UAB School of Health Professions Current News
- Created on April 22, 2015
The idea they had for the OT 677: Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation course was to have students design and build restroom signs. The catch though, was that both signs had to be reliably read by people at a distance of 10 feet with 20/200 visual acuity, which is the visual acuity of someone with cataracts. The students wore special simulation glasses so they would understand how difficult it is for people with cataracts to read signs on a daily basis.
“Through creative learning activities, our students are asked to apply concepts from lecture and lab to real life therapy situations," said Beth Barstow, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA an OT associate professor.
- Created on April 20, 2015
“This is a way for them to emulate what is a very common venue for presentations at professional association meetings, but most importantly, it is a way for them and our department to give back to the Birmingham community,” said Christopher Eidson, MS, OTR\L, Assistant Professor for UAB OT. “Students provide invaluable services to our partners, most of which are non-profits, and this event provides the OT community Continuing Education which our practitioners have to do to maintain their license.”
- Created on April 17, 2015
SEE MORE: see photos from the meeting on the SHP Flickr page
The three institutions, all accredited Health Information Technology and Health Information Administration programs, were Alabama State University, UAB Health Information Management and Wallace State Community College – Hanceville (HIT). The undergraduate students also learned about the Master’s level courses they would qualify for at UAB: Healthcare Quality and Safety (Master’s Degree and Graduate Certificate) and Health Informatics.
- Created on April 16, 2015
#InnoHack2015, sponsored by the Baptist Health System and the UAB Department of Health Services Administration, brought together everyone from software developers to engineers to health administrators to students like Seth Bynum, a senior in the UAB Health Care Management program. His team, Community H.U.B. (Health Utilization Base) had never met before they were teamed up at #InnoHack2015.
“It is truly amazing to think that four strangers could come together and in such a short amount of time, propose a solution to one of Alabama’s healthcare barriers that is not only creative and innovative, but also able to be implemented,” said Bynum, who grew up in Fayette, Alabama with a population of around 4,600. “Our idea was to establish a Community H.U.B. that would address the geographic barrier, which is a huge obstacle to Alabama’s many rural residents, through the use of telemedicine with hospital-based specialties.”
- Created on April 16, 2015
Bradley R. Newcomer, Ph.D., program director and assistant dean in the UAB School of Health Professions, received the Faculty of Character Award. Brooke Walker, student counselor for the BMD program, was named Adviser of the Year.
“This is only the first year of our Biomedical Sciences program and these honors exemplify what an immediate and positive impact that Brad, Brooke and the entire BMD team have already had across the UAB campus,” said Janelle Chiasera, Ph.D., chair, Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. “This is a wonderful honor for their program and our department, but this is so much more for the BMD students because it means they are learning from and working with the best UAB has to offer.”
- Created on April 10, 2015
University of Alabama at Birmingham, the first of this kind in Alabama and one of only a few in America, could lead to a better understanding of the effects of concussions.A new research laboratory at the
The Vestibular and Oculomotor Research Laboratory, or VORLab, is conducting research to identify markers of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also known as concussion, in athletes. It is co-directed by Claudio Busettini, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Vision Sciences, and Jennifer Christy, Ph.D., P.T., associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the UAB School of Health Professions. Its executive committee includes Katherine Weise, O.D., MBA, FAAO, associate professor in the Department of Optometry, Mark Swanson, O.D., MSPH, professor in the Department of Optometry, and James Johnston, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery.
Annually, more than 2 million cases of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are diagnosed; of those, 75 percent are labeled as mTBI, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms typically include headache, dizziness and balance problems.
“Dizziness in patients with mTBI often is associated with blurred vision during head movements as well as vomiting and nausea. These symptoms likely are related to altered function of the vestibular system and/or subtle abnormalities in eye movements,” Busettini said. “The Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex (VOR) system works to keep vision clear while the head is in motion, such as during reading from your cellphone while walking or, on the field, throwing a football while avoiding an opposing player.”
- Created on April 09, 2015
“I see Physician Assistants being a big part of the overall solution by providing quality care to those living in rural areas of Alabama that have traditionally been underserved,” said McGilvray, clinical coordinator for the UAB Physician Assistant Program. “People do better with their health when their care provider is an active member of their community – knowing they will see their PA any given day at the grocery store or a restaurant or a church directly impacts their mindset and their success.”
- Created on April 09, 2015
“My favorite student seminar was Major General (Ret.) David A. Rubenstein, FACHE, who refused to tell us what to do – which was refreshing,” said Knighton. “He wanted us to understand and explore the ‘whys’ behind everything which is advice I will carry with me my entire career.”
Knighton said the ACHE Congress also included a strong mix of inspiration like the lecture from Grant Korgan, author of “Two Feet Back,” who has overcome a spinal cord injury to continue an active lifestyle and ultimately reach the South Pole.
- Created on April 06, 2015
Story written by Bob Shepard, UAB News
Fee-for-value — a physician reimbursement model that maintains the traditional fee-for-service arrangement but includes quality and spending incentives — can reduce spending and improve quality in primary care, according to findings reported in the April issue of Health Affairs.
A new study, led by Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., the chair of the University of Alabama at BirminghamDepartment of Health Services Administration, suggests that it is possible to transform reimbursement within a fee-for-service framework to encourage and incentivize physicians to provide high-quality care, while also reducing costs.
“This payment strategy maintains the traditional fee-for-service arrangement but includes quality and spending incentives,” Lemak said. “Our findings contribute to the growing body of evidence about the potential effectiveness of models that align payment with cost and quality performance.”
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