Transitional Year


Thank you for your interest in the MAHEC Transitional Year Program. This TY program will be part of the Family Medicine Program at MAHEC. We are a well-rounded program, with lots of opportunities for learning and growing as a physician. We have robust inpatient and outpatient opportunities, including time to explore your subspecialty choice and elective experiences. Our program is built around 40+ years of training family medicine providers at Mission Hospital, MAHEC clinics, and community physicians. We offer great experiences rotating through our family medicine and gynecology practices to the inpatient medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, gynecology and surgery lines at the hospital. Our Transitional Year program will prepare you for any “next step”  specialty you may seek.  

Ample training opportunities are available with well-developed didactics, a state of the art Simulation Center, community electives and learning opportunities. Research experiences are encouraged. We have many opportunities for you to collaborate with other programs on a research project while you're here, supported by a strong MAHEC research team. MAHEC offers fellowships in sports medicine, addiction medicine, consultation-liasion psychiatry, hospice and palliative medicine, and critical care surgery with others awaiting ACGME accreditation.  

The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains are an exciting backdrop for your year of training and adventure. This will be a robust year full of learning and experiences in medicine. MAHEC believes that well rounded physicians need to focus on their wellness and prevent burnout by nurturing the whole person. If outdoor adventures nurture you, you have come to the right place! The City of Asheville and the region of Western North Carolina offer outdoor opportunities for all. If culinary and cultural adventures are part of what renews your spirit, those experiences abound! 

Asheville and our surrounding area draw a broad range of persons to our offices and our hospital. Persons of many backgrounds live and work in this area. There are many opportunities to be a part of the community, either in the city or in the rural outlying areas. 

If MAHEC and Asheville are calling to you for a year of learning, camaraderie and adventure, then please come check us out! 

Melissa Hicks, MD
Program Director
Transitional Year Residency 


Whitney Tedder
Program Administrator



MAHEC is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive place to work, learn, and receive care. We actively recruit physicians, staff, and students from underrepresented minorities, and we strive to implement policies and procedures that value and support diverse backgrounds and experiences. MAHEC does not discriminate on the basis of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, spiritual practice, geography, disability, or age.

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