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Season's Greetings from South Carolina AHEC

Dr. Abercrombie Named Preceptor of the Year by VCOM

Dr. Stoney Abercrombie, Director of Medical Education at AnMed Health, was recognized as the 2013-2014 Preceptor of the Year by the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) Medical School for Excellence in Student Clinical Education. VCOM Associate Dean Dr. Paul Switzer presented the award at the annual AnMed Health medical staff dinner meeting on October 2. AnMed Health presently has 24 third and fourth year medical students in clinical training. Twenty-three are from VCOM and one is from MUSC. In the summer of 2015, the incoming third year class will have six medical students from VCOM and six from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). A native of Six Mile, SC, Dr. Abercrombie is a graduate of Clemson University, MUSC, and the Family Medicine Residency Program of the Greenville Hospital System. He served as a flight surgeon in the United States Army for two years and practiced for eight years in Seneca prior to entering academia. Dr. Abercrombie has pre

Lowcountry AHEC’s New Building Nears Completion

Lowcountry AHEC’s permanent home at 87 Academy Road in Walterboro is scheduled to be completed sooner than anticipated at the end of January. Walterboro is the center of the Lowcountry AHEC service area and is a convenient location for health professionals and students to meet. In addition to housing the staff, the building will have a 1,000 square foot classroom/training room and a conference room. Both will have videoconferencing capabilities. Lowcountry AHEC is excited as the long-awaited project nears completion and looks forward to continuing to serve the communities in its 12-county region.

Incentive Grants Available for Primary Care Providers in Rural Areas

The South Carolina AHEC is pleased to announce that applications are currently being accepted from primary care physicians (Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Ob/Gyn) and advanced practice professionals (nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) who contract for a period of four years to practice in rural or underserved areas of South Carolina.  Awards for physicians will vary, with the minimum award being $60,000 and the maximum award being $100,000, depending upon the type of practice setting and the population of the county. Awards for advanced practice professionals will vary, with the minimum award being $30,000 and the maximum award being $50,000, depending upon the type of practice setting and the population of the county. Specifically, the State Incentive Grant Program may: Provide $25,000 per year for up to four years to qualified physicians practicing in counties with a population of less than 50,000. Provide $15,

Lowcountry AHEC Health Careers Programs and Successes

(right to left) Kristin Blair and Dr. Belk Lowcountry AHEC works diligently to increase the number and diversity of students entering the health professions pipeline. The Lowcountry AHEC Summer Internship Program serves as a vehicle for accomplishing this goal by offering career exploration opportunities for graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students. Selected s t u den t s a r e p l ace d in Lowcountry hea l t h c a r e f a c il i t ies for four weeks in July. Students are provided opportunities to observe a healthcare setting and develop their personal and professional skills through special student sessions. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a $500 stipend. Lowcountry AHEC has achieved great success through this program. Lowcountry AHEC Health Careers Program Coordinator Natasha Chatman shares, “Our interns are awesome, and they really impress the preceptors at our clinical sites.” Kristin Blair, a senior at South Carolina State

Hypertension Modules Coming in 2015

Specially targeted hypertension modules will be available as enduring continuing education videos in early 2015. To learn more,  check out the flyer  or  sign up for email updates .

Upcoming Continuing Education Programs

The South Carolina School Nurse Conference Coming in January The 34 th Annual South Carolina School Nurse Conference will be January 30-31 at the Embassy Suites, Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston.   This year’s theme is “Waves of Change – Oceans of Opportunities” and over 400 school nurses are expected to attend from across the state of South Carolina to celebrate school nursing and improve the ability to protect and promote health, safety, and wellbeing of school children in the state.   The conference is approved for eight total contact hours of nursing credit and includes presentations on smart snacks, autism spectrum disorders, appropriate iPad apps for the school setting, effective communication, grief counseling, and many more. Awards recognizing outstanding school health efforts will be presented at the awards luncheon on January 31.   For more information please visit . Upstate AHEC Offering End

New to AHEC U

New to Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Things Are Not Always As They Seem: Recognizing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse Pediatric Medication Administration OB Series:  Puzzled About Your OB Patient? Putting the Pieces Together (Pre-Natal Care) More Pieces to the Puzzle: Special Considerations in Pregnancy Labor and Delivery: Fast and Furious and Full of Pitfalls Postpartum: Busier Than Ever To view a program, visit .