Michelle M. Jacobs DO, MPH
Polyclinic Now Medical Director
American Osteopathic College of Occupational & Preventive Medicine
Dr. Michelle M. Jacobs received her medical degree at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, Va. and received her master’s degree in public health from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She completed her internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a three-year residency program in Preventive Medicine and Occupational Health at the NOVA Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Before joining The Polyclinic, Dr. Jacobs served as the Department Chair of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and served as clinical lead for international mission trips for medical students and residents at VCOM.
Dr. Jacobs spent several years working in the primary care setting for underserved populations at the Palm Beach County Health Department, which eventually led to her interest in working in the urgent care setting. Since then, she has continued to dedicate her time to finding ways to provide quality, safe, and efficient care to patients in the urgent care environment. Prior to joining the Polyclinic team as the Medical Director for Polyclinic Now, she worked as an urgent care physician at multiple health care organizations including the Virginia Mason Hospital System and Franciscan Health System in Washington state.
Dr. Jacobs serves as medical director for Polyclinic Now, The Polyclinic’s walk-in care service. She provides comprehensive urgent care services and has special interests in holistic care, preventive medicine, and women’s health.
Dr. Jacobs is an avid Yogi, and a firm believer in the mind/body/spirit relationship and approach to living.
“My approach to practicing medicine is holistic healing that takes the whole person into account (body, mind, spirit) in every health care interaction. I believe that even in the urgent care setting—which can often be the first or primary source of health care for our patients—we can provide an integrative approach to meet our patient’s needs.”
AmeriCorps, Chicago Health Corps, 2-year assignment, 1994-1996
- American Osteopathic Association 2007 - Current
- American Osteopathic College of Occupational & Preventive Medicine 2010 - Current
Jacobs et al. “Policies to Restrict Secondhand Smoke Exposure American College of Preventive Medicine Position Statement. Am J Prev Med2013;45(3):360–367.
Contributing Author In: Lynn J, Schuster J, and Kabcenell A. Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000: pp 277-326.
Jacobs MM and Phillips J. Gait Algorithms and Natural Walking Patterns: An Observational Study. 2002. National Institute of Science and Technology and RAND. Paper presented at 2nd Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, May 10, Sarasota, Florida.
Jacobs MM. Breast Cancer Screening Practices in Older Women at the George Washington University Medical Center: Examining Disparities in Women over the Age of 65. Master’s Thesis, George Washington University School of Public Health.
Jacobs MM, Puchalski, and C Rodriguez. 2001. The practical implications of study results from women in the GW health plan surveyed about breast cancer screening practices and perceived risk factors. Paper presented at Sixth Annual Research Day, April 19, at the George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Puchalski C, Zhong Z, Jacobs MM, et al. Patients Who Want their Family and Physician to Make Resuscitation Decisions for Them: Observations from SUPPORT and HELP. Journal of the American Geriatric Society 2000; 48: (suppl): S84-S90.
Puchalski C and Jacobs MM. 2001. Measuring the validity and reliability of a survey designed to assess the patient-physician relationship for determining the spiritual needs of dying patients. Paper presented at Sixth Annual Research Day, April 19, at the George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Rand Corporation: Shuster J, Spence C, Jacobs MM, et al. Living with Advanced Lung Disease: A Guide for Family Caregivers. American Association of Retired People, RAND and www.medicaring.org.