Columbia Student Medical Outreach Program

Columbia Student Medical Outreach

The Columbia Student Medical Outreach Program (CoSMO) is a free, student-run, primary care clinic at the 21 Audubon UrgiCare Center in Manhattan. Every Saturday and second Thursday of the month, students studying medicine, public health, social work, and nursing come together to provide uninsured residents of Washington Heights and Northern Harlem with comprehensive services that address the physical, social, and behavioral aspects of health.

CoSMO is a unique opportunity for students at all levels of training to focus on service learning. The resident-free learning environment allows senior medical students to have direct access to the attendings and to begin to teach each other, as well as the first- and second-year students. Senior clinicians coach junior clinicians in taking histories and physicals, such as taking vitals, drawing blood, presenting information to attendings, and completing a note. For many junior clinicians, this is the first time they have such an active role in patient care. For many senior clinicians, this is their introduction to teaching in a clinical setting and to the impact of limited finances on the provision of medical care.

Through grants, donations, and dedication of personal time, CoSMO offers patients:

  • Complete histories and physicals
  • Health education
  • Social work services (screening for government and private assistance programs)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Laboratory testing
  • Diabetes equipment
  • X-rays
  • Cancer screenings (prostate, colorectal, breast, and cervical)
  • 24-hour call service in case of an emergency

For a nominal cost, the clinic also provides patients with referrals to specialists as well as for cardiac diagnostic testing and advanced imaging (CT, MRI, and ultrasound).

For more information, visit the CoSMO website.  

To contact the CoSMO chairs, email chairperson@cosmoprimarycare.org.