Clinical Practice Sites & Workforce Development

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The SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare works to expand capacity for rural clinical training sites to increase healthcare students interest in rural practice. We help develop infrastructure, physician support, and model multidisciplinary practices at rural practice sites in South Carolina to support resident electives, student rotations, and multidisciplinary health education.

 

Program Impact

5 First-year medical Student
research opportunities

in rural health through the
SOAR Program


150+ Health professionals
and students
trained in rural
health practice and skills


15 Rural physicians receiving
ultrasound training through
an educational workshop
and loaner equipment program

Map of active Educational Partnership sites

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SC Map of Educational Partnerships

Offers new ultrasound technology to physicians in rural settings through educational workshops and loaner handheld ultrasound units in order to help newborns with cardiac problems and their families.

Provides interactive didactic and experiential opportunities across the third and fourth year of the pharmacy curriculum a well as equips pharmacy students to become healthcare providers to ensure better health outcomes in rural communities.

Develops a CHW Model Best Practice Implementation Toolkit and creates targeted training modules for CHWs working in or preparing for work in rural and primary healthcare settings throughout the state based on the needs of these clinics and the populations they serve.

Addresses rural healthcare needs in South Carolina by promoting the recruitment and retention of health providers, providing resource development opportunities, and training health profession students in the unique needs of rural residents in South Carolina.

Provides additional dental services to rural clinics in the low country. This will include student rotations, residency support, and training facilitation.

Improves the productivity of antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) across South Carolina through the Project ECHO™ tele-mentoring model.

Implements the USC Aiken Bachelor of Science in Nursing program on the USC Sumter campus and will help address the documented nursing shortage throughout South Carolina, but especially in underserved and vulnerable populations.

Works with partners to identify and prepare health professions students through interprofessional training opportunities to become “boots on the ground” primary care providers, especially in rural and underserved communities

Provides summer research experiences based in rural areas or rural programs for first-year medical students. These experiences are integrated in the Student Opportunities for Academic achievement through Research (SOAR) Program offered by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Columbia . 

Interested in partnering with our Center?

The Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare offers support to educational initiatives that improve rural health or engage rural communities. Support is tailored to individual needs and may include financial assistance, expertise to develop evidence based programs, collaborations to ensure continued success, and more.

Submit your education initiative proposal here!