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Katey Hughes, PhD

Professor, Department of Biology

Director, Competitive Premedical Studies

Columbus State University

Columbus, GA

Chris Scoggins, MPH

Director of Special Projects

Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center

Mercer University School of Medicine

Macon, GA


  • Columbus State University: Health Science/Kinesiology, Nursing, and Pre Medical 

  • Columbus Technical College: Nursing, Radiology, and Respiratory Care

  • Middle GA State University: Nursing

  • Mercer University: Family Therapy, MFT




The Georgia AHEC Scholars Program (ASP)  is a 2-year nationwide Interprofessional Education (IPE) program designed to give health professions students a unique opportunity to practice hands-on training in rural/underserved environments, work with  health professions students of various disciplines, build resumes and professional contacts. The program consists of both online and hands-on experiences. The topics covered during the program include IPE; Social Determinants of Health; Cultural Competency; Behavioral Health Integration; Practice Transformation; and Current/Emerging Health Topics. Additionally, program completers will earn a certificate of completion and a stipend after the fulfillment of each program year. 

Recruitment, Training and Retention of Health Care Professionals

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