Wednesday, August 1, 2018

2018 South Carolina AHEC Excellence Awards

Gateway Award

The South Carolina AHEC Gateway Award recognizes individuals who are committed to furthering the development of future health professionals and are distinguished in their service to students in the health careers pipeline. This year’s Gateway Award recipient is Jay Blankenship MBA, HRV.

Mr. Blankenship works for the South Carolina Department of Commerce and has partnered with Upstate AHEC for more than eight years. He has contributed his time, talent, and resources to Upstate AHEC’s Health Careers Program in various ways, funding projects for HCP’s high school students such as college tours, SAT/ACT workshops, student scholarships, healthcare literacy projects and workforce-readiness workshops for high school and college students across the Upstate. Mr. Blankenship was also responsible for providing classroom sets of literature to HCP’s high school and college students. Through his work at the South Carolina Department of Commerce and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Youth Advisory Council, Jay has also been very instrumental in strategically aligning community partnerships for Upstate AHEC including the Hispanic Alliance, Fox News, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Goodwill Industries.  

Mr. Blankenship has roots in South Carolina: he graduated from South Carolina State University with a B.S in Marketing as well as an M.A and M.B.A from Webster University. He has a passion for closing gaps in underrepresented and underserved minority communities and believes that all people are created equal and should be afforded the opportunity to receive a quality education, become self-sufficient and be economically successful. He actively participates in building a strong future healthcare workforce in South Carolina. He is intentional in including Upstate AHEC’s eleven counties and beyond by providing tangible resources and current information for student success and for that we recognize him as this year’s Gateway Award recipient.

Practice of the Year Award

The South Carolina AHEC 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 Beaufort Memorial Harrison Peeples Health Care Center as the 2017 Practice of the Year. 

Established in 1991, the Harrison Peeples Health Care Center provides a full range of general adult and pediatric outpatient medical care from diagnosis and treatment to case management and total coordination of care across the life spectrum. The 24-member staff includes board-certified family medicine physicians, a board-certified internist, a physician assistant, family medicine nurse practitioners and a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Lowcountry AHEC health professions students have benefited from a wide variety of experiences with the Harrison Peeples team. The providers give students practical experience and a true taste of the family practice needs. Each year the practitioners and staff volunteer to provide hours of clinical education to students from various health professions programs. In fact, the site has been precepting for Lowcountry AHEC since 1994 when Dr. Shealy was a preceptor with the South Carolina Rural Interdisciplinary Program of Training (SCRIPT).  From June 2016 through December 2017, the Harrison Peeples team precepted eleven MUSC student rotations.

It is evident that the team at Beaufort Memorial Harrison Peeples Health Care Center enjoys assisting the students with their growth and development. They believe that supporting future health care providers in each of their roles is paramount to their community’s success. This community-based education provides students with opportunities to grow and serve. It is their dedication to the education of the next generation of health professionals that allows their students to be better prepared to excel in health care. 

Preceptor of the Year Award

The South Carolina AHEC Preceptor of the Year Award recognizes unwavering commitment to health professions students’ clinical education. This award distinguishes 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 professions. It is their dedication to the education of the next generation of health professionals that we honor with this award. This year’s Preceptor of the Year is William A. Chinery, MD.

Dr. William A. Chinery has 25 years’ experience as a pediatrician and ten years’ experience as an educator. He is a strong supporter of giving back to his profession and does so as an exemplary preceptor in the area of pediatrics. He is an advocate for one of our most vulnerable populations—infants/children, as well as the family units supporting these children. When asked his willingness to support interprofessional simulation training on USC Lancaster’s regional campus, Dr. Chinery was one of the first physicians to say “YES” and “WHEN.”  He is an AHEC coordinator’s model preceptor!

According to one student:
He is an exceptionally rare educator with a kindness and passion that are at a level above and beyond what is expected. He makes a conscious effort to dedicate time to answer and explain any questions that may be asked to him. Additionally, he empowers students to become active participants in all the aspects of the patient’s care—from working side by side with him to one-on-one with the staff to run diagnostic tests. 

