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Wright Center Residency Program

Wednesday, December 10, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Krista Chuscavage
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Lisa Watts, DO, is a familiar face to ATSU SOMA/NWRPCA students. Regional Director of Medical Education since the fall of 2010, she has guided all our students through their training. And that's not all she does, Dr. Watts has expanded her leadership and is working for the new Wright Center/SOMA family medicine residency network as the director of medical education.


This collaborative effort is designed to prepare residents to serve their community as primary care physicians. In the following, she explains more about this important program.

Lisa Watts, DO
Regional Director of Medical Education


I'd like to share a little about our new Wright Center/SOMA family medicine residency network, which I have been lucky enough to be involved in as the director of medical education.


This program is the first national residency consortium in the nation. It started as a joint venture between the leadership of SOMA and the Wright Center, who have been providing residency training in community health centers across Pennsylvania for thirty-five years. It was built on the SOMA community campus model, with the intent of providing residency training opportunities in those same communities where we train our students. We have been gaining national recognition, being invited to speak at the Osteopathic Leadership Conference as well as the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine conference this past year.


Our program is predominantly outpatient based, and has a strong emphasis on team based care and community oriented primary care. We accept twenty-two residents per year to our six sites, located at the CHCs in Brooklyn, Cincinnati, DC, Seattle, Portland and Tucson. Each site has a local program director from the CHC, and between two and six residents per year. Residents are matched to one campus, and remain at that site for all three years of their training.


We are utilizing videoconferencing to conduct a weekly joint didactic with all six sites participating. We also do "morning report" across three sites at a time. This has provided a greater sense of community as well as a glimpse of how practices may vary site to site. Dr. Larry LeBeau from SOMA is our central program director and he has been leading a monthly journal club, board review and FM topic reviews.


Dr. Joy Lewis from SOMA has been assisting the residents in their research curriculum, where each site is doing a community project that spans the three years of training.


I feel blessed with a very wonderful group of caring residents, twelve of whom are SOMA graduates. Two of our residents have already signed on to stay and work at our health center in Ohio, and we have one resident who was a patient at her Washington CHC prior to entering SOMA for medical school, and now continues residency training at the same site with plans to stay as a provider there! Thus, we are finally completing the vision we started with so long ago when I began working with SOMA- the dream of training those who will care for the populations who most need it.

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