QEP ForumLynn Holt leads the QEP ForumThe UAB Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), designed to improve an aspect of student learning and, therefore, enhance the quality of education at UAB, held a seminar for all first-year students from the Biotechnology, Genetic Counseling, Nuclear Medicine, Health Physics, Clinical and Laboratory Sciences and Physician Assistant Studies programs.

More than 150 students from the UAB School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences gathered at Volker Hall for the event.

ICDI YCDI 01The UAB Department of Physical Therapy prides itself on being first.

·         1st in the region to start a PT program

·         1st in Birmingham to start a DPT program

·         1st in the region to be nationally ranked

It goes without saying that when the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition needed someone to launch the I Can Do It, You Can Do It (ICDI YCDI) program in this area, UAB Physical Therapy was the first.

Bill ParkerBill Parker, UAB PA, Class of 1972Bill Parker, a 1972 graduate of the UAB Physician Assistant Studies program, has established the first endowed scholarship for the program. The Bill Parker Endowed Scholarship in Physician Assistant Studies will provide scholarships for current and future students – it will be awarded for the first time in the spring.

“When I came to UAB, I barely had enough money to eat,” said Parker. “The UAB community took a chance on me and they invested in me. That changed my life.”

Maday PAEAKristopher Maday (right) receives "PAEA Rising Star Award"Kristopher Maday, PA-C, CNSC, an assistant professor in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Physician Assistant Studies program, has won the 2016 Physician Assistant Education Association Rising Star Award.

The annual award is given to physician assistants who have made “substantial contributions” in teaching, scholarship, administration and/or professional service.

Maday, creator of the PAINE (Physician Assistant IN Education) Podcast that discusses medical topics in a way that is easily understandable and easily accessible for anyone, has long been known for blending creativity and modern technology (he has live-Tweeted a classroom intensive). His ability to take PA education to a new level was a big reason for winning the PAEA Rising Star Award.

3MT WinnersKatie Henley (middle) wins inaugural UAB 3MTKatie Henley, a student in the UAB School of Health Professions' Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences program, wins the inaugural UAB Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition.

While Henley captured first place, her fellow Ph.D. in Rehab Sciences classmates Sarah Graham and Avantika Naidu were a finalist and a semi-finalist respectively. For her victory, Henley receives a $1,000 prize.

The competition is designed for doctoral students but there is also a Master's students competition in the morning. The UAB Genetic Counseling program performed strongly taking home two of the top three prizes.

3MT GCAndrea Stacy (left) and Rebecca ShapiroRebecca Shapiro, a graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan, took home 2nd place in the Master's competition. Her MSGC classmate, Andrea Stacy, a graduate of Louisiana State University, placed 3rd in the competition.

The 3MT competition, developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills

It also supports the students' capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language that is easily understood by non-scientists.
David Allison LectureDavid B. Allison, Ph.D.David B. Allison, Ph.D., associate dean for research and science at the UAB School of Health Professions, will deliver the 2016 Patrick J.V. and Margaret B. Corcoran Lecture at the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville (IUSM). Allison’s lecture, titled “Obesity, Energetics, Security and Longevity,” will be given in the city of Evansville which was named the most obese city in the U.S. in 2011.

The annual Corcoran Lecture features a nationally prominent medical speaker who is recognized internationally for their work and that is why they chose Allison, who also serves as director of the NIH-funded National Obesity Research Center and the Office of Energetics.

Allison will deliver a lecture at lunch that will be attended by many undergraduate students from the University of Southern Indiana (USI), as well as IUSM faculty and staff, physicians from Evansville and the surrounding area, plus health care providers around Indiana and Kentucky.

The goal of the Corcoran Lecture is to inform and engage the healthcare community of Evansville and the neighboring region. Allison is the 15th speaker since the lecture was endowed in 2001 and he is the first to speak about nutrition since 2004.
Christophe JacksonChristophe Jackson serving at Firehouse ShelterChristophe Jackson, Ph.D., a student in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsPhysician Assistant Studies program, was selected for the 2016 Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program for Medical Technology (SMDP MedTech). SMDP MedTech supports its fellows to create and produce a wide-range of products to further the growing number of discoveries and advances in the industry to create medical technology products and health information systems that improve human health and enhance the quality of life for people around the world.

He was nominated by a committee of members from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, Ford Foundation and the National Institutes of Health for his efforts to merge the sciences, engineering and clinical studies.

Barstow BethElizabeth Barstow, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational TherapyUAB School of Health Professions’ Occupational Therapy course focusing on the study and treatment of age-related eye disease received Quality Matters certification.

After an extensive review process, Quality Matters determined that “OT 679: Foundations in Low Vision Rehabilitation II,” met each of the 21 essential QM standards.

The course is taught by Elizabeth Barstow, Ph.D., OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, associate professor in the UAB Low Vision Rehabilitation program.

Sue FeldmanSue S. Feldman, RN, MEd, Ph.D., named MSHI program directorSue S. Feldman, RN, MEd, Ph.D., Associate Professor, has been named the new Director of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) programFeldman, who joined UAB on August 1, 2016, is tasked with leading the academic, professional, and faculty direction of the MSHI program.

“My vision for UAB’s MSHI program is to be amongst the top in the nation with highly sought after graduates,” said Feldman who holds a joint appointment in the UAB School of Medicine in the Informatics Institute. “We will continue to grow our programs and collaborations across UAB, the community, and the nation. We are in the business of developing students who think critically and can translate theory into practice.”

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