Cleveland Clinic Akron General uses VSLO, Visiting Student Learning Opportunities, to receive both MD & DO visiting student applications. To apply to our institution, please complete and send a VSLO application for your preferred rotations and dates.

  • For more information on our visiting student rotations, please contact Emily Callahan at CallahE@ccf.org or 330.344.6667.
  • For more information on VSLO, please visit VSLO online or call 202.478.9878.

Medical Students

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. Akron General is 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 2022-2023, 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 as well as the best education for our medical students and residents.

We accept rotations 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 at AkronStudentHousing@ccf.org. The housing fee is $125 per week (housing is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis).
  • Free parking
  • Food allowance
  • 24/7 access to the Akron General Employee Fitness Center
  • 24/7 access to our Medical Library
Summer Programs - Research Fellowship

Summer Programs - Research Fellowship

Summer Research Fellowship for Students in Medical or Graduate Science Programs

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

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

How to Apply

To apply, please send the below application materials by March 1, 2023 to:

Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Medical Education Administration
Attn: CCAG Summer Research
1 Akron General Ave
Akron, OH 44307

To apply by email: ccagsummerresearch@ccf.org

Required Application Materials

  • Online Application - Coming February 2023
    (Note: Before completing your application, please save a copy to your computer)
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation (Letters of recommendation may be sent directly by the recommender via email to ccagsummerresearch@ccf.org.)
  • Curriculum Vitae

Program Requirements

  • You must be available for the entire eight-week period beginning with orientation on May 22, 2023 and ending with final presentations on July 14, 2023. The following holidays will be observed: Memorial Day and July 4.
  • Monday through Friday commitment, daily 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or determined by the project leader based on the needs of the project.


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

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 January, we will accept applications for summer programs for 1st year medical students!

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
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Obstetrics & 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.

Application Information for Both CRAFT and PC-CRAFT Programs

Required Application Materials

  • Personal statement*:
    • Why do you want to participate in the CRAFT and/or PC-CRAFT program?
    • What are you hoping to gain from the program?
    • Please highlight extracurricular activities and volunteer activities.
  • Official medical school transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Immunization record

* If applying for both programs, please indicate that in your personal statement.

Program Requirements

  • Must be a current first year medical student.
  • Both programs require a Monday - Friday commitment from 8 weeks (Monday, May 23,2022 - Friday, July 15, 2022).
  • You must be available for orientation (May 23, 2022) and the cumulative activity (July 15, 2022, at 1 p.m.).

How to Apply

To apply, please specify which program you are applying to (or both) and send application materials (which may be sent separately) by March 15, 2022 to:

Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Graduate Medical Education
Attn: Emily Callahan
1 Akron General Ave
Akron, OH 44307

To apply by email, please email CallahE@ccf.org.

Letters of recommendation may be sent directly by the recommender via email to traditional post.


Selected candidates will be invited for an interview in April 2022. Final candidates will be chosen in late April or early May 2022.

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 Emily Callahan at 330.344.6667 or CallahE@ccf.org.



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

You will receive an email to your school account with directions for your first day. After a brief meeting, a resident or program coordinator will take you to the department where you will receive the curriculum and begin your rotation.

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 April 15 annually.

Once I am approved for the student elective rotation, what paperwork does the Department of Medical Education need?

Several items are needed and may already be on VSLO:

  • Proof of malpractice insurance.
  • Proof of immunization.
  • Letter of good standing from your Medical School.
  • A headshot photo with a solid background in JPEG format sent to CallahE@ccf.org.
  • Additional Hospital Forms will also be required.

Is housing provided?

If requested in advance and space is available, housing is provided for out of town students. This is on a first come first serve basis. 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. Housing is limited and not guaranteed. The fee for housing is $125 per week.

Where do I park?

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

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