Dr. Chinery has the unique ability to assist students in advancing their professional learning outcomes while enhancing their ability to connect to and build relationships with patients, families and communities. Students leave Dr. Chinery’s practice with a desire to elevate their professional development with new information and skills. Dr. Chinery challenges his students to not only become truly engaged in the health and welfare of the patient, but to become advocates for them as well.  He is a consummate professional, an exceptional preceptor and a joy to work with.

Educator of the Year Award

The South Carolina AHEC Educator of the Year Award recognizes excellence in instructors of continuing professional development in the South Carolina AHEC System. The Educator of the Year is selected based on their ability to present content in a practical, useful format that meets the needs and expectations of the program participants while communicating the material enthusiastically. Educators must also successfully adapt presentations to address multiple learning styles. This year’s Educator of the Year Award recognizes Patricia Moran, MSN, RN, CPAN.

Ms. Moran wears many hats: she is the clinical nurse educator in the post anesthesia care unit at Palmetto Health Richland, adjunct faculty with the University of South Carolina, and most importantly, she is a wife and mother. Since 2006, Trish has worked side by side with Mid-Carolina AHEC to identify, develop and administer continuing professional development programs focused on improving and enhancing nursing education from the bedside to management and leadership. She is always eager to share her knowledge, experience and passion with health professionals in our state.  

She has always received positive feedback from the participants.  Participants from past programs noted her use of illustrations and cases as useful teaching tools for keeping the class focused and interesting. They remark on her excellent instructional skills and participant engagement. Mid-Carolina looks forward to continued partnership with Ms. Moran.

Michel Porter AHEC Ambassador Award

The Michel Porter AHEC Ambassador Award is presented to a South Carolina AHEC staff member who has made a major contribution to the enhancement of the South Carolina AHEC by exhibiting excellence in the following categories: attitude, helpfulness, empowerment and creativity. This year, South Carolina AHEC is proud to bestow the award to Mid-Carolina AHEC Center Director Cheri Plyler.

Cheri joined Mid-Carolina AHEC as center director in 2001. Prior to that, she served as associate director for Catawba-Wateree AHEC. She is an active National AHEC Organization member serving on the Education Committee, center directors peer mentoring and peer review panels for both the Model AHEC and Bioterrorism Projects. Her current board appointments include Lancaster County’s Partners for Youth, Diabetes Education Center and Upper Midlands Rural Health Network.

Cheri was nominated in recognition for serving as a role model for staff, where she tirelessly works to serve the AHEC mission, vision and goals every day. She provides exemplary and quality leadership where she leads by example with her positive attitude, strategic collaboration and creative thinking and spirit. One letter of support for the award recognized her as “the most hardworking and the most helpful person that I can imagine working with in the whole system of AHEC” and that “there has never been a problem that I have had that she did not help me with.”  Subsequent letters emphasized that Cheri “is very passionate about her work, demonstrating a lot of enthusiasm about the importance of education in the healthcare community.” That enthusiasm, passion and helpfulness are just part of the reasons why Cheri Plyler is 2018’s Michele Porter AHEC Ambassador Award winner.

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!

South Carolina AHEC Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications

The South Carolina AHEC Scholars program is a part of a national initiative to prepare a tomorrow’s health professionals to become leaders in interprofessional, transformative practice to serve rural and underserved populations in our state. AHEC Scholars will join the cutting edge of health professions training with students from multiple health profession disciplines across the state.
The program consists of didactic and experiential training opportunities with a focus on interprofessional primary care and service to rural and underserved populations. AHEC Scholars will receive preference for innovative, team-based clinical fieldwork placements, in addition to networking opportunities with state leaders and primary care professionals from across the state.
The AHEC Scholars program provides an innovative approach to improving the health of our state by utilizing one of our greatest assets, our future health profession workforce. Through the various educational activities, AHEC Scholars will learn about practice transformation, telehealth, quality improvement, and social determinants to prepare them to address the unique challenges and strengths of our state.  Additionally, through quality improvement projects in rural and underserved settings, I believe our AHEC Scholars can help support health care transformation in South Carolina. 
-Jennifer Bailey, Assoc. Program Director for Education & Evaluation, SC AHEC
The AHEC Scholars program provides students with innovative, interprofessional training and mentoring focused on building the skills and competencies needed to help transform primary care and improve patient care. South Carolina AHEC Scholars will receive a certificate recognizing them as leaders in primary care upon completion, setting them apart during job search and/or subsequent residency match.

