The Michigan AHEC Scholars program is an advanced learning opportunity which supplements
classroom instruction. It aims to prepare students to enter the health professions workforce by teaching them important supplemental skills that might otherwise be missing from the student's normal academic curriculum.
Selection for this program will be competitive with a formal online application process.
This selective program will allow students to network with other health professions students
and to learn how to provide care in an interdisciplinary environment while exploring current and emerging topics in healthcare.
AHEC Scholars is designed specifically for applicants from a diverse background who have a strong interest in providing healthcare to patients in rural and medically underserved communities across Michigan.
To successfully complete the AHEC Scholars Program, students:
Must be in the final 2 years in an accredited health professions program
Participate in the AHEC Scholars program for 2 years
- Complete 40 hours of experiential and 40 hours of didactic activities during each
of the two years of the program. Opportunities include:
- Primary care focused interprofessional simulation activities
- Partnering with primary care leaders on quality improvement initiatives
- Fieldwork placements/rotations in team-based practice settings
- Access to online courses focused on the core topics
- Complete a follow-up evaluation 1 year after exiting the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of being an AHEC Scholar?
- Enhance healthcare knowledge and skills for clinical and community settings
- Positively impact underserved communities
- Engage with interprofessional teams
- Gain career development skills
- Resume building opportunities
- Networking opportunities
- Paid Conference/CE Attendance
- Augment education on topics such as telehealth, cultural humility and practice transformation
What are the core topics covered in the AHEC Scholars Program?
Educational and training activities for AHEC Scholars will be team-based and will support the following topic areas:
- Interprofessional Education
- Behavioral Health Integration
- Social Determinants of Health
- Cultural Competency
- Practice Transformation
- Current and Emerging Health Issues
- Connecting Communities and Supporting Health Professionals
- Virtual Learning and Telehealth
Can my school's clinical training requirements count toward the AHEC Scholars Program requirements?
The required 40 hours of clinical training can already be counted by your own health professional school's training. The educational assignments cover a wide variety of topics in preparation for practice in Michigan's rural and urban communities. Year 2 of the program focuses more on engaging you in practice transformation and public health projects.
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