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South Carolina AHEC 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 Myrtle Beach on June 7-8.  On June 7, a Chief Residents’ Seminar was held for physicians who will be chief residents during the 2015-2016 academic year. The session was conducted by Mark Greenawald, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at 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. Gerard Jebaily, MD (McLeod Family Medicine), and Lisa Mims, MD (Trident/MUSC Family Medicine), served as co-chairs and moderators of the Resident Scholarship Symposium. Judges were Matthew Cline, MD (AnMed Family Medicine); Melissa Hortman (Trident/MUSC Family Medicine); and Ed Evans, MD (Seneca Lakes Family Medicine). Marty Player, MD (Trident/MUSC Family Medicine), assisted with the symposium presentations and scoring. 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 Basic Research
First Place ($400.00) – Basic Research
Impact of Increasing Access to Primary Care on Emergency Department Utilization for Uninsured Patients
Christina Crumbliss, MD; Robin Malik, MD; and Stephanie Strickland, MD
Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program

Second Place ($300.00) – Basic Research
Managing Healthcare Expenses: Review of Laboratory Ordering Patterns Amongst Residents
Erik Zarandy, DO
AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program

Third Place ($200.00) – Basic Research
Statin Intolerance and Attrition Rates in High Risk Patients Treated Under the New Cholesterol Guidelines
Kristin Pandke, MSc, MD; Leslie Golden, MPH, MD; James Shrouder, MD; and Phillip Callihan, PhD
Greenville Hospital System Family Medicine Residency Program
First Place Quality Improvement

First Place ($400.00) - Quality Improvement
Improving Billing Practices in a Family Medicine Residency Clinic
Brooke Benson, MD; Chad Garven, MD, MPH; and Aaron Hyson, MD
Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program

Second Place ($300.00) – Quality Improvement
Improving Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening in a Local Primary Care Setting
Russell Blackwelder, MD; Susan Hurley, MD; and Steven Spivey, MD
Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program

Third Place ($200.00) – Quality Improvement
Diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease in Adult Patients with Reduced GFR in a Family Medicine Residency Clinic
Virginia Fuller, MD; and Jamie King, MD
Poster Session Winner
Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program

Poster Session ($200.00)
Patient Cycle Time Study:  A Review of Efficiency and Ways for Improvement
David Montgomery, 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.



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