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For over a century, the University of Texas Medical Branch has dedicated its efforts toward improving the health of society - in Texas and beyond. Today the SHP offers baccalaureate degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Respiratory Care, master's degrees in Occupational Therapy, Nutrition & Metabolism and Physician Assistant Studies, and a professional doctorate in Physical Therapy. In addition to designing and implementing innovative ways to deliver instruction to students at distant locations, the school continuously explores opportunities to expand its program offerings and interprofessional learning.

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Health Professions News

DPT Students Display Compassion, Concern for Their Fellow Man

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During the summer semester, we hold two-weeks of pro bono clinics for people in the community with rehab needs. It was during the 2014 neuro clinic that we came to know Mr. P and his family. He'd had a spinal cord injury, and unfortunately, he was sent home with no equipment, no potential for f/u therapy, and no real instruction for the family. His team of student physical therapists did a great job of getting him on his way to better function and provided his family with a great deal of valuable education. We were able to get him plugged in to some community resources for some additional pro bono therapy and equipment assessment.

The family had told the team that they had built a ramp so that they could get him in/out of their home, and later, Dr. Seale was made aware of just how inadequate and unsafe this ramp was (see before pictures). Dr. Seale reached out to a church in Seabrook to see if they could help. Their Methodist Men Group volunteered and soon set about evaluating and making plans. They could do the work, but could not cover the materials. They asked if I could come up with maybe up to $1000 for supplies. The third year class president, Claire Conroy, was contacted and asked if the class could consider some fundraising. She promised to ask about it in their meeting later that day. They voted to provide a $1000 donation from class funds to cover the cost of the ramp materials.

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SHP Faculty and Staff participate in this year's Salvation Army Angel Project

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Dean Elizabeth Protas is pictured with some of the faculty and staff who participated in this year's Salvation Army Angel Project. 25 children were adopted by the group. This is the school's fourth year of supporting this worthy project.

Dr. Kenneth J. Ottenbacher awarded $600,000 grant from U.S. Department of Education

November 21, 2014

Dr. Ottenbacher

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, a total of approximately $600,000 for his three-year grant entitled, "Readmission and Disability Outcomes Related to Post Acute Care."

Unplanned hospital readmission among individuals in high-cost impairment groups who receive post-acute care services is a significant health care concern. Dr. Ottenbacher and his colleagues will examine hospital readmissions for individuals in high-volume, high-cost impairment groups receiving post-acute care services to determine what factors are associated with hospital readmissions from post-acute care settings and create and test predictive models to identify people at high risk for rehospitalization.

The findings of this research will address priorities of the Affordable Care Act, assist in validating readmission as a National Quality Indicator for post-acute care settings and help reduce health care costs.

Dr. Ottenbacher is Professor and Director of Rehabilitation Sciences and Russell Shearn Moody Distinguished Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation. He is also Director of our Center for Recovery, Physical Activity and Nutrition and Associate Director of our Sealy Center on Aging. A leader in rehabilitation sciences, Dr. Ottenbacher has published more than 320 peer-reviewed articles and four books. His research has been continuously funded for nearly three decades.

Dr. Ottenbacher serves as a member of several scientific societies, such as the American Heart Association, American Geriatrics Society, Gerontology Society of America, American Occupational Therapy Association and American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. His accolades include a Presidents' Commendation Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Foundation, an Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Academic Phsysiatrists and the Edward Lowman Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Ottenbacher is a founding member of our Academy of Research Mentors.

Dr. Carolyn Utsey awarded $400,000 grant for School of Health Professions program

Dr. Utsey

Carolyn Utsey, PT, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair for Physical Therapy, has been awarded a two-year grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to fund the implementation of the School of Health Professions' Bridge Physical Therapist Assistant to Physical Therapist program.

The roughly $400,000 Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program award will help enable the SHP to admit and retain two culturally diverse student cohorts for the Bridge PTA to DPT program, consisting of 20 students in 2015 and 24 in 2016. Other SHP goals for this project include completing online course development tools, developing key clinical education sites and formalizing a consortium of Texas PT Education Programs to offer a Bridge curriculum on campuses beyond UTMB.

Dr. Utsey received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Baylor University, then went on to earn a Physical Therapy certificate from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and both a Master of Education in Allied Health Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology from the University of Houston. Throughout her career, she has received more than a dozen educational grants. In 2010, she won the prestigious William Gould Memorial Outstanding Physical Therapy Faculty Award from the Texas Physical Therapy Association.

Congratulations to Dr. Utsey and her SHP colleagues for this outstanding achievement.

School of Health Professions celebrates largest graduating class

The School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston celebrated its largest graduating class, with 315 students, at its Aug. 15 commencement ceremony.

Health professionals include key groups, such as laboratory personnel, physician assistants, physical, occupational and respiratory therapists, among others. They represent 60 percent of the Texas health care work force.

2014 SHP Commencement

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CLS Chair Dr. Freeman is 1 of 6 UTMB faculty members to earn top teaching prize in UT System

The UT System Board of Regents has awarded six faculty members at UTMB with the board's highest honor in recognition of their performance in the classroom and their dedication to innovation and advancing excellence. Considered the top teaching prize in the UT System, the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards program is believed to be among the single largest financial teaching awards program in the country and also one of the nation's most competitive. This year's honorees are Michael A. Ainsworth, Vicki S. Freeman, Richard Wilder Goodgame, Ruth E. Levine, Steven A. Lieberman and Virginia N. Niebuhr.

Top Teaching Prize

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Alumni Library Services

I wanted to share an exciting resource now available to our UTMB alumni. Many of you have been asking for online access to the collections and resources in Moody Medical Library. I have learned that Alumni are welcome to use the Library's print and electronic resources onsite. However, our licensing agreements with publishers specify that off-campus access to electronic resources must be limited to current UTMB students, staff, and faculty. I have been working with our Associate Vice President for Library Services, Pat Ciejka, and given her some examples of what other Universities are offering. She has created a wonderful webpage where our alumni can access a wealth of information including databases, websites, and electronic books and journals.

You may access this new resource by clicking on this link:

This link will also be accessible on our Alumni Webpage at under the Alumni tab. Select Alumni Library Services.

A notice of this new resource will be sent to alumni in August via our eNewsletter - AlumNotes. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for improvement.

Thank you for your continued leadership and guidance.

Warmest Regards,

Dixie M. Mullins, MBA, CFRE
Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

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