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NC AHEC Announces Fellowships

On February 29, 2012, the NC AHEC Program Office announced the winner of the Eugene S. Mayer Traveling Fellowship and the two winners of the John Payne Fellowship.

Gregg Colvin, MD, of Wake AHEC in Raleigh, was selected as the 2012 Mayer Fellow. Colvin will travel to the United Kingdom to study the British health care system and to compare its structure with that of the United States.

Created in 1976 by John Lister, MD, of the United Kingdom and Christopher Fordham, MD, of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, the Mayer Fellowship is an exchange program whereby AHEC-based faculty from North Carolina spend a month studying aspects of the British medical education and health services delivery system. In return, NC AHEC hosts fellows selected by the National Association of Clinical Tutors (NACT) from the UK. In 1996, the American portion of the exchange became known as the Eugene S. Mayer Fellowship thanks to contributions made in memory of the longtime NC AHEC director.

Susan M. Miller, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FCCP, director of pharmacotherapy education at Southern Regional AHEC, is one of the two Payne Fellows for 2012. Miller will develop an interprofessional education experience for students and residents in a variety of fields at the Family Medicine Center at Southern Regional AHEC.

Michael Willet, MS, distance education production coordinator at Greensboro AHEC, is the second Payne Fellow for 2012. Willet will develop new products and applications which can be used on mobile devices in support of the various missions of AHEC.

The purpose of the John Payne Fellowship is to honor the memory of John Payne and the contributions he made for nearly 25 years to the North Carolina AHEC Program. The Fellowship enables non-medical faculty to further their professional interests and explore innovative educational efforts. As such, the Fellowship not only memorializes Payne's leadership of AHEC, but also his lifelong commitment to community-based education, his love of travel, and his interest in exploring new ideas.