About Us

About Us

The Cleveland Clinic Akron General Internal Medicine Residency Programs are approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Twelve (12) Categorical Internal Medicine (3-year program) and four (4) Preliminary (1- year program) positions are available. Residents are board eligible for certification in Internal Medicine upon completion of the Categorical program.

Teaching Modalities
Direct patient care, teaching rounds, conferences (board preparatory lecture series, formal lectures, case presentations, and topics in clinical medicine, pathology, radiology, and medical ethics), monthly journal club, research, as well as weekly board review sessions, simulation labs, point-of-care ultrasonography, and procedure training. Didactics are a synchronous blend of in-person and virtual instruction.

Ambulatory patient care is provided at AxessPointe, a Federally Qualified Health Center, where resident continuity clinics are held. In addition, residents spend time in the private offices of internists and subspecialists as part of their ambulatory training.

All of our teaching faculty are Board-certified in their specialty.

Training facilities include the Heart & Vascular Center, the first accredited Chest Pain Center in Summit County (PCI, Level 3 certified in diagnostic testing, treatment and research); The McDowell Cancer Center (the largest inpatient unit in the area) providing patients with access to the newest therapies, diagnostics, and surgical techniques to minimize side effects and improve outcomes; The Simulation Center providing our residents and students with a state-of- the-art venue for simulation in a broad spectrum of applications. Hands-on simulation helps teams and individuals develop preparedness and insight that is best learned and practiced in realistic conditions. This translates into improved real-world communication, collaboration, teamwork, and crisis management. Additional training opportunities include our Hemodialysis Unit, Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber, Wound Center, Neuroscience Institute, Endoscopy Lab, Pulmonary Function Lab, Respiratory Therapy and Sleep Lab as well as MRI, CT, Pet Scanning and Ultrasonography.

The first Primary Stroke Center in the area designated by the Joint Commission with active reperfusion and stroke team protocols allows Akron General to serve as a regional referral center for many area hospitals.

Research participation is required during the three-year program.

Each year, many of our residents are selected for presentations at local, state and/or national meetings, or have their work published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Involvement in our research program has been instrumental in the successful Fellowship placement of many our residents.

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Welcome

Welcome

A Letter from the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. We offer 12 Categorical Internal Medicine (3-year program) and four Preliminary Medicine (1-year program) positions. Upon completion of the Categorical program, residents are Board eligible for the American Board of Internal Medicine Certifying Examination.

Our Internal Medicine program has a long-standing history of providing an excellent education to our residents. We have a strong and committed faculty who are actively involved in resident education. The atmosphere at Akron General is very friendly and supportive. Akron General has been recognized multiple times in multiple specialties by U.S. News & World Report. This recognition is a result of our performance in advanced treatment guidelines, the incorporation of evidence-based medicine into patient care, technological advancements in information processing and the presence of both basic and clinical research within the institution.

As the largest regional hospital within the Cleveland Clinic Enterprise, Akron General provides excellent educational experiences in a bustling clinical environment. As a Level I Trauma Center, we offer the opportunity to provide comprehensive care for severely ill patients. Our residents perform a vast array of procedures and interact one-on-one with teaching faculty. Working without fellows, they are able to achieve progressive independence in patient management and procedural skills. Many of our residents go on to sub-specialty training as evidenced by our high fellowship placement rate. Those interested in primary care or hospital medicine are prepared for a successful career in medicine; they are encouraged to further develop themselves in the fields of education, research, administration, or information technology.

Akron General offers each of its residents a learning environment that is academically challenging and personally rewarding. We will provide each of you with the skills to become an excellent physician no matter what field you choose. I encourage you to review the information on our website and should you have any questions, please give us a call. I look forward to meeting you during the interview season.

