Western Maryland Area Health Education Center
Exploring Careers in Health Occupations (ECHO) is happening throughout July!
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Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, also known as "Western Maryland AHEC" and "WMAHEC," is a rural, community-based organization serving Appalachian counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. To fulfill our mission to improve access to and promote quality in health care through educational partnerships, we collaborate with local, state, federal, and private organizations working toward mutual goals of a fair national distribution of health professionals and the elimination of health disparities due to rurality, poverty, race, and culture.
Why Rural Western Maryland?
View our video Quality of Life, Quality of Practice to hear firsthand from practitioners in the region about why living and working here is personally and professionally satisfying. To learn more about state and federal incentives for choosing to practice in a rural, underserved area, view our links page.
Learn more about how you, as a physician or other health care practitioner, can join our efforts. We facilitate twelve discipline-specific caucuses that meet to discuss professional issues and plan continuing education and other events that are responsive to local needs. In addition, the region's practitioners provide many volunteer hours of support to our programs as clinical education preceptors, faculty and teachers, and other vital roles. Also, learn about our medical residency rotations.
Western Maryland AHEC facilitates rural clinical rotations and housing for health professions and allied health students, as well as interdisciplinary team-building programs in geriatrics and gerontology in Maryland's Allegany, Garrett, Washington, and Frederick counties. We also provide week-long summer programs and year-round shadowing opportunities for high school students interested in health careers through Exploring Careers in Health Occupations.
Our partners are crucial in helping us recruit and retain a robust regional health workforce, address health care disparities and public health needs. and provide educational programs responsive to these priorities. Our longtime relationships continue their positive impact in today's evolving health care environment. These partners include, among others, the Maryland AHEC Program Office, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Maryland Rural Health Association, Maryland's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, University of Maryland Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research program, departments within the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Boards of Education, and numerous local healthcare facilities, coalitions, practitioners, educators, and other health care stakeholders.