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Family Medicine Three Year Track Students Selected


Drs. Macerollo, Rundell and The OSU Department of Family Medicine have worked together with Drs. Clinchot, Davis and the College of Medicine to develop a Three year track for medical students. Over the last year students have been interviewed from around the country and two have been selected to join the College of Medicine. Upon completion of the three years they will enter directly into the OSU Family Medicine Residency Program to complete their training.

We are pleased to announce our first two students.

Allison Porter was one of more than 11,000 students here at The Ohio State University who walked across the stage at graduation to receive her bachelor’s degree in public health. During her time here at Ohio State she was a part of the ENCompass program where groups of interdisciplinary undergraduate students work as volunteers to address health disparities in Central Ohio. ENCompass students connect clients with services that address the social determinants of health including prescription assistance, rent and utility assistance, and transportation assistance. Allison is originally from Chagrin Falls near Cleveland, Ohio and enjoys running as a hobby.

Amara (Ugwu) Decker completed her undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago and her MPH from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She is currently working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta as a fellow in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.  As a fellow her work focuses on knowledge translation and health communication, she coordinates the development of products such as practitioner guides, toolkits, factsheets, and webinars, as well as the dissemination of these products to state grantees, health systems and other partners. She is an Ohio native and graduate of Northland High School in Columbus, Ohio. In her free time Amara enjoys traveling with her husband, reading, cycling and learning to cook and bake new things.