University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Office of Primary Care and Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program



OPC and AHEC Program

The Office of Primary Care (OPC) and Vermont AHEC network represent a constant presence in health care and education, beginning with the first exposure of sixth graders to health career possibilities, through support for health professions students’ educational endeavors, to workforce recruitment and retention strategies that strive to keep health practitioners in Vermont.

In FY2015, the Office of Primary Care and Vermont AHEC Network provided 3,473 Vermont youth with health care careers experiences, worked with 171 providers precepting health professions students, delivered continuing education to 3,815 health care professionals, and placed 15 physicians in Vermont communities.

OPC and AHEC programs evolve to maintain relevance in a constantly changing healthcare landscape. For example, when continuing education was identified as a need for school nurses, Vermont AHEC and the Vermont Department of Health developed a program of educational sessions delivered via Vermont Interactive Technologies (VIT) to reach school nurses around the state. The program provided 80 sessions over 15 years. Recently, in response to the increasing need for integration between primary care and other disciplines, the Office of Primary Care launched a day-long conference for health care professionals called "Bridging the Divide" to educate about collaboration, team-based care, and transitions of care. The November 2015 conference will address collaboration between primary medical care providers and dentists. (See Calendar of Events for details.)


See the Programs menu for more info about all OPC/AHEC programs.

Last modified September 21 2015 03:27 PM