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Q: Describe the relationship with attendings.

A: Excellent. Their doors always open, that’s why I came here. You won’t find that in big academic programs. Summa is very friendly. That’s especially important for residents – it’s one less thing to stress about.

Chose this program because its smaller,-we're like a family. Easy to access attendings.  


Q: What is there to do in Akron?

A: Akron has a little bit of everything! Downtown Akron itself has been growing in the last few years and is home to some really good restaurants, as well as a surprisingly good selection of craft breweries. Hopping Frog consistently ranks in the top 5-10 craft breweries in the nation. There are also others and several wineries as well. There are many great restaurants in downtown Akron and the surrounding areas.

Akron has an art museum, Children’s museum and the Akron Rubber Ducks (AA-Baseball), among other things. Blossom Music Center is an outdoor concert venue located about 20 minutes north of Akron and hosts some of the biggest names in music throughout the summer.

If you are the outdoor type, there is the opportunity for plenty of outdoor activities, including kayaking at the Portage Lakes or the Cuyahoga River, too many Metroparks to count, and the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. The area parks have hundreds of miles of trails. Akron also has many good golf courses. Summers are generally not so hot that you can’t go outside, like they may be in other parts of the country.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in Akron, Cleveland is only about 30-40 minutes away. Cleveland’s Playhouse Square is the largest performing arts district outside of New York City. Cleveland is also home to the Cavaliers (NBA), Guardians (MLB), Browns (NFL), Lake Erie Monsters (AHL), and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Cleveland has many great restaurants, breweries, and a fantastic 4-seasons indoor market with produce, butchers, and bakeries.

Q: Are there PhDs on the teaching staff?

A: It’s unique to have 2 PhDs in charge of clinical training in a residency program. They contribute quite a bit to our teaching and give a lot of one on one time.


Q: How flexible is the program – and how are residents viewed?

A: Very flexible. I decided to do a fellowship in neuropath and got extra exposure. Your job as a resident is to learn. You gross specimens, but you’re not a machine. You get a good eye for clinical practice.

Harry Kellermier, MD 

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