AHEC Scholars, a service-learning program designed for current health professional students interested in improving the quality of health for individuals in underserved communities, consists of clinical, community-based, and online didactic training activities. The online portion of the program will serve as an additional learning tool for students to familiarize themselves on topics designed to augment patient care. Topics include cultural competency, social determinants of health, practice transformation, behavioral health integration, and interprofessional care coordination. The community-based portion of the program will take place in a local Buffalo health center.

Now Recruiting Students for the 2020-21 Academic Year!


What to expect as an AHEC Scholar:

  • Collaborate with health professionals and local Buffalo medical centers.
  • Gain valuable knowledge and comprehension of barriers (medical and non-medical) to quality healthcare.
  • Identify potential solutions to reduce high-cost, avoidable patient care.
  • Propose potential solutions that will help reduce the hospitalizations.
  • Improve patient-centered clinical skills.
  • Develop a better understanding of diverse community healthcare needs.

Program requirements:

  • Must be a current student in the following accredited allied health or health profession degree/certificate program:
      • Social Work
      • Nursing
      • Pharmacy
      • Pre-Health
      • Public Health
      • Medicine
  • Complete 40 hours of online didactic education per year
  • Complete 40 hours of community-based experiential training per year (Avg. 2-4 hours per week)

Application requirements:

  • Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation (1)

We are excited about the 2019 Scholars Cohort are currently accepting applications!  Applications and all supporting documents are due by July 1, 2020.

Contact us at 716-835-9358 or email info@erieniagaraahec.org for any questions or concerns about the AHEC Scholars Program.