A core clinical site is a hospital/health system that provides clerkships for third year medical students and required core and elective rotations for fourth year medical students. Clinical rotations for nurse practitioner students are also arranged in and around core site hospitals.

Current AHEC Medical Students

Student Orientation

Student Success Stories

“Being able to come back to Mosaic and do my clinical rotations is such an honor. The opportunities and learning experiences are vast at Mosaic and the physicians, nurses, and patients that I’ve worked with have made me a better student and person. The individualized teaching with physicians and the didactics that AHEC provides make this an incredible learning site for future physicians. I am fortunate to be back home for rotations and can’t wait for the rest of the experiences I have throughout the next two years."

– BJ Thomson, third-year Kansas City University medical student (from St. Joseph)

BJ Thomson

“Clinical rotations at Mosaic provide an incredible learning opportunity. It is an honor to return to my hometown and to have the chance to participate in patient care with a higher level of responsibility. The entire staff at Mosaic has been welcoming and foster the learning environment I was seeking during my rotating years. The one-on-one time students have with physicians is of immense value. The additional resources and support AHEC provides rounds out the experience here. As my time here progresses, I look forward to being in circumstances that push me to be a better student. I know that the years I spend at Mosaic will help build my knowledge base to provide the best care to my patients."

– Nicklaus Hanlan, fourth–year Kansas City University medical student (from St. Joseph)

AHEC Medical Students

“Rotating in northwest Missouri has been an exceptional experience. I can honestly say that every preceptor invests in my education and contributes to making me better prepared for my future. The best part of rotating here has without a doubt been the people I have encountered. The AHEC staff, nurses, physicians and patients are all integral parts of what makes this an amazing place to learn. It is also incredibly rewarding to be back in northwest Missouri to serve and learn from the same communities that gave me so much growing up. I am truly excited to see what the remainder of my time here brings!"

– Mikaila Wallace, former medical student, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

"I am so thankful that Mosaic and AHEC have the passion to Grow Their Own. I have had the opportunity to work with AHEC since high school, and they have been sculpting me into the best physician I can be. The physicians that I have had the pleasure to learn from are so willing to teach and strive to teach me something new everyday. I know that the experience I am receiving here is exceptional, and I am so excited to be back home for my rotations!"

– Jordan Snook, former medical student, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

“The opportunities and guidance that AHEC provides to students is an essential component in the journey to medical school or other professional school admittance. There is no doubt they made the difference in my application and set me apart both on paper and in person.”

– Kasey McDonald, former medical student, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

AHEC Medical Students

Visit some of our clinical training communities

St. Joseph, Mo.

Mosaic Medical Center - St. Joseph in St. Joseph was established as the northwest Missouri AHEC hub site for clinical training in the 1996.

St. Joseph is the largest city in northwest Missouri and is located on I-29 and Hwy 36, 35 miles north of Kansas City International Airport and 130 miles south of Omaha, Nebraska. Its population is about 76,000 and the town is home to Missouri Western State University and the Kansas City Chiefs training camp.

The ratio of students to preceptors is 1:1, and generally the preceptors have clinic offices and hold privileges to attend patients at Mosaic Medical Center - St. Joseph

Read more about Student Orientation and student comments about the program.

For more information, please contact the clinical coordinator at NWMO AHEC.

Rotations available at Mosaic Medical Center - St. Joseph include:

  • Family Medicine
  • Rural Family Medicine
  • General Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • OB/GYN
  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • ER
  • Anesthesiology
  • Radiology
  • Adult Infectious Disease
  • Endocrinology
  • Orthopedics

Within a commutable distance of St. Joseph, students can experience more rural medicine in the towns of Gower, Maysville, and Cameron.

Maryville, Mo.

Mosaic Medical Center - Maryville offers core clinical rotations in family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, ob-gyn, and psychiatry.

Maryville is located on 71 Hwy 40 minutes of St. Joseph, and is between Kansas City, Missouri, Des Moines, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska. Its population is about 10,500 and the town is home to Northwest Missouri State University.

Albany, Mo.

Bethany, Mo.

Cameron, Mo.

Carrollton, Mo.

Chillicothe, Mo.

Fairfax, Mo.

Mound City, Mo.

Platte City, Mo.

Trenton, Mo.