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Michael Appleman, M.A. Ed.

Michael Appleman

Phone: 330.325.6115
Email: mappleman@neomed.edu

Academic Title(s)

  • Instructor of Family and Community Medicine
  • Curriculum/Instructional Specialist, Department of Family and Community Medicine


Currently, I am Director of Primary Care Education Integration and hold a faculty appointment in the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM). I have had the privilege of a dynamic career trajectory in higher education, starting out at Kent State University, then the University of Akron, and now NEOMED. I worked for four years as a research manager in a Cognitive Research Lab at Kent State. During this time, I also served in more active practitioner roles serving students with learning challenges. After working for several years, I decided to pursue my passion and enrolled in a Master of Arts in Education degree program and was offered a graduate teaching assistantship at the University of Akron. Following the completion of my degree, I joined NEOMED in January 2015 to provide curricular support to medical education initiatives in the College of Medicine (COM), namely the Rural Medical Education (RMED) Pathway.

Area of Expertise/Research Interests

  • Student development theory (Self-authorship)
  • Lifespan development theory (Emerging adulthood)
  • Constructive developmental pedagogy
  • Student-centered learning communities
  • Medical education

Educational Background

  • Master of Arts in Education, Social and Philosophical Foundation of Education, 2015
  • Graduate Certificate, Higher Education Administration, University of Akron, 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Kent State University, 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Kent State University, 2008


  • Educational Psychology (instructor)
  • Foundations of Clinical Medicine 1 and 2 (Medical Interviewing seminar leader)
  • Human Values in Medicine 1-5 (Reflective Practice leader)
  • Family Medicine Clerkship (Practice-Based Learning and Improvement rater)
  • Social Determinants of Health (course co-director)

Academic & Professional Activities

  • Application File Reviewer and Interviewer, College of Medicine, Office of Admissions
  • University Representative, Ohio Rural Health Association, State Office of Rural Health
  • Voting member, Curriculum Management and Assessment Committee (CMAC), College of Medicine
  • Faculty Chair, M3-M4 Curriculum Subcommittee, College of Medicine
  • Member-at-large, Diversity Council, NEOMED


  • Educational Excellence Award, 2018, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Volunteer Faculty Award, 2018
  • Faculty Excellence Award, 2016, Area Health Education Center


  • Boltri, J., Spalding, J., Gardner-Buckshaw, S., Appleman, M., Heintzelman, A., Weiss, L., and Zarconi, J. Achieving the Quadruple Aim: Enhancing Primary Care Training Across the Medical Education Continuum. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Medical Student Education Conference. Austin TX, February 3, 2018.
  • Appleman, M. The Rural Medical Education Pathway: Helping rural youth succeed in health careers and medical school. National Rural Education Association Annual Conference, Columbus OH, October 13, 2017.
  • Ammon, N., and Appleman, M. The Evolution of Integrated Mental Health, Addictions and Primary Healthcare Initiatives at NEOMED: Embedding Integrated Care into Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum. All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry Conference, Columbus OH, March 25, 2017.
  • Appleman, M., Lehrer, D., Shelby, C., Spalding, J., Roberts, D., and Tsiris, S. Caring for the Community: Health Coach Training and Service for Medical Students in a Rural Pathway Program. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Medical Student Education Conference. Anaheim CA, February 11, 2017.
  • Boltri, J., Appleman, M., and Spalding, J. Promoting Primary Care: The Three Pillar Approach. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Spring Conference. Minneapolis MN, May 4, 2016.


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