What is an AHEC Preceptor?

An ESAHEC preceptor is a health professional, who in conjunction with an AHEC program, serves as a clinical faculty member for one or more health professions academic programs. By training students at community–based rural and underserved urban areas, ESAHEC AHECs seek to expose these students to the needs, challenges and practice opportunities that exist in medically underserved areas.


Health care workers often return to practice where they trained, and students learn from experience that it’s rewarding to work in underserved areas. That’s why AHEC connects young people, students and practicing professionals to training opportunities with minority and disadvantaged populations, in rural areas such as the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Partnering with medical and other health professions schools, we connect students with dedicated preceptors for a 4-week rural medicine experience. Allowing health professionals to share their knowledge and experience in the context of their day-to-day practice.

Interested in Becoming a Preceptor? Contact:
Shay Lewis-Sisco BS, GCDF,
Community Impact and Engagement Manager


Mentor a 4th year Medical Student from University of Maryland School of Medicine

Spend 4 weeks sharing your love, knowledge and commitment to Rural Medicine

Interested in Becoming a Preceptor? Contact:
Carroll Scully, cscully@esahec.org


This Program authorizes a credit against the State income tax for individuals who have served as a preceptor in certain preceptorship programs and work in certain areas of the State with a health care workforce shortage.
Preceptor Tax Credit Program Qualification
In order to qualify for tax credit under the Preceptor Tax Credit Programs, a health professional must meet the criteria described below during the Tax Year for which they are applying for tax credit. Qualification criteria include specific attributes related to:

  • Type of professional/preceptor
  • Student type
  • Enrollment of student in a recognized preceptorship program
  • Rotation hours
  • Preceptor practice site location

Schools we currently partner with for preceptorships and student housing

  • University of Maryland School of Medicine: 4th year Medical Students
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM): Housing ONLY

Interested in having your students join our program or housing? Contact us today!

Shay Lewis-Sisco BS, GCDF
Community Impact and Engagement Manager


If you are a health professional working in a medically underserved area in conjunction with AHEC, we invite you to serve as a clinical faculty member or preceptor for one or more health professions academic programs. By doing so, you are entitled to the following Preceptor Benefit Package, provided you accept two or more students per year.

  • A volunteer faculty appointment (at the college or university for whom you are serving as a preceptor, when eligible)
  • Educational stipends of up to $50.00 per year towards registration for professional meetings or conferences
  • Participation in the Inaugural Eastern Shore Preceptor Advisory Committee


  • 4 WEEK minimum rotation with a 4TH year medical student.
  • Availability from January-May or August-December to preceptor.
  • Ability to complete an end of rotation evaluation form (EORE) of the student.
  • Commitment to serving as a preceptor for 2 years minimum with ESAHEC.
  • Complete ESAHEC Preceptor Orientation Video before first student engagement.

Qualifying Professionals/Preceptors, Student Types, and Preceptorship Programs

Health care professionals must serve without compensation as a preceptor of an eligible student type, in a recognized preceptorship program. Preceptorship program means an organized system of clinical experience for the purpose of attaining specified learning objectives. See the chart below for qualifying professionals, student types, and preceptorship programs:

Qualifying Professionals/Preceptors Qualifying Student Type
Medical NP PA RN LPN
Physician (MD or DO)
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Physician Assistant (PA)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Recognized Preceptorship Programs
In-state UMD, JHU See link See link See link See link
Out-of-state N/A See link N/A See link

Qualifying Rotation Hours

Health care professionals must act as a preceptor for a minimum of three distinct rotations, each consisting of at least 100 hours (a minimum total of 300 preceptor hours) of community–based clinical training within a taxable year.
A physician assistant student preceptor must act as a preceptor for a minimum of three rotations, each consisting of at least 100 hours of community–based clinical training in family medicine, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics.

For more information visit: https://health.maryland.gov/pophealth/Pages/taxcredit.aspx