"I really enjoy that while being an AHEC Scholar is a commitment, it's a commitment that I can choose when and where I will complete the task required for me to build my knowledge and skillsets. It takes away the stress of not knowing what you're signing up for and makes personal and professional development FUN. I am now completing my last year of AHEC Scholars, I've been an AHEC CHIP intern, and I've taken part in the AHEC WI Express and I truly cannot speak highly enough of the experience I have gained as a participant in all of these opportunities. I would encourage students to sign-up because it has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to become more comfortable networking with individuals outside of my direct field and see the importance of interdisciplinary work."2020 Cohort 3 AHEC Scholar
ABOUT AHEC SCHOLARS
AHEC Scholars Overview
Wisconsin AHEC Scholars is a two-year program designed to enhance and broaden a student’s healthcare training. Each year as an AHEC Scholar, you’ll participate in a combination of didactic and community-based experiential training in a Wisconsin rural community and/or with underserved populations. Learn more: 2021-22 Scholars Overview & Checklist
Educational and training activities 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
We offer flexible pathways for students to complete their didactic and community-based experiential training each year.
AHEC Scholars Cohort
Each fall, WI AHEC accepts a new Scholars Cohort ranging in size from 105-145 students. The Cohort will complete their first and second years on the same timeline and are referred to by the academic year of their start (e.g. 2021 Scholars Cohort 4).
AHEC Scholars Stipend
AHEC Scholars Cohort 4 students earn a $1,500 stipend over the course of their experience. Stipends amounts are distributed throughout the 2-year commitment at regular intervals, upon successful achievement of program milestones.
AHEC Scholars Academic Year
First-year AHEC Scholars begin in the program in October each year with an Orientation. Returning second-year AHEC Scholars can start their 2nd year earlier in August or September with an Orientation for their final year in the program. The AHEC Scholars Academic Year finishes at the end of May each year for both first-year and second-year students. The full program lasts for a duration of two years, ensuring Scholars will complete 40 hours of online didactic training and 40 hours of team-based field placement or clinical rotation before the end of each Scholars Year (for a total of 160 hours over two years).