At Grant, we're proud to live and work in a diverse, thriving big city with a small-town feel. Our residents, faculty, and staff share a passion for providing care for the underserved communities of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to caring for patients at Grant and our two family medicine offices in central Ohio, we take time to engage with the community. In fact, we think it's so important that it's built into the curriculum!
PGY1s currently spend 4 weeks doing a variety of ambulatory community medicine experiences, including spending time in private practice with Family Medicine preceptors and working in our Family Medicine OB (FMOB) prenatal clinic, which serves an under/uninsured inner-city patient population. Additionally, they meet with ancillary services such as coders and pharmacists to round out their community medicine experience in the first year.
PGY2s and PGY3s currently spend 4 weeks each collaborating with FQHCs in the community, and working with unique patient populations such as prenatal opioid addiction. Additionally, they see patients in our Grant Outpatient Clinics, including a Medicine clinic and FMOB prenatal clinic for under/uninsured patient populations. They are also given the opportunity to spend evenings in our Columbus Free Clinics, supervising 1st and 2nd year medical students seeing patients.
In addition to these planned curricular experiences, we ask our residents to complete at least 7 Community Medicine "points" during their 3 year experience. Points are awarded for volunteering with community organizations.
Here are just a few examples of ways in which our residents, faculty, and staff partner with healthy initiatives in our community:
- Sports physicals on our Mobile Clinic
- Volunteering for Columbus Marathon/sporting events
- Volunteering at Columbus Free Clinic/Faith Mission Clinic
- Volunteering at YWCA Family Center
- Attending community board meetings/advocacy
- Presenting health information in community forum/nursing home
- Giving "Library Lectures"- informative health presentations to Columbus Metropolitan Library Staff
- Partnering with community organizations to do primary care research
- HOOFit- partnering with Columbus Zoo to give walking tours focusing on fitness\
- Teaching workshops for the Family Medicine Interest Groups at Ohio medical schools