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CSU offers early entry to M.D. program

BY GLORIA EADEH
JUNE 21,2010

Cleveland State University has formed a partnership with Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy allowing CSU students on a pre-medicine track to acquire early admission into NEOUCOM.

NEOUCOM is a public institution focused on the interprofessional training of health professionals. Several academic programs are offered at NEOUCOM.
Dr. Bette Bonder, dean of the College of Science believes the partnership has many advantages for CSU students.

“During the start-up period, NEOUCOM will offer early admission to up to 20 pre-med students from CSU,” said Dr. Bonder. “For students interested in careers in primary care this is a terrific option and will save them having to apply to additional medical schools and wait to hear back. They may know as soon as late this fall that a medical school slot will be available to them.”

CSU is working closely with NEOUCOM during the selection process, but NEOUCOM has the final decision-making authority. However, CSU will work closely with the panel, and NEOUCOM will hold slots open for CSU students who have been provisionally accepted and who maintain the required grades and get at least the minimum required MCAT score said Dr. Bonder.

NEOUCOM and CSU highly encourage students to take the primary care track because of a serious lack of primary care physicians. Students can choose other specialties. But this region and the country has a desperate need for individuals who focus on health promotion and other primary care needs, said Dr. Bonder.

Students accepted into the program do not have to take all of their classes at NEOUCOM.

“The first groups admitted will take most of their first two years at NEOUCOM, then do some of their education at CSU and clerkships in Cleveland area hospitals,” said Dr. Bonder. “We are still working with NEOUCOM on refining the curriculum which will focus on a specialization in urban health. Once the curriculum is developed, NEOUCOM students will take about half their program in Cleveland.”

With this new partnership prospects for a teaching hospital at CSU seems plausible, yet Dr. Bonder said this is not the case.

“We will not start our own hospital, but we will partner with other hospitals in the area. St. Vincent Charity, the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth and others have expressed interest in supporting this initiative,” said Dr. Bonder.

Students interested in the participating in the partnership program should contact NEOUCOM’s early admissions officer Dr. Barb Modney, CSU’s pre-medicine advisor. It is important to do so soon since the admission deadline is coming early fall.