The IL AHEC Scholars Program is a competitive two-year program that expands on health professions student education and training. Students gain additional experience in rural or underserved areas and work with other students who share their passion for healthcare. Eligible students are those who are enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program for the next 2 years.
The program is comprised of the following elements:
- Completion of online, self-paced training modules covering key topic issues in underserved healthcare (40 hours per year, 80 hours total)
- Completion of community based experiential trainings (40 hours per year, 80 hours total) which can be met in the following ways:
- Underserved Health Experiences (UHE’s) – UHE’s are innovative 3-5 day opportunities for AHEC Scholars to learn about the delivery of healthcare in a rural or underserved community. Time is spent shadowing a variety of health professionals and witnessing how interprofessional teams work together to facilitate patient care.
- Job Shadowing/Practicum Placements
- In year 2, AHEC Scholars will work together in interprofessional teams to complete a Community Service Learning Project (CSL). Students will identify a priority health issue in a community and develop strategies to address the issue to improve population health.
Upon completion, Scholars receive a nationally recognized AHEC Scholars Certificate.
Visit www.ncrhp.uic.edu and www.ilahec.uic.edu for more information on student health professions programs.
To apply, please submit the following*:
- Completed on-line application
- Current curriculum vitae or resume
Your application and support materials can be completed and submitted online with supporting documents uploaded in PDF (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc/.docx) format.