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Primary Care Track

The Ohio State University Internal Medicine Residency
Primary Care Track


To strengthen the workforce of culturally competent primary care physicians practicing high quality primary and preventive care for underserved, uninsured, and underinsured populations throughout Central Ohio and the United States.


Working as a team through innovative health care delivery, education, research, and leadership, we hope to shape the future of primary care by improving access to quality health care, improving health outcomes, and eliminating racial, gender, and socioeconomic health care disparities.


Integrity. Teamwork. Innovation. Excellence. Leadership.

What does the OSU Primary Care Track offer residents with commitment to becoming Primary Care Practitioners?

  • 50% of training is dedicated to outpatient medicine
  • Dedicated focus to primary care in clinic – Continuity Practice Blocks every other month throughout 3 years of training
  • Community based, inner-city practice setting staffed by OSU IM faculty preceptors at CarePoint East
  • Inpatient training at four major hospitals (University Hospital East, OSU Main, Ross Heart, and James Cancer Hospital) that is integrated with the traditional IM Categorical Track residents
  • Maintain the benefits of the traditional Categorical Track’s core conferencing, faculty and resources
  • Enhanced outpatient opportunities relevant to Primary Care:
    • Advanced Office Based Procedural Training
    • Exposure to Rural Medicine
    • Dermatology Clinic time
    • Longitudinal Office Based Quality Improvement
    • Enriched cultural competency training
    • Primary Care Career Day every spring
    • Make an impact on the Near East Columbus Community – an ethnically and linguistically diverse and medically underserved community where you can make a difference!
    • With increasing interest in primary care research and mentorship through the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, the possibilities have become limitless…


OSU has lead the way in resident education by providing a unique experience dedicated to outpatient training through innovative models. For additional information please contact the Primary Care Track Director:

Lisa Kearns, MD
OSU CarePoint East
543 Taylor Ave.
Columbus, OH 43203


Primary Care Career Day is April 29, 2017 and is FREE for residents, medical students or mentors. A light breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided to attendees. Use the following link to register to attend: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PrimaryCareCareerDay2017


Dr. Jonathan Huang is a recent graduate of the Primary Care Track program and is practicing in Illinois with the Centegra Health System. Click here to watch a video highlighting his practice as a physician.


Check out this video of Dr. Michael Langan's acceptance of the HRSA Grant in 2010 on behalf of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Langan was the Primary Care Track Director from July 2011-June 2015.



Dr. Andrew Keaster, current PGY 3 Primary Care Track Resident, along with Dr. Maria Barnett, from Family Medicine, began the Transgender clinic at OSU last year. On October 30 and October 31, 2015, the first annual LGBTQ Health Equity took place at the Fawcett Center at OSU. For more information and to read some wonderful quotes from our own Dr. Keaster, please visit the Columbus Dispatch's article from the event: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/10/30/LGBTQ-medical-gathering.html

Dr. Keaster was awarded the Health Impact Leader Award for being an Emerging Leader in the fight for equity for our patients in the Columbus area who are seeking medical attention and have been marginalized for years. http://columbuslgbtqhealth.weebly.com/blog/health-impact-leader-award-winners.

Congratulations, Drew!