Sincerely,

Amit Diwakar, MD, MEd
Amit Diwakar, MD, MEd
Program Director
330.344.1543
DiwakaA@ccf.org

Jennifer Hayes
Residency Coordinator
330.344.6140
hayesj2@ccf.org

Marjorie Drinan
Residency Coordinator
330.344.2098
drinanm@ccf.org
Resident Life

Resident Life

Resident Wellness

At Cleveland Clinic Akron General, we strongly believe that resident wellness is essential for effective learning. We ensure our residents have activities and resources to help support their physical and mental wellness. We provide gym memberships to our world-class health and wellness centers. Residents have access to the Caring for Caregivers program, which offers access to behavioral health counselors and resources. We also host annual retreats and events throughout the year. In addition, Cleveland Clinic’s GME Department hosts “Resident Appreciation Day” every year with activities and giveaways.

The Internal Medicine Residency Wellness Curriculum provides sessions during the academic year to educate residents on the importance of work-life balance and to offer opportunities to enjoy fun activities with colleagues. These include:

  • Yoga, narrative medicine writing workshops, meditation, holiday celebrations,
  • Didactics on topics such as mindfulness, resiliency training, managing energy, work-life balance, fatigue management and finances.
  • Grief and bereavement discussions facilitated by our palliative care team.

Resident Fun Day

Each year, we have a Fun Day Retreat where residents are excused from clinical duties for an afternoon of fun and activity. This opportunity offers the residents a chance to relax and get to know each other in a more social setting.

Graduation and Recognition Ceremony

This is an event to celebrate the end of a great year and to say goodbye and good luck to our graduating residents. As part of this ceremony, awards are distributed to residents for outstanding achievements during residency as well to resident-selected faculty members for their outstanding teaching.

Clinical Rotations

Clinical Rotations

PGY – 1

  • Inpatient Medicine: 20 weeks
  • Medical Intensive Care: 4 weeks
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care: 4 weeks
  • Night Float: 4 weeks
  • Selective: Minimum of 6 weeks
  • Research: 2 weeks
  • Continuity Clinic: 10 weeks

PGY – 2

  • Inpatient Medicine/Procedure Service: 4 weeks
  • Medical Intensive Care: 4 weeks
  • Medical Intensive Care Nights: 4 weeks
  • Outpatient Medicine: 2 weeks
  • Night Float: 4 weeks
  • Selective: Minimum of 16 weeks
  • Continuity Clinic: 12 weeks
  • Geriatrics: 2 weeks

PGY – 3

  • Inpatient Medicine: 8 weeks
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care: 4 weeks
  • Night Float: 4 weeks
  • Selective: 10-12 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine: 4 weeks
  • Geriatrics: 2 weeks
  • Neurology: 4 weeks
  • Continuity Clinic: 12 weeks
Preliminary Internal Medicine Program

Preliminary Internal Medicine Program

Cleveland Clinic Akron General sponsors four positions for a one-year residency in Preliminary Medicine. This residency is for students whose career specialty requires one year of fundamental clinical experience.

Clinical Rotations

  • 16 weeks of Electives
  • 20 weeks of Hospital Medicine Service
  • 4 weeks of Night Float
  • 4 weeks of MICU
  • 4 weeks of CVICU
  • 4 weeks of Emergency Medicine
Teaching Faculty

Teaching Faculty

Allergy

Cardiology

Critical Care


Dermatology


Endocrinology


Gastroenterology


General Internal Medicine


Geriatrics


Hospice/Palliative


Hematology/Oncology


Infectious Diseases


Nephrology


Neurology


Pharmacology

  • Melanie Boros, PharmD  
  • Larry Frazee, PharmD
  • Dustin Freshwater, PharmD
  • Patrick Gallegos, PharmD

Pulmonary Medicine


Research

  • Nairmeen Haller, PhD  

Rheumatology


Otolaryngology

Application

Application

We appreciate your interest in Cleveland Clinic Akron General and hope that we've provided you with the information you need to choose the residency program that best suits your needs. Akron General is able to offer an exceptional medical education experience because of our knowledgeable and hard-working staff.

Akron General is now ranked as the No. 1 hospital in the Akron Metropolitan Area, according to U.S. News & World Report. Akron General is also listed as the No. 7 hospital in Ohio for 2020-2021, according to the annual ranking of Best Hospitals by U.S. News. We maintain a standard of excellence that promises nothing but the best care for our patients and therefore, nothing but the best education for our medical students and residents.

Life in Akron has so much to offer! Learn more about Greater Akron.

