School of Allied Health Professions

We’re almost there…

Thank you to those SAHP faculty and staff who have already participated in this year’s United Way campaign. As of yesterday morning, the SAHP was leading the way on campus with 89% participation, and that’s awesome! We want to be even awesomer, however, by hitting 100% participation again for the third year in a row.

“Going for a 3-peat!” said Geri Finn, SAHP campaign representative. “Only three of our people still need to submit their response.” (Way to rally the troops, Geri!)

Remember that a “no-pledge” option is available online for employees who choose not to donate. If you’re unable to contribute, you’re still encouraged to access the website and submit the “no donation” response to be eligible for the prize drawings.

To participate in supporting the United Way:

  • Click on this link. (The link will take you to UNMC eServ page.)
  • Enter your UNMC username and password.
  • Click on the United Way link and participate today!
  • New this year: Credit card donations are accepted!

Pat’s Public Pat on the Back: Cindy, Tammy, Sue, and Sarah

cloud-of-thanksKudos to Cindy Skarda, Tammy O’Donnell, Sue Stewart, and Sarah Frederick!

“These four ladies went above and beyond,” said Pat O’Neil, “embracing the opportunity to properly dispose of files, equipment and brick-a-brack that was outdated, irrelevant, or broken, during the SAHP’s recent Spring Cleaning initiative. To many, sorting through the boxes, file cabinets and piles of debris that filled the 7th floor storage area seemed overwhelming. But Cindy, Tammy, Sue, and Sarah seemed to relish the challenge…and proved themselves up to the task. Thank you all for your great work.”

Everyone appreciates recognition for a job well done. As such, SAHP Director of Finance and Administration, Pat O’Neil, MPA, came up with a new way to acknowledge staff within the school.

“I get emails from faculty all the time, telling me what a great job staff members are doing,” said Pat. “I’d like to publicly share some of the kudos so everyone else knows, too.”

Thus, Pat’s Public Pat on the Back (or Pat’s Pat, if you like) will be a new series on the TVs in Bennett Hall and on the blog, starting off with the above. (BTW – I, Fran, made up the title, so if you don’t like it, blame me.) :)  And I would also like to personally thank Cindy, Tammy, Sue, and Sarah, because I know what a mess that room was and am grateful I didn’t have to clean it!

Pat encourages all faculty and staff to regularly recognize and thank one another – with emails, thank-U grams, and nominations for Silver and Gold U-s. And remember, when you receive six thank-Us for a particularly brand value, you will receive a Vital pin for that value: Team, Leadership, Resource, and Excellence.

Annual SAHP Awards Ceremony and Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine

The annual School of Allied Health Professions Awards Ceremony took place on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

This alt=""year’s recipient of the SAHP Excellence in Research Award was Ka-Chun (Joseph) Siu, PhD, assistant professor, division of physical therapy education. This award recognizes significant research contributions and addition to the knowledge of the clinical, scientific, and/or educational community.

alt=""Kathleen Volkman, PT, MS, NCS, assistant professor, division of physical therapy education, was honored for Excellence in Teaching. Nominees for this award must have a faculty appointment in the SAHP and demonstrate outstanding skills in directing learning, advising students, and facilitating effective interaction between faculty and students and between students.

alt=""Dennis Strauss, MD, was recognized for his Outstanding Service to the Allied Health Professions. Each year we recognize someone who has made extraordinary contributions in health care, education or service that result in the significant advancement of the School and the allied health professions.

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Students gather to listen to Iman Ahmad, PhD, explain her poster at the SAHP Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine.

Each spring, in conjunction with the awards ceremony, the School of Allied Health Professions sponsors a Forum on Evidence-Based Medicine. The forum showcases faculty and student posters in three categories: educational exhibits, critical reviews, and research. This year, 85 students, 25 faculty, and two staff participated with 78 posters.

A book of the abstracts presented at the forum is available on the forum website: http://www.unmc.edu/alliedhealth/research/forum/index.html