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Wellness Connect Launches Patient Sessions

The Wellness Connect Telehealth Weight Management program successfully launched in January at four primary care practices across the state.  The program, with funding from The Duke Endowment and the MUSC Center for Telehealth, is a partnership between the South Carolina AHEC, MUSC Weight Management Center and family medicine practices to provide expanded access to weight loss experts at MUSC. The four-month program allows individuals to participate in a weight loss program from the comfort of their primary care provider’s office. “This telemedicine project allows the expertise and resources of our state's oldest medical university to benefit the rural community we serve and will most definitely have a positive impact on America's fastest growing epidemic – obesity,” explains Dr. Oscar Lovelace in Prosperity, SC. Sessions take place every other week with patient groups meeting with the MUSC Weight Management Center via videoconference. Over 20 patients are enthusiasti

Application Deadlines for South Carolina Rural Dentist Loan Repayment and Rural Physician Incentive Grant Programs Near

South Carolina Rural Dentist Loan Repayment Program The application deadline for funding through the South Carolina Rural Dentist Loan Repayment Program is February 15. The program assists in the repayment of educational loans of dentists who practice in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or serve as full-time faculty at the MUSC College of Dental Medicine. For more information about the program, please visit the South Carolina AHEC webpage at . South Carolina Rural Physician Incentive Grant Program Applications are currently being accepted for the South Carolina Rural Physician Incentive Grant Program.   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 u

Lowcountry AHEC Welcomes New HCP Coordinator

Lowcountry AHEC is proud to announce the addition of their new Health Careers Program (HCP) Coordinator Katura Williams, M.Ed. Ms. Williams is a local Walterboro native. After graduating from Colleton County High School, she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology. In 2013, she completed her Master of Education in Counselor Education from South Carolina State University. Previously, Ms. Williams worked with the Colleton and Charleston Departments of Health and Human Services and the Lowcountry Community Action Agency. While working on her graduate degree, she interned at Harleyville Elementary School and Colleton Middle School. She has a love for helping people and is excited to work with Lowcountry’s HCP students. Ms. Williams will be replacing Natasha Chatman, who is leaving Lowcountry AHEC after nearly six years to join the Franklin C. Fetter Community Health Center. Ms. Chatman has been an extremely valuable member of Lowcountry AHEC and will be missed. Please join

AHEC Partnership Enables Collaboration Across Oceans

The South Carolina AHEC has partnered for two years with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the American University of Beirut (AUB) to provide videoconferencing capabilities for Balint seminars between both universities. The technology allows the seminars to take place despite the faculty and students participating from separate continents. The published results of a study of the effectiveness of the videoconference seminars is now available online at . Balint seminars are "used in many family medicine residencies to improve and strengthen the patient-doctor relationship: to make better doctors" (see full paper [insert link]). Unfortunately, there is a lack of credentialed Balint leaders in developing countries; therefore, the feasibility and effectiveness of conducting Balint seminars via videoconference was investigated. Drs. Jumana Antoun and Maya Romani at AUB and Drs. Alan Johnson and Clive Brock at MUSC

Pee Dee AHEC Health Careers Program and Darlington County School District Collaborate on Communication Workshop

Communication is changing. Today’s high school students largely prefer text messaging, email, and social media, such as Facebook, to traditional channels such as communicating face-to-face or by phone with someone. However, these skills still remain crucial to searching for and obtaining employment. To help, Pee Dee AHEC and Darlington County School District will collaborate to offer an employability skills workshop for the Darlington County School District Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Office after school program this spring, led by WIA Coordinator Rudell DuBose. “With so many fast ways to communicate today, it can become easy for our communication skills to get sick. We’re hoping this workshop will be fun while at the same time equip young people with skills on how to communicate well, not just online, but in person,” says Pee Dee AHEC Health Careers Program Coordinator Larrissa Clavon. Ms. Clavon will present the spring workshop, “WellTalk: A Communication Workshop.” Ms.

Mid-Carolina AHEC Shares Two Steps to Save a Life

If you are called upon to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend.  Sadly, most Americans (70 percent) feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they don’t know how to administer CPR or they’re afraid of hurting the victim.  Fortunately, “Hands-Only” CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public.  It can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival!  This basic type of CPR has just two easy steps: If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse: (1) Call 9-1-1; and (2) Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the disco song “Stayin’ Alive”.  “Do what?” you may ask.  Information on the American Heart Association “Hands Only” CPR Fact Sheet can be a helpful first start in learning these techniques. The fact sheet can be found on the American Heart Association website .

Upcoming Continuing Education Programs

Lowcountry AHEC Offering DSM-5 Overview in May Lowcountry AHEC is offering a training course reviewing the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) entitled, “DSM5: A First Look” on May 8 at the Trident Community Center in the Trident Family Health building in North Charleston.   The long-anticipated DSM-5 has been in publication for nearly two years and reflects a significant shift in the way that clinicians will conceptualize and diagnose their patients. In this full-day training, participants will explore the revision rationale put forth by the American Psychiatric   Association (APA) and gain a greater understanding of the field's movement toward a more dimensional conceptualization of mental health disorders. The course will explore how the diagnostic criteria of each disorder has been revised in light of the growing body of neurological and psychiatric literature, as well as the impact that culture, gender, human d

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