Health Professions Student Training Opportunities

Contact: Erin Sol, Student Training Opportunities Coordinator esol@seahec.org (520) 287-4722

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.

Health Professions Student Placement

Student Housing Support

Border Health Service Learning Opportunities

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities


2012 Border Health Service Learning Institute

Ambos Nogales – From August 9th -13th, SEAHEC hosted the Border Health Service Learning Institute in Nogales, Arizona/Sonora in partnership with the University Of Arizona College Of Public Health.  The week-long course, which rotates annually between Douglas Arizona/Agua Prieta, Sonora, Nogales, Arizona/Nogales, Sonora, and San Luis, Arizona/San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, is designed to engage students in community-based collaboration that spans the U.S.–Mexico border.  Students provide service to the host community while learning about factors influencing public health in a binational environment.bhsli3


This year, eight students participated in cross-border activities, which included shadowing Mariposa CHC community health workers, and touring Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona.  SEAHEC organized panels that gave students a chance to learn firsthand from community members what it is like growing up on both sides of the border, how border communities collaborate to address health local health needs that require international cooperation, and how health care services are impacted by the local economy.

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Border Health Scholars Get Hands-On Experience in Ambos Nogales

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SEAHEC led a three day service learning experience from June 13-15 in Nogales AZ/Sonora. Eight FRONTERA Border Health Scholars participated in hands-on learning about the top health issues impacting Arizona border communities and the health service systems serving each side of the border.  This interdisciplinary team of Masters of Public Health students, Pre-Med students, and a Physician’s Assistant student participated in educational visits and service projects with a wide variety of health organizations from both sides of the border including:

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Mount Sinai Med Students Visit SEAHEC

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Mount Sinai medical students made their fourth annual visit to Nogales in March, to learn about rural health care, and to provide community service.  The students are part of the Medical Students Making Impacts (MSMI) program at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, NY.  The group is led by Dr. Jonathan Ripp and Dr. Rainier Soriano who volunteer their time each spring break to conduct educational trips to Nogales, AZ.

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SEAHEC recognizes Santa Cruz Preceptor

Local physician presented award for tutelage

Nogales International | Posted: Friday, January 13, 2012 8:38 amSEAHEC recognizes Santa Cruz Physician

Dr. Patrick Martinez of Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital has been presented the Outstanding Preceptor of the Year Award by the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC).

According to SEAHEC, the award is meant to recognize clinicians who take the time to work with medical and health professions students who complete their clinical rotations in rural and medically underserved communities in Southern Arizona.

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