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NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health

Post Baccalaureate/M.D. Pathway at CSU
Baccalaureate/M.D. Pathway for CSU Students

Charting a New Direction for Health Care in Northeast Ohio

Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Cleveland State University (CSU) have established a partnership to address the changing health care needs within urban metropolitan areas; combining their strengths in urban health, primary care medicine, and interprofessional education to design unique primary care education programs within Northeast Ohio.

A total of up to 35 seats at NEOMED’s College of Medicine will be available to CSU students participating in these partnership programs.

About the Partnership Pathways

NEOMED and CSU have established two paths for CSU students to become physicians through this partnership—the Post Baccalaureate/M.D. and Baccalaureate/M.D. These programs build upon CSU’s pre-medical curriculum and NEOMED’s Doctor of Medicine curriculum to include courses in urban health. CSU and NEOMED faculty are currently developing the urban primary care curriculum.

Primary Care with an Emphasis on Urban Health

Primary care physicians are often the first point of contact for a patient seeking medical treatment. Primary care physicians focus on comprehensive and continuous care for the patient’s physical and mental well-being. When additional treatments or diagnoses are needed, it is the primary care physician who coordinates with consulting physicians in order to improve and maintain the patient’s care and understanding of their illness. The primary care specialties include: family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics and geriatrics. Obstetrics/gynecology is sometimes considered a primary care specialty. The NEOMED-CSU partnership will also expand to include other physician specialties that are identified as either needed by the community or lacking in number within the Cleveland community. One example of a needed specialty is psychiatry.

The NEOMED-CSU partnership believes that for a primary care physician to maintain a strong connection with the patient, the physician should have a full awareness of the community. Through the NEOMED-CSU partnership, students will build relationships within the Cleveland community and an understanding of primary care practice within the context of an urban neighborhood.

Urban health is an area of health care focused on the unique medical concerns which dominate large metropolitan areas along with social concerns that affect lives and access to healthy living. The Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization acknowledge the relationship between health and the social determinants of health (such as education, income, housing, air quality, health insurance, risk behaviors and environmental hazards) when defining urban health. The NEOMED-CSU Partnership Urban Health initiative seeks to improve its students’ understanding of these social determinants of health in order to improve the health of the community.

Urban Primary Care

Students who are admitted to the NEOMED-CSU M.D. programs will have seminars and courses in urban health and opportunities to complete many of their neighborhood-based experiences at various hospital and ambulatory care sites located in the Cleveland metropolitan area.