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

2017-2018 Academic Year Benefits for All Programs

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

  • Grad Level 1 — Annual Rate: $54,590
  • Grad Level 2 — Annual Rate: $56,650
  • Grad Level 3 — Annual Rate: $58,195
  • Grad Level 4 — Annual Rate: $59,397
  • Grad Level 5 — Annual Rate: $61,673
  • Grad Level 6 — Annual Rate: $64,069

Akron General offers a 401K retirement plan through Transamerica. 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 may choose from multiple health plans, with varied options suited to individual and family health needs.

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

Vision Care
Residents receive discounts on contacts, frames and lenses at the Akron General Vision Center, and a vision exam is included as part of most medical plans.

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

Life Insurance
Akron General Medical Center offers term life insurance in the amount of your annual pay, limited to $50,000. More term life coverage is optional, payable by the resident, up to five times their annual pay. Whole life policies are also available through Liberty Mutual. These are payable through payroll deduction and can be continued upon residency program completion.

Long Term Disability
Akron General provides a group policy through Liberty Mutual. This policy offers 60% coverage 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
The Akron General Development Foundation offers interest-free loans to first time resident applicants for personal emergencies, educational needs and relocation. Residents can borrow up to $2,000 from the fund, repayable through payroll deduction over the first year of the residency. All residents are offered the opportunity to borrow from this fund at a reasonable interest rate and this loan is available at each level of training.

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) and the American Urological Association (AUA)*. 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).

Akron General’s General Surgery Residency Program reserves two (2) Surg-Prelim/Urology positions through the NRMP match for the Urology candidates to complete the PGY-1 year. Information for the NRMP rank list is provided by the Urology program to the AUA matched candidates and the General Surgery program. Although the recruitment process differs, the Urology program is required to adhere to the same restrictions established in the recruitment policies established by Graduate Medical Education.

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.

Staff Directory

Staff Directory

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

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

Executive Director, Medical Education & Research
Cheryl Goliath, PhD

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

Graduate Medical Education Coordinator
Ryan McCormick, M.Ed

Undergraduate Medical Education Coordinator
Angel Vincent

Coordinator, Education
Marycarol Buck

Secretary, Medical Education
Barb Salak

Program: Emergency Medicine
Coordinator: Angie South

Program: Emergency Medicine
Coordinator: Frank Fire

Program: Emergency Medicine
Student Coordinator: Melissa Nagel

Program: Family Medicine
Coordinator: Terry Nelson

Program: Family Medicine
Student Coordinator: Patricia Goodyear

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

Program: General Surgery
Student Coordinator: Joyce Richmond

Program: Internal Medicine Categorical and Preliminary Year
Coordinator: Patti Dixon

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

Program: Internal Medicine
Student Coordinator: Lisa Lawson

Program: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Manager: Connie Dorsey

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

Program: Orthopaedic Surgery
Coordinator: Kathy Walsh, C-TAGME

Program: Orthopaedic Surgery
Student Coordinator: Rachael Grandstaff

Program: Psychiatry
Coordinator: Wanda Jones

Program: Urology
Coordinator: Kimberly Stakleff, PhD, MS