steinbacher_erika.jpgWelcome to Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program. Our training provides a unique blend of advanced inpatient training and real-world outpatient training. The future of healthcare will demand that family physicians be able to provide a wide array of services and be skilled in the care of patients of all ages, genders and complexity of health needs. We call that “care for a lifetime.” Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency graduates have the skills they need to excel in a wide variety of practice settings, including full scope family medicine with OB, hospitalist medicine, sports medicine, hospice, outpatient family medicine and more.

We are proud of our tradition of leadership, local to national, giving us a strong voice in influencing the future direction of healthcare in our nation. Among our faculty, we have an AAFP National Family Physician of the Year (Dr. Maureen Murphy), three Presidents of the NC Academy of Family Physicians, two NC Family Physicians of the Year, two Sports Medicine Physicians of the Year, Past President of the National Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors, and the former Assistant Secretary of Health for NC. In addition to our regional and national involvement, Cabarrus Family Medicine maintains close ties with our community. The residency was born out of need for primary care in Cabarrus County and is a driving force in the promotion of wellness, caring for the underserved and working to better the health of all members of our community.

Inpatient training occurs at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast, a premier Atrium Health medical center located in Concord, NC. Our 470+ bed medical center serves as a tertiary referral center for surrounding counties. We have several award-winning service lines, qualify as a stroke and epilepsy specialty center as well as providing 24-hour in house ICU, NICU, pediatrics, surgery and OB specialist coverage.

We have our own Family Medicine inpatient unit and open access to critical care units so that our residents manage their patients from admission to discharge regardless of the level of care they may require. We take care of an amazing variety of pathology, and our residents become quite comfortable managing complex medical conditions. Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency is the sole residency training program at our hospital. Residents work closely with specialist consultants as well as with our own family medicine faculty. Cabarrus Family Medicine residents are held in high regard by our medical staff and hospital leadership. Through our academic affiliations with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, we regularly have medical students in our offices as acting interns on our family medicine inpatient service, giving our residents many opportunities to teach.

Outpatient training occurs in one of four Cabarrus Family Medicine offices. Residents are assigned to one of those offices for their primary care home. Residents serve as junior partners in our offices and provide input to practice management decisions, preparing them for leadership roles in their future. Each office has on-site digital radiology, in-office lab, embedded behavioral health providers and nutrition counseling. The four offices reside in the towns of Concord, Kannapolis, Mt. Pleasant and Harrisburg, all on the northeastern border of the city of Charlotte. Each town has its own sense of identity and pride, which lends to some friendly competition between offices. These communities also offer a diverse cross-section of patients and are located no more than 15 miles from our medical center and residency office.

Residents have opportunities for a variety of training experiences. If they have a particular passion within family medicine, we offer several training tracks as well as areas of concentration which can be tailored to the resident’s desired area of interest.

Outside of work there are numerous opportunities to relax and rejuvenate. In addition to local trails, rivers and lakes, Cabarrus is centrally located between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Carolina coast, making for some great day or weekend getaways. Cultural and dining opportunities also abound both in our local communities and in downtown Charlotte. Our residents take full advantage of their time away from work with many social activities and outings.

Erika Steinbacher, MD 
Program Director 

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