These groups were formed with Woody’s adage of “Paying it Forward” in mind. For those altruistic students who want to give back and even for those just wanting an excuse to dress up as a clown, have a look at these service organizations for these opportunities and more.

Aprovechando Salud y Educacion (ASE)
Taking Advantage of Health Education. ASE is an interest group focused on improving the health and education of the Latino community of Columbus.

Anatomy Memorial Service
It has become a tradition at Ohio State Medical School to honor the memories and generosity of the individuals who donate their bodies to The Ohio State University Medical Center in a memorial service held each spring. Each year first year medical students are given the charge to plan, fundraise, and execute an event worthy of serving as a final thank-you to the amazing individuals who chose to be anatomical donors. Their generosity is indispensable to the education of health professional students and to the development of better ways to serve patients. By inviting the donors’ next-of-kin to join students, educators and researchers on campus, we provide an opportunity for family and friends to say their final “good bye” and for members of the OSUCOM family to express their gratitude for the truly unparalleled gift of a stranger.

Clowning in Columbus
Inspired by Patch Adams and the Gesundheit! Institute, Clowning in Columbus (CNC) is a group of Ohio State University medical students at who visit children in hospitals and the eldery in senior centers. We go dressed as clowns to talk and joke around with the patients and residents. We are a laid back group who seriously believe in the health benefits of laughing and silliness for people of all ages.

Honor and Professionalism Council
The Honor and Professionalism Council (HPC) is a group of students, elected by their peers, whose goal is to promote and ensure professional and ethical behavior in the College of Medicine.

Honor and Professionalism Council Structure
The structure includes 16 peer-elected student members and one faculty member:

  • Four members from each of the four medical classes
  • One faculty member who is the advisor for the HPC
  • The president and vice president are members of the Med 2 class elected by the student members of the HPC
  • “Business” meetings are held on a monthly basis
  • Hearing committees will meet as needed

Elections for the HPC
Elections occur at the beginning of each new school year for Med 1 and Med 3 classes, with each representative serving a two-year term. Those running for a position on the board will respond to a posed mock incident and are also encouraged to write a brief personal statement. Any HPC member can be dismissed at the council’s discretion before his or her two-year term is complete. If a vacancy in the council arises in the Med 2 or Med 4 classes, the election to fill the vacant spot will be held–often at the same time as the Med 1/Med 3 elections.

Inter-Professional Students Service Group
Inter-Professional Students Service Group is a group comprised of students from the professional schools at The Ohio State University, including students from the Medical, Dental, Veterinary Medicine, Law, and Pharmacy Schools. This group is dedicating to fundraising $100,000 to sponsor a local Habitat for Humanity home. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable, quality homes to families who are unable to afford a home on their own. Owners of a home are required to contribute a certain portion of the cost as well as a number of hours volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and on their own home.

MD Camp
M.D. Camp is an intensive, three-week summer day camp that gives participants an experience in the rigors of medical school. It is open to Juniors, Seniors and recent highschool graduates who are interested in pursuing health science careers and who come from a race/ethnicity that is underrepresented in medicine (Black/African-American, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and American Indian) or from disadvantaged (low-income) backgrounds.

Ultimately, M.D. Camp aims at increasing the number of physicians who are underrepresented in medicine and who elect to practice in underserved areas. Toward this end, the camp strives to inspire students to pursue a career in medicine by challenging them intellectually, facilitating their academic and social development, and increasing their awareness of the special needs of underserved populations.

Med Paws

Med Serve (formerly Medical Student Altruism Society)
We’re a community service organization at the OSU College of Medicine. Our goal is to promote service and community awareness by providing year-round service opportunities for students. Visit our website for more information and contact our officers to get involved.

Medical Students for Kids
Medical Students for Kids is a student mentoring program in which Ohio State College of Medicine students act as positive one-on-one role models for local elementary school children. We work within Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio’s Project Mentor program. The young students have been chosen by their teachers as students who have a particular need for mentors for a range of reasons: from lack of motivation, to short attention spans to behavioral problems. Many of these students also come from underserved communities and from single-parent homes.

Each medical student is matched with a student for the entire school year. This provides a consistent relationship which is invaluable to the students. Each medical student must visit their elementary child during his or her lunch period once per week. Mentoring pairs engage in various activities including homework assistance, fun games, and personal growth.

Nite Out: A Medical Student Variety Show
Nite Out is the OSU College of Medicine’s annual fundraiser for the Columbus Free Clinic, a student-run primary and urgent care clinic in Columbus. This production is planned and produced entirely by a group of OSU medical students and provides a large portion of the Columbus Free Clinic’s annual operating funds. Nite Out raises thousands of dollars per year to provide free medical care to patients in need. The students who produce Nite Out also create a variety of theme-related skits to add to the talented performances. The production is a showcase of 12-15 acts each year – everything from Indian dances to comedic piano solos, from cover bands to classical string quartets.

On Call Creations Charity Knitting

PODEMOS (Partnership for Ongoing Developmental Educational and Medical Outreach Solutions)
PODEMOS is a student group here at OSU Medical Center that conducts bi-annual medical missions to El Progreso, Honduras. We involve Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Law students and our care is focused not just on acute relief but chronic management as well. In addition to providing care we have conduct ample research and have presented posters at international conferences throughout the US and Mexico. There are many ways to get involved so please visit our website.

Premedical Initiative (affiliated with Family Medicine Interest Group)
We are a group of first and second year medical students who try to fill an advisory role to the pre-medicine undergraduates at The Ohio State University. We hold informational meetings every 6-8 weeks on different aspects of preparing for medical school.
Some of these topics include:

  • Introduction to a career in medicine
  • Recommended pre-med timeline
  • Requirements to apply to medical school
  • Appropriate extracurricular activities
  • The MCAT
  • The application process
  • Interviewing tips

Ride for World Health
Ride for World Health (R4WH) is a national, nonprofit organization which advocates for improvements in the quality and accessibility of global healthcare. Each year, by utilizing a cross-country bike ride as a vehicle of communication, R4WH addresses this issue through political advocacy, fundraising and its unique Coast-to-Coast Lecture Series.

Somali Health Initiative for Nutrition Education (SHINE)

Walk with a Doc
To join a walk simply visit the link to the website to see which Columbus area groups are walking! Most groups meet Saturdays at 8:30am either at a park or at a mall during the winter months. Students can walk, take blood pressures of participants and talk with participants and the doctors who lead the groups. The group at Highbanks Park in Lewis Center, OH (north on 23 a few miles) is led by the organization’s enthusiastic creator and Cardiologist, Dr. David Sabgir!