Compared to Non-AHEC Residents, a Higher Percentage of NC AHEC Residents are Practicing in NC
By Julie Spero
Mar 18, 2019
- 53% (n=1,135/2,157) of physicians who completed an AHEC residency between 1997-2017 were practicing in NC in 2017
- 41% (n=4,561/11,233) of physicians who completed a non-AHEC residency between 1997-2017 were practicing in NC in 2017
- Compared to non-AHEC residency graduates, a larger percentage of family medicine physicians, general internists, and pediatricians* who graduated from an AHEC residency were in NC in 2017
Notes: Data include active physicians in the 2017 AMA Physician Masterfile who reported completing residency training in North Carolina between 1997 and 2017. The AMA Physician Masterfile used for this analysis includes data on residency institution (ex. UNC Hospitals), but not residency program (ex. UNC Hospitals Internal Medicine Residency Program). We assumed in the reported counts that, for example, a physician who graduated from an AHEC residency and reported a practice specialty of internal medicine completed an AHEC internal medicine residency. However, the AMA Masterfile data does not specify which residency program physicians completed and these counts may not align with total counts of graduates in each residency program. Furthermore, data do not include NC residency graduates from the time period that no longer appear in the AMA Masterfile or who are inactive (e.g. dead, no longer practice medicine, etc.).
Specialty categories were defined as follows: Family Medicine (Family Medicine, FM-Preventive Medicine, FM-Sports Medicine, FM-Geriatric Medicine, General Practice), General Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine, IM-Family Practice, IM-Geriatrics, IM-Sports Medicine), General Pediatrics (Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine), Obstetrics & Gynecology (Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gynecology, Obstetrics), General Surgery (General Surgery, Abdominal Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Critical Care Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, Transplant Surgery).
**AHEC Residencies **are defined as a residency housed at an AHEC Center or a Rural AHEC site, including: Charlotte AHEC, Greensboro AHEC, Mountain AHEC, Southeast AHEC, and Southern Regional AHEC.
Non-AHEC Residencies include all other NC residencies. Wake AHEC has roughly 50 residents on site, but all are residents on rotation from UNC Health Care and are considered UNC residents. AHEC provides a small amount of funding for primary care and psychiatry residencies at Duke University Medical Center, East Carolina University/Vidant Medical Center, UNC Health Care, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.