Meet Our Residents
Dr. Meharchand Oad
Family Medicine Regional Network
Hometown: Kandiaro, Pakistan
Medical School: New York Institution of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
“I chose The Wright Center because I saw a culture here that was so inviting; I felt that I was welcome here. I like being in a more rural setting since I lived in New York City. I’m excited to start my residency and see what opportunities come my way.”
Dr. Allyson Matthys
Family Medicine Regional Network
Hometown: Taylor, TX
Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center
“I chose The Wright Center after learning about the program in September. I am excited about starting my residency and setting out on the curve to become a doctor.”
The Wright Center has offered three-year ACGME and AOA accredited Family Medicine residency opportunities (Allopathic and Osteopathic) in Northeast Pennsylvania under well-established committed faculty and continues to provide comprehensive learning opportunities for Allopathic and Osteopathic physicians. In light of the changes in the AOA accreditation system, we remain responsive and committed to our learners.
Our Regional Family Medicine Osteopathic program, established in 2013 and led by Dr. William Dempsey, will merge into a larger, regional ACGME expansion of our strongly led Regional Family Medicine Allopathic program. The Regional Family Medicine Allopathic program has strong roots in the Northeastern Pennsylvania community. It was founded in 1974 and was formerly known as the Wyoming Valley Family Medicine residency program. The Wright Center assumed academic sponsorship of this established entity in July 2013. Dr. Maureen Litchman, a graduate of the Wyoming Valley Family Medicine program, longtime faculty member and now Program Director, will lead the combined Family Medicine program, supported by Associate Program Directors Drs. Deborah Spring, William Dempsey and Seleena Rashid.
This merger provides potential for our well-established Family Medicine program to accept more Osteopathic learners and provide more comprehensive training locations, including:
- The Wright Center’s 37,000SF, 16-room, state-of-the-art learning/clinical care facility in Scranton opening in the Spring/Summer 2018
- Psychiatry and pediatric rotations in The Wright Center for Primary Care Wilkes-Barre / Children’s Service Center clinic and Geisinger Community Medical Center
- Comprehensive training under established faculty, resulting in a Board pass rate of 100%
- Opportunities for immersion into our regional communities to engage populations and move health metrics
We are recruiting for a total of 4 Allopathic learners (in NRMP) and 7 Osteopathic learners (in NMS) for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The interns joining us in June 2018 can expect to graduate in June 2021 as Family Medicine physicians, ready and competent for board certification and independent practice.
We look forward to unfolding all of the local implications of these national accreditation changes that we believe will generate more vital training opportunities at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education.
As you know, the AOA will no longer be accrediting programs after June 2020 in order to evolve a collaborative and unifying Single Accreditation System (SAS) for America under the able stewardship of the ACGME. The Wright Center is proud to be amongst many GME sponsoring institutions committing resources and avidly working on preserving all of our currently operational residency and fellowship training programs. We value all of our trainees as core testaments of our mission to continuously improve education and patient care in a collaborative spirit to enhance outcomes, access and affordability. The Wright Center currently offers robust Osteopathic Regional and National Family Medicine Residency training opportunities.