The Wright Center and the Role of Teaching Health Centers in the Future of Medicine

About a year ago, PCP began a partnership with The Wright Center for Community Health to better understand how Teaching Health Centers (THCs) play a role in graduate medical education.

And as it turns out, they may just be a powerful solution to so much of what ails the system.

Residencies in the roughly 60 THCs nationwide — all housed in community health centers and federally qualified health centers — are one of the best-kept, highest-yield secrets in healthcare delivery today. THCs are adeptly addressing three of the biggest stressors on the system: a primary care shortage amid an aging population, lack of access to care in America’s rural and underserved communities, and one of the greatest threats to the healthcare workforce: burnout.

Because The Wright Center receives more funding from the government for THC-based residencies than any other institution in the nation, they’re uniquely positioned to speak to their impact on trainees and communities.

This conversation on Relational Rounds brings us to Unity Health Care in our nation’s capital to chat with Patrick Kinner, a public health evaluator, and Dr. Nickia King, a physician at a Unity clinic in southwest Washington, DC. The two discuss the important role of THC’s in the future of medicine, the growing call for healthcare training reform, and the ever-present crisis of burnout impacting both clinician wellness and patient care.

Elizabeth Métraux

Senior Advisor for Thought Leadership at PCP, Elizabeth regularly speaks and writes on the art, science, and power of language, as well as performs as a storyteller in the Boston area.

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