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South Carolina AHEC Family Medicine Awards

Sharm Steadman Excellence in Family Medicine Education Award Presented to Jenna Reel, PharmD


South Carolina AHEC is pleased to announce that Jenna Reel, PharmD, is this year’s recipient of the Sharm Steadman Excellence in Family Medicine Education Award. Dr. Reel serves as associate program director for the Spartanburg Regional Family Medicine Residency Program. 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 themself as an outstanding teacher and role model.

As a clinical pharmacist, she rounds with the inpatient family medicine team and ensures that they are all well-versed on appropriate indications for medications, the latest guidelines, the possibility of drug interactions, and adjusting medications for renal function. She is always available for questions from the floor or from the outpatient clinic.  

Over the past year, Dr. Reel has taken on the role of liaison with both the hospital Institutional Review Board and Department of Quality. By championing these efforts, she has become the force behind the residency program’s quality improvement curriculum, making it her mission to assist every resident in understanding their patient panel and quality measures, while learning the importance of population management. She has met with each of the residents individually to ensure understanding and success with their projects. Dr. Reel works tirelessly to ensure longitudinal curriculums are scheduled and coordinates orientation for incoming interns each year. She was also instrumental in coordinating the medication assisted treatment training for the program’s faculty and residents. Furthermore, she is currently working with the program’s newest behavioral faculty member to schedule time for a dedicated behavioral health clinic with 1:1 teaching.  

Statewide, Dr. Reel is active with the other PharmDs in the state’s family medicine residency programs on developing pharmacology curriculum.  In April, she presented “Use Your Moodle:  An Interactive Pharmacotherapy Curriculum” at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine along with other PharmDs from South Carolina’s family medicine residency programs. Dr. Reel is indispensable to the Spartanburg Regional Family Medicine Residency Program and exemplifies the wonderful characteristics of the Sharm Steadman Excellence in Family Medicine Education Award. 

Originally called the Excellence in Family Medicine Education Award, this award was renamed in honor of Dr. Sharm Steadman, who passed away in October 2015. Sharm Steadman, PharmD, was a professor with the UofSC 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.  

Congratulations, Dr. Reel!


Halford Award for Leadership in Humane Education Presented to Nata Young, MD


South Carolina AHEC is pleased to announce that Nata Young, MD, is this year’s recipient of the Halford Award for Leadership in Humane Education. Dr. Young has devoted much of her career to resident education and has demonstrated outstanding leadership in providing humane education.  

Dr. Young is as an associate professor with the AnMed Health Family Medicine Residency Program where she has been on faculty since 2004. She serves as the medical director of the AnMed Health Family Medicine Clinic and practices full-scope family medicine, including obstetrics. 

Dr. Young has been described as extremely positive and enthusiastic in her approach and loves working with medical students and residents. She has been recognized by AnMed’s residents as an excellent physician and a wonderful role model. One of Dr. Young’s greatest strengths is providing effective feedback to residents and her ability to explain things in a simple but cohesive manner, making her teaching very effective. Her kind and empathetic bedside manner puts patients and learners at ease, and many of the program’s faculty and residents have chosen her as their own personal physician. Dr. Young was also a recipient of the 2015 Extraordinary Women in Healthcare Award. 

Dr. Young is very involved in the Anderson community and volunteers at the Anderson Free Clinic. She has served on mission trips through her church and on the board of Doclink, a grassroots initiative led by physicians in Anderson to educate youth on the importance of healthy decision-making concerning tobacco, alcohol, other drugs, injury prevention and much more.   

The Halford Award recognizes a family medicine residency program faculty member who demonstrates 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; exude a passion and joy for teaching, learning and working with others; and participate in community service activities. 

Congratulations, Dr. Young!

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