There are so many great family medicine programs, but ultimately students need to find the place where they feel the right fit. Our values support us as a bedrock of who we are as a program, and we want to meet people that share in these values:
MAHEC Hendersonville Residency Core Values:
Community Centered Hospital, schools, health campaigns, migrant camps, educational programs. We are involved and we lead.
Continuous Full Spectrum Care Throughout residency, we deliver babies, care for children, manage critical care patients and provide acute care. We care for all, all the time.
Leadership and Advocacy To make change, you have to lead change. Our residents are our colleagues and we provide the ability, tools and avenues for our residents. Our residents make a difference from day one.
Vulnerable Populations Our patient population is more than 85% uninsured or Medicaid. We provide outreach services to the migrant population, sit on the board of the Free Clinic, provide care at the Health Department and manage the Homeless Clinic. We give access to care to everyone.
Dynamic Being a smaller program allows us to push the standards of medical education to provide customized education at the highest quality. We constantly evaluate our program and our residents. We make sure every physician leaves having the heart, skills and knowledge to bring lasting change to their community.
On top of these values and great people here, we have many unique features that we hope align with the vision of your future.
During their second and third years, residents work on a community project, which is often their main scholarly activity. They collaborate with local organizations to develop a project that has a lasting impact on their community.
Examples of prior projects:
Changing Hospital protocols for Alcohol Detox
Creating a Transgender support group and treatment initiative
Creating an online database of community resources
Managing a chronic pain group
Building a community garden in a low-income area
Installing additional sinks in the hospital to reduce C.diff infections
Creating a mobile migrant clinic
Supervising Epinephrine trainings at local camps
Developing pre-natal cards
Improving bicycle safety and education
Improving diabetic care with an information kiosk at a grocery store
Rural Extension Project
Our program has been developing full-spectrum rural physicians for over two decades, and have been very successful in placing our graduates in Western North Carolina. As Hendersonville has grown, however, we have seen a rising challenge of continuing to develop rural physicians in a town that has become more vibrant and less rural. Through multiple sites at Blue Ridge Health, our residents establish themselves at rural clinics in multiple mountain towns outside Henderson County. In their second and third year, residents spend 1-2 days per month at these smaller clinics to develop their own patient panel and improve their skills in rural medicine.
The Ultrasound Revolution
Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) is used in our hospital and continuity clinics with brand new handheld Butterfly devices. Ultrasound is taught in formal courses held 2-3 times yearly, as well as in didactics. Further hands-on training is incorporated into our procedural skills rotation and residents are encouraged to use skills daily in their continuity clinics as well.
Commitment to Full Spectrum Training
Despite the national reduction in scope of practice in family medicine, our program has remained committed to full-spectrum training. Our goal is to train a generation of physicians who are ready to practice anywhere in the world and tackle whatever community needs they encounter. We continue to work with our local health systems to expand the scope of practice of family doctors and to improve the health of Western North Carolina.
Our residents are a diverse group of learners with a diverse number of interests, and our curriculum can be individualized for residents based on their anticipated needs. With maximal elective time built into the curriculum and an away month in second and third year, our residents have the opportunity to shape their own experiences to match their interests. Some residents have spent this time to gain expertise in alternative medicine, medical Spanish, curriculum development, innovative practice models, surgical obstetrics and much more. Our small size allows residents the flexibility to work on their interests and to mold a personalized curriculum around their goals.
Location, Location, Location
Surrounded by majestic mountains, Hendersonville is known as “The City of Four Seasons” and is nestled atop a 2,200-foot scenic mountain plateau between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is just a short distance down the Blue Ridge Parkway from Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. Nearby Dupont, Pisgah and Cherokee National Forests attract hikers and bikers to miles of mountain trails. Area streams and rivers, such as the Green and Nantahala, offer many activities, from trout fishing to whitewater rafting and kayaking. While still retaining its small town charm, Hendersonville conveniently is located near larger cities, such as Asheville, Charlotte and Greenville, SC. With a mean temperature of 71 degrees in the summer and 41 degrees in the winter, the climate is conducive to year-round activity.