Skip to main content

Anderson University and AnMed Collaborate for Pre-Med Boot Camp

Anderson University hosted its second annual Pre-Med Boot Camp this year in May and Upstate AHEC was proud to support it as a sponsor. The two-week, intensive workshop is structured to prepare students for the expectations and application process of medical school and is led by physicians from AnMed and faculty members from Anderson University’s College of Health Professions and College of Arts and Sciences.

The program is offered at no cost to participants and is designed for those who may not have the flexibility to participate in other extended, summer-long programs already offered around the state. The goal is to provide medical experiences to students from smaller colleges who may not typically have access to such opportunities which are often more readily available at larger universities.

Experiences offered at the Pre-Med Boot Camp include shadowing opportunities with AnMed medical professionals across many disciplines, hands-on workshops, interview practice, MCAT preparation and discussion panels with physicians, current medical students and representatives from the admissions committees from the four South Carolina medical schools. Upstate AHEC staff members were also able to present information to the students regarding resources and programs offered in the Upstate region and across the SC AHEC system. To read more about student experiences at the Pre-Med Boot Camp, check out Anderson University’s news article on the event.

“The students who attend our boot camp express their gratitude for this unique opportunity to explore medicine,” said Dr. Stoney Abercrombie, MUSC AnMed Campus Dean. “Many feel that this camp has solidified their commitment to attending medical school. That is the essence of what this boot camp was created for.”

The idea for the boot camp initially came from discussions between Dr. Abercrombie and Dr. Carrie Koenigstein, Associate Dean of Anderson University College of Arts and Sciences, on how to better prepare students for medical school. The two collaborated to offer a 50-hour course that fall semester to AU students that exposed them to shadowing, medical workshops and the opportunity to interact with AnMed Family Medicine residents. They saw an increased number of AU students applying and being accepted to medical schools as a result and began looking into how to expand the workshop to offer a similar opportunity to students at other colleges and universities located around the Upstate. Thus, the partnership between Anderson University and AnMed for a two-week summer learning experience was born.

“In 2022, we held the inaugural Pre-Med Boot Camp with 18 students from seven area colleges,” said Dr. Abercrombie. “With the financial support from Upstate AHEC, we were able to expand the 2023 camp to 24 students from nine area colleges.”

Schools represented amongst the 2023 Pre-Med Boot Camp attendees included: Anderson University, Bob Jones University, Clemson University, Converse College, Erskine College, Newberry College, Presbyterian College, Winthrop University and the University of South Carolina.

Applications for the 2024 Pre-Med Boot Camp close on January 15, 2024. For more information and to apply, visit Anderson University’s AnMed Pre-Med Boot Camp webpage.

For all the latest on Upstate AHEC’s upcoming programming and events, visit


Popular posts from this blog

Lowcountry AHEC’s Strong Partnerships Serve School Nurses Statewide

For over three decades, Lowcountry AHEC has been proud to support school nurses across South Carolina in their professional development through statewide conferences and meetings. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and in-person events came to a halt, Lowcountry AHEC along with their partners, were able to pivot to alternate methods to continue providing training opportunities for school nurses. One such way Lowcountry AHEC was able to adapt was implementing online modules so that school nurses could continue to receive the same professional development and learning opportunities in a virtual setting. The first course, Foundations of School Nursing , included nine modules and was uploaded to the South Carolina AHEC Learning Portal (ALP) by August 2020 . With over 1,600 registrations to this day, Foundations of School Nursing is the most popular course currently on ALP. “We began to do some work with them on online modules,” said Lowcountry AHEC Center Director Diane Mathews. “All new schoo

SC AHEC Scholars: Preparing the Next Generation of Primary Care Providers

Hannah Robinson, MD knew she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare from a young age.  “I’ve always wanted to be a doctor since about the sixth grade,” said Dr. Robinson. “I remember being in health class and watching the Miracle of Life video and just being fascinated with women and their ability to create and bear life.” Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Robinson spent time working on the obstetrics unit at her local hospital in Rock Hill and observed a trend with their patients. “What I noticed was a lot of the families that we serviced actually weren’t from Rock Hill. We also served surrounding counties that were really rural and seeing how these families were traveling to Rock Hill to deliver their babies was really shocking to me,” said Robinson.  Due to a maldistribution of OB/GYNs in the state of South Carolina, individuals may have to travel great distances just to receive the care they need. In its most recent South Carolina Health Professions Data Book published in 20

South Carolina AHEC Receives Funding to Establish Dedicated Nursing Workforce Unit within the SC Office for Healthcare Workforce

South Carolina AHEC received a $500,000 increase in recurring state funds for the 2023-2024 state budget to establish a dedicated nursing workforce unit as part of the South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce (SCOHW), a division of South Carolina AHEC.  With 58,318 actively practicing registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses in South Carolina as of 2020, the nurse workforce is the largest licensed health profession in the state, more than four times larger than the next biggest licensed health profession. Because of the size, complexity, and importance of the nursing workforce – a linchpin of the healthcare system – the new research unit will study the particular issues that affect the balance of supply and demand for nurses in South Carolina.  However, SCOHW will not be embarking on this work alone. The research unit will work with nursing education programs, nurse employers, practicing nurses, community partners and other stakeholder