Southeast Missouri Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Core Site assignments are for year three only. Clerkship placement during year four is based solely on the site’s availability and approval. Students must follow the scheduling protocols outlined by the location and the Clinical Education Guidelines.

The Missouri Area Health Centers (MAHEC) network is a federal, state and local partnership that promotes health care careers through recruitment, clinical training, education, community resources and collaboration. The MAHEC mission and objectives align with federal AHEC requirements: To enhance access to quality health care, particularly primary and preventative care, by growing and supporting Missouri’s health care workforce.

These efforts are supported in part with funds from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS); Bureau of Health Professions (BHP); and local support mechanisms.


Missouri Delta Medical Center

1008 N Main St
Sikeston, MO 63801

Sikeston is the main site; students may also be scheduled in nearby towns such as Cape Girardeau (at SE Health, St. Francis Medical Center, SEMO Health Network, etc.)

Southeast Missouri AHEC

506D Hazel St
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901

Site Focus

  • Primary Care

School Affiliations

  • KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • AT Still Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine (Jonesboro, AR)
  • Missouri University - Columbia School of Medicine
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Hospital Statistics

Hospital Name Total Beds Admissions ER Visits Outpatient Visits Births Inpatient Surgeries Outpatient Surgeries
Missouri Delta Medical Center 110 3,587 19,604 228,004 429 1,320 4,094

 Third-Year Clerkships

  • Behavioral Health (4 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Child and Adolescent Health (4 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Family Medicine (4 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Internal Medicine (8 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Surgery (8 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Women's Health (4 weeks) Inpatient/Outpatient
  • OBGY301 and PSYC301 may be required off-site at other locations within the SEMO AHEC Region. Housing is generally provided for these clerkships.

This site schedules clinical experiences in four-week increments.

Third-Year Selectives

  • These are clinical experiences completed in addition to the third-year core clerkships.  The student may have some ability to choose from a list of available selective clerkships.  The Core Site determines the selective clerkships available based on the resources at the Core SiteIf applicable, selective opportunities will be communicated to students at the core site’s discretion after the match.

  • Selective clerkship opportunities are not available away from the Core Site during the third year.  Exceptions to this policy may occur for students officially enrolled in the Military and Global Health Tracks or completing third-year selective(s) away from the Core Site as part of the Specialty Track requirements.

Resources & Benefits

  • Facility Resources: Students will have access to the medical library, computers, internet, printers and phones while on duty at the hospital.
  • Meal Benefits: Meals provided by hospitals while on duty.
  • Visiting Student Housing: Housing is sometimes available to visiting students at a reduced rate.

Duties & Opportunities 

  • Student Duties: Students are required to participate in night call, weekend call and weekend rounds as assigned by the preceptor or service
  • Didactic Opportunities: Students are required to participate morning report, lectures, patient rounds and required reading as assigned by the site, preceptor or service
  • OMT/OPP Opportunities: Opportunities for skill development in OMT/OPP is provided in the clinical setting during family medicine clerkships

 Unique Site Characteristics

  • Background check and drug screen required annually
  • BLS and ACLS certifications must be current
  • Military Track Students must communicate third-year clerkship obligations to site as soon as the Clerkship Match Process is finalized
  • Orientation provided prior to the first clerkship
  • TB screening required annually (only two-step skin test or blood test accepted)
  • Travel required to meet third-year reside
Once the Clerkship Site Match is finalized for your class, KCU Clinical Education will notify students when contacting clerkship sites directly is permitted.

Contact Information 

  • Site Contact: Ashley Showalter
  • Director of Medical Education (Sikeston): Jennifer Waller, MD
  • Director of Medical Education (West Plains): Joe Barnard, DO
Additions or changes to this site's information may occur at any time - information last updated 10.27.2022