Friday, August 8, 2014

2014 Recipients of South Carolina AHEC Family Medicine Awards

Halford Award for Leadership in Humane Education
Presented to Gerard Jebaily, MD

South Carolina AHEC is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the Halford Award is Gerard Jebaily, MD.  Since 1981, Dr. Jebaily has been an integral part of the Family Medicine Residency Program at McLeod Regional Medical Center. From 1985 through 2012, Dr. Jebaily served as the Associate Director for the McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program and was named Program Director in 2013. In February 2014, Dr. Jebaily was named as the Director of Medical Education for McLeod. In these roles, he has educated and influenced countless numbers of residents and medical students. Dr. Jebaily’s passion is family medicine, which is reflected in all that he does. 

The Halford Award is presented to a Family Medicine residency training program faculty member in recognition of outstanding leadership in providing humane education. The award is named for Dr. James Halford, who was the founding director of the AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program. Award winners demonstrate a caring attitude and respect for patients, residents and students; value human dignity; demonstrate a passion and joy for teaching, learning and working with others and participating in community service activities.



Ramage Award for Leadership in Humane Education
Presented to H. Gratin Smith, MD

Robert Tiller, MD, Program Director at Self Regional Family Medicine Residency Program, presented the ninth Annual Raymond C. Ramage, MD Award for Leadership in Humane Education to H. Gratin Smith, MD, during the graduation of Self Regional’s family medicine residents. Dr. Smith served as pediatric faculty at the Greenwood Family Medicine Residency since 1989. He retired in the summer of 2013; however, his influence on several generations of family physicians and on pediatric medical care cannot be overstated. Dr. Smith is truly an outstanding physician and educator who exemplifies the wonderful characteristics of the Ramage Award: a passion for teaching, the highest respect for human dignity, community service and a truly caring attitude towards all patients. 

The Ramage Award was established by South Carolina AHEC to recognize a deserving faculty member in a specialty other than family medicine. The award is based on a similar award, The Halford Award, which recognizes leadership in humanism in family medicine. Dr. Raymond Ramage was an integral part of the formation of the South Carolina Consortium of Community Teaching Hospitals in 1970 and was a “founding father” of the South Carolina AHEC in 1972. 




South Carolina AHEC Excellence in Family Medicine Education Award Presented to
Carol Adams, PhD

The Fifth Annual South Carolina AHEC Excellence in Family Medicine Education Award was presented to Carol Adams, PhD, with the McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program. Since 1989, Dr. Adams served on the medical staff at McLeod Regional Medical Center where she held numerous roles including Clinical Director of McLeod Behavioral Health Sciences and Medical University of South Carolina AHEC Associate Professor of Family Medicine for the McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program. In her position with the McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Adams taught behavioral medicine to physicians, provided curriculum development for human behavior and mental health and community medicine, supervised the Community Medicine Rotation, served as coordinator for the Women’s Health Rotation, and provided didactic lectures, patient consultation, program evaluation, and support for residents.  She also served as editor of the Family Tree, which is a quarterly journal published by McLeod Family Medicine. Dr. Adams retired in June 2014; however, she has left a lasting impact on faculty, residents, students, and patients.    

This award was established to honor a non-physician teacher for excellence in resident education, with demonstrated skills in teaching, curriculum development, mentoring, research, and leadership in education.  

2014 South Carolina Health Professions Data Book Now Available

The Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning has just released a new edition of their South Carolina Health Professions Data Book. This statistical reference book assembles information from a variety of sources into a single volume, reporting the number and distribution of healthcare providers practicing in the state along with a variety of community factors that reflect or influence the health of the population.   



Organized by county and planning/service regions, the 2014 South Carolina Health Professions Data Book contains:
  • counts of licensed healthcare providers actively practicing in their field;
  • maps showing how healthcare professionals are distributed around the state and where they are in higher or lower concentrations relative to the population;
  • the age and racial composition of the population;
  • community health status indicators such as infant mortality rates, the percent of people with diabetes, number of cancer deaths, etc.;
  • hospital and skilled nursing home beds and hospital discharges;
  • socio-economic indicators related to health such as health insurance coverage, unemployment, income and education levels;

This publication provides a wealth of information in an easily accessible format. It is a resource for state, county and local planning groups as they address health care needs and access issues in our state. It is also valuable to those seeking information about health and healthcare resources in their local communities. The book is available from the Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning in the program office of the South Carolina AHEC. Bound copies can be purchased or electronic copies can be downloaded for free from the website www.officeforhealthcareworkforce.org by clicking on the book cover graphic at the bottom of the home page. 

