Application Process

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
The Graduate Medical Education programs will select from among eligible applicants on the basis of residency program-related criteria such as their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities, such as motivation and integrity.

Minimum Requirements

  • An applicant must meet or exceed the following minimum qualification(s) to be eligible for selection and appointment to MAHEC’s Graduate Medical Education Residency Programs (GME):
  • Be a graduate of a medical school in the United States or Canada, accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); or
  • Be a graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or
  • Be a graduate of a non-LCME or AOA approved medical school who also meets one of the following additional qualifications:
    • holds a currently-valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment; or,
    • holds a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a United States licensing jurisdiction in his or her current ACGME specialty/subspecialty program; or,
    • has graduated from a medical school outside the United States and has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by a LCME-accredited medical school.
  • Passed USMLE Steps 1 and 2 or COMLEX 1 and 2 within three attempts as required by the North Carolina Medical Board.
  • Be eligible for a NC resident training license.
  • Be eligible to work in the US (citizen, permanent resident, eligible visa including J1). MAHEC does not sponsor H1B or other visas.

Requirements for Applications
The mission of the Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency Program is to train superior family physicians for community-oriented rural practice in Western North Carolina. We welcome well qualified candidates to apply to our program.

  1. Applications to Hendersonville Family Practice Residency Program will be accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). This service is available at your medical school's Dean's Office. Applications must include the following:
    1. Completed ERAS application form
    2. Medical School transcript of course work
    3. Three letters of recommendation and a Dean’s Letter
    4. USMLE/COMLEX scores
    5. Personal statement
  2. For foreign medical graduates, this information must be in English or translated. Please see IMG application guidelines below for more details.
  3. Applicants must pass USMLE/COMLEX Step I to be considered for application. The applicant must have completed and passed Step II of the USMLE prior to beginning the residency if matched to our program.
  4. An interview at our program includes dinner with residents the evening before, a stay in a historic B&B, time with faculty, a tour of our clinical sites and lunch at our facility. We offer a personalized community tour for your spouse/partner while you are interviewing at our program.
  5. If you believe that you are a good match for our program, we would welcome your application. We will review all applications submitted through ERAS and will contact and schedule interviews for those who appear to be the best fit for our residency program.

International Medical Graduates
Special laws and regulations apply to international medical graduates who wish to enter the United States to undertake graduate medical education. MAHEC's policies and procedures regarding graduates of international medical schools comply with federal and state laws and regulations and MAHEC's commitment to graduate medical education.

Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada must have a currently valid certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Applicants must successfully pass both Step 1 (basic medical) and Step 2 (clinical knowledge and skills) of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

While MAHEC does not sponsor a visa, the international medical graduate applicant must also possess a current/valid visa option or other status governed by the US Immigration Regulations to participate in a GME program.

Finally, the North Carolina Medical Board requires that physicians who are graduates of schools that are not accredited by the LCME or the AOA (foreign medical schools) must be individually certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, have successfully completed at least three years of accredited graduate medical training, and have passed the USMLE or its equivalent to be eligible for application for full licensure. An international medical graduate must complete all other application requirements required by MAHEC and the GME program.

Stipend and Benefits


1st year — $52,284

2nd year — $54,062

3rd year — $55,838


  • Professional liability insurance
  • Term life insurance for self (supplemental life and dependent life insurance is available at additional cost).
  • Long-term disability insurance for self
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAN)
  • Resident Training License fee
  • North Carolina Medical License fee
  • DEA fee
  • Education Funds
    • Part III National Boards/Flex -- $1000
    • Professional meeting and travel per diem (May be used for AAFP dues, books, journals)
    • 1st year -- $500
    • 2nd year -- $600
    • 3rd year -- $700
  • Vacation Leave
    • 1st year -- 10 days
    • 2nd year -- 10 days
    • 3rd year -- 15 days
  • Other
    • Two white coats
    • Name tags
    • Business cards
    • Meals when on duty at hospital
    • Free parking

*Stipend and benefits are subject to annual adjustment.

Orientation for first year residents occurs prior to the start of each academic year, so that new residents can begin their first rotation on July 1 with a basic understanding of their new educational environment.

In addition to a variety of activities designed to orient new residents to the hospital, Family Health Centers and MAHEC; social activities are organized to allow residents to get acquainted with each other, faculty, and staff. These activities culminate in a weekend retreat. Hendersonville residents begin orientation with a rafting trip down the Nantahala and learn water-rescue techniques.

Orientation will begin in mid-June. First year residents will be compensated $1500 for these 2 weeks of orientation.

The Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency Program (Removed Pardee Hospital)is affiliated with the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), Residency Review Committee for Family Practice.

All participating physicians on Pardee Hospital’s staff are board certified or board eligible.  Pardee Hospital is fully accredited by DNV Healthcare.

Resident Physician Contract/Letter of Agreement

Resident Manual (pdf)