Johnson, (pictured on the left) from Homewood, Ala., presented research titled “How to Develop an Educational Tool on Hereditary Breast Cancer for Minorities.” The objective of her work was to discover an effective educational strategy to disseminate hereditary breast cancer information to the African American community. Johnson’s study recommends educators use a personal, interactive approach that conveys the message through established community groups and programs.
Hollenbeck, (pictured on the right) from Decatur, Ala., presented research titled “Contribution of Family History on the Incidence of Spina Bifida.” Her study evaluated the current impact of family history on incidence of spina bifida and found a higher incidence of family history, particularly paternal family history, than what had previously been reported.
The UAB Genetic Counseling Program, located within the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, is only three years old and this is the second year in a row that a student placed at the event. Last year, Jamison Beek won first place in the category of Public Health and Social & Behavioral Sciences.
The keynote speaker is renowned cytotechnology expert Marshall Austin, M.D., Ph.D., whose current areas of research interest include cervical cancer screening, cervical neoplasia risk stratification modeling and risk management and new cervical screening technologies. Austin, a past President of the American Society of Cytopathology (ASCT), will discuss Type I vs. Type II Cervical Cancers and Targeted Educational Rescreening.
“Electrolytes are one of the most ordered tests in clinical practice, but can be overlooked when numerous labs need interpreting,” said Maday. “My goal with this article was to give clinicians the signs and symptoms of electrolyte dysfunction and how to diagnose those abnormalities before the results of the labs are back.”
A CME article provides one hour of credit to Physician Assistants (PAs) that pass the accompanying quiz. This is Maday’s first CME article published in the Journal of AAPA which only publishes two CME articles each month. The UAB School of Health Professions’ Physician Assistant program is ranked in the Top 25 by U.S. News & World Report.
Anyone interested in reading the article and taking the quiz for CME credit should visit the article webpage at http://journals.lww.com/jaapa/Fulltext/2013/01000/Understanding_electrolytes__Important_diagnostic.6.aspx.
The RT students attend one of two asthma camps this summer, either Camp Wheezaway or Children’s Hospital Asthma Camp, as part of their capstone and service learning course. To cover the costs of Camp Wheezaway and to pay the cost of camp for one or two campers, they held fundraisers throughout the year.
“Philanthropy and service to others is a part of Cigna's DNA,” Figliuzzi said in a company news release. “In my work on our corporate side, I’ve seen personally the tremendous difference Cigna has made in improving individual health. It’s exciting to now be part of the Cigna Foundation’s efforts to help build healthier communities too.”
The Cigna Foundation is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2013 and has assisted more than 100 charitable organizations since the October 2012 anniversary date.
“As an instructor at UAB, my objective is to help our students succeed; and by serving on the PAF Board, I see this is an invaluable opportunity to directly impact the success of an even larger number of students from across the nation,” said McGilvray, a member of the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. “I’m excited for the possibilities, and I see this as directly impacting the future of the physician assistant profession.”
McGilvray, who also sits on the AAPA Reimbursement Work Group, will serve a three-year term for the PAF effective immediately. She is also currently serving as a board member at large for the Alabama Society of Physician Assistants (ASPA) and previously served as their president.
“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.
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.
Andrew 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/.