UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Packa wins national NACADA Outstanding Advising Award

Susan PackaSusan Packa, NACADA Outstanding Advising Award winnerSusan Packa, academic advisor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Health Care Management and Health Information Management programs, wins the 2014 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Outstanding Advising Award – Primary Advising Role. She is the first School of Health Professions advisor to win the national Primary Advising Role honor.

“I am so honored to receive this award. I am grateful to the many individuals who have encouraged and supported me in my role,” said Packa. “I am thankful for the opportunities that I have had and the faculty, staff and administrators who have encouraged and supported me. Most of all, I am blessed to have great students to work with every day.”

NACADA assessed the advisors for their student success rate, their interpersonal skills and for supporting NACADA’s core values which include being responsible to their students, their educational community, their institution and higher education.

“In the judgment of the selection committee, you have consistently evidenced the qualities associated with the outstanding advising of students,” said NACADA in a congratulatory letter to Packa.

Packa will be honored and presented with her award in Minneapolis during the NACADA Annual Conference set for October 8 – 11, 2014.

UAB recognizes clinical nutrition pioneer Weinsier

Roland Weinsier Portrait UnveiledRoland Weinsier Portrait UnveiledRoland L. Weinsier, M.D., Dr.PH., who founded EatRight by UAB and authored the groundbreaking Handbook of Clinical Nutrition, was honored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a portrait unveiling on Friday, April 25, 2014.

Weinsier, who was professor and chair of the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences from 1988 to 1999, guided the department to a peak #2 ranking in U.S. News & World Report and then went on to direct the UAB Clinical Nutrition Research Center.

David Allison, Ph.D., distinguished professor and director of the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center, was recruited and mentored by Weinsier. He initially thought there should be a Weinsier Building.

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2014 Graduation Ceremony

SHP Flag Bearer Jennifer Dingle2014 SHP Flag Bearer: Jennifer DingleSchool of Health Professions graduates walked at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's afternoon graduation ceremony on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

The 2 p.m. graduation ceremony, held at Bartow Arena, honored those who earned undergraduate or master's degrees from the Schools of Health Professions, Business, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry and Public Health.

The undergraduate speaker, Shameka Rodgers, told the graduates, "UAB made me a better student, better person and better leader."

To see all the School of Health Professions graduation photos visit our Facebook "2014 Spring Graduation" page or our Flickr "2014 Spring Graduation" album.


Overall, a little more than 2,800 UAB students graduate this spring.

SHP hosts 1st ever Dodging for Degrees Dodgeball Tournament

Dodge Ball logoWant to throw a ball as hard as you can at someone? Of course, we all do. And now you can at the first ever Dodging for Degrees Dodgeball Tournament.

The Dodging for Degrees Dodgeball Tournament, a fund raiser for the UAB School of Health Professions Jr. Board Scholarship Fund, is scheduled for this Fall at the UAB Recreation Center located at 1501 University Blvd.

“If you’re going to become true dodgeballers, then you’ve got to learn the five d’s of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge,” said Patches O’Houlihan, legendary ADAA champ*.

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SHP students take top two spots at UAB EXPO

Arun Nakhasi, 1st place, UAB EXPOArun Nakhasi, 1st place, UAB EXPOArun Nakhasi and Jennifer Dingle, students in the UAB School of Health Professions Honors Program, took first and second place respectively in the Social, Behavioral & Health Sciences Poster Competition at the 7th annual UAB EXPO. Posters were presented by nearly 200 students from more than three-quarters of the majors offered at UAB.

Nakhasi’s poster, titled “Systematic Approach to Hospital Financial Management,” looked at surgical financial analysis at the Callahan Eye Hospital. His objective was to provide administrators with a quick, and easy-to-replicate, tool for financial management.

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UAB students spend Spring Break serving others

Physician Assistant student w/childPhysician Assistant student w/childSo what did you do for Spring Break?

Beach? Check.

Exotic destination? Check.

Provide medical services to those in need? Wait, what?

