Rural Fellowships

Providing continuing education and support to help new physicians adjust to and meet the needs of their rural communities.

Our Rural Fellowship was developed to provide continuing education and support to help rural physicians better adjust to and meet the needs of their community. This fellowship also provides targeted training in preceptor development to enhance both clinical knowledge and teaching skills with the goal of developing rural preceptors for MAHEC’s family medicine residents, medical students from UNC School of Medicine Asheville, and other MAHEC health sciences learners.

Continuing education experiences are focused on developing core competencies and special areas of interest identified by each Fellow. Preceptor training focuses on the development of leadership and public health skills. Monthly virtual ECHO sessions, NRHA conference attendance, and access to a growing network of specialists serve to create a dynamic and evolving system of professional support.

The rural fellowship focuses on the 6 Ps—placement in a rural community, protected time, preceptor development, projects to support comunity engagement, practice clinical development, and partnerships with people and practices. This post-residency year prepares fellows for success early in their career and supports workforce development by creating opportunities for ongoing engaged learning.

Our rural fellowship is a 12-month commitment with placements in the primarily underserved 16-county region surrounding our main campus in Asheville, North Carolina. This fellowship provides ongoing personal and professional support for physicians who would like to establish a long-term rural practice. The allotted fellowship time (0.1 FTE – 0.3 FTE) includes required fellowship training and a community-based project in an area of academic interest.

In addition to the traditional rural fellowship year, we also offer two specialized tracks for physicians who wish to pursue either a master of public health (MPH) degree or receive additional inpatient training.

Rural Fellows Practice Locations

For more detailed information about our rural fellowships, please visit our rural fellowships program page or contact Lauren.White