Graduate Medical Education (GME)
Wright-Patterson has a long history of teaching physicians and allied health providers. The first resident class was in 1961! Over the years, programs were added and affiliations with our civilian partners such as Wright State University (WSU) grew. As of graduation in 2021, there are now 12 programs here at WPMC supporting the AFMS training pipeline.
There are 6 physician residency programs within our Graduate Medical Education offerings:
- Emergency Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- General Surgery
Unlike most other DoD residency programs, WPMC programs are sponsored by Wright State University (WSU). Military residents spend between 80-95% of their inpatient training time at affiliated local hospitals and comprise 50% of each graduating class.
Our partnership with WSU and Greater Dayton Area teaching hospitals sets us apart from other DoD training platforms by offering less costly training with more access to higher acuity teaching patients.
Allied Health Programs
There are 6 allied health programs within our Graduate Medical Education offerings:
- Orthopedic PA
- Social Work
The Interservice Physician Assistant Program was added in 2020, and we recently reached our maximum IPAP student capacity (8 students).
In any given academic year (1 July to 30 June), there are 140-150 physician and 20-30 non-physician provider trainees at WPMC. Roughly 70 of these trainees graduate into the ranks as fully certified Air Force providers every year. Trailing only San Antonio, WPMC is the second largest AFMS provider training platform.