Message from the Executive Director

I want to welcome you to the South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) website. As a part of the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (AHEC), our mission is to provide and support educational activities and services with a focus on primary care in rural and under-resourced communities to recruit, train, and retain the workforce needed to create a healthy North Carolina.

Joe PinoWe achieve this by:

  • Introducing students to opportunities in health careers
  • Supporting our medical students of the UNC School of Medicine Wilmington Campus and our residents of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education programs
  • Providing community based clinical training
  • Offering continuing professional development and practice support
  • Disseminating healthcare information through library services
  • Engaging in nursing and allied health workforce development
  • Identifying future healthcare workforce needs
  • Addressing current statewide and local challenges in health care

Our faculty and staff have years of experience and are inspired to address today’s challenges in health care while preparing tomorrow’s healthcare workforce.

I invite you to take a moment to explore our website and see if there is something we can offer to help you meet your professional needs.


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Joseph Pino, MD, MHA

Executive Director, South East Area Health Education Center
Associate Dean and Campus Director, UNC School of Medicine, Wilmington Campus
Vice-President of Graduate Medical Education, New Hanover Regional Medical Center