This PGY2 pharmacy residency in geriatrics is offered by Mountain Area Health Education Center in partnership with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy Asheville Campus. The goal of the program is to develop geriatric pharmacotherapy specialists with strong teaching and leadership skills who provide exceptional patient care services for older adults, contribute to the body of literature in geriatric pharmacotherapy, and teach multiple disciplines about the needs of the aging population. This program is led by pharmacists with extensive experience in geriatric pharmacy practice, academics, and leadership. The robust curriculum is longitudinal and includes learning experiences in innovative, inter-professional environments including continuing care retirement communities, a Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), rural clinics, long term care, hospice and palliative care, memory care clinic, osteoporosis clinic, geriatric consult clinic, geropsychiatry, and primary care. Effective teaching is emphasized, and opportunities exist in layered learning practice environments as well as in a geriatrics elective course for student pharmacists. Residents will participate in monthly academic leadership sessions with other PGY2 residents to hone their active learning expertise. Asheville is a premiere travel destination that is nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina and offers fine dining, outdoor activities such as hiking and paddling, and a dynamic art and music scene. More information about the program can be found at https://mahec.net/pharm-geriatric-pgy2-residency
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) was established in 1974 to improve training and retention of healthcare professionals across Western North Carolina (WNC). We are dedicated to excellence in clinical care, health professions education, and innovative practices that can be replicated nationally. Located in Asheville, MAHEC serves North Carolina’s 16 westernmost counties. We are the largest of the nine state AHECs that address national and state concerns with the supply, retention, and quality of health professionals especially in rural areas of the state. Our training site is a large family medicine residency practice dedicated to quality healthcare, innovative education, and best practice models that can be replicated nationally. MAHEC Family Medicine is the highest level Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and part of Mission Health Partners, an accountable care organization (ACO). Our interdisciplinary teams consists of physicians, advanced practice professionals, pharmacists, dentists, behavioral health faculty, nurses, and public health professionals.