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Rural Health Scholars

current RHS students and faculty at the Rural Health Retreat in Ashburnham, MA

Welcome to the AHEC Rural Health Scholars Pathway!

Who we are: 

A grant-funded (MassAHEC) pathway program compromised of an interdisciplinary community of graduate students, clinicians, and faculty.

What we do:

Participate in a variety of rural health-related learning experiences taking place in the classroom, in the clinic, and out in the community. The pathway offers a mix of academic and social events, as well as clinical and project opportunities.

Recently students have:

  • volunteered on a CSA farm
  • practiced splinting, casting, and other hands-on skills
  • completed summer and clinical placements on Cape Cod and the Islands, The Berkshires, the Hilltowns, Maine, New Hampshire, Alaska, and beyond!
  • learned about how various policies affect healthcare in small towns and rural communities

students and faculty at the inaugral RHS retreat in Ashburnham, MA 

Read more about some of the latest accomplishments of RHS students:

End-of-Life Planning on the Vineyard: MV Times

Tracing New Pathways to Rural Practice: UMass/MassAHEC’s Rural Health Scholars Pathway: Fostering an Interest in Rural Elder Care 

 Stroke Outreach in the Berkshires, by Julia Oppenheimer, MS2

 A Look into the Lives of Navajo People in the 21st Century, by Tiffany Chen, MS4 and Jason Lau, MS4

 RH roundable

Current students and faculty at the 2018 New England Rural Health Association in Newry, Maine. A record number of UMMS students presented this year.