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Commitment & Eligibility | Benefits | Program Timeline | Partners

AHEC Scholars is an interprofessional program geared towards health profession students. The AHEC Scholars Program (ASP) is a longitudinal program, and students will be exposed to interdisciplinary didactic and community-based clinical training in rural and/or underserved areas.

The ASP will enroll 45 students per year and include, but not limited to, the following eligible health professions:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing (FNP, BSN, MSN)
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Public Health/MPH
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Social Work (BSW, MSW)

The program will launch in July 2019.  Up to forty-five (45) Scholars will enroll with fifteen (15) assigned to each center AHEC West, Central Maryland AHEC, and Eastern Shore AHEC.

Commitment & Eligibility

  • Students must be currently enrolled in health professions degree program or an allied health workforce degree/certificate program and be two years from program or degree completion.
  • Underrepresented minorities, disadvantaged/rural backgrounds, and first generation college students strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Two year commitment required, to include the following each year:
    • 40 hours of community-based clinical training in rural and/or underserved.
    • 40 hours of didactic education, which includes a combination of face-to-face and online training opportunities focused on the following six Core Topic Areas:
      • Interprofessional Education
      • Behavioral Health Integration
      • Social Determinants of Health
      • Cultural Competency
      • Practice Transformation
      • Current and Emerging Health Issues
  • Students must agree to be tracked a year following graduation or completion of health profession program. The program would like to know how your career develops after fulfillment.


  • Work hand-in-hand with other disciplines, learning their roles and responsibilities, and participate in clinical settings as an interprofessional team.
  • Bolster your clinical knowledge and join this hands-on opportunity to expand your knowledge about rural and underserved healthcare throughout Maryland.
  • Meet thought leaders in your field and make connections with other participants, creating an invaluable network of mentors and colleagues.
  • Receive a Maryland AHEC Scholar Certificate of Completion, setting you apart from other students in an increasingly competitive environment.
  • Mileage reimbursement, if funds are available.

AHEC Scholars Program

Students, Gabriella Miller and Georgia Harper discuss their experience in the AHEC Scholars Program.

Program Timeline

July 1, 2021 AHEC Scholars year 3 program begins
November 1, 2021 Applications deadline for Cohort 3

How to Apply

Before proceeding, you must be prepared to submit the following documentation:

  • Updated Resume/CV (upload to application below).
  • Personal statement of 500 words or less: please discuss your interest in the AHEC Scholars Program and how this program might help you reach your career goals. Make sure to include any experiences in rural and/or underserved communities or interdisciplinary training you've had.

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Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team (GAIT)

Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team (GAIT)

GAIT is a project funded by the University System of Maryland Redeployment Grant System and is located in rural Maryland at AHEC West (Cumberland, Md.) and the Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (Cambridge, MD).

A series of one or two-day rotations introduces students from USM degree programs to comprehensive geriatric assessment and the fundamentals of interprofessional collaboration through both didactic and clinical sessions.

Students are introduced to the comprehensive geriatric assessment and the fundamentals of interprofessional collaboration through both didactic and clinical sessions. A variety of sites are used throughout Western Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

Each site is chosen because it emphasizes the benefits of interprofessional collaboration in caring for frail older individuals.

GAIT Presentation

Primary Care Track (PCT)

Primary Care Track (PCT)

The University of Maryland School of Medicine Primary Care Track (PCT) started as a five year HRSA funded collaborative effort created to expose UMSOM medical students to careers in primary care. Since 2012, PCT has allocated incoming medical students with primary care physicians throughout the first two years of their medical school training. PCT has allowed students who show an early interest in primary care to better determine their ultimate career path. This longitudinal track allows for mentorship from family medicine physicians, general internists and general pediatricians while providing the interested student with an opportunity to learn via ongoing relationships with patients.

Students work alongside preceptors one half day per month during their pre-clinical years, and 80 hours in their first year summer with a primary care physician (PCP) mentor, through a collaboration with one of the three state AHECs. Along with these experiences with community physicians, students participate in monthly didactic sessions.

Approximately thirty percent of the first, second and third year class are enrolled in this program. To date, the PCT remains a collaborative program of the Departments of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.