The mission of the Maryland Area Health Education Center West (AHEC West) is to improve access to and promote quality in health care through educational and other partnerships.

The AHEC West service area includes Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties in Maryland as well as counties in nearby Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Most of the AHEC West region is designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area.

As an agency, AHEC West facilitates and/or provides:
  • Clinical education for health professions students
  • Experiences for students interested in health careers such as summer programs for high school students, mentorship, and academic assistance with follow-up through college, health professions school, and beyond
  • Continuing education programs for regional health professionals
  • Geriatric interprofessional experiences for students and continuing education for geriatric providers and caregivers 
  • Organization of and participation in coalitions and task forces on priority concerns about health care

AHEC West’s activities would not be possible without the support of its many partners and preceptors. AHEC West does not provide health care, but strives to improve health care’s quality and accessibility by working with those who do.