Southwest Virginia Graduate Medical Education Consortium (GMEC)


The GMEC mission is to improve access to high quality primary care for citizens of Southwest Virginia by forming educational partnerships between communities, local physicians, and primary care residency programs in Virginia, Tennessee North Carolina, Kentucky, and West Virginia. GMEC creates and supports medical residency preceptor sites in rural and underserved communities in Southwest Virginia. The GMEC service area includes the Virginia counties and cities of Bland, Bristol, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Galax, Grayson, Lee, Norton, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe.

AHEC Activities:  GMEC and AHEC Boards have merged and are operating both corporations separately.  See these two links for more information about the AHEC:  and


GMEC recently won an important award -- see



Southwest Virginia Graduate Medical Education Consortium & Area Health Education Center (GMEC-AHEC)
The University of Virginia's College at Wise, Rm #151 Smiddy Hall
1 College Avenue, Wise, Virginia 24293
Phone: 276-328-0249 or 0289 - Fax: 276-328-0295 - Email:

    Gary Crum, Ph.D., M.P.H., Executive Director
    Susan Alford, M.B.A., AHEC Director
    Wendy Welch, Ph.D., (M.P.H. in progress), Staff Anthropolgist/Health Planner
    Elizabeth Mullins, B.A., Executive Secretary 

Note:  The AHEC operation also has an office in Tazewell, VA


For a list of the GMEC-AHEC Board Members: click on "More ABout GMEC" at the top of this page


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