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in our state-of-the-art Simulation Center


Why Your First Choice Will be the MAHEC Ob/Gyn Residency Program!

The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) is an integral part of our Western North Carolina community, and a critical resource for improving healthcare in the mountain region. Our mission is to provide specialized obstetric and gynecologic care to the women of Western North Carolina through compassionate, patient-centered services and comprehensive education of healthcare providers.

The residency experience at MAHEC is unique, because our program is really a hybrid program that offers many of the opportunities of large academic centers within the supportive setting of a small community-based program. MAHEC is a patient-centered healthcare provider that delivers care using an interprofessional team-based approach that includes maternal-fetal medicine specialists, behavioral health providers, addictions specialists, clinical pharmacists, and registered dietitians.

Our residents train at a Baby-Friendly designated hospital where over 4,000 deliveries and 40,000 surgeries are performed each year—more than any other hospital in North Carolina. MAHEC's maternal-fetal medicine specialists are the primary providers of high-risk obstetrics for the region and expose trainees to the full spectrum of obstetrical and neonatal care. Urogynecology, reproductive endocrinology, vulvar, and rural women's health specialists provide extensive training in gynecology, and our connections around the world provide opportunities for international training.

While all residents at MAHEC are trained in medical research, those interested in an academic career receive extensive training and support as they design and implement their own aggressive research plan with the support of the Department of Research at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC. Many resident research projects lead to changes in our clinical practice. This serves as a testimony to how we much value resident research and also how MAHEC continually positions itself on the cutting edge of patient care and resident education. All MAHEC faculty are fully committed to teaching and are trained on how to educate adult learners. Many are UNC School of Medicine faculty.

Our program offers quarterly simulation training in our state-of-the-art Simulation Center as part of our regular didactic schedule, and we also utilize several other virtual training methods. All our didactics are formatted for adult learners, and we continually seek new and innovative ways to teach, train, and prepare our residents.

I'm very proud of MAHEC’s Ob/Gyn Residency Program. We offer a unique residency experience with opportunities for international training and medical research, provided by faculty fully committed to resident education. Our residents learn within a supportive, community-based, and highly advanced healthcare system. Whether in the classroom or the delivery room, our residents receive the very best in learning opportunities, while providing the very best in healthcare to the people of Western North Carolina.

Thank you for your interest in our program!

Bill Gist, MD, FACOG
Director, Ob/Gyn Residency Program


Shelley Galvin, MA
Assistant Director, Ob/Gyn Residency Program

For questions or for more information, please contact






Taryn Smith
Residency Program Coordinator
119 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 771-5537