The Virginia AHEC Scholars Program recruits, trains, and supports a diverse group of students from across the state, creating a multidisciplinary team of health professionals committed to both community service and the transformation of health care in the United States.
The AHEC Scholars Program is part of a national initiative to prepare tomorrow's providers to become leaders in inter-professional, transformative practice. This program will enhance your medical and professional education through didactic modules and community based experiences and clinical based activities.
The AHEC Scholars Program is for students graduating within two years, obtaining a health professions degree or certificate (nursing, dental hygiene, dental, medical, pharmacy, etc.). Unfortunately, pre-professional degree program students are not the intended group. It is a two year longitudinal program with an interdisciplinary curriculum.
Join our program to help us ensure an increased number of skilled and competent future healthcare providers that are confident and prepared to practice in rural and underserved areas.
“I enjoyed the modules and I've found that it's really helped me understand a whole community approach in navigating public health concerns within the city of Richmond. I've been inspired to shift my way of thinking and I'm grateful for the education that the program provides.”
Alexandria Ashe is a Masters of Public Health student in her final year at Virginia Commonwealth University, and in our 2nd Cohort of AHEC Scholars. We thank her for her dedication to the Virginia AHEC Scholars Program!
David Dent is a Doctoral Candidate at VCU's School of Pharmacy, and a part of our 3rd Cohort of Scholars. In his free time, he hosts a pharmaceuticals podcast called OveRXDose, where he sheds light on some of the realities of pharmacy work, and the importance of their role within underserved communities. Visit our blog to learn more.
“AHEC as I understand it, seeks to serve students, patients, and clients who are perhaps forgotten, those who might need a different approach to their educational and health than traditional models allow. We are in unprecedented times, and the axiom of defining crazy...doing the same thing and expecting different results...is relevant now more than ever. As healthcare professionals, we simply cannot keep doing things the way they have been done in the past.”
Katherine Clancy, BA, is an Occupational Therapy and Health Sciences student at Virginia Commonwealth University and in our 3rd Cohort of AHEC Scholars. We thank her for her dedication to the Virginia AHEC Scholars Program!
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