AHEC Scholars is currently accepting applications from USC and MUSC (see website for program eligibility details). Preference will be given to individuals with/that meet one or more of the following:

  • South Carolina resident
  • Rural background
  • Commitment to a rural lifestyle
  • Commitment to primary care
  • Underrepresented minority
  • Disadvantaged background

To find out more about the program, learn about eligibility requirements, participation benefits and how to apply, visit the South Carolina AHEC website.

2018 Recipients of South Carolina AHEC Family Medicine Awards

Halford Award for Leadership in Humane Education

Presented to Charles Carter, MD

Dr. E.J. Mayeaux, Jr., Professor and Chairman, USC Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, and Dr. Katherine Stephens, Vice President for Medical Education, Palmetto Health, presents the 2018 Halford Award to Dr. Chuck Carter. 
South Carolina AHEC is pleased to announce that Chuck Carter, MD, is this year’s recipient of the Halford Award for Leadership in Humane Education. Dr. Carter has devoted most of his career to resident education and has demonstrated outstanding leadership in providing humane education.  

Dr. Carter is the Director of the South Carolina Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare, Associate Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education Palmetto Health/USC Office of Graduate Medicine Education, and Associate Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He served as the program director for the Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program for 10 years and received numerous awards for his contributions to resident education including the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Teaching Advancement Award, the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Palmetto Health/USC Family Medicine Residency Program, and the Program Director Recognition Award, Gold Level, from the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.  

His commitment to education includes service on many education related committees, and he has extended knowledge of teaching as the author of peer-reviewed articles related to education. Dr. Carter has now taken the challenge of addressing the shortage of healthcare providers in rural South Carolina as the Director of the South Carolina Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare, which is an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional project. Dr. Carter serves the community as a local scouting leader and as a sports medicine physician volunteer for high school and Special Olympics athletes. Dr. Carter also participates in the South Carolina Medical Association’s Doctor of the Day program for the South Carolina legislature and does patient education work through local media.  

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.  Dr. Carter exemplifies the high values that are recognized in the Halford Award and is deserving of the legacy bestowed by this award. 

Ramage Award for Leadership in Humane Education

Presented to Hugh Osburn, MD

The South Carolina AHEC is pleased to announce that Hugh Osburn, MD, is this year’s recipient of the Ramage Award for Leadership in Humane Education.   Dr. Osburn retired in June 2018 after serving as faculty with the AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program for 16 years. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Osburn was a highly valued clinical faculty preceptor on the adult medicine teaching service for 20 years.  His work as an astute clinician and as a valued mentor and teacher of residents made it an easy decision to have him join as a full time faculty member in 2002. 

Dr. Osburn is nothing short of a legend in the Anderson medical community, and his patients, colleagues, and residents think the world of him. Dr. Osburn has a gift for inspiring residents to perform to their best ability and his enthusiasm for teaching extends to medical students as well.  Colleagues and residents value his respect for his learners as well as for his patients.  Dr. Osburn has given generously of himself to his profession and to his community. He was in private general internal medicine practice in Anderson from 1983-2002. During that time, he served as vice president and president of the medical staff and chair of the credentials committee of AnMed Health. He also served eight years on the Board of Trustees of AnMed.  He has been a valued member of the community serving on the vestry of his church, on the board of the community swim center, as an assistant scoutmaster, and as a volunteer at the Anderson Free Clinic.  

His retirement is a loss for the residency program, but his legacy will live on through the over 300 residents he helped to train and the patient lives he touched. He has inspired numerous family physicians to practice patient-centered medical care respecting the dignity of each patient for whom he cares and learner for whom he provides guidance.  Dr. Osburn is truly an outstanding physician and educator who exemplifies the wonderful characteristics of the Ramage Award: a passion for teaching, the highest respect for human dignity, community service and a truly caring attitude towards all patients.  

