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Students take 2nd place in MLS Bowl


One of two student teams fields by the Division of Medical Laboratory Sciences placed second in a medical laboratory science bowl competition at the Texas Association of Clinical Laboratory Science Conference.

MLS students at MLS Bowl

Meet OT department’s two newest faculty members


The Department of Occupational Therapy recently welcomed two new faculty members.

Associate Professor Chinyu Wu, PhD, OTR, and Assistant Professor Angela Benfield, PhD, OTR, joined the department in August. Each brings research interests that will add to the department, said Department of Occupational Therapy Chair and Professor Bridgette Piernik-Yoder, PhD, OTR, FAOTA.

Associate Professor Chinyu Wu and Assistant Professor Angela Benfield

UT Health San Antonio, associate dean receive awards at ASAHP conference


School of Health Professions Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs David Henzi, EdD, was inducted as a Fellow of the Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP) at its annual conference in October.

ASAHP Award Ceremony

PA Studies program celebrates 20th anniversary


The Physician Assistant Studies program at UT Health San Antonio celebrated its 20th anniversary this month at a dinner attended by alumni and special guests.

Attendees of the PA education 20th anniversary pose in a group

UT Health San Antonio plans new MS in Imaging Sciences program


The School of Health Professions plans to launch a new Master of Science in Imaging Sciences program to train outstanding imaging technologists in radiography, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to address the technologist shortages currently stressing the health care system.

MRI scan of brain

MLS students don white coats in inaugural ceremony

Students in the Medical Laboratory Sciences Class of 2023 received their white coats in the program’s first-ever white coat ceremony.

The Sept. 16 event highlighted the tradition of the white coat, which is a symbol of the transition from the pre-clinical to clinical phase of the program and underscores the oath students take to provide the highest standard of ethical care to patients.

MLS students in their white coats following inaugural white coat ceremony

SLP student receives TSAHP award


Second-year speech-language pathology master’s student Jena Hermes received the 2022 Texas Society for Advancement of Health Professions (TSAHP) Student Award.

Hermes received the award at the TSAHP annual conference awards dinner on Sept. 22.

Jena Hermes, speech-language pathology master's student

OT scholarship recipients find purpose in profession

Third-year OTD student Jackie Johnson is one of two students to receive this year's Ellsworth scholarship.


Third-year Doctor of Occupational Therapy students Jackie Johnson and Ayla Akers have received the 2022 Paul D. Ellsworth Endowed Scholarship in Occupational Therapy. The scholarship honors Army Lt. Col. Paul D. Ellsworth, who retired from the occupational therapy faculty in 1998 and passed away in 2016.

Jackie Johnson, OTD student and Ellsworth Scholarship winner

Whole blood program transfuses 1,000th patient


The program that enables emergency responders in San Antonio to give prehospital hemorrhagic shock patients whole blood is marking its fourth anniversary with more than 1,000 patients transfused.

Launched in October 2018, the program transfused its 1,000th patient in mid-September, said C.J. Winckler, MD, LP, associate professor/clinical in the Department of Emergency Health Sciences and an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Q&A: PA Studies student to be inducted into US Air Force Academy Athletics Hall of Fame


Sara (Neubauer) Lyons (MPAS Class of 2022) grew up on a farm in Bottineau, North Dakota, where many of her family still live and farm. She studied biology/pre-med at the United States Air Force Academy while completing military requirements and competing on the Division I track team.

PA Studies student Sara Lyons

PT professor presents at international conference on the effect of virtual reality on post-stroke depression


By Kate Hunger


Physical Therapy Assistant Professor Sandeep Subramanian, PhD, MSc, BPTh, served as scientific chair for the International Conference for Virtual Rehabilitation this summer during RehabWeek 2022 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Subramanian, who is a board member of the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation, served as co-chair of a keynote address presented by Associate Professor John Quarles, PhD, of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Assistant Professor Sandeep Subramanian

PT professor Martha Acosta retires


By Kate Hunger


At age 10, Associate Professor Martha M. Acosta, PhD, PT, GCS, was sure she would one day be a neurosurgeon.

“I was always interested in health care and helping people get well,” she said. “I was fascinated with the human body — how it works and how it repairs itself.”

The death of her father while Acosta was a premed student caused her to reevaluate her plans.

“I looked at my life picture and wondered if I wanted to spend as much time in school,” she said.

School of Health Professions Dean David Shelledy and Associate Professor Martha Acosta pose at her retirement reception.

OT professor’s research informs back-to-school mindfulness and stress relief tips shared by OTD students at community event


By Kate Hunger


For Doctor of Occupational Therapy student Elise Gray, volunteering at a back to school event this summer was more than a way to educate families on the proper way to pack and carry a backpack. Gray and fellow OTD students also shared activities and information to help school children manage stress and anxiety as they head back to class.

OT students volunteer at back to school event

EHS faculty speak at regional emergency health care system conference


Faculty from the Department of Emergency Health Sciences served as panelists on topics including stroke response, cardiac system process improvement and pulmonary embolism during the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC) annual conference.

Ambulance in traffic

Adult aphasia program provides opportunity to improve communication skills — and build community


By Kate Hunger          

A sense of isolation can be a familiar feeling among people with aphasia, a condition that affects a person’s ability to communicate. Yet this summer, 28 people with aphasia and their family members came together for a program designed to strengthen their communication skills — and their sense of community.

Asphasia program participant works with graduate students

Occupational therapy professor Kimatha Grice to retire


By Kate Hunger

Associate Professor Kimatha Grice, OTD, OTR, CHT, found her future profession in the library stacks at Texas A&M University.

“I was researching schools for physical therapy, and I came across occupational therapy,” she said. “I started reading up on it, and I thought, ‘That sounds really interesting — it sounds more like me.’ That’s how I ended up in OT school, and I  never looked back.”

Dr. Kimatha Grice

Speech-language pathology program offered two pediatric summer programs


By Kate Hunger

Two community-based pediatric speech and language programs offered this summer by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders helped children get ready for the new school year and gave graduate speech-language pathology students valuable clinical experience.

pediatric speech and language summer program

Reeve Foundation awards impact grant to PT professor for her spinal cord injury rehabilitation research


By Kate Hunger

Assistant Professor Selina Morgan, PT, DPT, NCS,  has received an impact grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation that will help support her research and rehabilitation work with patients with spinal cord injury.

Assistant Professor Selina Morgan

ICU simulation prepares PT, OT and nursing students for work as an interprofessional team


By Kate Hunger

An interprofessional intensive care unit simulation activity this spring was timed just right for the 118 physical therapy, occupational therapy and nursing students who participated.

Held in April before doctoral PT and OT students began clinical rotations and the 4th-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing students graduated, the activity gave students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the roles of other health professions in the ICU — and to practice their own skills.

Embracing an interprofessional approach

Students practice IPE ICU simulation activity

Helping people is a way of life for new PA Studies professor


By Kate Hunger

Growing up in Khartoum, Sudan, Assistant Professor/Clinical Micheal Habeab, MBBS, MS, witnessed the effects of widespread poverty. He decided to dedicate his life to helping others.

“My aim was to help poor people as much as I can,” said Dr. Habeab, who joined the School of Health Professions on June 1 as faculty for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at the Laredo campus, where he will begin working in July.

Micheal Habeab, assistant professor/clinical, PA Studies

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