University Hospitals, NEOMED Extend Affiliation Agreement

CLEVELAND, Ohio – University Hospitals and Northeast Ohio Medical University have extended the reach of their July 2022 affiliation agreement

The organizations hope to build on the success of their affiliation and have identified opportunities to collaborate throughout this year and beyond, a news release states.

New initiatives include expanding NEOMED’s medicine, pharmacy and certified anesthesia assistant class sizes; expanding involvement of NEOMED students and faculty at University Hospitals; developing a University Hospitals Faculty Scholars Program; increasing University Hospitals health professionals’ participation in NEOMED health care executive education and leadership programs; and advancing research and innovation by collaborating across certain research areas and thought-leadership programming.

“At the onset of our major affiliation agreement in July 2022, we knew we would be able to increase the number of clinical rotations and practice experiences for NEOMED students, as well as the number of health professionals who remained in Northeast Ohio to practice after graduation,” said Dr. John Langell, NEOMED president. “And we’ve done just that. But as our teams formed a joint strategic operations group, it became immediately clear that our potential together was even greater.”

During the first year of the initial agreement, 77 third-year medical students engaged in clinical rotations at University Hospitals. For the current academic year, the number of third-year clerkships grew to include 164 students. Fifteen 2023 NEOMED College of Medicine graduates matched at University Hospitals for residency training within seven different specialties. 

The affiliates also launched the inaugural Healthcare Transformation Ideator event in June. The two-day competition challenged more than 60 participants with developing innovative tech-enabled ideas to improve maternal and infant mortality.

NEOMED students completed summer research projects at University Hospitals, and others participated in physician-student mentoring, which began in October. As workforce and leadership development programs are beginning to take shape, seven University Hospitals health professionals have already enrolled in the Master of Public Health degree program at NEOMED’s College of Graduate Studies.

“University Hospitals is committed to training the next generation of physicians and caregivers who will provide compassionate and expert care to our community,” said Dr. Daniel Simon, president of academic and external affairs and chief scientific officer at University Hospitals. “NEOMED’s strong commitment to primary care and health equity makes it the ideal public medical university to partner with.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.