National Medical Laboratory Week Recognizes Lab Professionals

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
National Medical Laboratory Week (April 20-26) focuses on recognizing the importance of all lab professionals. Here at the University of Missouri, we have approximately 200 lab professionals working around the clock to provide results to help aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. These valuable members of our team examine body fluids, tissues and cells, as well as perform complex chemical, biological, hematological and bacteriological tests.

Around the country, more than 300,000 medical lab professionals perform and interpret more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the US every year. Their research and findings help ensure accurate and safe diagnosis and treatment for patients around the world.

Currently, there is a national shortage of trained Clinical Laboratory Scientists: 63% of labs are having difficulty in hiring staff-level CLS positions! The University of Missouri School of Health Professions offers a Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree in CLS with an emphasis in Medical Laboratory Science. Students are trained in the theoretical and practical aspects of clinical laboratory medicine: chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, molecular pathology and blood banking.

It is through these dedicated, trained professionals that we are able to provide the highest level quality of health service to all in need. For more information about Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, click here.

SHP Professions Make 2014 Best Jobs List

Anyone with a career in health professions knows how rewarding it can be. Some would even argue that a job in health-care services is the best out there! Well the numbers are all in, and CareerCast has released its annual ranking of the 10 best jobs for 2014. Not surprisingly, two of the top 10 are within the SHP! Occupational therapy and speech pathology were noted as some of the best careers due to hiring outlook and low stress, in addition to the immense satisfaction and intrinsic rewards.

CareerCast looked at 200 of the most populated jobs and ranked them based on four categories of criteria: environment, income, outlook and stress. Click here to read more.

Light It Up Blue Kicks Off Autism Awareness Month

Light It Up Blue! 2014
Columbia, Mo. March 25, 2014: To commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and Autism Awareness Month, Mizzou and the Columbia community are standing together to “Light It Up Blue.” Buildings around the world – landmarks, hotels, sports venues, concert halls, museums, bridges, and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses will be shining blue lights on April 2. In Columbia, people are encouraged to wear blue on April 2, and show support of Autism Awareness with a community wide balloon launch and photo at 4:30pm at the columns on the MU Campus.

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanies by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 88 children. The mission of Autism Speaks is to change the future for all who struggle with autism disorders by funding global biomedical research in to the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism and raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families and society.

The Columbia Light It Up Blue campaign is organized by the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, the MU School of Health Professions, ACT, Boone County Family Resources, Services for Independent Living and Easter Seals. The group is encouraging individuals to wear blue on April 2 and stand together as a community at 4:30pm for a balloon launch, prizes, photo and appearances by Truman and TJ. All activities will take place at the columns on the MU Campus.

“We all know someone who is affected by autism – either a person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or someone in his or her family or community,” says Lea Ann Lowery, Associate Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy at the MU School of Health Professions and faculty member at the Thompson Center. “Light It Up Blue is a great and easy way for people to show their support and help raise awareness of autism in our community.”

Hume Recognized with President’s Award for Community Engagement

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe awarded one of the UM System President’s Awards to Deborah Hume, associate teaching professor of public health at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Wolfe — in front of faculty gathered for a departmental meeting — surprised Hume with the President’s Award for Community Engagement, which includes a $5,000 award. The award recognizes faculty who are engaged in exemplary community engagement activities such as volunteerism, service-learning, educational programming and outreach. The award marks the fifth of 11 to be presented in 2014.

The UM System President’s Awards are presented annually to faculty members across the four campuses of the University of Missouri System who have made exceptional contributions in advancing the mission of the university.

Dr. Deborah Hume is a founding member of the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition and the faculty advisor for the student group MU Stop Traffic. These groups operate in a partnership to combat the global problem of human trafficking in its local manifestations. The groups provide education and training for professionals in law enforcement, juvenile justice, social services and health care working directly with this issue.

Hume tightly links her research in public health with her anti-traffic advocacy. Faculty and students both recognize her as an example of how academic research can lead to engagement in a community to create a better quality of life for its citizens. Hume has spoken publicly to over 100 academic and community groups, including the Missouri Police Chiefs’ Association, the Missouri Association of School Nurses, the American Counseling Association of Missouri and the Missouri Public Health Association. Her expertise in the field has also informed several pieces of Missouri legislation regarding human trafficking.

Hume’s students can’t help but be influenced by her passion. Hume has mentored numerous MU students in internships, service-learning and independent projects related to human trafficking. Two of her students were recently recognized with the MU Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence. She has also been named the Instructor of the Year in the MU Master of Public Health program twice in her career.

