UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Chapman inducted into Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame

Robert Chapman inducted into Alabama Healthcare Hall of FameRobert Chapman, center, is congratulated for being inducted into Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame by SHP Dean Harold Jones, left, and MSHA alumni Gary Glasscock. Robert C. Chapman, LFACHE, a 1972 graduate of the Master of Science in Health Administration, was one of 12 people inducted to the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 28. The 2012 class was honored not only for their work in medicine and health, but also as players in some of the most vital issues of their time.

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Dudgeon named chair of occupational therapy at UAB

Brian DudgeonBrian J. Dudgeon, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA has been named chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy in the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions. His appointment begins October 1, 2012.

Dudgeon, a nationally known researcher on disability and rehabilitation, comes from the University of Washington in Seattle where he is an associate professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy. He also served in several clinical settings in Seattle, manager of Occupational Therapy at Seattle Children’s Hospital and staff occupational therapist at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

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Gower to study if breakfast choice helps or hinders fat burning

Barbara GowerYou might want to think twice before grabbing a pastry or doughnut for breakfast. A University of Alabama at Birmingham professor says research in animals suggests that eating a high-carbohydrate breakfast might turn off the body’s ability to burn fat throughout the day.

To find out if a high-carbohydrate breakfast has the same effect in humans, Barbara Gower, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences in the School of Health Professions, has received a $160,000 grant from the Egg Nutrition Center to study whether the kind of food eaten at breakfast can affect metabolic health.

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Two new health care elective courses

PhlebotomyIf you are interested in the health care industry, two new elective courses are being offered this fall and spring. One of the classes taught by the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences is online.

The “Fundamentals of Phlebotomy and Body Fluid Collection” (CDS 400/500) online course is being offered this fall and spring 2013 with one credit hour. This in-depth course in phlebotomy includes capillary puncture, venipuncture, arterial blood gas collection and collection of body fluids.

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Lowman elected chair of national PT specialties board

John LowmanJohn Lowman, PT, Ph.D, CCS, an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, was elected July 1, 2012 as the chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).  ABPTS is an 11 member board that oversees the eight different board-certified clinical specialties in physical therapy.

“I was honored to receive the confidence of my peers and to be elected to serve as the chair of ABPTS,” said Lowman.  “I look forward to this new role in helping guide the growth of specialization in physical therapy while maintaining high standards in the application and examination process.”

 

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Health Care Management degree pays you back

hcmWith a slow economy, it’s time for students to find a degree that gives you more bang for your buck. A bachelor’s degree in health care management does just that. It also happens to be one of the five college degrees Yahoo lists as giving graduates good job prospects and high average pay.

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EatRight by UAB patient announced national weight loss winner

2012 James EatRightJames Newton of Fultondale is one of three national winners in the 2012 OPTIFAST “New You” Weight Loss Contest. Newton is a patient in the EatRight by UAB clinic housed in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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Hernandez elected as U.S. representative on European management board

hernandezS. Robert Hernandez, Dr.P.H., has been elected to the European Academy of Management Board (EURAM) as the only United States representative for the next three years. The vote was held during the General Assembly in Rotterdam, Netherlands on June 6-8, 2012.

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Biotechnology program approved by trustees as a master’s degree

biotechnology icubateThe University of Alabama System Board of Trustees approved the biotechnology program as a stand-alone master’s degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham during its meeting June 15, 2012. The program, in the School of Health Professions, has been a master’s degree and certificate option in Clinical Laboratory Sciences since 2009.

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