Clinical Education

AHEC West has coordinated health professions student rotations since 1977.

Since AHEC West began offering rural rotations to University of Maryland Baltimore health professions students in the late 1970s, the agency has coordinated rotations for over 3,000 students/residents from a variety of disciplines and schools. The latest tracking data shows that since 2014, more than 30% of AHEC West’s healthcare professions students have gone on to practice in Medically Underserved Areas or Health Professional Shortage Areas.

The Clinical Education program facilitates:

  • Opportunities for health professions students from the University of Maryland system and other health professions programs to complete rotations in Western Maryland to learn about the unique challenges, rewards and opportunities of practicing in rural and small town communities.
  • Exposing students placed in Allegany, Garrett, Washington, and Frederick counties and nearby areas of West Virginia to patient-centered practices that underscore the dedication of healthcare professionals and increase the students’ cultural sensitivity to underserved/rural populations.
  • Engaging students to consider practice in Western Maryland or other rural/underserved areas.
  • Opportunities for students from Western Maryland to reconnect to their community by completing some of their health professions clinical rotations at home.
  • Engaging the many talented health practitioners in the area to teach future health professionals and to stay connected with new approaches being taught in health professions programs in their disciplines.

SUCCESS OF THE CLINICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM is due to the nearly 30,000 hours of annual volunteer teaching by Western Maryland health care professionals who share their knowledge, skills, and dedication to rural/underserved practice, and serve as an inspiration to future health professionals


View the Clinical Education Fact Sheet »

View the Clinical Education Housing Slideshow »

For more information, contact Terri Socha at or (301) 777-9150, Ext. 107.

Recently, AHEC West has coordinated Western Maryland rotations for students from the following schools and disciplines:

University of Maryland

School of Medicine
Family & Community Medicine
School of Nursing
Department of Physical Therapy
School of Pharmacy
Dental School

Medical Residency Program

University of Maryland Family & Community Medicine
University of Maryland Division of General Internal Medicine
Medstar Union Memorial Hospital

Nurse Anesthetist Programs

University of Maryland School of Nursing
York College of PA

Occupational Therapy Programs

Elizabethtown College
West Virginia University 
Towson University

Osteopathic Medicine

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine


University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Charleston, West Virginia
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
West Virginia University School of Pharmacy
Duquesne University

Physical Therapy Program

University of Maryland Baltimore
West Virginia University

Physician Assistant Programs

Community College of Baltimore County/Towson University 
Duquesne University
Shenandoah University
University of Maryland Eastern Shore 
University of Pittsburgh