AHEC Scholars

Oregon AHEC Scholars Program

AHEC Scholars is a national program developed by the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) and state AHECs. The Oregon AHEC Scholars Program consists of health professions students who have declared an interest in rural and/or underserved care. Interprofessional cohorts of students from five different universities in Oregon will join together each year to create the first state-wide multi-institutional rural and underserved focused program for health professions students. 

AHEC Scholars students will spend dedicated time at a team-based rural and/or underserved clinical teaching site and get additional didactics in rural and underserved core topic areas. These topic areas include: Interprofessional education, social determinants of health, behavioral health integration, cultural competency, practice transformation, current and emerging health issues.

This two year program will include the following components each year 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 Topics.

Eligibility Criteria:

Students should have an interest in rural or underserved healthcare, be currently enrolled in a health professions degree/certificate program and be willing to commit to two years of program participation prior to graduation. 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, and the Oregon AHEC Scholars Program Overview.

To apply for the 2018/2019 academic year, complete the AHEC Scholars Application online

Participation in the AHEC Scholars program qualifies students to apply for the Primary Care Loan Forgiveness (PCLF) program administered by the Oregon Office of Rural Health.

If you have questions, please contact the AHEC Scholars Education Coordinator, Linda Martin: .

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U77HP03052, Model State Supported Area Health Education Centers.