Volunteer Opportunities


My name is Mathew Cielinski and I’m a senior in the nursing program here at Marywood. I’m emailing you to share the chance to participate in a fellowship this summer break. This past May I was able to travel to Ourense, Spain to shadow doctors in the hospital. While on this trip I was able to strengthen my spanish skills and learn more about medicine, and how different healthcare systems operate. I shadowed 20+ hours a week in the oncology unit, and in the OR. I was able to see 8 different operations, standing right next to the surgeon as she explained what they were doing and why! During the fellowship there are also group excursions and meals that you go on to learn about local cuisine and culture. 

Not only was this fellowship extremely fun but it connected me with other healthcare students all across the country. Plus, it looks good on your resume! This opportunity was provided to me by Atlantis Global, a company who is innovating healthcare education by providing various fellowships in over ten countries and multiple cities around Europe to students majoring in the healthcare professions. If interested, students can click the link below to get more information, or even immediately apply for a program if they want: 


The referral form takes less than one minute to fill out. Students can select my name “Mathew Cielinski, Marywood University” when they complete the referral form and if the decide to enroll in a program later on, you will receive a $250 dicount! If anyone has questions about my experience, more about atlantis or on how the application process works they can email me at


Below I've attached a link to video of another students experience with Atlantis. Thank you for your time and I hope some will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and enjoy it as much as I did!



PA AHEC Scholars Program


 AHEC Scholars is a two-year program with interdisciplinary curricula to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based activities.

 All experiential or clinical training will be conducted in rural and/or underserved urban settings.

Each year includes the following:

  • 40 hours community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved area
  • 40 hours didactic education (interactive, online focused on six Core Topic Areas)
  • Core Topic Areas 
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Practice Transformation
  • Current and Emerging Health Issues

Eligibility Criteria:

 Students should have a current interest in rural or underserved healthcare and be currently enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program and be two years from program or degree completion. This includes but is not limited to students in medical, dental, pharmacy, nurse practitioner, nursing, physician assistant, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public/population health programs.


AHEC Scholars is a program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings. Selected applicants participate in a two-year educational program and may receive academic recognition, subject to academic or institutional approval. Each AHEC Scholar will receive an AHEC Scholars Certificate, setting them apart from other students in an increasingly competitive environment.

Selected scholars will also have the chance to meet leaders in health care and make connections with other participants, creating an invaluable network for their future careers in health care.

Eastcentral and Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Centers About:

Area Health Education Centers work to improve the supply, distribution, retention, quality, utilization, and efficiency of a health care workforce committed to underserved populations. We help bring the resources of academic medicine to address local community health needs. The strength of the AHEC Network is our ability to creatively adapt national initiatives to help address local and regional healthcare issues.

Our partnering medical schools are Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in the Eastcentral Region and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in the Northeast Region.


Advancing access to healthcare through community and educational partnerships


Communities with a sustainable healthcare workforce to meet their healthcare needs

For more information, please contact:

Leslie Petroff, MPH                                             Debra Youngfelt, BS, MCHES, CTTS

Health Educator                                                  Executive Director

lpetroff@ecneahec.org                                      dyoungfelt@ecneahec.org


5662 Interchange Road

Lehighton, PA 18235