DAYTON, OHIO—Wright State University School of Medicine ranked third in the nation in the percentage of its graduates entering family medicine residencies in the three-year period 1998-2001. Wright State was one of only five medical schools nationwide to be awarded the prestigious Family Practice Silver Achievement Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
"This award recognizes Wright State's outstanding efforts to steward student interest in family practice and produce graduates who enter the specialty," says Perry A. Pugno, M.D., director of the AAFP's Division of Medical Education. Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents family physicians, family practice residents and medical students nationwide. "Wright State's contribution is important to the specialty and to the health of all Americans," states Pugno.
"Wright State medical students have contact with family medicine faculty throughout all four years of the medical school curriculum. As a result, they learn that family medicine isn't simply treating colds and sore throats. It's an in-depth intellectual challenge to provide medical care for individuals and families of all ages," explains Mark Clasen, M.D., Ph.D., Wright State's chair of family medicine.
Clasen notes that Wright State has ranked at or near the top in family medicine ever since its first graduating class in 1980. According to a 1992 survey published in the medical journal Family Medicine, Wright State was first in the percentage of graduates entering family practice residencies throughout the previous decade. Throughout the 1990s, Wright State consistently ranked in the top three of 125 medical schools nationwide in the broader percentage of graduates starting practice in primary care medicine, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. "Wright State has become a premiere medical school in primary care education," Clasen says.