National Family Medicine Residency Program
The Wright Center offers accredited, comprehensive, and community-focused residency programs throughout northeast Pennsylvania and across the United States. As the largest Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education consortium in the country, our innovative national curriculum trains residents to provide care to the nations’ most vulnerable patients.
Our Family Medicine Residency immerses residents in high-performing, certified Patient-Centered Medical Homes, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), and community-based hospitals. Residents are empowered to lead clinical and educational improvement efforts and complete a multi-year community-orientated primary care project focused on improving health outcomes for their patients.
Our unique National Family Medicine Residency was established in 2013 and now spans four states and two coasts, addressing physician workforce shortages and escalating rural healthcare disparities. Our innovative national consortium model brings together the residency experience of The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, 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 the residents. Local program directors oversee the operations at each site and work with the leadership teams from the partnering FQHCs. We are fully accredited ACGME with Osteopathic Recognition.
We have established training locations in: Tucson, Arizona (El Rio Community Health Center); New Richmond, Ohio (HealthSource of Ohio); Auburn, Washington (HealthPoint); and Washington, D.C. (Unity Health Care).
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Eligibility requirements for the National Family Medicine Residency program are detailed below:
Osteopathic applicants: Completion of the first two (2) years of medical education in a College of Osteopathic Medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).
Allopathic applicants: Forty (40) hours of didactic education in osteopathic principles and hands-on training in the diagnosis and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) for somatic dysfunction plus one hundred sixty (160) hours of clinical training with a board-certified NMM/OMM or CSPOMM preceptor in an Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM)-focused practice. Attestation of osteopathic clinical training is required for this option.
- The didactic education component may be accomplished by completing Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) classes at a College of Osteopathic Medicine in the United States or through Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses that are approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
- Among all required Letters of Recommendation, at least one must be from a doctor of osteopathy (DO) who is board certified in any specialty and can describe your ability to integrate OPP/OMM into patient care. This letter is in addition to the attestation of osteopathic clinical training required for Option Residents who complete our program are well prepared for the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice (AOBFP) and/or American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) certification, as well as for successful careers in primary care.
Washington, D.C. - Unity Health Care
Unity Health Care is committed to promoting healthier communities in the Washington, D.C. area through compassion and comprehensive health and human services, regardless of ability to pay. Founded in 1985 as the Health Care for the Homeless Project, Unity provided primary health care services to homeless individuals and families that resided in local emergency shelters or on the streets of the District of Columbia, Unity Health Care is now comprised of 9 community health centers, 11 medical sites in local homeless shelters, 2 school-based health centers, medical walking outreach, and the D.C. Department of Corrections medical program. Within their clinics, Unity Health Care offers primary care and specialty services including oral health, behavioral health, OB/GYN, infectious disease care, and podiatry. Unity provides our residents with a unique opportunity to train in correctional and homeless medicine, as well as elective opportunities in various specialties.
Rotations for our residents occur in different training locations, including various Unity Health Care sites, Howard University Hospital, Children’s National Health System, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and United Medical Center. As a resident within the Unity system, Unity will be your home base. Here you will be part of a team of more than 980 compassionate, multicultural, multilingual professionals from both primary care and specialty service fields. Residents are placed at one of our two Unity resident clinic sites for their continuity clinic - Upper Cardozo or Parkside Health Center.
We also utilize technology to foster collaborative and remote learning opportunities within our NFMR. Our learners share their Community-Oriented Primary Care research projects and participate in didactic opportunities with other NFMR residents across the country on a consistent basis throughout the year.
For those future residents interested in training at a primary care focused, urban FQHC with a diverse patient population and at a strong academic and supportive learning environment apply through ERAS!
Washington, D.C. ERAS ACGME ID:1204100696 | NRMP ID:3056120C2