Internal Medicine | Osteopathic

Program Highlights

Program Overview

Located in and serving patients in Northeastern Pennsylvania, The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education established its 3-year Osteopathic Internal Medicine Residency in 2013. In 2018, this program was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) under its unifying Single Accreditation System. Although this is a change in accreditation, at its core, this program will always have its osteopathic foundation.

Although our osteopathic and allopathic internal medicine residents train side by side in diverse, innovative learning environments, including community-based hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), regional public health-based settings, behavioral health clinics and specialty practices, our Osteopathic and Allopathic Internal Medicine programs are two unique training opportunities separately accredited by the ACGME.

Under program director Timothy Burke, DO, our Osteopathic Internal Medicine program’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.

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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."
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