The Ramage Award was established by South Carolina AHEC to recognize a deserving faculty member in a specialty other than family medicine. The award is based on a similar award, The Halford Award, which recognizes leadership in humanism in family medicine. Dr. Raymond Ramage was an integral part of the formation of the South Carolina Consortium of Community Teaching Hospitals in 1970 and was a “founding father” of the South Carolina AHEC in 1972.  Dr. Ramage was the former Vice President of Medical Education at the Greenville Hospital System and an ordained Episcopal priest.

Sharm Steadman Excellence in Family Medicine Education Award

Presented to Matthew Orr, PhD

The South Carolina AHEC is pleased to announce that Matthew Orr, PhD, is this year’s recipient of the Sharm Steadman Excellence in Family Medicine Education Award.  Dr. Orr began his career in South Carolina working with Cherokee Mental Health. He then served as the Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Fellowship Program at Mercer University prior to joining Palmetto Health/USC in 2008. 

Dr. Orr has served as the lead Behavioral Medicine faculty member in the Palmetto Health/USC Family Medicine Residency Program where he is dedicated to the personal and professional development of the students and residents with whom he works.  Dr. Orr engages residents to learn skills that can be applied in everyday patient care. Through video review, mentoring, and observing their interaction with patients, Dr. Orr helps residents learn the most effective ways to help their patients lead healthier lives.  He is also a campus and state-wide leader in training clinicians in motivational interviewing techniques. 

Dr. Orr is the lead in USC School of Medicine’s PACER Project (Professionals Accelerating Clinical and Educational Redesign).  This project is a national collaborative project sponsored by the Josiah Macy Foundation to help medical schools improve collaborative training in primary care for medical students and residents through faculty development and training redesign.  Dr. Orr has added to his responsibilities through his role as Senior Professional Development Associate with USC School of Medicine’s Office of Continuous Development and Strategic Affairs. In this role he helps faculty and residents enhance their present and long term development as helping professionals.  Dr. Orr embodies Dr. Sharm Steadman’s philosophy that great education requires a personal connection and commitment to the learner’s best interest and well-being.  

The Sharm Steadman Excellence in Family Medicine Education Award is given to a non-physician member of the faculty of a South Carolina family medicine residency program who has distinguished him/herself as an outstanding teacher and role model. Originally called the Excellence in Family Medicine Education Award, the award was renamed in honor of Dr. Sharm Steadman, who passed away in October of 2015. Sharm Steadman, PharmD, was a professor with the USC Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, where she practiced for 25 years. Dr. Steadman received this award herself in 2012 as she represented exactly what this award was created to recognize: excellence in resident education, with demonstrated skills in teaching, curriculum development, mentoring, research, and leadership.  

Another Successful Summer Health Careers Academy

In what ways do social and economic factors influence a person’s ability to make health choices and access healthcare? Twenty undergraduate students who recently completed South Carolina AHEC’s Summer Careers Academy (SCA) had the opportunity to find out. The Academy is a one-week summer experience designed to promote the preparation of undergraduate students for entry into health profession education programs in South Carolina. Emphasis is placed on the development and preparation of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged students to address persisting health care workforce disparities. This year’s SCA Fellows also completed a series of sessions and exercises to increase their awareness and understanding of social determinants of health as part of their Summer Academy activities.

In collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Library and Colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy, South Carolina AHEC delivered a six-day experiential learning opportunity for students preparing to pursue careers in health. Faculty and staff throughout MUSC support the instruction and delivery of student development workshops and didactic, laboratory and clinical sessions. This year’s agenda also focused on improving cultural awareness and sensitivity through partnerships with Fetter Health Care Network and Mental Health America of South Carolina.

Jeanne Sinkford, D.D.S., kicked off the week by joining the Academy Fellows over lunch following a campus presentation. Sponsored by the MUSC College of Dental Medicine, Dr. Sinkford, ADEA Senior Scholar-in-Residence and Professor and Dean Emeritus of Howard University-College of Dentistry, shared her experience of becoming the first woman to serve as dean of a dental school.

