Wright Center Dr. Receives Ann Preston Women in Medicine Award Members News December 4, 2023 The Pennsylvania Eastern Region Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) has presented Dr. Erin McFadden, a board-certified internal medicine physician, deputy chief medical officer of The Wright Center for Community Health, and the medical director of The Wright Center’s Scranton Practice, with the Dr. Ann Preston Women in Medicine Award. Recognized as the world’s largest medical-specialty society, the ACP honored Dr. McFadden as part of its efforts to “recognize excellence and distinguished contributions to internal medicine.” Dr. McFadden accepted the award at the ACP’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in November. Dr. McFadden joined The Wright Center on Jan. 1, 2020, after earning her medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine and completing her internal medicine residency training at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. She also serves as the dean of undergraduate medical and interprofessional education and is a core faculty member for The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Internal Medicine Residency. Dr. McFadden is also involved in The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education’s Geriatric Fellowship program. In addition, she plays an integral role in developing the lifestyle medicine curriculum and serves as co-regional director of medical education for A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Arizona. As the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, Dr. McFadden led an educational support and clinical coaching program with the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Penn State University, Temple University, Geisinger, and Allegheny Health Network to assist more than 400 personal care, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities in Northeast Pennsylvania with pandemic care. She also led an outpatient infusion center at The Wright Center for Community Health Scranton Practice, providing monoclonal antibody treatment for patients with severe COVID-19. To watch her speak about her experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit bit.ly/3MHVtR7. The Women in Medicine Award was first awarded in 2019. It recognizes an ACP chapter member whose outstanding efforts and achievements have promoted career success, leadership, and overall quality of life for women in medicine, fostering tomorrow’s women leaders in medicine, according to the ACP. The award is named after medical pioneer Dr. Ann Preston, a lifelong Philadelphia resident in the first class of women who enrolled in the Female (later Women’s) Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1850. After the Board of Censors of the Philadelphia Medical Society effectively banned women physicians from the public teaching clinics of the city, she raised funds to start a new hospital where teaching could occur and opened The Women’s Hospital in 1858. She later created a nursing school and was named the first woman dean of the Women’s Medical College in 1866. The Wright Center for Community Health operates 10 primary and preventive care practices in Northeast Pennsylvania, including a mobile medical and dental unit. It treats individuals of all income levels and insurance statuses, including the underinsured and uninsured. No patient is turned away due to an inability to pay. For more information about the primary and preventive care services provided by The Wright Center for Community Health or the nearest location, go to TheWrightCenter.org or call 570-230-0019.