Innovative and Inclusive Medical Education

Healthy State Alliance is committed to inclusive medical education to improve the health of our communities. By leveraging the strengths of each organization, we aim to become a national leader in innovative programming from faculty development and curriculum advancement to providing learning opportunities for health professionals worldwide.

Key education efforts of Healthy State Alliance

Community Medicine MD Track

Aimed at increasing the number of physicians caring for patients in mid-size and rural communities, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, in collaboration with Bon Secours Mercy Health, has launched a new community medicine medical degree track.

The community medicine MD track provides a new option for medical student applicants who are interested in practicing community medicine. They will complete the first two years of training at The Ohio State University in Columbus and complete the remaining two years of core clinical training within Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. In addition to being trained to provide high-quality patient care, medical students will also develop their skills to be engaged leaders in the communities they seek to serve.

The program also gives medical students the opportunity to receive an interprofessional education where they will learn and work alongside clinicians and students of pharmacy, nursing, therapy, social work and behavioral health. This allows students to gain a holistic perspective of the value each discipline offers to health care.

This new program is a direct result of Healthy State Alliance and the joint vision to cultivate future generations of medical professionals.

OSU MedNet 21

Healthy State Alliance has enabled Bon Secours Mercy Health physicians and advanced practice clinicians’ to have access to continuing medical education through OSU MedNet21.

OSU MedNet21 is a series of one-hour webcasts designed to enable physicians and advanced practice clinicians to receive CME requirements from the convenience of their office, home or mobile devices, on-demand.