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Located in and serving patients in Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education offers a 3-year Allopathic 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’s original program, welcoming its first class of six residents in 1977. More than 40 years later, in 2018, through our ever-expanding community partnerships and supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Teaching Health Center grant, we welcomed 28 interns into this program, bringing the total number of allopathic internal medicine residents to 81. Our Internal Medicine program is led by acting program director Rajiv Bansal, MD, and supported by Linda Thomas-Hemak, MD, who has overseen this program since 2007.
Our 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) board certification and successful careers in primary care. They are also poised to pursue fellowships in specialty practices if desired.
Rajiv Bansal, MD
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"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."