Preparing tomorrow's physicians

Today's healthcare environment requires physicians who are skilled in meeting the challenges of the new frontiers of medicine. The Ohio State University Department of Family Medicine offers a distinctive opportunity for future physicians to gain these competencies through a program that emphasizes excellence in education, patient care and research.

Our innovative MD curriculum, diverse learning environment, active Family Medicine Interest Group, Family Medicine Leadership Development Program and strong mentor program offer future medical students a truly dynamic and comprehensive setting in which to gain the knowledge to achieve academic and professional success, and lead tomorrow's quest for advancing quality of life around the globe.

The cornerstone to success as a family doctor is a comprehensive training program emphasizing professional development, personal growth and social responsibility. By carrying out its strategic objectives, The Ohio State University Family Medicine Medical Student Education Program is committed to these goals.

Student Life

Student Life

Student Life

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) and Family Medicine Leadership Development Program (FMLDP) were established to involve medical students in family medicine activities and to develop their members into leaders of family medicine, medicine as a whole and their communities.

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

The Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) actively promotes involvement of first and second year medical students through workshops, meetings, lecture series and community service. The goals of FMIG are to:
  • Increase awareness of and interest in family medicine
  • Educate medical students about the specialty of family medicine
  • Assist students in finding a family physician mentor
  • Provide opportunities for leadership involvement
  • Assist in residency searches and understanding the Match
  • Distribute information about family medicine
  • Facilitate interaction among the medical students interested in family medicine
Any student who thinks they might be interested in family medicine is welcome to join FMIG. All FMIG events are open to all Ohio State University medical students. Membership to FMIG and all FMIG events are free. Contact Dr. Macerollo if interested in joining:

Family Medicine Leadership Development Program (FMLDP)

The Family Medicine Leadership Development Program (FMLDP) creates professional and leadership development opportunities for our third and fourth-year medical students. Any student showing an interest in family medicine receives a formal invitation to the group. Monthly meetings are held at the home of the faculty advisor(s) and consist of dinner followed by brief committee reports. At most meetings, a special speaker is invited to make a short presentation, and the evening is concluded with dessert and socializing.

The Family Medicine Leadership Development Program recently initiated a new arm to the program called Residency Connection. The goal of this program is to foster an ongoing relationship between current medical students interested in family medicine and residents and young physicians who have graduated from Ohio State and who have pursued family medicine as a career. Residents and recent graduates are able to stay connected with Ohio State, giving back by motivating and inspiring students to pursue family medicine as a specialty.                                                          

FMIG and FMLDP were established to involve medical students in family medicine activities and to develop their members into leaders of family medicine, medicine as a whole and their communities.

MD Curriculum

The Lead.Serve.Inspire medical student curriculum

The Lead.Serve.Inspire (LSI) curriculum has been developed to prepare tomorrow’s physicians to deliver the highest quality care to a diverse population of patients.

Learn more about LSI

The Ohio State University Department of Family Medicine has the following major responsibilities in delivering the LSI MD curriculum:

Part one: Med 1 and Med 2
Seven family medicine faculty teach in the Longitudinal Groups' curriculum to first-year and second-year students. In addition, LSI students participate in Longitudinal Practice (LP) sessions one half-day every other week across Part 1 of LSI. Family medicine faculty and practices are highly involved in teaching this preceptorship and important to its success.

Part two: Med 3
Nearly 200 third year medical students complete the required four-week adult ambulatory rotation as part of the Understanding Patients within Populations (UPWP) ring in the Lead.Serve.Inspire (LSI) curriculum. The UPWP ring is a 16-week experience involving the Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics with other departments offering two-week selective clinical experiences within the ring. 

The first week of the ring consists is called Groundschool, where various workshops, large group didactics and small group experiences are offered. The students have 14 weeks of clinical experiences within family medicine, pediatrics and various electives. While on the clinical rotations, small groups led by family medicine and pediatric facilitators meet each Tuesday afternoon. 

The final week consists of assessments including specialty shelf examinations, Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) and finally, a practical examination. Nine family medicine faculty serve as small group facilitation leaders and participate in Groundschool presentations. The Department of Family Medicine offers a wide diversity of practices for the four-week ambulatory experiences including residency practices, along with rural, urban, suburban and inner city sites involving approximately 75 volunteer preceptors.

Part three: Med 4
Sixty-two students take advantage of our fourth-year family medicine offerings, which include a variety of sub-internships and electives. Students have the opportunity to experience practices in rural, urban and suburban Columbus and across the country. Electives are offered in sports medicine, advanced experiences in family medicine and research. 

The department is also a part of the DOC-3 Chronic Care curriculum, offering an elective in healthcare for the homeless, which consistently has students rotating in a unique, urban setting. Family medicine faculty are keenly involved in the development of LSI part three, the final year of medical school. This fourth year of medical school is a key transition year from medical school to their chosen field of study in residency.

Goals and Philosophy

Our goals, philosophy and strategic objectives

Our goals, philosophy and strategic objectives

Firm Foundation


A successful predoctoral program in family medicine introduces medical students to the practice of family medicine and prepares them for the practice of medicine.

Strategic objectives

Commit to providing medical education that encompasses the six ACGME core competencies:
  • Broad medical knowledge base
  • A relationship-centered patient care exposure
  • A practice-based learning experience
  • An expansion of interpersonal communication skills
  • An experienced based understanding of professionalism
  • A comprehension of systems-based practice
  • Support personal and professional development of predoctoral faculty and staff



The medical profession is founded on altruism and service. As faculty, we have the responsibility and the opportunity to bring each generation of medical students to the door of serving others.

Strategic objectives

  • Increase visibility of faculty as service role models
  • Develop student service opportunities in collaboration with the department and the PCM program
  • Support an environment that embraces diversity
  • Integrate service into all aspects of medical education

Leadership Development


Leadership opportunities are a natural outgrowth of a family physician’s role in the community. Leadership development must be an integrated part of the predoctoral experience.

Strategic objectives

  • Increase student understanding of family physician leadership roles
  • Assist students in creating a personal and professional vision and encourage discussion on personal and professional values
  • Establish the Department of Family Medicine as a system-wide resource on leadership development for medical students



The medical profession calls us to be men and women of compassion and commitment, professionals of integrity and ability, human beings with a basic respect for all other human beings and people with the unerring ability to put the needs of others before ourselves.

Strategic objectives

  • To teach medical students is to be professional role models
  • Establish foundation for meeting the ACGME core competency requirements on professionalism and assist each student in his or her transition from personal identity to professional identity
  • Set the standard(s) as faculty role models in professionalism
  • Promote professionalism and professional well-being to the extent of becoming a benchmark resource on professionalism and professional well-being

Student Interest


The predoctoral area of the Department of Family Medicine has core goals that involve:
  • Excellence in medical school education
  • Creating the family of family physicians in the medical school environment
  • Finding those special students with the "heart of a family physician"

Strategic objectives

  • Continue to create the continuum of care for the medical student selecting family medicine as a career
  • Encourage programming that promotes personal and professional growth and recognizes student(s) with the "heart of a family physician"
  • Strive for innovation in predoctoral education that serves as a national benchmark
  • Prepare students for the practice of the future

Summer Externships

Summer Externships

Current Ohio State University medical students participate in the Department of Family Medicine Summer Externship, which is offered between the first and second year of medical school. Students can pursue either the Clinical Externship or the Clinical Research Externship.

The Clinical Externship is designed to promote interest in and understanding of family practice, especially in underserved areas. The Clinical Research Externship is designed to promote interest in and understanding of primary care research.

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