We appreciate your interest in Cleveland Clinic Akron General and hope that we have provided you with the information you need to choose the right medical student rotation. Akron General is able to offer an exceptional medical education experience because of our knowledgeable and hard-working staff. Cleveland Clinic Akron General is recognized regionally and within Ohio for its expertise and care. We maintain a standard of excellence that promises nothing but the best care for our patients as well as the best education for our medical students and residents.

We accept medical students from LCME or AOA accredited medical schools only.

In addition to excellent clinical and teaching experiences, Akron General provides:

  • Housing - If housing is needed, please contact Medical Education Administration at AkronStudentHousing@ccf.org. The housing fee is $125 per week for shared space. We have limited private rooms available for $150 per week. Housing is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.
  • Free parking.
  • Weekly food allowance.
  • 24/7 access to the Akron General Employee Fitness Center.
  • 24/7 access to our Medical Library.
Available Undergraduate Programs Elective Rotations

Elective Rotations

Cleveland Clinic Akron General uses VSLO, Visiting Student Learning Opportunities, to receive both MD & DO visiting student applications and only accept student rotators from LCME or AOA accredited medical schools.

For the most up to date information on offered away electives, please refer to our VSLO catalog.

How 4th year medical students can apply:

To apply to our institution, please complete an online application through VSLO for your preferred rotation(s) and date(s).

For your VSLO application to be marked eligible for departmental review:

  • Active BLS or ACLS is required for preferred rotation selection.
  • Background check within the last 5 years.
  • Personal health insurance.
  • Insurance requires $3,000,000 aggregate minimum and $1,000,000 per occurrence minimum.
    • If your school does not meet this requirement:
      • Supplemental insurance documentation will be requested to be sent via email: ccagVSLO@ccf.org that covers aggregate and per occurrence minimums before making the application eligible for departments to review.
      • Students will be required to purchase and provide proof of purchase for insurance via email: ccagVSLO@ccf.org before arriving for your scheduled rotation.
  • AAMC Standardized Immunization Form 2023.
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) – 2 doses of MMR vaccine or two (2) doses of Measles, two (2) doses of Mumps and (1) dose of Rubella; or serologic proof of immunity for Measles, Mumps and/or Rubella. Choose only one option.
    • Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis – One (1) dose of adult Tdap. If last Tdap is more than 10 years old, provide dates of last Td and Tdap.
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox) – 2 doses of vaccine or positive serology.
    • Hepatitis B Vaccination – 3 doses of Engergix-B, Recombivax or Twinrix vaccines or 2 doses of Heplisav-B vaccine followed by a QUANTITATIVE Hepatitis B Surface Antibody test drawn 4-8 weeks after last vaccine dose. A test titer >10mIU/mL is positive for immunity. If the test result is negative, repeat another Hepatitis B vaccine series followed by a repeat test titer. If the Hepatitis B Surface Antibody test is negative after the repeat vaccine series, a “non-responder” status is assigned. See: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr6210.pdf for more information.
    • History of Negative (2) TB Skin Test (TSTs) or (1) Blood Test – QuantiFERON for tuberculosis within 1 year. If History of Positive Skin Test or Positive blood test: Chest X-ray within 5 years and yearly TB Symptom Questionnaire.
    • AAMC 2023 Standardized Immunization Form must be signed by a licensed healthcare professional or institutional designee.
      • If the licensed healthcare professional or designee marks the box for ‘copy attached’, any requirements with this box marked need supporting documentation submitted in VSLO with the AAMC 2023 Standardized Immunization Form.
  • CV/Resume.
  • Photograph.
  • Official School Transcript.
  • Depending on which clinical rotation a student applies to, other requirements may be asked for to be eligible. Example: personal statement.
  • For more information on our visiting student rotations, please contact ccagVSLO@ccf.org or 330.344.2727.
  • For more information or problems in VSLO, please visit VSLO online or call 202.478.9878.
Summer Programs - Research

Summer Programs - Research

The Summer Research Program at Akron General is an 8-week program designed to give medical or graduate students experience in basic science, biomedical, or clinical research.

Research experiences are led by Cleveland Clinic Akron General scientists and physicians. Students may have opportunities to shadow attending physicians and residents, or to observe educational activities based on individual research experience requirements.

2024 List of Summer Research Experiences

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the online application by March 1, 2024.

Required Application Materials

  • Online Application.
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation.
    1. Upload LOR in online application form.
    2. Submit LOR via email: ccagsummerresearch@ccf.org or
    3. Submit LOR via mail: CCAG Medical Education Administration, RE: Summer Programs - Research, 1 Akron General Ave., Akron, OH 44307.
  • Curriculum Vitae in online application.

Program Requirements

  • All selected participants must go through full employee onboarding, which includes, but is not limited to, online trainings, occupational health requirements, which requires in person appointments before the start of the program.  
  • Must be available for the entire eight-week period beginning with orientation on June 3, 2024 and ending with final presentations on July 26, 2024. The following holiday will be observed: July 4.
  • The summer program requires candidates to work in person, 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday.


Qualifying applicants will be invited for an interview mid-March and selected candidates will be notified the last week of March/beginning of April.

Additional Information

This is a paid hourly position. Students will be paid bi-weekly in accordance with the Cleveland Clinic Akron General pay cycle.

Housing is available (for a fee), if requested in advance and space is available. For more information, contact AkronStudentHousing@ccf.org.

