We improve the distribution and retention of primary care physicians.

A primary part of the mission of NC AHEC  has been to improve the distribution and retention of primary care physicians in the state. Since 1974, 673 new primary care residency positions have been created in North Carolina. NC AHEC directly supports 339 of these.


Of the NC AHEC-supported primary care residency positions, 220 are in family practice. Four new family practice residency programs have been developed in underserved and rural areas of the state with NC AHEC support.

During the past 20 years, 67% of the graduates of NC AHEC family practice residencies have remained in the state to practice.

During the past 28 years, North Carolina’s 75 non-metropolitan counties have shown greater improvement in their physician/population ratios than the comparable, non-metropolitan counties in the rest of the United States.

Our Partners

We all share the responsibility of ensuring quality health care is delivered to the citizens of North Carolina. Collaboration is key to achieving this goal. We appreciate our partners for their support of NC AHEC Graduate Medical Education Support.