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Residents and Community

Residents Care for their Community

Free Clinics

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 can choose to work at the CFC if they would like to. 

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, 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.

Underserved Patient Care

At Ohio State, we take care of patients from many different socioeconomic backgrounds. Approximately 38% of our inpatients at the main hospital and the UH 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 Experience

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. 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.

Diversity Experience

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. Darwin Conwell and Dr. Cassandra Grenade. Visit our Department's Diversity Website.