Friday, September 5, 2014

AnMed Family Medicine Residency Coordinator Recounts 2014 AAFP National Conference Experience

Shared by: Pam Weldon, Residency Manager
AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program


South Carolina Booth
The 2014 American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference in Kansas City took place August 7-9. The conference offers an assortment of educational sessions and workshops, as well as a personal introduction to residency programs from across the nation. This was my second visit to the National Conference as a representative of one of our South Carolina Family Medicine Residency Programs. Although I’ve been involved in residency recruiting for 14 years, I’ve been in South Carolina for only four. Here is my perspective of our South Carolina presence in Kansas City.



First Impressions

When I strolled through the exhibit hall prior to its opening, I was convinced that South Carolina’s booth far surpassed all others. Recruiters and residents from other programs commented about our exceptional appearance. Over 150 medical students visited our booth to learn more about our programs.

Sense of Community

Recruiting is hard work, but medical students bring an air of excitement and expectation. Their energy is contagious. The camaraderie we shared with one another made it impossible to keep from smiling!

Last Impressions


As a relative newcomer to South Carolina, I want you to know how unusual we are. We do stand out above the rest. We unite together to create a stronger presence to medical students. We recognize the value of each other. That kind of teamwork makes us exceptional!

(left to right) AnMed Health Family Medicine Resident Joy Zarandy, D.O.;
AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program Director Matt Cline, M.D.;
AnMed Health Family Medicine Resident Andrea Ray, M.D.
For more information about South Carolina AHEC’s eight Family Medicine Residency Programs, visit http://scahec.net/gme/gme.html.

New Rural Rotation for McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program

McLeod’s Family Medicine Residency Program launched a new required rural residency rotation over the summer. This elective rural rotation was made a requirement for all second-year medical residents. During the rotation, the residents spend four weeks working with rural family physicians in the full scope of their practices. This experience includes office-based patient care, hospital rounds, nursing home care, and procedure clinics.

The rural rotations provide residents with optimal exposure to what practicing rural medicine entails. Residents learn how to provide optimal care in what are typically more resource-strapped environments. Rural practices also tend to offer more office-based procedures, which translates to more experience for the residents. Finally, residents learn about cultural differences, making them better caregivers.

The new rural rotation requirement is in keeping with McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program’s mission statement, which is “to graduate competent family physicians who will populate the underserved areas of primarily rural South Carolina and to provide health care services to the community and population we serve.” The program graduates residents in family medicine who go on to practice in a wide range of practices, including: outpatient, hospitals, nursing homes, hospice, emergency rooms, administration, academia, and combinations thereof.

McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program continues to seek more rural preceptors around the state to share their unique practice experiences and to broaden the scope of rural health education for residents. The option of additional elective rural rotations is also still available to residents, with the hope that they will have such a positive experience on the required rotation that they will elect to pursue another rural opportunity.

To find out more about the rural rotation, McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program, or to become a rural preceptor with their program, please contact Dr. John Mattheis at jmattheis@mcleodhealth.org or 843-777-2808.

Last Chance to Register for Telehealth Summit!


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

25th Annual Rebecca S. Seignious Family Medicine Interest Day

A participant practices casting techniques
The 25th Annual Rebecca S. Seignious Family Medicine Interest Day was held on August 23 at the Embassy Suites in Columbia, South Carolina. This event was sponsored by the Statewide Family Medicine Residency Directors, the South Carolina AHEC and the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians.  The purpose of this program is to stimulate interest and enthusiasm in the field of Family Medicine.

Ninety-five medical students from 15 medical schools attended the Interest Day.  The students began the day with a luncheon where they enjoyed the opportunity to network with members of the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians and faculty and residents from South Carolina’s Family Medicine Residency Programs.

A participant practices joint injections

After lunch each student selected four hands-on workshops conducted by South Carolina AHEC’s Family Medicine Residency Training Programs’ faculty and residents.  The hands-on workshops included:

  • GYN Procedures (IUD Insertion, Endometrial Biopsy, and Colposcopy) - Anderson            
  • Joint Injections - Charleston
  • Delivery and Infant Care Simulation - Columbia
  • Upper Endoscopy and Colonoscopy by the Family Physician and Bedside Ultrasound - Florence
  • Basic Suturing Techniques - Greenville
  • Casting - Greenwood
  • Wilderness Medicine - Seneca
  • Vasectomy - Spartanburg

 That evening students attended a recruitment fair/reception and visited booths staffed by the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, the eight South Carolina Family Medicine Residency Programs, and three out of state family medicine residency programs. 

