The Asheville campus provides clinical education for third- and fourth-year medical students at MAHEC, regional hospitals, and outpatient practices in Western North Carolina utilizing an innovative longitudinal curriculum that has been replicated across the nation.
UNC School of Medicine Asheville campus opened with four students in July 2009 with the support of the UNC School of Medicine, Mission Health, and MAHEC. Since then, the Asheville campus has grown to more than 30 Application Phase students per year.
The foundation of this program, the longitudinal integrated curriculum, is similar to Harvard's "Cambridge Model" in which third-year medical students are placed in longitudinal integrated clerkships (LICs) in outpatient settings for the majority of their curriculum allowing them to follow patients across healthcare settings.
The Asheville campus has a cadre of dedicated teachers and a greater reliance on outpatient teaching. Students have more exposure to experienced practicing physicians and are more likely to see the same patients over an extended period of time and through the continuum of care.
The Asheville community is well suited to this type of curriculum with its diverse specialty practices and robust primary care services.
The Application Phase academic calendar at Asheville is comprised of three blocks with a mix of two types of clinical experiences. The inpatient experience is 15 weeks and includes surgery, internal medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, cardiology, and ob/gyn. In addition, students complete twenty 5-hour emergency medicine shifts throughout the course of the year. The remainder of the weeks are spent in the longitudinal outpatient setting.
The three blocks are as follows:
The fourth-year curriculum reverts to block months. Asheville campus students have the same fourth-year requirements as Chapel Hill students. All required courses and many electives are available in both Asheville and rural settings.
The ideal student for this program:
Also taken into consideration, but not required:
For detailed curriculum information, please visit www.med.unc.edu/md/asheville