Josh’s experience helped him better understand the community and hospital relationship, observe unique approaches to bedside manner and fully appreciate the continuity of patient care. He was able to follow a patient’s experience from the emergency room to the inpatient setting and then to physical therapy. Being a participant in an AHEC program allowed Josh to see that strong leadership within rural and underserved urban medicine can not only transform the lives of patients, but entire communities.
“This experience taught me more about medicine in a few days than I ever expected. The interactions I had emphasized the important trust between physicians and their patients.”
Social Work Student
Malia earned valuable experience participating in an AHEC program by spending time in the field with social workers caring for a variety of disadvantaged populations. She learned the intricacies of case work and saw the measurable difference they made for individuals with disabilities – both physical and mental. Malia participated in “boots-on-the ground” work and earned a greater appreciation for the difference she can make in a community.
“I worked with social workers making tremendous strides in their communities. My time spent with them was beneficial and inspirational.”
A 21st century pharmacist does more than fill prescriptions and stock medications. Pharmacists today are an integral link in the patient care chain. Through his AHEC experience, Mike observed pharmacists consulting directly with patients about new medications, learning best practices to answer their questions and ease their concerns. He learned about chronic disease management and how commitment to precise measurements and movements reduces errors.
“Participating in this program helped me understand the unique benefits pharmacists provide in managing patient care as a member of the health care team.”
Public Health Student
During her AHEC experience, Jenny worked with a health department that partners with its local hospital on important programs for women and children. Those programs cover everything from nutrition to behavioral health and wellness. She saw how the focus on prevention and evidence-based services, as well as community partnerships, improves access, outcomes and the quality of care for individuals and families.
“The connections I made through this program are invaluable. I gained knowledge, experience and networks that I can apply directly to my future career.”
Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
1601 Parkview Ave.
Rockford, Il, 61107