Health Professions Student Programs

Health Professions Students

Connecting Students to Communities

The South Carolina AHEC Health Professions Student (HPS) Program collaborates with health professions programs in our state to provide community-based education for undergraduate and graduate students. This community-based education is designed to expose students to the realities of clinical practice in rural and underserved areas and to introduce them to communities as a focus for health improvements. Regional HPS coordinators are a major resource for orienting students to communities, networking in the communities, and identifying and conducting student projects.

Programs & Services

Activities through the SC AHEC community-based placement programs support the goal to improve access to primary care by developing and supporting primary care professionals. SC AHEC HPS coordinators have established a network of over 500 preceptor sites willing to serve as training sites for health professions students. These sites include private clinical practices, community health centers, migrant health centers, rural health clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, and health departments.


Our services vary according to region and the curriculum requirements of each academic institution, but usually include the following:

  • Interface with clinical programs at academic institutions
  • Recruit preceptors and clinical rotation sites
  • Assist students with housing
  • Orient students to communities
  • Link students to community-based projects
  • Conduct clinical site visits
  • Facilitate interprofessional/interdisciplinary education activities
  • Provide technology support
Opportunities Include:
  • Clinical Placements: These activities include identifying new training sites in rural and underserved areas for allied health, medical, dental medicine, physician assistant, nursing, pharmacy, and public health students; teaching students how to work as part of an interprofessional team in the delivery of care; and introducing them to population health.
  • Family Medicine Rural Clerkship: This initiative is a joint effort between the USC School of Medicine and the MUSC College of Medicine designed to broaden the focus of medical student learning from providing individual patient care to improving the health of defined, rural, underserved populations in South Carolina. Find out more on the Family Medicine Rural Clerkship website.
  • Medical Student Elective Rotations: South Carolina AHEC coordinates a number of elective rotations for fourth-year medical students in a variety of communities and settings. Contact your regional HPS coordinator to schedule your rotation and housing (see links in Resources section).
  • Interprofessional Team Case Conferences: The ITCC allows students to engage in interprofessional activities while on their community-based rotations. Web-based videoconference technology allows students to collaboratively contemplate patient care from wherever they are located across the state. Students bring the knowledge of their respective fields to the table to discuss patient- and family-centered care, identification of social determinants impacting a patient's health, identification of needed clinical services and community resources, population health implications, and more.

The four regional AHEC centers have housing resources for student use while on their community-based rotations. Housing location, availability and requirements vary by region. Please contact your South Carolina regional AHEC coordinator via the links to the right to find out more about housing options.

Contact your regional AHEC Health Professions Student Programs coordinator for more information about opportunities in your region. Not sure which region you are in? Use our Region Finder to contact your local AHEC center.

The Institute for Primary Care began in 2013 with funding from The Duke Endowment. Since its inception, the Institute has been providing a monthly interprofessional seminar series; an annual conference; and opportunities for mentorship, networking, and leadership to students who are interested in and committed to primary care.

The IPC provides innovative professional and interprofessional development experiences for advanced practice nursing, medical, pharmacy, and physician assistant students. Students at MUSC and USC in these disciplines can apply to become IPC Fellows to participate in activities with the Institute.

Join Today

As an Institute Fellow, you will have access to training experiences to augment your clinical skills and knowledge and to teach you how to provide interprofessional, state-of-the-art primary care.

Student Eligibility

The IPC is seeking students who first and foremost have a desire to practice primary care. Students must be enrolled in the following academic programs

University of South Carolina

  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant Studies

Medical University of South Carolina

  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician Assistant Studies

How to Apply

Applications are accepted during the fall semester of each year. The application includes:

  1. Applicant demographic information
  2. A personal statement (500 words or less) about why you want to be a fellow in the Institute
  3. A curriculum vitae

Submit Application

If you have questions, contact Shaquana Randall at or 843-792-4429.

2019-2020 Seminar Dates

  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • January 13
  • February 10
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • Spring Retreat: April 18, 2020

Register for Upcoming Seminars

Did you miss a seminar? Go to our video page to watch videos of previous seminars. If you have questions about the Institute for Primary Care, please contact Shaquana Randall at or 843-792-4429.

IPC Core Faculty Members:

Student Information Flyer (PDF)

Family Medicine Interest Day is designed to promote the specialty of family medicine as a career option and to recruit medical students into South Carolina's family medicine residency training programs. Medical students have the opportunity to attend workshops and to network with family medicine residency training program faculty members and their residents. Students from medical schools in South Carolina and across the southeast are invited to attend. The event is a joint venture between the South Carolina AHEC, the South Carolina Family Medicine Residency Training Programs, and the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians.

To find out more information about Family Medicine Interest Day, please contact Kristin Cochran at

Site & Preceptor of the Year

Each year the South Carolina AHEC recognizes a preceptor and a clinical practice site for exceptional service to health professions students. The preceptor of the year and the site of the year are selected from those nominated from the four AHEC regions.

Year Clinical Practice Sites of the Year Preceptors of the Year
2019 Barnwell Pediatrics Darlene Fludd, FNP
2018 Beaufort Memorial Harrison Peeples Health Care Center William A. Chinery, MD
2017 Morphis Pediatric Group Benjamin Wade Lamb, MD

South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium educates, recruits and retains healthcare providers for the state.

South Carolina AHEC is a state agency that was originally established in 1972.


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