Friday, April 15, 2016

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 of ways for the past 25 years, including providing education for the region’s family medicine residents and medical, pharmacy, and nursing students. In addition, he routinely provides continuing education for practicing pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, advanced practice nurses, and rehab staff. He often leads sessions for Pee Dee AHEC’s APRN Monthly Meeting series.

Several of Dr. Jones’ colleagues submitted letters of recommendation including Spencer Morris, PharmD, and President/Administrator of Southeastern Continuing Medical Education Consultants, LLC. Dr. Morris writes, “Kelly has developed a mastery of evidence-based, clinical instruction few other educators possess and it has served him well for over 25 years as an instructor of family physicians…He is a talented speaker and can engage the most stubborn of audiences when teaching about complicated clinical topics. He can easily shift from giving a presentation to hundreds of clinicians to one-on-one, bedside teaching at the point of care and never misses a beat! Kelly is my “go-to” instructor in my role as an accredited continuing pharmacy education provider.”

Deborah Hopla, DNP and Assistant Professor/Coordinator of the MSN/FNP Program at Francis Marion University writes, “It is my honor to nominate Dr. Kelly Jones for the Outstanding Educator Award…He consistently receives accolades from students for his dynamic teaching style and highly interactive class. Dr. Jones teaches evidence-based pharmacotherapeutics and assists students to realize that patients are more than their disease processes.”

Dr. Jones frequently lectures at the APRN Monthly Meetings conducted through the South Carolina AHEC SCHOOLS videoconferencing system. Many of his programs are also archived as SCHOOLS on-demand video programs. To see Dr. Jones in action and to register for these programs, go to www.scahec.net/schools.

Saeed Rehman, MD, Named 2016 South Carolina AHEC Preceptor of the Year

Saeed Rehman, MD, has been selected as the 2016 South Carolina AHEC Preceptor of the Year in recognition for his unwavering commitment to health professions students’ clinical education.  The purpose of this award is to bring recognition to an outstanding community-based preceptor serving South Carolina health professions students. Each year practitioners volunteer to provide hours of clinical education to students from various health professions. It is their dedication to the education of the next generation of health professionals that we honor with this award.

Dr. Rehman has been an ER physician at Beaufort Memorial Hospital for 20 years and the emergency room director since 1999. Since 2000, he has participated in health professions students’ education.  Primarily, he precepts medical students and physician assistant students.  Each year when asked about his availability to precept, Dr. Rehman requests a physician assistant student for every rotation. He is always eager to precept and will often train more than one student at the same time, exposing them to a wide variety of clinical experiences. Last year, he precepted 10 students.

Students rated Dr. Rehman very highly for his concern for student learning and his ability to provide high quality feedback.  One student said, “True educators and, thus, excellent preceptors are also patient, accepting, understanding, challenging, and dynamic. All of these are traits that Dr. Rehman possesses and which make learning from him a wonderful experience. He knows when to ask probing questions and when to let a student figure it out for herself. He knows when to challenge and when to guide with a gentle hand. He knows when to invite active participation and when observation might be best. The greatest challenge of teaching is that no two students learn the same way. Dr. Rehman intuitively understands this and adapts his teaching and educational style to the student and to the situation. His calm demeanor and non-judgmental attitude make students feel welcome, accepted, comfortable, and excited to learn.”

Another student wrote, I felt inspired working with Dr. Rehman and learned not only emergency assessment, but procedural intervention, and how to use foundational approaches to primary care. He demands a lot in return for my gain from his leadership, working more hours and seeing more patients than other rotations, in addition to reading assignments and providing oral reports. Yes, totally exhausting at times, but in the end, I took an amazing ride on a thrilling medical roller coaster with my hair blown away at the amount of education that I gained!”

Piedmont Family Practice Named 2016 South Carolina AHEC Practice of the Year

The Practice of the Year Award recognizes practices and training sites that exhibit exemplary dedication to the teaching of health professions students and a commitment to serving their communities.  The South Carolina AHEC recognizes Piedmont Family Practice as the South Carolina AHEC 2016 Practice of the Year.

Piedmont Family Practice, with locations in Anderson and Greenville counties, is a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognized Level III Patient Centered Medical Home. The practice provides quality comprehensive care with exceptional service to their patients.  All of the providers are recognized by the NCQA for providing excellent care for both diabetes and heart disease/stroke prevention.  In addition to being board certified in family medicine, several of the physicians are also certified in geriatrics, allowing them to better serve a diverse community.

Piedmont Family Practice serves as a superb example to students of rural medical care, inter-professional teamwork and community commitment.   The practitioners have served as preceptors to students for MUSC and South Carolina AHEC for many years.  Always willing to accept students, the practice provides preceptors for a number of disciplines including medicine, nursing, and physician assisting.  During the past year, they have precepted 14 students from MUSC.

Students often comment on the outstanding clinical experience and the welcoming, pleasant atmosphere at Piedmont Family Practice.  The positive and non-intimidating environment allows students to have a greater, richer clinical experience.  They receive one-on-one teaching from their preceptors, and everyone at the practice is eager and excited to host healthcare students.  Though students are often reluctant to complete a rural clinical rotation, they leave Piedmont Family Practice with a wealth of knowledge and experiences, both clinical and personal.

Upstate AHEC Health Professions Student Program coordinators emphasize that working with the physicians, mid-level providers, nurses and support staff at Piedmont Family Practice is an absolutely wonderful experience.  They do not say “no” to a placement request from AHEC. Piedmont Family Practice is always more than willing to take a student (or two) and are flexible with the placement request needs.  They have even been able to fulfill last minute placement requests without any hesitation. Their willingness is serve students is one of many examples of how Piedmont Family Practice has committed itself to student education.

