Giving back and getting involved in the community
The Internal Medicine Residency Program encourages community engagement by incorporating the community into the learning curriculum. Residents have the opportunity to work with free clinics in the Columbus area. Local service and international electives enhance cultural awareness and competency.
Underserved patient careAt Ohio State, we take care of patients from many different socioeconomic backgrounds. Approximately 38% of our inpatients at the main hospital and the OSU East campus come from outside Franklin County, mainly from central and southern Ohio. Over 50% of our patients (both inpatient and outpatient) have Medicaid, Medicare or are self pay.
International health experienceResidents have the opportunity to join a mission abroad to practice health care on the worldwide underserved population. Several current residents and recent graduates have joined health care missions in Malawi and Honduras. The College of Medicine’s Office of Global Health Education has an abundance of resources to help plan such trips. Travel scholarships are available through the Department of Internal Medicine.
Diversity ExperienceAt The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we care for a diverse patient population. Thus, residents learn to practice culturally competent medicine. Additionally, interns and residents are eligible to serve on the Department's Diversity Committee, which is geared towards strengthening diversity within the medical center and improving education, research and patient care. The committee is chaired by Dr. Darwin Conwell.
The Columbus Free ClinicThe Columbus Free Clinic is an Ohio State medical student-managed primary and urgent care serving the uninsured urban area of Columbus, Ohio. Currently our internal medicine residents can choose to work at the CFC. Additionally, residents can work at other free clinics such as The Physicians Free Clinic, an affiliate organization of the Columbus Medical Association.
This clinic is the largest provider of free and episodic specialty care in Franklin County. It is located at the Columbus Health Department. Residents can also volunteer at La Clinica Latina and the Asian Health Free Clinic, two full service health clinics in Columbus, Ohio.