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National Family Medicine Residency

Program Overview

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s National Family Medicine Residency was established in 2013 and spans four states and two coasts. Recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as a pioneering Teaching Health Center, our program, led by program director Lawrence LeBeau, DO, addresses physician workforce shortages, particularly in rural and inner-city regions and in areas with maldistribution and escalating healthcare disparities.

Our unique, ACGME accredited National Family Medicine Residency (NFMR) brings together the residency experience of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, the educational infrastructure of A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA) and the osteopathic training support of Still OPTI to address physician workforce shortages and escalating rural healthcare disparities across the country. The pioneering program has earned Osteopathic Recognition from the ACGME for its commitment to teaching and assessing Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP).

As a centrally-controlled Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net Consortium (GME-SNC), our model utilizes shared learning opportunities to engage residents who are passionate about community-oriented primary care and expanding healthcare access to underserved populations. Local program directors at each of the four NFMR sites aim to create meaningful learning experiences for the residents.

We have established training locations in: Tucson, Arizona (El Rio Community Health Center); New Richmond, Ohio (HealthSource of Ohio); Auburn, Washington (HealthPoint); and Washington, D.C. (Unity Health Care). Students must apply separately to each training location they are interested in, then interview at and rank each training location individually. In the NRMP match process, students must rank each training location separately and would match into one site for all three years of their residency training. Learn more about each of our training locations by clicking on the links below.

Our progressive curriculum promotes team-based skill sets and develops compassionate 21st century physician leaders, acutely aware of varying socioeconomic determinants of health considerations affecting the patient population served.

Our learners train in high-performing, certified Patient-Centered Medical Homes, Community Health Centers, FQHCs and community-based hospitals. Residents are empowered to lead clinical and educational improvements, and in fact, as part of their training, are expected to lead or actively participate in six or more short-cycle process improvements each year.

Within our non-profit Graduate Medical Education Safety-Net Consortium model, learners are immersed in community venues where they are most needed, increasing their long-term likelihood of working in such settings after completing their training. As a testament to the program, more than half of National Family Medicine residents have gone on to practice in underserved locations, with 35 percent choosing to set their professional roots within the FQHC where they trained. Our training model follows the national Beyond Flexner movement, focused on training community-minded health professionals as agents of more equitable healthcare.

This unique program stretches traditional boundaries and geographical constraints while upholding the high academic expectations of the ACGME and effectively generating skilled and compassionate workforce across the United States.

Eligibility requirements for the National Family Medicine Residency program are detailed below:

Osteopathic applicants: Completion of the first two (2) years of medical education in a College of Osteopathic Medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).

Allopathic applicants: Forty (40) hours of didactic education in osteopathic principles and hands-on training in diagnosis and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) for somatic dysfunction plus one hundred sixty (160) hours of clinical training with a board-certified NMM/OMM or CSPOMM preceptor in an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)-focused practice. Attestation of osteopathic clinical training is required for this option.

  • The didactic education component may be accomplished by completing Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) classes at a College of Osteopathic Medicine in the United States or through Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses that are approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • Among all required Letters of Recommendation, at least one must be from a doctor of osteopathy (DO) who is board certified in any speciality and can describe your ability to integrate OPP/OMM into patient care. This letter is in addition to the attestation of osteopathic clinical training required for Option 2.

Residents who complete our program are well prepared for American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice (AOBFP) and/or American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) certification, as well as for successful careers in primary care.

Click here to download printable program highlights including curriculum and didactics overviews.

Our residents say

  • Resident 4
    "I chose The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education because of its commitment to serving the underserved in the changing healthcare climate. My program positions me perfectly to address the needs in my community."
  • Resident 3
    "At The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, I can strike a balance between work and family life. I feel I have become part of the community."
  • Resident 2
    "I like the big city/small town feel of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education's program and the diversity of practice locations."
  • Resident 1
    "I chose The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education because of its small-town program and community-focused environment. I'm excited to be somewhere I can make a difference."
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