Teaching Students

Frontier AHEC

BS-MD students in Elko, Nevada

Placing students in community-based clinical practice settings

History has shown that students who experience medical practice in rural and underserved areas are much more likely to work in these settings after their formal education is complete. This is why placing students in rural community-based clinical practice settings is advocated by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and is Frontier AHEC's first primary focus.

In order to place medical students in rural clinics, high quality rural physicians (preceptors) are first needed to mentor and teach students in an appropriate clinical practice setting.

To realize this objective, Frontier AHEC, in collaboration with other University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine faculty members, facilitate the recruiting and retention of preceptors throughout rural Nevada. In addition, Frontier AHEC team members coordinate the rural rotations to these sites. The rural-rotation map illustrates some of the areas of Nevada where community-based practice settings have been established.

In 2015, Frontier AHEC staff were able to coordinate housing and provide ongoing support to 26 internal medicine residents and 40 students from six schools in four states which included: BS-M.D. students, medical and dental residents, physician assistant students, third-year dental students, nurse anesthetist students and other allied health profession students serving rotations in rural Nevada.

Elko Family Medicine Residency

  • 1 plus 2 (1 year in Reno, 2 years in Elko) residency for two residents each year
  • Orientation and support for resident and family
  • Coordinator on staff to assist with transition

Medical Student Clerkship Rotation

  • 4th Year Medical Students can do a 4-week rural rotation
  • 3rd Year Medical Students to complete an 11-week clerkship
  • Apartment housing available
  • Coordinator on staff to assist with rural transition

BS-MD Rural Observational Experiences

  • After completion of their 2nd year of undergraduate education, BS-MD Students can participate in 2-3 weeks of observational experiences
  • Student participant numbers are dependent upon available housing
  • Apartment housing available
  • Coordinator on staff to assist with rural transition