One nominator wrote, “She doesn’t pay lip service to community involvement; she provides an excellent role model for students by demonstrating and giving back to others and implementing change through education.”

Hume’s commitment to advocacy and continued service and research has led to a great impact on the global problem of human trafficking in her local community.

Smith Accepts Faculty Position at Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Smith

Dr. Smith

Dr. Diane Smith, Chairperson of the SHP Department of Occupational Therapy has accepted a position at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions and will be leaving the University of Missouri on July 31, 2014.

Dr. Smith will be an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the MGH Institute – an independent graduate school that is a consortium between Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard, MIT and Spalding Rehabilitation. Her responsibilities will include teaching, research, consulting and curriculum development. “I am and always will be proud of the all the accomplishments of the MU Department of Occupational Therapy and the hardworking faculty, staff and students,” Smith said. “I’m looking forward to this new opportunity to refocus my research agenda, continue teaching, and build new community relationships and opportunities to be involved.”

Dr. Kristofer Hagglund, Dean of the School of Health Professions said, “Dr. Smith is an admired chair and faculty member who has made tremendous contributions to the Department of Occupational Therapy and the School of Health Professions in her time here.” During her time as chair, the department has increased enrollment, hired many highly qualified and successful faculty members, increased its office and classroom space and completed a major revision of its curriculum. Hagglund continued, “Dr. Smith’s departure is a loss for our school, but the faculty, staff and students of SHP are proud to see her take this next step at one of the most respected academic health centers in the nation.”

Dr. Smith will officially leave the University on July 31, 2014. Dean Hagglund will name an interim department chair and initiate a national search for the new chair in the coming weeks.

Krug Awarded 2014 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence

Krug Awarded 2014 Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and Commerce Bank Chair Jim Schatz today awarded one of the 2014 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence to Jeff Krug, an assistant teaching professor of physical therapy in the Department of Physical Therapy in the MU School of Health Professions.

Loftin, Schatz and a group of professors, administrators and staff surprised Krug by honoring him with the fellowship, which includes a $10,000 check. Kemper Fellowships are awarded each year to five outstanding teachers at the University of Missouri.

The William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence were established in 1991 with a $500,000 gift. Kemper, a 1926 MU graduate, was a well-known civic leader in Kansas City until his death in 1989. His 52-year career in banking included top positions at banks in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. Commerce Bank manages the trust fund.

About Jeff Krug

Jeff Krug has been an assistant teaching professor of physical therapy in the Department of Physical Therapy in the MU School of Health Professions since 2001. From creatively considering how to best equip students for the work place to proactively making his educational ideas into realities, Krug focuses on providing valuable learning experiences for his students. Krug’s students and colleagues say he has distinguished himself by his commitment to providing an excellent education, his application of real-life clinical experience in the classroom, and his relentless hard work.

“Jeff regularly receives the highest student ratings of all professors in the physical therapy program, but his appeal as an instructor transcends the profession,” said Kyle Gibson, associate teaching professor and chair of the MU Department of Physical Therapy. “Jeff teaches multidisciplinary coursework in the first year of both the occupational and physical therapy programs. He works hard to make his content relevant to both professions and is so successful that he is often asked to be an honors convocation member for both occupational and physical therapy students, which is a very difficult feat.”

Colleagues and students alike regard Krug’s establishment of PhysZOU, a pro bono physical therapy clinic, as his most important accomplishment as a teacher.

PhysZOU grew out of Krug’s commitment to continue care for one-time patients that would visit his lab. As Krug’s client base grew, he began allowing interested student volunteers to assist him. When it became apparent that these student volunteers were greatly improving in the classroom, Krug spearheaded the establishment of a clinic and incorporated student clinical rotations into the department’s curriculum. Students from all stages in the curriculum cycle through PhysZOU, being paired with expert clinicians and students of different experience levels along the way. The student pairing system – developed by Krug – allows students to learn and teach at the same time, which reinforces their own learning experience. More than 2,000 uninsured patients are expected to visit the PhysZOU clinic in 2014.

“PhysZOU provides a platform for learning that revolutionizes our curriculum,” said Rachel Drennan, a physical therapy doctoral student. “While seeing a patient with Professor Krug, I was able to fully understand a neurological phenomenon that he had explained in class. He demonstrated the treatment on the patient, which allowed me to experience in person what had previously been an abstract concept.”

Krug says that establishing trust, fostering engagement, and focusing on life-long and experiential learning are the four cornerstones of his teaching strategy.

