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Institute for Primary Care Education and Practice

Since its inception in 2013, the Institute has been providing a monthly interprofessional seminar series, 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, pharmacy and physician assistant students.

Mission: To provide outstanding learning opportunities, support and guidance for advanced practice nursing, medical, pharmacy 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 2015-16 session is September 30, 2015. 

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

2015-2016 Seminar Dates:

September 14, 2015: Telehealth and the Primary Care Provider
October 12, 2015
: Dr. Terry Steyer, Chair of MUSC Family Medicine
November 9, 2015: Harrison Peeples Healthcare Center
January 11, 2016: Clinical Pharmacists in Primary Care, Dr. Scott Bragg
February 8, 2016
March 14, 2016
April 11, 2016

Seminar Agenda:
4:45-5:15 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 (see topics below): 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
February 10, 2014:  Business Aspects of Medicine - Jeff Lehrich, CEO of Palmetto Primary Care
March 17, 2014: Healthcare Workforce and Primary Care Needs- Linda Lacey, OHWAP in SC AHEC
April 14, 2014:  A Federally Qualified Health Center's Service to the Underserved
September 8, 2014: Legislative Advocacy
October 13, 2014: Behavioral Health in Primary Care: What will be in your toolbox?
November 10, 2014: New Opportunity for Primary Care: Primary Care and BCBSSC

January 12, 2015: Interprofessional Teams in Rural Healthcare Settings
February 9, 2015: Social Determinants of Health
March 9, 2015: Who Pays for Healthcare?
April 13, 2015: Motivational Interviewing

PCI Retreat: April 12, 2014
- Medicaid's View of the Role of Primary Care, Tony Keck
- Transitions & Reflections of a Primary Care Provider, Bill Anderson

PCI Retreat: April 11, 2015
- The Future of Care, Warren Newton
- Medical Nutrition Therapy in Primary Care Practices, Tonya Turner

Preceptor Development (available online)

Engaging the Primary Care Practice Team in Quality Improvement: Lessons from PPRNet, Dr. Lynne Nemeth and Dr. Andrea Wessell (Watch Now)


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