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By Jill Hafner
Published March 2009

HIM Program Earns Perfect Pass Rate on National Exam
Recent graduates of the health information management (HIM) program within the College of Allied Health Sciences have earned a 100 percent pass rate on their American Health Information Management Association certification exam, greatly surpassing the national rate of 69 percent. Since the HIM program began at UC, all graduates have passed this national exam.

Swails Wins Outstanding Teaching Award in Nursing
Jeanine Swails, a registered nurse and assistant professor in the UC College of Nursing, has been named the first-ever recipient of the Rosalee Yeaworth Outstanding Teaching Award. Swails was honored for her “effective, innovative teaching strategies that have advanced student learning.” She was presented with a $1,000 award. The endowed Rosalee Yeaworth Outstanding Teaching Award is named after benefactor Rosalee Yeaworth, PhD, former dean of the college from 1977–78.

Nursing Professor Wins New Investigator Seed Grant

Yin Xu, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Nursing, has received a $10,000 new investigator seed grant from the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS). Xu, a registered nurse, will use the award to develop her research, “Diabetes Self Management: Perceptions of Chinese Americans.” The study’s goal is to gather more in-depth data needed for the development of a culturally appropriate diabetes self-management intervention for Chinese Americans with type 2 diabetes.

Medical Student Match Day
The College of Medicine’s 2009 Match Day will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19, in Medical Sciences Building Room E-351. The event will also be shown on the big screen in Kresge Auditorium. During this national event, senior medical students will find out where they will conduct their residency training. Students apply for residency training in their programs of choice, hoping to “match” with their preferred hospital and specialty when the results are announced. For more information, e-mail or call (513) 558-5577.

Salehi Awarded Career Development Grant
Marzieh Salehi, MD, assistant professor in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, has received a five-year, $893,490 career development grant (NIH K23) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Salehi will investigate the mechanisms through which surgical weight-loss procedures, such as gastric bypass, affect insulin secretion and correct diabetes.

OVALS Conference April 2–3
The Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences (OVALS) annual conference will be held April 2–3 at the Dayton Marriott Hotel in Dayton. Day one of the conference features a technology poster competition, exhibits and networking opportunities, followed by a dinner and keynote presentation titled “Diseases That Will Drive Future Technology and Opportunity” by Michael Parkinson, MD, executive vice president and chief health and medical officer of Lumenos. Day two includes a full day of presentations on topics related to technology trends and opportunities in the areas of nanoparticles, medical devices, biosafety technologies and stem cell technology. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to submit posters for the competition. To register, visit www.ovalsgroup.or  or call (513) 263-2723. A limited number of complimentary registrations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Cranial Base Course
The otolaryngology—head and neck surgery department will host a two-day course on safe endoscopic and cranial base surgery March 20–21 at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Hotel at UC. Experts from UC, the University of Pittsburgh and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation will present advanced techniques and instrumentation to improve the skills of both the beginner and advanced endoscopic surgeon. The course includes hands-on laboratory dissections. To register, call (513) 558-5391 or visit

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