Wright Center Doctor Receives Writing Award

Maureen Litchman, M.D., the medical director of The Wright Center for Community Health Wilkes-Barre Practice and a board-certified family medicine physician, was recently presented with a Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC) award for creative writing in the prose category. She received the award during FMEC’s Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, on Oct. 13-15.

FMEC seeks to identify and recognize individuals who have demonstrated significant contributions to family medicine and primary care. The award is for her story, “Not Knowing,” which occurred when Dr. Litchman delivered a baby in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Emergency Room. The mother had received no prenatal care and, at the time, the hospital had no obstetrics department. Dr. Litchman was among four individuals who were honored in the category.

Dr. Litchman graduated from Hahnemann Medical College and completed her family medicine residency training at United Health and Hospital Services (now The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education Family Medicine Residency Program). She recently earned her master’s degree in creative writing from Wilkes University.

FMEC works to improve health communities by strengthening family medicine, primary care, and medical education. It serves 14 states and the District of Columbia, working with 60 medical school departments of family medicine, 190 family medicine residency programs, and thousands of family physicians, and other health care providers in community settings.

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