Part of the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium at the Medical University of South Carolina, the Office for Healthcare Workforce Analysis and Planning is funded by a grant from The Duke Endowment. Located in Charlotte, NC, the Duke Endowment seeks to fulfill the legacy of James B. Duke by improving lives and communities in the Carolinas through higher education, health care, rural churches and children’s services. Since its inception, the Endowment has awarded nearly $2.9 billion in grants.

2014 Mid-Carolina AHEC Summer Health Careers Program a Success


The Mid-Carolina AHEC Health Careers Program, in partnership with River’s Edge Retreat, has formed the Young Future Leaders Program (YFLP) as a hands-on academic, mentorship and leadership program. This enrichment program helped change the lives of over 30 student interns in Richland and Lexington Counties this summer.

The first week of the program focused on academics including science, math, information technology and health science. Students participated in hands-on case studies, mentoring, and leadership workshops. Through the partnership with IT-ology (http://it-ology.org), students took a field trip to their facility biweekly and learned how to develop website codes and create electrical circuits. On Friday of the first week, students participated in a color code training led by Dr. Stanley Green from Clemson Youth Learning Center.

Students put their mentoring skills to work during the second week and mentored a student in the “Grandparent Program.” Mentors learned the need to assume a number of different roles during the course of the mentoring relationship. Mentors explored values, interests and goals of the mentee in order to make a difference and have a positive effect on their life.

In the final week, students became Young Future Leaders in Training, which was a "Counselor in Training" (CIT) program. The purpose of the CIT program is to provide an intense program geared to train teenagers in work ethics, leadership, respect and responsibility. The CIT program prepares the student to assist camp counselors by teaching safety, responsibility, leadership, respect, and activities. This popular program helps teenagers gain valuable leadership skills and increase self-confidence.

The students also participated in three college tours to the University of South Carolina (USC), USC Aiken, and Winthrop University and also participated in the Adventures in Pharmacy Lab held through the USC School of Pharmacy.

Mid-Carolina AHEC looks forward to holding the YFLP again next year. For more information on the program, please contact Mid-Carolina Health Careers Coordinator Erica Davis at 803-286-4121 or ericadavis@comporium.net.

The South Carolina AHEC Resident Scholarship Symposium

The Chief Residents Conference at the Resident Scholarship
Symposium
The annual South Carolina AHEC Resident Scholarship Symposium was held in conjunction with the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians’ (SCAFP) annual meeting in Pawleys Island on June 15-16.  

On June 15, a Chief Residents’ Seminar was held for physicians who will be chief residents during the 2014-15 academic year. The session was conducted by Mark Greenawald, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. That night the SCAFP and the South Carolina AHEC Family Medicine Residency Program directors sponsored a wine and cheese reception and poster session for residents, members of the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, and their families.  


Authors of 16 abstracts also presented scholarly presentations on research and quality improvement projects. Robert McDonald, MD, Director at the Spartanburg Regional Family Medicine Residency Program and Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program faculty members Marty Player, MD, MS, and Lori Dickerson, Pharm.D., served on the symposium planning committee. Dr. McDonald served as the moderator for the symposium and was joined by a distinguished panel of judges, which included Chuck Carter, MD, Program Director of the Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program; Bruce Hanlin, MD, Program Director of the Greenville Hospital System Family Medicine Residency Program; and Kelly Jones, Pharm.D., faculty member at McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program. The residents’ presentations were well attended by SCAFP members who asked residents thought provoking questions and discussed how these projects translate into practice.  


A SCAFP-sponsored luncheon provided residents and SCAFP members with another opportunity to interact. During the luncheon, awards and cash prizes were presented to the following symposium winners:  


First Place ($400.00) – Basic Research

Effectiveness of Different Alcohol Abuse Screens for College Athletes in the 
Pre-participation Physical Examination
Eric Majka, MD, and Travis Graves, MD
Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program

Second Place ($300.00) – Basic Research

Coding and Billing: A Re-analysis of Reimbursement after Completion of a Coding Course
Kenny Jackson, MD, and Joseph Mulvihill, MD
AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program

Third Place ($200.00) – Basic Research

The Correlation Between Organized High School Athletics and Adult Onset Type 2 Diabetes: Is Participation Protective?
Andrew Lawrence, MD
AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program

First Place ($400.00) - Quality Improvement

Responding to Clinical Inertia in Management of Stage 2 Hypertension in the Outpatient Setting
Dina Khalil, MD, and Brian McNiece, MD
Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program

