Updates and Activities 2012

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Greg Peters
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School of Health Professions
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Below are activities in the school during 2012. For news items, including press releases and official announcements, please visit the KU Medical Center Communications Office news.

Health Professions Chair Receives Prestigious Award. Dr. Dunn, researcher and professor in Occupational Therapy, named Chancellors Club Teaching Professor

KU Faculty Member to be Inducted as AARC Fellow

Sept. 17: Michael Czervinske, RRT-NPS, clinical instructor in the KU Department of Respiratory Care Education, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care. The AARC Fellow award was established in 1998 to recognize individuals who have made a profound and lasting contribution to the profession of respiratory care and to the AARC. Czervinske was nominated and selected by his peers for this prestigious recognition and honor.

The 2012 Fellows will be formally inducted and will receive their certificates and pins at the AARC's 58th International Respiratory Congress in New Orleans, La., on November 11, 2012.

Autism Swims and Speaks

A video featuring Gary Doolittle, M.D., a professor of medicine and telemedicine at KU Medical Center, plays at the new Google Fiber showcase in Kansas City.

KU dietitians and telemedicine experts show how ultra-high-speed Internet can improve health story

First-year students lend a helping hand to service organizations

August 20, 2012: Before they begin their academic programs, first-year students in the KU Schools of Health Professions, Nursing and graduate students in the KU School of Medicine take part in Community Service Day - an outreach effort that pairs them with community service agencies in Wyandotte County. For half a day, students perform a wide array of activities to help the organizations better serve the community.

Nutrition Clinic opens at KU Medical Center

Bringing together researchers from the KU Department of Dietetics and Nutrition to serve the local community, the Nutrition Clinic officially opened on campus this summer. The new clinic features a highly specialized piece of equipment used measure body composition, the Bod Pod, and the only one currently available to the general public in the region. See a video of the Bod Pod, nutrition services offered and more at the clinic's new website.

July 24: KU Rehabilitation Science Student Receives Fellowship to Study Neurodegenerative Diseases

July 17: Biomedical Research Training Program Stipend Awarded to Junior Investigator in the Georgia Holland Research Lab

Nutrition Clinic's technology can show what you're really made of

June 12, 2013: For individuals interested in improving their health through increased exercise and improved nutrition, the Nutrition Clinic at the University of Kansas Medical Center offers the latest technology for measuring body composition. Using a device known as the Bod Pod — the only one available to the public in Kansas City — clinicians in the KU department of Dietetics and Nutrition are able to give precise insight into body mass readings such as: fat percentage, total fat mass, fat-free mass (muscle) and lung volume. Bod Pod testing is quick and easy, providing detailed information about how activity and eating habits affect body composition.

Prestigous Award for Former Cyto Student
David Kress, 2012 graduate of KU's Cytotechnology program, has been awarded the Geraldine Colby Zeiler Award by the American Society of Cytopathology. Kress was one of only five students selected to receive the honor.

Headline: KU Researcher Appointed Vice Chair of ANA Stroke Commitee w/ photo of Sandy Billinger (image)

Sandra Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA, has been appointed vice chairperson of the American Heart Association's Rehabilitation and Recovery Committee. This committee is part of the Stroke Council, one of 16 scientific councils within the American Heart Association uniquely dedicated to advancing the science of stroke prevention, treatment and recovery through research and education. Dr. Billinger leads the Georgia Holland Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health laboratory located on the ground floor of the Hemenway Life Sciences building at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.


Exercise is Medicine group photo (image)

Exercise Is Medicine 2012 a Success
KU Medical Center hosted the Exercise Is Medicine Conference May 18, 2012. More than 125 fitness experts, scientists, health care professionals and members of the local community joined KU to learn about the positive effects of physical activity and to promote the importance of exercise in the design of treatment plans for patients.

2012 Graduates (image)

The School's May 12 Recognition Ceremony recognized graduating students with university honors and departmental honors.

