AHEC Scholars

AHEC Scholars is a program for undergraduate and graduate health professions students interested in enhancing their education and experiences beyond the classroom.  Students will gain knowledge and experiences in patient-centered team-based care and learn about unique challenges that face underserved rural and/or urban communities. 

Panhandle AHEC will award AHEC Scholars an $800 stipend upon completion of each year of the two-year program, for a total of $1600.

Program duration is two years and each year includes the following for a total of 160 hours:
  • 40 hours community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved areas
  • 40 hours didactic education per year  (focused on six Core Topic Areas)
  • Core Topic Areas include information on:
    • Interprofessional Education
    • Behavioral Health Integration
    • Social Determinants of Health
    • Cultural Competency
    • Practice Transformation
    • Current and Emerging Health Issues
  • Signed agreement to participate in longitudinal tracking
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Eligibility Criteria

Students should have a current interest in rural or underserved healthcare, be currently enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program, be two years from program or degree completion, and commit to two years in the AHEC Scholars program and a one-time program follow-up.

If you’re looking to graduate from your health professions program with distinction, consider applying to become an AHEC Scholar. Slots to participate are limited.

Program Requirements:

  • Complete and submit signed agreement 
  • Complete and submit pre-assessment
  • Complete 40 hours didactic education per year (self paced)
  • Complete and submit rotation log with 40 hours community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved area
  • Complete and submit post assessment

Rotation Log

As an AHEC Scholar at least 40 hours of community-based, experiential, or clinical training rotations will need to be submitted.  Clinical observation requirements as part of the student's health professions program may count toward the AHEC Scholars Program - contact us to find out.  Rotations must take place in Texas, be in a rural and/or medically underserved area, and occur while enrolled as an AHEC Scholar. To access the rotation log click here. Submit one rotation log per rotation site.

Application Information

For additional information about the AHEC Scholars Program, click here.

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