UAB School of Health Professions Current News
- Created on March 04, 2015
Cecilia Graham, Ph.D.: The Joseph F. Volker Award for the regular, full-time faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in and dedication to teaching, distinctive research and other scholarly endeavors, and/or notable service to the School, University and community. She was presented by David Morris, Ph.D.
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D.: The Excellence in Scholarship Award for the faculty member has made significant scholarly contributions resulting in the advancement of knowledge. Contributions include funded research, involvement in research process, publications in peer reviewed journals and more. She was presented by Paula Chandler-Laney, Ph.D.
Donna Slovensky, Ph.D.: The Excellence in Service Award for faculty member who has made significant contributions to the School or their profession including projects and positions that bring national, state or local recognition and more. She was presented by Christy Lemak, Ph.D.
Michelle Brown, MS, MLS(ASCP)SBB: The Excellence in Teaching Award for faculty member who exhibited success in developing effective teaching methods, courses and teaching materials that generate student learning, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and research. She was presented by Tino Unlap, Ph.D.
Mary Foster: The Beverly W. Smith Outstanding Employee Award for a non-faculty employee who excels in numerous areas such as professionalism, attitude, productivity, efficiency, creativity, communication and competence. She was presented by Cathy Jones.
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- Created on March 02, 2015
“Being a resident of Holmes County, Mississippi, one of the poorest counties in the nation and currently the poorest county in the state of Mississippi, has led me to become a future Physician Assistant who plans to become an impactful healthcare provider, especially in rural communities,” said Frizell, who is scheduled to graduate in December 2015.
The PA Foundation, which has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to students, said they received more than 1,200 applications and only awarded 38 scholarships.
- Created on February 27, 2015
The event, held at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham Wynfrey Hotel on February 26 - 27, was hosted by the UAB Department of Health Services Administration and UAB Health System.
The Case Competition takes a real-life problem, in this case it was determining the need to build a comprehensive respiratory center, and asks graduate students from programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education) (CAHME) to best solve the problem. At the two-day competition, the students present their case to leaders from the healthcare industry in multiple rounds.
- Created on February 27, 2015
He opened by saying, “Mr. Jordan’s work in integrated healthcare was visionary and his contributions to healthcare leadership education were legendary.”
He then addressed the students from across the country in attendance for the Health Administration Case Competition.
“The passion for collaboration you are showing just by showing up tells me that you are already owning a critical leadership skill,” said Umbdenstock who recently received the American College of Healthcare Executives 2015 Gold Medal Award. “This is so much more of a team sport today than it has ever been, and it will be going forward.”
- Created on February 23, 2015
A concept-based approach to physical therapy education was the message delivered by Cecilia Graham, PT, PhD, during the 18th annual Pauline Cerasoli Lecture on February 6.
“A picture of the physical therapist of the future is emerging,” Graham said. “We envision movement system experts who are leaders, innovators, collaborators, and entrepreneurs who can synthesize rapidly changing information, integrate advances in technology into practice, and have the flexibility to thrive in an evolving health care environment.”
Her vision results in the creation of an exciting but challenging opportunity for educators to prepare future physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.
“I decided the time was right to begin a dialogue about future curriculum models in physical therapy,” she said. “I want to help stimulate discussion about what education models would be good [for the profession].”
She asked attendees to think about their experiences as students or clinical educators. “What aspects stuck with you the most? What made some experiences more meaningful than others?”
Graham then identified different factors that affect the need for curricular change. One factor is the information explosion.
- Created on February 20, 2015
We’ve seen UAB OT students build chairs for disabled children in Uganda. We’ve seen them create affordable solutions for people suffering from injury. But editing resumes?
“Ultimately Occupational Therapy is about helping people reach independence and reach their goals,” said Sarah Tucker, MS, OTR/L, assistant professor in the UAB School of Health Professions. “So helping with resumes is just another example of what OTs do - we help people with life skills.”
- Created on February 16, 2015
“Ms. Brown’s energy and enthusiasm for the laboratory profession has led her to be called a ‘cheerleader’ of Medical Laboratory Science,” said Lynnette Chakkaphak, MS, MT (ASCP), member of the ASCP Board of Governors. “She shares this enthusiasm with her students, encouraging them to become laboratory leaders and active members of the healthcare team.”
“ASCP is an organization that provides leadership and a strong, cohesive voice for the entire laboratory medicine team,” said Brown who is also the clinical education coordinator in the UAB Clinical Laboratory Science program. “I am honored to be recognized for enhancing the field of Medical Laboratory Science and it is a pleasure to be able to serve the members of ASCP.”
- Created on February 13, 2015
Story originally appeared in UAB News
The online Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management degree program offered by the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has been named the best in the nation by TheBestSchools.org, an independent resourcefor campus and online education.
TheBestSchools.org ranked programs based on academic excellence, types of available classes, faculty strength, rankings and reputation.
“Our mission is to develop leaders to shape tomorrow’s health care, and our excellent undergraduate program is an essential part of achieving that mission,” said Christy Lemak, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Health Services Administration. “We take pride in our ability to provide degree completion for students who began in other health-related professions and offer the online format for individuals seeking health care management education from around the state, nation and world.”
“This ranking is recognition of our program’s strengths and will aid in attracting high-performing students, which in turn will have a profound impact on our efforts to prepare the next generation of health care leaders,” said Pamela Paustian, Ph.D., the program’s director. “Many undergraduate alumni continue their graduate education in the health professions, and ultimately this ranking may enhance the breadth and depth of UAB’s impact on health care locally, nationally and internationally.”
- Created on January 23, 2015
University of Alabama at BirminghamSchool of Health Professions have been awarded $1.25 million by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to better understand the management and market factors associated with high performance among nursing homes that have a high proportion, 85 percent or greater, of Medicaid residents.Researchers from the
Robert Weech-Maldonado, Ph.D., professor and L.R. Jordan Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration, says this five-year R01 grant is for a mixed-methods analysis — using both quantitative and qualitative studies — to study high-Medicaid-resident nursing homes and identify evidence-based, best management practices.
“Nobody has taken a mixed-methods look at why some high-Medicaid nursing homes perform well and others do not,” Weech-Maldonado said. “This grant will enable us to gather quantitative data, such as surveys of management, and find patterns. Following that, we will use qualitative methods, such as interviewing staff, to reveal the complete story about what is really happening inside nursing homes across the United States.”
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