Rural Medicine

Hendersonville, NC 

In a small town, you can make a big impact 

Our program has unique features and is specifically designed to train full- scope family doctors to serve in rural and underserved settings. We are a Teaching Health Center, where our residency is combined with a Federally Qualified Health Center. This partnership ensures that our residents will have a broad exposure, and they will be able to serve all patients, regardless of ability to pay. In this commitment, we are better equipped to be leaders in responding to the needs of our neighborhood, town and the region in which we live. Our intimate learning environment emphasizes experiential learning, flexible modules, and comprehensive procedural opportunities with an emphasis on obstetric mastery. Through all we do, we believe strongly that the best family doctors are those who have whole lives, and we continue to model and teach a balance of professional commitment and personal growth that ensures a lifelong career to be proud of.  Come and visit our program and our community. You’ll discover a group of dedicated and compassionate people that share in a desire to lead our community by empowering others. -Evan Beasley, MD (Program Director)

Combined Ambulatory Care: #457

A four-week elective: two weeks in Asheville and two weeks in Hendersonville
This rotation will give students the opportunity to experience both residency programs.

During the two week Asheville portion, students will see patients in the MAHEC Family Health Center as part of the residency program practice with mostly faculty and some upper level residents. Students will participate in morning learning conferences that include X-rays, dermatology, procedures and behavioral health. Students are required to attend weekly didactics. One half-day is spent in inpatient observing the Family Practice Service.

During the two week Hendersonville portion, students will see patients at MAHEC’s Hendersonville Rural Family Medicine Residency Program. Students work one-on-one with full-time faculty and residents caring for patients in the multiple residency clinics. Depending on season and interest, other activities include afternoons at the resident-run homeless clinic, mornings at the procedure clinic, group visits and community outreach visits at migrant farm-worker camps during the summer. Students will occasionally be able to round in the 200-bed hospital on mornings, following several patients and working with residents and faculty assigned to the hospital service. The rotation will include a didactics afternoon and may include two call nights with an upper level resident and faculty.


Rural Acting Internship: #FMME 458
A four week elective set in the MAHEC Hendersonville Rural Family Medicine Residency Program at the outpatient Family Health Center with inpatient services at Pardee Hospital. Students round in the 200-bed hospital each morning, following several patients and working one-on-one with an upper level resident and faculty. Daily activities include rounds, conferences, patient work-ups, supervised procedures and other in-patient management. Students are included in the call schedule with the Family Medicine residents on service. As an AI you will work under the supervision of upper level Family Medicine residents under the guidance of faculty attendings. The AI rotation is also an opportunity for you to get to know our residency and our people, and for us to get to know you.


Boone, NC

Learning skills for a lifetime of community service

The program is built to support the next generation of rural physicians.  Recognizing ongoing needs, we are committed to developing family physicians with the heart to serve the entire family and lead healthcare transformation.  As a true community-based program, we are committed to responding to the needs of our community and the region in which we live.  Our more intimate learning environment emphasizes experiential learning, innovative modules, and comprehensive procedural opportunities. Residents and faculty alike share a commitment to teach and learn together, all with the aim of providing improved care.  Our supportive group of faculty share the experience of providing   great care of patients and one another while living in a beautiful mountain community.  This is a program that allows for a wide range of enriching clinical experiences in a personalized setting.  By maximizing flexibility in styles for adult learners, residents develop into their best potential while attaining well-rounded skills applicable to any practice setting.    -Molly Benedum, MD (Program Director)

Rural training is more apprentice-like and hands-on, with greater continuity in faculty, staff, patient and community interaction than training in many if not most urban places.  To learn more about our programs, we encourage you to apply for a 4th year FM rotation. 

Rural Inpatient and Outpatient Family Medicine Rotation in Boone: #FMME 461

A four-week elective with the MAHEC Family Medicine Residency Program - Boone
This is a four-week rotation where students will spend time on our busy family-medicine-run hospital service, round in the newborn nursery, and see patients in the family medicine continuity clinic. Daily activities include rounds, conferences, patient work-ups, supervised procedures and other in-patient management. Students will work under the supervision of faculty attendings.  Students will have an opportunity to identify the challenges in providing care in a rural community and with limited regional resources. The rotation is also an opportunity for you to get to know our residency and our people, and for us to get to know you.   

For more information, please contact Lisa Keiber at lisa.keiber@mahec.net.   We look forward to hearing from you!