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The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Osteopathic 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 Graduate Medical Education, our initiative, 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 innovative national consortium model brings together the residency experience of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, the educational infrastructure of A.T. Still University and its School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA) and the osteopathic training support of Still OPTI to create a dynamic team focused on the success of the residents. Local program directors oversee the operations at each site and work with the leadership teams from the partnering FQHCs.
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).
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 50 percent of National Family Medicine residents have gone on to practice in underserved locations. 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.
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.
Lawrence LeBeau, DO
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Our residents say
"I chose The Wright Center 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."
"At The Wright Center, I can strike a balance between work and family life. I feel I have become part of the community."
"I like the big city/small town feel of The Wright Center's program and the diversity of practice locations."
"I chose The Wright Center because of its small-town program and community-focused environment. I'm excited to be somewhere I can make a difference."