Affinity Groups


WCMS offers Affinity Groups as a benefit of membership. Affinity Groups provide the opportunity for you to connect, network and socialize with like-minded physicians and physician assistants. 


Women in Medicine

The Women in Medicine group was WCMS' first Affinity Group and remains very popular. All female physician and physician assistant members are invited to participate. Women in Medicine (WIM) meets quarterly at various venues including local restaurants and members' homes.WIM_2015-cropped.jpg
The purpose of WIM is to help female members connect with each other, enjoy a time of collegiality and networking and discuss relevant content to women in the practice of medicine. 

Some recent WIM gatherings include:
  • Painting with a Twist
  • Narrative Healthcare Workshop
  • Women in Leadership presentationMullendore-Hicks-Vo-Pekal.jpg
  • Financial Goals and How to Get There
  • Advocating for Women's Health presentation

Early Career Physicians and Physician Assistants

The WCMS Early Career Group provides socializing and networking opportunities for WNC physicians and physician assistants who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Residents, fellows and medical students are also invited. The Early Career group is a great way to meet other members in a similar demographic in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. The Early Career group meets quarterly at a different location to hangout and socialize.
Recent venues for Early Career gatherings include:
  • Sweeten Creek Brewery
  • Urban Orchard Cider Co. and Bar
  • Catawba Brewing Co.
  • Thirsty Monk South

Physician Assistants

The Physician Assistant Affinity Group was created to give WCMS Physician Assistant members a place to connect with each other, enjoy a time of collegiality/networking and to discuss relevant content related to the practice of medicine. 

Some recent Physician Assistant gatherings include:

  • Socializing at Highland Brewing
  • Behavioral Financial Advice presentation

Check out our calendar to find out when the next Physician Assistant Affinity Group event will be. 

Rural Medicine

Rural-Med-Affinity-Group.jpgThe Rural Medicine Affinity Group draws rural physicians from the 16 counties of WNC. The Rural Medicine Affinity Group’s interests include recruitment and retention, access to care, innovative practices, communications, collaboration, and training in rural WNC.

The group can use WCMS as a hub for communications, think tank, grant proposals, grant management, and new non-traditional partnerships for rural medicine docs. Medical students and residents are always welcome to learn more about rural medicine from those in practice. Meetings take place in various counties outside of Buncombe.

Recent venues for Rural Medicine gatherings include:
  • Bold Rock Cider - Mills River
  • Hillman Brewing - Old Fort 

Emeritus Group

The WCMS Emeritus Chapter provides retired physicians in Western NC opportunities to network and stay in touch with one another and with the medical community at-large.

The Emeritus Chapter conducts quarterly meetings in the Asheville area with programs provided by local physicians and leaders in the medical and healthcare communities. 

Some past topics of Emeritus luncheons include:

  • ACOs and Population Health: A Brave New World
  • 3D Mammography and Other Issues in Breast Screening
  • Medical Missions and Public Health in Africa
  • Robotic Surgery

Black Providers Affinity Group

The Black Providers Affinity Group was created to provide an opportunity for Black and African American physicians and physician assistants to connect with each other, enjoy a time of collegiality and networking and discuss topics relevant to Black and African American physicians around the practice of medicine and life in Western North Carolina. 


Lifestyle Medicine Advancement Group

The Lifestyle Medicine Advancement Group is an Affinity Group for Physicians and PAs interested in Lifestyle Medicine in Western North Carolina. This group is open to those who are interested in getting certified or just interested in the field. The Lifestyle Medicine group meets quarterly. 

Click here to be added to the Lifestyle Medicine email list. 


Check out our calendar to find out when the next Affinity Group event will be. 

For more information or to be added to an affinity group email list, contact Niki Duff and make sure to mention which groups you are interested in!