UAB School of Health Professions Current News
- Created on January 03, 2014
UAB took a giant step forward toward building a world-class simulation training program for health professionals across campus when 21 participants, including two from the School of Health Professions, completed an extensive week-long course here led by faculty from the Center for Medical Simulation at Harvard.
Simulation training uses mannequins that mimic a multitude of patient conditions and responses in very life-like settings. It provides students real-world scenarios – from how to communicate with patients or concerned family members to emergent situations – in a safe environment. It affords faculty the chance to challenge students and provide immediate feedback.
School of Medicine and UAB Hospital participants represented Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Infectious Diseases, GI Surgery and the branch campuses in Montgomery, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. Now their charge is to become champions of simulation by developing and leading projects specific to their disciplines.
- Created on December 16, 2013
On Saturday, Dec. 14, Ebner, who is based in Kaiser Slautern, Germany, was invited back to Birmingham to deliver the graduation address at the OT Class of 2013 hooding ceremony. It was a moving speech the 50 graduates will not soon forget.
- Created on November 26, 2013
Delivering the news is a second-year graduate student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Genetic Counseling Program. This is the first time the student will have the opportunity to deliver this type of abnormal test result during her training as a genetic counselor.
Fortunately for all involved, this is a simulation session where the mother is a standardized patient and the baby is a high-fidelity mannequin. The session provides the genetic counseling class members the opportunity to deliver difficult and complex genetic test information in a realistic, yet supervised environment. Unfortunately, this will not be the last time any of them deliver bad news.
- Created on November 19, 2013
But as it turns out, to find the best they didn’t need to leave Alabama. Or Birmingham. Or UAB. Or University Boulevard. Dana Hollenbeck, who they eventually hired, was a second year student in the UAB Genetic Counseling Program located in the School of Health Professions Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences – a mere three blocks from their headquarters in the Kaul Human Genetics Building.
“Dana was uniquely qualified for this position because of her training as a genetic counselor and her extensive clinical database management experience,” said Lynn Holt, MS, CGC, former director of the UAB GC Program. “She also benefited from having the opportunity to work with other UAB Laboratory Genetic Counselors during her graduate studies. This provided her with an understanding to the specific demands and value of the role within a clinical laboratory.”
- Created on November 06, 2013
So when co-instructors Deek Cunningham, MS, OTR/L, and Gavin Jenkins, Ph.D., OTR/L, both assistant professors in the OT department, asked the class to build chairs – using only cardboard, paper, flour and water – as assistive devices. You can imagine what went through the students’ heads.
“I never thought that in OT graduate school I’d be building a chair using paper mache,” said a laughing Merry Grace Harper, an Entry-Level Occupational Therapy student.
- Created on November 04, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013: Homecoming week began with the Homecoming Kick-Off Breakfast sponsored by the Office of Student Success. More than 300 students, faculty and staff attended the event. This set the tone for the week around SHP and around UAB. At the event, free food and free coffee were only topped by the appearance of the UAB mascot Blaze. He spent an hour entertaining attendees and posing for pictures. Blaze also spent some time checking out all SHP has to offer. From the Physical Therapy labs to the Dean's Office - Blaze did it all. To see Blaze's entire journey click here.
- Created on October 11, 2013
In attendance was Mike Williams, president and CEO of Community Hospital Corporation. He is a nationally renowned speaker of and advocate for the preservation of community hospitals. The UAB Master of Science in Health Administration alumnus, Class 14, co-chaired the SHP Building Campaign Committee because he understands the vital healthcare role played by the school and its students.
- Created on October 01, 2013
This month Dean Jones interviews Bradley Newcomer, inaugural director of the UAB School of Health Professions biomedical sciences undergraduate program. Bradley has been at UAB since 1999 where he has directed the Experiential Learning Scholars Program, the Global and Community Leadership Honors Program and most recently led the transition of the UAB Honors Academy into the UAB Honors College where he oversaw a 39 percent enrollment increase.
- Created on September 18, 2013
“Physicians assistants are vital to providing quality healthcare to the people of Alabama," said Governor Bentley. "They’re often the first point of contact for patients seeking treatment. I appreciate everything they do. They make a tremendous difference in the lives of patients.”
(To see the Governor's proclamation click here.)
- Glandon named president and CEO of AUPHA
- SHP wins 2nd Benevolent Fund Super Hero Award
- New BCBS policy to increase public access to quality care
- Graham elected to national APTA committee
- CDS adds Biomedical Sciences undergraduate program
- Four from Nutrition Sciences honored at ENDO 2013
- Online Program Helps Rehabilitation Therapists Improve, Expand Services
- UAB DRC receives 5 year grant exceeding $5M
- UAB Diabetes Research Center recruiting for national study
- Cytology professor elected president of national association