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New Bus Stop at MAHEC Should Improve Access

The city transit system has added a bus stop that will serve MAHEC patients. Several MAHEC employees including Dr. Jeffery Heck, MAHEC president and CEO, will celebrate the new stop with a ride on the bus Tuesday morning. [read full article]


Mountain Causes: Doctors Launch Mama Maisha to Help African mothers

There has been a lot of talk lately about making America great again, and there is nothing like living outside the confines of the United States' borders to see what makes this country so special. [read full article]


Mountain Causes: Gardening for Those in Need

Tilling a mulch-covered plot behind the Mountain Area Health Education Center Family Health Center for the first time two summers ago, Dr. Eric Smith and a colleague did not have high expectations for the modest garden they helped create to provide healthy food to needy patients. [read full article]


Project Seeks MHS Seniors for Medical Internships

McDowell High School seniors interested in a health care career will take part in a credit-based internship with local medical providers called Project PROMISE. Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is assisting with the project as part of its WNC Rural Health Initiative. [read full article]


Residency Reaches Milestone

From delivering babies to managing critical care patients, the Hendersonville Rural Family Medicine Residency Program gives fledging doctors a wide spectrum of hands-on training to serve them in future practice. The program, now in its 20th year, has developed into a highly competitive residency experience that prides itself on being a smaller "rural track" program. [read full article]


Budget Expands Doctor Training in WNC

A budget deal moving through the state General Assembly this week would increase the number of physicians and other health professionals trained in Western North Carolina and decrease tuition paid by students at Western Carolina University. [read full article]


Wanted: Doctors with a Rural Heart

Who wants to be a country doctor? That's the question Robert Bashford has in mind whenever he meets prospective medical students. As associate dean for admissions at the School of Medicine, Bashford is always on the lookout for potential rural doctors for the Kenan Primary Care Medical Scholars Program. "He knows when someone has a rural heart," said Hallum Dickens, a third-year medical student in the program. Dickens grew up in a low-income family in White Level, a rural community in Franklin County, and came to Chapel Hill originally as a Carolina Covenant Scholar. "People who come from underserved communities are more likely to return to practice there." The purpose of the rural physician program is to increase the number of Carolina medical students seeking health careers in rural and underserved areas in North Carolina and to retain them. [read full article]


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