College’s Master of Science In Physician Assistant Studies Program Announces AHEC Scholars
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Two Franklin College students have been selected for the Class of 2022 Indiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholars Program.

Rebecca Jolly and Stephanie Hautsch are first-year students in the Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program at Franklin College.

“Rebecca and Stephanie epitomize what the PA Program looks for in a student by supporting the mission of the program to provide care to the underserved populations in metropolitan and rural settings in Indiana,” said Thomas Meehan, Ph.D., PA-C, founding program director and assistant professor of physician assistant studies.

The Indiana AHEC Scholars program is a part of a national initiative to prepare tomorrow’s health professionals to become leaders in inter-professional, transformative practice who serve those who need it the most.

“Having moved to Indiana a year ago, I was looking for ways to get more involved in the community. Our director at the Physician Assistant Program here at Franklin informed us about the fellowship and I felt like it was a great way to dive more into this community,” Jolly said. “We are just starting the fellowship program now, but I am looking forward to the opportunities the fellowship opens and I am excited to be a part of this incredible program.”

The competitive program is designed specifically for individuals who possess a strong drive to provide care to those living in rural and medically underserved communities across Indiana.

“AHEC Scholars program is a good opportunity to better understand the medical needs of the underserved populations surrounding Johnson County and similar counties in Indiana, where I grew up and where I hope to practice in the future,” Hautsch said.

Over the two-year program, AHEC Scholars complete didactic and experiential training opportunities with a focus on rural and urban health care and caring for underserved populations with emphasis on the integration of five core issues – behavioral health integration, cultural competency, inter-professional education, practice transformation, and social determinants of health into practice.

Hautsch is the daughter of Steve and Bobbie Hautsch of Jasper, Indiana. She completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of Evansville.

Jolly is the daughter of Jim and Kathleen Jolly of Merrimack, New Hampshire. She completed her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at North Carolina State University.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

POSTED Nov 24, 2020