Inaugural Class of AHEC Scholars Boosts the State’s Interprofessional Primary Care Workforce

The Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers (WI AHEC) virtually celebrated the graduation of its first ever cohort of Scholars on June 30, 2020. WI AHEC Scholars is a two-year program designed to enhance and augment healthcare training through a curriculum that combines didactic and community-based experiential training opportunities in Wisconsin’s rural and underserved communities. The goal of the program is to create a diverse, skilled primary care workforce.

The inaugural cohort comprised of 75 interprofessional students from academic institutions across the state pursuing degree programs in Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Public Health, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and beyond.

The event involved the statewide WI AHEC team from all seven of Regional Centers coming together to celebrate the Scholars’ achievement.

“The AHEC Scholars program has been a great opportunity to dive deeper into Rural Medicine,” shares UW-Madison Medical School candidate and graduated Scholar Emily Sheveland, “addressing not only the advantages but also the disparities that this population faces.”

Applications for Cohort 3 are currently open and the program will continue to accept submissions until October 30th, 2020.