2015 OT PTE2015 Pi Theta Epsilon inducteesThe UAB Department of Occupational Therapy’s Alpha Beta Pi Theta Epsilon chapter inducted their latest class and discussed the future course of the UAB chapter. They discussed options to help fund OT scholarships and looked into conducting workshops to prepare classmates for NBCOT (National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy) certification.

Seven UAB OT students, Jason Vice, who serves as chapter president, Nicole Brown, Kahla Bryant, Erin Burke, Courtney Dunkerley, Emily Rose, and Catherine Stubbs, are members of UAB’s 24th PTE class. All received their official certificate in a casual ceremony hosted by faculty advisors Sarah Tucker, MS, OTR/L, and Laura Vogtle, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA. Each student has at least a 3.5 GPA and ranks in the top 35 percent of their UAB OT class.

Pi Theta Epsilon is a national honor society for Occupational Therapy students and alumni designed to promote service, scholarship and research among OT students. It was established in 1958 and officially recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation in 1988. The UAB chapter was established in June 1988.
Hester JoshuaJoshua Hester at the AAMA SummitJoshua Hester, alumnus of the UAB Health Care Management program and administrative projects coordinator and manager at University of South Alabama Medical Center, recently presented “What Millenials Want: How to Successfully Grow the Next Generation of Leaders” at the American Academy of Medical Administrators' 2015 National Summit in Clearwater, Florida.

Hester, who himself is a Millenial, appeared in their “Success Stories” section and delivered his presentation in a TED Talk format.

“For the first time in history, we have four generations working together and each is characterized by different, sometimes negative, stereotypes,” said Hester to the audience. “Millenials think differently and digitally. They are accustomed to having information at their fingertips 24/7; they are most comfortable working in teams; and they have a need for networking both electronically and face-to-face.”

2014 OT 5K2014 Walk or Run with UAB OT 5kThe UAB Student Occupational Therapy Association hosts the 4th annual “Walk or Run with UAB OT 5k” on Saturday, Feb. 28. The event will be held at Heardmont Park, located at 5458 Cahaba Valley Road in Birmingham.

“The SOTA students provide a variety of services throughout the year that benefit the Birmingham community,” said Jason Vice, second-year UAB Occupational Therapy student. “In the past we have provided meals at the Ronald McDonald House, textbook scholarships for OT students in need and assistance with fees for the OT national conference and more. All proceeds go to help others.”

The Egg and I will be onsite providing fruit and coffee with timing completed provided by the Trak Shak. To register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/AL/Birmingham/WalkorRunwithUABOT5k. There is a discount for all who register before February 1.
Sylvia Young MSHA Class 19Sylvia Young, MSHA Class 19Sylvia Young, alumna of the UAB Master of Science in Health Administration (Class 19) program, has been named one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Winners are nominated by peers and then chosen by the previous year’s Top 25. Young currently serves as president and CEO of HCA Continental Division and HCA-HealthONE.

A statement from HealthONE’s website says, “Thanks to Sylvia for her leadership and for living out our mission that ‘Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.'”

In 2009, Young was recognized as one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare in the U.S. by Modern Healthcare; in 2012, she was named one of the 10 Power Women of Nevada by Nevada Business Magazine.

Yongbin - Sangster International Student AwardYongbin Yang has been awarded the UAB School of Health Professions Alfred W. Sangster Award for Outstanding International Student. Yang, a Ph.D. student in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences, has four first author peer-reviewed publications and two co-author peer-reviewed publications since becoming a UAB student in 2011. In that span he also has 10 co-authored abstracts at scientific meetings.

Yang, who is active in the community and a member of the UAB Chinese Student/Scholar Association, investigates obesity, calorie restriction and weight cycles under the supervision of Timothy R. Nagy, Ph.D., and Daniel L. Smith, Jr., Ph.D. In 2013, he won the Obesity Society’s Basic Science Section Poster of Excellence Award and the National Institutes of Health Mary Frances Picciano Dietary Supplement Research Practicum Travel Award. In 2012, Yang received the Howerde E. Sauberlich Endowed Award for Excellence in Nutrition Science Research.
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.