We will still continue to accept applications after that date, but priority on placement will be offered to applicants who met the March 1 deadline. 

Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon

ReConnect Gap-Year Fellowship

Why Become a ReConnect Fellow?

Watch this video to learn more about what our medical scribe fellowship is about!

“I would definitely recommend the ReConnect program to others. I think our program is unique in that we get to be both a scribe and a medical assistant at an FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center). That means we see patients of all sorts and get a good feel for the depth and breadth of medical practice. The ReConnect program is special in that it gives you resources to help you succeed in your medical school interviews and otherwise provides a ton of support during your gap year. For the unique clinical experience and resources offered, the ReConnect program can't be beat.”
-Mahtab Brar, 2019 Cohort and first year Medical Student at OHSU


An Open Letter To Potential ReConnect Gap-Year Fellows From a Current One
ReConnect Gap-Year Fellowship Receives Second Grant from the Oregon Medical Education Foundation (OMEF)
ReConnect Gap-Year Fellows -- Where are they Now?

"If you are looking for a tight-knit program that treats you as more than a nameless pre-med on an assembly line, provides advocacy for what you need to thrive during the application process, and acts as a collaborative family offering breaks from the stress in the form of food and fun activities....then I highly recommend this Reconnect Gap-Year Fellowship."

-Andreea Gosman, 2019 Cohort and first year Medical Student at OHSU

What is the ReConnect Gap-Year Fellowship?

The ReConnect Fellowship is designed for pre-health college graduates who are facing a gap-year while applying to medical school or physician assistant programs.  During this gap-year, pre-med students are actively applying to medical schools, taking entrance exams such as the MCAT, and preparing to interview at schools they have applied to. 

An Academic Stepping Stone For Your Pre-Health Journey!

In this unique gap-year model, ReConnect fellows are employed full-time as medical scribes in a clinical setting while simultaneously applying to advanced degree programs.  In addition to the clinical experience they gain by participating in patient care as a medical scribe/medical assistant, ReConnect fellows benefit in the following areas: 

  • You will gain shared gap-year experiences with a cohort of peers who are also applying to medical school 

  • You will receive application and interview support from program staff and clinical partners

  • You will participate in monthly ReConnect Fellowship Professional Learning opportunities 

  • You will obtain letters of recommendation from mentoring physicians and program staff


You will be placed in a rural area!


Currently, ReConnect fellows are placed at Aviva Health in Roseburg, Oregon.  Aviva Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides services for an underserved and rural population.  This fellowship experience focuses primarily on Primary Care and Family Practice.  ReConnect fellows are employed full-time and are trained as both medical scribes and medical assistants.  ReConnect fellows employed by Aviva Health receive full-time medical scribe wages and benefits.  


Who offers the ReConnect Gap-Year Fellowship?

The ReConnect Gap-Year Fellowship is offered by the Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon (AHECSW).  AHECSW is one of five regional Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) in the state of Oregon that works in collaboration with the Oregon AHEC Program Office at Oregon Health & Science University to develop a well-prepared, high quality healthcare workforce for Oregon that begins with early childhood (K-16) education, through professional training and into support for practicing professionals.  AHEC's were developed by US Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce for rural and underserved populations. Currently, AHEC Programs and Centers are located in most all 50 states.  For more information on the Oregon AHEC system, visit https://www.ohsu.edu/area-health-education-centers.  

Provides the Opportunity to Work with Underserved Populations!

The ReConnect Gap-Year Fellowship is not your typical scribe-recruitment program. The ReConnect Fellowship is a program provided by the Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon, a non-profit organization with the mission of improving the quality of healthcare in rural Oregon.  This unique program provides aspiring medical providers the opportunity to work with underserved populations and gain valuable experience providing healthcare in rural Oregon.  Additionally, ReConnect fellows receive support in their application cycle and interviews for medical school.  


How do I apply for the ReConnect Gap-Year Fellowship? 






Program Benefits

  • Earn full-time wages and benefits as a medical scribe/medical assistant while applying to medical school or other advanced mediacl programs


  • Behind closed door experiences observing patient and provider

  • Participate in ReConnect Professional learning events led by current practitioners


  • Receive feedback and support on medical school application cycle and interview process


  • Receive letters of recommendation from partnering physicians, practitioners, and program staff


  • Gain valuable work experience in a clinical setting; confirm your interested in the medical field, work directly with an underserved population in a rural FQHC

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the ReConnect Gap-Year Fellowship or the application process, please reach out to our program staff.


Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon

Website: www.healthyoregon.com 

Email: ahec@healthyoregon.com

Phone: (541) 784-3660


ReConnect Gap-Year Fellowship Program Consultant:

Lacey Ferguson

(541) 912-5805


ReConnect Alumni: Where are they now?

Here is a short list of our alumni and where they are now after the program.


Physician Assistant

Scribe alumni, Michael Graham, graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Oregon Health & Sciences in August 2019 and is now working as a PA at Evergreen Family Clinic in Roseburg, OR.


Second Year Medical Student

Scribe alumni, Elise Ewens, is in her second year of medical school at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado.


First Year Medical Student

A Portland native and University of Oregon graduate, former ReConnect Scribe, Rachel David, is in her first year of medical school at OHSU.

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