UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Holiday eating tips

thanksgiving dinnerThe holidays officially begin on Thanksgiving and don’t stop until the New Year. That means gatherings with family and friends and the chance to pack on some unwanted pounds from dinners and parties for the next month or so.


First-year Clinical Laboratory Science students work with patients at UAB HealthSmart

CLS student JennaKeyJenna Key confidently pricked the finger of her patient for a cholesterol test. The Alabaster native never thought she would be performing lab tests on real patients right out the gate, but she is - because she is a first semester student in the Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“It’s a unique experience for a first year student,” said Key.


Vogtle awarded grant to improve weight and activity of kids with Down syndrome

Jan and Daniel MorsonIf 14-year-old Daniel Morson had his way, he would eat chicken fingers for breakfast every day. His mom, Jan Morson of Vestavia Hills, does her best to serve healthy foods to Daniel, who has Down syndrome.

“It’s a struggle,” says Morson. “His diet is limited to the same 10 foods. He’s never liked mushy foods like oatmeal, rice or grits, and he won’t eat vegetables like peas or beans as I wish he would.”


SHP receives $2.4M for student support

Clinical Laboratory ScienceFour programs in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham received grants totaling $2.4 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to fund scholarships for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are enrolled in a health professions program.

The four programs – Medical Technology, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant – will award nearly 15 scholarships per program per year for four years in the amount of $10,000 to $15,000 each that will be applied toward a student’s tuition and fees.


UAB Physician Assistant students hold first white coat ceremony

2012 SPA White Coat RennerSecond year SPA student Kayla Renner presents a white coat to her husband Nolan, a first year SPA student.It was a memorable moment for Nolan Renner, a first year University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant student. His wife, Kayla, a second year SPA student, presented him with his white coat on Oct. 5, 2012. It also happened to be the very first SPA White Coat Ceremony for the UAB program held at the Historic Woodrow Hall in Birmingham, followed by the Second Annual PA Fall Ball.


Warren receives national education award

Warren Envision AwardMary Warren, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, associate professor of Occupational Therapy and director of the Graduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been selected by a panel of her peers to receive Envision’s “Excellence in Education” Award for 2012. Warren was also the keynote speaker at the conference in St. Louis, Mo., a first for an occupational therapist.



2012 Homecoming

2012 Homecoming AwardsThe UAB School of Health Professions ended 2012 homecoming week with several awards in hand. The SHP Office of Student Success won "Best Blazer Village." The SHP Dean's Office won "Most Creative Float" while Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences won "Best Use of Theme" Award for their float. The school came in third for building decorations. The Respiratory Therapy Seniors won the parade float and Nuclear Medicine Technology program won second. The RT seniors also placed second for overall spirit competition with NMT placing third.


Vogtle elected to national Cerebral Palsy board

Laura VogtleLaura Vogtle, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, has been elected as Director at Large of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Her three-year term began September 15, 2012.


Respiratory Therapy students solve patient problem in SIMWARS

Respiratory Therapy student Kystal HughesForty-seven year old Kevin Clayton comes into the hospital experiencing chest pain and breathing very fast. He had an upper GI endoscopy that morning and left feeling fine, but things changed as the day wore on. The “patient” was actually a simulation mannequin that students from the UAB School of Health Professions Respiratory Therapy program, School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Samford University’s Pharmacy school battled it out in the first-ever SIMWARS.