The 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 serve as preceptors every 3rd Thursday evening of the month.
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, Ohio health department, and residents can be involved with this clinic through the Health Department Elective during their outpatient continuity month. Residents can also volunteer at La Clinica Latina and the Asian Health Free Clinic, two full service health clinics in Columbus, Ohio.
At Ohio State, we take care of patients from many different socioeconomic backgrounds. Approximately 50% 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. Our ethnic population includes about 70% Caucasian, 30% African American and other races make up the remaining 10% (including over 750 Somalian patient encounters each year).
Residents 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. Several attending physicians go on annual mission trips, and the Global Health office (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.
At The Ohio State 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 Taskforce, a committee geared towards strengthening diversity within the medical center and improving education, research, and patient care. The committee is chaired by Dr. John Mastronarde and Dr. Darwin Conwell.
Each spring, University Hospital East holds a community health day that provides free health screenings and education to members of the surrounding community. Residents from the internal medicine and family medicine programs provide sports physicals to area middle and high school students.