Psychiatry residency physicians at the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education earn a top 10 score in national exam

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Psychiatry Residency Program: Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) cohort recently placed in the top 10 nationally on the American College of Psychiatrists’ Psychiatry Resident in Training Examination.

The two-part exam, administered three to four times during the four-year residency, tests performance in comparison with other resident physicians at a similar level of training in the United States, Canada and elsewhere. It consists of 300 questions and addresses content areas, such as neurosciences, clinical psychiatry, epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, and more.

“I am incredibly proud of our resident physicians,” said Dr. Sanjay Chandragiri, director of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Psychiatry Residency. “They embody the ideals of The Wright Center. They have worked extremely hard under trying circumstances during the pandemic to master the field of psychiatry and provide patient-centered care to the patients who have entrusted their care to us.” 

The cohort of Drs. Salman Alam, Nathan Hoff, Christine Lu, Rosa Peverini and Ashley Zhan scored in the 97th percentile among the 230 psychiatry residencies in the nation, which places The Wright Center’s test-takers among the top 10 PGY1 cohorts. In addition, Lu’s individual test score placed her in the 98th percentile for all PGY1 residents in the country and 93rd for all psychiatry residents in the nation. 

The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Psychiatry Residency was approved recently for three more resident physicians. The additional residents will join the residency in July, bringing a total of 25 psychiatry resident physicians to serve Northeast Pennsylvania.

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