Area Health Education Centers
  • Blended Learning
    Blended Learning is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. Face-to-face classroom methods are combined with computer-mediated activities.
  • Continuing Education (CE)
    Continuing Education (CE) is a specific learning activity generally characterized by the issuance of a certificate or continuing education units (CEU) the purpose of documenting attendance at a designated seminar or course of instruction. Licensing bodies impose continuing education requirements on members who hold licenses to practice within a particular profession. These requirements are intended to encourage professionals to expand their foundations of knowledge and stay up-to-date on new developments.
  • Continuing Interprofessional Education (CIPE)
    Continuing Interprofessional Education (CIPE) or Interprofessional Education (IPE) refers to occasions when students from two or more professions in health and social care learn together during all or part of their professional training with the object of cultivating collaborative practice for providing client- or patient-centered health care.
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME)
    Continuing Medical Education (CME) refers to a specific form of continuing education (CE) that helps those in the medical field maintain competence and learn about new and developing areas of their field. These activities may take place as live events, written publications, online programs, audio, video, or other electronic media. Content for these programs is developed, reviewed, and delivered by faculty who are experts in their individual clinical areas.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is the means by which people maintain their knowledge and skills related to their professional lives. It is continuing education (CE) as applied to professional development. CPD obligations are common to most professions. Many professions define CPD as a structured approach to learning to help ensure competence to practice, taking in knowledge, skills and practical experience. CPD can involve any relevant learning activity, whether formal and structured or informal and self-directed.
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR)
    An Electronic Health Record (EHR) is a digital version of a patient’s paper chart. EHRs are real-time, patient-centered records that make information available instantly and securely to authorized users. While an EHR does contain the medical and treatment histories of patients, an EHR system is built to go beyond standard clinical data collected in a provider’s office and can be inclusive of a broader view of a patient’s care.
  • Fellowship
    A Fellowship is the period of medical training that a physician or dentist may undertake after completing a specialty training program (residency). During this time (usually more than one year), the physician is known as a fellow. Fellows are capable of acting as attending physician or consultant physician in the generalist field in which they were trained, such as internal medicine or pediatrics. After completing a fellowship in the relevant sub-specialty, the physician is permitted to practice without direct supervision by other physicians in that sub-specialty, such as cardiology or oncology.
  • Graduate Medical Education (GME)
    Graduate Medical Education (GME) refers to any type of formal medical education, usually hospital-sponsored or hospital-based training, pursued after receipt of the MD or DO degree. This education includes internship, residency, subspecialty, and fellowship programs, and leads to state licensure and board certification.
  • Interprofessional Education (IPE)
    Interprofessional Education (IPE) or Continuing Interprofessional Education (CIPE) refers to occasions when students from two or more professions in health and social care learn together during all or part of their professional training with the object of cultivating collaborative practice for providing client- or patient-centered health care.
  • Meaningful Use (MU)
    Meaningful Use (MU) is a program for Medicare and Medicaid that awards incentives for using certified electronic health records (EHRs) to improve patient care. To achieve Meaningful Use and avoid penalties, providers must follow a set of criteria that serve as a roadmap for effectively using an EHR.
  • National AHEC Organization (NAO)
    The National AHEC Organization (NAO) is the professional membership association of Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in the United States.
  • Office of Regional Primary Care Education (ORPCE)
    An Office of Regional Primary Care Education (ORPCE) was created at each of the nine NC AHECs to facilitate the teaching of primary care students in community settings. The mission of the ORPCEs is to facilitate quality, community-based, primary care education for health science students
  • Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
    A Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a care delivery model whereby patient treatment is coordinated through their primary care physician to ensure they receive the necessary care when and where they need it, in a manner they can understand. The objective is to have a centralized setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family. Care is facilitated by registries, information technology, health information exchange and other means to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
  • Preceptor
    In medicine, allied health, midwifery, paramedicine, naturopathic, pharmacy, and nursing education, a preceptor is a skilled practitioner or faculty member who supervises students in a clinical setting to allow practical experience with patients.
  • Residency
    Residency is a stage of graduate dental, medical, or pharmacy training. A resident is a dentist, physician, or pharmacist who practices under the direct or indirect supervision of an attending dentist, physician, or pharmacist. Successful completion of a residency program is a requirement to obtaining an unrestricted license to practice dentistry, medicine, or pharmacy in many jurisdictions. Residency training may be followed by fellowship or “sub-specialty” training.