Thursday, March 17, 2016

Julie Ghent Receives the 2016 South Carolina AHEC Michel Porter Ambassador Award

Julie Ghent (left) and Mid-Carolina AHEC
Center Director Cheri Plyler (right)
The South Carolina AHEC Michel Porter Ambassador Award recognizes a member of the South Carolina AHEC System who has made a major contribution to the enhancement of the South Carolina AHEC. This year, the South Carolina AHEC is proud to bestow the award to Julie Ghent at Mid-Carolina AHEC.

Ms. Ghent is a Health Professions Student (HPS) Program Coordinator at Mid-Carolina AHEC. With over 18 years of service, Ms. Ghent has helped place countless health professions students throughout Mid-Carolina’s 11-county region for their clinical rotations, as well as served as a liaison between students, communities, preceptors and universities. She exemplifies the spirit of AHEC by always coming to the table with solutions and opportunities to expand and improve current HPS programming. In her positive attitude, helpfulness, empowerment and creativity, she supports the students, providers and institutions that partner with AHEC and has become a “go to” person for anything related to the HPS program at Mid-Carolina AHEC.

Ms. Ghent’s work with AHEC is distinguished by her dedication to supporting health professions students and providers and as such they speak highly of her service and enthusiasm. Preceptors spoke of her thoroughness, kindness, passion and dependability in all aspects of her work. Her colleagues at AHEC know she exhibits a willingness and ability to think outside the box and drive innovation and collaboration. Notably, she is credited with being a driving force behind Mid-Carolina AHEC’s success as an American Heart Association Community Training Center and its designation as an Advanced Stroke Life Support Training Center.

The South Carolina AHEC would like to congratulate Ms. Ghent on her award and thank her for her service and contributions to the health professions students and healthcare community in South Carolina!  


Check next month's AHEConnects newsletter for announcements about other South Carolina AHEC award winners.

Upcoming Continuing Professional Development Opportunities with Upstate AHEC

American Physical Therapy Association Clinical Instructor Education & Credentialing Program

Upstate AHEC is collaborating with the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Greenville Technical College to offer an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Clinical Instructor Education and Credentialing Program on April 22 and 23 at the Benson Campus of Greenville Technical College in Greer. This program is recognized by the APTA as a clinical instructor education and credentialing program (CIECP) and is designed for those interested in or involved with clinical education, especially clinical instructors, center coordinators of clinical education, and academic coordinators of clinical education.

Outcomes of the CIECP are measured through a credentialing assessment center for physical therapy providers.  Participants apply information from the CIECP in six simulated situations. Upon receiving a passing score in each station in the assessment center, candidates will receive a credentialed clinical instructor certificate from the APTA.  The instructor Kristen Mason, PT, DPT, is a credentialed clinical trainer recognized by the APTA.

To register for this course or for more information go to www.UpstateAHEC.org or call Bennie Pettit at 864-349-1162.

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Forensic Nurse Training Seminar

Upstate AHEC will sponsor a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Forensic Nurse Training Seminar on May 2 through 6.   This training seminar will teach interested emergency room nurses, OB-GYN nurses, and nurse practitioners how to better care for their patients by recognizing, collecting and preserving evidence, interviewing victims and linking them to vital community resources for follow-up.  This nationally recognized training seminar is an intensive 40-hour didactic class.  Lectures by leading experts in their respective fields will discuss the forensic investigation from trauma to trial.  The training will include both a written exam and a practical return demonstration component.  There is also a post-training clinical requirement, designed to familiarize the forensic nurse with the resources available in their community.  Ample time will be given for completion of these requirements.

For more information about the upcoming SANE Training Seminar call 864-349-1160 or visit the Upstate AHEC website at www.upstateahec.org.

Looking for more continuing professional development? Upstate AHEC has many upcoming opportunities, including programs related to:
  • Elder abuse
  • Kinesio Taping©
  • ECG interpretation
  • Drugs of abuse
  • Therapeutic yoga
  • Organ donation
  • And more…
To find out more and register, please visit the Upstate AHEC website at http://upstateahec.org/continuing-education/classes/.


New to AHEC U


New Courses and Educational Opportunities on AHEC U include:

Childhood Obesity Trends, Consequences and The Future: Special Focus on South Carolina
Making A Rash Decision: Common Rashes Seen in the School Setting
Pediatric Procedures for the Office
Pharmacology for All Disciplines: Just the Basics
Controlled Substance Prescribing: Focus on Analgesics
Self-Knowledge and Emotional Intelligence: Nursing Essentials
Genetics for the Primary Care Provider-“Neurodevelopmental Disorders”
School-Based Services-A Tutorial for Healthcare Providers

To find our more and register, visit ahecu.org.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Webinars


Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina and the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health are presenting a two-part webinar featuring the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. The webinars will provide an overview of the program, a summary of the 2016 rankings and how to use them, and a description of the tools and resources available to South Carolina communities to improve health.

To find out more information and register, visit the Eat Smart, Move More website at www.eatsmartmovemoresc.org.