UAB School of Health Professions Current News

UAB receives grant to continue interprofessional student training

smiles for alabama sThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry, in partnership with the UAB schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Optometry, received a $150,000 renewal grant through the DentaQuest Foundation to train professional students to work collaboratively and recognize when they should make referrals to other professions.

Part of the project involves conducting free, school-based health screenings for children in selected Birmingham city schools. The project, “Smiles for Alabama,” unites students from each of the UAB professional schools with Sight Savers America’s Alabama KidCheck to screen children for health, dental or eyesight issues, and it identifies those who need follow-up care.


UAB's SimWars training helps health professions students practice teamwork

Watch Respiratory Therapy students Danielle Foster and Krystal Hughes battle it out in the first-ever SIMWARS.

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HSA graduates first Executive Doctoral class Dec. 15

John McWhorterJohn McWhorter is graduating from the first Executive Doctoral class on Dec. 15.John McWhorter has a lot on his plate. He’s the president of Baylor University Medical Center and Senior Vice President Hospital Division at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas. He’s responsible for $2.7 billion in revenues for 18 hospitals and more than 12,000 employees. He’s a family man whose mission works have led him to Africa, Belize, Honduras and Mexico.

It would seem that McWhorter has little time for anything else. In just over three years, he has managed to squeeze in a doctoral degree. On December 15, 2012, McWhorter will be one of eight people graduating from the first class of the Executive Doctor of Science Degree in Administration-Health Services from the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Helping people with disabilities become more physically active is focus of new UAB initiative

james rimmer at LakeshoreThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and Birmingham-based Lakeshore Foundation have partnered on an initiative made possible by a $6-million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to find ways to improve health outcomes among disabled persons.

People with disabilities have some of the highest rates of physical inactivity in the United States, according to James Rimmer, Ph.D., Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences at the UAB School of Health Professions.


Morris trained constraint induced therapy to Czech Republic PT’s

Dave Morris Czech Rep 11 2012Dave Morris, center, helped trained PT's in the Czech Republic on constraint-induced therapy.David Morris, PT, Ph.D., just returned to the states after training several physical therapists in the Czech Republic on constraint-induced (CI) movement therapy. Morris, vice chair and associate professor in the UAB Department of Physical Therapy, spent four days training PT’s at the Klimkovice Health Spa near Ostrava.



HIM faculty training UAB coders on updated International Classification of Diseases system ICD-10

ICD-10For Joan Hicks, the one-year delay in the compliance deadline for the nationwide conversion to an updated International Classification of Diseases system, ICD-10, was a relief. As chief information officer for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System, Hicks has a lot of behind-the-scenes work to get done before UAB implements a 5,037 percent increase in hospital procedure codes by Oct. 1, 2014.


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.”