“Having the great opportunity to interact with Dr. Sinkford and multiple MUSC deans gave me a better understanding of what admissions committees look for when reviewing applications,” stated Rohan Brebion, Temple University junior and future physician, “This experience will help me to become a stronger applicant.”

In addition to informational workshops, didactic seminars, lab and clinical sessions, Academy Fellows completed community-based service learning experiences to raise their awareness of population health. New Academy partner Fetter Health Care Network involved the Fellows in providing health-related services at an outreach clinic held at the Marcela/Solomon Migrant Camp. Located on Johns Island, the camp is a residential facility for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Despite facing the same health issues as the general population, the mobility of migrant workers causes a poor continuity of care and also increases the need for care. As a federally qualified health center, Fetter Health Care Network strives to address this issue by providing primary and preventative health services for migrant and seasonal farmworkers in Charleston and Colleton Counties. The health clinic experience introduced many of the Fellows to serving vulnerable populations while also allowing them to interact with and observe health professionals, MUSC faculty and students in action. “Amazing!” is how Claflin senior and future dentist Mikayla Brown described her time at the camp, “Observing the workers come out to participate in the clinic was a great experience. I loved interacting with the workers and volunteering alongside the [fourth-year] dental students.”

This year’s Fellows also collaborated to tackle the topic of mental illness. Approximately 100,000 South Carolinians are served by the South Carolina Department of Mental Health each year (Magill, 2017). Completion of the Mental Health First Aid certification course, facilitated by Mental Health America of South Carolina, established a basis for the development and implementation of community-based service projects for members of the Our Place Clubhouse. Our Place Clubhouse offers a non-clinical, collegial community for adults in mental health recovery and empowers members to achieve their goals through mutual support. Under the direction of Mental Health America of South Carolina program administrators and staff, the Fellows used games and activities to guide Clubhouse members’ application of strategies for managing anxiety, depression and stress.

Mirakle Avery, a sophomore at Claflin University and future physician assistant, found the experience as “something I’d love to continue to do when I return home as an opportunity to help people and make them smile. It was a great experience”.

The Fellows used their experiences and the knowledge gained during the week to develop and present innovative, research-based team projects designed to increase awareness of and decrease stigmas associated with mental illness in South Carolina. MUSC faculty and staff from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) judged the presentations.

Congratulations to the winning project team members:

1st Place Team: Austin Merritt, Pennsheila Griffin, Keira Alexander, Ansley Hamer and Vineeth Sama

2nd Place Team: Marlayah Lagare, Rohan Brebion, Joshua Woo, Mikayla Brown and Mirakle Avery

3rd Place Team: Daisha Devore, Nikayla Riley, Angel Gilmore, Danielle Dantzler and Fadiana Mendoza

Rohan Brebion, was selected by his peers as the Summer Careers Academy 2018 Role Model of the Year for exhibiting the professional qualities of success.

Reflection, journaling, debriefings and mentoring rounded out the 2018 Academy experience. Currently enrolled health professions students modeled life as an MUSC student and provided perspective on the student experience. Keira Alexander, Winthrop University sophomore and future physician, found her Academy experience as an opportunity that has “impacted my future and what I want to do.”

Visit the SC AHEC Health Careers Program Facebook page to view pictures and videos from the 2018 Summer Careers Academy and find out more about the program on the SC AHEC website.

Magill, J. (2017). Public mental health in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Mental Health. Retrieved from

Congratulations to South Carolina AHEC Resident Scholarship Symposium Participants and Winners

The South Carolina AHEC is pleased to recognize this year’s Resident Scholarship Symposium award winners. The annual South Carolina AHEC Resident Scholarship Symposium is held each year in conjunction with the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians’ (SCAFP) annual meeting. 

This year’s symposium on Isle of Palms featured 16 podium presentations and eight poster presentations. The presentations focus on research and quality improvement projects. They give residents an opportunity to engage with SCAFP members to discuss how these projects translate into practice.

