Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program
Health Professions Students and Residents
One of the main goals the Vermont AHEC Program is to provide students and those in their residency training in primary care with services while they are off-campus in clinical rotations in Vermont. Students and residents eligible for AHEC services must be in one of the following disciplines: Dental residents; Medical students and residents in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry; Nursing bachelors and masters level students; Physical Therapy students and Social Work bachelors and masters level students. The AHEC Centers can give you information on local communities, assist you with housing forms, help you do literary searches and more. These Centers are incredible resources so make sure to contact them when you go out on your rotation.
Please contact the Northeastern VT AHEC, located in St. Johnsbury, if you will be in Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, or Washington counties; Champlain Valley AHEC, located in St. Albans, if you will be in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, or Grand Isle counties; or Southern VT AHEC, in Springfield, if you will be in Bennington, Rutland, Windham, or Windsor counties.
National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program offers the following health providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid for serving communities in need:
- Primary care medical
- Mental and behavioral health
To learn more visit: www.nhsc.hrsa.gov
Housing and Emergency Housing
Housing is provided to students and residents during off-campus rotations in Vermont, at least 25 miles from campus. AHEC needs at least one month to schedule housing. If you would like to be provided with housing during your off-campus rotation you should request it through the Clerkship or Residency Scheduling Coordinator who is scheduling your rotation.
If you have not requested housing, but find yourself in a situation that requires emergency housing (if you are more than 25 miles from campus, but in Vermont), AHEC will be able to reimburse you for up to $150 per rotation. You must obtain your own emergency housing.
Physician Placement Services
Fletcher Allen residents and fellows seeking to practice in Vermont, in any specialty, have access to the AHEC Freeman Physician Placement Specialist, Melissa Liebig. Placement services include: letting residents/fellows know where the physician openings are in their specialty; connecting them to the appropriate contact for the opening; and letting them know about national and state educational loan repayment opportunities for primary care positions. Any Fletcher Allen resident or fellow interested in practicing in Vermont should contact:
Melissa Liebig, MA
AHEC Freeman Physician Placement Specialist
Educational Loan Repayment Program
The Vermont Educational Loan Repayment Program for Healthcare Professionals funded by the State of Vermont through the Department of Health, and is administered by the University of Vermont College of Medicine Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program. The goal of this program is to ensure a stable and adequate supply of healthcare practitioners to meet the health care needs of Vermonters.
Who may be eligible?
- Primary Care Practitioners
- Nurse Educator/Faculty
View the Educational Loan Repayment Program page for information about eligibility and application requirements.
Last modified May 09 2013 09:35 AM