Deerfield is indeed fortunate to have joined forces with MAHEC (Mountain Area Health and Education Center) to provide Deerfield residents with on-site physician care through MAHEC’s Family Medicine Geriatric Fellowship Program. Through this program, residents have access to a professional staff of providers to meet their health care needs. The Deerfield clinic is staffed five mornings a week, Monday through Friday. In addition, there is a weekly Coumadin Clinic to monitor anti-coagulation therapy with a Pharmacotherapist. MAHEC is a member of the North Carolina AHEC system, one of the oldest and most extensive AHEC systems in the country. MAHEC has joined with community partners in Western North Carolina such as Deerfield to provide a range of quality training settings for Fellows of their Geriatric Medicine Program.
In fact, Deerfield is the training site of the Geriatric Fellowship Program. Asheville offers a highly developed health care infrastructure and is an ideal location for Geriatric clinical training and for future practice. The fellowship is fully accredited by the Residency Review Committee (RRC), and accepts board certified or board eligible family physicians or internists for this one year fellowship. Successful completion of the program leads to eligibility to sit for the geriatric medicine added qualifications examination (CAQ) of the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Internal Medicine.