The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s innovative National Family Medicine Residency is proud to be affiliated with El Rio Community Health Center in Tucson, Arizona, one of the fastest-growing regions in the Southwest with a population of over 500,000 and expected growth of 1.75 million by 2036. The pioneering program has earned Osteopathic Recognition from the ACGME for its commitment to teaching and assessing Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP).
Our residents in Tucson, Arizona train at El Rio, a certified Patient-Centered Medical Home offering patients medical care, dental care, pharmacy services, behavioral health care, social services, lab services and 24/7 nurse triage. Rotations for our residents include El Rio’s Cherrybell, Congress and El Pueblo Health Centers as well as Tucson Medical Center. Training opportunities at El Rio include primary and specialty care services in outpatient and ambulatory patient care settings.
Our learners work side-by-side with the more than 1,000 dedicated professionals at El Rio Community Health Center who are continuously focused on making a difference in the lives of the more than 92,000 patients it sees annually. The community-based and supported health center’s mission is to improve the health of its community through comprehensive, accessible, affordable quality and compassionate care.
We also continue to utilize technology to foster collaborative and remote learning opportunities within our National Family Medicine Residency (NFMR). Our learners share their Community-Oriented Primary Care research projects and participate in didactics opportunities with other NFMR residents across the country on a consistent basis throughout the year.
Felipe Perez, MD
Felipe Perez, MD, oversees The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education's Family Medicine residents at El Rio Health, Arizona. His interests include innovations in medicine, community health and the promotion of fitness and wellness. He has been in practice for 12 years.
Dr. Perez earned his medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2006 before completing his residency through the Scripps Family Medicine Program in Chula Vista, California. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family and learning new things. Dr. Perez speaks English and Spanish.
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Our residents say
"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."
"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."
"I like the big city/small town feel of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education's program and the diversity of practice locations."
"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."