Second Place ($300.00) – Quality Improvement

Does Having HGB A1C Results Immediately Available to Physicians Result in Improved HGB A1C Control?
Cecelia Baskett, MD, Kevin Johnson, MD, and Oliver Loeffler, MD
Greenville Hospital System Family Medicine Residency Program

Third Place ($200.00) – Quality Improvement

Improving Physician Comfort and Effectiveness in Delivering Exercise Counseling
Jason Stroud, MD, and Brett Wilhoit, MD
Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program

Poster Session ($200.00)

Pre-participation Sports Physical Blood Pressure Readings of South Carolina Midlands Adolescents Compared to the National Average
Adam Androlia, DO, and Emily Krodel, MD
Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program

If you would like additional information about the symposium, please contact Director of AHEC Recruitment and Student Programs Kristin Cochran at (843) 792-6977 or cochrak@musc.edu.


Third Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina

Palmetto Care Connections announces that registration is open for the 3rd Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina.  The summit will take place on September 25 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  All providers in rural areas, specialists, administrators, hospital staff, school nurses, long term care facilities, and anyone interested in learning more about telehealth is invited to attend.



To find out more or register, visit the Palmetto Care Connections website.

HIV Clinician Mentoring Opportunities Available

The Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center (SEATEC) is offering an intensive 12-month HIV clinician mentoring program for licensed physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice nurses serving the Southeast region. The program is targeted to providers who are currently providing or are interested in providing HIV clinical care and are willing to commit to the 12-month program.

The program is free of charge thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, and the HIV/AIDS Bureau.  Benefits include mentorship, intensive HIV training, individual learning plans, capacity building, clinical interaction, and cohort experiences.


Applications will be accepted from August 1 through October 31. To find out more or to obtain an application, visit the SEATEC website at  or call Brittney Copeland at 404-727-8405. 

Upstate AHEC Meeting the Need for Certification Review Courses

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) awards Magnet Recognition® and Pathway to Excellence® designation to healthcare organizations that meet ANCC standards for patient care and professional nursing development and practice. A big step toward reaching ANCC designation is promoting nurse certification and further education. 


In order to become certified in a specific area of nursing practice, a nurse must first meet specific criteria to apply for certification and then pass a rigorous exam. To support nurses who are preparing for the certification process, the organization’s nursing administration, managers, educators and staff nurses should request certification review courses.

Certification review courses provide information that can be utilized in preparing for certification exams, such as valuable study tips and continuing education contact hours. Therefore, in an effort to support the need for lifelong learning, expand nurses’ knowledge and increase the percentage of nationally certified nurses, Upstate AHEC will offer the following certification review courses in the fall:

  • Psychiatric Mental-Health Certification Review Course, September 18 and 19
  • Neonatal Intensive Care RNS Review Course, September 22 and 23
  • Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) Review Course, October 1 and 2
  • Medical Surgical Nursing Certification Review Course, October 27 and 28

For more information about Upstate AHEC programs, visit www.upstateahec.org.

Pee Dee AHEC Sponsors Monthly Advanced Practice Nurse CE Meetings

Pee Dee AHEC is pleased to report a recent collaboration with advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) from the Pee Dee region. An assessment was conducted in early 2014 to determine and develop programs to address the needs of APRNs.  Recognizing the busy and diverse schedules of the practitioners, Cheryl Neuner, Pee Dee AHEC Nursing Education Coordinator, makes the programs available to others via statewide videoconference using the South Carolina Health Occupations Outreach Learning System (SCHOOLS). The programs are broadcast the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm. The APRN programs are also being recorded, archived, and available on www.scahec.net/schools as enduring materials that can be accessed at the learner’s convenience from their own device or computer.

At the May meeting, Billy Heckle, Pharmacist and Addictions Counselor with the McCord Adolescent Treatment Center in Orangeburg, SC, presented “Common Drugs of Abuse." Additional presentations through the summer have included “Oral Contraceptives” and “Hormone Therapy of Menopause” conducted by Kelly Jones, Pharm.D.,  Associate  Professor of Family Medicine with McLeod Regional Medical Center. Dr. Jones will present “Andropause: A Pharmacotherapy Course for APRNs” at the August 19 meeting. The program will offer pharmacotherapy hours for nurses.

Deborah Hopla, DNP and Assistant Professor Coordinator of the MSN/FNP Track at Francis Marion University, has been instrumental in the identification of learning needs critical to these monthly meetings. Dr. Hopla writes: 
We have found your speakers to be dynamic and the topics timely. In practice, it is an ever-evolving search for the best evidence available to improve patient care. Pee Dee AHEC provides us the opportunity to stay current by having topics pertinent to practice at a low cost. I have found it a wonderful adjunct for our University FNP students. I look forward to a continued relationship with Pee Dee AHEC.


