Primary Care Rural Preceptorship Program (PCRPP)

The Primary Care Rural Preceptorship Program is a hands-on primary care experience designed to expose medical students to the professional, business and social aspects of practicing primary medicine in rural and/or medically underserved areas of Louisiana. It is sponsored by the AHEC Program Offices at the LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport. It is offered to medical students the summer after the first year of medical school.


All LSUHSC-Shreveport MSIV’s are required to take 4 weeks of elective/selective rotations at off-site facilities. The AHEC Program Office at LSUHSC-S coordinates these rotations in conjunction with the Louisiana AHEC Centers who place these students with volunteer preceptors throughout the state of Louisiana.

Primary Care Immersion

All LSUHSC-Shreveport first year medical students are required to participate in an immersion month of primary care rotations, coordinated by the Program Office and Central Louisiana AHEC. Rotations are scheduled at primary care physicians’ offices, public health clinics or local community social services sites within one hour travel time of the university. The freshman class receives more than 1,300 hours of immersion training as a result of this program.

Rural Scholars Program

The Rural Scholars program targets undergraduate students from rural areas. These students represent a potential pool of medical school recruits that could significantly increase the number of rural physicians in Louisiana. The Scholars program will provide rural students an opportunity to gain a competitive edge in the medical school application process while receiving their undergraduate degrees. Contact Central AHEC for more information.