steinbacher_erika.jpgWelcome to Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program!  Our residency program offers 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 range of clinical services for patients of all ages, genders, cultural background and levels of complexity.  We call that “care for a lifetime.” Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency graduates acquire the skills necessary 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 much more. We are especially proud of our tradition of leadership on the local, regional and national levels, giving us a powerful voice to influence the future direction of health care in our nation.  In addition to our regional and national involvement, our residency program maintains a close relationship with our community and satisfies a tremendous need for primary care in Cabarrus County. As such, Cabarrus Family Medicine has been a key player in the promotion of population wellness, caring for the underserved and working to better the health of the whole community.  

The inpatient training at Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency occurs at Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) NorthEast. Located in Concord, NC, our medical center serves as a tertiary referral center for surrounding counties. We have several award winning service lines and 24-hour in house ICU, NICU, surgery and OB specialist coverage.   

One unique aspect of our residency program is our own Family Medicine Inpatient Service. We have a dedicated family medicine unit as well as open access to the critical care units so our residents are able to manage their patients from admission to discharge regardless of the level of care they may require. We care for patients with an incredibly diverse range of diseases which allow our residents to become quite comfortable managing complex medical conditions. CFMR is the sole residency training program at our hospital so our residents have the opportunity to work closely with both our family medicine faculty and specialist colleagues. 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-Chapel Hill and Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, we regularly have medical students rotating in our offices and as acting interns on our family medicine inpatient service giving our residents multiple opportunities to teach.   

Outpatient training is based in one of four Cabarrus Family Medicine offices. Each resident is assigned to one of these offices as their primary care home. Residents serve as junior partners in our offices and provide input into practice management decisions, preparing them for eventual leadership roles in their community. Each office provides on-site digital radiology, in-office lab, embedded behavioral health psychologists and a nutritionist who rotates among the offices. The four offices are located in the towns of Concord, Kannapolis, Mt. Pleasant and Harrisburg, all on the northeastern border of the city of Charlotte. Each town has established their own unique sense of identity and purpose which can lead to some friendly competition between offices. All of these communities offer a diverse cross-section of patients and are located no more than 15 miles from our medical center and administrative offices.  

Cabarrus Family Medicine also offers one sports medicine fellow each year focusing on continuing the physician’s skills in family medicine while gaining direct experience in sports medicine and musculoskeletal care.  

Outside of work there are numerous opportunities to relax and rejuvenate. In addition to local trails, rivers and lakes, Cabarrus County is centrally located between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the Carolina coast to the east, making for some great day-long or weekend getaways. Diverse cultural and dining opportunities have flourished in our local communities and downtown Charlotte, providing our residents with opportunities to seek a healthy work-life balance during such an important period in their lives.  

Erika Steinbacher, MD 
Program Director