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Residency teaching programs are central to the reason that NC AHEC was established in the early 1970’s. That reason was to create a statewide infrastructure to expand the number, the diversity and the training of primary care physicians.

Today, the NC AHEC Program supports nine family medicine residencies, five in internal medicine, four in obstetrics and gynecology, two in pediatrics and three in surgery. These programs represent nearly 15 percent of the total number of residents training in the state.

An NC AHEC Residency Offers

One-on-one training. An NC AHEC residency is just the right size – large enough to feel part of a team, but small enough to get individual attention. AHEC residents train in community-based and university settings with an appointed faculty member who is available for advice and consultation. Intensive, comprehensive clinical and didactic education is offered to AHEC residents in a highly respected and supportive learning environment.

Diverse learning experiences. Clinical rotations offer opportunities to work with community preceptors, regional health departments, university clinics, correctional institutions, outreach clinics and in other community partnerships. These environments provide residents an opportunity of working with populations with diverse ages, classes, ethnic backgrounds and with health issues that range from simple to the most complex.

Continuity of practice. One of the strengths of the NC AHEC resident experience is its focus on community-based learning. Whether in a university program or a hospital-based program, residents see the same patients over the three-year period of their residency. Over 1,500 residents have graduated from NC AHEC primary care residencies, and two-thirds of them have remained in North Carolina to practice.

Customized curriculums. NC AHEC residency programs allow residents to work with faculty and program directors to create learning approaches that are customized to the needs and special interests of the individual. Teaching faculty work with the resident to create a curriculum that will match his or her professional goals. They encourage residents to explore their interests in specialty or subspecialties while they develop the firm foundation to provide excellent patient care no matter what the circumstances.

Innovative technology. Learning to integrate the latest technology into the practice of medicine is at the forefront of every AHEC resident’s experience. The NC AHEC affiliation with our academic partners ensures access to the best in patient care technologies. The use of electronic devices for access to electronic medical records, lab results and prescription assistance allows learning to occur at the point of care. Life-long learning through evidence-based information technologies is supported by NC AHEC librarians and the AHEC Digital Library, providing residents, regardless of their practice setting, with access to thousands of electronic and print resources.

Making a difference. NC AHEC is committed to demonstrating first-hand the personal and professional rewards of working in primary care practice. NC AHEC residencies provide the ideal combination of academic education, hands-on-clinical experience, and expert support for personal decision-making that prepare physicians to have a positive impact on the health outcomes of their patients.


Why North Carolina?

North Carolina is a thriving and progressive state that is one of the fastest growing in the US. We are a leader in higher education and clean industry, and we are rich in culture and fine arts. Stretching across the Appalachian Mountains, woodlands, sandhills, and coastal region, North Carolina offers a diverse and unspoiled environment. North Carolina is a great place to live, to work and to grow. Come thrive with us and let North Carolina become your State of Mind for medical residency training.

Available Programs Family Med Gen Surgery Internal Med OB/GYN Peds
Charlotte AHEC
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Duke University
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East Carolina University
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Greensboro AHEC
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Mountain AHEC
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Wake Forest University
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South East AHEC
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Southern Regional AHEC
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UNC Chapel Hill
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 Residency Program Locations

Our superb residency training programs are located throughout the state. You’ll find a wonderful climate, affordable housing and easy access to cities across our diverse state. Let North Carolina become the state of mind for your residency training!

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Charlotte, NC
Durham, NC
Greenville, NC
Greensboro, NC
Asheville, NC
Wilmington, NC
Fayetteville, NC
Chapel Hill, NC


Relevant Resources

Use the following links to go to places you never thought possible and expand your knowledge of beautiful North Carolina!

NC Medical Board: The Medical Board exists to regulate medicine and surgery for “the benefit and protection of the people of North Carolina.”
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education: The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is a private professional organization responsible for the accreditation of 8,887 residency education programs.
Visit NC Commerce: Get the latest information about North Carolina in this vastly informative site!
Visit Access NC: Provided by the NC Chamber of Commerce, AccessNC is your one-stop source for North Carolina community demographics, business and economic data.
Data Source Guide: Provided by AccessNC, this table includes business, education, housing, income, labor, population, quality of life, and geographic data.
THRIVE: Take a look at the NC Department of Commerce’s economic development resource for businesses seeking to locate and expand in North Carolina.


North Carolina Regions

 

The Coastal Region

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the North Carolina Coast is a sunny place filled with pristine beaches, giant sand dunes (including Jockey’s Ridge, the highest along the East Coast) and wetlands filled with wildlife and a variety of plants. The defining characteristic of the area is the Outer Banks, a chain of fragile barrier islands – 130 miles of unspoiled coastline surrounded by 900 square miles of water. The area is also full of history, dating back to the 16th century, when the first English settlement was built – and then vanished. There are also sites from pre-Revolutionary Days through the Civil War. Not to mention the historic lighthouses (including the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which at 208 feet is the tallest brick lighthouse in the nation). The average annual temperature here is 63 degrees. The growing season lasts 295 days.

The Piedmont Region

Covering nearly one half of North Carolina in the central part of the state, the Piedmont is an area of gently rolling foothills. The Piedmont region boasts of one of the most dynamic economies in the United States and is home to the state’s largest cities and biggest financial institutions. Renowned research universities, textile and furniture factories, tobacco farms, shopping meccas, top golf courses and abundant historic sites are also part of the makeup of the Piedmont. Here you will find Raleigh, the state’s capital, Charlotte, the largest city and Pinehurst, the Home of American Golf. There’s also the Yadkin Valley, the first designated American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the state, covering over 1.4 million acres and reaching from the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the eastern edge of the Piedmont. Although the area enjoys four distinct seasons, temperatures are mild year round. The average wintertime temperature is about 42 degrees. In summer, it’s 77 degrees. The area also enjoys sunshine for about 210 days a year.

The Mountain Region

The Appalachian mountain chain runs through the western part of the state, forming the lush landscape of the region. The Great Smoky Mountains in southwestern North Carolina are one of the country’s top natural destinations, and visitors can enjoy 250 miles of the world-famous Blue Ridge Parkway winding through North Carolina’s mountains, including Mount Mitchell the highest peak in the eastern United States. North Carolina’s mountains are covered with hardwood forests, which put on a brilliant display of color in autumn. There are hundreds of waterfalls, and cold mountain streams full of trout. Some areas of the region see over 30 inches of snow a year, so skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports are popular activities. Summers are cool and refreshing with low humidity.