Elizabeth MaElizabeth Ma, MSTP student and NORC fellowElizabeth Ma, an MD/PhD student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) and a fellow in the UAB Nutritional Obesity Research Center’s (NORC) Pre-Doctoral Training in Obesity-Related Research program, is the winner of two national awards for her abstract titled “Urinary F2-Isoprostanes Do Not Reflect Oxidative Stress Operative in Human Insulin Resistance, but are Correlated with Lean Mass and Serum Lipids.”

The first award, sponsored by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), is 2nd prize for the annual abstract competition from The Obesity Society (TOS) Obesity & Cancer (O&C) Section in the category of Student Investigator. The O&C Section promotes the prevention and management of cancer – with a focus on how obesity affects cancer risk – as well as educational strategies to disseminate findings to both the scientific community and the public. Elizabeth will present her work at the O&C Section meeting held in Los Angeles on November 5, 2015, where she will be awarded by Dr. June Stevens, the AICR Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with the other winners.

CLS Sim LabInside the CLS Sim LabUntil recently, the cotinine assay performed on all University Hospital patients prior to surgery used a blood serum sample. That changed last month, thanks to a partnership between SHP’s Clinical Laboratory Sciences program (CLS) and the UAB Hospital Laboratory.

“Our CLS students have contributed significant data needed to make a policy change in sample collection and handling for cotinine assays,” says Janelle Chiasera, Ph.D., Chair of the UAB Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences (CDS). Through their research, the CLS students concluded that a urine cotinine assay would produce the same results as the serum test, use a less invasive sample, and enhance turnaround time in getting results back to the physician. And faster results mean faster treatment for patients.

UAB PA CO 2015 PS Bham "Team Boss Lady"Recently the UAB Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2015 participated in PurpleStride Birmingham, a family-friendly 5K walk/run held by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in honor of the mother of PA student Carl A. Frizell.

Through their support, "Team Boss Lady" raised over $3,000 for the cause. Funds raised help provide personalized support for patients and support research grants and advocacy efforts to increase federal pancreatic cancer research funding. Frizell lost his mother to pancreatic cancer in 2011.

“A huge thank you goes out to my classmates of the UAB PA Program Class of 2015,” said Frizell. “Virtually all of them helped me raise funds and awareness for this devastating disease. In fact, more than a third of class has participated in PurpleStride Birmingham these past two years. I definitely have the world's best classmates and I cannot thank them enough for their commitment to the betterment of pancreatic cancer.”

Kidada Hawkins 240x300Kidada Hawkins named Shoals Hospital CEOKidada Hawkins, FACHE, alumnus of the UAB MSHA/MBA program, has been named chief executive officer of Shoals Hospital. Hawkins, a member of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration Class 41, is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served and held leadership roles in every community he has lived.

His statement from Shoals Hospital's announcement says:

“What most attracted my family and me to the area was the warmth and friendliness of the people,” Mr. Hawkins said. “The openness of the community reminds us of Trussville, where we live now, and Munford, where I am from. My family and I live in Trussville now, and, in many ways, it’s similar to Florence and Muscle Shoals. Shoals Hospital is well-run, and there are opportunities to expand our capabilities. Further, I believe RegionalCare Hospital Partners has exciting plans for both ECM and Shoals hospitals, and I’m eager to be part of those plans.”

BMD Minor FlyerLook around at your classmates - your competition. What is going to set you apart when you graduate?

A Minor in Biomedical Sciences is a flexible and unique minor that will prepare you to become a competitive 21st century health professional.

Want more out of your academic experience? If so, the minor in Biomedical Sciences is for you. More growth and more opportunities make you more in demand.

For more information please stop by the Undergraduate Biomedical Sciences Program’s Welcome Week festivities, Monday August 24th – Friday August 28th 9:00am - 4:00pm in the School of Health Professions Building room 424. Refreshments will be provided daily please RSVP to bmd@uab.edu.
Lelia EdwardsLelia Edwards, NCRA Registrar of the YearLelia Edwards, an alumna of the UAB Master of Science in Health Information program, has been named 2015 Registrar of the Year at the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) by Elekta.

