AHEC Scholars


IE AHEC Scholars is a program that enables high-potential students in the health professions to explore primary care with an emphasis on community health and interdisciplinary practice in medically underserved communities. Curriculum modules present diverse learning opportunities that include webinars, case-based learning, self guided research, and direct skills development.
The students ultimately gain a certificate in Community Health at the end of the program, along with applicable experience in community and public health.  IE AHEC has participated in the program and enrolled students since 2018.

Prospective Scholars Must Be:

Interested in primary care and community health
Motivated to address health needs in vulnerable, underserved communities
Enrolled in a health program which is at least 2-year-duration. The program must have clinical training requirements and end in a degree/certificate. To view a list of eligible health professions program click here.

To view scholars program curriculum, yearly schedule and application process click here.

Interested in the IE AHEC Scholars program? Contact us!


Local University Partnerships:


University of California Riverside, School of Medicine                                     California State University, San Bernardino, College of Natural Sciences


The IE AHEC Center currently partners with UCR School of Medicine and CSU San Bernardino. In collaboration with UCR SOM, a new designated emphasis was created that allows students to enroll in our AHEC scholars program and receive school credit for their work in the program. Our partnership with California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) allowed us to open our doors to public health students in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Our partners share our same vision and ultimate goal, to encourage students to continue working in our underserved communities and help address the need for health professionals in the Inland Empire.

If you are interested in partnering up with us, would like to join our program, or simply would like to learn more about the program, then please contact our IE AHEC Center Director.


Scholars Spotlight:
2019 - 2020 Scholars

Six scholars from University of California Riverside, School of Medicine successfully completed their first year of the two-year AHEC scholar program on June 30th, 2020. This cohort consisted of first year medical students and will move on to their second year of the AHEC scholar program.


Scholars Spotlight:


Cara Cusi – UCR SOM c/o 2023, MD Candidate                                      Philine Endres – UCR SOM c/o 2023, MD Candidate 


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Wonder Edem – UCR SOM c/o 2023, MD Candidate                                    Somiya Maheshwari – UCR SOM c/o 2023, MD Candidate



Skylar Rains – UCR SOM c/o 2023, MD Candidate                                       Ursula Simonoski – UCR SOM c/o 2023, MD Candidate 


2020 - 2021 Scholars


Brian Mcree – UCR SOM c/o 2023, MD Candidate                                      Jasmine Mitchell – CSUSB MPH Candidate 


Saba Sami – CSUSB MPH Candidate                                                            Aaron Lee – UC Irvine Bachelors in Public Health Policy Candidate 


Crystal Witherspoon – UCR SOM c/o 2023, MD Candidate                         Maria Macias – UCR SOM c/o 2022, MD Candidate 


Prathyusha Dasari – UCR SOM c/o 2024, MD Candidate                         Elizabeth Celaya-Ojeda – UCR SOM c/o 2024, MD Candidate 


Eunique Tucker – Loma Linda University c/o 2026, PsyD                              Violeta Covarrubias – UCR SOM c/o 2024, MD


Diane Marin – Loma Linda University c/o 2024, PsyD                  Amanda Saddlemire – Loma Linda University c/o 2024, PsyD