2020 Graduation & Recognition Virtual Ceremony

Please join us for Cleveland Clinic Akron General's 2020 Medical Education & Research Graduation & Recognition Ceremony. This year's event will take place online to ensure the health and safety of our residents, faculty, family and friends.

Date: Saturday, June 6, 2020
Time: 7 p.m.

Watch the Event Online

Welcome Physician Leaders of the Future

Prospective residents are often surprised when they visit Cleveland Clinic Akron General. And we're proud of that fact. As a regional referral center, our residents gain the experience of a large, tertiary care academic medical center, but in an environment that offers a supportive, family like feel. Training is geared toward the future of practice and includes unique learning opportunities found through a complex case mix, research, and cutting edge technologies and techniques.

Why Choose Akron General

Our resident physicians can have confidence that the experience they receive is from a health system that's not just tops in the state, but recognized nationally and in some areas of specialty, internationally. Akron General is a Level I Trauma Center as Verified by the American College of Surgeons and is Summit County's first Chest Pain Center and Primary Stroke Center. We also offer a Level III Obstetric Service and a Cancer Program that's approved by the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer.

Your future is at Akron General!

Additional Resources

Available Graduate Programs Facilities & Services

Facilities & Services

Cleveland Clinic Akron General provides the resources for an excellent educational experience for our students, residents, fellows and faculty.

The Department of Research is staffed by doctorally-prepared faculty to help support the scholarly activities of our learners and faculty. Resources available through the newly remodeled Department include matching investigators with expert collaborators, identification of sponsored/industry research opportunities, research methods and study design assistance, statistical data analysis and assistance with the preparation of presentations and manuscripts.

Simulation Center
Learners at Cleveland Clinic Akron General have access to a large state-of- the-art Simulation Center where we offer an integrated approach to life-like clinical situations. Here learners can hone their skills in a variety of scenarios and task trainers that provide procedural competence in central line placement, chest tube placement, intubation, lumbar puncture, casting/splinting, etc. Additionally, psychomotor skills for surgical techniques through our Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS) Program which allows learners and surgeons to perform some of the most cutting edge minimally invasive procedures.

Medical Library
Our state-of- the-art Medical Library provides 24/7 access to health-related materials and information. Our Medical Library staff supports patient care, research and education for CCAG learners and faculty by providing timely access to information. Our computer lab is located in our Medical Library and allows easy access to our many online subscriptions.

Medical Photography
Imagery is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic Akron General communications. Visual imagery, specifically photography, can effectively enhance your presentations and research. Students, residents and our medical staff consult with our Medical Photography staff to determine what graphics best meet your needs. The Medical Photography staff can guide you through the process of license applications, copyright adherence and HIPAA compliance.

Additional Services
The Department of Medical Education facilities/services include the Eva P. Craig Auditorium, numerous classrooms with media access, state-of- the-art call rooms, on-site work out facility, 24/7 food access, as well as parking across the street from the main entrance.

Stipends & Benefits

Stipends & Benefits

2019-2020 Academic Year Benefits for All Programs


We offer a competitive salary for all of our residents. The salary increases at every level of residency training.

  • Grad Level 1 — Annual Rate: $57,493
  • Grad Level 2 — Annual Rate: $59,429
  • Grad Level 3 — Annual Rate: $61,350
  • Grad Level 4 — Annual Rate: $63,750
  • Grad Level 5 — Annual Rate: $65,874
  • Grad Level 6 — Annual Rate: $68,465


Akron General offers a 401K retirement plan through Fidelity. Residents are able to participate prior to their year anniversary. The benefits are deferring federal and state income taxes and saving for retirement.

Vacation & Meetings

Three weeks of vacation (15 business days) are provided at each level of training. In addition conference time is allowed as approved by the program director.

Educational Allowance

Residents receive a competitive educational allowance during their residency training. The educational allowance can be used for texts, seminars, PDA's, meetings or other approved educational materials. Additional allowances for mandatory educational experiences is also available.

Board Review Allowance

All senior residents are eligible for a board review allowance for an approved board review course.

Exercise Facility Access

Residents are provided access to all Akron General Health and Wellness Centers, including the Lifestyles Express Center, at the main campus.

Health Insurance

Residents are offered the Employee Health Plan as an individual or family for both medical and prescription coverage.

Dental Insurance

Dental insurance is available to all residents who enroll in one of our hospitalization plans.

Vision Care

There are two vision plan options offered by EyeMed, including allowance for frames, lenses, contact lenses and other eye care services.

Counseling Support Services

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available. Confidential, 100% pre-approved coverage for house officers.

Life Insurance

Basic coverage is offered at one times your annual salary, up to $500,000 term insurance, free of charge.

Long Term Disability

Akron General provides a group policy and is of no cost to the resident.

Malpractice Insurance

All residents are indemnified for their education activities as an approved component of their post- graduate programs. There is no cost to the resident.

Relocation Services

We provide: a community tour, escorted viewing of apartments and homes to rent or buy, lease assistance, a school match and daycare referrals/viewing. We offer an interest free loan to all incoming residents, see Hobart Loan below. If you would like more information regarding the relocation services please contact the Graduate Medical Education office at 1.800.732.2852.

