Our Psychiatry Residency Program is based in Asheville in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
The psychiatry residency program at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) was 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.
The program is now in its third year with twelve first-, second-, and third-year residents. Our new outpatient clinic, the Center for Psychiatry and Mental Wellness, opened on MAHEC's campus in July 2019. In recognition of our success to date, ACGME has approved expanding our class size to six residents beginning July 2020.
First-year residents work in various inpatient settings, including a tertiary care center, a regional hospital, and a small community hospital. Next year we will be adding rotations at the region’s state hospital and at the VA Medical Center. Inpatient medicine and neurology are located at Mission Health. Each resident also spends a month in an ambulatory family medicine clinic and a month with behavioral pediatricians who primarily see children with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, and those who are believed to be victims of abuse.
Second-year residents are in a variety of outpatient settings including community psychiatry, a university student health center, an assertive community treatment team, an adolescent girl’s residential program, the outpatient clinic at the Cherokee Indian Hospital, the emergency department at Mission Health, and in outpatient longitudinal adult and child clinics. They also spend one half-day a week in a primary care clinic working one on one with a family medicine preceptor to strengthen their general medical knowledge and to prepare to work in integrated care settings.
The third year focuses on returning to inpatient work in more specialized settings: child and adolescent, geriatrics, and consultation/liaison with electroconvulsive therapy and an inpatient experience with substance use disorders at the Julian F. Keith Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center. The third-year resident also returns to the general adult inpatient unit as a junior resident. Residents continue to see their continuity outpatients two afternoons a week.
The fourth year will include a forensics exerience at Broughton State Hospital and outpatient consultations with rural primary care physicians in teaching hubs created by MAHEC as part of the Rural Health Initiative. Residents will be able to use electives to create a personalized curriculum as they prepare for a career in psychiatry.
Our outpatient 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 houses 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 facilitate innovative research and clinical practices.
Asheville continues to grow and become more interesting and vibrant with each passing season. We are readying for the next interview season and have created more opportunities for applicants to interact directly with faculty to learn about our program. We invite you to explore our curriculum overview and faculty bios to learn more about our innovative program.
We participate in the match program and encourage you to apply through the match.