AHEC Scholars

AHEC Scholars Program

AHEC Scholars is a program for health professions students interesting in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings. This is a longitudinal program with interdisciplinary curricula to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based activities. All experiential or clinical training will be conducted in rural and/or underserved urban settings.

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 area.
  • 40 hours didactic education (focused on six Core Topic Areas)
  • Core Topic Areas:
      • Interprofessional Education
      • Behavioral Health Integration
      • Social Determinants of Health
      • Cultural Competency
      • Practice Transformation
      • Current and Emerging Health Issues

Eligibility Criteria:

Students should have a current interest in rural or underserved healthcare and be currently enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program and be two years from program or degree completion. This includes but is not limited to students in medical, dental, pharmacy, nurse practitioner, nursing, physician assistant, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public/population health programs.

For more information visit the NAO AHEC Scholars webpage.

Application will be posted in May 2018.

For more information contact Linda Martin:


Oregon Rural Scholars Program

This program will be transitioning to the AHEC Scholars Program (see above) in September 2018.

The Oregon Rural Scholars Program (ORSP) experience provides students who are motivated toward rural care with an opportunity to experience what their future career path could be. Rural Scholars are competitively admitted into the program during their first year. Each Scholar is matched to a community with which the Scholar will interact throughout his or her training: this twelve-week experience forms the core of the program. Students will develop a deep and comprehensive understanding of a primary care specialty (Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, General Surgery, General Pediatrics, or General Psychiatry) practiced within rural community setting, as well as concepts of community and public health, epidemiology, and resource allocation. Rural Scholars will simultaneously fulfill their core clerkship in their respective primary care specialty (with department approval), their rural experience, and their continuity experience. For further information, contact Joanne Arnst: arnstj@ohsu.edu

Family Medicine Rural Immersive

The Family Medicine Rural Immersive experience will allow students an opportunity to immerse themselves in, and to explore the career choice of, rural Family Medicine. Students will work with select FM rural preceptors for twelve consecutive weeks at one rural site. Students who complete the Rural Immersive will gain a comprehensive understanding of Family Medicine in a rural context and will learn concepts in rural medicine, FM Core, and community health. Continuity concepts will span the twelve weeks. Students use dedicated study and project time to further the clinic’s or community’s health through mechanisms such as quality improvement, education, or patient materials. Students will simultaneously satisfy requirements for: Family Medicine core experience, the rural experience, and the continuity experience.

Please communicate all questions or concerns to fmclerkship@ohsu.edu