Physical Therapy since 1943: KU's nationally ranked program graduates its 100th class

KU graduated its 100th class of physical therapy students May 12. Initially organized in 1943 as a response to the polio epidemic, the program has reached great heights in the areas of research and education.

Exercise is Medicine (image) Friday, May 18, was the Exercise is Medicine™ event with keynote speaker Michael J. Joyner, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. This initiative focuses on encouraging primary health care providers to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients.

Audiology students (image) Students from the school's Doctor of Audiology program participated in the Overland Park Recycling Extravaganza April 28. In recognition of Better Hearing and Speech Month, they distributed earplugs and information to visitors while collecting donations of hearing aids for this summer's Medical Missions trip to Guatemala.

Brandon HidakaAt KU Medical Center, student life isn't all books, labs and tests.

A day after running in Brew to Brew, a 44.4-mile road race from Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Mo., to Free State Brewery in Lawrence, Kan., Brandon Hidaka, who is working on his M.D. in addition to a Ph.D. in the KU department of Dietetics and Nutrition, described his approach to life. Story

Students and faculty from KU Dietetics and Nutrition combat food insecurity in Wyandotte County

April 06, 2012: At Cross-Lines Community Outreach, Inc. of Wyandotte County, students and faculty in the KU department of Dietetics and Nutrition are working to combat a serious, community-wide problem: food insecurity. Currently more than a quarter of the children in Wyandotte County don't have access to proper food or nutrition. In a proactive effort, students and faculty from the University of Kansas Medical Center have started a nutrition education program called Food for Your Family. Over the course of eight weeks, program participants learn about the negative effects of unhealthy foods, as well as cooking skills and healthy eating habits.

U.S. News & World Report rankings highlight excellence in KU School of Health Professions

Mar 13, 2012: U.S. News & World Report has named five programs in the KU School of Health Professions in its 2013 rankings of public university graduate programs. In all, almost 50 KU programs were included in the report released today. The programs listed are: #2, Occupational Therapy (Master/Doctorate); 6, Speech-Language-Pathology (Master); 7, Audiology (Doctorate); 9 Physical Therapy (Master/Doctorate); 21, Nursing-Anesthesia (Master). The U.S. News & World Report’s graduate schools report is an aggregate system with rankings based on peer review. Programs in the KU School of Health Professions consistently find themselves in the report.

Twitter=Tweeting w/ Kendra Gagnon (image)KU physical therapy instructor takes 140-characters beyond mindless chatter and into modern healthcare education. Story

KU Researchers Present at APTA Event

CSM 2012 (image)

Drs. Stehno-Bittel, VanHoose, Kluding and Sabus from the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science presented at the 2012 Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago. The program, "Intellectual Property and Partnerships: The Value of Your Ideas," explained how they obtained funding and support for physical therapy programs and activities through industry relationships. The event is hosted each year by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Jessica Witherspoon (photo)Student Research Honored at Capitol

A student in the PhD in Rehabilitation Science program, Jessica Witherspoon, was one of four graduate students at KU to be awarded a $500 award at the ninth annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit in Topeka, Kan. Her presentation was titled, "Shoulder Instability May Depend on Labral and Capsular Properties." Release




group of people at Lobby Day 2012 (image)<< Jan. 24, 2012: KU students travel to Capitol and meet with legislators to promote importance of CRNAs in health care for Kansas citizens. Story

lady during audiology procedure (photo)New Audiology Clinic to Help More Patients, Prepare Future Clinicians in Hearing Disorders
With the opening of the Hartley Family Audiology Clinic on the KU Edwards Campus, the audiology services program at KU Medical Center can now reach an even greater number of people in the Kansas City region. The new clinic, located in Regnier Hall on the Edwards campus, is staffed by doctoral-level audiologists on faculty in the KU Department of Hearing and Speech. Press Release  |  Clinic website

Last modified: Dec 31, 2013