CoSMO is a free, student-run, primary care clinic at the 21 Audubon UrgiCare Center. Every Saturday, and the second Thursday of the month, students from the schools of medicine, public health, social work, and nursing work 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 environment for students at all levels of their training, with a 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. The senior clinicians are able to coach junior clinicians in taking histories and physicals, including taking vitals, drawing blood, presenting 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 is able to provide patients with complete histories and physicals, health education, social work services including screening for government and private assistance programs, prescription drugs, laboratory testing, diabetes equipment, x-rays, cancer screening (prostate, colorectal, breast, and cervical), and a 24-hour call service in the event of an emergency. At a nominal cost, we also provide the patients with referral to specialists, cardiac diagnostic testing, and advanced imaging (CT, MRI, and ultrasound).
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Under the guidance of an advisory board of CUMC deans and New York Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital administrative officers, we can proudly say that our clinic has been offering high-quality primary care to the underserved of Washington Heights for 10 years! We provide a range of services, from primary care and medications to health education and mental health.
CoSMO is fully run by volunteers from five CUMC schools—Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Physical Therapy, and Nutrition—so money donated goes directly towards patient care and medication. Every donation makes a difference: for instance, $10 provides 3 months of generic medication for one patient, $110 provides one month of insulin, and $2500 keeps our doors open for a whole month! There are many ways to contribute to the clinic, and all direct donations are tax-deductible.
AMAZON AFFILIATES PROGRAM
One easy way to support the clinic is by using the link below for all your purchases on Amazon. Using this link, 6% of the purchase price will be donated to CoSMO at no additional cost to you! Please make this link your Amazon bookmark and ask your friends and family to do the same. Every time you click on it to shop on Amazon, your purchase will automatically contribute to CoSMO (and all shopping-related guilt immediately goes out to window since you’re helping a great cause!).
DONATE TO CoSMO
In addition, we welcome and accept direct donations through the following means:
To Donate Online: 1) Go to www.giving.columbia.edu 2) Click Give Online 3) Choose Physicians and Surgeons 4) Scroll down to CoSMO
To Donate By Mail: (Please make checks out to Columbia University, with "CoSMO" listed in the memo area)
Rosemarie Scilipoti c/o CoSMO gifts
50 Haven Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Thank you in advance for helping CoSMO provide quality care for our patients!