Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)

About AHEC

Partnerships Participants Education Outreach Library Access and Resources Funding Impact


New AHEC LogoThree regional centers are associated with UToledo's program. They are: 

Approximately 250 regional doctors serve as preceptors for UToledo students and all of these physicians have volunteer faculty appointments at UToledo. Many of the preceptors are UToledo graduates who completed AHEC clerkships.

Through these doctors, UToledo students gain office practice, ambulatory and hospital clinical experience throughout northwest Ohio. Many hospitals provide free housing and reduced cost meals for AHEC students.

The regional centers work with schools, health departments and organizations to address specific health care concerns of the communities.

Each regional center is supported by an advisory board composed of community leaders which addresses the health care needs of the local residents.

Mercy Family Practice Center, Zepf Center and Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital in Toledo serves as our Metro AHEC Program.

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To graduate from The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, medical students must complete eight weeks of an AHEC clinical clerkship. AHEC rotations are available in both the required third year clerkships, as well as third and fourth year elective clerkships.

Nursing and allied health students also receive clinical training through AHEC in regional settings. Nursing students receive their RN/B.S.N. degrees through this program. AHEC training helps allied health students prepare for careers as occupational and physical therapists, physician assistants and family nurse practitioners.

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Education Outreach

The centers develop health education programs for UToledo's medical students and local health care professionals, school children and citizens. Each center offers a variety of programs in health care career education, community health education, continuing medical education, clinical education and health manpower. The following are some examples.

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Library Access and Resources

Though the Internet, The University of Toledo Mulford Health Science Library connects rural health care providers from the three AHEC centers with the latest in medical information in online books, articles, and other resources, making it easier for our preceptors to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in health care without leaving their offices.

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AHEC is funded by a line item appropriation in the state's budget. Additional support is provided by other state and local grants and the federal government. The AHEC centers (BAHEC, LAHEC, and SAHEC) are supported by a variety of in-kind and fund raising contributions from the local communities.

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Impact for 2017-2018:

  • 363 medical students served in clerkships in primary care and a variety of sub-specialties.
  • 164 volunteer physicians precepted students in federally qualified health centers, critical access and community hospitals, local health departments and community private practices.
  • 3,136 allied health professionals, nurses and doctors participated in continuing education programs.
  • 1,683 people participated in 57 health promotion programs.
  • 503 high school students participated in 25+ health career programs.

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Last Updated: 2/24/20