"Growing up in Akron, Ohio, I was interested in taking care of patients from this area. Akron General’s Center for Family Medicine faculty offered a well-rounded and seasoned physician team, which has exceeded my expectations. I was attracted to the diversity of the patient population and the skill of the faculty in providing comprehensive and compassionate medical care. Another outstanding feature of the Center for Family Medicine and its residency program was the opportunity to learn from other medical specialties, both residents and attendings. Our program's strengths include having a pharmacotherapist and sports medicine doctors on staff, in addition to an emphasis on women's health and practice management.
Akron and Northeastern Ohio offer a wide range of options for leisure time activities, art, theater, music, and sporting events. I feel fortunate to have selected an exceptional residency program in the greater Akron/Cleveland Area."
—Lauren Burns, DO
"When asked why I chose Akron General for my residency training, it’s nearly impossible to give a single concise response. The best analogy that I can make for selecting a residency training program for me was that of selecting a fraternity or sorority. You end up seeing your colleagues more than your family during residency and therefore they should be the type of people you can see yourself not only getting along with but also having fun with and establishing trust and lasting friendships with over the next several years. Furthermore, like a fraternity or sorority, once you leave residency you will forever be associated with the institution where you trained and therefore I wanted to train at a hospital with a strong past as well as a promising future."
The RRC makes sure that training programs offer very similar curricula no matter where you train, and benefits and salary are comparable at many different programs because of reliance on government funding, so for me the decision to choose Akron General Medical Center really came down to something of a gut feeling when it came time to prepare my match list. My decision was influenced very strongly however by one sentence spoken to me by the program director when I interviewed. He said, "I can’t promise that you’ll be the best physician in America when you finish here, but I can promise that you’ll be the best physician that you can be because we’ll push you every day to dig down and realize potential that you never knew you had.'"
That statement has proven true and as I look back at the past year here at Akron General, I can’t say that I have regretted my decision to come here for a moment. The comradery among members of not only my own program but across all of the residency training programs here have afforded me friendships that will last the rest of my life."
—Brad Everly, MD