“Jeff was, hands down, my favorite instructor during my three years in the program and the mentor who has most influenced my physical therapy practice,” said Lindsay Holland, a physical therapist on the brain injury team at the Rusk Rehabilitation Center, one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers specializing in inpatient rehabilitation services. “He instilled the confidence in me that I could excel in areas that were challenging. Jeff uses his clinical experiences, not just book knowledge, to prepare his students for treating neurologically impaired patients.”

Besides establishing PhysZOU and restructuring physical therapy curriculum to include the clinic, Krug is the primary instructor of neurological content at the MU Department of Physical Therapy. He regularly collaborates with faculty within the department on curriculum course development, advises and mentors many students, and serves as the director of student activities. Krug regularly presents on physical therapy topics regionally and nationally with the Missouri Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Congratulations Professor Krug! SHP is very proud of you!

10 Weeks into My First OT Fieldwork Rotation

Hospital Entrance Ahead

It is mind boggling to think about how quickly the last ten weeks have flown by; I feel like I just started this fieldwork rotation yesterday. In a far different sense, when I am treating patients at my fieldwork facility, I feel as though I have been working there much longer then ten weeks.

I park in the same spot everyday at 6:40 a.m., I walk through the empty lobby, take the elevator up to the quiet therapy office, check through my notes, and review new patient charts as I prepare for my first patient at 7:00a.m. I have rituals and routines that feel comfortable to me after these ten weeks. I see dozens of friendly faces, and occasionally the unfriendly ones. I primarily see my own patients with my fieldwork supervisor stepping in only for more complex cases. I feel comfortable asking her questions, discovering variations in my practices that will enhance my treatments, and continuing my education making me a better therapist.

Throughout the last ten weeks of my fieldwork, I have learned how to absorb all the information my supervisor and other therapists have to offer and mold it into my own practices that will make me a unique therapist. I feel confident in my knowledge as an entry-level therapist, and I believe that this confidence is a culmination of my classroom knowledge in the MU OT program and clinical experiences throughout the last 3 months of patient contact. Moving forward from this point, I know that I still have so much to learn. My next rotation, I will begin at the bottom once again; I will need to demonstrate my competencies to my new supervisor and gain her knowledge of the specific population- an acute hospital setting seeing patients immediately after their orthopedic surgeries.

Although I was fortunate to have a very positive experience in my first OT Level II Fieldwork Rotation, other students have encountered challenges throughout their experiences with supervisors in a different setting. I asked a friend to share a few words regarding her experiences in the last few months of OT fieldwork.

“I have been counting down the weeks to the end of my first fieldwork rotation. I had mixed expectations going in due to previous students’ experiences, both good and bad. Ten weeks later, I am feeling good and while it is bitter sweet that it is coming to an end, it seems much sweeter.

After 10 weeks, I feel totally comfortable treating clients, with the exception of the really little ones, because (it’s hard to give) a new mom advice about her new baby when I am nowhere near motherhood yet. Working in schools has been such a great experience because when school and parents are on the same page, great strides can be made. But when they are not, progress may come very slowly. While working with clients has been a pleasure, I’ve had to do a decent amount of adapting myself to gel better with my fieldwork supervisors. One supervisor is totally my type, the other one is a great person but not the type of professional I would choose to hang out with. I struggle in my time with the second one, as he has a tendency to be 15 minutes late to every appointment and the schedule is never really set in concrete. However, this is the nature of home health and this fieldwork experience has taught me that home health is probably not the first place I will apply for a job.”

Here are a few resources to prepare you for a fieldwork rotation:

The Plan Ahead: Maximizing Your Fieldwork Experience

Making the Most of Your Clinical Experience

Making the Most of Fieldwork Learning Experiences [from a teacher’s perspective]

Get the Most From Your Fieldwork

Maximize Your Career Fair Experience

Woman in a business suit.

The School of Health Professions’ Graduate School and Employment Fair was a success!! With a wide variety of recruiters and hundreds of students, the fair was able to facilitate networking, promote professionalism, and create connections for the success of future MU alums. Now that you have attended the fair and made connections with prospective employers, continue to enhance these relationships by following up on your career fair experience.

Professional SHP students can maximize their post-career fair experience by following these steps:

1. Write thank you letters to recruiters you spoke with at the fair; you never know when you may cross paths again in your future!

2. Always use professional communication etiquette in any correspondence with a recruiter such as addressing them using titles (Mr., Ms., Mrs.), maintaining a certain level of formality, and proofreading for proper grammar and spelling.

3. Reflect on how you presented yourself at the career fair: What could you have done better? What would you like to work on?

4. Keep records of recruiters and possible positions. With a file folder of business cards, handouts, and notes that you collect through career fairs and other professional means of interacting with future employers, you will be well prepared when it is time for job applications.

