A.T. Still University (ATSU) of Health Sciences is the founding institution of osteopathic healthcare. As a leading health sciences university, ATSU consists of two campuses (Kirksville, Mo., and Mesa, Az.). The learning environments include residential and online healthcare-related graduate degrees as well as community-based partnerships worldwide. 

A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) operates a unique model of medical education in which students spend their first year on campus in Mesa, Arizona, followed by two to four years doing clinical rotations at a Community Health Center, including The Wright Center, where they can learn to become selfless healers devoted to community service and equitable healthcare access.

In August 2020, The Wright Center welcomed the first incoming class of 10 students from Arizona to Scranton. These bright doctors-in-training are second-year medical students who will spend the next three years in Scranton continuing their education in our clinical learning environments.

This is an exciting partnership with ATSU-SOMA. Every year, The Wright Center will welcome 10 more students from Arizona until 30 students will call Northeast Pennsylvania their clinical campus. 

This shared learning model came about thanks to ATSU-SOMA’s partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers and is part of the school’s dedication to preparing service-minded students to meet the healthcare needs of society by placing them in medically underserved areas for their training. 

ATSU-SOMA is also committed to training learners in the communities that they are from, as evidenced by the Hometown Scholars program. The training received by ATSU-SOMA students will be different from other medical schools in that they will learn in the classroom while also going into The Wright Center’s clinical settings at least once a week as second-year undergraduate students. These rotations will continue into their third and fourth years, while also layering in rotational experiences in area hospitals. 

The Wright Center is proud to join ATSU-SOMA in renewing our local and national physician workforce and training inspired, competent doctors who are privileged to serve. 

Regional Directors of Medical Education, ATSU-SOMA

Erin McFadden, M.D
Richard English, M.D.