David Wood ASAHPDavid Wood, ASAHP scholarship winnerDavid Wood, a second-year student in the UAB Physician Assistant program, was awarded a Scholarship of Excellence by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. Only 12 students in the U.S. received this honor and Wood is the only Physician Assistant student in the group.

“It was humbling just to have our program director think highly enough of me to nominate me - so to win, is a blessing,” said Wood. “I am honored to represent the PA profession which is made up of so many people who help others with their medical skills in all different aspects of their life.”

Brian Condit MDBrian Condit, M.D.Brian E. Condit, MD, FAAPMR, graduate of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration, has been named Vice President / Chief Medical Officer for the Northeast Market of Mountain States Health Alliance. Mountain States has 14 hospitals and serves 29 counties in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina. It is that region’s largest healthcare system.

“Archimedes said if he had a long enough lever that he could move the world. Moving into leadership gives a person a greater ability to move things in a positive direction and the ability to do good for more people,” said Condit, who is 1 of only 14 executives across the U.S. on a year-long fellowship as a Baldrige Executive Fellow.

Condit, who will be based at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abbington, Virginia, will also work with medical staffs and administration at Russell County Medical Center and Smyth County Community Hospital also in Virginia.

Kim Davey receives SMA Best Paper AwardDavey receives SMA's best doctoral paper awardKimberly Sanders Davey, a student in the Department of Health Services Administration's Ph.D. in Administration-Health Services program and instructor in the UAB School of Nursing, has been awarded best doctoral paper by the Southern Management Association.

Davey's paper, titled "The Role of Transformational Leadership on Voluntary Nursing Turnover", takes the best paper honor in the health care management, hospitality management and public administration track. Her paper takes a look at the role of transformational leadership on voluntary nursing turnover and the mediating effect of job characteristics.

Davey will receive her best paper award at SMA 2014 in Savannah, Ga., November 11-15, 2014.
PA Research Symposium Flyer 2014The UAB Physician Assistant program invites you to their annual Research Symposium.

The PA Class of 2014 Master's Research Posters Presentations is set for Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The event is at the UAB Hospital North Pavilion Atrium located at 615 18th Street South in Birmingham.

There are 54 presentations based on the second-year's senior projects. The odd numbered posters will be presented from 1:00 to 2:00 and the even numbered posters from 2:00 to 3:00. To view the event program and see the research topics please click here.

The research being presented ranges from ACL surgical repairs to questioning a relation between maternal smoking and childhood obesity to risk factors in a diabetic diet versus a paleolithic diet.
Dr. Thomas Hunt, Courtesy: Baylor College of MedicineDr. Thomas Hunt
Photo courtesy: Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Thomas Hunt, a recent graduate of the UAB Executive Doctor of Science Degree in Administration-Health Services, is one of five doctors named a surgeon at Texas Children's Hospital West Campus. Hunt, a leader in the field of hand and wrist surgery, will continue his current duties as Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

In a statement, Dr. Allen L. Milewicz, chief of community surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, said, "these pediatric specialists are bringing new treatments and state-of-the-art techniques to children and families in our community.”

Prior to joining BCM, Hunt was a professor and the John D. Sherrill Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at UAB. While in Birmingham he was chief of surgical services at UAB Highlands plus director of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery and the UAB Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship.

The UAB Executive Doctor of Science Degree in Administration-Health Services is housed in the UAB School of Health Professions Department of Health Services Administration.
PA reception 10-14-2014The UAB Physician Assistant Alumni Chapter invites all PA studies alumni to a reception and networking event on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at 6 p.m.

The event, being held at 41st Street Pub and Aircraft Sales at 130 41st Street South in Avondale, is hosted by:

Wendy Cornelius '02, President, UAB PA Alumni Chapter

Sheryll Coleman '87, President, Alabama Society of Physician Assistants

Brad Cantley '12, President-Elect, Alabama Society of Physician Assistants

Kara Caruthers '09, UAB Assistant Professor

John Hurt '02, UAB Assistant Professor

The first drink is on us! And the food is being catered by Post Office Pies.

Please RSVP to 205-975-8415 or shpevents@uab.edu if you wish to join the festivities.
2014 10 23 HCM Alumni Chapter Page 1The UAB Health Care Management program, formerly Health Sciences and Allied Health Administration, is the newest UAB Alumni Chapter!

To celebrate that achievement, the chapter hosted a kickoff event at The Summit Club on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. More than 50 alumni of the program attended.

To see photos from the big night visit the UAB School of Health Professions Flickr page.

Since 1982, more than 900 individuals have graduated from UAB's Health Care Management program! And with the new HCM Alumni Chapter you will not find an easier way to stay connected and enjoy all the benefits of your UAB HCM education.
Carolyn-ShererCarolyn Sherer, Smart Party 3.0 honoreeCarolyn Sherer, UAB Physical Therapy alumna, has been named one of Birmingham's smartest women by Smart Party. She will be honored at the Smart Party 3.0 event in October 2014.

Sherer, a former UAB School of Health Professions faculty member, is currently using the arts as an advocacy tool for social justice issues. She is perhaps best known for her series of photos titled Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South. This exhibit was the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s first LGBTQ-themed exhibition. She also put together the sequel Family Matters: LGBTQ Youth Perspectives.

Joshua HesterJoshua Hester, USA Medical CenterJoshua Hester, alumni of the UAB Health Care Management program, has been promoted to Administrative Projects Coordinator and Manager at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. In his new role, Hester will work on projects spanning the entire health system including the Mitchell Cancer Institute, USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, The USA Health Services Foundation and the USA Medical Center.

“Our health system focuses on a ‘patient-centered’ approach, meaning that we think of the patient and their families in every decision we make. It will be imperative, in my new role, to bring that mentality to the forefront of all new projects and departments I may be assigned,” said Hester, who also serves as a member of the UAB School of Health Professions Junior Advisory Board. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to grow as a healthcare professional and to be a member of the USA Health System.”

Projects Hester will oversee may range from medical staff oversight and development, operational efficiency, ambulatory care, education or governance.

USA is also increasing his duties in committee membership at the Medical Center. His most recent placement is with the Performance Improvement Committee where he is co-chair of the End-of-Life sub-committee. Hester is also the Director of Safety and Security for USA Medical Center.