The South Carolina AHEC Scholars program is a part of a national initiative to prepare a tomorrow’s health professionals to become leaders in interprofessional, transformative practice to serve rural and underserved populations in our state. AHEC Scholars will join the cutting edge of health professions training with students from multiple health profession disciplines across the state.
The program consists of didactic and experiential training opportunities with a focus on interprofessional primary care and service to rural and underserved populations. AHEC Scholars will receive preference for innovative, team-based clinical fieldwork placements, in addition to networking opportunities with state leaders and primary care professionals from across the state.
The AHEC Scholars program provides an innovative approach to improving the health of our state by utilizing one of our greatest assets, our future health profession workforce. Through the various educational activities, AHEC Scholars will learn about practice transformation, telehealth, quality improvement, and social determinants to prepare them to address the unique challenges and strengths of our state. Additionally, through quality improvement projects in rural and underserved settings, I believe our AHEC Scholars can help support health care transformation in South Carolina.
-Jennifer Bailey, Assoc. Program Director for Education & Evaluation, SC AHEC
The AHEC Scholars program provides students with innovative, interprofessional training and mentoring focused on building the skills and competencies needed to help transform primary care and improve patient care. South Carolina AHEC Scholars will receive a certificate recognizing them as leaders in primary care upon completion, setting them apart during job search and/or subsequent residency match.
AHEC Scholars is currently accepting applications from USC and MUSC (see website for program eligibility details). Preference will be given to individuals with/that meet one or more of the following:
- South Carolina resident
- Rural background
- Commitment to a rural lifestyle
- Commitment to primary care
- Underrepresented minority
- Disadvantaged background
To find out more about the program, learn about eligibility requirements, participation benefits and how to apply, visit the South Carolina AHEC website.