunity.

Choose UAB OT or PT and you will have access to more!

RSVP to MSOT@uab.edu by August 12, 2016, to reserve your spot.

McFarland LLS WoYErin Lee McFarland (pictured on left)Erin Lee McFarland, an alumna of the UAB School of Health Professions' Physician Assistant Studies program, has been named Woman of the Year by the Virginia chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

The 2009 UAB graduate raised $104,000 for blood cancer research to earn the honor. Her efforts were part of a two-month competition in Virginia that helped the chapter raise a record $467,000 this year. She was honored at a gala event in Richmond, Virginia, on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

McFarland has worked as a PA for the Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, Virginia, since graduating from the UAB PA program.
Sweatt Cheaha Alabama Backroads FacebookKat Sweatt, Top 100-miler at Cheaha ChallengeKat Sweatt, a student in the Nutrition Sciences PhD program, made history as the first female to finish the Cheaha Challenge as the top overall 100-miler. The UAB graduate student finished the mountain bike ride in five hours, 15 minutes and 55 seconds – nearly 45 seconds ahead of the top male 100-miler.

When asked by a reporter with the Anniston Star about the historic finish, Sweatt said with a shrug, “It’s pretty cool.”

Today, she has this to say about the accomplishment.

“It was a tough but memorable ride. Over 600 cyclists participated, the event staff was great, and we couldn’t have asked for a prettier day,” said Sweatt who is scheduled to finish the UAB PhD program in 2017. “I also have to mention that I rode the first 87 miles with a group of guys who went on to do the 124-mile Ultra.  Many of who would have finished well ahead of me if they had just done the 100 mile option – so kudos to them!”

Chris JettChris Jett, new administrator at USA Children's & Women's HospitalChris Jett, an alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions Master of Science in Health Administration, has been named the new administrator of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.

In his new role, Jett will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the 1,100-employee hospital which serves as the leader in births for Mobile and is dedicated to helping people lead longer, better lives.

Jett’s appointment follows the recent promotion of former administrator Owen Bailey to the chief operating officer position at USA Health. Bailey is also an alumnus of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program which is currently ranked #2 in the nation, graduating with MSHA Class 22 in 1988.

"Chris is a talented, committed and caring leader, and I know he will do a great job in this new role,” Bailey said. "I value his integrity, his commitment to excellence, and his ability to inspire people."

OwenBailey USAHealth COO 2016Owen Bailey, named new USA Health COOOwen Bailey, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions Master of Science in Health Administration program, has been named the chief operating officer of USA Health, a comprehensive academic health care system dedicated to helping people lead longer, better lives. This is a new role for the veteran health care leader who served as administrator of University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital.

Bailey, a member of Class 22 of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration which is currently ranked #2 in the nation, will be responsible for the management, operation and oversight of USA Health with a goal of enhancing a high-quality, cost-effective, integrated care delivery system.

USA Health Vice President Stan Hammack said Bailey’s leadership skills and experience in health care will be assets in this new role. 

"Five years ago, we were glad to have Owen join our management team," Hammack said. "His combination of experience and leadership is appreciated, and we are pleased he has taken on this new position. He will work closely with our administrative teams and advocate on state and national health care policy matters that directly affect our patients."