About Us

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The Southwest Missouri Area Health Education Center (SWMO AHEC) provides service to a 21 county area in Southwest Missouri. Clerkship opportunities are preceptor based, not hospital or system based. We strive to provide a one on one experience (student to physician) for each clinical rotation. Clerkship assignments are determined by the Clinical Education Coordinators.  Although many rotations may occur in or around the Springfield area, students can expect to be assigned to any of the hospitals or clinics in the region for a given rotation.

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities are available for Core Students and AHEC Scholars Students. Projects vary throughout the year, however options exist with Missouri State University, Cox Health, and Mercy Hospital systems. 


Our core-students act as mentors to our AHEC Career Enhancement Scholars or (ACES). These high school and undergraduate students are actively pursuing pre-health professional degree programs.  Core students will lead hands on workshops and ultimately continue to build their CV's throughout their clinical years.