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MetroHealth Launches New Residency Track to Focus on Primary Care for the Underserved

The MetroHealth System is launching a new track within its Internal Medicine Residency Program designed to prepare primary care physicians who are committed to caring for underserved communities and addressing the inequities that contribute to poor health outcomes.

According to the American Academy for Medical Colleges, the United States could see an estimated shortage of between 17,800 and 48,000 primary care providers by 2034. The shortage is expected to be even deeper in communities with large minority populations and high uninsured rates as well as rural communities.

Throughout the three-year program, MetroHealth’s new Primary Care of Vulnerable Populations (PCVP) track will offer resident physicians immersive training in primary care and outpatient settings. They’ll also receive extensive training on topics like the intersection of social justice and health care, population health, and advocacy.

Trainees will gain extensive experience in core and elective specialty clinics including infectious disease, LGBT health, geriatrics, psychiatry, addiction medicine, and many more. In addition, there will be ample opportunities to lead quality improvement and community service projects.

“We want graduates from this program to become well-rounded leaders in the primary care field,” said Jayne A. Barr, MD, MPH, Co-Director of the PCVP track. “Primary care physicians are important advocates for their patients, especially those who have traditionally lacked access to medical care. It’s important that the next generation of clinicians understands that good health depends on far more than what happens inside the clinic walls.”

Research shows that 80% of a person’s health is based on factors that go beyond medicine – factors often called the social determinants of health which include access to safe housing, healthy food, transportation, and job opportunities. PCVP residents will partner with local community organizations to learn how they can help meet their patients’ social needs.

“Since its founding in 1837, MetroHealth has had a deep commitment to caring for the underserved,” said James C. Pile, MD, Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program. “It’s a commitment that our faculty and staff live out every day and one that resonates in our training programs.”

To learn more about the PCVP track and how to apply, visit here.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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