Our Psychiatry Residency Program is based in Asheville in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) psychiatry residency program is now in its second year with eight first- and second-year residents.
First-year residents are working in various inpatient settings. Second-year residents are in a variety of outpatient settings including community psychiatry, a university student health center, working with an ACT team, consulting at an adolescent girl’s residential program, and working in outpatient longitudinal adult and child clinics. They also spend one half-day a week in a primary care clinic to strengthen their general medical knowledge and in preparation for providing psychiatric consultation in their clinics in the second half of the year.
This psychiatry residency program has been created to address the critical need for psychiatrists in rural and Western North Carolina, where all 16 counties have been federally designated as mental health professional shortage areas. Our mission is to train excellent psychiatrists who can work with rural underserved populations and who are expert at providing consultation in primary care settings.
We are readying for our third interview season and have created more opportunities for applicants to interact directly with faculty to learn about our program. Our website also has faculty bios for those who are interested in learning more.
Asheville continues to grow and become more interesting and vibrant with each passing season. Our new outpatient clinic, the Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness, opened on MAHEC's campus in July 2019.
The psychiatry clinic is located in the UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC building, our academic health center that is a unique collaboration with MAHEC, the University of North Carolina, Western Carolina University, and regional community partners.
In addition to our psychiatry residency program and outpatient clinic, this academic health center will house the UNC School of Medicine Asheville Campus, a master of public health program led by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and research initiatives affiliated with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. An inter-professional learning cafe and incubator spaces will facilitate innovative research and clinical practices.