YSU-BaccMed Consortium

Your Fellow Citizens Need You!

The State of Ohio and the United States need more physicians in primary care. Primary care core disciplines are family medicine, general internal medicine, and general pediatrics [source: AAMC—Association of American Medical Colleges], with supporting disciplines obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, general surgery, and oral medicine.

Primary care access is especially limited for rural, inner city, and financially disadvantaged populations. The AAMC estimates that by 2,050, the U.S. will have a shortage of more than 95,000 physicians, most in primary care. This great need contributes to the U.S. lagging behind all other 1st World Nations in important health care metrics (health care access, life expectancy from birth, life expectancy after 60, infant mortality, survival of major diseases/surgeries/chronic conditions, avoidable mortality—curing of curable diseases) as well as having by far the most expensive healthcare system in the world (17% to 22% of GDP, over 60% of filed bankruptcies per year due to health care expenses—no such bankruptcies in other 1st World Nations)

Youngstown State University has joined with Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Educational System (LECOM) to develop and implement YSU-BaccMed: Educating Primary Care Physicians, a pioneering, premier, integrated premed/med program. The central purpose of YSU-BaccMed is to provide family physicians to the Youngstown-Warren metropolitan area, Northeast Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and the nation, especially for rural, urban, and economically disadvantaged populations. This purpose is to be realized by recruiting and training talented students interested in primary care, with special focus on students from medically underserved communities, both high school seniors from school districts in Ohio, Ohio contiguous states, and the nation, as well as existing college students early in their undergraduate career.

See these important links for YSU-BaccMed