Rural Medicine Fellowship

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We are committed to helping you integrate into your rural community through innovative fellowship projects, ongoing rural-relevant and specialty training, and financial support while you build your practice and learn to navigate the needs of your rural area.

We're looking forward to meeting you and helping you integrate into a community as well as your family medicine practice!

Applications for 2024-25 will open in January.


Benjamin Gilmer, MD Benjamin Gilmer, MD
Family Medicine Faculty Physician
Rural Fellowship Director
Director, Rural Health Initiatives


Kylie Agee, MPA Kylie Agee, MPA
Program Manager, Rural Health Initiative

Our Commitment

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.

Welcome to our program!

We know that rural physicians have unique challenges and opportunities in supporting their patients and communities. We are committed to training physicians with the clinical and rural leadership skills needed to provide outstanding primary care in rural areas.

Our Rural Fellowship was developed to provide continuing education and support to help rural physicians better adjust to and meet the needs of their community. This fellowship also provides targeted training in preceptor development to enhance both clinical knowledge and teaching skills with the goal of developing rural preceptors for MAHEC's family medicine residents, medical students from UNC School of Medicine Asheville, and other MAHEC health sciences learners.

Continuing education experiences are focused on developing core competencies and special areas of interest identified by each Fellow. Preceptor training focuses on the development of leadership and public health skills. Monthly virtual ECHO sessions, NRHA conference attendance, and access to a growing network of specialists serve to create a dynamic and evolving system of professional support.

The rural fellowship focuses on the 6 P's: placement in a rural community, protected time, preceptor development, projects to support comunity engagement, practice clinical development, and partnerships with people and practices. This post-residency year prepares fellows for success early in their career and supports workforce development by creating opportunities for ongoing engaged learning.

Our rural fellowship is a 12-month commitment with placements in the primarily underserved 16-county region surrounding our main campus in Asheville, NC. This fellowship provides ongoing personal and professional support for physicians who would like to establish a long-term rural practice. The allotted fellowship time (0.1 FTE - 0.3 FTE) includes required fellowship training and a community-based project in an area of academic interest.

In addition to the traditional rural fellowship year, we also offer two specialized tracks for physicians who wish to pursue either a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree or receive additional inpatient training.

Faculty & Staff

Rural Fellows

Innovation Fellows

Past Fellows

Mission Health System

Asheville-based Mission Hospital is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care in Western North Carolina and the surrounding region. Mission Hospital houses the region's only dedicated Level II trauma center and children's hospital. The medical staff comprises approximately 650 physicians, with nearly all subspecialties available. Mission is an 800-bed hospital, featuring state-of-the-art facilities and an Emergency Department that averages over 95,000 patient visits per year. Mission Hospital is frequently named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics.

Rural Partners

MAHEC has also partnered with other rural hospitals within a 1-2 hour radius that are all located in federally designated health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). Fellows will have the opportunity to gain rural clinical experience at the following inpatient sites.

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