The South Carolina AHEC would like to thank those who served as moderators and judges: chair and moderator  Dr. Lisa Mims (Trident/MUSC Family Medicine); moderator Dr. Alec DeCastro (Trident/MUSC Family Medicine); judges Dr. Cristin Adams (Trident/MUSC Family Medicine), Dr. Amanda Davis (AnMed Health Family Medicine), and Dr. Ed Evans (SCAFP Immediate Past President and Board Chair and Program Director, Seneca Lakes Family Medicine); and conference assistance by Dr. Marty Player (Trident/MUSC Family Medicine). 

A Chief Residents’ Seminar is held in conjunction with the symposium for physicians who will be chief residents during the 2018-2019 academic year. Symposium participants have the opportunity to attend SCAFP-sponsored events such as the wine and cheese networking, poster session and the award luncheon to network with academy members.

Congratulations to all of the abstract authors and award winners!

1st Place Basic Research:  

First Place Research Project

First Place ($400.00) – Research 
Self-Perceptions on Fitness to Drive in Collegiate Athletes Following a Sport-Related Concussion 
Yathavan Rajakulasingam, MD
Greenville Health System/USC Family Medicine Residency Program        
Second Place ($300.00) – Research
Does a Deviation from a Birth Plan Increase the Risk of Postpartum Depression?
Sarah Fabry, DO
Seneca Lakes Family Medicine Residency Program

Third Place ($200.00) – Research
The Correlation Between Residency Applications and Standardized Behavioral Assessments for Gaining Entry into a Graduate Medical Education Program
Ardalan Ahmadi, MD
Megan Bradham, MD
Greenville Health System/USC Family Medicine Residency Program

1st Place Quality Improvement: 

First Place Quality Improvement Project 

First Place ($400.00) – Quality Improvement
Reducing Hospital Utilization Through Implementation of a Comprehensive COPD Clinic
Jessica Hund, MD and Meg Sorrell, DO
Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program

Second Place ($300.00) – Quality Improvement
Narcotic Use in Chronic Non-Cancer Pain in a Family Medicine Residency Clinic
Jeffrey Many, MD and Sasha Perez, MD 
Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program

Third Place ($200.00) – Quality Improvement
Risk Stratification for Hospital Follow Up For an Inpatient Family Medicine Team at a Tertiary Care Urban Hospital
Samuel Dail, MD and Joshua Pfent, MD
Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program

Poster Session Winner:  

Poster Winners

Poster Session ($200.00)
Where’s the Beef?  Identification of Malnutrition Risk in Our Elderly Clinic Patients 
Ryan Ban, MD, MPH and Taylor Christian, MD
Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program

If you would like additional information about the symposium, please contact Director of AHEC Recruitment and Retention Programs Kristin Cochran at (843) 792-6977 or

Health Careers Academy Highlight: Community Emergency Response Training

Upstate AHEC has partnered with Greenville County to provide a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Lab where Upstate AHEC Health Careers Academy (HCA) students learned about disaster preparedness for hazards in the county. Rachel Nafziger from the Greenville County CERT Program taught a lab on medical triage for mass casualty incidents where students were able to learn more about the types of victims in a disaster, the most effective response technique when a disaster occurs and basic triage techniques. With this new knowledge of response behavior, students participated in a triage activity and passed with 90 percent of lives saved. Upstate AHEC would like to recognize the Greenville County team’s commitment to the students’ experience: they will allow HCA students to participate in the complete eight week CERT program for free.

Upstate AHEC’s Health Careers Academy is an integrative program offered to high school students in the upstate region who aspire to become successful health care professionals. The program provides an array of shadowing opportunities, team building exercises, academic preparation, professional development and community-based learning. As a part of HCA, students have the chance to partake in lab experiences where they are exposed to interactive, hands-on activities related to STEM and health care.   

The students of the Health Careers Academy are dedicated, excited, and most importantly compassionate. Through our pipeline programs, we look forward to seeing each of them grow into competent, caring, and quality healthcare professionals. 

To learn more about Upstate AHEC’s Health Careers Academy, visit