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Future Healthcare Leaders' Summit 

Committed to community service, Summa Health began offering hands-on medical exploratory outreach in 2015 with a small cohort of Akron Public Schools. Since then, Summa Health’s efforts have expanded to include more students from Akron Public Schools and additional health systems throughout Greater Akron. 


2022 Black Men in White Coats Youth Summit Video

In 2022, Summa Health offered a Black Men in White Coats Youth Summit in partnership with Black Men in White Coats. Although the name is different for 2023, the learning objectives remain the same. Students will have plenty of time to engage and learn about medicine and healthcare through hands-on activities. 

About the Summit

In partnership with other local health systems, Summa Health recognizes that many patients across the United States, including Greater Akron, face health inequity. These inequities include a lack of access to care and thus suffering worse health outcomes from preventable and manageable conditions.

A well-studied strategy to reduce disparities is diversifying the healthcare workforce to improve the quality of care for all patients. To diversify the workforce, supportive services such as representation, access and mentorship are effective strategies for aspiring students. 

The development of the Future Healthcare Leaders’ Summit aligns with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME) efforts to motivate, diversify, and engage the next generation of healthcare professionals.

What to Expect

Throughout the Summit, you will network with area physicians, learn more about a career in healthcare and participate in various interactive activities to stimulate your interest in medicine. 

Summit Goals

The Future Healthcare Leaders’ Summit aims to:

  • Provide a behind-the-scenes look at training as a future physician to reinforce the importance of science.
  • Connect students with community physicians from shared backgrounds and experiences.
  • Promote greater individual health literacy and improved understanding of health maintenance and healthcare delivery.

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Welcome to the Future Healthcare Leaders' Summit. We are glad you’re here. Below is the agenda for today’s Summit.

Location: University of Akron Student Union
Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Time: 9:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

9:45 a.m. Greetings / Registration  Lobby of the Student Union
10:10 a.m. Welcome  Ballroom A 
10:35 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Hands-On Breakout Sessions               Various Rooms
12:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker/ Mentoring Lunch  Ballroom A
1:30 p.m.


Group Picture

 Ballroom A

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Doctor Bios

Several doctors from the Greater Akron community are joining us today, including:

Summa Health Physicians


Western Reserve


Cleveland Clinic – Akron General


What is medical school?

Are you interested in learning more about medical school? Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) College of Medicine is one of the best medical schools in Ohio.

The College of Medicine at NEOMED is in its fifth decade of developing physicians as transformational leaders. Many of their students focus on primary care in underserved areas, taking advantage of our impressive lineup of affiliated teaching hospitals and facilities tied to health systems and major universities.

Others are equally prepared in such specialties as surgery, pediatrics and psychiatry and are in demand by the world’s best health systems.

Learn more about College of Medicine at NEOMED.

University of Akron

Before applying to medical school, you must receive a Bachelor’s degree. At the University of Akron, Pre-Medicine is an option to pursue your medical education. Read more information.

Summa Health

Summa Health is committed to improving the total health of the communities we serve through coordinated care and population health management. And as our community continues to change and evolve, fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion is more important than ever.

Are you interested in working in healthcare? Summa Health offers several career development programs. Find out more.

We welcome you to take a look at the job opportunities at Summa Health. Search our job listings.

Student National Medical Association

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.

Find out more about SNMA

Post-Event Survey

We'd love to hear what you thought about the Summit! Click the link below to provide your feedback.

Post-Event Survey

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