Application Process

Application Process

South Pointe Hospital Graduate Medical Education Department utilizes the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) and will participate in the NRMP Residency Match Program.

Applications must be completed and all accompanied documents must be uploaded into the ERAS program. After all documents are loaded, South Pointe Hospital GME staff will download all documents into an application file. Each program recruitment committee will review the completed applications and interviews will be offered to qualified candidates. Interviews will take place from August through January.

Necessary documents:

  • Application.
  • Personal Statement.
  • CV.
  • Deans Letter.
  • Three (3) recommendation letters.
  • Medical school transcripts.
  • Board scores (Part I and II).

Applicants for the ONMM 3 Residency: View the ONMM 3 application process.



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Employee Health Plan (EHP)

Your choice of tiered plans.

Prescription drug benefit

The prescription drug benefit is included with the EHP.

Dental benefit programs

Cleveland Clinic offers four dental plans administered by Cigna

Vision benefit

The Cleveland Clinic offers the EyeMed Vision Care Plan.

Life Insurance

Cleveland Clinic offers each resident and fellow a group life insurance policy for $25,000 after 30 days of employment.

Flexible spending accounts (FSA)

You may elect to deduct a portion of your earnings on a pre-tax basis for health care and dependent care expenses.

Disability benefits

Both short-term and long-term disability.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential counseling sessions each year for eligible employees and their immediate family members for problems such as depression, anxiety, marital or family issues, substance abuse, and legal or financial problems. A WorkLife Services Program is also available through the EAP to help you balance your personal and professional life. The EAP and WorkLife Services Program are provided at no cost to employees.

Paid time off (PTO)

All residents receive 20 working days of Paid time off (PTO) per program year. Paid time off is inclusive of vacation, sick, and holidays.

Educational stipend

Residents receive a stipend to be used for reimbursement of educational items and required travel with approval. Reimbursable items include, but not limited to, minor medical equipment, textbooks, journals, online educational applications, and approved association memberships. Residents will be reimbursed for expenses when proper documentation is submitted such as paid receipts, credit card statements and/or invoices from vendors. Graduate Medical Education reserves the right to deny reimbursement of any item deemed ineligible. To guarantee reimbursement, pre-approval of expenses (both educational and travel) is recommended. The funding does not carry over from year to year.

Educational conferences

Residents may be required to attend specialty college conferences. A travel allowance will be provided for registration, hotel, per diem and airfare.

Professional liability insurance

Professional liability insurance is provided for all resident rotations included as part of the program’s curriculum. This coverage is not extended to elective rotations that are outside of a Cleveland Clinic facility.

Moonlighting practice

PGY-1 residents are not permitted to engage in any moonlighting activity within the hospital, outside institutions, or private offices.

PGY-2 through PGY-5 residents may engage in moonlighting activities with prior approval and if conducted within the ACGME rules governing work hour limitations.

Under no circumstances can moonlighting activity interfere with the residency obligation and must not occur during residency work hours. This includes moonlighting while on-duty.


Food is provided for Residents who are on in-house call each day. Snack options are also available in the Residents' kitchen.

Lab coats

Residents will be provided with one to two, embroidered lab coats each program year. Laundry service is provided.

New resident orientation

All newly appointed residents must attend two full weeks of GME Orientation at the end of June and prior to starting their training on July 1. We also request that new residents not schedule any time off in July as there are several additional mandatory orientation sessions scheduled throughout the month. Missing any portion of orientation may delay the trainee's start date.

Facilities & Services

Facilities & Services

Skills Lab

Resident labs focus on objective skills competency training and evaluation, and training in new procedures and emerging technologies.

Our instructors are professionals who are dedicated to teaching and excel in their fields. Residents are also responsible for assisting with many labs to provide personalized training, along with encouragement, guidance and immediate feedback.

Skills Lab Curriculum

Each skills training session will begin with a short didactic presentation, followed by procedural practice with guidance and feedback from faculty and senior residents and conclude with objective procedural competencies completed on each resident by faculty. Some procedural simulators will track resident progress and be available to program directors for their review.

Orientation of New Residents

  • Introduction to Ultrasound.
  • Airway management.
  • Central lines.
  • Arterial lines.
  • Splinting.
  • Peripheral IV insertion.
  • Interosseous infusion.
  • Blood gas draws.
  • Insertion of nasogastric tubes.
  • Insertion of Foley catheters and straight catheters.
  • Orthopaedic residents will complete at least six of the ABOS skills modules.


  • Spinal and epidural insertion.
  • Nerve blocks.
  • Difficult/fiberoptic airway management.
  • TTE/TEE training via simulator.

