Family Medicine - Asheville

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Our goal at the MAHEC Family Medicine residency is to develop residents into competent and compassionate physicians who can practice inpatient and outpatient medicine anywhere, including underserved rural areas and abroad. As of June 2015, our primary practice site has achieved the highest level status as a PCMH, helping to provide the best possible care for our patients and the best education for our residents.The curriculum has evolved over more than 40 years to provide an educational experience that prepares our graduates for these goals. Improvements are always being made to ensure the highest quality education and these changes are often initiated by the residents. The balance and breadth of this training is highlighted by strong commitments to maternity care/women's health, behavioral medicine, geriatrics, sports medicine, global health, and community medicine programs.

We encourage you to apply for a position at our residency program!

Meet the Team!

Blake Fagan, Program Director

I am from Missouri and still a big Cardinals baseball fan. I went to undergraduate school at the University of Missouri at Columbia and spent the coldest winter of my life in Chicago for a year before starting medical school in Nashville Tennessee. I completed my residency at MAHEC in 2001 and have been on the faculty since.What brought me to the residency and what keeps me here as faculty are the people at MAHEC. The faculty are very committed to helping the underserved and teaching residents and students. The Asheville area made the choice to stay here a lot easier. I love mountain biking and trail running. And the hiking around here isn’t bad either. I hope you get to visit us and see what a great city Asheville is, see the great outdoor activities available here, and the high quality residents and faculty. This place rocks!!

Julie Bacon, Program Coordinator

A native of York Harbor, Maine, I made my move to Asheville in January 2014 after graduating from Stonehill College with a BA in Healthcare Administration and Spanish. After my experience marketing and fundraising for several local nonprofits in Boston, being a part of MAHEC’s top notch residency program has been a great start to my career in healthcare. I am so thankful for the community of enthusiastic and supportive people I have the privilege of working with each day (shout out to our awesome residents and my sidekick, Erin)!

Working in graduate medical education, amongst so many learners, has a way of inspiring you to keep learning. MAHEC keeps me motivated and wanting to grow. I am always planning my next adventure; whether it’s backpacking through Iceland or kayaking in South America, I want to experience it all!

Although I will always be a New Englander at heart, Asheville has truly become home for me. What an incredible outdoor playground! I enjoy mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, river floating, kayaking, bouldering, camping, and playing with my Maine Coon kitten (Loon). I also get out to indulge in the insanely fun music, foodie, and beer scene here. Most recently, I have started teaching an Irish Step Dancing class for kids downtown at Elevate Life & Art. After 15 years of competing nationally and internationally, it brings me so much joy to share my passion with a rambunctious group of students.

I wake up every morning feeling lucky to be in beautiful Asheville!

Erin Bowers, Curriculum Coordinator

Greetings! I  am originally from Charlottesville, VA. I studied Geography at a small liberal arts college outside of Washington, DC and after lots of travel and adventure in my 20s eventually ended up in Asheville. For several years I served as a Program Coordinator in environmental/outdoor education, but in 2013 I transitioned to a more administrative (but no less exciting) career in medical education. Never in a million years would I have pictured myself in the healthcare industry but to my surprise, I have really found a niche here at MAHEC and now I can’t see myself doing anything else!

I enjoy using my strong organizational skills to manage resident schedules and have established many great professional relationships with the clinics and hospital systems that our program partners with in the community.  It is an honor to be a part of one of the top residency programs in the country and to be changing lives daily by the work that we do. I also love the comradery that  Julie, Dr. Fagan and I have established over the years- we make a great team. At the end of the day I look forward to going home to my family- my husband, Adam (newlyweds as of Spring 2015!) and our “fur-baby”,  Hank. We don’t see ourselves leaving Asheville anytime soon - the unique mountain culture and our strong network of friends is hard to beat. Cheers to the good life!

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