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Institute for Primary Care Education and Practice

The Institute will provide a monthly interprofessional seminar series beginning Spring 2013, an annual conference,and opportunities for mentorship, networking, and leadership to students who are interested in and committed to primary care.

As an Institute fellow, you will have access to training experiences to augment your clinical skills and knowledge and to teach you how to provide interprofessional, state-of-the-art primary care.

Vision: To transform primary care by providing innovative professional and interprofessional development experiences for advanced practice nursing, medical and physician assistant students.

Mission: To provide outstanding learning opportunities, support and guidance for advanced practice nursing, medical and physician assistant students interested in careers in primary care.

After completion of the Institute, fellows will be able to:

  • Describe the vital functions and roles of a healthy primary care team within a community

  • Demonstrate skills critical for effective practice in primary care, including population management, patient-centered medical care, interprofessional collaboration, leadership and advocacy

  • Describe how to decrease healthcare disparities, with a particular focus on the impact race, culture, language, education, and socioeconomic status can have on health outcomes
Components of PCMH

The United States is facing a shortage of primary care providers. There are approximately 800,000 South Carolinians who currently do not have health insurance but who may gain coverage under the recently enacted healthcare reform legislation. In order to provide quality care for our current and future patients, we must have a solid base of primary care.

Primary care providers treat and coordinate the care of people across their life span. We help our patients navigate through illness and health. We advocate wellness and a healthy lifestyle, and we screen for diseases so we may lessen disease burden or even eliminate it. We specialize in knowing our patients – coaching, consoling, leading, and advocating. We are proud to combine our understanding of mechanisms of disease and treatment with our personal knowledge of our patients.

We provide comprehensive care for most problems, coordinate care across the boundaries of subspecialties, and provide continuous care across time and through the ups and downs of life.

We care, and we care well – providing a necessary entry point for patients into the health care system and helping our patients make decisions about healthcare choices and resources.


To apply to become an Institute fellow, click here for more information. 
deadline for applications for the 2013-14 session is October 9, 2013. 

Institute for Primary Care Spring Seminar Series
Building a Foundation in Primary Care
5:00 - 7:00pm

2013-14 Seminar Dates:

January 13, 2014: 
Implementing ACA in a PC practice/hospital & Healthcare Costs and Ways to Improve Affordability - Blain Alfonso and Jordan Reynolds

February 10, 2014
Business Aspects of Medicine - Jeff Lehrich, CEO of Palmetto Primary Care

March 17, 2014 (Changed from March 10 due to Spring Break): 
Healthcare Workforce and Primary Care Needs- Linda Lacey, OHWAP in SC AHEC

April 14, 2014: 
Public Health and transforming US culture to a culture of prevention- TBA

Seminar Agenda:
4:15-5:15 pm:  Dinner and Networking
5:15-6:00 pm:  Presentation
6:00-6:15 pm:  Questions for speaker
6:15 - 6:40 pm:  Small Group Discussion
6:40-7:00 pm:  Large Group Discussion & Wrap-up

Seminar Locations:
MUSC Campus: 
Harbor View Towers Suite 802

USC Campus:  Family and Preventive Medicine
Executive Conference Room (2nd floor)
3209 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
Parking is available in front and on the side of the building.   

Health Sciences Education Building
Second floor room 211 (HSEB 211)

Recorded Seminar Series Now Available: CLICK HERE
January 14, 2013:  An Overview of the Institute 
February 11, 2013:  Primary Health Care and the Interprofessional Team 
March 4, 2013:  The Journey towards a Successful Patient-Centered Medical Home
April 8, 2013:  The Changing Landscape of Primary Care and Health Care Reform
October 15, 2013: Community Engagement
November 4, 2013: Advancing Clinical Prevention and Population Health Education and Practice
January 13, 2014:  Implementing ACA in a PC practice/hospital & Healthcare Costs and Ways to Improve Affordability - Blain Alfonso and Jordan Reynolds


MUSC is developing a chapter of Primary Care Progress: To learn more contact John Harlow, MUSC 3rd year medical student.



Program Office Address: 19 Hagood Avenue, MSC 814, MUSC, Charleston, SC 29425-8140 ; Phone (843) 792-4431; Fax( 843) 792-4430