Student Programs

medstars_2010_simlabOregon AHEC in partnership with Oregon communities strives to improve the education, training and distribution of healthcare professionals in the state.   We believe it is important to provide information, education and exposure to the many healthcare careers available beginning at the elementary school level.







Through career fairs, job shadowing, science clubs and other career exploration activities, student have an opportunity to be mentored by professionals and develop strategies for following a healthcare career path.  Various programs are offered at AHEC Centers around the state, including:

AHEC Program Office at OHSU offers the MedStars residential summer experience.  This program is for rural and underserved rural high school seniors or those who have recently graduated and are interested in pursing a health care career.  For more information, visit the Medstars webpage. Please note, Medstars is not being offered in the summer of 2014 and will resume for summer, 2015. 

Teacher Resources

With grant funding from the Howard Hughes Institute, Oregon AHEC has also developed the In-A-Box learning resource for teachers in Grades 4-8.  This innovative learning "in-a-box" approach allows teachers an opportunity to extend their classroom teaching.

Boxes include:

  • Grade appropriate station activities with step-by-step instructions
  • Books, artifacts, technology, DVDs, student reproducible materials and lesson extensions
  • Oregon Content Standards included for lesson activities

Boxes are available to Oregon teachers at NO charge, delivery and pickup provided, and may be borrowed up to 3 weeks.

The In-A-Box program is administered through Northeast Oregon AHEC