UAB School of Health Professions Current News
- Created on July 23, 2014
I am beyond privileged to serve as the Camp Physical Therapist each year at a week-long camp for children with neuromuscular diseases.
As a new graduate physical therapist in Louisiana I treated children of all ages and abilities who had disorders that affected their movement. My job was to help them to move better, feel better and meet their movement related goals. Among my patients were two brothers with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy who introduced me to a whole new world, the MDA Summer Camp.
- Created on July 22, 2014
The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Lakeshore Foundation are partnering with InvoTek, Inc. to create a gear and braking device that helps people with disabilities operate a handcycle safely. InvoTek, a research and development company in Alma, Arkansas, has received a $175,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will fund the development of technology called a Quad Rider to enable thousands of people with high-level spinal cord injury the opportunity to enjoy the health benefits of handcycling.
“Lack of access to fitness and recreation equipment is one of the primary barriers to participating in health-enhancing fitness activities for people with spinal cord injuries,” said James Rimmer, Ph.D. the inaugural UAB School of Health Professions Lakeshore Foundation Endowed Chair in Health Promotion and Rehabilitation Sciences and director of the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative. “The Quad Rider can open up the possibility of promoting a wonderfully engaging form of physical activity for people with high level tetraplegia and help lower their risk of heart disease and diabetes and improve their mental health status.”
- Created on July 21, 2014
“The clinical laboratory is a vital member of the healthcare team and I am honored to have been selected as one of the nation’s young leaders,” said Brown, who is 38. “I am thankful to receive this recognition with fellow pathologists, residents, and laboratory professionals accomplishing great achievements early in their careers.”
Brown, listed as a “dedicated educator” by the ASCP, teaches immunohematology, immunology and analysis of body fluids to UAB graduate and undergraduate level students. Prior to joining the UAB School of Health Professions, she spent 10 years in a clinical setting where she also played an active role in the education of residents, nurses and perfusionists in the intricacies involved with transfusion medicine.
She is featured in the July 2014 issue of Critical Values.
- Created on July 14, 2014
Story by Bob Shepard, UAB Media Relations
African elephants in captivity are getting fat. While the thought of a pudgy pachyderm might produce a chuckle, it is a situation with potentially serious consequences for the species.
“Obesity affects about 40 percent of African elephants in captivity,” said Daniella Chusyd, M.A., a doctoral student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Nutrition Sciences. “Much as we see in humans, excess fat in elephants contributes to the development of heart disease, arthritis, a shorter lifespan and infertility.”
- Created on July 03, 2014
In the article, titled "Birmingham's Health IT Breeding Ground," Ken Congdon says, "UAB boasts one of the oldest health informatics programs in the United States (established in 1991) and has developed curriculum specifically geared toward producing the next generation of health IT leaders, innovators, and problem solvers."
- Created on June 23, 2014
Top 10 Forbes Best Master's Degrees for Jobs in 2014
According to Forbes, the number one master’s degree for a job in 2014 is Physician Assistant. The UAB Physician Assistant program is ranked in the top 25 by U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools.” The five year National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification pass rate for UAB PA students is 99 percent.
Coming in at number four on Forbes’ list is Occupational Therapy. The UAB Occupational Therapy program was recently ranked 12th in the U.S. based on student reviews. It also has the only Low Vision Rehabilitation graduate certificate offered solely for occupational therapists.
Ranked 7th among Forbes’ best master’s degrees for jobs is Health Administration. The UAB Master of Science in Health Administration is the School of Health Professions top ranked program, standing at number five in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools for Health Care Management.”
To calculate “The Best and Worst Master’s Degrees For Jobs In 2014,” Forbes used mid-career compensation data and projected employment growth from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
- Created on June 19, 2014
The UFO turns out to be a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Qaudcopter, in other words, it is a drone which captures still photos and HD video. Did we mention some people were a little paranoid?
The drone was actually being used on behalf of G & S Glass & Supplies, out of Pelham, and B.L. Harbert International who constructed the School of Health Professions Building (SHPB). The companies needed to take a closer look at some hard to reach places on the 6th floor and roof of SHPB.
- Created on June 17, 2014
UAB Dietetic Internship program. At 10 a.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014, the program in the School of Health Professions graduated their 50th class.
Members of the Class of 2014 include:
Seated L-R: Kerri Pittman, Emily Lawton, Martha Ryals, Anna Bafunno, Amelia Hendrick, Kasey Westerhouse, Haley Shumaker, Lindsay Schulz, Zeithun Abas, Lisa Mastropietro
Standing L-R: Hannah Hardin, Krista Davis, Sara Upton, Caroline Cohen, Megan Scott, Kaeti Lindsay, Manal Naseeb, Emily Moore, Tori Thompson, Caitlin Gaynor, Jennifer Dunn, Kristin Rowland
- Created on June 11, 2014
After all, this is the program that won the annual UAB Gurney Derby at Homecoming AND the UAB Intramural Volleyball Championship in 2013.
So it’s only natural that they would compete in the National Medical Challenge Bowl which bills itself as “a friendly competition” at the annual American Academy of Physician Assistants conference in Boston.
- UAB student sits on governing body of SAAAPA
- Bottle rocket experiment aims to encourage healthcare careers
- PA team supports Million Hearts
- SHP Programs Rank Top 20 in Best Healthcare Jobs
- High-Tech hide-and-seek being played in UAB classroom
- UAB Occupational Therapy ranked 12th in U.S. based on student reviews
- Maday honored for commitment to mentoring
- Majority of Low-Vision specialists are UAB graduates
- PT program celebrates 50 years
- “Rebuilding Bodies, Restoring Lives” Essay Winners Announced