UAB School of Health Professions Current News

UAB Diabetes Research Center recruiting for national study

Tim GarveyInvestigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are studying the long-term benefits and risks of four widely used diabetes drugs in combination with metformin, the most common first-line medication for treating type 2 diabetes. Recruitment of volunteers for the project, called the Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness (GRADE) Study, begins in June.

Doctors may add one of several other drugs to lower glucose, blood sugar, if metformin is not enough to manage type 2 diabetes in a person. While short-term studies have shown the efficacy of different drugs when used with metformin, there have been no long-terms studies of which combination works best and has fewer side effects.

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Cytology professor elected president of national association

Vivian Pijuan-ThompsonVivian Pijuan-Thompson, Ph.D., has been named president of the American Society of Cytotechnology (ASCT). She took over the role at the conclusion of the group’s annual meeting on April 21, 2013.

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Physician Assistant faculty members pay it forward for the next generation

SPA faculty members Kris Maday and Kara CaruthersKara Caruthers, MSPAS, PA-C, will tell you she did not get to the place in her life right now all by herself. The Physician Assistant Studies assistant professor said she was fortunate to have parents that were very supportive of her going to college, but neither parent finished college.

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Nutrition Sciences professor elected president of national organization

Wendy Demark WahnefriedWendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., professor in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences and associate director for cancer prevention and control at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been elected president of the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) during its Thirty-Seventh Annual Meeting in Memphis, Tenn. The ASPO is a multi-disciplinary society committed to serving as an advocate for cancer and control research.

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Physician Assistant program offering three options for workforce needs

Surigcal Physician Assistant optionsBecause of the Affordable Care Act, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Physician Assistant (PA) degree program is adding options for students to better prepare them for workforce needs. Currently, all graduates from the SPA program can be employed in any setting; however, the program has a history of adding additional courses and clinical rotations in surgery, allowing students to be better prepared for surgical subspecialty when they graduate. Now the students will have the option to obtain additional clinical rotations in trauma or primary care.

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Nutrition Sciences faculty member named 2013 UAB Outstanding Women Awards

Barbara GowerFor the second year in a row, a UAB School of Health Professions woman is a recipient of the UAB Outstanding Women Awards. Barbara Gower, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, has been named the receiver of “The Becky Trigg Outstanding Woman Faculty Member” award. A reception to honor Gower and the six other women will be held on Thursday, March 14.

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Incoming NMT, MT, PA and PT students could receive scholarships

HRSA scholarship recipientsHRSA scholarship recipients Elisa Cruz, Inquashia Shaw and Whitney Covington.Elisa Cruz is a first generation college graduate. Born and raised in Mexico by a single mom, Cruz learned from her responsibility, hard work, endurance and the aspirations to achieve her dreams. She’s following her dreams as a first-year physician assistant student at UAB. While pursuing a graduate degree, Cruz has taken on more loans. Fortunately, she is one of several students in the School of Health Professions to receive a scholarship from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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Scripps Health CEO keynote speaker at L.R. Jordan Lecture Feb. 28

Chris Van GorderChris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health in San Diego, Calif., will be the keynote speaker at the Ninth Annual L. R. “Rush” Jordan Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wynfrey Hotel, co-hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System, UAB’s Department of Health Services Administration and the Alabama Healthcare Executives Forum. Van Gorder will speak on the topic, “From Turnaround to Transformation: the Benefits of a Strong Corporate Culture.”

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Health care management is number one degree employers love

health care managementLooking for a degree that will help you gain employment and impress employers? Yahoo.com named the top four degrees that employers love. Coming in at number one is health care management.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been training future health care managers and administrators for more than 40 years. Program Director Pamela Paustian, Ph.D., said her graduates hit the ground running in their jobs.

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