Several initiatives are underway across South Carolina to educate and support healthcare professionals, patients and communities. In addition to supporting the provision of telemedicine, these programs decrease the time between medical advances and the implementation of clinical services.
South Carolina HIV/AIDS Clinical Training Center
The South Carolina HIV/AIDS Clinical Training Center (SCHIVTC) is a Local Performance Site for the Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center (SEATEC), a six state consortium that includes Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, and North Carolina. SEATEC is part of a network of regional AIDS Education Training Centers (AETC) funded through Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau. The SCHIVTC is based in the Department of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases Division at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
The South Carolina HIV/AIDS Clinical Training Center’s mission is to improve the quality of, and access to care of patients living with HIV/AIDS, through the provision of high quality professional education and training to health care providers. The SCHIVTC provides training on the rapidly changing standards of care for individuals with HIV/AIDS through education, clinical training, consultation, technical assistance, and information dissemination to clinicians providing care in South Carolina.
The SCHIVTC supports clinical training and consultation to a diverse group of health care providers including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and oral health professionals, with a focus on those serving underserved, minority, and incarcerated individuals.
For additional information or to schedule training please contact Adrena Harrison, RN, MSN, ACRN at [email protected] or 803-545-5403.
South Carolina Health Occupations Outreach Learning System (SCHOOLS)
The South Carolina Health Occupations Outreach Learning System (SCHOOLS) is a videoconferencing and online education system created by the South Carolina AHEC with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration. SCHOOLS provides interactive programming for healthcare providers and community members across South Carolina. Participants are invited to take part in programs that feature local, state and national experts engaging in case-based dialogues designed to address the educational needs of community providers. Additional opportunities are provided to health professions students who are on rural, clinical rotations and to students who are interested in becoming healthcare professionals.
Since 2011, over 3000 health professionals accessed educational programs through SCHOOLS and approximately 400 physician assistant students have taken part in clinical experiences through the video network. The network of SCHOOLS locations and programming continues to grow with 45 current locations and more coming online. Programs cover a wide variety of topics including hypertension, diabetes, stroke, mental health and research.