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Opening Doors exhibit

The Charlotte AHEC Library hosted an exhibit from May – July 2013 entitled Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons. On loan from the National Library of Medicine, this traveling display (photo above) has been featured in institutions around the country. Opening Doors recognizes the achievements of African American surgeons and educators in the medical field. The exhibit chronicles the stories of four pioneers in the fields of surgery and education who not only demonstrate excellence in their profession, but also give back to the community by mentoring younger physicians and surgeons.


Duke AHEC Director Marvin Swartz, MD, co-authored a study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry that was recently highlighted by the New York Times. (Excerpt) For some people with severe mental illness, life is a cycle of hospitalization, skipped medication, decline and then rehospitalization. They may deny they have psychiatric disorders, refuse treatment and cascade into out-of-control behavior that can be threatening to themselves or others... The Duke study examined costs for 634 people who received court orders between January 2004 and December 2005. It compared costs in the year before the court orders, the year after and two years after. Jeffrey Swanson, a psychiatry professor at Duke and lead author of the study, said the results suggested that “if you pour some money into assisted outpatient treatment, if you target it correctly, there are some significant savings.” A co-author, Dr. Marvin Swartz, head of Duke’s social and community psychiatry division, said a study in 2010 by the team found that patients “were less likely to return to the hospital, if they went to the hospital they had shorter lengths of stay, they were more likely to be adherent to medication, and generally they functioned better in the community.”...(link to the Times article here)


SEAHEC is excited to announce that Donna Flake, director of the Fales Health Sciences Library, received the EBSCO Publishing Customer Success Award for Technology Innovation. The award was in recognition of Flake’s work with New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) to incorporate the AHEC Digital Library inside of NHRMC’s electronic medical record. EBSCO Publishing offers full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives, and e-books, including the clinical reference tool, DynaMed. DynaMed is one of the databases of the AHEC Digital Library used by New Hanover Regional Medical Center physicians and employees. DynaMed is a 'point-of-care' database with clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,200 medical topics. Access within the hospital’s electronic medical record lets physicians pull up his or her patient’s diagnosis and link directly to the evidence-based medicine description of that diagnosis in DynaMed within the AHEC Digital Library.


Being part of the North Carolina Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (NC SGMP) has opened many opportunities for Wake AHEC project coordinators to gain up-to-date education in the meeting planning industry. Four project coordinators are NC SGMP members, and three have been certified as meeting professionals. Carolyn Sellars, Jacqueline Carter and Diana McCullers attended the SGMP National Education Conference in Orlando, Florida, in May 2013. The conference was loaded with workshops that covered the core competencies of SGMP: education and programming, facilities and services, finance and contracts, logistics, technology, and leadership and ethics. The keynote was national speaker and author Simon T. Bailey. His topic, “Own the Moment,” challenged everyone to find the brilliance they carry inside. Other topics presented were: Mobile APPS for Events; Future of Government Meetings and Per Diem Rates; and Travel Costs Efficiencies. Educational opportunities were vast. The North Carolina Chapter was awarded the “Chapter Operations Honor Award” and 3rd place for “Website of the Year."