General Surgery

  • Chest tubes.
  • Vascular grafts/anastomosis.
  • SAGES - FLS training and practice.
  • SAGES - FES training and practice.
  • Central lines.

Internal Medicine

  • Central lines.
  • Arterial lines.
  • OMT.
  • Rapid response and code scenarios.
  • Intubation.

Orthopaedic Surgery

  • PGY 1 residents will complete many of the 16 ABOS modules.
  • Knee arthroscopy and related procedural skills.
  • Shoulder arthroscopy and related procedural skills.
  • Knee arthroplasty.
  • Hip arthroplasty.
  • Shoulder arthroplasty.
  • Dissections.
  • Sawbones.
  • New procedures, techniques and equipment.

Medical Library

The medical library provides access to thousands of e-books and journals. We also provide 24/7 access on campus and remote access to library resources online. Books may be borrowed for up to three (3) weeks.

The Medical Library at South Pointe Hospital is located on the first floor of the South Pointe B building. It serves South Pointe Hospital employees and patients as well as its affiliate in Sagamore. Hospital employees must use their username, password, and PIN to access these resources outside of the hospital.

Medical Library hours:

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For more information contact:

  • Lachelle Bell, Medical Library Assistant at 216.491.7456 or
  • Mary Pat Harnegie, Medical Librarian at 216.491.7454 or
  • Library phone: 216.491.7455 / Fax: 216.491.7560.
Getting to Know Cleveland

Getting to Know Cleveland

The Greater Cleveland area is home to over two million people. We can also boast over 60 ethnic groups. Cleveland is known nationally for its excellent medical education and healthcare centers. But the cultural and entertainment experiences are vast. Below are a few links to various sports, cultural, entertainment and outdoor activities that you may find interesting.

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Office & Staff

Office & Staff

The Graduate Medical Education Department is located in the first floor West Wing Education Center within Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital.

Hours: Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Department Fax: 216.491.7802

Graduate Medical Education is the place to come for:

  • Policies and procedures.
  • Accreditation standards.
  • Program basic standards.
  • Employment records and verifications.
  • Loan Deferment.
  • Rotation schedules.
  • Stipend allowance forms.
  • Conference pre-travel authorization and post-travel reimbursement.
  • Class registration (BLS, ACLS, PALS, ATLS).
  • Cleveland Clinic research guidelines and registration of projects.
  • Skills Lab.
  • Student rotation orientation.
  • Audition rotations.
  • Shadowing students.

Our staff

Laura Adams
General Surgery Program Manager

Donna Barton
Program Manager, Grants, CME, Student Rotations/Auditions

Dawn D'Eusanio
Orthopaedic Surgery Program Manager

Theraesa Jones-Cleveland
Anesthesiology Program Manager

Stephanie O'Rourke
Internal Medicine Program Manager

Jessica Owens
Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine Program Manager

Martin Laskey, DO
Chairman, Education

Dana Trzaska
Department Manager

Training Verifications

Training Verifications

Request training verifications from the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus Graduate Medical Education Department online or by calling 216.444.5690.

Training verifications for:

  • South Pointe Hospital D.O. trainees.
  • Brentwood Hospital D.O. trainees.

For questions, please contact:

Dana Trzaska
Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital
Graduate Medical Education
20000 Harvard Rd.
Warrensville Hts., OH 44122
Phone: 216.491.7461
Fax: 216.491.7802



The Anesthesiology, General Surgery, Internal Medicine, and Orthopaedic Surgery residency programs at South Pointe Hospital have obtained ACGME accreditation with Osteopathic Recognition. Prior to their ACGME accreditation in 2016, the programs were accredited by the American Osteopathic Association. Osteopathic education is an integral part of our residency training, and we strive to constantly improve.

We are affiliated with Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, which allows us access to their resources. The Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) are incorporated into many of our educational and patient care activities.

  • Quarterly seminars focused on osteopathic OMT education.
  • Bi-annual OMT procedural skills labs.
  • Journal clubs.
  • Weekly OMT rounding.
  • Weekly OMM topic reviews.
  • Annual osteopathic recognition training exam.
  • OSCE skills assessment.
  • Dedicated osteopathic teaching faculty.

Residents enter our training programs with the intention of graduating with Osteopathic Recognition. Candidates must have graduated from a Commission on Osteopathic College Osteopathic Medicine (COCA) approved College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) or complete the programs’ Osteopathic Recognition eligibility requirements prior to starting residency.

The Graduate Medical Education Department at South Pointe Hospital has 20 OMT tables for use during OMT education.

Accreditation and Osteopathic Links