The Wright Center’s 39th Annual Graduation Ceremony

The Wright Center’s 2016 graduating class of 59 physicians was recognized on Saturday, June 25. This class is the organization’s largest to date and consists of 21 internal medicine physicians, 36 family physicians and two cardiologists.

Of the 59 graduates, 38 have completed their residency training in Northeast Pennsylvania and 21 within The Wright Center’s National Family Medicine Residency (NFMR) program having trained at one of six affiliated sites throughout the United States.

Notably, this was the first year The Wright Center had graduates from its pioneering NFMR program, which launched three years ago. NFMR graduates were trained at partnering community-based hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers in Tucson, Arizona; Washington DC; New Richmond, Ohio; Hillsboro, Oregon; Auburn, Washington, and Brooklyn, New York. Of the 21 NFMR physician graduates, 16 have confirmed employment in community-based health systems, committing to practicing in underserved areas across the country.

Of the 38 graduates that completed their residency training in Northeast Pennsylvania, four have accepted positions with Geisinger Health System; three will continue with Commonwealth Health; two will be employed at The Wright Center and one graduate will practice at Scranton Primary Health Care Center.

Physicians from Northeast Pennsylvania and across the country who participated in the graduates’ training were in attendance. Speakers included Brian Ebersole, Senior Vice President of Mission Delivery and Business Development, The Wright Center and Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, President/CEO, The Wright Center.

“Our Wright Center graduates are a testimonial of our mission delivery and we are most proud of their compassion and competence. Watching their professional development as they’ve honed their patient care, lifelong learning and leadership skills over the past three years has been absolutely inspiring. The Wright Center is a well-recognized force, local and nationally, for fueling physician renewal and this class of 59 residents and fellows is further proof that we are completely dedicated to meeting our communities’ and national health needs in a changing healthcare landscape,” said Dr. Thomas-Hemak.

The recipients of The Wright Center’s 2016 awards are listed below. To view each group’s winners, click on the name of the program.

Organization - Wide
Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine
Internal Medicine Residency
Regional Family Medicine Residency
National Family Medicine Residency