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Internal Medicine

Program Overview

Located in and serving patients in Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education offers a 3-year Internal Medicine Residency accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Founded by our namesake, Robert Wright, MD, our Internal Medicine Residency is The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s original program, welcoming its first class of six residents in 1977. The program currently trains over 100 residents.

Under program directors Rajiv Bansal, MD and Timothy Burke, DO, our Internal Medicine Residency’s innovative curriculum merges ACGME, Patient-Centered Medical Home and EMR Meaningful Use competencies to promote team-based skill sets and develop compassionate 21st century physician leaders, acutely aware of varying Socioeconomic Determents of Health considerations affecting the patient population served.

This program immerses residents in high-performing National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-certified Patient-Centered Medical Homes, FQHCs and community-based hospitals. Residents and fellows 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. Our training model follows the national Beyond Flexner movement, focused on training community-minded health professionals as agents of more equitable healthcare.

Residents who complete our program are well prepared for American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM) board certification and successful careers in primary care. They are also poised to pursue fellowships in specialty practices if desired.

Meet your Program Directors

Rajiv Bansal, MD

“At The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, we train our residents to be outstanding physicians who are equipped for any career path in internal medicine. They are prepared to provide compassionate, patient-centered and evidence-based medicine. One of the highlights of the program is the strong camaraderie between the residents and faculty. As a physician, I believe your patient's priority lies in how much you care for them, rather than the demonstration of your medical knowledge.”

Timothy Burke, DO

“As a graduate of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education's Internal Medicine Residency Program, it is humbling for me to be able to teach those who are on a similar journey in their career. Our residents currently learn side by side under the Single Accreditation System. Although we have recently undergone this change in accreditation, we are committed to maintaining the principles of osteopathic medicine for the residents who choose to train with us.”

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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