A crucial part of our mission involves linking medical students with Medical Preceptors in the community. Our goal is to help facilitate the process that allows the students to become familiar with the issues encountered in rural or underserved communities. The Eastcentral PA AHEC places students with physicians in rural and/or underserved community medicine clerkships in the following counties: Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill. 

Students who have chosen the Eastcentral PA AHEC in any of the five counties are asked to contact Eastcentral PA AHEC at eschaffer@ecpaahec.org.  Please do not contact the site directly.

If you are interested in a clerkship with a Board Certified Physician who is not on our list, we will work with the Physician to become an affiliate.

To facilitate the process:

  • You are required to submit a completed STUDENT PROFILE and a CR-1 (pre-rotation form) to the Eastcentral PA AHEC office after your official assignment to the EC AHEC is known.  This can be done through e-mail, by fax or mail.  Forms can be sent to you electronically upon request. (click to download Student Profile or CR1)
  • DO NOT contact preceptors’ offices on  your own
  • Please make initial contact to EC AHEC via e-mail to eschaffer@ecpaahec.org.

Housing: Housing is only available in Palmerton and is on a first come first serve basis. A refundable housing deposit of a check for $25 is required.

Meals:  Meals are the responsibility of the student

All Eastcentral PA AHEC placements require the student to have his/her own transportation due to the distance between housing and practice.

Keep in mind that many health systems and independent medical groups have requirements you must complete in order to do a rotation and/or be housed at a particular site.  These include, but are not limited to, fingerprinting, criminal background checks (some requiring completion of this within the year), health /immunization histories, HIPAA course completion, and the like.  You will be made aware of the need to have these completed at the time an assignment is made.  Failure to complete any of these will jeopardize being able to complete the rotation.               

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at any time.                


Thank you

Berks County:


Eastcentral PA AHEC is affiliated with several preceptors in Berks County. Students interested in completing a rotation with Reading Hospital and Medical Center and its affiliated preceptor will receive housing at the Hospital as available. Students will be required to complete an additional form for Reading Hospital. Please contact eschaffer@ecpaahec.org if interested in completing a rotation with Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

Carbon County:


Eastcentral PA AHEC works closely with several preceptors in rural Carbon County.  Housing is available in Palmerton.

Lehigh County:
Eastcentral PA AHEC is affiliated with several preceptors practicing in underserved areas of Lehigh County.  Housing is located in Palmerton, PA (Carbon County) as available which is an approximate 35 minute drive to the sites in Lehigh County
Northampton County:
Northampton County contains several rural and underserved areas.  No housing is available in Northampton County at this time, however students may stay in the house in Palmerton which is a 45 minute drive to the sites.  Students can also be placed with a Northampton County preceptor if they are able to secure their own housing.
Schuylkill County:
Sites are available in rural and underserved areas in Schuylkill County.  No housing is available in Schuylkill County at this time.  Students can be placed with a Schuylkill County preceptor if they are able to secure their own housing.