Thursday, August 13, 2015

Health Career Exploration Symposium a Success

The second annual Health Career Exploration Symposium took place on June 25 and was a huge success, engaging 38 high school and college students  in health careers exploration. The symposium took place at the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL) in Beaufort and included students from both the Lowcountry AHEC and Mid-Carolina AHEC Health Careers Programs. 

The symposium gave students a chance to explore a variety of health careers through active learning by having them rotate through sessions facilitated by volunteer health professionals. Rotations included: neurological exams/ traumatic brain injury, phlebotomy, respiratory therapy, biology, and DNA extraction and visualization. Lieutenant Commander Aileen Cangiano-Heath, MD, Medical Corps, USN, was the keynote speaker and facilitated one of the students’ favorite sessions on neurological exams and traumatic brain injury. The students then participated in team building activities and more rotation sessions in the afternoon, including simple triage and rapid treatment, emergency response procedures and equipment overview, and a high intensity tactical training confidence course. Beaufort EMS facilitated the emergency response session, another favorite of the students.

The day was a success with one student commenting, “I’ll be back next year and I’ll bring a friend.”

A special thank you to all the AHEC staff, volunteers, facilitators, sponsors and, most importantly, the students for making the second annual Health Careers Exploration Symposium a success!

For more information, please contact Lowcountry AHEC Health Careers Program Coordinator Katura Williams at 

Upstate AHEC Providing Nurse Certification Review Courses

Nursing, like health care in general, has become increasingly complex. While a registered nurse (RN) license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive additional education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse.  With this in mind, many hospitals are encouraging national board certification for their nurses. Additionally, patients are advised to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit a hospital or primary care provider. Board certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones.

There are a number of nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system and most are accredited by either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both. Nursing certification validates knowledge, professional skills and practice, clinical expertise, and expert clinical judgment and a standard that improves care.  

Upstate AHEC understands that certification review courses are in demand and has planned six courses for the remainder of 2015. Certification review courses provide information that can be utilized in preparing for certification exams, valuable study tips and continuing education contact hours. In an effort to support the need for life-long learning, expand nurses’ knowledge and increase the percentage of nationally certified nurses, Upstate AHEC has already offered 12 certification review courses over the last 24 months. During this time 199 nurses participated in these courses. 

For more information about Upstate AHEC certification review courses, visit

South Carolina HIV, STD and Viral Hepatitis Conference in October

Mid-Carolina AHEC and the South Carolina HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Conference Committee have partnered once again to host the 2015 SC HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Conference: Getting to Zero: Progressive Strategies, Achieving Success on October 28-29, 2015, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.  This year’s conference will focus on high-impact prevention, treatment strategies and innovative approaches to build and sustain working partnerships.

This is an interdisciplinary conference that is designed for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, other clinicians, social workers, case managers, public health professionals, educators, students, and community members.  The overall mission is to provide opportunities for professionals and community members to engage in dialogue related to current practices, interventions, and emerging concerns and trends. 

The conference will provide 11 hours of continuing education for nurses; counselors; therapists; social workers; alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) treatment and prevention professionals; and certified health education specialists (CHES)/master certified health education specialists (MCHES).  

To find out more information about this year’s conference or to register, please visit .

Lowcountry AHEC Offering Statewide Patient Care Technician Update Course

Lowcountry AHEC is offering the program entitled, “PCT (Patient Care Technician) Update” via the statewide SCHOOLS videoconferencing system on September 9, 2015, from 8:00am to 12:30pm.  This course will include didactic information and skills practice, including: recording of intake and output, measurement of three vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, respirations), provision of perineal care, and measurement of blood glucose.  The instructor will be presenting from Roper St. Francis Healthcare Professional Development Offices, Fairfield Park at 1064 Gardner Road, Suite 206, Classroom #2 in Charleston.

To find out how your site can be a participating location or how to register, please contact Lowcountry AHEC Continuing Education Coordinator Diana Caron at 

Registration for Fourth Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina Now Open

The Fourth Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina will take place October 15-16 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The President of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Reed Tuckson, MD, FACP, will be the keynote speaker. Registration and more information is available online.