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Barnesville Hospital Provides Resident Insight into Rural Medicine

Barnesville Hospital and Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University (OSUWMC) have implemented a collaborative in health education to expose Internal Medicine residents to the practice of rural medicine. Dr. Michael Langan, Director of Internal Medicine, Primary Care Career Track, explains, Residents in the Primary Care Track at OSUWMC are put into a month-long immersion experience in Barnesville to enhance awareness and develop an appreciation of the practice of primary care in a rural community. With these efforts, Dr. Langan anticipates an improved overall educational curriculum for primary care trainees and remains hopeful that such exposure will inspire residents to pursue the careers in rural communities where there is a desperate need. Review of current literature and exposure to reading materials in the realm of rural medicine further enhance the month-long experience.

Barnesville Hospital is a founding member of The Ohio State Health Network (OSHN), a membership organization of independent hospitals that provides group purchasing solutions, educational programs, professional networking and information sharing tools for its members. As the Founding Member of OSHN, Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University (OSUWMC) believes that through sharing and collaboration we can decrease health care costs while improving the measurable quality of care for patients throughout Ohio. The rural medicine education is an example of these collaborative efforts which will, ultimately, improved the healthcare in our region.

Pratap K. Souri, MD, and Himalaya Patcha, MD, have been appointed Affiliate Directors, responsible for the day-to-day activities of the rotation. During the rotation, the resident will work beside Dr. Souri, Dr. Patcha as well as Dr. Abhishek Shahi, both in their offices, as well as rounding on patients within the hospital.

Dr. Jonathan Huang is the third participant in the rural medicine rotation. Dr. Huang grew up in the Chicago suburbs with his parents and two older sisters. When asked why he decided to get into healthcare, Dr. Huang responded, The privilege of sharing in the patients stories and the opportunity to help people improve their lives.

Receiving his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, he attended medical school at the University of Illinois in Peoria, Illinois with his residency being completed at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Dr. Huang believes the biggest challenge in healthcare today is communication and care coordination between patients, physicians, and healthcare workers in an increasingly fragmented system. Please join the staff at Barnesville Hospital in welcoming Dr. Huang to our area.