It is the goal of Pee Dee AHEC to make this education known and available to practitioners across the state on a monthly basis. For more information on upcoming APRN meetings and topics, please contact Cheryl Neuner, BSN, RNC, Nursing CE Coordinator with Pee Dee AHEC at 843-777-5347 or cneuner@mcleodhealth.org.

Pee Dee AHEC: Partnering with Horry Georgetown Technical College, Grand Strand Campus for Continuing Education

Dr. Tammy Marcin, Academic Chair and Professor, and Samantha Martel, Associate Professor, of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program of the Grand Strand Campus of Horry Georgetown Technical College are partnering with Pee Dee AHEC to provide continuing education for their 40 instructors and 40 students. “Clinical Neuroanatomy for Rehabilitation: Lesions, Impairments, and Treatment Interventions” will be presented September 13 on the Grand Strand campus. This course will review neuroanatomy as it relates to rehabilitation for occupational and physical therapy practice. A variety of impairments as related to lesion sites will be discussed via case studies. Treatment interventions based on evidence-based practice will be offered as options for patient care. The World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) will be used as a framework for delivery of care in neurorehabilitation.

A second continuing education program will be presented on November 14 and 15 entitled, “Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program” (CCIP), in which new and experienced physical therapist and physical therapists assistants will be certified in clinical education. This course is offered under auspices of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). To be eligible to attend this course, participants must complete and submit the participant dossier to the credentialed instructor prior to taking the course.

Contact Kay Lambert, BNS, RN Program Coordinator, at klambert@mcleodhealth.org for more information.

South Carolina AHEC Joins AHECs Across the Country at NAO Conference


Left to right: Allison Gayheart, SC DHHS; SC AHEC Executive Director Dr. David Garr, SC AHEC; Program Director Megan Old, SC DHHS Health Initiatives Team; Center Director Cheri Plyer, Mid-Carolina AHEC;  Center Director Fay Brown, Upstate AHEC; Director of Nursing Cindy Causey, Little River Medical Center;  Community Health Coordinator Mira Palomares, Little River Medical Center; Center Director Gail Weaver, Pee Dee AHEC.

This June, the South Carolina AHEC joined AHECs from across the country at the 2014 National AHEC Organization (NAO) Conference in Charlotte, NC. The four-day conference was an opportunity for AHEC programs to present on best practices and successful initiatives, dialog about the current state of healthcare, and look to the future.

Members of South Carolina AHEC presented a total of 16 presentations encompassing interprofessional practice, community health worker programs, assessing continuing education outcomes, workforce data and analysis, and the health professions pipeline. South Carolina AHEC staff brought back many innovative ideas from the inspiring conference and look forward to putting these ideas to work.

USC Medical Students Present to Senior Citizens of Florence County

Left to right: Sean Christensen, Elizabeth Kelly, Jessica Hoglund, Bryan Everitt

Four University of South Carolina medical students, in collaboration with Pee Dee AHEC and the Leatherman Senior Center in Florence, SC, presented health information to 25 senior adults on June 2.

These second year medical students are participating in a six-week program through the McLeod Foundation Fellowship Program to learn about the inner workings and care provided by hospitals. As part of community outreach, each of these students presented to the seniors on the topics of stroke, nutrition, hypertension and exercise, all with a geriatric focus.

The Leatherman Senior Center, who hosted the event, provides a variety of educational and entertainment programs in partnership with civic and medical groups throughout the community. The senior citizens who participated in the discussions thoroughly enjoyed the presentations. They especially enjoyed interacting with these future healthcare professionals.

For additional information, contact Kam Richardson or Traci Coward, HPS Coordinators at krichard@mcleodhealth.org or tcoward@mcleodhealth.org.

2014 Nursing Research Conference in October

The 2014 Nursing Research Conference, presented by the Roper St. Francis System Nursing Research Council, will take place on October 13 to highlight nursing research and its impact on professional practice. It will focus on the impact of integrating nursing research into professional growth, the role of a staff nurse in hospital-based clinical trials, strategies to completing effective literature searches, and data collection design and statistical analysis. The conference will take place at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Charleston and is offering 5.25 nursing contact hours.

Registration is $50 for those who register by October 1 and includes a continental breakfast and afternoon snack. To register, please call 843-402-CARE.

If you would like more information about the conference or have questions, please contact Melody Weidman at melody.weidman@rsfh.com or 843-763-2699.