To find out more about the Rebecca S. Seignious Family Medicine Interest Day, please contact Kristin Cochran at cochrak@musc.edu.

Twelfth Annual Research Symposium-Collaboration: Research Partnerships

The Twelfth Annual Research Symposium - Collaboration:  Research Partnerships will be held on September 26 in Greenville, SC. Upstate AHEC sponsors the symposium in collaboration with The Nursing Research Committee of the Greenville Health System, the Nursing Research Council of AnMed Health, Nursing Division of Greenville Technical College, and the Gamma Mu Chapter and the Mu Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The purpose of the symposium is to provide participants with ways to integrate interprofessional collaboration in healthcare research, network with colleagues, and engage in interprofessional dialogue around basic, clinical, educational and translational research studies and findings. 

The conference will take place in the Auditorium of the Technical Resource Center (Building 102) on the Barton Campus of Greenville Technical College, 506 South Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC.  Speakers include:
  • Windsor Westbrook Sherrill, PhD, MBA, MHA
  • Matthew F. Hudson, PhD, MPH
  • Susan Bethel, MSN, RN, NE-BC 
  • Annette Drake, RN, BSN, MSM
  • Meenu Jindal, MD
  • Sharon Warday, MSN, MJP, RN
  • Darlene Amendolair, PhD, RN
  • Julia A. Eggert, PhD, GNP-B, AOCN

Additionally, there will be 18 poster presentations that relate to ways research findings or evidence-based projects contribute to clinical practice. The full conference brochure is available at www.upstateahec.org.

If you would like more information about the conference or have questions, please contact Bennie Pettit at bpettit@upstateahec.org or 864-349-1162.

The Mental Health of Children, Adolescents and Their Families

Mid-Carolina AHEC is partnering once again with the Upper Midlands Rural Health Network to host the school nurse workshop.  The program will take place on October 13 at the Gateway Conference Center in Richburg, SC.

The program is held annually in Chester or Fairfield County and school nurses from across the state attend.  This year the program will also be available to social workers.  This year’s program will provide 6.5 hours of nursing credit, 2.0 hours of social work credit, and 4.5 hours of non-social work credit. 

The topic of the program is “Mental Health of Children, Adolescents, and Their Families.” Speakers for the program represent NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) South Carolina and Catawba County Mental Health. There will also be two speakers who will share their personal journey of living with mental illness with an onset during school years.

To find out more information about this program, please contact Karen Nichols by phone at (803) 377-8026 or email at knichols@umrhn.org.

World Diabetes Day Conference 2014


On November 14, Upstate AHEC, in collaboration with The Greenville Health System Diabetes Education Department, will sponsor the 2014 World Diabetes Day Conference.  The conference addresses real-life emotional aspects of diabetes and will assist participants with developing the skills to help people with diabetes overcome the emotional and behavioral obstacles to living well with the disease. The conference will be held in the Robert Coleman Medical Staff Auditorium at Greenville Memorial Hospital, 701 Grove Road, Greenville, South Carolina from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM.  The target audience includes physicians, registered nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators, certified health education specialists, health educators, mental health professionals, social workers, licensed professional counselors and therapists, and interested others. 

Topics presented at the conference will include bedside teaching and motivation, case management/care coordination and successful patient discharge, barriers to diabetes control and diabetes self-management, and decreasing readmission using telehealth and the bionic pancreas.  Faculty include:
  • Bobbie Rhodes, RN, MS, an Organization Development Consultant with the Greenville Health System
  • Tracey Weaver, BSN, MBA, the Manager of Ambulatory Care Management with the Greenville Health System
  • Bruce Latham, MD, an endocrinology specialist with the Greenville Health System
  • Maggie Bobo, MS, the Director of Telemedicine at the Greenville Health System
  • Manasi Sinha, MD, MPH, Pediatric Endocrinology Clinical Fellow at Mass General Hospital for Children and a Research Fellow in the Diabetes Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital 

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14 and engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight.  The World Diabetes Day theme for 2014-2016 is Healthy Living and Diabetes.

If you would like more information about the conference or have questions, please contact Bennie Pettit at bpettit@upstateahec.org or 864-349-1162.


New to AHEC U

New to


Hemodynamic Monitoring: The Basics
Hemodynamic Monitoring: Beyond the Basics
Gestational Diabetes: New Recommendations for Screening and Treatment
Diabetes Clinical Update 2014
Glucose Lowering Medications Used in the Treatment of Diabetes
Prescription Drug Abuse: From Pills to Heroin
Generations in the Workplace

To view a program, visit ahecu.org.