UAB School of Health Professions Current News
- Created on November 26, 2013
Delivering the news is a second-year graduate student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Genetic Counseling Program. This is the first time the student will have the opportunity to deliver this type of abnormal test result during her training as a genetic counselor.
Fortunately for all involved, this is a simulation session where the mother is a standardized patient and the baby is a high-fidelity mannequin. The session provides the genetic counseling class members the opportunity to deliver difficult and complex genetic test information in a realistic, yet supervised environment. Unfortunately, this will not be the last time any of them deliver bad news.
- Created on November 19, 2013
But as it turns out, to find the best they didn’t need to leave Alabama. Or Birmingham. Or UAB. Or University Boulevard. Dana Hollenbeck, who they eventually hired, was a second year student in the UAB Genetic Counseling Program located in the School of Health Professions Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences – a mere three blocks from their headquarters in the Kaul Human Genetics Building.
“Dana was uniquely qualified for this position because of her training as a genetic counselor and her extensive clinical database management experience,” said Lynn Holt, MS, CGC, former director of the UAB GC Program. “She also benefited from having the opportunity to work with other UAB Laboratory Genetic Counselors during her graduate studies. This provided her with an understanding to the specific demands and value of the role within a clinical laboratory.”
- Created on November 06, 2013
So when co-instructors Deek Cunningham, MS, OTR/L, and Gavin Jenkins, Ph.D., OTR/L, both assistant professors in the OT department, asked the class to build chairs – using only cardboard, paper, flour and water – as assistive devices. You can imagine what went through the students’ heads.
“I never thought that in OT graduate school I’d be building a chair using paper mache,” said a laughing Merry Grace Harper, an Entry-Level Occupational Therapy student.
- Created on November 04, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013: Homecoming week began with the Homecoming Kick-Off Breakfast sponsored by the Office of Student Success. More than 300 students, faculty and staff attended the event. This set the tone for the week around SHP and around UAB. At the event, free food and free coffee were only topped by the appearance of the UAB mascot Blaze. He spent an hour entertaining attendees and posing for pictures. Blaze also spent some time checking out all SHP has to offer. From the Physical Therapy labs to the Dean's Office - Blaze did it all. To see Blaze's entire journey click here.
- Created on October 11, 2013
In attendance was Mike Williams, president and CEO of Community Hospital Corporation. He is a nationally renowned speaker of and advocate for the preservation of community hospitals. The UAB Master of Science in Health Administration alumnus, Class 14, co-chaired the SHP Building Campaign Committee because he understands the vital healthcare role played by the school and its students.
- Created on October 01, 2013
This month Dean Jones interviews Bradley Newcomer, inaugural director of the UAB School of Health Professions biomedical sciences undergraduate program. Bradley has been at UAB since 1999 where he has directed the Experiential Learning Scholars Program, the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program and most recently led the transition of the UAB Honors Academy into the UAB Honors College where he oversaw a 39 percent enrollment increase.
- Created on September 18, 2013
“Physicians assistants are vital to providing quality healthcare to the people of Alabama," said Governor Bentley. "They’re often the first point of contact for patients seeking treatment. I appreciate everything they do. They make a tremendous difference in the lives of patients.”
(To see the Governor's proclamation click here.)
- Created on July 29, 2013
“The fact that the AUPHA selected Jerry for this prestigious position is a testament to his personal leadership skills and the outstanding accomplishments that have occurred in the department during his twelve year tenure as department chair. His selection for this position is a reflection of AUPHA’s ongoing understanding and appreciation of the excellence of our programs and is an example of the field looking, once again, to the department for national and international leadership,” said Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., dean, UAB School of Health Professions. “We thank Jerry for his dedication and leadership and wish him the best as he enters the next chapter of his career.”
- Created on July 18, 2013
“I was so surprised we won, but I do know SHP is always at the top of the list when compared to other schools at UAB regarding dollars given and percent of givers,” said Mary Foster, who accepted the award for SHP (pictured, 2nd from right) and is a member of the 2013-14 Benevolent Fund Council. “I want to personally thank the entire faculty and staff in SHP; their dedication and ongoing participation helped us earn the Super Hero Award again.”
At the luncheon UAB’s Benevolent Fund announced that employees pledged $1,817,144 dollars to this year’s campaign.
To read a UAB News story about the UAB Benevolent Fund campaign celebration and luncheon click here. To watch a UAB News video from the luncheon click here.
The SHP has also won three other Benevolent Fund awards including 2007 Most Creative Campaign, 2009 Super Hero Award and 2011 Best Overall Campaign.
- New BCBS policy to increase public access to quality care
- Graham elected to national APTA committee
- CDS adds Biomedical Sciences undergraduate program
- Four from Nutrition Sciences honored at ENDO 2013
- Online Program Helps Rehabilitation Therapists Improve, Expand Services
- UAB DRC receives 5 year grant exceeding $5M
- UAB Diabetes Research Center recruiting for national study
- Cytology professor elected president of national association
- Physician Assistant faculty members pay it forward for the next generation
- Nutrition Sciences professor elected president of national organization