New elective course on obtaining medical history and performing physical exams

Surgical physician assistant examining a patientIf you are interested in the health care industry, you might want to take a new course being offered this spring called, “Introduction to Medical History and Physical Examination” (CDS 550). Students will learn the proper way to obtain a comprehensive medical history, perform a physical examination and report the findings in a systematic and concise format.


NMT has two Gates Millennium Scholars

Johnathan Crayton headshotJohnathan Crayton recipient of Gates Millennium Scholars.Only 1,000 students across the United States receive the Gates Millennium Scholars, an all-expense paid scholarship by Bill and Melinda Gates as well as the United Negro College Fund. Norman E. Bolus, MPH, CNMT, was pleasantly surprised when he found out he had not only one but two scholars in the UAB Nuclear Medicine Technology program. 

“After learning more about the scholars program, my thought was this is a very selective group,” said Bolus, the NMT program director. “We are a small program that is fortunate enough to have two scholars interested in us as a possible pathway for completion of their degree and future careers.”


Nutrition doctoral student speaking at international lecture series

Veeradej PisprasertVeeradej Pisprasert, a current doctoral student in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences, has been invited to participate in an international lecture series related to his specialization in clinical nutrition. The lecture series will focus on nutritional aspects and disease risk and prevention, and will be hosted at hospitals throughout his native country of Thailand, where he is a member of the medical staff of Khon Kaen University.

Drace selected for graduate school mentorship award

Bill DraceBill Drace, MA, PA-C, was selected by the UAB Graduate School for the 2012 Graduate Dean's Excellence in Mentorship Award. Drace has been an assistant professor in the Physician Assistant program since 2003.

Prior to his teaching position, Drace spent 25 years with Birmingham-based Cardiothoracic Surgical Practice. It was during his last five years at the company that he precepted senior Physician Assistant students. That interaction motivated him to accept a full-time faculty position.


SHP programs win homecoming awards

The parade floats have been dismantled and building decorations have come down, but UAB School of Health Professions racked up some awards during 2011 Homecoming Week.

Our very own Noelle Cheeks, a Health Care Management student from Jackson, Miss, was named Ms. UAB first alternate during homecoming. She received a $1,000 scholarship. She is pictured with Mr. UAB first alternate Andrew Vines. Noelle_Cheeks_-_Andrew_Vines_-_1st_Alt
Health Care Management won the UAB Spirit Fashion Show and the Blazer Hustle with a perfect score. Saturday night, the group was awarded
the First Place Spirit Display competition plaque and the Homecoming 2011 Overall Spirit Competition First Place plaque.
SHP Dean’s Office - Best Display of Blazer Spirit on a Float

SHP Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences – Most Creative Float CDS_float
SPA's "Too Fast, Too Femurous: The Tibial Drifts" for placed 2nd in the Gurney Derby. Team members Trenton Butler, Emily Stewart, Michael Berke
and Ivy Ricks.
Blazer Village Spirit Competition – Second Place -SHP


OT students give a lending hand

OT_Dog_Wash_2011-2UAB Occupational Therapy students got their hands dirty by giving some much needed baths to several dogs. The Department of Occupational Therapy teamed up with the Alabama Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ALSPCA) in Tuscaloosa and Hand in Paw for the dog wash.  The students cleaned up the OT_Dog_Wash_2011-1pups to not only get them ready to be adopted by a loving family, but to show how these dogs are great for animal-assisted therapy.

The department first teamed up with ALSPCA during the summer. The OT students helped wash and prepare dogs for adoption that were displaced by the April 27 tornadoes.

Nutrition Science professor awarded Charles Barkley mentoring award

WendyDemark_WahnefriedA UAB School of Health Professions professor was one of three winners of the 2011 Charles Barkley Excellence in Mentoring Awards. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., professor,  Department of Nutrition Sciences, and associate director for cancer prevention and control, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, received $500. She was nominated by Krista Casazza, Ph.D., also of the Department of Nutrition Sciences.


Holt discusses preimplantation genetic diagnosis in JAAPA

Holt_LynnSince the early 1990's, a method to reduce the risk of genetic diseases in families with known disorders, called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), was created to test embryos prior to in vitro fertilization. Lynn Holt, MS, CGC, director of the UAB Genetic Counseling program in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, wrote an article on PGD for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Read her article.

Hurst selected for Healthcare Leadership Academy

Hurst_ChristinaChristina Hurst, MS, CGC, assistant director of the genetic counseling program in the UAB Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, has been selected for the UAB Healthcare Leadership Academy (HLA).  Twenty-four participants from across campus have been chosen to participate in the fourth year of the program and will complete the program in May 2012.  As a member of the HLA program, Hurst will participate in an off-site opening retreat this month as well as monthly program sessions and group projects. 

The goal of the Academy is to foster personal growth, experiential learning, and understanding of leadership among health care challenges.