The providers and staff at Piedmont Family Practice go above and beyond in supporting the education of health professions students. They have made a commitment to student education and are doing an outstanding job of providing exceptional rural clinical experiences to our students.

Patient Centered Medical Home Sessions at Mid-Carolina AHEC

Mid-Carolina AHEC recently hosted the first in a series of quarterly events featuring Dr. Keith Shealy of Mackey Family Practice in Lancaster.  As the first privately-owned practice in South Carolina to receive Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Certification, Dr. Shealy is in a unique position to offer insight on the establishment, maintenance and benefits of the PCMH model.  Mid-Carolina AHEC invited local students and preceptors to attend and gain valuable knowledge on how implementing PCMH measures can provide substantial returns on investment.  These returns include increased patient and office staff satisfaction, improved health outcomes and a more efficient operation. 

Dr. Shealy covered several steps that Mackey Family Practice has incorporated into its workflow to improve patient experience, including physical rearrangement of the workplace.  Reducing process steps required for employees and patients on a given visit makes for a less tiring workday for staff and a more pleasant experience for patients.  Close attention is paid to patient requirements for each visit so more can be accomplished accurately and with less follow up.  Dr. Shealy also addressed the steps toward PCMH certification for a practice, including the off-site evaluation component.

The second engagement in the series with Dr. Shealy is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22 at Mid-Carolina AHEC.  Please join us for the opportunity to hear from someone with lots of practical experience in the application of the patient centered medical home model we’ve heard so much about!

To find out more and to RSVP, please contact Mid-Carolina AHEC HPS Coordinator Jeff Cauthen at jcauthen@comporium.net.

Upstate AHEC Welcomes Sandy Nichols

Sandy Nichols joined Upstate AHEC this spring as Financial and Human Resources Manager and brings her extensive accounting background to the AHEC team. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bob Jones University and worked as a staff accountant at Bob Jones for 17 years. She holds over 30 years of bookkeeping and accounting experience and practiced business capability.

Sandy and her husband Duane are active members in their church’s music ministry and have two married children, both of whom live in the Upstate. She welcomed her first grandchild into the family in October of 2014.

Her deep knowledge of bookkeeping and many years of financial experience make her a valuable asset to the Upstate AHEC team and the South Carolina AHEC System. Please help us welcome her to AHEC at snichols@upstateahec.org.

Mid-Carolina AHEC Health Careers Program Recruitment for 2016-2017 School Year is Open!

It’s that time of year again; the Mid-Carolina AHEC Health Careers Academy (HCA) is now recruiting for the 2016-2017 Health Careers Academy. The Health Careers Academy aims to increase the number of students, especially minority and disadvantaged students, entering the health professions in South Carolina. The evidence-based HCA curriculum is also designed to promote resiliency, improve overall academic success, and foster a sense of purpose in the student participants.  It provides students with a practical link between academic studies and preparation for participation in the workforce.

The Mid-Carolina AHEC offers the HCA for rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade high school students. HCA activities promote academic success, career development and personal growth for students. The HCA also helps families understand that the path to becoming a health care professional begins in high school.

The HCA provides exploration into health careers and prepares students for the rigors of healthcare training programs through activities that focus on communication, math and science. The HCA also provides student advising and mentoring sessions. Parental involvement sessions are provided for parents to learn more about financial aid options and strategies to help their children strive to become future healthcare providers in South Carolina.

The Health Careers Academy will be held one Tuesday night a month from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in the following Counties:

  • Lexington & Richland Counties: Midlands Technical College Airport Campus
  • Chester County: Fort Lawn Community Center
  • Lancaster & York: Mid-Carolina AHEC
Applications can be found at www.hcp.midcarolinaahec.org or by emailing Mid-Carolina AHEC Health Careers Program Coordinator Erica Davis at ericadavis@comporium.net. The application deadline for the 2016-2017 Health Careers Academy is May 30, 2016. In past years, applications were offered twice a year in the Fall and Spring, but due to limited space, applications will NOT be available in the Fall.

If you do not see your county listed and you are interested in starting a New HCA Program, or if you would like to set up a “Lunch and Learn,” have any additional questions, comments or concerns, please contact Erica Davis at ericadavis@comporium.net or (803) 286-4121.

Lowcountry AHEC Offering Continuing Education Program on Traumatic Brain Injury


Lowcountry AHEC will be offering Acquired Brain Injury: A Clinical Picture and Rehabilitation Strategies on June 30 at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. This multi-disciplinary program will discuss the challenges faced when working with patients with traumatic brain injury in a rehabilitative setting.  Participants will review the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury, as well as explore common symptomologies that challenge caregivers and healthcare professionals working with survivors of traumatic brain injury.  The program will discuss issues related to specific populations, such as sports injuries, adolescents, and the elderly, as well as the social, ethical and legal challenges faced when working with this patient population.  

Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy credits are pending.  Nursing and South Carolina AHEC Best Practice credits apply.  Limited seating is available, please go to www.lcahec.com to register.

Mid-Carolina AHEC Thanks Murdock Orthodontics




Mid-Carolina AHEC would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Murdock Orthodontics for their donation to the Health Careers Program this past winter. Murdock Orthodontics is committed and passionate about supporting local charities within its communities.  Both of the Murdock brothers participated in a similar program in high school and look at them today. They now have the opportunity to be role models to students and support healthcare leaders of tomorrow. To learn more about Murdock Orthodontics and their community outreach programs, go to www.murdockortho.com. Thank you for your support!

Save the Date: Fifth Annual Telehealth Summit of South Carolina



To find out more and to register, visit Palmetto Care Connection's website.