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Program Overview

Program Overviw

The PA AHEC Scholars program is dedicated to developing future healthcare professionals who can foster equity and empower vulnerable populations. 

The program is designed around the 7 core topic areas: 

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Our program is a true, immersive journey. However, a snapshot of what your first year may look like includes:

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Program Requirements

Program Eligiblilty 

AHEC Scholars must have at least 2-years left in their degree program and, ideally, will be scholars for the final stretch of their academic journey. 

Currently, the following disciplines are being accepted:

Medical - Dental - Physician Assistant

Pharmacy - Nursing

Psychology (Masters/Doctorate)

Optometry - Social Work (Masters/Doctorate)

Occupational Therapy (Masters/Doctorate)

Public Health (Masters/Doctorate)


Program Benefits


Standout Resume

Your commitment to serving the rural and underserved populations in Pennsylvania will be highlighted with a resume that includes an additional 2 years of curriculum that supplement your completed degree and experience.

Supplemental Training Experiences

As a Pennsylvania AHEC Scholar you will have the unique opportunity to advance skills needed to serve vulnerable populations, and deep dive into Pennsylvania's diverse culture and communities while exploring the intricacies of health disparities. 

Interprofessional Experience

Numerous employers highly value your teamwork skills with fellow healthcare professionals. This program offers a dynamic interprofessional experience that will superbly equip you for these collaborative interactions.

Build a Professional Network

You will have the opportunity to meet other AHEC Scholars, state/community leaders, academic faculty, and government officials. 

Earn a Digital Badge

Digital badges validate your skills and achievements, serving as portable, specific, and widely recognized representations of your expertise. Your AHEC Scholar Badge will enhance your professional reputation and help you stand out in a competitive job market. 

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This website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $2,075,290 with 50% funded by HRSA/HHS and $1,037,645 funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and nongovernment source(s). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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