MAHEC is seeking a physician leader to guide the development of a dynamic rural curriculum common among these programs; ensure high quality clinical rural learning experiences for health professions students, residents and fellows; and guide our research team in developing a research agenda for rural medical education. The Director is expected to be a practicing primary care physician with rural practice experience, who is passionate about rural medical education, and embraces integrated multidisciplinary care, including behavioral health, pharmacy, geriatrics, and other disciplines.
Vision, collaboration, relationship-building and leadership are highly desired skills for this physician who will work closely with MAHEC faculty, learners, community physicians, and community leaders to train physicians and other clinicians in new models of rural medical education and health care, integrating education of learners in every aspect of care. This leader will serve as a coach for clinicians, encouraging the practice of evidence-based, continuously improving quality medical care, health education and preventive services.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Collaborate with the Director of Rural Health Initiative Operations on all aspects of program development and implementation
Engage MAHEC residency directors, assistant dean of Asheville Campus of UNC School of Medicine, and ACGME Designated Institutional Officer/ Director of Graduate Medical Education to develop common rural curriculum.
Work with the director of the Division of Research to design a research agenda for evaluating the Rural Health Initiative as it relates to rural training, placement, and retention of physicians in underserved western North Carolina communities.
Teach common rural curriculum to MAHEC residents.
Develop a common curriculum and program for faculty working in rural areas, including Rural Fellows.
Develop rural rotations for MAHEC residents in rural teaching hub communities.
Develop and lead educational opportunities in rural hubs that bring learners of different specialties, disciplines, and stages of learning together to learn from one another, such as case presentations, clinical skills workshops, etc.
Develop multiple rural Fellowships and recruit residents, both from MAHEC and elsewhere, to participate.
Work with School of Medicine faculty and staff to grow pipeline programs for rural youth to explore health careers in hub communities.
Provide comprehensive patient care as per Health Care Plans and Scope of Practice.
The vibrant city of Asheville, nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, is a wonderful place to work, live and raise a family. It features an eclectic downtown, a vibrant culinary and craft beer scene, 30-plus art galleries, lots of live music and the awe-inspiring scenery of the Blue Ridge. Nationally recognized as one of the top cities to visit, we are home to the Biltmore Estate, Grove Park resort and spa, Asheville Symphony, and many outdoor recreational activities including golf, hiking, zip-lining, rafting, and scenic drives.
Current, or eligibility for North Carolina Medical License required. Board certification in Family Medicine or other primary care specialty required. Valid license/DEA, or eligibility for, in the jurisdiction of the clinic required.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to: Five years of experience in administration in organizations with a proven track record of meeting the healthcare needs of rural communities, rural practice experience, and published research about rural medical education required.
Board Certified in Family Medicine or other primary care specialty, providing full-spectrum care, preferred. Experience developing and administrating a school of medicine regional campus or a rural residency preferred.
For over forty years the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, NC has been teaching family medicine residents and providing physicians to communities in rural Western North Carolina. MAHEC now also teaches OB-GYN, dental, and pharmacy residents as well as a variety of health professional students and continuing education to community physicians. We are a dynamic center of i...nnovative practice and research. We recently received recurring state funds to develop new residencies in general surgery and psychiatry; expand our family medicine residency, Asheville campus of UNC School of Medicine, and research department; and build a school of public health.
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