Founded in 1973 to meet Northeast Ohio’s critical need for primary care physicians, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) opened its historical Portage County campus under its former name, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM). In 1977, the University welcomed its inaugural class of medical students, which consisted of 42 students from a consortium of state universities in Northeast Ohio — The University of Akron, Kent State University, and Youngstown State University.
In 2005, the NEOMED Board of Trustees established a College of Pharmacy to address the region’s shortage of pharmacists in both community and hospital pharmacy settings. The opening of the College of Pharmacy with its first class in 2007, as well as the establishment of the College of Graduate Studies in 2009 effectively made NEOUCOM, a former college of medicine that served three universities, an academic health center and an independent health sciences university. The hiring of Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., as President of the University in 2010, served as a catalyst for a newfound trajectory for innovation, consolidating NEOUCOM’s commitment to the Northeast Ohio community, and creating the possibility for establishing public-private partnerships with regional health care institutions and the business community.
In 2011, NEOUCOM’s name was changed to Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), representing its new status as a single University with three colleges of its own. Today, with the University’s mission and community base, NEOMED has grown through collaboration. In addition to its three colleges (College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy and College of Graduate Studies), NEOMED has nine higher education partnerships and pathways with other colleges and universities. NEOMED’s annual operating budget is approximately $64,000,000.
NEOMED’s mission is clear and is deeply embedded in its cultural fabric. “Through education, research and service, NEOMED will improve the health, economy and quality of life of the diverse communities of Northeast Ohio.”
University Strategic Plan
In December 2017, the NEOMED Board of Trustees endorsed a new strategic plan to guide the University during the next five years. This plan focuses on four major goals: Assure Excellence of the Academic Programs; Advance High Impact Research; Transform Clinical, University and Community Partnerships; and Build Institutional Vitality and Sustainability.
NEOMED offers the following degree and certifi cate programs: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree program; Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program; Health system Pharmacy Administration, M.S. degree; Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine, M.S. degree; Integrated Pharmaceutical Medicine, Ph.D. as well as M.D./Ph.D. and Pharm.D./Ph.D. dual degrees; Master of Public Health degree program and Medical Ethics & Humanities, M.A. degree and certificate. NEOMED also offers a certificate in Global Health. In the fall of 2019 students may enroll in both a professional master’s degree and M.S. degree in modern anatomical sciences. In addition, NEOMED has collaborated with Kent State University since 1986 in educating Ph.D. and M.S. students in biomedical sciences. NEOMED is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The University’s next site visit is in 2023. The M.D. degree program is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) with the next comprehensive site visit March 2019. The Pharm.D. degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) with the next comprehensive site visit in 2024-2025.
College of Graduate Studies
The College of Graduate Studies provides career paths in bioethics, public and community health; health-system pharmacy administration; medical ethics and humanities; integrated pharmaceutical medicine – a discipline concerned with the discovery, development, delivery, and evaluation of drug entities.
College of Medicine
NEOMED’s College of Medicine is in its fifth decade of developing physicians for and from Ohio. Many of the students focus on patient-centered care in underserved areas, making great use of the College’s partnerships which offer teaching hospitals and facilities with more than 30 regionally located health systems and major universities.
College of Pharmacy
From lab and classroom to business and provider services, the College of Pharmacy at NEOMED is redefining the practice of pharmacy with interprofessional education; emphasis on patient-centered care and cultural competency; advocacy for provider status and medication adherence; focused pharmaceutical science research; and advanced team-based training.
Faculty, Students & Alumni
In 2018, 82 campus-based faculty members combined with 2,663 clinical, preceptor and graduate studies faculty to serve NEOMED’s students. The clinical and preceptor faculty consist of health care professionals who instruct and mentor students in hospitals, pharmacies, practice centers, and other settings to offer students a rich and diverse array of clinical training opportunities.
The University’s total enrollment consists of nearly 1,000 future medical professionals; over 80% of the students are from Ohio, with more than half remaining in or returning to the region to live and practice as physicians and pharmacists. The Fall 2018 entering class included 160 students enrolled in the College of Medicine, 98 in the College of Pharmacy and 29 in the College of Graduate Studies. Of the 930 total students currently enrolled, they identify as follows: American Indian/Alaska Native (2), Asian (260), Black or African American (51), Hispanic/Latino (26), White (540), Two or More Races (40), Unknown (41). Fifty-three percent (489) of student population identify as women; 441 identify as men.
