LOGAN — Through teaching students and treating patients, Logan Physician Scott Anzalone has been awarded the 2019 family physician mentorship award.
According to the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians website — the foundation who sponsors the award — the recipient must be an Ohio family physician who, as a preceptor, has exhibited exemplary qualities and characteristics of mentorship excellence.
Anzalone has served the community of Logan for 20 years. He practices full-scope, rural family medicine and minus obstetrics while holding the title of clinical associate professor at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens. His peers in the field nominated him for the award.
He tends to patients of all ages and a variety of illnesses. His goal while in practice is to treat all patients, no matter what issue they are experiencing, to avoid having to send them to a plethora of doctors.
“I want to provide care for 90 percent of people who walk through that door,” Anzalone said. “That’s how I was trained — to serve more.”
While working on his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio, in Toledo, and later his family medicine residency at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, Anzalone knew he wanted to teach.
“I got to teach Swedish while I was an undergraduate and ever since then, I continued to teach in medical school and during my residency,” he added.
Since then, Anzalone has taught at various colleges and is now the director of longitudinal integrated clerkships, which is a program he designed and is now integrated in colleges all across Ohio.
“The intent of the program is to build a continuity experience for the students,” Anzalone stated. “The student is with a family physician all year long. They go back to the same office all year and they will have patients that they see who may remain their patients for years to come.”
A native of Andover, Anzalone chose to open his solo practice in Logan because the small town feel the city has reminds him of home.
“I knew I was coming back to a small town and that’s why I studied family medicine,” he continued. “Here, I can serve more people effectively. I have to be more to more people here because we don’t have a cardiologist and we don’t have all the sub-specialists and I think patient can come in and not have to go to five more doctors.”
Anzalone is a firm believer in apprenticeships, which is why he allows students to work so closely with him and his patients in his office. He sees his educator role as something he has to do rather than it being just an extra title.
“If we don’t teach the future, who’s going to?” Anzalone exclaimed. “If we don’t model what we need in a community, how are we going to expect future conditions to meet future needs. So, I see it as a responsibility.”