The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) General Surgery Residency Program is in collaboration with Mission Hospital. During the five-year residency, residents will complete a number of surgical rotations including rural hospital surgery, wound, breast, burn, acute care surgery, pediatric surgery, trauma surgery, vascular surgery, endocrine surgery, minimally invasive surgery, oncology and colorectal surgery, and hepatobiliary and pancreas surgery.
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The NC AHEC Program provides and supports educational activities and services with a focus on primary care in rural communities and those with less access to resources to recruit, train, and retain the workforce needed to create a healthy North Carolina. Located in Asheville, MAHEC is one of nine centers in the NC AHEC Program and serves the western part of our state.
MAHEC was established in 1974 and serves a 16-county region in Western North Carolina. MAHEC is the largest Area Health Education Center in North Carolina and evolved to address national and state concerns with the supply, retention, and quality of healthcare professionals. MAHEC’s approach to caring for patients is based on an advanced care team model. Our general surgery residency program is located on the same campus with family medicine, internal medicine, transitional year, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, pharmacy, and dental residencies.
MAHEC’s Biltmore campus is also home to UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC, an academic health center in partnership with UNC Chapel Hill that includes programs from the UNC School of Medicine, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, UNC Asheville, and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Tracing its roots back nearly 120 years and based in Asheville, NC, Mission Health is the tertiary care referral center for the western part of the state and the adjoining region. Mission Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics. Mission Health is the only health system in the nation to receive this recognition four years in a row, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve Top 15 recognition.
Our mission is to improve the health of the people of Western North Carolina and the surrounding region.
Our core values, “MERIT,” are the foundation of our workplace and culture:
MAHEC offers a variety of student rotations in Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, General Surgery, Rural Medicine, and Psychiatry for both in-state and out-of-state students interested in our residency programs. Learn more about our 4th year medical student rotations
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.
|Mission Subspecialty Surgery
|Mission Subspecialty Surgery
|Mission Trauma Surgery/Wound Clinic||Mission NeuroTrauma ICU|
|PGY2||Mission NeuroTrauma ICU||Mission EGS
|Mission Vascular Surgery||VAMC Vascular Surgery||VAMC General Surgery|
|PGY3||Mission Breast Surgery||Mission Subspecialty Surgery
|Mission Pediatric Surgery & Burn Surgery||UNC Burn/Transplant Rotation||VAMC Endoscopy|
|PGY4||Mission Vascular Surgery||Elective||Mission EGS
|Genesis Surgery||Mission Subspecialty Surgery
|Mission Subspecialty Surgery
|Haywood General Surgery||Mission Subspecialty Surgery
|VAMC General Surgery|
In addition to surgical rotations, all residents are expected to participate in meaningful and relevant research as part of UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC. Please visit our General Surgery Library Guide for a current listing of our research publications. If you have a publication not listed on our guide, please contact email@example.com.
Names in bold indicate authors affilated with our General Surgery residency program and UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC. Please see the key at the bottom of the page for affiliation details.
Harold Campbell, MD, MPH
Employment: Frio Regional Hospital, Pearsall, Texas
Brian Charnock, MD
Employment: Centra Lynchburg General Hospital, Lynchburg, VA
Marc Duverseau, MD
Employment: Newton Medical Center, Newton, Kansas
Danielle Fontaine, MD
Fellowship: MAHEC Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Employment: Mercy Clinic General Surgery, Saint Louis, MO
Timothy “Tim” Merino, MD
Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Employment: pending 2024 graduation
Rachel Morris, MD
Fellowship: Surgical Critical Care Fellowship, Beth Isreal Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Employment: pending 2024 graduation
Andrew “Andy” O’Neill, MD
Fellowship: Jackson South Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, Miami, FL
Employment: DelRay Medical Center, DelRay, FL
Sarah Waterman Manning, MD
Employment: Copley Hospital, Morrisville, VT
Matthew “Matt” Wagner, MD
Fellowship: pending upon completion of 4 years of service with the U.S. Navy
Employment: U.S. Navy Service, Okinawa, Japan
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) was established in 1974 and serves a 16-county region in Western North Carolina. MAHEC is the largest Area Health Education Center in North Carolina and evolved to address national and state concerns with the supply, retention, and quality of healthcare professionals. MAHEC’s approach to caring for patients is based on an advanced care team model. MAHEC's Biltmore campus houses residency training programs in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, pharmacy, and dentistry.
MAHEC's Biltmore campus is also home to UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC, an academic health center in partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill that includes programs from the UNC School of Medicine, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Mission Hospital is licensed for 815 beds. The emergency department has 100,000 patient visits per year, the level II trauma center admits 3,400 patients per year, and the helicopter transports more than 1,000 patients per year. Mission Children’s Hospital includes 130 beds with 60 board-certified pediatric subspecialists providing care in 23 different specialties. Mission Hospital surgery services includes eight critical-care-certified acute care surgeons, 11 subspecialty surgeons, two pediatric surgeons, and five vascular surgeons that provide the entire spectrum of patient care and surgical procedures. At more than 35,000 surgical procedures each year, Mission Hospital is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina.
The Charles George VA Medical Center is a Joint Commission-accredited, tertiary referral, 1C facility that provides a full spectrum of health services to Veterans residing in a 23-county area of Western North Carolina. The medical center has 119 authorized acute care beds (including a 16-bed inpatient psychiatric unit), two state-of-the-art ICUs, 120 authorized community living center (CLC) beds, and 18 beds authorized for a substance use residential rehabilitation treatment program. The medical center also operates community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in Franklin, Rutherford County, and Hickory, NC. The VA Medical Center currently has the resident spots available and the clinical volume to support four full-time surgical residents from our MAHEC program. Regarding colorectal cases, the VA Medical Center will provide the resident a valuable learning opportunity with four general surgeons performing approximately 100 colectomy cases per year.
Located in Waynesville, NC, only 29 miles from Asheville, sits Haywood Regional Medical Center. It will provide residents with additional experience in the skills needed to be a community-based surgeon.
200 miles east of Asheville is the University of North Carolina Hospitals System. Provided with the opportunity to work closely with the residents of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, our residents will perform their required burn and transplant rotation at this site.
We invite you to apply to our program via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We will review your application and contact you if we wish to invite you for an interview. Typically, our interview season runs from mid-October through mid-December.
A complete ERAS application is required, including:
Residents who complete the MAHEC General Surgery Residency are eligible to pursue board certification in general surgery through the American Board of Surgery. Please visit the ABS website for certification requirements.
The Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs will select from among eligible applicants on the basis of residency program-related criteria such as their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.
An applicant must meet or exceed the following minimum qualification(s) to be eligible for selection and appointment to MAHEC’s GME residency programs:
Special laws and regulations apply to international medical graduates who wish to enter the United States to undertake graduate medical education. MAHEC's policies and procedures regarding graduates of international medical schools comply with federal and state laws and regulations and MAHEC's commitment to graduate medical education.
Graduates of medical schools outside the United States and Canada must have a currently valid certificate from ECFMG. Applicants must successfully pass both Step 1 (basic medical) and Step 2 (clinical knowledge and skills) of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
While MAHEC does not sponsor a visa, the international medical graduate applicant must also possess a current/valid visa option or other status governed by the U.S. Immigration Regulations to participate in a GME program.
Finally, the North Carolina Medical Board requires that physicians who are graduates of schools that are not accredited by the LCME or the AOA (foreign medical schools) must be individually certified by ECFMG, have successfully completed at least three years of accredited graduate medical training, and have passed the USMLE or its equivalent to be eligible for application for full licensure. An international medical graduate must complete all other application requirements required by MAHEC and the GME program.