Student Placement

Community-Based Experiential Training Support

How it Works

The Utah AHEC collaborates with health professions programs throughout the state to facilitate community-based experiential training opportunities in underserved settings. Such experiences expose health professions students to the realities of clinical practice in underserved areas and introduce them to the diversity in local community cultures.

Community-based experiential training opportunities are available to students in health-related disciplines in most of Utah's rural communities and select urban clinics sites. Utah AHEC support may include preceptor identification/coordination, limited mileage subsidy (if eligible), housing coordination, housing subsidy (if eligible), and additional community support. Students and residents are eligible to submit an application for Utah AHEC support if they are interested in practice in Utah’s medically underserved sites and are in good standing within their academic program.

Funding for mileage or housing subsidies comes from a number of partners and contracts, including Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Utah Medical Education Counsel (UMEC), the Symond Family Scholarship Fund, the Dumke Family Scholarship Fund, the University of Utah Alumni Association, and the University of Utah School of Medicine (UUSOM).

Application Process

Students seeking Utah AHEC support must complete an electronic application available here. Eligible student/resident disciplines include Allopathic Medicine (with prior approval from program coordinator), Osteopathic Medicine, Physician Assistant Studies, Advanced Practice Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Social Work. Applications should be completed in detail and submitted no fewer than 6 weeks prior to anticipated community-based experiential training start date. Applications received less than 6 weeks prior to anticipated community-based experiential training start date may be rejected. After an application has been received, students/residents should expect regular communication from Utah AHEC staff as logistics are coordinated. Additional paperwork may be required depending on the clinical site’s requirements. Should the placement need to be altered or cancelled, please notify the Utah AHEC Clinical Coordinator ASAP at Please note, all housing cancelations must be communicated to Utah AHEC at least 3 weeks before the community-based training start date. Students and/or their training program will be responsible to cover housing costs when cancelations are not communicated in this timeframe.

Tracking Requirements

All students who receive Utah AHEC support will be asked to complete a short survey immediately after the completion of their community-based experiential training. Furthermore, due to the requirements of our partners and contracts, annual student tracking reports are required. Students and residents who complete a community-based experiential training opportunity facilitated by Utah AHEC will be contacted annually for updated information regarding career progression, including practice site and specialty choice, which will enable us to comply with federal information requirements. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THESE SHORT SURVEYS BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED EACH YEAR.

Contact Information

Tatiana Allen-Webb
Utah AHEC Clinical Coordinator
Phone: 801-585-5287

Contact Information

Isabella Alder, MPH
Associate Director, Utah AHEC
Phone: 801-587-3410