AHEC - North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program

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A primary mission of the NC AHEC Program 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. AHEC directly supports 339 of these.

Of the 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 AHEC support.

During the past 20 years, 67% of the graduates of 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.

Graph - Growth in MD/Population Ratio in non-metropolitan Counties in NC & U.S.