• AHEC Scholars is a program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings. This is a two-year longitudinal program with interdisciplinary curricula to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based activities. The Southern KY AHEC Scholars will have the opportunity to work with the Rockcastle Regional Hospital and Respiratory Care Center for their two years of training.

    In addition, Scholars will be provided with opportunities to participate in didactic and community based learning experiences throughout the AHEC region.

    For more information or questions please e-mail: kowens@soahec.org


    Program duration is two years and each year includes the following for a total of 160 hours:

    • 40 hours community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved area
    • 40 hours didactic education (focused on six Core Topic Areas)
      • Core Topic Areas
        • Interprofessional Education
        • Behavioral Health Integration
        • Social Determinants of Health
        • Cultural Competency
        • Practice Transformation
        • Current and Emerging Health Issues
  • Clinical Aspect

The program will officially begin (tentatively) in August 2020. A live meeting will be held and the Scholars will become acquainted with the AHEC Scholars program and to each other. During this meeting you will learn more about our host facility (Rockcastle Regional Hospital & Respiratory Care Center) and arrange for job shadowing and other unique opportunities.

    Didactic Aspect

    Throughout the course of the AHEC Scholars program, we will provide you with a variety of opportunities to gain even more knowledge through conferences, service learning, simulations, etc. More details to come.

    Possible didactic learning opportunities include:

    • Lectures given by health care professionals from our AHEC region
    • Video seminars broadcast by the statewide AHEC system
    • Online learning modules (CE)
  • FAQs:

    -How much time will this program require of me?
    We estimate that the AHEC Scholars program will require approximately 2.5 hours per week of your time. The two weeks that include an in-person meeting will require a few more hours, but 2.5 will be a consistent allotment for the rest of the semester.

    -Are we given guidelines as to how we spend the stipend?

    No. At the end of each year, the $250 is yours to spend as you see fit. 

    -How much traveling will I need to do for this program?
    The program will require the two in-person meetings, but aside from that much of the program will be completed via electronic sources. In addition, there will be a multitude of other opportunities for the students to travel throughout the region to learn. This will include events such as educational conferences, simulation experiences, service learning opportunities, etc.

    -Can undergraduate AND graduate students apply?
    Yes! This program is open to ANY student entering at least a two-year allied health program. Undergraduate and graduate students are all encouraged to apply.