AHEC Scholars

AHEC Scholars


Apply for the AHEC Scholars Program

View the 2018 AHEC Scholars and their Clinical Rotations

The Virginia AHEC Scholars program is a longitudinal, interdisciplinary program which will launch in Fall 2018.  The Virginia AHEC Scholars program will consist of the following:
• Clinical activities • Didactic activities • Community-based training • Rural Track • Underserved Track

The program is open to all students enrolled in healthcare and pre-healthcare certificate or degree programs, from the undergraduate level up. Students will spend a minimum of 80 hours in classroom instruction, and 80 hours in hands-on clinical experience, delivered over a period of two years.

HRSA-Defined Goals The Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has defined the following goals for the AHEC Scholars program.

The program must have:

  • A formal application process
  • An interdisciplinary curriculum
  • 40 hours of defined didactic activities ( each year/2-year total of 80 hours)
  • 40 hours of defined clinical activities, conducted in a rural or underserved setting (2-year total of 80 hours)
  • Defined community-based training activities, conducted in a rural or underserved setting
  • Strategic partnerships with funders, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and industry partners

The student cohort must include:

  • Diversity, with preference given to students from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented minorities
  • Students from multiple disciplines

The curriculum must include:

  • Interdisciplinary learning objectives and outcomes
  • Defined points of entry and exit, tailored to fit specific fields of study

All six HRSA Core Topic Areas:

  1. Interprofessional Education
  2. Behavioral Health Integration
  3. Social Determinants of Health
  4. Cultural Competency
  5. Practice Transformation
  6. Current and Emerging Health Issues-Substance Abuse (Opioids)

The program must collect data about students, including:

  1. Demographics
  2. Number of training hours in designated settings
  3. Employment information (one year after completion of academic program)
  4. One-year follow-up after graduation or completion of the academic program
Karin Pedemonte, MPH, MA, Ph.D. Student – Cognitive Behavioral Neurosciences, Gates Millennium Scholar, NVAHEC Special Projects GRA can be contacted at nvahec@gmu.edu
Karin is currently in charge of NVAHEC scholars program.  Karin reports to, and assist Dr. Caroline Sutter, NVAHEC Principal Investigator