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.

MAHEC accepts applications electronically through the ERAS program only. For consideration for selection, the following components of application are carefully considered and competitively weighed:

  • Transcript and academic performance at a U.S. medical school
  • Step 1 and 2 USMLE scores (no substitutions)
  • Clinical experience (in the United States)
  • Three letters of recommendation from those who have observed academic and clinical performance
  • Dean's letter
  • Community involvement and service
  • Medical research and experience
  • Work experience (medical and non-medical)

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Residency Program Coordinator at (828) 771-5537 or

Stipend and Benefits

The MAHEC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers many of the same benefits found at other hospitals and medical centers.

Stipend (subject to change)

1st year — $52,284

2nd year — $54,062

3rd year — $55,838

4th  year — $57,910

Major benefits include:

  • Professional liability insurance
  • Term life insurance
  • Disability insurance for self
  • Resident Training License fee
  • North Carolina Medical License fee
  • DEA registration fee
  • Cafeteria food stipend while working in hospital.
  • Educational funds:
    • 1st year -- $500
    • 2nd year -- $600
    • 3rd year -- $700
    • 4th year -- $800
  • Vacation: First and second years (per year) 10 days; Third and fourth years (per year) 15 days
  • Two white coats in the 1st and 3rd year with emblem and name tag

Temporary or permanent North Carolina licensure must be held by each resident prior to beginning training.

After the match results, a Resident's Training License application will be forwarded to the new resident by the program.

Orientation will begin mid-June of each year.

A variety of activities are organized to allow residents to get acquainted with each other, the faculty, and the staff of the MAHEC Department of Ob/Gyn.

First year residents are required to begin the program at the start of orientation with stipend compensation.

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) 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.

Resident Physician Contract/Letter of Agreement

Resident Manual (pdf)