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
Karin is currently in charge of NVAHEC scholars program.  Karin reports to, and assist Dr. Caroline Sutter, NVAHEC Principal Investigator