Hobart Loan

Akron General offers interest-free loans to residents for personal emergencies, educational needs and relocation. Residents can borrow up to $2,000 from the fund, repayable through payroll deduction.

On-Call Quarters, Meals & Uniforms

Our recently renovated on-call quarters are stocked daily with sandwiches, milk, soda, juice and fruit. We also offer a lounge area, which includes a television and computer terminals for accessing patient and laboratory information. Residents receive a weekly stipend for meals in the cafeteria when on duty. We offer free meals for residents' spouses and/or children on weekends and hospital recognized holidays. We furnish residents with scrubs and white coats, including free on-site laundry services.

House Staff Association Information

Annually representatives from each residency program are elected to serve on the House Staff Senate. The Senate is responsible for ensuring unity among the House Staff, as well as being the voice of the residents. House Staff Officers are elected by the Senate. The Senate sponsors several events throughout the year, including Resident Feedback Forums, which provide an opportunity for residents across the institution to communicate and exchange information with each other relevant to their programs, learning, and working environment. They also host monthly social events (3rd Fridays), along with the Halloween Charity Ball and Holiday Party.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

Graduate Medical Education Eligibility Requirements for the Match

Akron General selects all residents from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). All applicants should apply for residency through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). International Medical Graduates may apply through ERAS via the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Candidates for admission to Akron General’s residency programs should have the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment:

A complete application includes the following:

  • Completed ERAS application
  • Transcript from medical school
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Dean’s Letter/MSPE
  • USMLE or COMLEX Board Scores for Step I and Step II CK & CS
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement

Additional requirements for International Medical Graduate (IMG) applicants requiring visa sponsorship:

  • Valid ECFMG Certificate*
    • *Must have ECFMG certificate by the NRMP Rank Order List Deadline unless you are graduating the same year you are applying for residency.
  • ECFMG reports
  • H1B and J1 Visas sponsored.
  • Maximum of five (5) years graduation from Medical School.

Minimum Board Score Requirements:

  • USMLE 1&2: Minimum 1st pass rate or Satisfactory Scores
  • IMG's requiring H-1B visa sponsorship: USMLE III: Minimum 1st pass rate or Satisfactory Scores.
  • COMLEX 1&2: Minimum 1st pass rate or Satisfactory Scores

All applications for all programs are processed through ERAS. Paper applications are not accepted.

*Individual Programs may have additional requirements.

Cleveland Clinic Akron General maintains a drug-free and tobacco-free workplace. All newly hired employees undergo urine drug testing as a condition of employment. This test quantifies the presence of illicit drugs and cotinine (nicotine metabolite). According to Cleveland Clinic policy, newly hired employees who have cotinine levels above the threshold will have their employment offer rescinded. Those individuals testing positive that test negative after 90 days, may be reconsidered for appointment at the discretion of the candidate's supervisor, should the position remain vacant.

Our Staff

Our Staff

Department of Medical Education & Research
1 Akron General Ave.
Akron, OH 44307
Fax: 330.344.1529

Titus G. Sheers | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff Chairman

DIO & Chairman, Medical Education & Research
Titus G. Sheers, MD, MBA

Cheryl Goliath | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Executive Director, Medical Education & Research
Cheryl Goliath, PhD

Renee B. Messenger | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Manager, Medical Education
Renee B. Messenger, M.Ed

Ryan McCormick | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Graduate Medical Education Coordinator
Ryan McCormick, M.Ed

Kari Wright | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Medical Education Coordinator
Kari Wright, MBA

Angel Vincent | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Undergraduate Medical Education Coordinator
Angel Vincent

Rachael Grandstaff | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Coordinator, Education
Rachael Grandstaff

Barb Salak | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Secretary, Medical Education
Barb Salak

Angie South | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Program: Emergency Medicine
Coordinator: Angie South

Frank Fire | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Program: Emergency Medicine
Coordinator: Frank Fire

Victoria Reiter: Emergency Medicine Student Coordinator | Cleveland Clinic

Program: Emergency Medicine
Student Coordinator: Victoria Reiter

Terry Nelson | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Program: Family Medicine
Coordinator: Terry Nelson

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Program: Family Medicine
Student Coordinator: Rachel Roberts

Kim Martter | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Program: General Surgery
Coordinator: Kim Martter, M.Ed, RHIA, C-TAGME

Joyce Richmond | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Program: General Surgery
Student Coordinator: Joyce Richmond

Marjorie Drinan | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Program: Internal Medicine Categorical and Preliminary Year
Coordinator: Majorie Drinan

Jennifer Hayes | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Program: Internal Medicine Categorical and Preliminary Year
Coordinator: Jennifer Hayes

Lisa Lawson Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Program: Internal Medicine
Student Coordinator: Lisa Lawson

Connie Dorsey | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Program: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Manager: Connie Dorsey

Lauren Urycki Harhagar | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Program: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Residency and Student Coordinator: Lauren Urycki Harhagar

Denise Milkovich: Orthopaedic Surgery Coordinator | Cleveland Clinic

Program: Orthopaedic Surgery
Coordinator: Denise Milkovich

Program: Orthopaedic Surgery
Student Coordinator: Haley Gump


Program: Psychiatry
Coordinator: Karen Hodous

Kimberly Stakleff | Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Education staff

Program: Urology
Coordinator: Kimberly Stakleff, PhD, MS