  • Residency applications and the additional items below must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
  • Application Deadline: October 20, 2020
  • Interview Dates: Mid-October to Mid-January (exact dates change yearly)
  • Expected Program Length: Three years

Application consists of:

  • Medical School Academic Transcript
  • USMLE 1&2: Minimum 1st pass rate or Satisfactory Scores
  • COMLEX 1&2: Minimum 1st pass rate or Satisfactory Scores
    • Must have successfully completed USMLE Step I, Step II CK, Step II CS and/or Comlex 1 and Level 2 CE prior to Rank List deadline.
  • Three LOR's
  • Dean's Letter

All information must be submitted through ERAS before an application can be reviewed.

Interviews are by invitation. If you have been selected to interview, we will contact you by email using the information you have provided.

We cannot check the individual status of each application. Once you have applied via ERAS, you will be contacted within two to three weeks if you have been selected for an interview. Due to the number of applicants, we cannot send letters of regret if you are not selected for an interview.

Important Information for International Medical Graduate Applicants

  • Applicant must be ECFMG certified before NRMP Rank Order List deadline.
  • Must have successfully completed USMLE Step I, Step II CK and Step II CS and/or Comlex Level 1 and Level 2 CE prior to Rank List deadline.
  • H1-B and J-1 Visas are accepted.
  • Must have graduated from medical school within the past 5 years.

Interested in rotating?
Akron General Medical Center uses VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service to process visiting student applications. To apply for an internal medicine rotation, please complete and send a VSAS application with your preferred dates.

Current Residents

Current Residents

PGY – 1

Olayinka Ibironke Adebolu, MD
  • Hometown: Ekiti, Nigeria
  • Undergraduate: University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Medical school: University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Interests/ Hobbies: Singing, listening to music, cooking

Muhammad Faizan Ali, MD
  • Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
  • Medical School: Dow Medical College
  • Interests/Hobbies: A passionate learner aspiring to become a skilled clinician and medical educator. Enjoys cooking, watching sitcoms, learning languages and exploring new places

Nishad Barve, MD
  • Hometown: Pune, India
  • Medical School: Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Interests/Hobbies: Cricket, politics, hanging out and socializing

Jason Close, MD
  • Hometown: Brunswick, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Hiram College
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
  • Interests/Hobbies: Camping, hiking, cooking, playing cello

Nathaniel Gilbert, MD
  • Hometown: Beachwood, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University
  • Medical School: University of Toledo College of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Running, biking, reading, music

David Gonzalez, DO
  • Hometown: Tampa, Florida
  • Undergraduate:  University of South Florida
  • Medical School:  Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton
  • Interests/Hobbies: Running, soccer, basketball

Andrei Hastings, MD*
  • Hometown: Westmoreland, Jamaica
  • Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my family. I love cooking and discovering new things about different cultures through food. I like playing chess and once competed in the Jamaica Open. I love reading novels and attempt to read a few pages each night. I enjoy physical exercise and sports.

Abhilash Marakini, MD
  • Hometown: Bangalore, India
  • Medical School: Kasturba Medical College Mangalore
  • Interests/Hobbies: Singing, cricket, cooking

Mark Metry, DO
  • Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
  • Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, board games, movies

Anjali Nidhaan, MD
  • Hometown: Gaya, India
  • Undergrad: St. Michael High school
  • Medical School: Nalanda Medical College
  • Interest/hobbies: Swimming, poetry, biking, cooking

Phuong Nguyen, DO*
  • Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Undergraduate:  University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interest/hobbies: Movies, music, cooking, dancing, sports and outdoor activities, bonding with friends and families

Modupe Oladele, MD*
  • Hometown: Bronx, New York
  • Undergraduate: The City College of New York
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical School
  • Interests/Hobbies: Photography, Cooking, Dancing

Michaela Randall, MD*
  • Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
  • Undergraduate: Youngstown State University
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio medical university
  • Interests/Hobbies: Running, hiking, tubing, jet-ski, cliff jumping

Palak Rath, MD
  • Hometown: Surat, Gujurat, India
  • Medical School: Surat Municipal Institute of Medical Education and Research
  • Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, dancing, being outdoors, hiking, biking, exploring new places

