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Clinical Teaching Sites

What Is A Clinical Teaching Site?

During the first and second years of medical school, students meet on the Rootstown campus for classes and laboratory sessions, covering the basic medical sciences.  During the course of the year, students will also spend time with physicians and other health professionals in community settings.

These experiences will be clustered in one of the four clinical teaching sites (roughly centered around a city in northeastern Ohio): Akron, Canton, Cleveland, or Youngstown.  Each teaching site has a different number of teaching hospitals, clinical faculty, and other professionals who share teaching responsibilities.  A specific number of students are assigned to each teaching site to ensure a quality education for all, and to allow students to be assigned to small study and experiential groups.

Students will stay in the same clinical teaching site group for the M1 and M2 years; the M3 Clerkship assignments take place at the end of M2 through a separate process.

What Are The Four Clinical Teaching Sites?

All of NEOMED’s teaching hospitals have outstanding records in providing quality education for resident physicians and medical students, and in serving the health needs of the community.  Each clinical teaching site is community based and serves patients from a multi-county area.


There are three major teaching hospitals in the Canton clinical teaching site:

(Note that students who join the Rural Pathway will be given priority in assignments to Alliance Hospital.) 


Cleveland sites are available only to students pursuing the Urban Primary Care Pathway.  Students who are part of the NEOMED-CSU Partnership for Urban Health are automatically assigned to the Cleveland Teaching site. Others may apply to join the Urban Primary Care Pathway on a space-available basis.


The Youngstown clinical teaching site has two major teaching hospitals:

How are students assigned?

Students are able to submit their clinical teaching site assignment preferences through DOCS/Banner Self-Service. For the Class of 2020 BS/MD students and Bacc/MD students coming from Hiram College, this should be submitted by April 15, 2016.  For the Class of 2020 Direct Entry students admitted before June 1, this should be submitted by July 15, 2016. (Class of 2020 Bacc/MD and Post Bacc/MD students coming from CSU do not need to submit a form; they will be automatically assigned as part of the partnership program.)

Partner program students (BS/MD, Bacc/MD, Post-Bacc/MD) clinical teaching site assignments will be included in the letter of promotion, typically in late June.

Traditional Admission (formerly called Direct Entry) students will receive their assignment by email.  Students admitted to through this pathway after July 15 should submit their preferences by email to jgreen1@neomed.edu.

Assignments are made on student preference and availability for each site; assignments are not made on a first-come/first-served basis.  If there are more requests for a particular clinical teaching site than there are seats available, a lottery will be held to assign students.

Students who have extreme personal circumstances that may warrant special consideration in the assignment process are requested to submit a hardship assignment request, in addition to their clinical teaching site preference form.  These circumstances must imply hardship clearly beyond the adjustments inherent in professional education.  All petitions will be reviewed by a Dean’s Committee.  Students wishing to request consideration for a hardship assignment should send an email to Jessica Green (jgreen1@neomed.edu).  Please include your full name, the teaching site you are requesting, and a detailed explanation of the reason for the request.


James Barrett
Sr. Executive Director
Strategic Enrollment Initiatives
Email: jbarrett1@neomed.edu

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