“I was very surprised when I received the news,” said Edwards. “This is indeed such a great honor and I am very elated and appreciative to have been recognized, nominated and chosen to receive such a prestigious award. I share this joy with all Alabamians in the cancer data field which shines a brighter light on our State; and it has been my pleasure to have worked with so many talented people across this country.”

Edwards is also a 1992 graduate of the former UAB Health Information Management Nontraditional program. Having spent more than 37 years in the cancer registry field, she is a pioneer and one of two charter members of the Alabama Cancer Registrars Association.

TMCA CEO R HammettRichard Hammett, new CEO at Swedish Medical CenterRichard Hammett, alumnus of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration, will be the new President and CEO of Swedish Medical Center, effective August 3, 2015.

Currently Hammett serves as President and CEO at The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA). HCA/HealthONE says this new position is a reflection of the results Hammett has achieved at TMCA since arriving in 2012. At TMCA, he oversaw four campuses, including a Level II Trauma Center, three emergency departments and three outpatient imaging centers. In their announcement, HCA/HealthONE said "under Richard’s leadership, TMCA received recognition by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures the past two years, while also seeing the growth of cardiovascular, surgery, oncology, behavioral health and wound care programs." Prior to TMCA, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President at HCA’s St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas.

Potts with NMT studentsPotts with NMT studentsJennifer Potts, alumna of the UAB Nuclear Medicine Technology program and manager of Imaging Services at Brookwood Medical Center, hosted the latest Breakfast with Blazers. More than 15 NMT students met with Potts and were given a tour of the facility as well as valuable information.

The NMT students start their clinical rotation in a few weeks so Potts tailored her advice toward that endeavor. She told them they need to take full advantage of every opportunity given during rotations and make sure they shine in everything they do. She also told them to act like they are interviewing those they work with – always asking questions in order to learn more. Potts final words were to encourage them to really get their hands on the patients and to absorb as much first-hand knowledge as possible.

SEE MORE: photos from this event are on the SHP Flickr page

One student that paid close attention to those words was Kelly Archer, UAB NMT Class of 2016. The honor student begins her rotations with Potts on May 4, 2015. Others invited to the Breakfast with Blazers included Brianna Boatwright, Brandon Cohill, Krystle Glasgow, Nicky Haddox, Doricas Kerr, Dominque King, Brittany Kirkland, Elizabeth Kritzberger, Hong Lin, Tanya Liveoak, Kiet Nguyen, Ammar Sharif, Pamela Stevens, Matthew Sweeney, Kyle Thompson, Whitney Walker, Shalin Waterford and Program Director Norman Bolus.
*Editor's Note: Dhara Shah spoke of her dreams and the dreams of her family at the SHP Scholarship Luncheon on Friday, March 13, 2015. She was gracious enough to allow us to share her story and we thank her for her generosity.

Dhara Shaw at SHP Scholarship LuncheonDhara Shah at SHP Scholarship LuncheonWelcome to the SHP Scholarship luncheon! I stand before you because of the generosity of the family and friends of Ms. Shirley Shaddeau and the physical therapy alumni that chose to make a difference by donating to the Shirley Shaddeau Memorial Scholarship. I personally want to extend my gratitude to you. Also, thank you to the faculty and staff of the school of health professions and especially all the scholarship donors for dedicating your time to be with us this afternoon.

My name is Dhara Shah. I am a third year physical therapy student, and I am a dreamer. Growing up, dreams for me were seen always just that, dreams… not reality. My mother had a dream of becoming a microbiologist, however, in India a woman’s life revolved around getting married to a man arranged for her: her dream was forgotten. My father wanted to go to college and be an accountant, but his father passed away and being the oldest he had to provide for his family… his dream was forgotten. Uncles and aunts, cousins, and grandparents... many were dreamers, but reality had a way of pushing dreams by the wayside. 

To the School of Health Professions scholarship donors: Thank you! Thank you for allowing my dreams to come to reality, and thank you for allowing all the students in this room to follow their dreams.