There are many myths and beliefs about the difficulties of living and working in rural/underserved areas that act as deterrents for health care providers. As a result, the communities most in need have the hardest time recruiting and retaining qualified providers.
SEAHEC helps to break down these barriers by assisting health professions students to get community experience through completing rotations and internships at clinics in medically-underserved communities.
SEAHEC staff coordinate with academic institutions to provide community training opportunities. We also provide students with in-depth orientation to the local community. We help to shape rewarding learning opportunities and, in some situations, can also provide stipends to help with housing and travel expenses.
These training opportunities are made possible with the guidance of dedicated and experienced SEAHEC preceptors and other health care providers who act as student mentors.