primary healthcare underserved communities
Helping communities meet their primary health care needs
Fall 2013
SE PA AHEC Community Rotation Experience

TUSOM Graduate: Dr. Luis Garcia

Graduation Date:  May 2011

Residency:  York Hospital in family medicine (current)


My SE PA AHEC Community Rotation

Preceptor: Eduardo Munilla, MD

Specialty: Family Practice

Community location: Lehigh Avenue, Philadelphia, PA


My experience

The nurse knew I was coming and warmly welcomed me. I learned about the importance of continuity of care. Dr. Munilla skipped through the formalities because he built long-term caring relationships with individual patients and families.  I saw how personal connections and trust can impact the health of a community and this deepened my interest in primary care in medically underserved communities.

Note from SE PA AHEC Executive Director


Dear Students,


Most always, Temple University School of Medicine students and graduates tell me that they chose a career in medicine because they desire to help others and make a difference. Now is the time to seize unprecedented opportunities to serve this noble purpose. Despite impassioned battles in the U.S. Congress, the Health Insurance Marketplace opened on October 1st and implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues. In the coming months many uninsured people will have access health coverage and care.  By choosing primary care as your practice specialty, you can positively influence the health of local communities.


SE PA AHEC community rotations give you an opportunity to experience the value of practicing community-based primary care. As I write this, 44 volunteer preceptors and champions of lifelong, health care in their communities are welcoming and training 88 second year medical students. I wish you a meaningful experience and would love to hear about it at


Keep learning, 


Mara Lipschutz

Executive Director

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PCP is an interprofessional network of over two dozen chapters and thousands of members across the country, united by a common vision for change in how primary care is delivered and how providers are trained as well as a commitment to mobilizing an interprofessional effort to accelerate that change.   Visit - Primary Care Progress

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Are you interested in improving primary care access within medically underserved communities?  We would love to partner with you and invite you to contact us to find out more about the opportunities to collaborate.  You'll find all of the necessary contact information below.

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We know we can't solve the challenges of access to care alone. If your organization has a complementary mission, please contact Mara Lipschutz to explore ways to compound our impact

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By building bridges and developing creative collaborations, we can ensure that all people have access to health care.

Summer in October

  Brian Shafer, President, Family Medicine Interest Group President at Temple University School of Medicine enjoys a sunny and warm fall day in the community garden, planted and maintained by several Temple health professions schools.

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FY 2014 Students to Service Loan Repayment Program NOW OPEN

The National Health Service 
Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program
provides loan repayment assistance to medical students (MD and DO)
 in their last year of school, in return for a commitment to provide primary health care services in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas of greatest need.

The FY 2014 Students to 
Service Loan Repayment Program is now open. Applications are due 
by 11/14/13. Find out more at NHSC loan repayment.