Message from our DIO

Pursue your passion, not just your career

As a proud and passionate graduate of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, I wanted to reach out and share with you why I chose to pursue my passion, and not just a career, here at The Wright Center.

For more than 45 years, The Wright Center has been committed to providing non-discriminatory, high-quality care to the most vulnerable populations while creating the primary care workforce pipeline America needs.

What started as a single residency program with just six Internal Medicine students in 1976 has since blossomed into the largest Teaching Health Center in the nation, dedicated to training compassionate, highly skilled physicians in The Wright Center for Community Health’s primary care and school-based health centers, and in four Federally Qualified Health Centers across the United States. A physician-led, non-profit organization, with over 650 employees and nearly 250 residents and fellows, The Wright Center’s passionate purpose is to create transformational healthcare teams of leaders who empower patients, families and communities to own and optimize their own health.

The clinical learning environments for residency programs in Northeastern PA sponsored by The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education include the eight clinic locations of The Wright Center for Community Health, our affiliated Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike. These comprehensive integrated primary health care centers, located in rural and urban areas throughout Northeast Pennsylvania, allow our physician learners to gain hands-on experience with a diverse population, including those challenged by the negative effects of disparate socioeconomic determinants of health in our physician-led, ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Psychiatry residencies. 

Based on the Patient-Centered Medical Home model approach, our primary care sites offer pediatrics, women’s health, dental, behavioral health, addiction & recovery services – including Medication Assisted Treatment and an Opioid Center of Excellence- a Ryan White HIV/ Infectious Disease Clinic, a Geriatrics Program and Alzheimer’s and Dementia Unit, Lifestyle Medicine, Street Medicine and a 36-foot Mobile Medical Unit, named Driving Better Health, to name just a few. 

By mission and design, we embrace the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s emphasis on “mission fit” between applicant and program while complying with their requirements for accreditation. All of our program faculty thoroughly and meaningfully review personal statements, CVs, community engagement and letters of recommendation as well as responses to mission-oriented interview questions.

Our residents and fellows are geographically, demographically and culturally diverse, as evidenced by the impressive net results of our inclusive and thorough recruitment efforts throughout the years found on our “Recruitment By The Numbers” page. They’re also intellectually, socially, emotionally and psychologically competent. Our enhanced dedication to fostering their well-being in an educationally supportive environment is reflected the newly created Wellness and Resiliency Specialist position, the formation of a Resident and Fellow Wellness Committee and the presence of our Health Humanities role woven throughout the many events organized specifically for them. Learn more about our commitment to wellness and resiliency, which is even more significant than ever while physician learners are training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the core of all we do is a strong commitment to graduate medical education, patient and family care, and positive regional impact, inclusive of community service and economic growth and development. We invite you to see for yourself all that our teaching health center has to offer.

If you are looking for a residency where you can do what you love and love where you do it, I would encourage you to consider The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education as part of your journey to a fulfilling medical career.