Radisa Tosanovic, DO
  • Hometown: Bijeljina, Bosnia & Herzegovina & Akron, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: The University of Akron
  • Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Weightlifting, hiking, tennis, piano

Rabia Zulfiqar, MD
  • Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan
  • Medical School: King Edward Medical University
  • Interests/Hobbies: Cooking
*Preliminary year resident

PGY – 2


Shubham Adroja, MD
  • Hometown: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  • Medical School: Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College
  • Interests/Hobbies: Reading, music, hiking, star gazing

Anas Alameh, MD
  • Hometown: Amman, Jordan
  • Medical School: Hashemite University Faculty of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Soccer, swimming, other sports, cooking, computers, listening to music, snorkeling, hiking, outdoors activities

Hanad Bashir, MD
  • Hometown: North York, Ontario, Canada
  • Undergraduate: Tongi Medical College of Huazhong University of Science & Technology
  • Medical School: Tongi Medical College of Huazhong University of Science & Technology
  • Interests/Hobbies: Basketball, cooking, reading, travelling, weight training

Alyssa Carvalho, MD
  • Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: The University of Akron
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Interests/Hobbies: Reading, hanging out with co-residents, family and dog, Boba

Ansaam Daoud, MD
  • Hometown: Irbid, Jordan
  • Medical School: Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Travel, outdoors, yoga

Samer Gobreial
  • Hometown: Broadview Heights, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Alexandria University Faculty of Medicine
  • Medical School: NYIT-COM
  • Interests/Hobbies: Playing with kids, car maintenance and improvements, plumbing, electrical work

Andrew Goldblum, DO
  • Hometown: Beachwood, OH
  • Undergraduate:  Emory University
  • Medical School:  Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Soccer, basketball, whitewater rafting, video games, astronomy, TV & movie enthusiast, my two puppies

Disha Haque, DO
  • Hometown: Solon, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University
  • Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Reading, cooking, hiking, playing with my dog

Nicole Lao, MD
  • Hometown: Manila, Philippines
  • Undergraduate: University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Pharmacy & Medical Technology
  • Medical School: University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
  • Interests/Hobbies: Trail hiking, surfing, cooking Filipino food

Joseph Lim, MD
  • Hometown: Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte, Philppines
  • Undergraduate: University of the Philippines
  • Medical School: University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery
  • Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, travel, photography, cooking

Gauranga Mahalwar, MD
  • Hometown: Aligarh, UP
  • Medical School: Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
  • Interests/Hobbies: Photography, anthropology, backpacking and visiting museums

Tanya Marshall, MD
  • Hometown: Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Undergraduate: University of the West Indies
  • Medical School: University of the West Indies
  • Interests/Hobbies: Cycling, playing dominoes, gardening

Sujith Modugula, DO
  • Hometown: Hyderabad, India
  • Undergraduate: Youngstown State University
  • Medical School: University of Pikeville - Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Swimming, video games

Neha Sharma, MD

  • Hometown: Phagwara, India
  • Medical School: Government Medical College, Amritsar, India
  • Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, running

PGY – 3


Batool Jamal Ata AbuHalimeh, MD
  • Hometown: Amman/Jordan
  • Undergraduate: University of Sharjah/ United Arab Emirates
  • Medical School: University of Sharjah/ United Arab Emirates
  • Interests/Hobbies: Horse riding, jogging, hiking, cooking and meditation

Hamzah Alfahel, MD
  • Hometown: Amman, Jordan
  • Undergraduate: Hashemite University
  • Medical School: Hashemite University medical school
  • Interests/Hobbies: horseback riding, soccer and hiking

Yazan Alhalalmeh, MD
  • Hometown: Alkarak, Jordan
  • Undergrad/Med school: University of Jordan
  • Hobbies: Soccer, outdoor activities and reading

Hassan Awada, MD
  • Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
  • Undergraduate: American University of Beirut
  • Medical School: Trinity School of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Traveling, photography

Tajinder Bajwa, MD
  • Hometown: Gurdaspur, India
  • Medical School: Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences & Research
  • Interests/Hobbies: Soccer, cricket, travel, Punjabi music

