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Outpatient Opportunities


With the exception of hospitalists and critical care physicians, most internists will spend a substantial portion of their professional life in the outpatient environment. Even hospitalists and critical care physicians need an understanding of the types of conditions that can be effectively cared for in the outpatient environment so that they can plan for transitioning the care of their patients back to their colleagues in the ambulatory arena. Thus, training in the outpatient setting is an essential part of an internal medicine residency program.

At OSU, a minimum of 12, 4 week blocks is spent in the ambulatory setting over the three year training program. Outpatient experiences include the Resident Continuity Clinic, the Columbus Veteran's Administration outpatient facility, primary care subspecialty private practice sites, the Children's Hospital Adolescent Medicine-Pediatrics practice and a rural community health experience in Ohio communities.

Although many experiences are focused in one practice site, some electives, such as those in Women's Health, Non-Internal Medicine Surgical Issues (office orthopedics, podiatry, ophthalmology, ENT, etc), and Geriatric Medicine, have residents rotating through a variety of outpatient sites.

PGY1

Junior Ambulatory Month:

A one-month rotation through private practice offices while also on Continuity Practice Block (CPB).

 

 

Subspecialty-based Clinics:

A one-month rotation in a division's outpatient clinics, working with division faculty, while also on CPB.

 PGY2

VA Outpatient:

A one-month rotation at this nearby clinic with an emphasis on general medicine.

 

 

 

Subspecialty-based Clinics:

A one-month rotation in a division's outpatient clinics, working with division faculty, while also on CPB.

PGY3

Geriatric Rotation:

A one-month rotation where senior residents rotate through a variety of outpatient clinics, long term care facility and subspecialty clinics geared towards geriatric patient care

 

 

Subspecialty-based Clinics:

A one-month rotation in a division's outpatient clinics, working with division faculty, while also on CPB.

In addition to the required outpatient rotations listed above,
residents can schedule outpatient rotations for any elective block