In order to meet the ever-growing primary health care needs of the region, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Hiram College have recently joined forces to establish the new NEOMED-Hiram College Baccalaureate to M.D. Pathway Program. The focus of the Pathway Program is strategically aligned with the mission of both institutions, including NEOMED’s commitment to primary care, medically underserved populations and diversity in health care.
NEOMED and Hiram College will work to identify and recruit academically qualified students from diverse backgrounds in Ohio who desire a liberal arts education leading to an M.D. degree and are interested in providing primary care or serving medically underserved populations. It is anticipated that the program will yield up to five students per year beginning in fall of 2014. Pre-college experiences will be made available to these middle school and high school students through several existing and newly created opportunities at NEOMED and Hiram.
“The partnership with Hiram College will serve our area in many ways that range from enriching the educational experiences of students to diversifying the health care workforce and serving those in greatest need,” said Jay A. Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., NEOMED president. “We are looking forward to working closely with another neighboring institution that is known for its exemplary record in educating and graduating outstanding students.”
NEOMED and Hiram will use existing courses and programs in addition to developing and implementing new opportunities to enhance the academic pathway. There will also be a tandem fundraising effort – specifically for scholarships as part of the NEOMED Education for Service initiative, in addition to student pipeline programs and infrastructure needs.
“Given the strength of our science education programs and distinctive specialization in medical humanities, we have a tradition of graduates pursuing degrees in medicine. The new pathway program is an excellent way to enable students to remain local while training to become physicians and continue to stay and care for the medically underserved in our area,” said Thomas V. Chema, president of Hiram College.