AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law April 15 legislation that creates tax deductions of up to $10,000 for community-based faculty physicians who provide training to medical, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner students.


Under Senate Bill 391, Georgia physicians who provide clinical training to health professions students for a minimum of three (to a maximum of 10) rotations, and who are not compensated through any other source, can claim a tax deduction of $1,000 per student for every 160 hours of training provided.  Students must be enrolled in one of the state's public or private medical/osteopathic, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner programs.


The Georgia Statewide Area Health Education Centers' Program Office, located at Georgia Regents University, is charged with creating the certification process for Senate Bill 391.  AHEC personnel will work with academic officers across the state as well as with the Department of Revenue to develop policies and procedures to govern the program, which is set to kick off July 1.


The tax deduction was adopted by the Statewide AHEC's Annual Primary Care Medical Shortages Summit as a way to recognize and reward uncompensated physicians who are providing critical training for identified health professions students.

Georgia Statewide AHEC Network received
the National AHEC Organization (NAO)
Eugene S. Mayer Program of Excellence Award
at NAO conference held in Charlotte, NC, July 7-11, 2014.



SOWEGA-AHEC $20,000 Grant Awarded from Healthcare Georgia Foundation


SOWEGA-AHEC was 1 of 15 grant recipients of Healthcare Georgia Foundation which represents a continuation of work already underway to connect people, programs and resources across Georgia to improve health and healthcare. $20,000 was awarded to SOWEGA-AHEC for support for participation in HealthTecdl, including the production of five distance learning programs designed to strengthen Georgia’s healthcare workforce and to sustain its internal distance learning capabilities.


“Over the past seven years, our capacity building efforts have included HealthTecdl, the Foundation’s distance learning program, which has delivered more than 200 unique programs to thousands of participants from nonprofit health organizations and the healthcare workforce,” said Gary D. Nelson, PhD, president, Healthcare Georgia Foundation.


Nelson continued, “The development and dissemination of high quality resources and publications is critical to health professionals, given a healthcare environment that is uncertain, disruptive and chaotic. We find that these programs are very well received, especially at a time when professional development resources and opportunities are particularly limited.”


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