Ming Han Cha, MD
  • Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Undergraduate: National University of Malaysia
  • Medical School: Perdana University Graduate School of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Hiking, painting

Michael Khabbaza, DO
  • Hometown: Long Island, New York
  • Undergrad: Syracuse University
  • Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • Interests/Hobbies: Running, hiking, watching/playing basketball, standup comedy

Saher Khalid, MD
  • Hometown: Lahore, Pakistan
  • Medical School: C.M.H. Lahore Medical College and Institute of Dentistry
  • Interests/Hobbies: Reading, baking, traveling

Yeshwanter Radhakrishnan, MD
  • Hometown: Chennai, India
  • Medical School: Kasturba Medical College Mangalore
  • Interests/Hobbies: Collecting coins and stamps, piano, singing classical Indian music, watching cricket and soccer

Rami Sabri, MD
  • Hometown: Amman, Jordan
  • Medical School: University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Filmmaking, sound mixing, and cycling

Rashi Sandooja, MD
  • Hometown: New Delhi, India
  • Medical School: JSS Medical College, Mysore
  • Interests/Hobbies: Traveling and reading

Chris Yurosko
  • Hometown: Parma, Ohio
  • Undergraduate: John Carroll University
  • Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Interests/Hobbies: Travel, hiking, camping, snowboarding
Alumni

Alumni

2019 Graduates

  • Ahmad Ababneh, MD — Chief Resident
  • Alessandra Boufford, MD — Hospitalist, Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH
  • Udit Dhal, MD — Infectious Disease Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 
  • Aastha Jasrotia, MD — Hospitalist,Signature Health Care, Brockton Hospital, Brockton, MA 
  • Sonika Malik, MD — Gastrointestinal Nutrition Fellowship,University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
  • Arrvind Raghunath, MD — Leukemia Fellowship, M.D. Anderson, Houston, TX 
  • Narine Sharkhatunyan, MD — Primary Care, Acton Medical Associates, Acton, MA 
  • Komal Thind, MD — Hospitalist, Sound Physicians, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, OH 
  • Rama Vura, MD — Geriatrics Fellowship, Brown University, Providence, RI 

2018 Graduates

  • Roulan Abu Hweij, MD — Nephrology Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH
  • Barbara Amanambu, MD — Geriatrics Fellowship, Summa Health, Akron OH
  • Brian Diede, DO — Internal Medicine Center of Akron, Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, OH
  • Abhinav Dodeja, MD — Academic Hospitalist, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Mayada Ismail, MD — Gastroenterology Fellowship, University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
  • Ravkiran Khurana, MD — Hospitalist, Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital, Medina, OH
  • M. Farhan Nasser, MD —Cardiovascular Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Irtsam Shahid, MD — Hospitalist, Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH
  • Dharmvir Singh, MD — Hospitalist, Contra Costa County Hospital, Martinez, California
  • Tushar Thakur, MD — Academic Hospitalist, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Abington, PA
  • Poornima Vinod, MD — Hospitalist, Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH

2017 Graduates

  • Mahrous Abo Hassan, MD — Hospitalist, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH
  • Mohit Gupta, MD — Critical Care Fellowship, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
  • Andrew Herman, MD — Hospitalist, Mercy Medical Center, Canton, OH
  • Mohamed Khayata, MD — Cardiology Fellowship, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
  • Vignan Manne, MD —Gastroenterology Fellowship, Las Vegas, NV
  • Yuanjie Mao, MD — Endocrinology Fellowship, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
  • Amy Rak, MD — Hospice Care, Columbus, OH
  • Denise Sese, MD — Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Anamay Sharma, MD — Gastroenterology & Hepatology Fellowship, University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH
  • Navdeep Tandon, MD — Cardiology Fellowship, Summa Hospital, Akron, OH
Research & Innovation

Research & Innovation

Through Internal Medicine and Subspecialty research, we take an interdisciplinary approach to moving medicine forward.

For more information about resident research in the Department of Medicine, please contact:

Amit Diwakar, MD
Program Director
330.344.1543

Nairmeen A. Haller, PhD
Director of Research
330.344.6001