Southwest Missouri Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

The Southwest Missouri Area Health Education Center (SWMO AHEC) is one of seven centers in Missouri and is hosted by Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. The Missouri AHEC 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.

The SWMO AHEC provides service to a 21-county area in southwest Missouri. Clerkship opportunities are preceptor-based, not hospital- or system-based. Although the majority of 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.

Medical students paired with SWMO as a core site have the opportunity to volunteer to assist with workshops for the high school ACES (AHEC Career Enhancement Scholars) program, designed to increase awareness of the medical profession to students. Workshops include dissections, suturing, phlebotomy, injections, infectious disease, nutrition, vital signs, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, etc. Medical students may also act as mentors for ACES students, helping them.

Research opportunities are also available for Core and AHEC Scholars Students. Projects vary throughout the year, however, options exist with Missouri State University, Cox Health and Mercy Hospital systems. The AHEC Scholars program is a new federally funded program providing didactic and clinical experience for health professions students already enrolled in their field of study. With an Inter Professional Experience (IPE) focus, students participating may be current medical, nursing, physician assistant, dietetics, radiology, pharmacy, occupations/physical/speech therapy, etc. students.  These students learn medicine and continuity of care by working together as they will in future everyday practice.

Hospital Addresses:

Citizens Memorial Hospital

1500 N Oakland
Bolivar, MO 65613

Cox North Hospital

1423 N Jefferson Ave
Springfield, MO 65802

Cox Medical Center South

3801 S National
Springfield, MO 65807

Cox Medical Center Branson

525 Branson Landing Blvd
Branson, MO 65616

Cox Monett Hospital

801 N Lincoln
Monett, MO 64708

Mercy Hospital Aurora

500 Porter Ave
Aurora, MO 65605

Mercy Hospital Cassville

94 Main Street
Cassville, MO 65625

Mercy Hospital Springfield

1235 E. Cherokee Street
Springfield, MO 65804

Ozarks Community Health System

2828 N National Ave
Springfield, MO 65803

Southwest Missouri AHEC

c/o Missouri State University
901 S. National 
Springfield, MO 65897

Site Focus

Primary care

School Affiliations

  • A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
  • University of Missouri
  • KCU's College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hospital Statistics 

Hospital Name

Total Beds

Admissions

ER Visits

Outpatient Visits

Births

Inpatient Surgeries

Outpatient Surgeries

Citizens Memorial Hospital

86

3,572

19,129

111,956

476

3,256 (includes outpatient)

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Cox Medical Centers North/South Springfield

647

31,460

121,671

1,320,000

3,324

8,681

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Cox Medical Center Branson

119

6,366

38,503

274,355

603

6,383

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Cox Hospital Monett

18

667

14,167

56,394

282

83

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Mercy Hospital Aurora

53

573

12,950

18,927

211

610 (includes outpatient)

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Mercy Hospital Cassville

18

227

12,232

19,714

0

387 (includes outpatient)

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Mercy Hospital Springfield

857

34,062

92,836

616,860

3,026

37,409 (includes outpatient)

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Ozarks Community Health System

7

461

4,609

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0

146

1259

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

This site schedules clinical experiences in four-week increments.

Third-Year Selectives

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • ICU/Critical Care
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neonatology/NICU
  • Neurology
  • Ob/Gyn
  • OMM
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain Management
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • PM&R
  • Psychiatry (adult/child)
  • Radiology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery (general and sub-specialties)
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Urology
  • Various sub-specialties

Fourth-Year Clerkships 

  • Anesthesiology
  • CardiologyEmergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • ICU/Critical Care (adult/pediatric)
  • Neurology
  • Ob/Gyn
  • OMM
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pain Management
  • Pediatrics /Pediatric Sub-specialties
  • Psychiatry (adult/child)
  • Pulmonology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery (general and sub-specialties)
  • Various sub-specialties

Residency Information 

Family Medicine through Cox Family Practice Residency

ENT, Emergency, Psychiatry, Internal Medicine through Freeman Health in Joplin
 

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 Cox Family Practice Residency during family medicine clerkships there.
  • Visiting Student Housing: Housing is available to visiting students for students completing clerkships through Mercy Joplin only.

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 in noon conference, bi-monthly afternoon sessions and grand rounds.
  • 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 Mask Fit is required
  • TB Screening is required annually
  • BLS, ACLS and PALS Certifications must be current
  • Orientation is provided prior to the first clerkship
  • Hospital specific applications are required
  • MyClinicalExchange (MCE) required for third and fourth-year
  • VSAS required for fourth-year only

Contact Information