“The Bread for the City clinic provides an opportunity for residents to understand that medical care—though important—is only one of many contributors to the well-being of the patient,” explains Nnenna Oluigbo, MD, internal medicine physician at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Her residents are among the individuals who participate in the rotations.
The rotation is meant to enhance residents’ clinical skills in an outpatient setting, while teaching them how to identify, understand and address the health needs of low-income individuals and families. The medical residents have a one-month rotation each year at the Bread for the City clinic where they gain invaluable experience in a community-based care setting.
“This training prepares the next generation of physicians to address the public health and social issues that impact their patients’ health, such as housing, education, neighborhood conditions, and socio-economic status,” says Dr. Oluigbo.