GME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Web-Button-Blue_FAQs_Application_3.26.14_roundWhat are the criteria for selection to the residency program at The Wright Center?
The residency recruitment and selection committee considers a variety of application elements, including but not limited to: USMLE/COMLEX scores, previous training and experience, your interest in primary care, and letters of recommendation. Most successful applicants score above 85% on their exams.

What documents must I submit in order to apply?
Please visit our Application Requirements page for details.

Does your program require previous training or experience in primary care internal medicine or family medicine?
No. Previous U.S. clinical training or experience is helpful but not required.

What is the application deadline?
The application deadline for The Wright Center is updated annually. It is desirable to submit your application well in advance of the deadline date so that interviews may be scheduled.

Review important recruitment timelines.

Is ECFMG certification required for interviewing?
No. ECFMG certification is not required for interviewing, but must be obtained before the rank deadline.

Is there a policy regarding the number of attempts at USMLE/COMLEX?
Yes, we prefer a passage on the first attempt.

Is there a specific cut-off date for graduation from medical school?
Yes, we prefer a medical school graduation date within five years (Jan. 1, 2012).

How do I apply?
Applications for all residency and fellowship programs at The Wright Center must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) website.

Please visit our Application Requirements page for details.

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Do I need to be licensed by a state board of medicine to be admitted to the program?
Yes. You must be licensed as a graduate trainee to be admitted to the program.

Are Residents required to take Step 3 during training?
Residents are required to take and pass Step 3 by the third quarter of the second year of training.

Web-Button-Yellow_FAQs_IMG-Requirements_3.26.14_roundWhat are the criteria for International Medical Graduates?
Please visit our Application Requirements page for details.

Are there residents and fellows from international medical schools currently enrolled in your programs?
Yes, we have residents and fellows from more than 10 countries outside the U.S., including China, Egypt, Georgia, Haiti, India, Libya, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Syria, and Yemen.

What types of visas do you sponsor?
Non-U.S. citizens must be eligible for a J-1 Visa, which is sponsored by the ECFMG. Please note that March is very late to apply for an H-1 Visa and the H-1 application process is very time-consuming. There is no guarantee we will offer H-1 Visas each year.

If your program offers an H-1 Visa, do I need to pass Step 3 before I can apply for an H-1 Visa?
You must pass Step 3 by the rank date.

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Are your programs accredited by the ACGME/AOA?

The Wright Center is proud to offer residency training that is accredited by both the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

As we embrace the Single Accreditation System, The Wright Center has developed strong Clinical Competency Committees and employs Milestones-Based Evaluations across programs.

ACGME-Accredited Programs

  • Cardiology Fellowship
  • Geriatrics Fellowship
  • Family Medicine Regional Network
  • Internal Medicine

AOA-Accredited Programs

  • Cardiology Fellowship
  • Geriatrics Fellowship
  • Family Medicine Regional Network
  • Family Medicine Western Pennsylvania
  • Internal Medicine
  • National Family Medicine Residency

Can residents moonlight during their training?
Moonlighting is not allowed for residents in training at The Wright Center.

How many residents are in the program?
As of July 2016, we have the following number of residents and fellows:

  • Internal Medicine (Allopathic/Osteopathic) | 90 residents
  • Family Medicine Regional (Allopathic/Osteopathic) | 32 residents
  • Family Medicine National (Osteopathic) | 52 residents
  • Cardiovascular Disease | 9 fellows

What is The Wright Center’s Board Pass Rate?
The Wright Center has been very successful in preparing our residents for the Boards, we consistently achieve a high Board Pass Rate and  have achieved a three-year rolling pass rate of 97%.

What are the program start dates?
Intern orientation takes place the last week of June. Training officially begins July 1.

Are residents involved in teaching medical students?
Yes. Third- and Fourth-year Allopathic and Osteopathic medical students are present on resident rotations and electives. Feedback has always been that this is an engaging opportunity where interns and residents hone their leadership and teaching skills.

Do residents have a voice in decision-making?
Yes. The Wright Center is very responsive to resident needs. Our program directors strongly advocate for resident issues. Not only do residents have an opportunity to voice their concerns at monthly RAP sessions, they may bring issues to their mentors at any time.

Do you have an Observership Program?
No, we do not have an Observership Program at this time.

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Have your residents been successful in obtaining fellowships?
Residents who elect to go on to fellowship programs have been successful in their pursuits. Our programs typically have residents go on to train in fellowships each year.

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Are residents required to participate in research projects?
Our residents are also encouraged to participate in clinical research and quality improvement projects with faculty members. Regardless of campus, residents have ample opportunity to showcase their research each year at various conferences.

Learn more about research opportunities at The Wright Center.

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