As part of Ohio State’s LSI curriculum, students complete a year-long community health education project that requires a minimum of 30 hours of service. The objective is improving the health of an underserved population through a clinic or agency in central Ohio. The project introduces students to population-based medicine and allows them to identify the needs of those they target and, in some cases, to develop, implement and evaluate a program to improve the health of our community.

Service opportunities in local specialty clinics

As a medical student at Ohio State, you will develop the competence to provide outstanding care to diverse patient populations. In the clinical setting, you will encounter patients who are from urban or rural areas, who are wealthy, poor, young, elderly, Christian, Hindu, Jewish or Muslim. You might see patients from developing countries and various ethnic groups, patients who do not speak English or who are part of a non-traditional family.

At local clinics, students gain experience with plenty of patients who have conditions ranging in extremity. The Columbus Free Clinic, a primary and urgent care walk-in clinic managed by Ohio State medical students, provides students an opportunity to serve more than 1,400 underserved patients annually under the supervision of volunteer physicians. Students also educate patients regarding wellness and disease prevention while specialty care, including gynecology, orthopedics and dermatology, are scheduled with the approval of one of the clinic’s primary care physicians.

In addition to general clinics, there are several specialty clinics in Columbus where students can serve the community. Clinica Latina is a free, full-service health clinic that provides Spanish-speaking people with ongoing health care, including gynecology and dental care. The Asian Health Initiative Free Clinic is a collaborative community project that seeks to improve the health of the area’s underserved Asian population through culturally and linguistically appropriate health care. Serving the Muslim community is the Noor Community Clinic that provides routine medical care and physical examinations, treatment for non-emergency illnesses, screenings for diabetes and high blood pressure, and health education services.

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The Wexner Medical Center's Healthy Community Day

Our Healthy Community Day, an annual event every fall, provides the community with free health screenings and medical information. Students typically volunteer with this event to gain additional experience working with the public.