As a primary care department in a community-based medical school, the Department of Family Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has always had a commitment to the greater Dayton area. Current outreach activities include:
Reach Out is a 501(c)3 volunteer healthcare organization, founded in 1994 by Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Public Health–Dayton and Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Medical Society. Family medicine faculty and residents volunteer their time overseeing medical students who assist with patient care and learn valuable skills about interviewing, elements of the physical exam and how to provide care for patients who do not have insurance and live on limited incomes. Reach Out provides access to health care services for the underserved/uninsured population in Montgomery County, without restraints, utilizing the professional skills of volunteer physicians, nurses and other health care professionals. All age groups and/or disease conditions, uninsured with an income at or below 250-percent of the poverty level are eligible. Reach Out provides a safety net clinic located minutes from downtown Dayton. The clinic offers an alternative to emergency visits for minor illnesses and chronic conditions that need immediate attention. Clinic visits are at no cost to the patient. Funding for Reach Out is provided in the form of grants from foundations and corporations as well as individual giving. A grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1994 initiated the Reach Out program.
Our residency director, Teresa W. Zryd, M.D., serves on the Greene County Board of Health. This board operates under the directives, rules and regulations of the Ohio Revised Code, Civil Services Laws and Rules, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964,and the Public Health Standards for local Health Departments.
Residency director Teresa W. Zryd, M.D., serves on the board of trustees, and as part of the Behavioral Health Innovate Team of physicians. Samaritan Behavioral Health, Inc. (SBHI) has a rich tradition of community stewardship in providing mental health and substance abuse services for all ages in Southwest Ohio. SBHI’s vision, mission and values are:
- Vision: Where help for life’s challenges is openly sought and compassionately given.
- Mission: To provide mental health and substance abuse services that touch, teach, and heal.
- Values: Compassion, Integrity, Respect, Excellence, Teamwork
Residency director Teresa W. Zryd, M.D., serves as a team physician. The University of Dayton Sports Medicine department is dedicated to providing its student athletes with the highest level of medical care. In order to ensure this, every athlete is required to have a physical examination from a team physician prior to participation in their intercollegiate sport. The final decision regarding physical qualification, reasons for disqualifications and return to play after injury is the responsibility of the team physicians.
Our residency director, Teresa W. Zryd, M.D., serves on the Montgomery County Medical Society Board of Directors. The purpose of the Montgomery County Medical Society is to serve its members by:
- Acting as a strong physician advocate within the boundaries of professional integrity while recognizing and representing the diversity within the medical community.
- Recognizing the health care needs of the community and acting as a patient advocate in response to those needs.
- Providing services that meet the professional needs and interests of the physician community.
- Promoting the positions of the profession and the Medical Society to the public.
- Taking a leadership role in informing the community about health issues.
- Preserving the professionalism in medicine.
- Promoting American freedoms of physicians and patients.
Bruce Binder, M.D., Ph.D., vice chair of family medicine, volunteers his time at the Living Well Clinic in Xenia Ohio. The clinic was founded in 2010 by a group of Christians at Dayton Avenue Baptist Church who desired to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of the underserved in the community. An organizing task force of individuals from Xenia-area churches who were passionate about medical ministry connected to the community was formed. Living Well Clinic was incorporated on November 2010 and is a faith-based, nonprofit 501c3 organization. Living Well Clinic opened on January 17, 2012, and provides care for patients on a weekly basis.
Cedarville University Student Health Services
Professor Bruce Binder, M.D., Ph.D., is one of several physicians who staffs the student health center at Cedarville University. Cedarville is a Christian college with 3,400 undergraduate and online students in Southwest Ohio.
Residency director Teresa W. Zryd, M.D., serves as co-chief medical director. Health care services in the Dayton Public Schools are provided by professional school nurses (R.N.s). Each school has a nurse, but not all buildings have a full-time school nurse. The mission of the Health Services Department is to optimize student and staff health, supporting a quality education for every student every day.
STEPS is an initiative run by medical and nursing students from Wright State and pharmacy students from Cedarville University, who provide preventive health counseling to the men of the St. Vincent DePaul Gateways Men's Shelter. Sessions are held the first and third Saturdays of every month from at the St. Vincent DePaul Gateway Men's Shelter at 1921 S. Gettysburg Ave. in Dayton. The STEPS faculty advisor is Paul Hershberger, Ph.D., behavioral science director for the WSU Family Medicine Residency. Faculty members volunteer at STEPS sessions to check-out with students after they have done motivational interviewing sessions with participants. During these check-outs, the faculty member will discuss with the students what went well and how they could improve.
Cindy Olsen, M.D., professor of family medicine and a resident of Yellow Springs, has had a long commitment to the local nursing home and assisted living facility, Friends Care Community. This facility serves assisted living, nursing home and rehabilitation patients.
Gary Leroy, M.D., has provided primary care at the East Dayton Health Center (EDHC) for more than 20 years. EDHC is one of seven Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton network. This network provides medical, dental and mental health care to underserved patients across the Dayton area. Medical students often rotate with Dr. Leroy and his colleagues.
Selective Nursing, LLC, Home Health Care
Robert L. Brandt, Jr., M.D., clinical professor of family medicine, serves as the medical director at Selective Nursing, LLC, Home Health Care. This organization’ s mission is to provide professional, compassionate care to individuals, while maintaining their independence and quality of life, in their homes.
Medical students on electives and rotations with the Family Medicine Department spend time in family medicine practices and health centers in Southwest Ohio. Other settings include:
- Family Violence Prevention Center, Greene County
- Women’s Recovery Center, a respected non-medical residential and outpatient treatment facility for alcohol, tobacco and other drug dependent women
- Greene County Children Services
- TCN Behavioral Health Services, which offers behavioral health and prevention services to adult citizens in Greene County, Ohio and surrounding counties
- Greene County Combined Health District, which provides preventive screenings, communicable disease treatment, a Dental Clinic, a flu clinic, immunizations, newborn home visits, a Vision Clinic, Tots-N-Teens Well-Child Clinics, WIC, and Women’s Health Services and serves the Greene County Jail
On the family medicine clerkship, students are asked to spend eight hours in community service at such locations as Reach Out, Hospice, charter schools and other area health care and service organizations.