NEOMED has graduated 4,384 students (dual degrees not included) – 3,822 from the College of Medicine, 528 from the College of Pharmacy and 34 from the College of Graduate Studies. NEOMED alumni work in more than 50 fi elds of health care and for nearly 200 health care institutions and pharmacies across all 50 states plus Canada and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Many of our graduates hold leadership positions at some of the nation’s best clinical and higher education institutions.
Research & Innovation
NEOMED advances innovation and research in health care through six research focus areas that are of paramount importance to both the mission and well-being of Northeast Ohio communities:
- Community-Based Mental Health Research
- Hearing Research
- Heart & Blood Vessel Disease Research
- Musculoskeletal Research
- Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Research
- Neurodegenerative Disease and Aging Research
In Fiscal Year 2018, NEOMED received approximately $16.5 million in new and continuing sponsored projects awards with total expenditure of $16.3 million ($12.2 million research expenditures). Currently, there are 188 active research, public service and training grants of which 56 are with the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Additional funding sources include: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, American Heart Association, Centers for Disease Control, Peg’s Foundation, U.S. Department of Justice, as well as other industries, foundations and hospitals.
NEOMED’s Research, Entrepreneurship, Discovery, and Innovation Zone (REDIzone®) is a model statewide Innovation Hub. The REDIzone enables innovators of medical technology to take their research from concepts to reality by fostering such innovation and technology commercialization with physical space for early-stage biomedical companies. The business incubator provides early-stage companies access to many of the state-of-art research assets of the University. The REDIzone, created in 2014, is located in The Timken Foundation of Canton Innovation Corridor, on the NEOMED campus. The REDIzone’s mission is to support private companies to drive economic prosperity in the Northeast Ohio region.
In 1973, Rootstown, Ohio, was selected as the site for the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine because of its central location among the consortium universities and clinical campuses. Signifi cant campus infrastructure investment has been made since 1973 resulting in the Rootstown campus possessing outstanding, modern facilities to support its mission of education, research and service. Major campus renovations in the last decade include the creation of a 130-station multidisciplinary laboratory and 25-station pharmacy practice laboratory that are equipped with the most advanced instructional technology.
The Research and Graduate Education Building was constructed in 2012 with over 81,000 square feet of integrated state-of-the-art research laboratory space, furnished with the most up-to-date technology, equipment and research tools available, supporting collaborative research among basic and clinical scientists.
In 2013, construction was completed on the Village ― three separate buildings, each containing fully furnished apartments, which can accommodate up to a total of 339 students and faculty. This project provided the first on-campus student housing in the University’s history, which was instrumental in the transformation of NEOMED’s campus and student experience.
In 2014, the NEOMED Education and Wellness (NEW) Center opened. This 177,000 square-foot mixed-use facility was made possible through a public-private partnership among NEOMED, Signet Development and Integrated Wellness Partners. The NEW Center provides a state-of-the-art fitness facility; physical therapy, pharmacy and physicians’ offices; and conference and event space, catering and management.
A dynamic and innovative component of the NEW Center is a STEM + M (for medicine) public high school: Bio-Med Science Academy, which was launched in 2012. The Academy is the only STEM high school in the country to be located on the campus of an academic health sciences university and is already ranked among the highest performing public high schools in Ohio.
With over $12.5 million in support from Ohio’s Facilities Construction Commission, NEOMED is preparing to break ground in the spring of 2019 on an 88,000 square-foot Medical Office Building, which will connect to the NEW Center. The four-story addition will provide ample space for the Bio-Med Science Academy growing student population. The main level will provide for medical office space that will be available for lease and the second floor will house the relocated and expanded Wasson Center for Clinical Skills Training, Assessment, and Scholarship. In addition, ground will be broken in the Spring of 2019 on renovations to the south corridor of the University to create state of the art pedagogical spaces for students and faculty. Renovations will also begin to build-out additional research laboratory space on the 4th floor of the Research and Graduate Education Building.
The NEOMED Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the financial capacity of NEOMED to broaden access to high quality medical, pharmacy and graduate education. The foundation was established in 1978 and is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. A 30 member board of directors govern the Foundation.
The Foundation launched “Shine On” in 2013. Shine On was a comprehensive fundraising campaign with a goal of raising $40,000,000 for advancing students, innovation, research, and community health. This ambitious goal was more than ten times NEOMED’s previous largest campaign. The campaign focused on support for scholarships, capital needs, research and academic programs infrastructure. The campaign closed Sept. 8, 2018 at NEOMED’s One Shining Evening Gala, where a fundraising total exceeding $44 million (10% over goal) was announced. The gala alone raised nearly $250,000 for student scholarships.