Southeast Missouri Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

The Missouri Area Health Centers (MAHEC) network is a federal, state and local partnership that promotes health care careers through recruitment, clinical training, education, community resources, and collaboration. The MAHEC mission and objectives align with federal AHEC requirements: To enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventative care, by growing and supporting Missouri’s health care workforce.

These efforts are supported in part with funds from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS); Bureau of Health Professions (BHP); and local support mechanisms.

Hospital Addresses:

Poplar Bluff RMC

3100 Oak Grove Road
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Missouri Delta Medical Center

1008 N Main Street
Sikeston, MO 63801

Ozarks Medical Center

1100 Kentucky Avenue
West Plains, MO 65775

Southeast Missouri AHEC

506D Hazel Street
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Site Focus

Primary care

School Affiliations

The site is affiliated with Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, the University of Missouri Kansas City, Missouri University - Columbia, Saint Louis University and KCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Hospital Statistics

Hospital Name Total Beds Admissions ER Visits Outpatient Visits Births Inpatient Surgeries Outpatient Surgeries
Missouri Delta Medical Center 110 3,587 19,604 228,004 429 1,320 4,094
Ozarks Medical Center 114 5,326 26,516 581,369 637 1,110 2,169
Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center 260 12,221 32,000 103,943 1,404 3,805 7,110

 Third-Year Clerkships

  • Family Medicine (1 block) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Internal Medicine (2 blocks) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Surgery (2 blocks) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Ob/Gyn (1 block) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Pediatrics (1 block) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Psychiatry (1 block) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Ob/Gyn and Psychiatry may be required off-site at other locations within the SEMO AHEC Region. Housing is generally provided for these clerkships.

This site schedules clinical experiences in four-week increments.

Third-Year Selectives

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Ob/Gyn
  • Orthopedics
  • Pathology
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery

Fourth-Year Clerkships in the Region

  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Ob/Gyn
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery
  • Various sub-specialties

Resources & Benefits

  • Facility Resources: Students will have access to the medical library, computers, internet, printers and phones while on duty at the hospital.
  • Meal Benefits: Meals provided by hospitals while on duty.
  • Visiting Student Housing: Housing is available to visiting students at a reduced rate.

Duties & Opportunities 

  • Student Duties: Students are required to participate in night call, weekend call and weekend rounds as assigned by the preceptor or service.
  • Didactic Opportunities: Students are required to participate morning report, lectures, patient rounds and required reading as assigned by the site, preceptor or service.
  • OMT/OPP Opportunities: Opportunities for skill development in OMT/OPP is provided in the clinical setting during family medicine clerkships.

 Unique Site Characteristics

  • Background Check and Drug Screen is required annually
  • TB Screening is required annually
  • BLS and ACLS Certifications must be current
  • Orientation is provided prior to the first clerkship
  • Paperwork for hospitals as needed

Contact Information 

  • KCU Clinical Clerkship Coordinator: Tammy Pierce-Cerny, tpiercecerny@kcumb.edu
  • Site Contact: Cindy Robinett, crobinett@atsu.edu 
  • Director of Medical Education (Poplar Bluff): to be determined
  • Director of Medical Education (Sikeston): Jennifer Waller, MD
  • Director of Medical Education (West Plains): Scott Roush, DO