Two SHP students receive dean's scholarship

NAS_Scholarship_2011Erin Cheng and Katie ScottTwo School of Health Professions students were recognized at the UAB National Alumni Society 2011 Scholarship Reception on Oct. 4, 2011. Erin Cheng and Katie Scott were recipients of the School of Health Professions Dean's Scholarship. Cheng recently graduated from the Nuclear Medicine Technology program. Scott is a graduate student in the Nurse Anesthesia program. The reception was held at the National Alumni Society House.

MSHA graduate wins alumna award

DAuguste_wins_alumna_awardTraci Spray d' Auguste (center) wins "Outstanding Young Alumna" award. Congratulating her from SHP are Donna Slovensky, Howard Houser, Stephen O'Connor, Bob Chapman and Amy Landry.Traci Spray d’Auguste, MSHA, won the “Outstanding Young Alumna” award from the UAB National Alumni Society. She received the award during the Eleventh Annual Alumni Leadership Recognition and Awards Luncheon on Friday, September 23.

D’Auguste received her master’s degree in Health Administration in 2002 from the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Health Professions. She is a director of clinical operations at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, NY.

Cytology transitions from undergrad to grad program

September 5, 2011 reporter Our Cytology program was the top story in the UAB Reporter. Read about how it transitioned from an undergraduate to a graduate program.

PT alum honored with state award

EmmettParkerUAB Physical Therapy alumni Emmett Parker, PT, MS, ATC, was recently honored with the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association’s 2011 Chapter Leadership Award. Parker’s activities as chair of the chapter’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC) were cited in the nomination submitted for the Award. In this position, Parker has reorganized the chapter’s advocacy structure resulting in numerous legislative successes and a new level of political influence for the physical therapy profession in Montgomery. He will also receive the 2011 APTA State Legislative Leadership Award at the APTA State Policy and Payment Forum in Austin, TX later this month.

Parker is the president of Accelerated Physical Therapy, Inc. in Birmingham.  He received his Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from UAB in 1994.

Respiratory therapy students win national contest; article featured

RT_StudentContestWinnersRecent Respiratory Therapy graduates Janay Moore, Ashley Oliver and Taryn Dunn win national student writing contest.Three University of Alabama at Birmingham Respiratory Therapy students won the grand prize in a national writing contest. Ashley Oliver, Janay Moore and Taryn Dunn took home the $250 prize in the inaugural "Faces of the Future: National Student Writing Contest" sponsored by ADVANCE for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine.

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MSHA grad promoted at St. Vincent's

Andy_DavisCongratulations to MSHA graduate Andy Davis. He has been promoted to president and Chief Operating Officer of St. Vincent's Birmingham. He began his career with St. Vincent's as system vice president of physician recruitment and assumed operational responsibilities at St. Vincent's Birmingham in 2007. As COO of the hospital, Davis has successfully implemented numerous growth and operational initiatives. Before joining STVHS, he served as assistant vice president of Mobile Infirmary Medical Clinics and as administrator of Washington County Infirmary Hospital and Nursing Home.

Davis received his master's degree in health administration in 2001 from UAB.

Demark-Wahnefried named pres-elect ASPO

WendyDemark_WahnefriedWendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences and associate director for cancer prevention and control at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named president-elect of the American Society of Preventive Oncology. The ASPO is a multi-disciplinary society committed to serving as an advocate for cancer and control research. She has been a member for nearly 20 years.

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Nutrition Sciences alum wins national award

Mandy_WilligA UAB Nutrition Sciences alumni has been chosen to receive a Pat Simons Travel Award from The Obesity Society. Mandy Willig, a nutrition sciences doctoral graduate in 2010, was selected for her abstract, “Race and Gender are Associated with Body Mass Index and Markers of Immune Function among Patients Living with HIV.” She is a postdoctoral scholar in the department of medicine-infectious diseases at UAB. Only 15 applicants nationally received the award which recognizes research excellence by young investigators. The top 15 was based on reviewer scores of scientific review. Each finalist will receive a $500 check.

Pig's feet and ice cream

Nearly 30 students from all over Alabama learned how to suture pig's feet from University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant faculty members Kara Caruthers and Paul Harrelson. The PA program is located in the School of Health Professions. The students are Rural Health Scholars, a five week summer program for rising high school seniors from rural counties. Scholars live on the University of Alabama campus, take two college courses for credit and receive orientation about health careers. SHP has been involved in the program for four years showing students the different options in the healthcare industry. The students also heard from the medical technology program and the Department of Occupational Therapy. After suturing the pig's feet, Caruthers taught the students how to make their own ice cream in seven minutes.