The NC AHEC Office of Regional Primary Care Education (ORPCE) was established in 1993 with funds from the NC General Assembly to strengthen support for primary care, community-based education.
An ORPCE office was created at each of the nine regional AHECs to help facilitate the teaching of primary care students in ambulatory settings. ORPCE’s primary focus is on medical, nurse practitioner, certified nurse midwifery, pharm D and physician assistant students.
ORPCE’s responsibilities include:
- Assisting schools with preceptor recruitment and student placements.
- Implementing preceptor payments to eligible sites/practitioners.
- Promoting and providing information resources to preceptors.
- Arranging student housing for community-based rotations (AHEC housing is not limited to ORPCE students but ORPCE staff often serve as the primary housing coordinators at the local AHECs).