Information for: Students
Encouraging young people, especially those from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds, to pursue health careers

It’s hard to imagine working in a field without any knowledge or role models. One of our strategies is to guide students into an education “pipeline,” exposing them to the rewards of health care careers as early as possible. This not only encourages interest in health care, it also helps to assure that students take the math and science courses required for acceptance into college or training programs. Some examples:

  • After-school programs stimulate students’ interest by making science kid-friendly and fun.
  • Curriculum training and materials help teachers instruct their students about body systems and the health careers associated with them.
  • Programs like job shadowing and internships enable students to see what health care environments and careers are really like.

Developing opportunities for future health professionals to receive clinical training in underserved areas, and recruiting faculty committed to working with them

Health care workers often return to practice where they were trained, and students learn from experience that it’s rewarding to work in underserved areas. That’s why AHEC connects young people, students and practicing professionals to training opportunities with minority and disadvantaged populations, in rural areas and inner city neighborhoods. Partnering with medical and other health professions schools, we connect students with professionals trained by AHEC to be preceptors, who share knowledge and experience in the context of their day-to-day practice.

AHECs recruit training sites. We arrange housing to immerse students in the community. Our cultural competency training provides professionals with valuable insights into their patients’ attitudes and behaviors, as well as potential barriers to communication, compliance and care.

In keeping with the key strategies for recruiting and retaining health professionals to practice in underserved communities, the New York State AHEC System will encourage local individuals to pursue careers in health care. To aid with this we have listed helpful links to a variety of web sites that offer programs for the development of health professionals and aid them in making a decision to pursue a health career.

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Resource from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for Healthcare occupations.

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