The Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM) is a community-based, public institution focused on the interprofessional training of health professionals. NEOUCOM has a proud tradition of training outstanding physicians through its combined, accelerated bachelor of science/doctor of medicine (B.S./M.D.) and four-year doctor of medicine (M.D.) programs. The doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program allows the College to build upon its excellent reputation, and become a national leader in the interdisciplinary training of health care professionals.
NEOUCOM was founded in 1973 to meet a critical need for primary care physicians in northeast Ohio. The College of Pharmacy, established in December 2005 by the Board of Trustees, was likewise created to meet important regional needs: to address the shortage of pharmacists in both hospital and retail settings.
A truly integrated, interprofessional curriculum is one of our most distinctive assets. The curriculum is designed to foster the development of the characteristics that people want to see in their health care professionals: competence, communication, caring, character and community, known collectively on campus as the Five Cs. When appropriate, medical and pharmacy students learn side-by-side in classroom and clinical settings throughout all four years of study to foster teamwork that is essential for optimal patient care.
The Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy provide outstanding interprofessional training in partnership with The University of Akron, Kent State University, Youngstown State University, Cleveland State University, seven major teaching hospitals, 11 affiliated hospitals, two departments of health and associated community pharmacies. Students are trained in a variety of settings — ranging from major medical centers to clinics for the medically underserved — to familiarize them with the needs of the Ohio communities that they will one day serve.
Ninety percent of the Colleges’ students are Ohio residents. More than half of the College of Medicine’s 2,600 alumni live and practice in Ohio. Following graduation, NEOUCOM alumni have been offered medical residencies at many of the nation’s top hospitals. Twenty percent of NEOUCOM graduates have served as chief residents. In keeping with the College’s mission of graduating physicians who practice at the community level, more than half of NEOUCOM’s graduates choose a primary care specialty.
In 2008, approximately 300 staff members, including 54 full-time faculty members, served 540 medical and pharmacy students at the Rootstown campus. The Colleges also work with more than 1,900 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.
In addition, NEOUCOM participates in the Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health program and, through collaborations with The University of Akron and Kent State University, offers graduate-level coursework and research opportunities in biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering leading to master’s and doctoral degrees. The Colleges and their partners co-sponsor graduate and continuing professional education programs for residents, physicians, pharmacists and allied health professionals.
For more information, visit www.neoucom.edu.