California AHEC Scholars Program


Welcome to the AHEC Scholars Program!  This introduction provides the necessary information to get you started with the Scholar’s Curriculum.  If at any time you have questions, please feel free to reach out to your local center director or AHEC Scholars Coordinator.  

Your AHEC center director will serve as an adviser for your experience, assisting you with clinical placements, identifying community resources, convening fellow students, and certifying your completion of the program.

The program is made up of 40 hours didactic and 40 hours clinical per year.  If your school’s clinical practicum occurs in the second year; then the 40 hours of clinical for the first year will be accomplished by completing the required community project.

If you are unsure if you are a one year scholar or two year scholar please check with your center director.  

The online modules for the didactic requirements of the curriculum include:

  • Quality Improvement in Primary Care
  • Leadership and Advocacy
  • Community Engagement
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home
  • The Medical Neighborhood
  • Patient Engagement
  • Team-Based Care in Primary Care
  • Health Care Reform in the Community
  • Work-Life Balance

The didactic curriculum includes:  modules, case studies and webinars to be completed at your own pace, over the one or two years of your program, spending 40 hours each year with the selected materials. Read/view the required materials.  At the end of each module, you will be required to write a reflection for that module.

If your school and/or center director provides instruction in these areas already, consult with your center director as to how to receive credit for this work in lieu of some curriculum content.

In addition to the 27 hours of work in the modules, other requirements include completing four case studies, each will count as 3 hours of credit, and one webinar (listed as required in the module) which counts as one hour of credit.  For the webinar, during the first year Ethnic Considerations in Primary Care for Elders is required.  For the second year, Intervening in the Opioid Epidemic in the US is required.

For the clinical requirements of the curriculum, 40 hours of clinical experience in a community clinic or other under-served site is required each year.  This can be satisfied by a combination of clinical training which is part of your school’s curriculum and a community project arranged with the community clinic to which you must contribute at least 10 hours per length in the program.  Each student must complete at least 10 hours of a community project per length in the program.  Please refer to the Guidelines for the Community Project for more information. 

Please review your clinical placement with your center director.  The community project should be coordinated with your clinic preceptor and center director and can be conducted in collaboration with another student or students, especially as an interdisciplinary group.  

Once you have completed the curriculum and evaluation, you will receive a Certificate of Completion as an AHEC Scholar in Community Health from the California Statewide AHEC Program endorsed by the California Primary Care Association.  You will receive a stipend after successful completion of the required 40 hours of didactic and 40 hours of clinical for each year of participation. 

Again, if you need any assistance while in the program, please feel free to reach out to your local center director or AHEC Scholars Coordinator.

Thank you for your interest in the AHEC Scholars Program and we look forward to working with you.  

California AHEC Program Office

Trina Hughes

AHEC Scholars & Student Coordinator

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