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Our mission is to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity by recruiting, training and retaining a diverse health workforce in underserved communities of Maryland. We envision a Maryland where every individual has access to a diverse and qualified health workforce who strives for equity in caring for all.

Colgan_RichardFor more than 35 years, the Maryland AHEC Program has provided comprehensive clinical education and training for undergraduate medical students and residents, as well as for students from the other University of Maryland, Baltimore health profession schools.

MAHEC activities promote increased numbers of physicians and other health care professionals, encourage the development of health care facilities, provide multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary training for health professionals, and increase capabilities for the existing program of graduate and continuing medical education and health training. Our main goal is to improve access to basic health care by linking local community groups with the resources of the University of Maryland, Baltimore through its various health professions training programs. The Maryland AHEC Program Office also provides technical assistance to policymakers, especially related to healthcare workforce issues.

There are three AHEC Regional Centers in Maryland that together provide statewide coverage. By partnering with community organizations we are able to provide efficient, effective and flexible services that meet local needs. Our strengths are not limited to:

  1. Strong community relationships, collaborations, and partners, which includes health professionals, academia, healthcare facilities, and other community based organizations
  2. Extremely dedicated, competent staff
  3. Knowledge of Maryland's workforce needs, health disparities, and economic and social challenges
  4. Experience in creating a health professions "pipeline" encouraging students to consider health profession careers in our communities.

On behalf of the MAHEC family we invite you to learn more about what we do collaboratively with other like-minded, service driven health care leaders who look to improve health disparities within Maryland.

Richard Colgan, MD
Program Director, Maryland Area Health Education Center
Vice Chairman of Medical Student Education and Clinical Operations
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
29 S. Paca Street
Baltimore Maryland 21202