Ten students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant program travelled to the Dominican Republic for Spring Break. But they did not relax at Playa Rincon or descend the 27 waterfalls of Damajagua. 

They served a medical mission to Juan Dolio which is an hour-long bus ride outside of Santo Domingo.

“Working with the Dominican people living in these underserved villages touched each of us in a different way than we have ever been touched before,” said Elisa Cruz, a second-year PA student.

“In one village, there was a teenage boy trying to get our translator to sneak him some multivitamins,” said Katie Stone, a second-year PA student who coordinated the mission. “Multivitamins - not Lortab or Percocet or Ativan - multivitamins. Wow! Do we take things for granted or what?! This kid just wanted vitamins.”

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Healthcare reform expert is National Symposium for Healthcare Executives keynote

Thomas LeeThomas Lee to keynote National SymposiumThomas H. Lee, M.D., who played a leadership role in Massachusetts’ healthcare reform, will be the keynote speaker at the 34th National Symposium for Healthcare Executives. Lee, the chief medical officer at Press Ganey, is proposing sweeping changes to the current healthcare reform movement.

He has more than three decades experience in healthcare performance improvement and his work at Press Ganey focuses on reducing the suffering of patients as they undergo care and improving the value of that care. Lee’s keynote address is Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

Anton Gunn, former director of external affairs and chief aid to former director Kathleen Sebelius at the Department of Health and Human Services, will highlight the Thursday morning session. He will provide an up-to-the-minute policy report from the White House.

The National Symposium, hosted annually by the University of Alabama at BirminghamCenter for Health Services Continuing Education, is August 6 – 8, 2014, at Sandestin, Fla. The symposium provides leaders with continuing education credit, networking opportunities and a venue to exchange ideas. In all, there will be 15 presenters addressing organizational value and the financial challenges of the current healthcare environment.

To register or learn more visit http://www.uab.edu/shp/hsacenter/symposium-2014.

UAB graduates 1st class of Saudi Arabian hospital administrators

Graduation CeremonyEMSHA Graduation Ceremony in Saudi ArabiaA joint partnership between the University of Alabama at BirminghamDepartment of Health Services Administration and the King Fahad Specialist Hospital-Dammam graduated its first class of Saudi Arabian hospital administrators on Saturday, December 21, 2013.

Participating in the Executive Master of Science in Health Administration graduation ceremony, held in Dammam, were Saudi physicians and administrators. The event was attended by UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D., S. Robert Hernandez, DrPH, interim-chair of the HSA department; Leandra Celaya, MSc, assistant director, Executive Doctoral Program in Administration – Health Services; and Daniel K. Mueller, Ph.D., associate professor, HSA department.

SEE MORE: the SHP Flickr page has all the photos from this historical day

“To face the major challenges in the health sector we must build health management systems to keep up with the global systems,” said His Excellency, Dr. Mansour Al Hawasi, Deputy Minister for Health Affairs, Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. “We have prepared and qualified a generation of creative leaders who are able to change the concept of health management and push it towards progress and advancement in the field of health service and hospital administration.”

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Delitto, renowned PT researcher, named inaugural Gossman Lecturer

Tony DelittoAnthony Delitto, Ph.D., PT, FAPTAThe University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Therapy selects Anthony Delitto, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA, as the inaugural lecturer for the Marilyn R. Gossman Endowed Lectureship. Delitto, associate dean for research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, is recognized around the world for his accomplishments and contributions to the PT profession.

“When I entered the PT profession, Marilyn was already known for having built UAB into an educational force in the PT world so I am honored to be the first Marilyn R. Gossman Endowed lecturer,” said Delitto, an unprecedented six-time winner of the highly regarded Steven J. Rose Award. “I am not one to talk about myself so my lecture will focus on the monumental work of others in research, practice and education.”

The inaugural Gossman Lectureship, sponosored by TherapySouth, will be Friday, May 16, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., in Volker Hall, Lecture Room A, located at 1670 University Boulevard. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

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