Psychiatry Residency


Behavioral health providers play a vital part in delivering patient-centered, team-based care to individuals and populations. Responsive to the shortage of psychiatrists in America, The Wright Center has developed and introduced its ACGME-accredited, four-year, community-based Psychiatry Residency program, welcoming its first class of residents in July 2017.

The Wright Center’s Psychiatry Residency is unique in its integration of behavioral health services within primary care environments and promotion of preventive screening, timely interventions and a team-based approach to care, especially for those patients who may not initially seek help on their own. Residents will train at community-based clinics like The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid Valley and Geisinger Community Medical Center, a community-based hospital, as well as within regional public health-based settings, specialty practices, behavioral health clinics and safety-net health centers.

Block Schedules:


1 block Internal Medicine

2 blocks Neurology

7 blocks Inpatient Psychiatry

3 blocks Inpatient Medicine

4 blocks Consult Liaison

6 blocks Inpatient Psychiatry

2 blocks Child Adolescent Psychiatry

1 block Addiction Psychiatry

13 blocks Outpatient Psychiatry

3 blocks Elective Service Chief

7 blocks Elective

1 block Geriatric Psychiatry

1 block Crisis Response Unit

1 block Forensic Psychiatry

Didactic Goals and Objectives:

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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Meet Our Program Director

Meet Our Residents

Dr. Alex Slaby



Hometown: Pottstown, PA
Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
“I am motivated to build deeper connections to my patients at The Wright Center. I find the severe pathology you see in inpatient settings fascinating; it keeps you on your toes. But I am also really looking forward to the outpatient setting and longer relationships with my patients.”

Dr. Hema Venigalla



Hometown: Gudivada, India
Medical School: Dr. P.S.I. Medical College, India
“I chose The Wright Center because of the very approachable Program Director and faculty, along with the friendly and welcoming work environment. The community program provides me with broad clinical exposure, and the primary care program gives me an opportunity to incorporate behavioral health in a setting which I look forward to working with alongside my team.”

Dr. Rooshi Patel



Hometown: Loma Linda, CA
Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine
“For me, being in the first year of The Wright Center’s psychiatry program means we have the opportunity to learn in a new environment and really shape the program. Dr. Chandragiri is really nice, and I’m looking forward to working with him. I’m also excited to see where we can take the program—a lot is riding on our shoulders for the first year, and I can’t wait to see where it goes.”


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Dr. Qais Zalim



Hometown: San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
Medical School: University of the West Indies, Trinidad

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