The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education National Family Medicine Residency (NFMR) has received initial accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Family Medicine Review Committee.
For more than 40 years, The Wright Center has offered accredited, comprehensive and community-focused residency programs throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania – and more recently – across the United States. We are recognized as the largest THCGME consortium in the country and are positioned for continued alignment with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the federal agency that funds the NFMR.
Our unique NFMR was established in 2011 to address physician workforce shortages and escalating rural healthcare disparities. Our innovative national consortium model brings together the residency experience of our Graduate Medical Education team, 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 our residents.
Though the NFMR welcomed its first class of learners only a few short years ago (in 2013), under the leadership of Program Director, Lawrence LeBeau, DO, and Director of Medical Education, Meaghan Ruddy, PhD, the program has stretched the traditional boundaries and geographical constraints of an American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-accredited residency while also upholding the high academic expectations of the ACGME. In 2016, we celebrated the graduation of the first 20 pioneering NFMR physicians. Residents complete their training throughout the nation within one of four partner sites in Tucson, Arizona at El Rio Community Health Center; New Richmond, Ohio at HealthSource of Ohio; Auburn, Washington at HealthPoint; and Washington, D.C. at Unity Health Care.
“National Family Medicine has come a long way in its first five years of existence to establish a record of excellence in training and outcomes,” LeBeau, said. “As of today, NFMR graduates have a 100% pass rate on the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians specialty board exam and 54% have gone on to practice in underserved settings. The program remains focused and committed to fulfilling The Wright Center’s mission of primary care workforce expansion with a special emphasis on meeting the needs of underserved populations.”
Making history seldom happens quickly, but the initial accreditation of our National Family Medicine Residency defies the odds as it multiplies the impact of HRSA’s Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) initiative and leads the way in GME innovations in America.Click here to learn more about our National Family Medicine Residency