AHEC Scholars

AHEC Scholars is a national program for students interested in health professions who are interested in gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and urban underserved settings. This is a longitudinal program with clinical, didactic, and community-based activities.

Upon completion of the AHEC Scholars program, participants are awarded a certificate and earn recognition as distinguished AHEC scholars.

Program completion is contingent upon fulfilling the following requirements over a 2 year period:

  • 80 hours of community-based, experiential, or clinical experience in an AHEC location
  • 80 hours of didactics or equivalent work

Didactics and clinical experiences support the following six (6) Core Topics:

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Practice Transformation
  • Current and Emerging Health Issues


Students should have an interest in underserved healthcare with a preference given to students with an interest in primary care. Students are encouraged to apply within two years from program or degree completion (i.e., M3 for medical students). However, applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The AHEC Scholars Program is open and available to students of the following institutions:

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Georgetown University School of Nursing
  • Howard University School of Medicine
  • George Washington University School of Medicine