5. Don’t stop with the career fair! Continue to search for your dream job and keep in mind what kind of environment, values, employer qualities, population, schedule and work-load you are looking for as you prepare for graduation.

6. Connect with recruiters on LinkedIn: keep your professional profile up to date and capitalize on the networking possibilities available to you in the comfort of your own home!

Here are some articles from outside sources that provide excellent insight to help you maximize your career fair networking:

What Happens After a Career Fair

What To Do After the Career Fair

School of Health Professions Hosts Dr. Randolph Nudo April 11.


“Neuroprosthetic Tools for Repair of the Injured Brain” is the topic of the presentation by Dr. Randolph Nudo April 11, 2014 at 1pm in the Leadership Auditorium (2501 MU Student Center) on the MU Campus. Randolph J. Nudo, Ph.D. is Director of the Landon Center on Aging, Professor in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and the Marion Merrell Dow Distinguished Professor in Aging at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

“The University of Missouri and the School of Health Professions have a stake in improving the overall health paradigm in our community. Dr. Nudo will discuss how brain plasticity affects recovery after illness or injury, as well as ways that this knowledge guides the development of innovative interventions for improved health and well-being. His research has broad implications for those working in medicine, nursing, social work, psychological sciences and health professions.” said Dr. Kristofer Hagglund, Dean of the MU School of Health Professions. Nudo’s presentation is the Spring 2014 installment of the Scholarship & Discovery Lecture Series.

Dr. Nudo is one of the foremost authorities in the world on the topic of brain plasticity and recovery after injury, and has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health for this work since 1990. He is the recipient of the prestigious Javits Award in Neuroscience, and in 2011 was named the Outstanding Clinician Scientist by the American Society of Neurorehabilitation. He is recognized internationally for his work on the effects of physiotherapy on functional plasticity after stroke. Dr. Nudo is currently collaborating with engineers to develop microimplantable devices for repairing neural circuits after stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. This most recent effort is funded by the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, and administered through the U.S. Army. This program seeks to develop new and innovative options for wounded warriors who return home with traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Nudo is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair, the leading journal in the field of rehabilitation over the past five years. He is also Deputy Editor of Brain Stimulation, and is on the editorial boards of Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, and Frontiers in Neuroprosthetics..Dr. Nudo formerly served on the board of directors of the American Society for Neurorehabilitation. He has served on several NIH study sections, many as chair, reviews grant proposals for the Veterans Administration and several international government and foundation funding agencies. He has also served on several national advisory boards to NIH, academic institutions, and national scientific societies. He was a major contributor to the NIH Stroke Progress Review Group that outlined the stroke research agenda for 10 years, and was part of a Blue Ribbon Panel that made recommendations to the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development regarding trans-institute coordination of rehabilitation research at NIH.

Members of the community, public health organizations and any other interested parties are welcome to attend. The event is Friday, April 11 at 1pm in the Leadership Auditorium (2501 MU Student Center) on the MU Campus.

Trogdon Legacy: A Tribute to Osage Heritage


William Trogdon, also named William Least Heat-Moon, is a notable Mizzou alumnus, and author of the New York Times bestseller Blue Highways. While his ancestry includes European lineages, it is his Osage heritage that now paves the way for his personal and family legacy through a gift to the University of Missouri School of Health Professions.

Trogdon has recently established the Ralph GraystonTrogdon Osage Tribal Scholarship in honor of his father, and in support of Osage students who want to pursue a health professions education at Mizzou. The $100,000 gift will support one or more annual scholarships for academically excellent SHP students who are acknowledged members of the Osage Tribe.

Trogdon considers the scholarship a gift of gratitude. “The lore and culture of the Osage people, who once lived where I live now, have been important to me from an early age and continuing to today,” he said. “My books would not be what they are without that influence. The scholarship is a small way to thank Osages past and present.”

“My goal is to assist young members of the Osage tribe who need an economic boost to earn a degree in one of the health professions, and, if possible, return to the tribal home in northeast Oklahoma to establish practicesthat make health care more accessible to other members of the tribe,” Trogdon said. The School of Health Professions has a history of returning graduates to rural and underserved areas. “The success of SHP in bringing care to rural areas was instrumental in my selecting that the School to provide education to qualified members from the tribe.”

Trogdon is grateful for the audience his books have garnered, and believes that the scholarship is helping to pay forward what has come to him from his readers. Since Blue Highways in 1982, Trogdon, writing as William Least Heat-Moon, has published eight other titles, including the recent Roads to Quoz: An American Mosey and Here, There and Elsewhere: Stories from the Road.


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