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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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.