Hughes, MEd, Director
Housing Coordinator/ORPCE Assistant
Offices of Regional Primary Care Education
(ORPCEs) have been established at each of the state's nine Area Health Education Centers
(AHECs). The concept of ORPCE was developed to help address the state's growing need to increase training opportunities in primary care for health professions
students and to help create more primary care providers, especially in rural and underserved areas throughout the
The purpose of
Student Services (ORPCE) is to facilitate and enhance primary care education.
Community medical practices, hospitals and community health centers in the Coastal AHEC region
currently precept medical, nurse practitioner, pharmacy, and physician
assistant students. Many of these students will be seeking employment opportunities locally upon graduation.
Student Services staff at Coastal AHEC
serves as a liaison between the community practices, the students, and the health science schools.