Waco Region

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Waco is located between Dallas and Austin situated along I-35 and the Brazos River, making it the perfect up and coming city in Texas. Waco offers a very rich history, including surviving a great F5 tornado that tore through its downtown in 1953, being home to the Waco Siege that occurred in 1993 that involved the Branch Davidians and FBI standoff, and being one of the paramount mammoth sites in the world.

Waco is now one of the hottest tourist destinations taking in more than 2 million visitors per year thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines hit TV show Fixer Upper and Magnolia Market. The Gaines and Magnolia influence spreads throughout Waco from their main location Magnolia Market in the Silo District, to their restaurant Magnolia Table, to their bed and breakfast Magnolia House located just outside of Waco. Magnolia Market is now the temporary home for Church Under the Bridge which hosts a large group of homeless and underserved individuals.  Baylor University is located in Waco and has a student population just under 17,000 and boasts great sports programs for students, locals, and travelers alike to enjoy. Waco is also home to Dr Pepper and the Dr Pepper museum which has fun tours for the entire family.

Also located in the Texas AHEC East-Waco Region is Ft. Hood, the most populous US military installation in the world located in Bell County.

Waco Region has a multitude of universities and colleges including: Baylor University, Texas A&M University, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, McLennan Community College, Texas State Technical College, Texas Tech Heath Science Center, Tarlton State, and Midwestern State.

Texas AHEC East – Waco Region is committed to improving the health of rural and underserved communities in its 18 covered counties. Through health education and collaborating with the local health workforce, Waco Region works with the community and community partners to bridge the gap in care among the underserved. Among the health workforce the Waco Family Health Center is a champion in educating current health professionals boasting its family medicine residency program and taking on more students in preceptorships in hopes of filling the lack of providers for those in rural and underserved communities. 


Preceptorship Placement Program

The primary focus at the Waco Region is the placement of Medical Students, Physician Assistant Students, and Nursing Students into preceptorships in rural and underserved areas. The main site for preceptor placement is the Waco Family Health Center. The Waco FHC typically has around 18 preceptors at any given time working with and educating students.

Housing Assistance Placement Program

The Waco Region has a network of housing sponsors that take on students that are too far from home to travel to and from their rotations. When a student is taken on by one of our housing sponsors they are guaranteed a free, private room with a quiet place to study, access to a kitchen, and private restroom. Housing sponsors can be found in the Waco area, Glen Rose, and the Bryan/College Station areas. The Waco Region is currently looking for more housing sponsors.

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Ashley Bearden


1722 Colcord Ave.
Waco, TX 76707

Phone: 254/753-4392
Email: Ashley.Bearden@txaheceast.org