Skip to main content

2015 Recipients of South Carolina AHEC Family Medicine Awards

Halford Award for Leadership in Humane Education

Presented to Patricia Witherspoon, MD


Dr. David Garr, South Carolina AHEC Executive Director;
Dr. Patricia Witherspoon, Halford Award Recipient;
Dr. Chuck Carter, Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Training
Program Director

The South Carolina AHEC is pleased to announce that Patricia Wilson Witherspoon, MD, FAAFP, is this year’s recipient of the Halford Award.  Since 1998, Dr. Witherspoon has been an integral part of the Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program. She is currently serving as the Co-Medical Director and Associate Professor for the USC School of Medicine Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. In these roles she has committed herself to serving her community and providing excellent medical student teaching and resident mentoring. Her experience as a leader and role model are acknowledged in the many other recognitions she has received, including the USC Social Justice Award (2011), USC Women’s Health Award (2011), and DHEC Diabetes Champion of the Year (2010).

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; and demonstrate a passion and joy for teaching, learning and working with others and participating in community service activities.

South Carolina AHEC Excellence in Family Medicine Education Award 

Presented to Scott Bragg, PharmD




The Sixth Annual South Carolina AHEC Excellence in Family Medicine Education Award was presented to Scott Bragg, PharmD, BCSP, with the Trident Health/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program. Since 2013, Dr. Bragg served as assistant professor for the South Carolina College of Pharmacy Clinical Pharmacy and Outcomes Sciences as well as the MUSC Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Bragg is involved with the I3 Collaborative, a collaboration of residency programs across South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. In his role as assistant professor, he has taught applied health systems and clinical assessment labs to pharmacy students, interprofessional courses on transforming healthcare to interprofessional groups of students at MUSC, and diabetes management workshops as part of the MUSC Family Medicine clerkship. He has been an integral part of the development and participation in a quality improvement and research curriculum for the residency program and implemented a longitudinal pharmacotherapy curriculum in addition to specific pharmacotherapy-related objectives for each rotation. Residents who have worked with Dr. Bragg speak highly of the significant effect he has had on the program during his two years there, including his consistent dedication to family medicine, enthusiasm for teaching and the impact he has made on pharmacy students, medical students and residents.

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.  

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

A COVID-19 Update from Our Executive Director

At South Carolina AHEC it is our mission to serve the state to ensure each and every community has the healthcare workforce and access it needs. In times like these, it’s even more important to support our healthcare professionals and the health workforce pipeline and, as the pandemic evolves, we are here for you. Just in the past couple of days we have:  Assisted two universities in meeting requirements of their interprofessional education (IPE) curriculum by providing access to AHEC Scholars online programs Provided information about the Health Careers Program (HCP) modules to the SC Department of Education to list with their health sciences curriculum as they transition to online learning Adjusted student housing needs and protocols and assisted with relocating clinical placements while tracking new policies from many institutions Moved numerous live continuing professional development (CPD) events to webinars to help healthcare professionals maintain access to education

Kelly Jones, PharmD, Named 2016 South Carolina AHEC Educator of the Year Award

Kelly Jones, PharmD, BCPS is recognized as the 2016 South Carolina AHEC Educator of the Year. Dr. Jones is the Associate Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. He was nominated by the Continuing Professional Development staff of Pee Dee AHEC in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the continuing professional development of healthcare providers across South Carolina and beyond. The South Carolina AHEC Outstanding Educator of the Year Award recognizes excellence in instructors of continuing education in the South Carolina AHEC system. The Outstanding Educator is selected based on their ability to present content in a practical, useful format that meets the needs and expectations of program participants while communicating the material enthusiastically. Educators must also successfully adapt presentations to address multiple learning styles.   Dr. Jones has served the South Carolina AHEC in a myriad

Pee Dee AHEC Health Careers Summer Internship Program Places Students from Five Counties

Left to right:  Sabrora Lemmon, Brittany Lewis,  Brittany Brown, Kathryn Johnson, Courtney Brown, Synobia Miller, Samoria Session   Summer interns in the Pee Dee AHEC Health Careers Summer Internship Program have begun their summer work experiences. Students have been placed in facilities that align with their health career aspirations. This summer’s internship class includes high school and college students from Florence, Sumter, Clarendon, Horry and Marion counties.   To prepare for the work experience, the interns first gathered for an orientation and training session at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. The session addressed topics such as communication skills, professional appearance, and ways to optimize internship experiences. Orientation also allowed the students to meet one another and interact in person with the health careers program coordinator. During orientation, three health professions students along with Traci Coward, Pee Dee AHEC Health Prof