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Department of Family Medicine

Prevention, Health, and Wellness in Family Medicine

Dr. Vanessa Diaz

Cardiovascular disease, lung disease and cancer are the most common conditions in the United States and are in large part preventable. One of the main focuses of the Department of Family Medicine is comprehensive preventive clinical care, with an academic focus on education and research in the area of prevention and wellness.

Prevention Grand Rounds

Informative lectures are held for those who would like to attend simultaneously at two locations (with video-link) on Fridays at 12 noon, in the Family Medicine Conference/classroom, at 295 Calhoun St, and at the Trident Family Medicine Conference room, on the campus at Trident Hospital.

2011 Prevention Grand Rounds 
January 21, 2011—“Prevention of Trauma” -- Dr. Samir M. Fakhry MD FACS, Charles F. Crews Professor and Chief of General Surgery and Stephanie Power, LMSW Injury Prevention Coordinator, MUSC
July 15, 2011-- “Health and Wellness in South Carolina Hospitals” –Susan L. Johnson, Ph.D. Wellness Program Coordinator, MUSC
August 19, 2011-- “Research, Technology, and Prevention"--Dr. Frank Treiber, PhD, Professor College of Nursing Medical University of South Carolina
October 21, 2011-- "Prevention of Hypertension"--Dr. Brent Egan, M.D., Professor in the Department of General Internal Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina.

2012 Prevention Grand Rounds
January 20, 2012 - Dr. Charles Eaton, MD, MS, Professor of Family Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Medicine

April 20, 2012-- "Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Control"--Dr. Matthew Carpenter, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Medical University of South Carolina.                                                                                                              

Click here to see a list of Prevention Grand Rounds that have been presented in the past.

The Comprehensive Primary Care and Prevention Program

The Comprehensive Primary Care and Prevention Program features distinguished members of the faculty practice of the Department of Family Medicine. Appointments for a medical examination, consultation, or a prevention check-up can be obtained by calling 843-792-3451. The Program features physicians who have been recognized as national leaders in primary care and comprehensive prevention services.

Physicians included in BEST DOCTORS IN AMERICA:
Clive Brock MD
Peter Carek MD
Alec Chessman MD MS
D. Todd Detar DO
John Freedy MD PhD
Wanda Gonsalves MD
Barry Hainer MD
Bill Hueston MD
Dana King MD MS
Eric Matheson MD MS
Ann Rodden DO

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NCQA Recognitions
The department received the elite rank by becoming a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). Family Medicine achieved a level 3 PCMH rating by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) which is the highest level of recognition. To achieve Level 3 you have to get 85-100 points and all 6 elements must pass. For more information click here to read an article on this recognition.

Physicians recognized as experts in Primary Care Diabetes Management by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA):
JJ Benich MD
Clive Brock MD
Peter Carek MD
Alec Chessman MD MS
D. Todd Detar DO
Vanessa Diaz MD
John Freedy MD PhD
Ivar Frithsen MD
Maria Gibson MD
Tony Glaser DO
Barry Hainer MD
Kesh Hebbar MD
Bill Hueston MD
Dana King MD MS
Eric Matheson MD MS
Fred Michael MD
Marty Player MD
Ann Rodden DO

Physicians recognized as experts in Primary Care Management of Heart Disease and Stroke by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA):Dr. William J. Hueston
JJ Benich MD
Clive Brock MD
D. Todd Detar MD
Maria Gibson MD
Tony Glaser MD
Barry Hainer MD
Kesh Hebbar MD
Dana King MD MS
Eric Matheson MD MS
Fred Michael MD

National Leader in Prevention and Immunizations:
Barry Hainer MD

National Leader in Primary Care Sports Medicine:
Peter J Carek MD MS-- Team physician, College of Charleston Cougars Executive Committee Member and Medical Director, Cooper River Bridge Run

Prevention and Public Health Elective

The department offers electives to 4th year medical students. Below is one of the electives that is based completely on prevention and community health care. For more information on electives please visit our Medical Student Rotations page.

Course Title: Prevention and Public Health
Course Location: Downtown Family Medicine Clinic.
Course Description: Students will rotate in various public health and primary settings, see patients, participate in community and employee screening, Health department clinics, and community health center clinical care. Students will learn basic public health and prevention principles and learn how these can be applied on a community and population basis as well as on an individual basis. Students will be exposed to public health leadership and advocacy opportunities.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn the rationale and methods that are the foundation of prevention services, and to be able to define primary, secondary and tertiary prevention
  • Learn the basic tenets of public health science, social justice, advocacy, and the relevance and connection between public health and primary care
  • To be able to determine, by age, gender and the presence or absence of risk factors, which preventive services are indicated for a given patient
  • To be able to describe the local public health resources and facilities available in the Lowcountry area 
 
 
 

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