Rural Health Scholars Program (RHS)
Rural Health Scholars Program (RHS)
South Central AHEC offers a 4 week program each summer for WKU students in any of the pre-professional tracks (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physical therapy, etc.).The program immerses pre-professional students (Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy, etc.) in rural Kentucky medicine by utilizing unique experiences to broaden their understanding of the limitations, advantages, and community resources available to educate, prevent and treat a rural patient population.
The 2021 Rural Health Scholars Program will be held from May 17 - June 11.
This program is limited to 5 students who will be selected based on an application and personal statement. Preference will be given to students from rural and medically under-served counties. Personal transportation is required for all participants.
The program meets Monday- Fridays. Students have weekends off and most evenings. There is no typical day during RHS. Some days will be early mornings, some days will be late afternoons.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis through April 10.
Requirements for Participation:
- Preference given to students from rural and medical underserved regions of Kentucky.
- Reliable transportation - this program includes many different site visits in Bowling Green and Glasgow
- Email an unofficial copy of your transcripts from TopNet and personal statement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pass a criminal background check paid for by AHEC
- Must be available to participate in the entire program.
Examples of Program Activities:
The Rural Health Scholars program will focus on three themes:
1. Providing healthcare and resources to underrepresented populations in Kentucky including:
- Mennonite and Amish communities
- Individuals experiencing homelessness
- Refugees and Immigrants
2. Rural Health Focus - Opioid Use Disorder
- Learn about the opioid use disorder epidemic
- Meet with local organizations that are responding to the opioid epidemic such as:
- Harm reduction programs - Needle exchanges
- Methadone and Suboxone Clinics
- Interventional Pain Specialists
- Drug Court
3. Preparing for life after undergrad
- Become CPR BLS certified
- Learn about the admissions process to your professional school (i.e. dental school, medical school, etc.)
- Talk with current medical, dental, pharmacy students
- Mock Interviews and personal statement reviews
- Volunteer at COVID vaccine clinics (subject to need)
- Complete a service project
- Applications are available here.
- Email your personal statement (750 words max) in a Word document to email@example.com that discusses your interest in your respective field, why you want to participate in this program, and what experience you have in the health field.
- Email your unofficial transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rural Health Scholars will be a hybrid program this year, with some days being fully virtual and some fully in-person! Students are still be expected to participate in all virtual and in-person activities. Students will still receive the stipend ($950).
- Is housing provided?
- No, housing is not provided. Students must provide their own housing.
- What is a typical day during RHS?
- There is no typical day, but most activities take place from 8-5pm.
- Is this a shadowing program?
- You will be exposed to a variety of health professionals, but you will not be doing extensive shadowing.
- I have a wedding/vacation/family event and can't make some of the days, can I still
- Students are required to attend all days. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis.
- Is there a stipend?
- Students are paid $950 to help off-set living expenses during the month.
- Can I work my on-campus job during RHS?
- You can work as long as your total hours between the two programs don't exceed 40/week and your other job is not during RHS program hours.