Outreach opportunities for emergency medicine residents
What will you remember most from your residency experience and what will shape and form your future career the most? For those residents lucky enough to be able to undertake a global health experience during their training program, it invariably rises to one of the top three experiences that change their lives. We believe in this idea here at Ohio State, and have an active support system in place to make sure that we can afford you every opportunity to experience global health in an under-resourced country. Being able to understand, at the ground level, the challenges of disparities of care, in addition to the ability to apply these concepts to your state-side patient care, is invaluable.
Our residents have an opportunity to serve a complex medical population in Northeast Haiti annually, with emergency medicine faculty and nurses, even as early as their PGY-1 year. Advanced electives in global health can be scheduled through the College of Medicine Office of Global Health, and include experiences in Africa, Southeast Asian and South America.
Drs. Howie Werman and Rick Nelson regularly volunteer their time with the Physicians Free Clinic, which is operated by the Columbus Medical Association and Foundation. The clinic meets every Monday at the Columbus Health Department from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and sees patients with urgent primary care needs as well as specialty surgical and medical care needs. Students from The Ohio State University College of Medicine first and second year classes regularly work with the faculty in the clinic.
Drs. Robert Cooper (recently awarded the 2015 Free Clinic Physician of the Year and OSU Emergency Medicine Residency graduate) and Howie Werman are also active at the Columbus Free Clinic. The Clinic operates every Thursday night at the Rardin Family Practice Center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Patients with limited financial resources are seen without charge for their primary care needs. Emergency medicine residents have participated in the clinic. OSU College of Medicine students administer and staff the clinic.
Several of our attending physicians and residents go to Haiti in February to provide medical care for people in Ft. Liberté. The Friends of Ft. Liberté sponsors these mission trips. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and lay personnel staff the Ebenezer Medical Clinic, which sees patients with medical needs in the community.
The Partnership for Ongoing Developmental, Educational and Medical Outreach Services (PODEMOS) is an OSU based group of medical professionals, medical students and nursing students who provide relief in El Progreso, Honduras.