Northeast Ohio Medical University

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Northeast Ohio Medical University
Northeast Ohio Medical University seal.png
Established 1973
Type Public
President Jay A. Gershen
Academic staff
~400 full and part time
Students ~750
Location Rootstown, Ohio,
 United States
Campus Rural
Mission Producing health care practitioners with an emphasis on serving northeastern Ohio at the community level.
Colors Blue and Gray         
Affiliations University of Akron, Kent State University, Youngstown State University, Cleveland State University
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Degrees granted: MD, PharmD, PhD, MPH

Northeast Ohio Medical University, also known as NEOMED, and formerly known as the Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy (NEOUCOM), is a community-based, public state university that offers M.D., B.S./M.D., Pharm.D., M.P.H., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.


The campus is located in Rootstown, Ohio, approximately 14 miles (23 km) east of Akron. It is the only medical school in the country that has a partnership with four state universities: the University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, and Youngstown State University,[1] as well as 17 hospitals. This relationship allows the university to focus on its mission of training physicians oriented to the practice of medicine at the community level. Class size is typically around 105-110 medicine students and 75-85 pharmacy students.


The medical university was begun by Leonard Caccamo, who became its first chairman of the Board of Trustees. As medical director of St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, he began the planning for the university. He was assisted by Harry Meshel, then majority leader of the Ohio Senate. With the assistance of Lyle Williams, Congressman for the Ohio 17th district, a feasibility study was begun in concert with the Youngstown Hospital Association. Based on that initial study a three-city consortium of Akron, Canton and Youngstown was developed and in 2008 Cleveland was added.[2] The school was established by the Ohio state legislature in 1973, with classes beginning in 1975. The first class, which would graduate in 1981, included 42 students in a combined B.S./M.D. program. The school became fully accredited in 1981.[3] The College of Pharmacy, approved in 2005, was inaugurated with 75 students in August 2007 in the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.[4] Given the school's more rural setting, the Doctor of Pharmacy program has a community pharmacy emphasis. In May 2011, the university graduated its inaugural class of 61 pharmacists.

The university has collaborative arrangements with other colleges and universities to offer graduate-level education in biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering. Starting with the class of 2009, the College of Medicine has adopted an Integrated Steps Curriculum.[clarification needed]

Jay Alan Gershen began his term as president of the university on January 15, 2010. In his February 2010 address, he announced major plans to raise the university's profile, including a name-change for the university to Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). This was officially signed into law on April 29, 2011.[5][6]

Bio-Med Science Academy[edit]

In August 2012 Northeast Ohio Medical University opened Bio-Med Science Academy, a high school that focuses on a STEM+M curriculum. (The additional M represents medicine). The first class had 70 students; the school will continue to grow with 100 additional freshmen yearly until it is a full 9th grade through 12th grade high school. [7]

See also[edit]

  • Ambulocetus, or the "walking whale," was discovered by NEOMED anatomy professor Hans Thewissen.
  • STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math focal point


  1. ^ Associated Press (2008-06-25). "NEOUCOM to add CSU, get new board Gov. Strickland approves changes to medical school". Record-Courier (Record Publishing). Retrieved 2008-09-23. 
  2. ^ AJ Giannini. Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Ohio Psychiatric Association Newsletter. 7(3):2-3, 1981.
  3. ^ Hildebrand, William (2009). Most Noble Enterprise: The Story of Kent State University, 1910–2010. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press. p. 226. ISBN 978-1-60635-030-0. 
  4. ^ O'Brien, David (30 August 2007). "NEOUCOM inaugurates new program". Record-Courier. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "University Address". Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Smith, Diane (17 February 2010). "New name in works for NEOUCOM: President: Med college outgrows current one". Record-Courier. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
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Coordinates: 41°06′11″N 81°14′43″W / 41.102930°N 81.245366°W / 41.102930; -81.245366