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.

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.”

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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

PT-OT-certificateIn 2001, Kim Preskitt may have been working as the financial manager at Flexdigital, a direct mail marketing company, but the occupational therapist in her was noticing the employees were setting themselves up for injuries. She saw employees improperly moving boxes, long computer use which could lead to carpal tunnel syndrome and standing for extensive periods of time with turning and twisting while working at the machines. Ten percent of the staff already had some sort of disability prior to their employment with Flexdigital. Preskitt saw an opportunity to work closely with the employees to keep them safe.