The Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA-AHEC) is a community-driven, nonprofit organization whose goal is
to increase access to healthcare by improving the number and distribution of healthcare providers in 38 counties in southwest Georgia.
Our long-range goals are to cultivate a healthcare workforce that closely matches the state’s population in diversity,
to assure that each community has enough practitioners in the right disciplines, particularly primary care, to improve access to healthcare.



The SOWEGA AHEC Scholars program was a valuable part of the clinical years of my medical education which I chose to spend in Southwest Georgia. This program fostered discussions around current frontiers in healthcare with a special focus on impact on rural and underserved areas. I was able to interact with students from other healthcare disciplines, and we worked together to address issues such as behavioral health, telemedicine, disaster preparedness, human trafficking, and more. The leadership of the program made me feel like I always had a family looking out for me during my time in Albany, and they kept us supplied with opportunities to really dig in and make an impact on the underserved populations around us that we learned about. I feel that through the AHEC Scholars program, I got a more in depth look at the issues facing my community and gained an appreciation for the specific needs that I can help serve in my future career as a physician – and I got to have fun while doing it! I would recommend the SOWEGA AHEC Scholars program to any healthcare professions student who has the privilege of spending their clinical years in Southwest Georgia.

SOWEGA-AHEC Scholars Student (Cohort #2)
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your assistance preparing our students for their internship. Your enthusiastic support towards our students’ well-being and success has been noted and greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for all that you do.
Dougherty County Schools Gifted Program
Thank you for partnering with us to make the “Meet the Grantmaker” event. Without partners like SOWEGA-AHEC the Foundation could not do what we do.
Healthcare Georgia Foundation

After each of the Population Health webinars, I feel more and more comfortable carrying out my duties as a rural Community Health Worker. I feel this particular webinar has provided me with better practices for being able to communicate efficiently with patients knowing I am able to provide patient centered communication regarding their health and  self-management of their problems.

Community Health Worker (Bainbridge, GA)

Thank you for taking the time to meet with me. You are doing an awesome job of trying to help young minds pursue pathways in the healthcare field. Thank you for making that your mission. As a physician with humble beginning, I know how important it is to have someone point you in the right direction. You have inspired me to concentrate my focus on the few instead of trying to save the “whole” world. Thanks for all you do!

OB-GYN, Southwest Georgia

Attending Pathway to Med School was a game changer for my view on the medical field and my application to medical school. Besides my college degree, it was the single most important decision I made in regards to pursuing medicine as a career. I have specialized in family medicine in part due to the exposure I had as a matriculant through the Pathway program. I could not be more in support of what the program strives for and accomplishes.

Pathway to Med School Student
Excellent content and speaker is a great teacher! Thank you for this extremely relevant information and the easy access. (Decision-Making by Men & Their Significant Other in Early Stage Prostate Cancer webinar)
RN, Executive Director Community Organization

My goal is to start planning and research more about my interest in medical school. I would like to thank you all for the PTMS Admissions Forum because it will help me have a better understanding of what is required of me to be accepted into medical school.

High School Student

Providing housing and a stipend was very helpful during my clinical rotations. I also received help coordinating some of my clinical rotations, for which I am very grateful.

Medical Student

I teach health occupations at the high school level and I plan to use this* to inform students who say they want to be doctors. I will also use it to find out how interested they really are and how much they have already planned for their futures in order to be successful and not just be sharing their “Pipedreams”. Really learned a lot and enjoyed it very much. It will help me help my high school students plan for their futures in healthcare. Thank you very much! (*PTMS Admissions Forum webinar)

High School Teacher, Springfield, GA