MAHEC Medical Mentoring Program

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The MAHEC Medical Mentoring Program is an internship for high school seniors who have an interest in the practice of medicine. This pathway program is a supported by MAHEC, Mission Health, and the Western Carolina Medical Society. Students enrolled in the following school districts are encouraged to participate:

  • Asheville City Schools
  • Asheville Christian Academy
  • Buncombe County Schools
  • Odyssey School

The application for the 2025-2026 School year will open in September 2024 and close in March 2025.

Program Overview

Students who participate in this program are exposed to a variety of healthcare fields including:

  • Chinese Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Medicine and related subspecialties such as
    • Anesthesiology
    • Cardiology
    • Dermatology
    • Ear, Head, Nose, and Throat
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Family Medicine
    • Genetics
    • Geriatrics
    • Internal Medicine
    • Integrative Medicine
    • Radiology
    • Sports Medicine
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Oncology
    • Palliative Care
    • Pediatrics
    • Trauma Surgery

Students will rotate through various clinics (such as memory care, sleep lab, diabetes management), hospitals, indigent care clinics, private practices, education centers, and more. Participants also attend resident physician didactics and are connected with MAHEC’s Virtual Library and Knowledge Services.

In addition to scheduled rotations, students may use internship hours to participate in ABIPA Action Teams, MAHEC health career programs for academic enrichment, college planning, conferences, and service-learning opportunities. Student participants should enroll in his/her school’s internship program for the last period of the day and choose the last available lunch. This will enable the student to have a rotation schedule from 2:30–4:30 pm.

Students enrolled in the internship program are covered under their school’s liability coverage. Verification of the school’s liability coverage must be provided to MAHEC by the school designee prior to the start of the program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Rising high school senior enrolled in a high school located in Buncombe County
  • Strong desire to pursue a career as a high-level health professional
  • Minimum weighted grade point average of 3.0
  • Excellent teacher recommendations
  • Active record of leadership, work, and/or community service
  • Access to reliable transportation


Leslie Council Leslie Council
Director, Health Careers and Diversity Education
phone (828) 257-4479
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