News & Upcoming Events
Join us for a FREE CME/CE Webinar
As part of Western Maryland AHEC's ongoing mission to provide relevant training, please find a free HPV webinar sponsored by the National AHEC Organization . "You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention ” is set for 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 14 . This training, conducted by Dr. Robin Curtis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will describe the burden of HPV disease; define the importance of HPV vaccination for cancer prevention; explain the rationale for vaccinating youth at ages 11 or 12; list the recommendations for HPV vaccine for girls and for boys; provide useful and compelling information about HPV vaccine to parents to aid in making the decision to vaccinate; locate resources relevant to current immunization practice; provide appropriate care and counsel for patients and their families; and provide accurate and appropriate counsel as part of the treatment team.
One hour of credit will be awarded upon attendance by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine : ACCME credit hours for physicians; ANCC contact hours for nurses: ACPE contact hours for pharmacists. For others, a certificate of attendance can be issued upon request.
As part of Western Maryland AHEC’s ongoing mission to provide relevant training, we are pleased to invite you to view a free HPV webinar sponsored by the National AHEC Organization. “Countering HPV Vaccination Opposition” is available to view on demand. This training, conducted by GW Cancer Institute, includes an introduction to and brief history of the anti-vaccine movement, discusses and debunks common vaccine myths, and highlights contemporary sources of misinformation while providing strategies for validating good information and countering misinformation. CME/CE credits will not be available for this training, however, certificates of attendance can be provided upon request.
This training will include an introduction to and brief history of the anti-vaccine movement, discuss and debunk common vaccine myths, and highlight contemporary sources of misinformation while providing strategies for validating good information and countering misinformation. The training is intended for all AHECs, health professionals, board members, community leaders, community health workers, and the general public.
To learn about Western Maryland AHEC's efforts toward HPV vaccination, view the August 2015 issue of WMAHEC Happenings. For more information, email Joy Taylor or call 301.777.9150 ext. 141.
Western Maryland Area Health Education Center
Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, also known as "Western Maryland AHEC" and "WMAHEC," is a rural, community-based organization serving Appalachian counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. To fulfill our mission to improve access to and promote quality in health care through educational partnerships, we collaborate with local, state, federal, and private organizations working toward mutual goals of a fair national distribution of health professionals and the elimination of health disparities due to rurality, poverty, race, and culture.
Why Rural Western Maryland?
View our video Quality of Life, Quality of Practice to hear firsthand from practitioners in the region about why living and working here is personally and professionally satisfying. To learn more about state and federal incentives for choosing to practice in a rural, underserved area, view our links page.
Learn more about how you, as a physician or other health care practitioner, can join our efforts. We facilitate twelve discipline-specific caucuses that meet to discuss professional issues and plan continuing education and other events that are responsive to local needs. In addition, the region's practitioners provide many volunteer hours of support to our programs as clinical education preceptors, faculty and teachers, and other vital roles. Also, learn about our medical residency rotations.
Western Maryland AHEC facilitates rural clinical rotations and housing for health professions and allied health students, as well as interdisciplinary team-building programs in geriatrics and gerontology in Maryland's Allegany, Garrett, Washington, and Frederick counties. We also provide week-long summer programs and year-round shadowing opportunities for high school students interested in health careers through Exploring Careers in Health Occupations. The ECHO program is funded through the American Honda Foundation and also Rural Maryland Council.
Our partners are crucial in helping us recruit and retain a robust regional health workforce, address health care disparities and public health needs. and provide educational programs responsive to these priorities. Our longtime relationships continue their positive impact in today's evolving health care environment. These partners include, among others, the Maryland AHEC Program Office, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Maryland Rural Health Association, Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, University of Maryland Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research program, departments within the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Boards of Education, and numerous local healthcare facilities, coalitions, practitioners, educators, and other health care stakeholders.