For more information, contact Cleveland Clinic Akron General Summer Research: ccagsummerresearch@ccf.org

Summer Programs - CRAFT & PC-CRAFT

Summer Programs - CRAFT & PC-CRAFT

Beginning in December, we will accept first year medical student applications for our summer programs.

First year medical students are invited to apply to Akron General's Clinical Rotations and Future Training (CRAFT) program or Primary Care CRAFT program. Spend eight weeks rotating through clinical departments or exploring primary care opportunities.

Clinical Rotations and Future Training (CRAFT)

First year medical students are invited to apply to Akron General Medical Center's CRAFT program. Successful candidates will spend eight weeks rotating through various clinical departments at Akron General, gaining exposure to clinical medicine and an academic medical center.

Rotations include:

  • Emergency Medicine.
  • Orthopaedic Surgery.
  • General Surgery.
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Family Medicine.
  • Psychiatry.
  • Internal Medicine.
  • Urology.

Additional requests may be accommodated.

Primary Care - Clinical Rotations and Future Training (PC-CRAFT)

The PC-CRAFT program at Akron General is a premiere eight-week summer rotation for first year medical students who are interested in pursuing a career in primary care medicine.

The program will expose students to multiple exciting primary care opportunities such as:

  • Pediatrics.
  • Underserved health care population.
  • Family medicine.
  • Preventive health care.
  • Internal medicine.
  • Multiple office procedures.
  • Geriatrics.
  • Case-based simulation lab.

In addition, we anticipate that the PC-CRAFT student will interact with the Akron Health Department as they seek to answer a clinical question of interest.

How do I apply?

To apply, please complete the online application by March 1, 2024.

Required application materials

  • 1 Letter of recommendation - submitted by March 1, 2024.
    1. Upload LOR in online application form.
    2. Submit LOR via email: ccagCRAFT@ccf.org.
    3. Submit LOR via mail: CCAG Medical Education Administration, RE: CRAFT and PC-CRAFT Programs, 1 Akron General Ave., Akron, OH 44307.
  • Curriculum vitae submitted in online application form.

Program requirements

  • Must be a current first year medical student.
  • Both programs require a Monday - Friday commitment for 8 weeks: Monday, June 3, 2024 - Friday, July 26, 2024.
  • You must be available for orientation, June 3, 2024, and the cumulative activity, July 26, 2024.


Selected candidates will be invited for an interview in mid-March. Final candidates will be chosen late March or early April.

Additional information

This is a paid hourly position. Students will be paid bi-weekly in accordance with the Cleveland Clinic Akron General pay cycle. Housing is available (for a fee), if needed.

For more information, please contact ccagCRAFT@ccf.org or 330.344.2727.



When and where do I report on the first day of my rotation?

You will receive an email with directions for your first day. After a brief orientation in Medical Education Administration, a medical student coordinator will take you to the department where you will receive the curriculum and begin your rotation. Orientations with both Medical Education Administration (once per academic year) and with your rotating department (one per each new elective) are required.

Do I need special attire?

Business attire with your white coat and Cleveland Clinic I.D.

Refrain from wearing the following:

  • Tube tops, tank tops, halters, cut-offs, shirts displaying sayings or ads, T-shirts, denim jeans, hoodies or shorts.
  • Hair color should be neutral and artificial nails are not permitted.
  • Tattoos should be covered and body piercing and other jewelry needs to be removed.
  • Sandals or open-toed shoes.
  • No heavy fragrances - people not feeling well are often sensitive to fragrance and therefore, we ask staff not to wear heavy perfume, cologne or aftershave.

Does Akron General accept applications for electives from students attending International Medical Schools?

No, only students from LCME and AOA accredited medical schools are approved to participate in Senior Electives. However, we welcome applications from International Medical Graduates for residency training.

Will you notify me on the status of my application for elective rotation?

Yes, as soon as we receive the approval/denial from the preceptor of the rotation for which you are applying, an email confirmation letter will be sent to you via VSLO. We start processing applications on or around March 15 annually.

Once I am approved for the student elective rotation, what is the onboarding process for Akron General?

Several items are needed and may already be on VSLO:

Medical Education Administration will reach out about 2 months before the first day of your rotation to start the onboarding process with important deadlines to meet.

  • New Innovations checklist:
    • Personal Information
    • Influenza Vaccine - 1 dose annually each fall.
    • Student Photo: Upload a professional, passport type photo. NOT a selfie. Preferably in jpeg format
    • Review and sign off on Rotation Orientation Packet
    • Review the Campus Map
    • Option to complete Fitness Center Application
  • SilkRoad onboarding tasks need to be completed in order, and certain tasks require department approval before another task will be released.
    • Finish profile set-up
    • COVID requirement per organization standards at time of rotation.
    • TB requirement (within the last year; if a positive TB chest x-ray within the last 5 years and yearly TB questionnaire?.
    • Online MyLearning modules
      • *Deadlines to complete tasks are extremely important so there isn’t a delay for starting your rotation.

Is housing provided?

If requested in advance and space is available, housing is provided for out of town students. Housing is limited and not guaranteed. Students stay at a private housing location less than 2 miles away from the hospital in Highland Square. Students may share a room especially from July through January. The fee for housing is $125 per week for a shared room. We have limited private rooms available for $150 per week. If housing is needed, please contact Medical Education Administration at AkronStudentHousing@ccf.org.

Where do I park?

Parking for all medical student rotators is in the Employee A-Lot just past the main entrance on the left.