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Clinical Rotations for Health Professions Students

The Purchase AHEC coordinates the placement of health professions students from the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine to off-campus clinical education experiences in the 12 county service area. Area physicians serve as community-based faculty during these placements supervising, teaching and guiding students through their hands-on clinical rotations.

Student Information

The Purchase AHEC offers a variety of clinical education opportunities for medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, and allied health students in acute care, long-term care, and private practice settings. The AHEC staff is available to assist you with finding preceptors, clinical rotation sites and housing. During your AHEC rotation you will have the opportunity to:
  • Broaden your educational base
  • Observe and work in rural practice
  • Enjoy the various cultural and recreational activities

Purchase AHEC Student Handbook

For more information, contact Terri Gipson , Clinical Education Coordinator.

Community Based Faculty Information

The Purchase AHEC is very appreciative of those health care providers who help educate our students from the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky and Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine. The Purchase AHEC helps support their endeavor by providing library/medical research services, free CME through our subscription to NCME, and by providing material or small equipment that will help benefit their practice and the students. Both the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky offer benefits to their community-based faculty.

UK Community Based Faculty Information
Links for Community-Based Faculty


Rural Community Health Scholars

The Purchase AHEC provides a creative way for students who have an interest health professions to explore rural health through this summer program. Shadowing health professionals, tours of rural hospitals, visits to Kentucky medical schools, and exploration in to the rural health experience in our communities are just a few of the opportunities made available to accepted applicants. The one month program helps students obtain first-hand experience in health professions, which can strengthen their applications to further their education.

For more information on the Rural Community Health Scholars Program, contact Melody Nall.

MCAT Preparation

The Purchase AHEC offers a Medical College Admissions Test Review program for junior pre-med students who will be taking the MCAT in the spring. The program begins in January and runs for 12 consecutive Saturdays. The program consists of reviews in the areas of Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics and Verbal Reasoning, in addition to taking full practice tests.

For more information on the MCAT prep course, contact Loretta Maldaner.

DAT Preparation

The Purchase AHEC purchases CD-ROMS from Top-Score Pro© for Dental Admissions Test preparation and provides them at no charge to students preparing to take the test in the spring.

Contact Terri Gipson for more information.

Mock Interviews

Health professions students who have been selected to interview prior to admisssions into a health related program may contact the Purchase AHEC to schedule a mock interview. Students are encouraged to dress as they will for the interview and time is allotted for two interviews with staff to help prepare for the experience. Students will leave with a critique of their performance and tips on how to successfully present themselves to the admissions committee.

Contact Loretta, Melody or Terri to schedule a time.

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